Monthly Archives: January 2014
by nathan oster
The vision for Greybull’s new middle school is coming into focus.
Karen Kelly and Jim Beal, representatives of CTA Architects Engineers shared a schematic design for the building, to be constructed in the open space between the GMS Gym and Greybull High School, with Big Horn County School District No. 3 staff and board members earlier this week.
CTA is about 10 percent of the way through the design process, and the purpose of Monday night’s special meeting of the school board was to give the board a chance to weigh in on the work done to date.
Like the teachers had reportedly done earlier in the day, board members said they liked what they saw from the design. More meetings are planned to further refine the design, which calls for a two-story building attached to the existing GMS Gym.
According to CTA, the new GMS “will provide 21st century technology, collaboration spaces and daylighting that supports and enriches the learning experience of students. It will be a vibrant and efficient workplace for teachers and staff … and inviting to parents … and a good neighbor to the surrounding area.
The project will include renovations to the existing GMS Gym. Built in 1938, it will receive renovations to its existing locker rooms and computer labs. The locker rooms will be brought up to ADA standards with a ramp system, privacy screens for the showers will be provided, and receive new finishes. The existing computer labs will be opened up into one large area, rather than the current smaller, partitioned areas.
According to CTA, the facility will be designed to 16,014 feet, approximately 5,017 square feet of the gym will be renovated, and the total construction cost is anticipated to be $4.69 million.
The construction timeline calls for the renovated school to be completed by the end of the spring semester of 2015.
Kelly told board members Monday that the budget numbers, which are set by the School Facilities Commission, are “doable,” but she added, “We think it’s going to be tight, so we are going to have to stay on top of it so we don’t go over.”
Given that, she said when the project is put out for bid, the essential elements will be included in the base. Others will be defined as extras, or add-alternates, from which the board will be able to pick and choose, based upon its priorities.
In their presentation, Beal and Kelly gave board members an overview of how the building they are designing would fit within the campus as well as how its interior space would be utililized to best meet the needs of GMS students and instructors.
The primary entrance to the building would be from the east.
The parking lot in front of the high school, now designated for GHS staff parking, would be converted into a visitor parking lot and parent drop-off location for the new middle school. In the process, several of the existing parking spaces there would be lost. CTA is looking at expanding the parking lot to the south, but space in that area is limited by a number of large trees, which the board has stated that it does not want to remove. One possible solution for GHS staff, who would be losing their parking lot, is better utilization of the parking lot on the south side of Buff Gym, extending east toward GHS and the Quigg Building.
The bus drop-off location for the new GMS would be on the south side of the GMS Gym.
From the east entrance, visitors would immediately enter a security vestibule, like the one at the current GMS. To gain access to the building, they would need to be buzzed in by someone in the secretary’s office, which will be located next to the vestibule along with the offices for the administrators.
Upon entering, visitors would immediately find themselves in central commons area, with large glass windows facing the east (allowing sunlight to enter) and classrooms oriented around the central core, which would be circular in shape.
As it’s currently proposed, there would be circulation corridors that link the building to both the front and back of the GMS Gym.
The regular classrooms would be built to hold 24-25 students.
Two full-size classrooms plus the science classroom and an RTI room would go on the first floor.
The second floor would feature three full-size classrooms, plus a special education room that would be the same size as a regular classroom.
The core of the building would be circular in shape. Inside would be the ELL classroom on the ground floor, possibly special education on the upper level.
Kelly and Beal said one of the key issues that has yet to be resolved are where to put additional restrooms, both for students and staff. But Kelly said that after meetings with staff, “I think we’ve got some options” we can explore.
Kelly and Beal said the commons area would have an “open” feel, both on the lower level and upper level, which would feature a balcony with safety railing of some sort.
While board members were supportive of the overall concept, they did question some of the parking issues that would be created — in particular by the loss of parking spaces in front of the high school.
Beal said it’s unavoidable — unless a different location for bus drop-offs is identified.
