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10 I The Lovell Chronicle I November 25, 2010 www.LovellChronicle.com LHS presents fall athletic awards ,Ms report BY DAVID PECK Seventh-graders up Athletes who participat- ed in fall sports gathered at the Lovell Community Cen- ter along with their parents and coaches Monday night for the Lovell High School Fall Activities Banquet. Athletic Director Joe Koritnik was the master of ceremonies and thanked many for their assistance with the sports and activi- ties including administra- tors and support staff mem- bers, booster club members, media, parents and coach- es. After dinner, Koritnik presented team scholastic achievement awards des- ignated by the Wyoming High School Activities As- sociation baSed on cumula- tive team grade point av- erage. Teams with a GPA from 3.00 to 3.49 received the Distinguished Award, while teams with a GPA from 3.50 to 4.00 received the Outstandng Award, ac- cording to WHSAA guide- lines. Earning the Distin- guished Award were the football team at 3.28, the boys cross country team at 3.28 and the boys golf team at 3.42. Earning the Outst- nding Award were the spir- it squad at 3.56, the volley- ball team at 3.61 and the girls cross country team at 3.82. LHS Principal Scott O'Tremba then gave a spe- cial award, presenting the Wendy's High School Heis- man Award to senior Kar- en Koritnik, who was one of 10 female finalists for the award from all of the high schools across the state. The award is based on three criteria: scholar- ship, citizenship and ath- letics. After the presentation of letters, team by team special awards were pre- sented. Golf coach Ben Fowler DAVID PECK Lovell High School Principal Scott Orremba presents the Wendy's High School Heisman Award to LHS senior Karen Koritnik during Monday night's fall activities banquet. noted the progress his team made in the fall leading to a second-place finish at the state golf tournament. He said the team had two all-state golfers in junior Cody King and senior Ma- son Fowler. Volleyball assistant coach Dana Christiansen read a statement from head coach Stormy Jameson, who was traveling to her native Texas for the Thanksgiv- ing holiday. She then an- nounced all-conference (Karen Koritnik, Erin Rob- ertson and Leanne Winter- holler) and all-state (Korit- nik) awards and presented three special awards: Most Valuable Player, Korit- nik; Outstanding Offensive Player, Robertson, and De- fensive Player of the Year, Winterholler. Cross country coach Ca- leb Sanders announced his team's all-state runners: Susie Shumway, Meryk McArthur, Kim Shumway, Colin May and Kenneth Moncur, and announced the number of miles ev- ery runner covered during summer and fall practice. Peter Moncur led the team with 209 miles. Joe Koritnik an- nounced a pair of WHSAA sportsmanship awards: Cody Savage for the Lovell- Pinedale football game and the entire Lovell football squad for its demeanor dur- ing the Lovell-Thermopolis playoff game. Koritnik said the awards are a reflection on Coach Doug Hazen and his coaching staff. Hazen then presented the football team awards and thanked many for their support and the seniors on his team for their leader- ship. He said it is rare for a football team to have as few as six seniors and still have an outstanding sea- son. Hazen noted the team all-conference and all-state players (see related story) and presented three spe- cial awards as voted on by the team: Dino Collins as offensive most valuable player, Mark Grant as de- fensive MVP and Billy Da- vila as team MVP. Koritnik wrapped up the banquet by thanking the parents for the great job they do supporting their sons and daughters. and down, eighth- graders win two BY KRISTIN EVANOFF The Lovell seventh- grade basketball squad has had mixed results lately. The Mustangs fell to Cody 41-29 Tuesday, Nov. 9. Beau Green led the Mus- tangs with 17 points. Nic Haskell added 8, Dillon Schneider and Shawn Mol- lett each with 2. The "B" team dropped one to Cody 38-16. Lovell scorers were led by Michael Spencer with 6. Nyckalas Harvey and Mollett contributed 4 apiece and Dakota Bond had 2. The Lovell Mustangs went on to face Powell on Nov. 11. Haskell poured in 13 points and Green scored 6, Schneider, Konner Davis and Dillon