Daily Archives: October 24, 2012

Shopko celebrates opening of new store

by nathan oster

The Shopko era is officially under way in Greybull.

With the cutting of a ceremonial ribbon on Thursday morning, store manager Andy Smith welcomed shoppers who had assembled for the grand opening of the store as well as the specials and giveaways offered in conjunction with it.

Just as Pamida had done, Shopko began its association with the Greybull community by making a generous donation of $2,500 to Big Horn County School District No. 3.  Barry Bryant, the superintendent of schools, was present to accept the donation.

Mike Beckley, a regional supervisor for Shopko, said shoppers would immediately notice that the new store has a more “open atmosphere” than one they saw when they visited the old Pamida store.

He also touted the improved product lines offered by Shopko.

The Greybull store is one of approximately 170 former Pamidas being converted to Shopko Hometowns this year.

Smith called it an exciting day not only for Shopko but also for him and his team of employees, who were tasked with empting nearly a dozen semi trucks full of merchandise within a 3 ½ week period.

“This is the day we’ve been working toward,” Smith said, a sense of relief in his voice. “The team (of employees) that I’ve got here is just fantastic.  In fact, I’d take them over anybody’s else’s team…they are that good.”

According to a company release, Shopko is a $3 billion retailer that operates almost 350 stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest, Mountain, North Central and Pacific Northwest regions.

Buffs fall to Kemmerer in loser-out match

by marlys good

The Greybull Lady Buff netters survived the pigtail match to earn a berth at the Class 2A West Regional and had hopes of making it through the bracket to earn a trip to the state tournament, but it did not happen.

Greybull lost its opener to the Lady Blue of Shoshoni, 21-25, 22-25, 13-25 and then, in one of the tournament’s bright spots, got by Wind River 23-25, 25-22 25-23, 25-20 to set up a loser-out, winner-to-state match Saturday morning against the Lady Rangers from Kemmerer.

The Buffs won the first game, 25-19 and had the momentum, but Kemmerer, ranked among the top three or four  teams in 2A, wasn’t to be denied. Greybull couldn’t overcome the powerful Ranger attack, and never regained the momentum. They lost the next three games, and the match, 17-25, 21-25, 19-25.

Greybull had to pack its bags, head home, and regroup for another year.

No individual or team statistics from the regional tournament were available from the Buff coaching staff.

Coach Brittany Miller summer the tournament up by saying, “Overall the kids played outstandingly. As a coach all you can ask for is that they give maximum effort and our girls played their hearts out. They went point-for-point the first two games with Shoshoni and looked impressive and had a phenomenal win against Wind River,” a team that had beaten Greybull twice this season. As for the match with Kemmerer, Miller said, “They played hard and were so close to getting to that state tournament.”

Coach Miller said the coaches talked to the girls after the match, “telling them how proud we were of their heart and effort, and thanking our three seniors, Sarah Bockman, Biri Gallegos and Michaela Denniston, for their leadership. All three were key contributors to our team, both on and off the court.”

Then the coaches talked about next year and the direction of the GHS volleyball program.

“Last year was the first time in years we made a regional tournament, so to get there again was a huge step. Now that is our expectation every year.”

Looking at the varsity roster at regionals, in addition to her three seniors, Miller played two freshmen, Madi Edeler and Britney Fink, sophomore Brett Stephens, and juniors McKenna Powers and Ceirra Carlson. All will be returning, and returning with tournament experience, which is a big plus. “I couldn’t be more excited to start next season,” Miller said.

Miller was overwhelmed by the parent/fan support all season as well as at regionals. “We had parents feeding our team pre-game dinners, packing snacks and meals for our road trips, decorating the bus to send us to regionals.” And at the tournament, Miller said she had parents from other schools “commending the fan base from Greybull and how loud and encouraging they were. Our parents went above and beyond,” she said.

Warriors third at conference meet

by nathan oster

The Worland Warriors got top-12 finishes from every swimmer and diver on their roster en route to a third-place finish last weekend at its conference meet.

Taylor Werbelow, who attends Riverside, provided one of the highlights for the Warriors, qualifying for the state meet in the 50 freestyle. “She has been working really hard toward this goal so it was nice to see her qualify in prelims,” said Coach Kim Wyman.

Werbelow placed fifth in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.

Elizabeth Dietrich, who hails from GHS, placed fourth in the 100 freestyle and eighth in the 100 breaststroke.

Brianna Jolley claimed a third in the 200 freestyle and a fourth in the 100 butterfly.

Brittany Butz contributed an 11th in the 500 freestyle.

In the relays, Jolley and Dietrich swam on Worland’s medley relay team, which took third; Dietrick and Werbelow were on the second-place finishing 200 free relay, and Werbelow and Jolley were on Worland’s 400 free relay, which also placed second.

The Warriors are spending this week gearing up for their sate meet, which will be held this weekend in Gillette.  Prelims are Friday afternoon. Finals follow on Saturday morning.

“The team will be tapering and anxiously awaiting this culminating event,” said Wyman. “We had many successes this past weekend and too much fun! The girls swam very well and really came together as a team.  It was very exciting to be a part of.”

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