Monthly Archives: February 2012

Buffs locked into pigtail game

by marlys good

After a lack-luster game against Rocky Mountain in Cowley Friday night, when they got their heads handed to them by the Lady Griz, 42-26, the Lady Buffs came alive and gave the Big Horn Lady Rams all they wanted and a little bit more before bowing out 51-41 Saturday on the home court.

Against Big Horn, Kirbi Anderson played as well as she has all year, scoring 18 points, grabbing seven rebounds and getting three steals.

Coach Marty Wrage said, “Kirbi played well. We tried to set her up, and the other girls did a good job getting the ball up court and getting it into her. She really was an inspiration for us to play well.”

Big Horn, which lost to highly ranked Tongue River by one point Friday night, had to dig deep to stave off the Buffs and finally pulled it off from the free-throw line where they hit 29 of 43 attempts.

The Buffs shot well from the field, 42.4 percent, but made just 13 of 31 from the charity stripe.

With Anderson, Jessica Hunt and McKenna Powers disqualified by fouls, the reserves had to step it up and step it up they did.

“We were tested, getting a little thin, but the players off the bench did a nice job all weekend,” Wrage said. “Our swing players play six quarters every night, they have all year, and with that experience, it is a lot easier to play them. Some bench players have turned from bench to starters and they fit right in quickly. They have played a lot of minutes.”

Rocky Mountain outscored the Buffs in the first half, 18-11, and in the third quarter, 16-10, to take the important conference win Friday. Looking to find positives in the loss, Coach Wrage said the team took an unprecedented 58 shots from the field; unfortunately they connected on just 12.

“W got lots of shots, shots where we wanted them, lots of opportunities. The problem was we missed them – in the lane, on the wing, bank shots. It was frustrating for the girls and it was frustrating to watch.”

Wrage admitted “it is pretty hard to stay positive when you are playing good defense, making it tough for the opponent, getting a lot of shots, and getting rebounds (and still lose)…the best thing is we bounced back and played well Saturday.”

Greybull hosts Tongue River Friday in at 5:30. Wrage said “we are going to prepare this week to play next week (in the Class 2A West Regional pigtail game versus Riverside). We’ll use what we need and get ready for Monday’s game.”

Fans are reminded that the pigtail game is considered part of the regional and there will be an admission charge.

Friday is senior night. Honored will be Alex Powers (out for the season with an injured knee), Kirbi Anderson, Jessica Hunt, Lindsay Kern and Soila Hernandez.

Greybull 6    5  5  10 – 26

Rocky Mt. 8  10  8  16 – 42

GREYBULL —  Michaela Denniston 4, Jessica Hunt 6, Ceirra Carlson 5, Kirbi Anderson 5, Brett Stephens 4, McKenna Powers 2. Totals 12-58 2-12 26.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 32 (Denniston 9, Carlson 8).  ASSISTS – Greybull 7.  STEALS – Greybull 6 (Hunt 3).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 15.

Greybull   5  10  13  13 – 41

Big Horn 12  14  11  14 – 51

GREYBULL – Anderson 18, Denniston 7, Carlson 8, Powers 2, Jordan Kraft 2, Lindsay Kern 2, Jessica Hunt 2. Totals 14-36 13-31 41.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 23 (Anderson 7).  ASSISTS – Greybull 9 (Hunt 3).  STEALS – Greybull 12 (Hunt 4).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 21.

Buffs looking like a No. 3 seed

by nathan oster

In a near carbon-copy from their first meeting, Greybull and Rocky Mountain once again went down to the wire Friday night in Cowley.  And once again, it was the Grizzlies who came out on top.

This time, the final was 51-49.

Back on Jan. 19 at Buff Gym, it was 54-50.

“They were the better team, for the second time,” said Coach Jim Prather. With it being the Buffs final conference game and the two teams jockeying for the No. 2 seed in the conference race, Prather had made the Grizzlies the focal point of practice last week.

But Rocky Mountain came out blazing, hitting three straight triples to build a quick 9-0 lead.

The Buffs battled back, but were hurt by a pair of buzzer-beating shots in the first half.  The first, a running, one-handed 25-footer by Bryce Ward, stretched the Rocky lead to 16-0.

A basket by Cannon Simmons just before the halftime buzzer provided another jolt of momentum for the Grizzlies, who went in at the half leading 26-24.

In spite of all that, the Buffs would not go away.  At one point in the fourth quarter, Greybull led by five.  With two minutes to go, the game was tied.  But just like at Buff Gym, it was the Grizzlies who made the big plays down the stretch.

“We don’t match up well with them,” said Prather. “Their strength is quickness on the perimeter.  They start four kids who are quick, shifty-type players, and we just have a hard time matching up with them.