Harvey 2 each. Lovell took Powell into over- time but fell short 35-25. Getting back on track, the Mustangs defeated Rocky Mountain 41-24 Nov. 16 in Cowley. Haskell led Lovell scorers with 17 points, and Green added 10, Davis 6 and Mollett 4. Harvey and Schneider each scored 2. The "B" team fell in a close game 34-27. Mol- lett poured in 11 points. Bond, Harvey and Spencer scored 4 each, Hunter Tip- petts and Merrill Beck 2 apiece. The Mustangs dropped two at Worland Thursday, Nov. 18. Haskell had 15 points and Green added 7 in a 36-22 loss. Lovell's "B" team lost 45-16. Harvey led the team in scoring with 10 points and Spencer contrib- uted 6. Traveling to Thermop- olis Saturday, Lovell won by a large margin, 41-8, against the Bobcats. Scor- ers were led by Haskell with 14 points, while Green added 11, Davis 8, Spencer and Schneider each with 4. The "B" team played only two quarters against Ther- mopolis and lost a close one 13-11. Spencer had 6, Hunt- er Tippetts 3 and Harvey 2. The seventh-graders played at Cody Tuesday and will host Powell this Tues- day, Nov. 30, at 4:15 p.m. EIGHTH- GRADERS Coach Dan Wolving- ton's eighth-grade squad hosted Worland Thursday and swept the Warriors 32- 20 in the A game and 39- 25 in the B contest. Aaron Monterde led a balanced attack in the A game with 8 points. Mysen McArthur and Drake Welch added 6 each, Daniel Strom 4 and Jeffrey Jameson, Alex Con- nour, Dylan See and CJ Murphey 2 each. In the B game, Tyler Krogh and Richard Walker scored 8 each, McKay Bax- endale 7, Erik Ferbrache, Andrew Mayes and Con- nour 4 each, and Welch and Johnathan Mickelson 2 apiece. The Mustangs contin- ued their streak Saturday in Thermopolis, beating the Bobcats 41-16. Murphey poured in 10 points, and Monterde and See added 8 each, McArthur and Jame- son 4 each, Connour 3 and Strom and Dylan Ohman 2 apiece. There was no B game. The Mustangs hosted Cody Tuesday afternoon and will travel to Pow- ell next Tuesday for a 4:15 p.m. tip-off. Talent returns for local girls basketball teams BY DAVID PECK AND BRAD DEVEREAUX Though the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies re- turn more starters than the Lovell Lady Bulldogs, both teams have plenty of talent returning as they prepare for the new season, which begins at the Big Horn Ba- sin Shootout Dec. 3-4 in south Big Horn County. The Grizz boast the re- turn of four of five start- ers from a year ago and are looking tough early in the season, said coach Ryan Boettcher. A group of 17 girls have showed up to play basket- ball for the Rocky Mountain Lady Grizzlies this year. Though the program would like to see even more play- ers, Boettcher said partici- pation is up this year. Returning seniors are Leslie Blackburn, Eliza Higgins, Lauren Peterson, Melissa Iverson and Pilar Rivera. Karli Leonhardt is the team's only junior. Sophomores Brianna Hocker, Rachael Allred, Hannah Parker, Mandee Leonhardt and Kallee Jo Wilson also join the Grizz this season along with fresh- men Hannah Winland, Lac- ey Johnson, Rachel Rapp, Marissa Wambeke, Shauna Loman and Kelly Vezain. The Lady Grizzlies lost senior varsity players Mel- anie Wahlbrink and Steph- anie Allred to graduation last year, Boettcher said. With a week of prac- tice behind them, Boettch- er said he thinks the Lady Grizz will be competitive. "We're setting our goals high this season," he said. "We're focusing on going out every night and playing our best." He said the majority of the varsity team is return- ing this season, with a big size advantage because of the Grizz trio of Blackburn, Higgins and Wilson. "A lot of the girls are in their third year of varsity play. They certainly have a lot of experience and a lot of games under their belt," the coach said. He said the Grizz should have a strong post game again this year, and he is working on ways to extend the team's shooting range and give them more options on offense. LOVELL RELOADING In Lovell, first-year head coach Chris Edwards has a roster 27 players strong in- cluding two seniors, six ju- niors, 11 sophomores and eight freshmen, and he has eight players with varsity experience. The Lady Bulldogs lost Mykel Anderson, Stepha- nie Green, Keesha Savage and Katie Walker to gradu- ation, but they return a pair of starters in