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CHRONICLE November 29, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 9 BY DAVID PECK A record of 49-4, two state championships. That's the legacy the 2012-13 Lovell Lady Bulldogs will work to fulfill as they begin their quest for a three-peat. No pressure. Third-year coach Chris Ed- wards i's again assisted by junior varsity coach Dave Scheffler and freshman coach Bruce Morrison, and the trio is cun:ently working with 23 players, six of whom saw action during the 2011-12 cam- paign. The roster includes seven seniors, two juniors, five sopho- mores and nine freshmen. Gone are graduating seniors Alyssa Geiser, Miranda Griffis, Erin Robertson, Jodi Walker and Leanne Winterholler, as well as freshman Hannah McCurley, who moved to another state. All five of the seniors were major contribu- tors and carried much of the scor- ing punch. But six players with varsi- ty experience return, including 2011-12 leading scorer Amanda Shumway. With experience re- turning, practices have been go- ing well, Edwards said. "We've had nine practices so far," he said. "As coaches we've been pleased with the intensity and effort of the practices. The upper classmen are leading the drills, and they're comfortable and familiar with what we want. "These girls want to create their own path. Coming offvolley- ball (state title) and having suc- cess has given them confidence in their abilities." Edwards said the Lady Bull- dogs will have great versatility this season, with the ability to run either a tall or smaller and quicker lineup. "We have good size this year and will be able to utilize the size we have. We have strong wing players who have size, too. "Defensively, we will chal- lenge people and pressure guards. We have the mindset to challenge everyone and not sit back and let other teams run their offense with ease." If the team has a weakness it is inexperience among the guards after the graduation of start- ers Geiser and Winterholler, Ed- wards said. "The girls are working hard, and all of them want to improve their ball-handling skills and make the proper decisions with the ball," he said. Kassi Renner races down the court Monday afternoon at the LHS Gym. DAVID PECK during a fast-break drill THE LINEUP the point, Edwards said. The Lady Bulldogs lost four- Ellis, a senior, gets the nod year starter Geiser to graduation at the "two" guard. She was a top and will be inexperienced at the player off the bench and started point guard, though Edwards ex- when Winterholler was injured pressed confidence in the play- for a game or two last season. A ers he has. Likely to start will valuable contributor to the team's be sophomore Lauren Hinckley,success last year, Ellis is a good who Edwards said has good ball- shooter from the outside but is handling skills and a good jump also a quick and athletic play- shot, as well as having the atti- er who can "get to the rim," Ed- tude of a competitor, wards noted. Spelling Hinckley will be Likely starting on the wing quick senior Dominique Allred, and also seeing time at the "two" who has seen lots of playing time guard will be senior Kassidy Het- on the junior varsity to get ready land, who came off the bench a for the jump to varsity this sea- year ago for the varsity squad son. Chelsey Ellis can also play and saw a lot of time. "Kassidy got some good expe- bounder and provides a spark in rience," Edwards said. "She is a transition for us." girl who was in the gym all sum- Also seeing time on the wing mer to work on her shooting and will be junior Kassi Renner, who ball-handling. She has a positive has shown the ability to be a good attitude and is a good shooter, jump shooter and will gain more She understands the system." confidence as she sees more play- Also starting on the wing willing time, Edwards said. be senior Amanda Shumway, who The Bulldogs have the abili- averaged 10.4 points per game to ty to start four guards and post lead the team and was selectedor run a more traditional, larg- for the Class 2A All-State team. er lineup, Edwards said, and the "Amanda has a competitive starting five will likely depend on attitude and gives the maximumthe team the Lady Bulldogs are effort all the time," Edwards facir g. As in the past, the Lady said. "She's a strong girl who can Bulldogs won't rely