Monthly Archives: November 2013

Giving programs open for business

by marlys good’

With “Black Friday” just around the corner, and the frenzy of holiday shopping beckoning people to “get it” in time for Christmas, people are reminded of the numerous ongoing programs right here in Greybull that go far to help those in need of a special lift to provide a happy holiday for their family and loved ones, and for those who have no one near to help lift their spirits at this time of year.

Some of the residents at Bonnie Bluejacket Nursing Home and Wyoming Retirement Center, cut off from family and friends, have very few visitors and need someone to help brighten the holiday.

Patti Hoff of Bank of Greybull said they have a “gift book” that includes of 36 residents of the two nursing homes and a few gift suggestions for each.

Stop in, check the list and sign one of the duplicate copies (including your phone number). Take the other copy, purchase, wrap and tag your gift(s) and return to Bank of Greybull by Thursday, Dec. 19.

Shopko is focusing on Toys for Tots this year. Manager Andy Smith said, “Both bins are almost full already.” That just means the bins will be emptied and made ready for more gifts.

Also involved in the program is Ron’s Food Farm where two bins are on site, and Big Horn Rural Electric in Basin.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program originated in 1949 with a mission to collect new, unwapped toys and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the communities where the campaigns are conducted.

Toys and gifts for children of all ages, up through and including teenagers, can be dropped in the bins. Gifts for older children could include jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, earrings), CDs, videos, anything age appropriate. Age-appropriate books are also welcome.

The Salvation Army, complete with ringing bells and familiar black kettle, will be in front of the Herb Asp Community Center Dec. 7 soliciting donations. All money received stays right here in Greybull.

Donations can also be sent to: Salvation Army, Box 495, Greybull, WY 82426, or left with Kathy Smith at Greybull City Hall or contact Kay Mattis.

Smith said volunteer bell ringers are needed. If you have an extra 30 minutes or an hour or so on Saturday, call Kathy at City Hall, 765-9431. Your help would be appreciated.

BPOE 1431 is once again coordinating the Christmas Baskets program in conjunction with Ron’s Food Farm and the generosity of the community. Donations to the Food Baskets can be dropped off or sent to Big Horn Federal, 33 N. Sixth St., Greybull, WY 82426.

Churches, the senior center, schools and other charitable organizations are gathering names of families who might need one of the baskets, which will include everything needed for Christmas dinner, from meat to dessert. The baskets will be delivered a couple of days before the holiday.

For further information call BPOE 1431, 765-2500 and leave a message, or Louise Wrage, 765-4458 or 765-2514.

The Greybull Food Pantry at the Community Outreach thrift shop can always use donations of non-perishable food items. Especially needed are canned meats, macaroni and cheese, easy-to-fix meals, canned fruit and paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, etc.). All items will be appreciated.

The thrift shop is also supporting the Veterans Hospital in Sheridan. If you would like to help brighten life for the veteran residents, you can donate postage stamps, western novels, new or gently used, pre-paid phone cards (20-30 minutes, no high minute value), or playing cards directly to the thrift shop.

Donating to one, or multiple of these programs, will ensure a happier holiday for many, many people in this community and beyond.

 

Modulars to ease overcrowding at GES

by nathan oster

Two new modular classrooms that were brought in to ease the overcrowding at the Greybull Elementary School are in the process of being adapted for their intended purposes and could be in use by sometime next month.

Joe Forcella, the district maintenance supervisor, said Monday that he and custodian Brant Ogg were busy setting up the classrooms.

“We’re just waiting on the DEQ (Department of Environmental Quality) to approve the water and sewer plan, and once that gets done, we should be able to move a lot faster,” said Forcella, adding that if all goes according to plan, the relocation process could begin within a couple weeks.

“It will be a lot of moving around, which is huge,” said GES Principal Brenda Jinks. “But any change is huge.”

In the end, it’ll be worth the trouble, she said.

“We’ve been doing DIBELS testing in janitorial closets because that’s all we have left. There is no other place for that to occur. Given that how can we, as educators, say that those results are even valid.”

As of Nov. 1, the elementary school’s enrollment was 221 students.

The two largest classes are the second and third grades, which as Nov. 1, had 43 and 46 students, respectively.  While there have been three third-grade classrooms — led by Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Michelena and Mr. Harder — since the start of the year, there are just two second-grade classrooms. With 43 students, each of them exceeds the recommended 16-to-1 student-to-teacher ratio.