senior Karen Koritnik and junior Alyssa Geiser. Also returning with varsity experience are senior Brandi Abraham and juniors Miranda Griffis, Erin Rob- ertson, Susie Shumway, Jodi Walker and Leanne Winter- holler. Sophomores Amanda Shumway and Chelsey El- lis are working out with the varsity, as well. "Practice is going well," Edwards said. "The girls are showing a positive attitude during drills, and our upper classmen are showing good leadership with their work ethic and by buying into the drills. We're working step by step into our offensive and defensive systems. "The girls are buying into our defensive pressure. We're emphasizing pres- sure, utilizing our quick- ness and athletic ability. We're developing a style de- signed to not allow teams to get the ball inside by put- ting pressure on the perim- eter to create havoc on the guards." Edwards said coaches are also working to build team cohesiveness and trust in each other, noting, "We want the girls to trust their teammates and have confi- dence in what they want to do. It's baby steps. There's a learning curve for us as coaches and for the girls, too, for where we want to go." While longtime coach Bob Geiser is no longer at the helm of the Lady Bull- dogs, two assistant coach- es return in junior varsity coach Dave Scheffler and freshman coach Bruce Mor- rison. "It's nice to have them. It helps ease the transi- tion," Edwards said. Boys basketball teams return experience BY DAVID PECK Basketball season is ri- ght around the corner, and local teams are working hard in preparation for the 2010-11 season, which be- gins the weekend of Dec. 3-4. Starting his sixth season at the helm of the Rocky Mountain Grizz- lies, Michael Simmons is pleased to have seven se- niors on his 21-man roster. Though the team lost KJ Blackburn, Brandon Bula- nek, Martin Consuelos and Austin Leonhardt to gra- duation, the team returns seniors Brandon Foster, Tyrell Humphreys, Guy Jo- nes, Luke Leonhardt, Kyle Peerson, Thomas Trout- man and Jessee Wilson along with juniors Brandon Altman, Logan Friedly and Derik Romero. Foster, Leonhardt, Troutman, Wilson and Hum- phreys have varsity expe- rience, and Jones and Pe- terson are returning to the team air a year away (Jo- nes wrestled in 2009-10). Juniors Friedly and Romero also have varsity experience. Also working with the varsity in the pre-season are sophomores Michael Bernhisel and Bryce Ward. Simmons said it is nice having two gyms in one school building, and the pro- gram is adjusting to not ha- ving to hold freshman prac- tice at another time of day. "Last week we had a lot of practices together, then we broke them up," Sim- mons said. "We're working out the kinks of having eve- ryone together. "The kids are working hard. Our progress is simi- lar to last year. We're real close to some game stuff. We're looking at some dif- ferent options for our offen- ses. We have some versati- lity, so we'll use more full motion interchanging the bigs and littles." Simmons said the Grizz are also adjusting to having a larger gym floor to work on. "We want to utilize our floor space and push the ball up and down, sprea- ding it out," he said. "We're kind of experimenting with that. We have a lot of se- niors and hopefully we can build on that." With Pat Winland mo- ving to the middle school ranks, Justin Moss is the new junior varsity coach, and Josh Sponsel is back as the freshman coach. Eric Honeyman and Thomas Bridges are volunteer assis- tants. LOVELL EXPERIENCE The Bulldogs lost Kade Baxendale, Zac Haskell and Jonathan Wakelin to graduation but have eight players returning with var- sity experience on their 23- man roster in seniors Aaron Clark, Tyrel Harrison, Jeff Lewis and Jared Minchow, juniors Colin May, Mc- Kayan May and Steven Pic- kett and sophomore Cody Savage. Also working with the varsity are senior Jake Wakelin, juniors Morgan Baxendale, Hunter Hinc- kley and Collin McArthur and sophomore Dylan Hul- tgren. Practice is going ex- tremely well," second-year coach Brian May said. "The- re's a lot of energy and the kids are very aggressive. It's fun to watch." May said the team is a little ahead of where it was a year ago since most of the players have had a year with the system. 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