“On top of that, they have a very efficient game plan offensively that involves running the clock, and for them, looking for high percentage shots like lay-ins and wide-open threes.”

Of his team’s early 9-0 deficit and the two momentum-killing, first-half buzzer beaters, Prather said simply, “You can’t overcome plays like that on the road if you aren’t at your best.

“It was disappointing in the sense that despite giving up the three threes early, and despite the two buzzer beaters, we were still able to get a five-point lead in the fourth quarter and we still had our opportunities in the last minute with free throws and possessions that we could have gotten out of there with the win. But we missed the free throws and had a couple of turnovers.

“We have to play our best ball for the duration of the game to win on the road, and that’s especially true come playoff time.”

Statistically it wasn’t a bad game for the Buffs. They had just 14 turnovers and shot a respectable 42 percent from the field.  But they didn’t capitalize on their trips to the charity stripe, sinking just 5 of 13, or 38 percent. Rocky didn’t help itself from the line either, as the Grizzlies hit 9 of 29, or 31 percent.

Kason Clutter paced the Buffs with 13, followed by Hayden Goton with eight.

With the loss, the Buffs relinquished the grip on the No. 2 seed in the conference.  Heading into the final weekend, Greybull has three conference losses.  Rocky has two and plays conference top dog Lovell, but even if they lose, the Grizzlies will own the tiebreaker over the Buffs based on head-to-head meetings.

Does it matter come regional time, being a 2 or a 3?

“I don’t think so,” said Prather. “You are going to have to win two games to advance. Ultimately we are going to have to beat two pretty good basketball teams. It doesn’t matter where you are seeded. In fact, it could be a bright spot.  Historically, three seeds have done pretty well in that tournament. Every year, a three seed makes it through. Maybe this year it’ll be us.”

Prather admitted being concerned about how his team would play Saturday against Big Horn, especially given the toughness of the loss just hours earlier in Cowley.  But to their credit, the Buffs “dispelled that by playing aggressively from the get go,” Prather said.

Facing a team that had been playing well, and which one night earlier had beaten Tongue River, the Buffs built a 17-10 lead after one, and led at every quarter stop en route to the 61-54 victory.

Greybull’s two big men had big games, with both Hayden Goton and Neil Getzfreid netting 14 points in the win.

“It was a point of emphasis all week to get the ball to certain spots,” Prather said. “In that game, Hayden and Neil had big games.  They finished, and when they didn’t, they were able to draw fouls.”

On a positive note, the Buffs were back at full strength, welcoming Quinton Haley back into the rotation.  Wyatt Good, who also missed time recently, also contributed quality minutes in both games for the Buffs.


This week

The Buffs will close out the regular season by hosting Tongue River on Friday. Tip times are 4 p.m. for the junior varsity, 5:30 p.m. for the varsity.  It will be Senior Night, as the Buffs salute the following players who will be playing for the final time on their  home floor:  Austin Frazier, Edward DeCabooter, Travis Sylvester, Neil Getzfreid, Hayden Goton and Brady Shoemaker.

To beat Tongue River, the Buffs will need to contain Stephen Yellowtail. They didn’t in the first meeting, a 72-64 win for the Eagles. “If we can do that,” Prather said, “We will give ourselves a good opportunity to win.”


Greybull 10 14 11 14 — 49

Rocky Mt. 16 10 10 15 — 51

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 0 1-2 1, Austin Frazier 3 0-0 6, Wyatt Good 2 2-3 6, Kason Clutter 6 1-3 13, Quinton Haley 1 0-0 2, Travis Sylvester 2 0-2 4, Neil Getzfreid 3 1-2 7, Hayden Goton 4 0-0 8, Brady Shoemaker 1 0-0 2.  Totals 22-53 5-13 49.

ROCKY MT — M. Bernhisel 2 5-6 10, S. Wocicki 4 0-2 8, J. Jewell 2 1-5 5, K. Winland 1 0-7 2, D. Romero 4 2-6 14, C. Simmons 2 0-0 4, B. Ward 3 1-3 8.  Totals 18 9-29 51.

3-POINT GOALS — Romero 4, Ward, Bernhisel.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 31 (Getzfreid 8).  STEALS — Greybull 13 (Clutter 3).  ASSISTS — Greybull 12 (Clutter 5).  TURNOVERS —Greybull 14.


Big Horn 10 14 13 17 — 54

Greybull 17 14 12 21 — 64

BIG HORN — Williams 3 2-2 8, Wigglesworth 9 0-0 19, McCafferty 6 0-2 13, Chapman 0 2-2 2, Mort 1 0-1 2, Ibach 1 0-0 2, Newman 2 0-0 4, Eisele 2 0-0 4.  Totals 24 4-7 54.

