Monthly Archives: January 2013

Wrestlers win two of three duals

by nathan oster
Greybull-Riverside got an up close and personal look last week at three of its top rivals in the Big Horn Basin. In dual action, the Buffs topped Thermopolis 42-24 on Thursday before splitting with their north-end foes Lovell and Rocky Mountain Friday in Cowley.
Forfeits played a role in all three duals.
Coach Mark Sanford said he expected his team’s dual with Thermopolis to be close. The Buffs came out on top 42-24. But they also took the mat knowing they had a 12-point lead, since they would be the recipient of four forfeits compared to two for Thermopolis.
With six uncontested weight classes, the two teams squared off only five times on the night.
Marshall Gibbs suffered one of G-R’s losses, falling by pin to Vinchinzo Castle, a returning state champ for the Bobcats. Sanford said Gibbs “did a good job,” even recording the match’s first takedown, before Castle asserted himself.
Ryan Peoples also lost for G-R, falling to Ryan Bradshaw in a first-period pin.
The Buffs owned the rest of the night, however, as Jesus Burgos earned a third-period pin over Caleb Sipe, Cole Hill pinned Ben Crosby in the first period and Luke Zeller racked up a second-period pin of Jon Burrows.
Anthony Eibert won an exhibition match for the Buffs.
The Big Horn County Dual Championships showed just how closely matched the county’s three 2A teams are as the new year begins. Lovell won bragging rights, beating Rocky Mountain in the day’s first dual and then adding a 42-30 win over G-R. The Buffs finished second in the field, holding off Rocky Mountain 42-39 in the finale.
Forfeits also played a role in the Lovell dual. Lovell picked up three wins by forfeit, G-R one. Those 12 points were the difference in the dual.
Burgos opened the scoring for the Buffs with a pin of Richard Walker.
Then, in what Sanford called ” one of our best matches of the weekend,” Cole Hill scored a 4-3 upset win over Hyrum Hopkin, a ranked wrestler in 2A. Hopkin, a “solid, stout kid who moves well,” led early, but Hill stayed with it, eventually winning by one.
Anthony Eibert made it 15-0 with a pin of Jacob Winterholler, setting the stage for a matchup of the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked wrestlers at 152 in Luke Zeller and Nathan Grant. Zeller got the better of his longtime rival, winning 3-1 to extend the G-R lead to 18-0.
A forfeit win by Tanner Bernstein and a Spencer Redland pin of Nash Jolley at 220 gave the Buffs a 30-12 lead. But the Bulldogs won every match that followed, including wins by fall over Oscar Gomez, Marshall Gibbs and Ryan Peoples.
Sanford said he saw some good things in the loss. “But as I have said all year, some of our inexperienced kids have to quit acting so inexperienced,” he said. “For us as a team to compete well, we need to have our young guys and our inexperienced guys moving on that learning curve pretty fast. We got handled in a couple of matches. We just can’t give up that much.”
The Buffs finished the day with a three-point win over Rocky. But considering they entered the dual with a 12-point lead (four forfeits compared to two for Rocky Mountain), the Buffs were actually outwrestled in the weight classes that were contested.
Cole Hill, Luke Zeller and Jesus Burgos picked up the three G-R wins. All three were by fall.
The Buffs would have preferred to sweep the duals, but Sanford said the meet is a stepping stone in the season. Greybull-Riverside will see Lovell and Rocky the next four weeks, and by the end of that stretch, the Buffs will have an even better idea how they stack up heading into the regional.
The Buffs will attend the Don Runner Invite this week, where with the exception of Cokeville, they will see virtually all the 2A teams from the western half of the state.

Judges like Murdochs in lighting contest

by nathan oster

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its holiday home decorating and lighting contest — and the top two finishers should come as no big surprise to longtime readers of the standard.

First place went to the Paul and Claudine Murdoch residence at 232 Sixth Ave. N.

Finishing in second was the Ron and Elaine Huff residence at 424 S. Third St.

The Murdochs and the Huffs have combined to win four of the last five contests, with the Murdoch’s winning in 2008 and the Huffs in 2009 and 2010 before the Tony and Elaine Terry residence broke through for a win in 2011.

The judges were in agreement that the Murdoch home was the best this year, citing its “general classiness.”   For the win, the Murdochs netted $75.

The Huffs were awarded $50, as judges liked the variety of their display.

Finishing in third place, and recognized for its “sheer exuberance,” was the Patsy Shepherd residence at 948 N. Seventh St.  For Shepherd, the win was worth $25.

The judges also selected four honorable mentions, each worth a $15 gift certificate at Ron’s Food Farm.  Those went to Elaine Terry (417 Sixth Ave. N.), Ray Schwartz (25 N. Third St.), Kathy Anderson (117 Sumac) and Chuck and Tina Spragg (317 10th Ave. N.).

“The judges decided to do four honorable mentions, but they could have done more,” said Sue Anderson, the director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce.  “There were at least six others close to as good as the honorable mentions.

“It’s getting harder every year, which is great because it reflects the increased participation.”

In addition to the chamber, Rocky Mountain Power also put up money for this year’s prizes.

USPS seeks input from Shell customers

by nathan oster

Still in the midst of a financial crisis, the U.S. Postal Services (USPS) has called a public meeting to discuss the future of the Shell Post Office.

