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CHR S October 27, 2011 I The Lovell Chronicle 1 7 Lady Bulldogs dominate regional BY PATTI CARPENTER The Lady Bulldogs walked away with a first place trophy at the regional volleyball tournament this past weekend after pound- ing three teams, including their newly formed rival from Shoshoni. The girls came in as the number one seed, which put them up against Kem- merer in their first match of the tournament. Kemmerer was the number four seed from the southwest and gave the girls a good warm- up and a confidence-build- ing win. According to coach Stormy Jameson, the girls had the usual "first game jitters" but those feelings quickly dissipated as the girls took three easy wins in a row 25-11, 25-15 and 25-20. Senior Jodi Walker had 14 kills, one ace, five digs and two blocks. Junior Chelsey Ellis had four kills, two aces and 10 digs. Senior Erin Robertson had nine kills, five blocks and two digs. Senior Miranda Griffis had one kill, one ace and two digs. Senior Leanne Winter- holler had 17 digs and four aces. Junior Maddie Baxen- dale and senior Schuylar Davis each contributed two kills. Freshman Emilee Re- asch, who has made a sig- nificant contribution to the team all season, had three kills and two blocks. Junior Megan McClure contributed 32 assists and 10 digs. "We didn't really have a ten of digs this time be- cause Kemmerer didn't re- ally have a lot of hitters," said Jameson. "The game went quickly. We just got out there and took care of business." On Friday night the team played Wind River. The scores were 25-19, 25- 23 and 25-20. According to James- on, Wind River was a little bit better competition than Kemmerer, but she felt the LHS girls made more errors than usual, resulting in a closer score than she would have expected. "I don't remember mak- ing that many errors in the past few weeks, so that hurt us but we still won all three games," said Jameson. "We had quite a few hitting er- rors this game and I think we could have handled them better without those errors." Walker had 10 kills, one ace, nine digs and two blocks. DAVID PECK The Lady Bulldogs won the regional championship tournament last weekend. Posing with the championship trophy are (l-r) Tommie Ann Schmitt, McKenzie Jameson, Stormy Jameson, Chelsey Ellis, Shyann Wilske, Emilee Reasch, Jodi Walker, Miranda Griffis, Leanne Winterholler, Erin Robertson, Schuylar Davis, Mercedes Haney, Maddie Baxendale, Megan McClure, Bonnie Rodriguez, Dana Christiansen and April Nicholls. Ellis had six kills, one block and 35 digs. Robertson had 12 kills, 10 blocks and eight digs. Griffis had three kills and 11 digs. Reasch had five kills and seven blocks. Mc- Clure had 31 assists and 11 digs, Shyann Wilske had nine digs and Winterholler had 28 digs. Walker, Ellis, McClure and Robertson all served 100 percent. "Chelsey (Ellis) had a really good defensive game, she even told me after the game that she wasn't going to let the ball hit the floor if it came to her, no matter what," said Jameson. The girls faced off with Shoshoni in the champi- onship game on Saturday afternoon. Shoshoni beat LHS twice this season and the girls were not about to let that happen again. They came in strong and pound- ed Shoshoni in three hard- hitting games 25-17, 25-16 and 25-18, giving the Lady Bulldogs that solid first- place finish at the regional tournament they hoped for. "We really wanted our revenge on Shoshoni," said Jameson. "We didn't really care who we played either way, we just wanted to win, but when we heard it was Shoshoni we were pretty excited that we could get some revenge on them." "I reminded the girls in our pre-game meeting and pep talk to remember what it felt like to lose to Sho- shoni," said Jameson, "to remember how mad they were and how upset they were that they lost and not See 'REGIONALS,' page 8 fourth at State Grizzly harriers place Lovell runners see good times for some but no big wins at state 31 seconds faster than his time of a year ago. Also placing in the top 25 were Rocky freshman Casey Banks, who placed 23 d with a time of 20:08.17, and Burlington senior Lance Schatz, who ran the course in 20:16.10 to place 25 th. Other Rocky Mountain competitors were sopho- more Jake Loyning, 35  with a time of 21:04.28, senior Jackson Stephens, 39 $ at 21:15.62 and ju- nior Brady Winland, 41 st at 21:29.59. On the girls side, sis- ters Kelly and Cassy Vezain placed 30  and 32 "d, respectively, Kelly with a time of 26:39.79 and Cassy at 26:45.82. Coach John Bernhisel was not able to comment on the meet, but assistant coach Penny Tolman told the Basin Republican Rus- tier, "Exceptional is the best way to describe the cross-country runners who represented our schools at state. They have charac- ter beyond their years. As a team we ran faster than five other teams if you look at it with the glass half full. Everyone gave their all in spite of nagging sickness. It truly shows what you're made of