GREYBULL — Frazier 4 4-5 12, Edward DeCabooter 1 0-0 2, Good 1 0-0 2, Clutter 2 2-2 7, Haley 2 2-3 6, Sylvester 1 3-5 5, Getzfreid 5 4-4 14, Goton 6 2-6 14, Shoemaker 1 0-0 2.  Totals 23 17-25 64.

3-POINT GOALS — Wigglesworth, McCafferty;  Clutter.  REBOUNDS — REBOUNDS —Greybull 34 (Frazier, Goton 7) .  STEALS — Greybull 9.  ASSISTS — Greybull 17 (Sylvester 6).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 19.





Twenty apply for superintendent vacancy

by nathan oster

With Gary Meredith retiring this year, Big Horn County School District No. 3 has begun the process of selecting its next superintendent.

Dave Haller, chairman of the school board, said the district received 20 applications and that a committee of school employees and community members is now whittling the list to identify the candidates who will be brought in for interviews.

The school board is expected to review the applications when it meets for its monthly meeting on Feb. 14.

Meredith, who sits on the committee, said he is “very pleased with the quality of the applicants.”

The school district has taken a different approach to filling this opening.

The last time, when the task was filling the post vacated by Craig Sorensen, the district hired the Wyoming School Board Association to guide it through the search process. That process led to the hiring of Martha Young.

This time, the board opted to go it alone. Rather than hiring the WSBA, the district treated the opening like any other vacancy, running ads on the WSBA website and elsewhere.

When asked about the “reach” of the advertising, Meredith said this approach “worked very well.  There was no issue with that. The ad was posted … and within 24 hours, I had a call from someone in South Carolina.”

The committee overseeing the search, in addition to Meredith, consists of Jim Prather, Sandy Menke, Sara Schlattmann and Paula Scott, all of whom are school employees, as well as board member Jamie Flitner.

Meredith said the committee intends to meet again Friday, Feb. 10 to select a group of finalists. Those candidates will then hand those candidates over to four different committees — school board, school staff, community stakeholders and central office/administration.

The finalists will interview with each of those committees, with the window of those interviews likely being between Feb. 20 and March 9.

Meredith said he hopes to be in a position to make a recommendation to the school board in March.

Former town official arrested for larceny

by nathan oster

Greybull’s former public works director was arrested Friday on multiple felony and misdemeanor counts of larceny by bailee (public servant), some dating back as far as 2007.

Randy Rumpler, 52, made his initial appearance in court Monday. He sat quietly while Judge Randy Royal read the particulars of the charges against him, all of which stem from a months-long investigation conducted by members of the Greybull Police Department and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation.

Rumpler is charged with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts, and in court Monday, he entered a plea of not guilty to the misdemeanor charges.

Royal set a $10,000 signature bond for Rumpler and scheduled the preliminary hearing on the two felony counts for Monday, Feb. 13, although all parties agreed that the proceeding would likely be continued to a later date.

The Greybull Town Council fired Rumpler in November. At the time, it followed the recommendation of Mayor Frank Houk, who in a subsequent interview alleged that Rumpler had converted assets of the town for personal purposes.

The specifics of those allegations are spelled out in the Affidavit of Probable Cause, which was filed with the court on Feb. 3, the day Rumpler was arrested at his home in the 300 block of Ninth Avenue North.

All four of the charges against Rumpler fall under the header of “larceny by bailee.”

Wyoming statute provides that “a bailee, a public servant or any person entrusted with the control, care or custody of any money or any other property who, with intent to steal or to deprive the owner of the property, converts the property to his own or another’s use” is guilty of larceny.

The dollar amount of the items alleged to have been converted is what determines whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor.  If the value of the property is more than $1,000, it is a felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years, a fine of not more than $10,000, or both.

If the value is less than $1,000, it’s a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months, a fine of not more than $750, or both.

The first felony count against Rumpler alleges that on or about Oct. 23, 2010, he sold 65 pounds of stainless steel, 760 pounds of yellow brass and 260 pounds of copper belonging to the town to Pacific Steel and Recycling.

The value of those items was set at $1,514.50.

The second felony count alleges that on or about June 6, 2007, Rumpler purchased a 6.5 horsepower industrial generator for the town, then took the generator to his own residence for his own use.

He later allegedly traded that generator, valued at more than $1,000, to another town employee, Mike Packer, for a smaller generator that Packer had purchased from Greybull Building Center. The affidavit further alleges that Rumpler had GBC change the invoice from Packer’s name and had it billed to the town.

The first of the two misdemeanor counts against Rumpler alleges that on or about July 1, 2011, he sold 230 pounds of yellow brass and 72 pounds of copper belonging to the town and totaling $491.90, to Pacific Steel and Recycling, and did so in his own name and not as a public employee.