The meeting is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at Shell Hall.

A letter was recently circulated to customers served by the Shell post office.  In it, the USPS outlined some of the options it may consider, including reduced hours as well as closure or relocation of the post office.

David Rupert, postal spokesman for the state of Wyoming, said similar types of meetings are taking place across the nation as the USPS seeks to resolve its financial problems.

Shell is one of 84 communities in Wyoming on the list, Rupert said. The Shell Post Office is current open eight hours a day Monday through Friday and another three hours on Saturdays.

Rupert said the USPS has already surveyed people served by the Shell Post Office, and that the meeting will be an opportunity for the USPS to both present information and listen to the input provided by its customers.

One option on the table would reduce the amount of time the post office is open to four hours each day.  Saturdays would remain at three hours, Rupert said.

Another option is to close the post office and institute street delivery.

A third option, the “village post office” option, would be to close the post office and relocate postal services into an existing business that is open regular hours.

Rupert said that of the options outlined in the letter, the one that was “by far” the most preferred by survey respondents was the proposal to reduce the hours at the post office.

A senior postal manager will attend the Jan. 9 meeting to present more details about the survey results and to talk about timing issues with residents.

“It would be safe to say, I think, that no changes would occur until spring time, at the eariest,” said Rupert, adding that the USPS is proposing office hour reductions around the nation.

“Some are going from eight to six, some from eight four, some from eight to two,” he said.

Rupert emphasized that the USPS has made no decisions, and that the public meeting is a crucial component of the input-gathering phase.

“We want to hear from people,” he said, adding that, “All of this is in light of mounting losses” suffered by the USPS.

Buffs open with key conference games against Lovell

by nathan oster

The first weekend of the new year brings a couple of important games for the Greybull Buffs, who are set to host the Lovell Bulldogs Friday night before hitting the road for rematches with Burlington on Saturday.

The Lady Buffs capped the pre-holiday portion of their schedule with a nine-point win over the Lady Huskies and sit at 5-5 overall, 0-1 in the Class 2A Northwest Conference entering play this weekend.

The Lovell game will give the girls an indication of where they stand heading into the conference season.  The Lady Bulldogs, who are the reigning 2A champions, sit at 3-3, but the competition they faced in December was top-notch.  Their only losses have been to 3A teams, in Douglas, Lander and Powell.

The girls games will be at 4 p.m. (junior varsity) and 5:30 p.m. (varsity).

Heading into the new year, Thermopolis sits atop the conference heap with a 9-1 overall and 1-0 conference records.  Greybull is at the bottom, at 5-5, 0-1.  In between are Lovell, at 3-3, Rocky Mountain, at 3-4, and Riverside, at 2-4.

Saturday the Lady Buffs will try to complete the sweep of their home-and-home series with the Lady Huskies.  Game times are 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Boys

The Buffs will come out of the break with games against the No. 1 ranked team in 2A, Lovell, followed on Saturday by their rematch with Burlington, which headed into the holidays as the No. 1 ranked team in 1A.

To date, it’s been a roller coaster ride of a season for the Buffs.  They opened the season with four straight wins, but have since dropped six straight, including a double overtime thriller to Thermopolis before Christmas.

With that setback, the Buffs find themselves at 0-1 and at the bottom of the conference standings heading into 2013.  They will get a chance to even their mark when Lovell comes to town on Friday.  The junior varsity game tips at 4 p.m., the varsity contest at 7 p.m.

Lovell is 5-1.  The only blemish on their record is a five-point loss to 3A Lander.

As the new year begins, Thermopolis sits at 6-4, Lovell 5-1, Rocky Mountain 4-3 and Riverside 0-6.

On Saturday the Buffs are in Burlington for games at 4 and 7 p.m.  The Huskies won the first matchup and will be looking for the sweep of the season series.

Wrestlers

For a young team, the Greybull-Riverside wrestlers made a lot of gains in December, wrestling well at tournaments in Powell, Wright and Forsyth, Mont.

Now, however, the focus shifts to foes a little closer to home.

The wrestlers will square off with Thermopolis in a 7 p.m. dual today (Thursday, Jan. 3) in Thermopolis.

On Friday, the Buffs will be in Cowley, site of this year’s Big Horn County Dual Championships.  Wrestling starts at 2 p.m.  Greybull-Riverside will square off with Lovell and Rocky Mountain.

 

John T. Bishop, III

May 10, 1942 – Dec. 23, 2012

Funeral services for John T. Bishop, III of Tulsa, Okla., were held Dec. 27 at Woodland Christian Church in Tulsa. John, 70, died Dec. 23 at his home.

He was born May 10, 1942 in Basin, the son of John Thomas Bishop, II and Eloise Grace Moore-Bishop. He married Karen Knight Dec. 1, 1973 in Farmington, N.M.

John worked as Assistant Controller for Parker Drilling Co. and was also the Trust Administrator for the Robert L. Parker Sr. Family Trust. He was a member and elder at Woodland Christian Church in Tulsa.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; son and daughter-in-law, John T., IV and Aline Bishop; his sister, Nancy Bishop; grandson John Thomas Bishop, V; six nephews and a niece.