on one or two get inside and finish but also has players but will move the ball on a consistent jump shot from the offense and find the open player. perimeter. She's a girl who leads by example." TOURNAMENT Seniors Shyann Wilske and The Lady Bulldogs will com- Meryk McArthur will also see pete in the Riverton/Lander time on the wing, Edwards said. Tournament this weekend, with Wilske gained confidence with varsity gamesinRivertonandJV an excellent volleyball cam- contests in Lander. paign and will help the basket- The Lady Bulldogs will take ball team by taking care of the on Douglas at Riverton High ball and playing strong defense. School Friday at 3 p.m., then McArthur is back out for bas- meet Lander Saturday at 9 a.m. ketball after running indoor at the adjacent middle school. track, and Edwards said he ex-They wrap up the tournament pects her to be a strong defensive by meeting Worland Saturday at stopper with a mindset to playnoon back at RHS. pressure defense and frustrateThe Lovell JVs will meet ball-handlers. Douglas Friday at 6 p.m. at the Working inside at the "four" auxiliary gym in Lander, then will be sophomore Emilee Re- meet Landerat 12:30p.m. Satur- asch (5-11), who Edwards called day, again at the auxiliary gym. a strong, athletic girl with quick The JVs will wrap up tourna- feet that will help her out-ma- ment play Saturday at 3:30 p.m. neuver other post players, when they meet Worland at the "She has good length, which Lander Fieldhouse. allows her to be a strong rebound- er, and she'll get a lot of second- chance points," the coach said. Starting at center will be junior Kim Shumway (5-10), a strong, athletic post player, Ed- wards said, who has spent a lot of time developing her post moves over the summer and has also worked on a softer jump shot. "We're looking for Kim to be more of an assertive player," he added. Also working inside will be Bonnie Rodriguez Harback (5- 11), who Edwards said is "anoth- er athletic, physical inside pres- ence" who has shown that she can move well without the ball and be an aggressive rebounder. A versatile player who can play on the wing or inside is sophomore Chayli McArthur, Ed- wards said. DAVID PECK "She's a versatile girl who Third-year Lovell girls can play multiple positions," the basketball coach Chris coach said. "She understands the Edwards gives instructions game very well. She's a solid re- during practice on Monday. BY PATTI CARPENTER there and we will have toMandee Leonhardt is turning. Boettcher said she With five experiencedfight each game and play back in force. Boettcher is pretty skilled and he ex- seniors returning and good basketball to succeed." noted that she is a "great pects that she will be a good several juniors, sopho- The senior lineup in- defender" and one of the offensive threat this year mores and a host of fresh- cludes all-state player Kal- better rebounders on the after hitting some big shots men showing great poten- lee Jo Wilson, who is back team. for the team last year. tial, Rocky Mountain High in the mix after having back Senior Brianna Hocker Boettcher hopes to see School basketball coach surgery in August. will return with strengthjuniors Kelly Vezain, Ma- Ryan Boettcher couldn't be "We expect big things at both guard and the post, rissa Wambeke and Eliza- more pleased with the line- outofher and as always she said Boettcher. beth Barnes get more min- up of girls he will be work- brings a lot of experience to Hannah Parker will re- utes on the varsity court ing with this basketball the team," said Boettcher. turn after being out with in- this season. season. The pool of 21 girls "She is a determined kid juries most of last season. He said Vezain is a re- is the largest number he and it's good to have herThe junior lineup in- ally good "hustle player" has had to work with in the back." cludes Hannah Win- who gives 100 percent to past seven years of coach- Rachael Allred is also land, who Boettcher said her game, while Barnes is a ing the RMHS girls basket- returning. Allred ran of-has looked great in the good postplayer. ball team. fense for the team last sea- off-season. Junior Jessica Allred is "Experience-wise, we son and stepped up on the"She's been working new the team this year. basically have everyone defensive side as well, said hard to improve and is Boettcher said