The second misdemeanor count alleges that on or between May/June of 2009 and the spring of 2011, he took leftover wood flooring that was purchased by the town for installation at the Herb Asp Community Center and installed some of it in the dining room of his residence. He also allegedly traded two boxes of the wood flooring to Bill Roady for two bags of reloading shot.

The affidavit further alleges that Rumpler purchased supplies for his side business of fixing chainsaws with his Town of Greybull credit card.  The items were purchased at Greybull Building Center, and Rumpler has since returned them, according to the document.

The affidavit describes how a tip from a local resident who knew Rumpler and had concerns about him “taking advantage of his position” led authorities to launch the investigation.

According to court documents, Rumpler told the tipster in the fall of 2010 that he planned to take a pile of brass to Billings to sell because the city did not do anything with it.  A short time later, Rumpler allegedly told him that he had sold the brass and used the money to buy things and pay off some bills.

Rumper allegedly made comments to this person that he felt the town “owed” him because he was a salaried employee and worked a lot of overtime and was not compensated for that time.

As part of the investigation, DCI agent Juliet Vibe interviewed Greybull Recreation District Director Chris Waite last December about the wood flooring that would become central to one of the two misdemeanors against Rumpler.

Sometime during the winter of 2008 or spring of 2009, Rumpler measured the bathrooms and roller rink storage area for new flooring.

That flooring was installed in May/June of 2009 by the Rocky Mountain Work and Witness team, which came to the community and volunteered its time on various projects.

Waite recalled that there were “five to six” boxes of flooring leftover, and that those boxes sat at the Community Hall for quite some time before Rumpler sent a town employee over to retrieve them.

In the spring of 2011, when the recreation district was planning to put new flooring in the front entrance to the skating rink, Waite contacted Rumpler to see if the leftover flooring was still available.

Rumpler allegedly informed him that it had been used and there wasn’t any left.  Waite proceeded to order additional flooring for the entryway.

The wood flooring that allegedly was not used in Rumpler’s home was later traded to Bill Roady in exchange for two bags of reloading shot.  Roady insisted to Agent Vibe that he did not know how Rumpler had come to acquire the flooring.

John Frentheway, the deputy Big Horn County attorney, told Judge Royal that he did not believe Rumpler was a flight risk and would appear in court to answer to the charges against him.

Rumpler’s attorney, Adam Sisk of Cody, agreed, saying that Rumpler was aware “for quite some time” of the potential for charges to be brought against him, and that there was “absolutely no risk” that he would leave and not return to court.

“He has already spent three nights in jail, and he knows the consequences of not coming back,” said Sisk.  “Plus he has no criminal history.”

Sisk asked that Rumpler be released on his own recognizance, and while in agreement that he wasn’t a flight risk, Royal still opted to set bond at $10,000.

On a related note, Rumpler has filed an appeal of the town’s decision to terminate him and the hearing on that matter has been scheduled for early March at Town Hall.

Rumpler was a town employee for nearly 25 years, dating back to his hiring in June of 1987.  He became public works director in June of 2007, when he replaced Ron Vanderpool.

Hetzel only placer at Riverton tourney

by nathan oster

Greybull-Riverside didn’t make much noise in the varsity division at the Ron Thon Memorial, producing only a fourth-place finish by 160-pounder Nathan Hetzel and 22 team points in what is widely considered to be the most competitive prep tournament of the season in Wyoming.

Held in Riverton, the Ron Thon attracted 706 wrestlers from 41 Wyoming teams.

Gillette won the team title with 217 points, followed by Cheyenne East (194) and Douglas (159.5).  Lovell was tops among the 2A West teams in the field, taking ninth with 99 points.  Cokeville, with 50 points, ranked 17th.  G-R landed in 25th, getting points not only from Hetzel but also Stephen Kerr in the 138-pound division.

“It was a very tough tournament, but I thought the way we were wrestling was good,” said Coach Mark Sanford, who actually entered the majority of his kids in the junior varsity division. “The thing is, at that level, you cannot make big mistakes. Sometimes, you can’t even make little mistakes.  And you have to wrestle the full six minutes…you can’t let up.”

Sanford said the effort was there, and were it not for an injury to Gabe Villegas, it would have gone down as a positive, learning experience for the Buffs.

If there was a downer, it was the Villegas injury. After an opening-round bye, he was engaged with his first opponent, and wrestling well, when he suffered what appeared to be a dislocated elbow. He was taken to a hospital and checked out. His status moving forward is uncertain, Sanford said.

