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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 4, 2010 www. LovellChronicle.com Four Lady Grizzlies receive post-season honors BY BRAD DEVEREAUX Blowing out the con- ference season and slash- ing through the regional and state brackets for a state championship vic- tory at the end of October, the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies proved that their volleyball skills are sharp- er than any other 2A team in Wyoming. Several Lady Grizzlies were selected and honored as members of the 2010 all-conference and all- state teams. Eliza Higgins and Lau- ren Peterson are members of the 2010 2A All-State team and West 2A all-conference team and Leslie Blackburn and Kallee Jo Wilson re- ceived all-conference hon- ors. Team captain Eliza Hig- gins returned in 2010 as a member of the 2A All-State team, having also received all-state honors following the 2009 season. She was also named the 2A North- west Conference Player of the Year. "I believe that Eliza def- initely deserves state honors and the title of conference player of the year," coach Carol McMillin said. "She played all positions and was a good all-around player during her high school vol- leyball career." McMillin said Higgins has her basic skills down very well and excels as a team leader and a lethal hitter. "She has the ability to read the floor and see what openings there are. She can Eliza Higgins Lauren Peterson Lelsie Blackburn Kallee Jo Wilson adjust her hits and tips to hit into those open spaces. Her hitting percentage was phenomenal this season," McMillin said. Higgins was also skilled on serve receive and had the ability to place her serves anywhere on the court, cap- italizing on weaker defen- sive players, the coach said. Senior Lauren Peter- son was one of the top all- around players for the Lady Grizz this year and the team's full-time setter for the past three seasons, Mc- Millin said. "She has this ability of being everywhere on the floor," the coach said. "She takes a big responsibility on herself to set the team up and she has the sense that it's her job. She turns any pass into some sort of set that we can run offense off of." McMillin acknowledged that it can be hard to be a top setter in the state and said Peterson often doesn't get the credit she deserves. "But Lauren is gracious and selfless about that. She does everything she can to give the hitters what they need," McMillin said. She added that few setters were considered for the all state team and Peterson was se- lected with a large major- ity of votes from coaches at State. BLACKBURN, WILSON ALL-CONFERENCE Leslie Blackburn didn't make the all-state team, but she was the next player in line when coaches' votes were tallied at the state tourney, McMillin said. "Leslie is a consistent hitter. We knew we could always count on multiple hard hits that were well- placed by Leslie," the coach said. "She was the even keel girl. She never got frustrat- ed or flustered. She stayed in the game and was solid all the time." Blackburn was probably the team's top passer, Mc- Millin said. She was one of the team's top servers, aver- aging more than 94 percent for the season and serving 100 percent at the state tournament in Casper. Sophomore KaUee Jo Wilson received all-confer- ence honors for her role as an offensive threat and a strong all-around player for the Lady Grizz during the 2010 season. "Kallee Jo is a very mo- tivated young lady," Mc- Millin said. "She put in ex- tra time in the off-season at summer camps and in the weight room and gym. She has a great hit and works well with other team mem- bers." Wilson also excelled at digs and passing, McMillin said, but her hitting was the most notable addition to the team. "She's strong so she has the ability to change up her hits," the coach said. "That's a big plus. She can hit it at different angles and the other teams' defense never knew where she was going to go." McMillin said the com- bination of Blackburn, Hig- gins and Wilson hitting along with solid sets from Peterson made the Grizz at- tack hard to handle. "The ability to have our top three hitters continu- ally hit at teams wore out their defense," McMillin said. "Our hitters definitely hit hard and hit a lot. They wear out defenders and blockers by hitting hard and hitting around the block." She said she would place the three hitters among the top hitters in the state. Mc- Millin said she was proud to hear so many positive com- ments about several mem- bers of the Lady Grizz. "It was incredible to sit down at the 2A regional meeting and have so many coaches in the conference point out so many positive things about four of our players," the coach said. "Coaches at the regional meeting showed that they respect our players' talents and skills." McMillin said it was great to have two seniors voted to receive all-state honors and a third senior a very close honorable men- tion. "To have two all-state players and a third just barely below the cutoff, that's pretty incredible," the coach said, adding that Higgins and Peterson must have made an impression on coaches, some of whom were from the south and only saw the Grizz play at State. CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR In addition to all-state and all-conference honors, conference coaches voted Higgins as the 2A North- west Conference Player of the Year. McMillin said all the coaches giving input at the 2A Northwest Regional Tournament identified Hig- gins as a clear choice for the player of the year. "They said she's not only very skilled, but also moti- vated and a team player," McMillin said. "They also appreciated the fact that she was gracious, a good sport and a fun person to be associated with." Most coaches comment- ed that they would want Higgins on their team and said her hits were always a challenge to pick up. Koritnik all-state, Robertson, Winterholler all conference BY BRAD DEVEREAUX After a successful sea- son ending with a 1-2 show- ing at the state tournament in Casper at the end of Oc- tober, three Lady Bulldogs are being highlighted with post-season honors for their