when there's no timeouts and no subs no matter how hard it is to keep going. "Individually, our ath- letes increased their im- provement margins a great deal, but the other teams improved, too, and adding Pine Bluffs in the mix by moving down from 3A this year pushed us into fourth. "Lance Schatz will be missed in Burlington and Jackson Stephens in Rocky will also be missed. Both se- niors were truly a joy to be around and so coachable. "Thanks to everyone, athletes, parents and the Rocky Booster Club for sup- port. I'm a runner forever and hope to infect others with the passion." BY DAVID PECK The young Rocky Mo.untain Grizzlies cross country team had a strong day at the Wyoming State Cross Country meet held at the Douglas Country Club Saturday, with four run- ners placing in the top 25. The Grizzly boys placed fourth overall with 75 points, trailing cham- pion Wyoming Indian (17), Pine Bluffs/Burns (44) and Saratoga (65) and beat- ing Hulett/Sundance (88), Lovell (98), Moorcroft (111), Wright (175) and Norma- tive Services (186). Rocky junior Michael Bernhisel just missed earn- ing all-state honors, placing 11 th with a time of 18:49.54, two seconds behind Quinn Harrington of Saratoga and five seconds faster than he ran a year ago when he placed fourth on the same course. Burlington junior Nate Davidson placed 18  Satur- day with a time of 19:32.17, DAVID PECK Rocky Mountain junior Michael Bernhisel, left, and Lovell senior Colin May, right, cruise along a fairway at the Douglas Country Club during the state cross country meet Saturday. BY PATTI CARPENTER The Wyoming High School State Championship meet wasn't the best day that Lovell's cross country team could have hoped for, but it did have its moments: "I saw a lot of our run- ners improve their times from the last time we ran this course," said Coach Caleb Sanders. "Although we didn't achieve our team goals several runners im- proved their times and met their own goals." The much-anticipated meet was held in Douglas on Oct. 22. The team ran the same course earlier in the year and set a goal to improve their times across the board with some of the top runners like Colin May and Kim Shumway hoping for a title wins. Defending state cham- pion Colin May had his work cut out for him facing stiff competition in the top of the field. Coming in 124 place, May was a full min- ute off his time last year at 19:10.97 and close to two minutes behind the front- runner Alejandro Garcia of Pine Bluffs/Burns, who pro- vided serious competition for entire field at 17:41.03. "I was proud of Colin, he had a good season," said Sanders. "Being able to break a course record ear- lier this season was a high- light for him that he can al- ways hang his hat on." Several boys improved their times over their pre- vious run on the same course. Freshman AJ Dick- son placed 19 th out of a field of 63 runners with a time of 19:32.84. "AJ improved quite a bit," said Sanders. "Last time he ran that course in 21:16, this time he had an near two minute improve- ment in his time. He was one of the highlights of the meet." Sanders has been im- pressed with Dickson all season, oftentimes com- menting how he runs a "smart race" and sets "high goals for himself." Michael Steiner also beat his previous time of 25:54 with a time of 23:37.59. "I was happy for Mi- chael, ! really liked the way he finished his season," DAVID PECK Lovell sophomore Kim Shumway, left, works her way uphill on a difficult portion of the state cross country course Saturday in Douglas. said Sanders. Mysen McArthur shaved about a minute and a half off his previous time of 22:29 at 20:59.13. Derek Phelps also im- proved his time by nearly three minutes at 27:35.16. Jesse Bassett and Tony Rodriquez ran well consid- ering they only starting racing a few weeks ago af- ter their golf season end- ed. They both turned in respectable times with Bas- sett at 23:24.51 and Ro- driquez at 21:12.55. According to Sanders, their participation helped the boys place sixth out of nine teams. "Tony and Jesse only had a few weeks of racing so I really appreciate them coming out and helping the team," said Sanders. Sophomore Kim Shum- way also faced stiff compe- tition at the top of the girls' field. Shumway placed third at 22:00.27 behind rival Austin Asay of Pine Bluffs/Burns at 21:41.80. Both were topped by Mi- kayla Hudgins of Wright who came out of nowhere with a fast time of 21.28.04 Shumway was the only one on the LHS team to make all-state by placing in the top 10. "Kim ran the best that she could, and I'm happy that she made all-state," said Sanders. "She ran the best she could and she should be proud of that." Meryk McArthur placed 13th at 23:46.36, missing all state by a mat- ter of seconds. "I was impressed with Meryk. She really stepped up a notch for this season, and she was one of the top performers on the team," said Sanders. Freshman Chayli McArthur joined the team only recently when her vol- d See RUNNERS, page 8