Hetzel was the team’s top finisher.  The No. 4 seed going in, he opened with a pin of a Star Valley opponent, then needed to face his old nemesis, Jacob Beck of Lovell. As he did at the Greybull tourney, Hetzel came out on top — although this time it was much closer, with Hetzel surviving 7-5 in overtime.

In the semifinals, he ran into Tanner Olson of Gillette. Olson came out on top 7-1 and went on to win the title.  Hetzel, though, came back nicely, defeating Tyler Patterson of Powell 6-4 to earn a spot in the third-place match. In it, he got pinned by Lane Reed of Douglas in 3:57.

“He hit the No. 1 and the No. 3 seeds — those are the only two kids who beat him,” said Sanford. “I was pleased with Nate, especially since he really wasn’t feeling all that well going in.”

Sanford also had high praise for Kerr, who went 2-2 at 138 pounds and just missed earning a spot in the place matches.  “He went on a nice little run on the backside” after losing to the No. 4 seed,” Sanford said. His victories came over wrestlers from Rawlins and Worland.

“Not a bad showing for Stephen, although it would have been great if he could have gotten one or two more wins,” Sanford said.

G-R’s other varsity wrestlers went two and out.

Matt Grovenstein, the team’s 120-pounder, lost to the No. 1 seed, then fell victim to “walking into a nice headlock” in a match-up with a wrestler from Green River.

At 132, Levi Kelly drew an opponent from Evanston, and although he jumped out to an early lead, he couldn’t hold it and lost 17-4.  Kelly — and other Buffs — learned the hard way that Evanston kids wrestle very well from the bottom position, Sanford said. Kelly also lost his second match, falling to a Glenrock wrestler.

Luke Zeller found himself in “probably the tournament’s toughest weight class,” with “a lot of quality kids in the mix there, ” according to Sanford. The No. 3 seed going in, Zeller lost to a kid from Evanston 10-6.  The match was tied 6-6 when Zeller went for the win, but got taken down and gave up a two-point nearfall. Zeller then lost to “a quality kid” from Riverton.

Zeller wasn’t the only 2A wrestler to struggle in Riverton.  Nathan Grant of Lovell did not place either.  Jake Jones of Rocky Mountain, finished behind both Grant and Zeller in Greybull, was the only one of the elite 2A 152-pounders who placed, and he finished sixth.


JV division

Several Buffs had standout performances in the junior varsity division.

At 112, Kyle Strasheim went 2-2 and came within a one round of placing.

Chris Ogg “wrestled really well,” winning six of his eight matches to finish fourth at 120.  He opened with a pin, lost 6-5 to a Sheridan kid who had beaten him earlier in Powell, then rallied “on the backside” to win five straight before dropping his finale in the third-place match.

Jesus Burgos went 3-2 at 138 pounds but did not place.

Spencer Redland won four of his five matches at 170 pounds and placed third.  The only one he lost, though, was a big one.  That’s because his opponent was a kid from Dubois, Jesse Hawk, who he had split with earlier in the season.  With the win, Hawk has now won two of the three matches and will likely get a higher seed at regionals. That said, the loss should not overshadow what was otherwise a very good effort by Redland, according to Sanford.

Zane Edeler was a real force at 220 pounds.  By weekend’s end, he was kicking himself for his only loss.  After beating kids from Kemmerer and Cheyenne East, Edeler found himself up against a Powell kid in the semifinals — and was winning the match 10-3 when he got put on his back and pinned. The Powell kid went on to win the JV title, while Edeler wiped the mat with his next opponent, needing less than a minute to register the pin and earn the third-place finish.

Trenton Kelly, the team’s heavyweight, went two and out and did not place.

G-R closes out the regular season with a 6 p.m. dual today (Thursday, Feb. 9) in Cody.


Buffs win the big ones, fall in Ethete

Neil Getzfreid pulls down a rebound in the Riverside game.

by nathan oster

Coming off a string of “lackluster” performances, Coach Jim Prather and the Greybull Buffs entered a crucial tripleheader against Riverside, Lovell and Wyoming Indian last week knowing that they needed to start building momentum for the upcoming Class 2A West Regional in Riverton.

By the end of the weekend, they had done just that, winning the two games that mattered most — 50-47 over Riverside on Thursday and 60-58 over top-ranked Lovell on Friday — and giving Wyoming Indian all it wanted before faltering late and losing 82-63 Saturday in Ethete.

In the process, the Buffs improved to 14-6 overall and put themselves in prime position to lock down the conference’s No. 2 seed for the regional tournament.

“Absolutely, it was a successful weekend,” said Prather. “We got the two games we needed — the conference games — and we played better than we had in a long time.”

The weekend did not start well, however.