The two modular classrooms are expected to free up space inside the main GES structure. They are being set up to house the two fifth-grade classrooms (led by Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Curtis), as well as occupational and physical therapy.

With the space that is created by those moves, the school will be better able to better allocate space to fit the needs of the students, said Jinks.  The fourth-grade classrooms, led by Mr. Hunt and Mr. Boyer, won’t be moving, nor will the third-grade classrooms of Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Michelena.

But Mr. Harders class will be relocating, eventually settling into the room now occupied by Mrs. Curtis’ fifth-grade class.  Resource rooms will also be moved around, with some teachers gaining considerable classroom space.

Jinks said her hope is that all the moving around can be completed before the holiday break, which begins Friday, Dec. 20.

Four generations compete in Rock & Roll marathon

The Rock & Roll Marathon held Nov. 17 in Las Vegas drew four generations of Petersons, including the family matriarch Jeane Peterson of Emblem, her daughter Carol Peterson Lowe of Basin, her granddaughters Kimberly Lowe Thueson and Traci Fritz-Lowe (Eric) and great-granddaughter McKenna Thueson, all of Las Vegas.

Peterson, a lively, energetic 84-year-old, was the oldest competitor.

“She did wonderful,” said daughter Carol. “She was cheered all the way along the route.”

Carol said the “family participation” was her daughter-in-law Traci Fritz-Lowe’s idea. “Tracy has been running a few half marathons, and decided it would be a good thing for all of us to do.”

Carol and Jeanne went down a week early so they could attend the Western Regional Band Competition. McKenna, 14, and her 16-year-old brother Michael are members of the band. Said a proud Carol, “The band is pretty outstanding. They were chosen to participate in the 2014 Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade.” The Thuesons also have an 11-year-old son, Isaac.

While in Nevada she and Jeanne visited Carol’s son Darrel Peterson, his wife and daughter.

All four generations had fun at the marathon. Carol said, “We’d like to do another; I’m already excited about next year.”

 

William Walace Zane

ObitWilliamZaneSept. 5, 1927 – Nov. 12, 2013

Funeral services for William Walace Zane were held Nov. 23 at the Kingdom Hall in Cody. William, 86, died Nov. 12 at Powell Valley Hospital.

He was born Sept. 5, 1927, in Basin, the son of John Parker and Nance Winford Brown Zane. He was raised and received his education in Basin and graduated from Basin High School in 1948.

He married his high school sweetheart, Frances Minnie Ruhl, in Billings, Mont., in 1948.

The couple lived in Greybull until moving to Powell in 1950.

William worked as an electrician from 1960 to 2000.

A Jehovah Witness, William loved his family, was loyal to his friends, and loved reading the Bible.

His wife Frances Minnie Zane on Oct. 23, 2005, and his parents, John Parker and Nance Winford Brown Zane, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his son Robert Lois Zane; daughter Elizabeth Anne Zane Murphy; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 

Arthur Sheldon Kitzerow

Aug. 26, 1933 – Nov. 14, 2013

Services with military honors for Arthur Sheldon Kitzerow were held Nov 25 at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, Calif. Art, 80, died Nov. 14 at his home in Sun City, Calif.

He was born Aug. 26, 1933, in Crosby, Wyo., the son of Edward and Rose Kitzerow, one of three children. He was raised and received his education in Greybull and graduated from Greybull High School.

When he was in the fifth grade, Art met the love of his life, Marjorie Ruth Scott. They exchanged wedding vows on March 13, 1954.

He enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean War and served as a cook. His service took him to California and he and Marjorie made their home in Carson where they raised their two children, Jeff and Susan. Following his discharge Art went to work for PPG in the paint and glass industry. He retired after working for PPG for 35 years.

After his retirement he and Marjorie moved to Sun City, Calif., where they have resided for the past 30 years.

Art and Marjorie were active in the Calvary Hill Church in Menifee.

Art loved to fly and was an aerobatic pilot. He was active in the Civil Air Patrol for many years and reached the rank of captain. He was also an observer aboard planes on Search and Rescue missions.

His daughter Susan Teal and his brother Carl Kitzerow preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Marjorie; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Monica Kitzerow; his sister Carol Christensen of Casper; six grandchildren and four great-granddaughters.

