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www.LovellChronicle,com November 25, 2010 [The Lovell Chronicle I 11 Grapplers prepare for Powell Tournament BY DAVID PECK AND BRAD DEVEREAUX Local wrestling squads are working hard as they prepare for the 2010- 11 season, which begins Dec. 3-4 with the Powell Invitational. Lovell Coach Dane Mickelson said the Bulldogs are returning with experience this year and with all but three weight classes covered, he expects the team to start strong this and do well throughout the season. Senior grapplers returning for the 2010-11 season are Darren Ballard (189) and Ethan Croft (145). A core group of nine juniors will make up the majority of the team, Mickelson said. Juniors are: Preston Blankenship (103), Jesse Bassett (125), Adam Beck (140), Dimas Patina (145), Brigham Hopkin (152), Matthew Martinez (152), Eli Moody (160), Tony Rodriguez (171) and Mark Grant (189). Sophomores Jacob Beck (145), Nathan Ballard (152), Dino Collins (171) and Jacob Asay (215) are also on the roster along with freshman Hyrum Hopkin (125). Currently, the team is missing wrestlers at 112, 119 and heavyweight. Mickelson said he is still looking for students to help round out the team at those weights. He said some wrestlers would shift from their current weight classes as the season progresses. Mickelson said the Bulldogs are already conditioned well, and they are working hard to be in even better shape before competition begins. He said all but one wrestler also played football, and the team showed up at the first day of wrestling practice already primed for the season. "We're looking pretty good in the upper weight classes like always," Mickelson said. "In the lower weights, we've got at least one wrestler, and in some cases we've doubled up." Mickelson said having two wrestlers at one weight can help out during tournaments, in case the team's top wrestler in the class has a bad day. For duals, the Bulldogs will hold wrestle-offs in practice to see which wrestler gets to compete. "We have a lot of experience coming back," the coach said. "This is one of the first times we haven't had to teach the basics. They're all pretty well conditioned. We're going to focus on reviewing techniques and doing more conditioning to try to be in better shape than other teams before the first tournament." GRIZZ FEW BUT MIGHTY The Rocky Mountain Grizzlies are few in numbers as the season begins. After losing four wrestlers to graduation including state champion JR Vezain, and with no Burlington grapplers joining the squad this season, the Grizz have only six wrestlers on the roster, coach Josh Collins said, though two are returning state placers. The Grizz will build around defending state champion Kaleb Hoyt and state runner-up Jake Jones. Hoyt, a senior, won the title at 160 pounds in March and will likely move up to 171 pounds this year, Collins said. Jones placed second at 119 in the spring and will move up to 130. Also returning to the team is senior Ty Wambeke, who brings experience to the room. Wambeke will wrestle at 145 or 152, Collins said. Three others are working in the pre-season: junior Travis Hatch at 140-45, junior Francisco Sanchez at heavyweight and freshman Jake Loyning at 130-35. "Practice is going great," Collins said. "It's enjoyable so far. It will be exciting to see what we do this year." RMHS athletes honored by WHSAA Wyoming High Schools Activities Association has recognized the following fall sports teams at Rocky Mountain High School for their Scholastic Achieve- ment. Receiving the highest honor of Outstanding Scho- lastic Achievement by col- lectively achieving grade point averages of 3.50 to 4.00 were the Fall Cheer team, State Champion Volleyball team and Boys Cross Country team. The Fall Cheer team consisting of SheraLee Lynn, Caitlyn Sorenson, Ciera Coleman, Camaron Wambeke, Amber Tilley, Miranda Southworth, Maci Zier, Lacey Johnson, Syd- ney Tyacke, Lori McCrack- en, Summer Bennett and Jessica Allred had a cumu- lative grade point average of 3.79. The cheer team is led by Geranne Rasmus- sen. Volleyball team mem- bers Janelle Rowland, Mandee Leonhardt, Brian- na Hocker, Lauren Peter- son, Rachael Allred, Leslie Blackburn, Kallee Wilson and Kenia Rivera added to their cache of honors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.74. The girls are coached by Carol Mc- Millin. The Boys Cross Coun- try team capped off their State placing with a cu- mulative 3.625 grade point average. Teammates are Michael Bernhisel, L.J. Homewood, Shane Wocicki, Travis Hatch-Dohnal and Ethan Strom. John Bern- hisel leads the cross-coun- try teams. The 25-member foot- ball team was honored with the Distinguished Scholas- tic Achievement Award by collectively achieving a 3.4 grade point average. Mem- ber of the team, coached by David Hayes, are; Joey Car- roll, Guy Jones, Brandon Altman, Terry Stingley, Jake Jones, Derik Romero, Luke Leonhardt, Kyle Pe- terson, Bryce Ward, Logan Friedly, Joey Johnson, Bil- ly Gunther, Braden Grant, Dusten Bond, Russell Rob- erts, Brandon Asay, Car- los DeLaCruz, Kaleb Hoyt, Tyrell Humphries, Caleb Estes, Logan Bisby, Jessee Wilson, Xavier Mangus, Thomas Troutman and Brandon Foster. S Meeting Date Changed The Big Ham County Fair Board meeting has been moved one week earlier. The board will meet Monday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Basin. .. We have aU you need for a va  hotmealorpienic! REd n Featuring ChesterFried and WondeRoast Chicken'. Open: 8 am - 8 pm Mon.-Sat, 9 am - 6 pm Sunday. 9 E, Main, Lovell MINCHOW'S FOOD COURT 353 E. Main Lovell 548-7979 OPEN 11 am - 9 pm Mon,-Thurs.. 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