Facing a Riverside team they had clubbed earlier in the season, the Buffs came out flat. Two minutes in, all five starters were on the bench.  “In a game as important as that one, I fully expected the kids to come out and play with the intensity and focus that generally characterizes our team,” Prather said of the starters’ benching.  “I didn’t feel like we had that early on. We had some defensive lapses, and some poor decisions on defense.

“I’ve learned in my years of experience that there’s one thing that captures the attention of athletes — and that’s playing time.  The other attempts and methods hadn’t worked too well up until that point.”

The “second five” of Wyatt Good, Brady Shoemaker, Paul Stewart, Payton Gonzalez and Edward DeCabooter played the majority of the minutes in the first quarter — and played well. Although they trailed 17-8 after one, the Buffs were in the process of “righting the ship,” Prather felt.

The momentum didn’t really begin to swing, though, until the 7:00 mark of the second when Prather reinserted the trio of Kason Clutter, Austin Frazier and Travis Sylvester.  When they checked in, Riverside led 19-8.

The Buffs immediately went on a 10-3 run to get back within four, at 22-18.

That set the stage for a three-point bomb at the buzzer by Frazier that pulled the Buffs to within one, 27-26.

“That really gave us momentum and a big emotional lift,” Prather said. “To have played as poorly as we did, and to be down by only one going in, was huge.”

The teams traded leads throughout the second half.  The Buffs pulled away later, however, getting a clutch three-ball from Frazier and then, in the final minute, getting a steal and a bucket by Gonzalez, a field goal from Hayden Goton and free throws from Sylvester and Frazier to seal the deal.

Frazier finished with 18 followed by Clutter with 10.  Riverside got good production from its top guns, as Brynnt Wood netted 17 — none in the fourth quarter, however — and Clint Getzfreid chipped in 16.

Prather said the key to the victory was defense, noting that his team gave up just 30 points total over the last three quarters. “We played with a lot more tenacity (after the first quarter),” he said.

The Buffs used the come-from-behind victory as a springboard into Friday’s game with Lovell.

“An emotional, hard-fought win like that can do wonders for morale,” Prather said. “For us, it was something we needed. We had been playing some lackluster ball the last couple of weeks. We felt good going into Friday’s game.”

In every season, there are wins … and then there are signature wins.  Greybull’s wire-to-wire, 60-58 win over the No. 1 ranked, and only twice-beaten Bulldogs, will go down as one of the latter.

When the two teams met earlier this season, it was all Lovell. But the rematch was a dogfight, as the Buffs better defended Lovell’s top two scorers, Brandon May and Cody Savage, and were better on the boards and in the turnover column.  Travis Sylvester and Hayden Goton were credited with “manning up” on May and Savage, respectively.

“The entire game was a better reflection of what we expect to do each time out, and that’s to play with tenacity on the defensive end, to get after the boards on both ends — we outrebounded Lovell at both ends — and to play with more confidence offensively.

“It was huge that we hit a couple of shots early and jumped out to an early lead.  The kids seemed to play with more spark and fire after that.”

Playing inspired ball, the Buffs led 17-8 after one and 34-25 at the half.  The Bulldogs made several runs at them in the second half, on several occasions trimming the lead to just a single point, but never took the lead.

The Buffs used a pair of clutch baskets by Clutter — one a three, the other a runner in the lane — as well as four big free throws by Neil Getzfreid to finish off the Bulldogs.  Frazier again led the way with 18, followed by Clutter with 13 and Getzfreid with 13.

Greybull finished with 39 rebounds — 11 by Goton — and 12 assists — six by Sylvester — to go along with only 14 turnovers. Two more telling stats: Greybull shot 42 percent from the field and 62 percent from the line.

“To me, I think (this game) affirmed my belief all year that we are capable of playing with anyone in 2A.  But in order to do that, we have to execute in all facets of the game.  The kids recognized they hadn’t done as well as they could.”

After the two emotional wins, it would have been easy for the Buffs to simply go through the motions Saturday in Ethete. But they went there to win. After one, the Buffs led.  At the half, they trailed by seven. And after three, the deficit was 12.

But Greybull cut the lead to seven, and had the ball, midway through the fourth quarter, but could get no closer. It was too much Wyoming Indian — and John Sounding Sides.

“A phenominal offensive player,” Sounding Sides netted 42 points, which included seven three-pointers.  “He hit a bunch — some contested, some from so far away we maybe didn’t think we needed to guard him,” laughed Prather. “He’s simply a great player.”

This week

The Buffs will close out the conference schedule with a  road game at Rocky Mountain Friday before returning to Buff Gym Saturday for an encounter with Big Horn.

The Griz won the first meeting.  But with their win over Lovell, the Buffs can go a long way toward locking down the No. 2 seed with a win in Cowley. The keys to victory are “finishing inside” — the Buffs missed a number of shots in close in the first meeting — and to take better care of the ball.”