 

 

 

Herman J. Batenhorst

Feb. 18, 1926 – Nov. 20, 2013

A memorial service for longtime Basin resident Herman J. Batenhorst will be held Friday, Nov. 29, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Basin. Herman, 87, died Nov. 20 at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody.

He was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Stuart, Neb., the son of Lucy and Herman F. Batenhorst. His family moved to Orchard Bench in Basin when Herman was 11 years old.

Late in his senior year at Basin High School, Herman enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve. After graduation he was sent to the University of Colorado for training. After he received his honorary medical discharge from the Navy, Herman attended the University of Utah and the University of Wyoming where he studied building construction. On completion of his studies, he joined his father and brother in the building construction business.

Herman loved the outdoors and spent time working on a tugboat in Alaska. When he returned to Basin he met Sylvia Snyder of Lovell and they exchanged vows June 18, 1955, in Lovell. The couple made their home in Hyattville where Sylvia taught first and third grades. In 1956 they settled in Basin in the home Herman, his father and his brothers built.

He spent many years working with sportsman’s organizations. He was a member of the Basin Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years, Basin Eagles Aerie 3086, BPOE 1431 Lodge of Greybull, and served on the Basin City Council.

In his spare time he golfed, hunted, fished and tended his garden. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and watching their accomplishments.

Before Herman became ill he spent many winters in Oregon enjoying the ocean, the rivers, and pursuing the elusive fish with his son, Mark.

His parents, Herman and Lucy, and two brothers, Arthur and Henry, preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Sylvia; two sons, Mark (Melanie) of Central Point, Ore., and Tom (Karen) of Cody; one daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Jack Lindsey of Greybull; his sister, Madonna Hartman of Billings, and two grandchildren

 

Five Buffs on all-conference grid team

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs put five players on the Class 2A West all-conference football team.

The Buffs who made the squad included seniors Kason Clutter and Bryce Wright and juniors Calder Forcella, Fabian Davila and Wyatt Nielson.

Greybull finished fifth in the conference this season, going 3-4 in conference play and 3-5 overall.

Lovell, which won the conference, put nine players on the team, including Dillon Pickett, who was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

Other postseason awards went to Cade Covington of Mountain View, who was named the conference’s offensive player of the year; Lyman’s Ryan Martin and Mountain View’s Trystin Walker, the conference’s linemen of the year; and Mountain View’s Brent Walk, who earned coach of the year honors.

The full squad is as follows:

LOVELL (9): Seniors Dillon Pickett, Colin McArthur, Hyrum Hopkin and Morgan May; juniors Drake Welch, Daniel Strom, Aaron Monterde and Nash Jolley; and sophomore Beau Green.

MOUNTAIN VIEW (8): Seniors Brennan Walk, Trystin Walker, Garrett Moretti, Levi Harmon and Ethan SAlsbury; juniors Cade Covington, Calbe Flake and Austin Housekeeper.

LYMAN (7): Seniors Tui Magalogo, Landen Bradshaw, and Ryan Martin; and juniors Chris Sorensen, Drew Rollins, Clayton Peden and Brandon Jaggi.

THERMOPOLIS (6): Seniors Kaden Haun, Zack Larson, Dylan Shaffer, Skylar Thomas; junior Logan Key and sophomore Tyler Cornwell.

GREYBULL (5): Seniors Kason Clutter and Bryce Wright; juniors Calder Forcella, Fabian Davila and Wyatt Nielson.

BIG PINEY (4): Seniors Garrett Formo, Jake McAdams and Jamie Moreno and sophomore JD Fear.

PINEDALE (3): Senior Dakota Cox, junior Steven Winer and sophomore Caleb Raney.

KEMMERER (2): Senior Garrett Julian and junior Robert Webster.

 

ALL STATE

Forcella was the only Buff named to the 2A all-state team, earning the recognition for the second straight year.  Forcella started at quarterback for the Buffs and also got a lot of reps on defense this season.

The rest of the all-state team is as follows:

BURNS: Travis Romsa, Preston Goehring, Wyatt Berg.

BIG HORN: Connor McCaferty, Colter Carzoli, Christian Mayer, Mason Lube, Miles Novak, Ryan Kobielusz, Seth Kite.

NEWCASTLE: Merritt Crabtree, Phil Jagelski, Wade Gordon.