Kelly ended the presentation with several optimistic notes, saying that she believes CTA will be able to design a great school within the budget set by the SFC, that the bids should come in low “because one of the most cost-effective places to be building in Wyoming right now is the Big Horn Basin,” and that teachers would ultimately love the additional space. The full-size classrooms will be about 200 squre feet larger than the largest classrooms at the current GMS, she said.
by randy tucker
The rush of reporters surrounding him said more about his character and career than any of his already impressive statistics. Greybull’s Brett Keisel is at a crossroads in his football career.
The 35-year-old former Buff played perhaps his last NFL game against the Cleveland Browns at home in the friendly confines of Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
While most post-game interviews focus on the coach, quarterback or owner, the Pittsburgh press and later the fans, surrounded their favorite, transplanted “Yinzer” number 99 following the Steelers’ 20-7 win over the rival Browns.
The game finished the regular season and the errant toe of Kansas City’s Ryan Succop eliminated the Steelers from the playoffs a few hours later in San Diego.
A nagging case of plantar fasciitis has plagued the 6-6 285-pound defensive end for most of the season but on the final day of the season the speed, power and experience that has made him a mainstay of the Steelers defense was evident once again.
Keisel tallied a quarterback sack, a tackle for loss and forced a fumble in perhaps his final game.
As the final gun sounded Keisel made his way to the center of the field and found Brown’s all-pro lineman Joe Thomas. Thomas and Keisel have battled for years and the mutual respect was evident as both 6-6 giants gave each other a big hug and shook hands following the contest.
As Keisel walked towards the tunnel to exit the stadium a crowd of three thousand fans huddled together just above the exit trying to get his attention.
The big man took the time to shake or slap hands with everyone in reach then departed for the depths of the Heinz Field home locker room.
A professional football locker room following a game is often a zoo of players, coaches, media and organization workers. This afternoon all the attention focused on #99 as only a handful of reporters spoke with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or other players.
The primary question centered on the Steelers faint playoff hopes at that point and on Keisel’s future. Keisel answered eloquently and stated he would like to return to the Steelers for another season but understood the practicalities of professional football and decisions that had to be made for the good of the team.
As the crowd cleared he was asked if he had any message for the kids back home in Greybull.
Though obviously weary from playing a game on a cold day in the rain and from answering a half-hour of questions he immediately brightened up and said, “Yea, the Buffs are having a great year. They’ve won like seven games in a row. I read the Greybull Standard every week and follow the basketball team in the paper and on the Internet. Tell them to keep up the good work.”
When told the Buffs were the favorite this season in the Northwest Conference, even over traditional power Lovell, Keisel grinned and said, “It’s always a good season if you beat the Bulldogs.”
His humility is compelling and one of the reasons he is a favorite in the working class city of Pittsburgh. Keisel is one player who has never forgotten his roots. Whether those roots are in playing football for the Buffs, in the low post for the same team or running a leg of the 4×100 meter dash and throwing the shot and discus Keisel maintains his roots in Big Horn County.
His career stats speak for themselves with just under 400 tackles, 29 sacks and a single interception that resulted in his only touchdown, a 79-yard return against Tampa Bay at Raymond James Stadium in 2010.
It may be the conclusion of a great career for the defensive end but the Steelers would be wise to find a spot for a man with such incredible rapport with the fans and the Steel City as a whole.
(Randy Tucker is a sportswriter for the Riverton Ranger who was in Pittsburgh for the Steelers’ final game of the season against the Cleveland Browns. He filed this report for the Ranger and shared it the Standard.)
by marlys good
Three years ago, we knew exactly where Clay Cundall was. He was entrenched at Greybull High School, tearing up opponents as the quarterback for the Greybull Buff football team. Clay was a three-year all-conference selection, twice named to the all-state team, and was recognized as a Wyoming “Super 25” player two times.
He exchanged the GHS gridiron for the gridiron at Chadron (Neb.) State. Redshirted as a freshman, Clay, who now tips the scales at 220 pounds, finished his second season as an active member of the Chadron State Eagles as an outside linebacker. During the 2013 season, Clay played in 11 games, started in two of those and had 21 tackles to his credit. He also was credited with breaking up two passes.