Riverside 17 10 11   9 – 47

Greybull   8 18 11 13 – 50

RIVERSIDE – Getzfreid 5 4-4 16, Herman 3 0-0 8, Miller 1 2-3 4, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Wood 6 5-11 17.  Totals 16 11-18 47.

GREYBULL – Payton Gonzalez 2 1-2 5, Austin Frazier 5 5-6 18, Edward DeCabooter 0 0-2 0, Wyatt Good 0 1-2 1, Kason Clutter 4 0-2 10, Travis Sylvester 0 1-3 1, Neil Getzfreid 3 0-0 6, Hayden Goton 3 0-0 6, Brady Shoemaker 1 1-2 3.  Totals 18 9-19 50.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 31 (Getzfreid 11).  STEALS – Greybull 17 (Gonzalez 5).  ASSISTS – Greybull 13 (Sylvester 5).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 19.

Lovell   8 17 14 19 – 58

Greybull 17 17 12 13 – 60

LOVELL – May 3 2-2 9, McArthur 3 2-3 9, Hinckley 0 0-1 0, May 1 1-2 3, Baxendale 1 1-2 3, Hultgren 2 2-7 6, Clark 6 1-1 13, Savage 6 3-5 15.  Totals 22 11-18 58.

GREYBULL – Frazier 8 2-6 18, DeCabooter 1 0-0 2, Clutter 3 6-7 13, Sylvester 3 0-3 6, Getzfreid 4 5-5 13, Goton 3 0-0 6, Goton 1 0-0 2.  Totals 23 13-21 60.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 39 (Goton 11).  STEALS – Greybull 8 (Clutter 4).  ASSISTS – Greybull 12 (Sylvester 6).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 14.

Greybull 16 18 15 14 – 63

Wyo. Indian 15 28 18 21 – 82

GREYBULL – Frazier 6 3-6 18, DeCabooter 1 0-0 2, Wyatt Good 1 0-0 3, Clutter 8 1-3 20, Sylvester 2 0-0 4, Paul Stewart 0 2-4 2, Getzfreid 4 1-2 10, Goton 0 2-2 2, Shoemaker 1 0-0 2.  Totals 23 9-17 63.

WYO INDIAN – Aragon 4 0-0 8, Clifford 2 2-2 7, Howell 1 0-0 2, Mitchell 2 1-1 5, Longtime Sleeping 1 2-2 4, Spoonhunter 5 0-0 12, Soundingsides 15 5-5 42, Williamson 1 0-0 2.  Totals 31 10-10 82.

REBOUNDS – Greybull 43 (Getzfreid 10).  STEALS – Greybull 4.  ASSISTS – Greybull 13 (Sylvester 7).  TURNOVERS – Greybull 28.

G&F pre-season setting meeting set Feb. 16

The Wyoming Game & Fish Department is increasing efforts to communicate and coordinate with the hunting public beginning with “pre-season setting” meetings this year.  The meeting in Greybull is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 16, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greybull Town Hall meeting room.

Tom Easterly, wildlife biologist from Greybull, said, “Typically, we hold our hunting season meetings after we’ve already formulated the hunting seasons.  This year, we’ll be trying something different.”

“These ‘pre-season’ meetings will give the public an opportunity to express their opinions before we develop our opinions. They’ve held several pre-season meetings in other towns across the state,” Easterly said, “and it sounds like they’ve been well attended with some constructive suggestions provided by the public.”  A similar meeting was held Jan. 8 in Lovell.

However, Easterly cautions that, “We’re still forced to operate within the hunting season structures outlined in the application booklets that are already available to the public.”

The 2012 application booklet was released to the public back in late December or early January.  License types and opening dates were printed in those booklets.  Some limitations were also listed.  Easterly added, “We have some wiggle room to get more liberal with the seasons, but we cannot get more restrictive than what was printed in the application booklets.”

“We can’t always change seasons to suit one person’s desires,” Easterly added, “but we have made changes based on public input in the past.  If a person attends a pre-season meeting, they can also attend the regular public meeting to see if we were able to incorporate their recommendations or if not they’ll find out why.”

The regular public hunting season meetings will also be held across the state.  Easterly said that the usual meeting was already scheduled for March 22, also at Greybull Town Hall, 6 to 8 p.m. If someone cannot make the pre-season meeting, they can still visit with Game & Fish personnel about the 2012 season after they’ve been formally proposed and discussed within the agency.

Mable Clair Darr

July 3, 1923 – Jan. 22, 2012

Cremation has taken place and no services are planned for longtime Basin resident Mable Clair Darr. Mable, 88, died Jan. 22 in Springfield, Ohio.