WHEATLAND: Critter Ruwart, Jace Loyd, Taran Whelchel.

GLENROCK: Devon Parkinson.

TONGUE RIVER: Tyler Kane.

WRIGHT: Stormy Roy.

MOORCROFT: William West.

LOVELL: Dillon Pickett, Colin McArthur, Hyrum Hopkin, Daniel Strom.

MOUNTAIN VIEW: Cade Covington, Calbe Flake, Brennan Walk, Austin Housekeeper, Trystin Walker.

LYMAN: Tui Magalogo, Landen Bradshaw, Ryan Martin.

THERMOPOLIS: Tyler Cornwell, Kaden Haun, Zack Larson, Dylan Shaffer.

GREYBULL: Calder Forcella.

BIG PINEY: Garrett Formo.

PINEDALE: Steven Winer.

KEMMERER: Garrett Julian.

Big Horn, which won the 2A title by beating Mountain View, had the coach of the year in Michael McGuire and the offensive player of the year in Connor McCaferty.  Pickett was the 2A defensive player of the year, while Romsa of Burns picked up the lineman of the year award.

 

 

GHS student appointed to Naval Academy

by marlys good

For the majority of GHS students, Oct. 21 was just an ordinary day. But for McKenna Powers the “ordinary” day turned into something very special.

“I was in the girls bathroom when I got a text from my mom saying I had received my official appointment to the Naval Academy. I was floating on air the whole day,” Powers said with a wide smile.

“I walked out and Mr. Flock and Mr. Menke were in the hall talking. They just saw my big smile. I told them my mom had just texted me and I got accepted into the Naval Academy. They both gave me a big hug.”

Powers said, “I think most of the teachers just knew. A lot of them had helped me with my application, letters of recommendation, things like that.”

Powers will be inducted into the Academy in Annapolis on July 1,2014.  She is no stranger to Annapolis; she has visited there four times, “But I always get the same feeling. It’s amazing; the architecture is beautiful. It’s just so, I don’t know the word, just awesome.”

For Powers, the official notification was the culmination of a dream she has had, a goal she set, when she was 14 years old; a goal partially inspired by her father, Duane, who spent 20 years as a Navy pilot. “He flew P3s. He’s in Afghanistan right now – he is contracted over there,” she shared

“I’ve always wanted to serve in the military. My dad had visited the Academy and wanted me to look at it online. I thought it sounded like a great school, so many opportunities. It was exactly what I wanted to do. Education is very important to me and it is one of the best educations you can get in this country. The people there, you know, all of them have the same ideals. They are good people; that’s one thing that attracted me to it. All the kids have high goals. You know you can trust them. They have your back. I have a lot in common with them.

“I could go on forever on why I want to go there,” she said with a laugh.

Powers knew she was eligible for a Presidential nomination to the academy because of her dad’s 20-year stint in the armed forces. “So, I’ve actually been pretty positive about it, but I was also a little bit nervous because I knew I needed a medical waiver because of my back injury when I was 14 years old. I e-mailed the counselor and she told me my waiver was granted on Oct. 19.”

Powers has been in and around airplanes since she was a little girl. “My grandpa had the airport in town so I was in the hangars, watching the guys working on the planes. It got in my blood. I always liked helping; I like knowing how things work. My dad always explained everything to me. He would say, ‘Now you know why that is like that. He knows everything.”

An e-mail from her dad said simply: “My dear young daughter, I am most proud of your direction, dedication and abilities. You have accomplished no small feat, an accumulation of many difficult challenges and attention to detail. Stay true to your goals, be healthy and do good things. Love, Dad.”

Powers gives credit to her success to her parents, whom, she says, “always make sure I’m trying my best and are very encouraging.”

Powers had always been a proponent of the “natural look,” although she admits she sometimes will pick up a “Seventeen,” to get “ideas for the couple of times a year I wear makeup. I always start like that at the first of the school year, then think it’s easier to go natural. That’s good because that is what I’ll be doing at the Naval Academy. I won’t be fixing my hair. They’ll be cutting it all off anyway,” she laughed.

Powers is the daughter of Duane and Cindy Powers and the granddaughter of Gene and Louise Powers of Greybull.

Council rewrites pit bull ordinance

by nathan oster

The Greybull Town Council has scrapped its controversial pit bull ordinance on the recommendation of the town’s animal control officer, who stated during its meeting last week that he’d been inundated with phone calls and e-mails from people who opposed the change.