Playing at the college level is a whole new ballgame, Clay shares.
“The game is much faster; players are bigger and more athletic and everyone is a hard hitter. It is very competitive, even on a day-to-day basis. Schemes are complex and much work is required on your own time if you want to improve. Everyone is always making himself better and battling for playing time,” he explains. “Every day requires a lot of hard work. Days are filled with practice, film study, weight training, and of course, classes and school work. All the hard work makes playing on Saturdays very rewarding.”
This year the Eagles finished the season 8-2, missing out on a playoff spot. “As a team we did many good things, but we have much to improve on. Training begins immediately after the winter break and spring ball begins in March. It is during the off-season that we make many of our improvements, on a personal level and as a team. I feel we have a bright outlook for next season as many of us who gained a lot of game experience will be returning.”
Clay intends to enjoy those final two years and earn his college diploma. After that, “I am going to teach high school English and hopefully coach football and track.”
Clay is the son of John and Kris Cundall of Rock Springs.
by nathan oster
As impressive as his team’s 78-51 win Friday night in Thermopolis was, it was the work the Greybull Buffs put in during their holiday break practices that left the biggest impression on their head coach, Jim Prather.
“When you’ve been coaching as long as I have, you see the gamut — and I have,” he said. “Every team is different. I’ve seen some kids come in and waste time during the break. But this team, they were focused, locked in … they understood what we were trying to do and they got better in practice. As a result, I felt confident we were going to go down there and play well.
“For a conference game, on the road, first time back after the holidays, they certainly did that,” said the coach, whose team now stands at 8-1 overall and 1-0 in the Class 2A Northwest Conference. “It all started with the preparation.”
The “six fantastic practices” over the holiday break couldn’t have come at a better time. In their final game of 2013, the boys suffered their first and only loss of the season, falling 66-45 to Burlington, the top-ranked 1A team in the state.
Thermopolis didn’t pose as many challenges as the Huskies, but in Tyler Cornwell and Skyler Thomas, the Bobcats have two very legitimate scoring threats. They were the focal point of the Gryebull defense.
Cornwell finished with 19, Thomas 15. Both did most of their damage in the second half, though, when the game was no longer in doubt. Greybull led 22-9 after one and 42-18 at the intermission.
“In scouting them, we knew they were an athletic team and that they ran a lot of their offense through their two primary players,” said Prather. “Initially on defense, we wanted to control where the ball was going to go — and our press did a fantastic job of that.
“And beyond that, we wanted to limit the number of shots Cornwell and Thomas got, and our 1-3-1 zone did that quite well in the first half. They got loose a little in the second half, but by then the game was firmly in our control.”
On their end, the Buffs dominated. As a team, they shot 53 percent from the field, including 58 percent from two-point range. On top of that, their 30 baskets came on 27 assists, a percentage “that shows their willingness to work together. Five kids working together are tougher to guard than just one. The kids have bought into that concept.”
Kason Clutter lit it up for the Buffs, finishing with 18 points. Payton Gonzalez was next in line with 12, followed by Paul Stewart with 11.
The win was a big one for the Buffs, who have games this weekend against another conference rival in Lovell and the aforementioned Huskies. Both games will be played on the Buffs’ home court, though.
Lovell, according to Prather, “will be the biggest team we play all year,” which is going to present some challenges. “We have a little size, with Treston (Tracy) and Kason (Clutter) around the basket. We don’t match up with them well in the paint. So we’ll have to make sure we can do the other things we like to do — like press and push the ball away from the bucket.”
The Bulldogs are the reigning 2A champs, and while they lost their entire starting five to graduation, they have a tradition of putting “skilled athletes” on the floor. “They have a new coach, a new system, and they getting acclimated to that. I suspect they’re going to keep getting better and better as the season progresses. I’m glad we’re playing them now, so early in the year.”