She was born July 3, 1923, in Scobey, Mont., the daughter and youngest child of Martin and Alice Arveson Wang. Her mother died 10 days after Mable’s birth and when Mable was 3 months old, she was adopted by William D. and Mary Gordon Alderdice.

The family moved from Montana to Wyoming where Mable attended schools in Greybull and Basin. She graduated from Basin High School in 1941 and married Harold E. Darr on Aug. 17, 1941, in Red Lodge, Mont.

Mable worked as a bank teller for many years, but her main enjoyment and interest was making a comfortable home for her husband and children. She enjoyed sewing, handcrafts, baking and visiting with neighbors and friends. She will be remembered for her smile and the twinkle in her eyes.

A life-long Mormon, Mable also participated in activities at the United Methodist Church in Basin, where her husband was a member.

Her husband, parents and three sisters preceded her in death.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Richard and Lucy Darr of Yellow Springs, Ohio; two daughters, Carolyn Darr of Fort Collins, Colo. and Dr. Marilyn Darr of Vancouver, Wash.; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the local Humane Society or animal care charity of your choice.

Harry R. Mills Jr.

June 15, 1946 – Jan. 31, 2012

Memorial services for Harry R. Mills Jr. of Riverton will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Bryant Funeral Home Chapel in Worland. Harry, 65, died Jan. 31 at the Riverton Memorial Hospital.

He was born June 15, 1946, in Basin, the son of Harry R. Mills Sr. and Evelyn Ellison Mills. He spent his childhood in Basin.

He served four years in the United States Air Force, including 13 months in Korea.

He married Sheryl Schneider May 21, 1966, in Basin.

In 1967 the family moved to Riverton and purchased Wind River Implement. He later owned the Heath Motel (now Jack Pine). He sold the motel and purchased Piazzon’s Pizza in Worland, drove truck for Black Hills Bentonite and later worked as a chemical sales engineer for Petrolite.

The couple returned to Riverton in the mid 1990s where he managed Rushmore Homes. He became an outside sales representative for Bailey Enterprises until forced to retire due to ill health.

Mr. Mills served on the Search and Rescue of Washakie County and on the Worland City Council. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Worland.

He was of the Baptist faith.

While his family was always his first priority, Mr. Mills enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, woodworking and go-kart racing with his friends and family.

His parents, a son, Brandon Clay Mills, and his sister Janie Mills preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Sheryl Mills of Riverton; son Harry Mills III and daughter-in-law Brandy Boltz of Worland; daughter Tanya Paxton of Worland; brother and sister-in-law Tim and Anita Mills of Shell; sister and brother-in-law, Donna and Harold Aagard of Worland; one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law and eight grandchildren.

Inurnment was at Riverview Cemetery in Worland with military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 44 of Worland.

Arrests made in burglary investigation

Arrests made in burglary investigation

by karla pomeroy

Two Basin residents, formerly of Greybull, were arrested last week in connection to area burglaries.

Basin Chief of Police Chris Kampbell said John Henry Owen, 52, and Anna Marie Davies, 46, were arrested Tuesday, Jan. 24, following the execution of several search warrants at several locations in Basin and Greybull. Owen, who has previous drug and a burglary conviction in Washington state, has been charged with two counts of felony possession of marijuana for third or subsequent offense and one count of buying or receiving stolen property. The two drug charges carry a penalty of not more than five years imprisonment or $5,000 fine or both. The possession of stolen property felony carries a penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.

Davis has been charged with two misdemeanor possession of marijuana charges and a felony count of possession of stolen property.

Kampbell said the investigation is ongoing with additional charges pending. He said other persons may be involved as well.

The investigation began with the Basin Police Department investigating the theft of the Stockman’s Bar that occurred between Dec. 26-27. He said the initial search warrant was to search for evidence from that burglary, along with evidence from the Hi Way Bar & Café that occurred the same time.

Drug paraphernalia was discovered during the first search at the home in the 500 block of North Sixth and a subsequent search warrant was issued for the home to seize the drug paraphernalia.

Possible evidence from a burglary at the Silver Spur in Greybull was also discovered and the Greybull Police Department obtained their own search warrant for the home in Basin.

Additional searches were conducted at other locations, Kampbell said, including locations in Greybull.

Owens is being held on a $100,000 cash bond with a preliminary hearing tentatively set for 1:30 p.m., Feb. 6. Davies is being held on a $10,000 cash bond with a preliminary hearing set for Feb. 27.

“These arrests are the efforts of combined work between the Basin Police Department, Greybull Police Department and Big Horn County Sheriff’s Office all working together. Teamwork and communication between all our officers in the Basin Police Department and all the agencies brought us to this point in this case,” Kampbell said.