play throughout the 2010 season. Karen Koritnik, team leader and captain, was the only Lady Bulldog chosen to be a member of the 2010 2 A All-State Volleyball team. According to coach Stormy Jameson, Koritnik was the team's top hitter and caused a lot of trouble for other teams with her unique hitting style. Korit- nik was a rare left-handed outside hitter, but she also hit smart and hard, caus- ing other teams' defense to have to make adjustments constantly. "She led by example," Jameson said about the se- nior hitter. "Everybody on the team would feed off of her. If she had a great game, the rest of the team had a great game, too." Koritnik played good Karen Koritnik volleyball all-around and was second in digs to libero Leanne Winterholler, Jame- son said. Jameson said she be- lieves Koritnik deserved the all-state honors and said the team will miss her next year. "We relied on Karen in every aspect of the game this season," the coach said. She said Koritnik re- ceived a lot of votes from coaches around the state for her to receive the all-state honor. Koritnik was also Erin Robertson voted to be a member of the 2010 All-Conference team. Leanne Winterholler, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs libero for the 2010 season, was selected for the 2010 2A Northwest All-Confer- ence Team. Winterholler took on the libero position before the Bulldogs had played their first game, Jameson said. Wearing a different colored jersey from the rest of the team, Winterholler was a digging specialist who spent her time in the back row. Leanne Winterholler "We knew as a coach- ing staff and she knew as a player that that was going to be her role this season," Jameson said. Winterholler was one of the few liberos in the 2A Northewest who played "all around," Jameson said. Winterholler played the back row for both Bulldog middle blockers, Ree'Dawn Ohman and Erin Robert- son. Because the blockers were opposite each other in the rotation, Winterholler was in the game almost all the time. Winterholler had "by far the most digs" on the team, with more than 350, Jame- son said. She added that Winterholler didn't have to hustle or dive to get to most of her digs, but instead she was good at reading hitters and was always in the right spot on the court. Reading hitters was a skill coaches worked on with Winterholler begin- ning early in the season and one she nearly perfected by State, Jameson said. Erin Robertson was also voted as a member of the 2A Northwest All-Con- ference Team by coaches in the conference. Jameson said Robertson was another talented player and she ex- celled at both hitting and blocking. "On some plays watch- ing Erin, I think there's no way she's going to be able to make a block, but then she somehow gets into position and blocks it hard," Jame- son said about the junior Lady Bulldog. Robert.son started the season as a strong hit- ter, Jameson said, and the coaching staff worked with her on different hits that she used to help the Bull- dogs do well this season. "I think the different hits gave her a good founda- tion to build on and she will come back even more dan- gerous next year," the coach said. "She should be able to dominate those hits." Robertson was the team's court jester, but in a good way, Jameson said. "She always had a good attitude and always knew when to crack a joke or do something funny to lighten the mood at practice and help us refocus," Jameson said. Both all-conference ju- niors have approached Jameson about some sum- mer training programs and training camps to get ready for the 2011 season, she said, adding she is happy to see them putting forth extra effort and said it will take a lot of hard work if any Lady Bulldogs want to play col- lege volleyball. RMMS Grizz split with Burlington BY CHERYL JOLLEY The Rocky Mountain Middle School boy's basket- ball team hosted Burling- ton Tuesday Nov. 2. The A team edged the Huskies 26- 25 with Cannon Simmons leading the scoring with 10 points. Kirby Winland added 8, Bill Despain 6 and Chris Jurado 2. The B team fell 31-11. Scoring for the Grizz were Ryker Everett with 5, Cole Wambeke 3, Cordell Mc- Farlane 2 and Travis Banks 1 point. The C team also fell 32- 13. Scorers were Cole Sim- mons with 6, Brian Craw- ford 3 and Ernesto Romero and Dylan Williams 2 points each. The Grizzlies traveled to Ten Sleep Friday (results not reported by deadline) and will host Meeteetse Thursday at 5 p.m., then travel to Cloud Peak Fri- day, with games beginning at 2:30 p.m. The Grizz host Lovell Tuesday at 4:15 p.m. Sports Calendar Thursday, Nov. 11 MS boys bb - Lovell 7th at Pow- ell, 4:15 p.m. MS boys bb - Powell 8th at Lovell, 4:15 p.m. MS boys bb - Meeteetse at Rocky, 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12 MS boys bb - Rocky at Cloud Peak, 2:30 p.m. MS swimming - Greybull, Pow- ell at Lovell, 4:15 p.m. Women's college basketball- Denver at Wyoming, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13 MS boys bb - Lovell at Ther- mopolis, 9:30 a.m. Men's college basketball - Kean University at Wyoming, 8 p.m. College football - Wyoming at UNLV, 8 p.m. (The Mtn.) Sunday, Nov. 14 Pro football - Kansas City at Denver Broncos, 2 p.m. (CBS) Monday, Nov. 15 Women's college basketball - Dickinson State at Wyo- ming, 7 Tuesday, Nov. 16 MS boys bb - Lovell at Rocky Mtn., 4:15 p.m. Men's college basketball - Wyo- ming at No. Colo., 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 MS boys bb - Rocky Mtn. at Greybull, 4 p.m. MS boys bb - Lovell 7th at Wor- land, 4:15 p.m. MS boys bb - Wodand 8th at Lovell, 4:15 p.m. Men's college basketball- North Florida at Wyoming, 7 p.m. Managing Diabetes management of diabetes can reduce your risk of serious -- even life-threatening -- complications. Consider these tips: Make a commitment to managing your dia- betes. Learn all you can about type 2 diabetes. Establish a relationship with a diabetes educator, and ask your Medical Provider for help when you need it. Identify yourself. Wear a tag or bracelet that says you have diabetes Schedule a yearly physical exam and regular eye exams. 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