“From all the comments I received, I want you all to know that I did listen,” said Doug Youngerman, the animal control officer. “We went viral I think, because I heard from people from New York to California — and everywhere in between.”

Youngerman, the staunchest proponent of the ordinance amendment last month, urged the council not to pass it on second reading, citing the will of the people and his support for a revised ordinance, which was given first reading by the council in the night.

Youngerman’s comments came during the public comment portion of the Nov. 12 meeting.  Local residents had packed the council chambers, wanting to address their concerns about the proposal.  Youngerman’s statement took some of the bite out of their commentary — although six people did raise questions and/or voice concerns.

Saying he was concerned about public safety, Youngerman in October pitched the new ordinance as a way of addressing the pit bull problem in Greybull.  It would have done several things, among them requiring pit bull owners to keep their pit bull “indoors, in a securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel approved by the town’s animal control officer or in a fenced area approved by the animal control officer, except when leashed.” As it was written, the proposed ordinance would have required pit bulls that are not confined to be on a leash no longer than 4 feet and muzzled at all times, it would required pit bull owners to provide the animal control officer with two color photos of their pet, to post signs on his or her property, warning passers-by that there is a pit bull on the property, and provide the town with proof of public liability insurance in a single amount of $250,000 for bodily injury to or death of any person or persons.

The council gave that ordinance a first reading in October, in part to initiate a dialogue with the community.  What it got in the weeks that ensued was very one sided, with virtually no one voicing support.

That included the meeting, where questions were raised about the kennel definition — Youngerman clarified that in the eyes of the town, it’s four animals of the same species — and about the process of passing the ordinance.  Mayor Bob Graham stated that by killing the ordinance on second reading, the town would essentially be starting the process over.

Bruce Wiley, a local dentist, had some of the most pointed criticism of the ordinance.  He called on the town to reject it and said any new proposal should not single out any one breed because studies have shown that virtually all dogs have the potential to kill or injure — and have done so at some point in time.

He added that if that’s the standard, perhaps other “lethal pets” such as horse, cats, pigs, pythons, lizards, tarantulas, spiders, fireants … and even fawn deer should added to the list. Each has caused a death somewhere, he said.

The council also heard from a man who didn’t like the part about requiring pit bull owners to take out a $250,000 insurance policy.

Council members didn’t challenge any of the speakers and when the ordinance came up for second reading, they rejected it, just as they said they would.

Later in the night, they gave first reading to a revised ordinance, one that does not include mention of any one breed but rather focuses on clear definitions for “potentially dangerous/dangerous dogs” and “vicious dogs.”

A vicious dog, the new ordinance states, “shall include any dog which attacks, rushes, bites, snaps or snarls or in any manner menaces any person, vehicle, or animal outside the premises of the owner or keeper or does so to any person, vehicle or animal where the same are lawfully entitled to be or shows any plausible tendency to do so without provocation.”

A “potentially dangerous dog” or “dangerous dog” shall include “any dog that, when unprovoked, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action, to prevent bodily injury, by any person who is outside of the premises of the owner or keeper or who is lawfully entitled to be on the premises of the owner or keeper.”

The ordinance now on the table would require any owner of a potentially dangerous dog to register the dog with the town clerk within five days of that determination or as otherwise ordered by the municipal judge.  All such dogs would be required to be licensed, vaccinated, microchipped by the animal control office and have an approved tag affixed to its collar.

All dangerous dogs shall be maintained in a separate register by the town clerk.

The owner of a dangerous dog may have the dog removed from the register provided there has been no further actions by the dog as described in the ordinance for 36-month period, the dog has died or is permanently removed from the town.

The new ordinance does include a stipulation that the owner of a dangerous dog “shall provide proof to the town clerk that there is in full force and effect a homeowners or renters liability policy with a single incident coverage of at least $250,000 for bodily injury or liability to any person which may arise as a result of the owning, keeping or maintaining such dog.”

In terms of confinement, the ordinance reads as follows:

“All dangerous dogs shall be kept or maintained in a securely confined yard or approved change link kennel or other kennel approved by the animal control officer.

“All dangerous dogs shall be on a leash no more than 4 feet in length and which will prevent the dog from escaping, muzzled sufficiently to prevent the dog from biting and under the direct control of an adult person.