he ex- back from last season," said Boettcher. showing a lot of skill in her pects the four sophomores Boettcher. "We've already "She took on some of the shooting and ball-handling on the team to make an im- set good goals and we're better players last year and skills," said Boettcher. pact this season. He said feeling optimistic. There we expect to see that from All-conference player sophomore Mikaela Hock- are a lot of good teams out heragain," said Boettcher. Shauna Loman is also re- er looked good in the off- season and he expects that River, Kemmerer and Big she will have a strong pres- Piney. ence on the team. He said "These are all teams Maddie Crawford is a good from the south that we competitor, Sarah Jones is don't normally see during an instinctive player and the year," said Boettcher. Courtney Tyacke is very "We know from years past athletic. He expects all of that Wind River and Kem- the sophomores to be "in merer will be good teams." the mix" this season. On Friday, the varsity Boettcher said six fresh- squad will meet Wind River men are also "in the hunt to at Greybull High School at get some game time," in- 2:45 p.m., and the JV team cluding Destiny Tindle, Di- will play Wind River at 4:30 amond Bolten, Lily Myers, in the Old Greybull gym. Lindzy Thomas, Saman- The varsity team will play tha Beltran and Raquel Kemmerer at 6:15 p.m. at Gurrola. Riverside High School. The Big Horn Basin On Saturday, the varsi- Shootout is the first tour- ty team will play Big Piney nament of the season andat Burlington High School will be held this weekend at 2:15 p.m., and the JV Nov. 30 - Dec. 1. The girls girls will play Big Piney at will play three teams from 4 p.m. in the Burlington the south including Windauxiliary gym. Sports Calendar Thursday, November 29 Freshman basketball - Lovell Tournament JV boys vs. Lander at Lander aux. gym, 2 p.m. MS boys basketball - Rocky at Powell, 3:30 p.m. Jr. college men's bb - Stonechild at NWC, 7:30 p.m. JV girls vs. Worland at Field House, 3:30 p.m. Jr. college men's bb - Montana Western at NWC, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December I JV boys vs. Worland at Field House, 5 p.m. Friday, November 30 HS wrestling - Lovell, Rocky at Powell Tournament. 9 a.m. Women's college bb - Eastern Michigan at Wyoming, 2 p.m. HS wrestling - Lovell, Rocky at Powell Tournament, noon MS swimming - Lovell at conference tourney, Worland, 10 Jr. college men's bb - Northwest All-Stars at NWC, 3 p.m. MS boys basketball - Rocky at conference tourn., Meeteetse a.m. Men's college bb - Colorado at Wyoming, 8 p.m. Rocky vs. Ten Sleep/Cloud Peak winner, 5:40 p.m. MS boys basketball - Rocky at conference tourn., Meeteetse Sunday, December 2 HS basketball- Rocky at Big Horn Basin Shootout Rocky at 11:20 a.m. or 12:40 p.m. Pro football - Tampa Bay at Denver Broncos, 2 p.m. (Fox) JV boys vs. Wind River, Old Greybull Gym, 2:45 p.m. HS basketball - Rocky at Big Horn Basin Shootout Tuesday, December 4 Varsity girls vs. Wind River, Greybull HS, 2:45 p.m. Varsity girls vs. Big Piney, Burlington HS, 2:15 p.m. MS boys basketball - Greybull at Lovell, 4:15 p.m. JV girls vs. Wind River, Old Greybull Gym, 4:30 p.m. JV boys vs. Big Piney, Burlington #2 Gym, 2:15 p.m. Men's college basetball - Wyoming at lllinois State, 6 p.m. Varsity boys vs. Wind River, Greybull HS, 4:30 p.m. Varsity boys vs. Big Piney, Burlington HS, 4 p.m. Jr. college wrestling - Western Wyoming CC at NWC, 7:30 p.m. Varsity girls vs. Kemmerer, Riverside HS, 6:15 p.m. JV girls vs. Big Piney, Burlington #2 Gym, 4 p.m.Wednesday, December 5 Varsity boys vs. Kemmerer, Riverside HS, 8 p.m. HS basketball - Lovell at Riverton Invitational Jr. college women's bb - CWC at NWC, 5:30 p.m. HS basketball - Lovell at Riverton/Lander Invitational Girls vs. Lander at RMS, 9 a.m. Jr. college men's bb - CWC at NWC, 7:30 p.m. Varsity girls vs. Douglas at RHS, 3 p.m.Boys vs. Lander at RMS, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 6 Varsity boys vs. Douglas at RHS, 4:30 p.m. Girls vs. Worland at RHS, noon Pro football - Denver Broncos at Oakland, 6:20 p.m. (NFL JV girls vs. Douglas at Lander aux. gym. 6 p.m. Boys vs. Worland at RHS, 1:30 p.m. Net) JV boys vs. Douglas at Field House, 7:30JV girls vs. Lander at Lander aux. gym, 12:30 p.m. Women's college basketball - Wyoming at Montana, 7 p.m.