“The owner of a dangerous dog shall display, in a prominent location, a sign, approved by the animal control officer, warning the public that a dangerous or vicious dog is located on the owner’s premises.

“The owner of a dangerous dog shall provide to the animal control officer sufficient photos of the dog, which show the physical characteristics of the dog, within 10 days of a conviction or as otherwise ordered by the municipal judge.”

Vicious dogs won’t be allowed at all, as the ordinance makes it “unlawful to own, harbor or keep” a dog that fits that description.

 

GMS teams roll on

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School’s eighth-grade team posted three wins last week, as the boys ripped Burlington 44-18, Cloud Peak 40-13 and Ten Sleep 49-22 to build momentum for what may be the toughest part of their schedule.

The eighth graders turned in “the best team effort and play” to date in their 26-point win over Burlington on Nov. 12. “Everyone played hard and it showed on the court,” said Coach Jared Collingwood.  “Burlington has a good team, but our pressure defense and fast-break points put us in control early.”

Braeden Tracy, with 14 points, and Miguel Gomez, with 11, “had their best games thus far,” said the couch. “Both played excellent and where we need them to be playing by the end of the year.”

Other scorers for GMS included Max Mills with nine, Riley Hill with four, and Korbin Adams, Brayan Castro and Morgan Dowling, each with two.

GMS already owned a victory over Cloud Peak when the two teams met for a rematch on Friday.  The second game followed a similar script as the first.  GMS eventually won by 27, getting 10 from Gomez and Adams, nine from Tracy, four from Riley Hill, three from Max Mills and two each from Ralph Petty and Zack Keisel.

The eighth graders shook off a slow start to pull away from Ten Sleep on Saturday morning.  Again, it was their pressure defense that set the tone by leading to a lot of fast-break points.

Tracy netted 10, Hill, Mills and Brayan Castro eight apiece, Eduardo Burgos five and Mason Werbelow, Jovani Garay, Gomez, Adams and Morgan Dowling two apiece.

“Ten Sleep had some size, but our kids were quicker and more athletic,” said Collingwood. “Everyone contributed both offensively and defensively. It is always nice to get everyone in the game and see them score or do something they have been working on in practice.

“We are beginning to shoot better from the free-throw line, something we have emphasized in practice. This week with five days of practice we will spend a lot of time shooting free throws and working on executing our half-court sets on offense.”

The eighth graders figure to face stiffer competition on Saturday when they host A and B games against Worland and Thermopolis.  First up are A and B games against Thermopolis, starting at 9 and 10 a.m., followed by an A game against Worland at 11 and a B game against Worland at noon.

“Everything will be in the high school gym and it should be a good test for us to see how we handle bigger schools and a little tougher competition,” said Collingwood.

 

Younger teams

The sixth and seventh graders played Burlington Tuesday and won 38-26.

“It was a tough game; they are as good a seventh-grade team as we’ve seen all year and they played a 2-3 zone against us,” said Coach Ken Jensen. “We haven’t seen a zone all season, and haven’t had time to put in a zone offense, so we just had to attack the basket and use our size advantage.

“The game was close most of the way, and we just kind of wore them down and pulled away at the end.”

Brock Hill led the scoring with 16, followed by Zack Keisel and Ralph Petty with 11 each.

On Friday the team notched a 44-27 win over Cloud Peak in Manderson, again using its size advantage to jump out to a big early lead.  Jensen said he was able to mix and match different combinations, giving lots of players quality time on the court.

Brock Hill again led the scoring and Ralph Petty also hit double figures. Branden Welsh, Jordan Preciado, Zack Keisel, and Ethan Dalin also scored in this game.

The team made it a perfect week with a 41-21 win over Ten Sleep.  With the win, the team improved to 8-2.

“Once again, we were just too big and physical for our opponent,” he said.

Seven players scored, led by Brock Hill with 17, Zack Keisel with nine, Gage Hunt with six, Jordan Preciado with three, and two apiece from Wyatt Bush, Ethan Dalin, and Ralph Petty.

The sixth graders got in a game of their own last week as well, losing 28-13.  Forty turnovers proved “too much to overcome,” said Jensen, whose team was led in scoring by Preciado and Dalin.

The sixth and seventh graders will face off against Worland and Thermopolis Saturday in Worland.