On the plus side, the Buffs are “as healthy as we’ve been all season,” with Wyatt Nielson returning from a knee injury and Fabian Davila working his way back into the lineup after joining the team a few weeks into the season. Both players should get varsity minutes and further enhance the team’s depth.
On Saturday the Buffs get another shot at Burlington.
“It’ll help if we’re coming off a good game Friday night,” said Prather. “Our focus, however, will be Lovell. Some of the things that were exposed as areas where we needed work have hopefully been addressed and fixed and will show up against both Lovell and Burlington.
Greybull 22 20 24 12 — 78
Thermop 9 9 19 14 — 51
GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 4 2-2 12, Colten Flitner 2 1-2 5, Calder Forcella 1 0-0 2, Kason Clutter 7 3-4 18, Ryan Sylvester 3 1-2 7, Paul Stewart 5 1-5 11, Zack Zeller 2 2-3 6, Bryce Wright 2 0-0 4, Logan Jensen 1 2-4 4, Treston Tracy 4 1-2 9. Totals 31-58 13-24 78.
THERMOPOLIS — S. Thomas 5 3-4 15, A. Rush 1 1-2 3, T. Cornwell 7 4-4 19, J. Rolling 2 2-5 6, Schaffer 4 0-1 8, E. Harold 0 0-1 0. Totals 19 10-17 51.
3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez 2, Clutter; Thomas 2, Cornwell.
REBOUNDS — Greybull 40 (Tracy 11). STEALS — Greybull 13 (Sylvester, Wright 3). ASSISTS — Greybull 27 (Stewart 7). TURNOVERS — Greybull 14.
Memorial services for Glenn Paul Roehrkasse were held Jan. 2 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Laramie. Glenn, 88, died Dec. 28 in Laramie.
He was born April 13, 1925, in Casper, the son of Laurence Conrad and Ida Preis Roehrkasse. The oldest of four children, he grew up on a farm at Emblem. Glenn was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem. He attended elementary grades in Emblem and graduated from high school in Greybull, where he played on their championship football team in 1942.
Glenn enlisted in the Navy Air Corp at the beginning of World War II. On his return home, he met and married Marion Katherine Fichtner on Sept. 3, 1950, in Lovell.
He received his PhD in production economics from Iowa State in 1962, his MS in agriculture economics from the University of Wyoming in 1953, his BS in agronomy from the University of Wyoming in 1951. His specialty was as an experiment station statistician with emphasis in experimental design, computer programming and data analysis.
He started his career at the University of Wyoming in 1953 in the College of Agriculture and earned his professorship in both agricultural economics and statistics.
During a sabbatical to New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 1981, Glenn and Marion found their retirement home and from 1986 through 2008 spent their winters in Las Cruces.
Glenn enjoyed bowling, golfing, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, woodworking, camping and wine making. He built a cabin at Miller Lake, near Fox Park, Wyo., in 1976 and many great family memories were made while planning, building, fishing and snowmobiling at the cabin.
He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, a charter member of the Farm House Fraternity, Alpha Zeta, Alpha Tau Alpha, Chi Gamma Iota, Sigma XI, Gamma Sigma Delta, the American Statistical Association, Biometric Society, American Legion Post 14, Disabled American Veterans, the Lions Club and the Alco Rod and Gun Club.
His parents, his brother Leonard and his sister Irene Whitton preceded Glenn in death.
He is survived by his wife Marion Roehrkasse; sister and brother-in-law, Don and Laura May Brunkow of Cody; son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Mea Roehrkasse of Colorado Springs, Colo.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jay and Glenna Roehrkasse Talbott of Laramie and Dale and Paula Roehrkasse Reece of Grand Junction, Colo.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions in Glenn’s name may be made to the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, the University of Wyoming Foundation for the benefit of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, 1200 East Ivinson Ave., Laramie, WY 82070 or to the charity of your choice.
Longtime Greybull, Wyoming resident, Helen Marylin Krezelok, age 94, passed away early Tuesday morning, December 31, 2013, at West Park Hospital in Cody, Wyoming.
Helen was born January 15, 1919, in Kooi, Wyoming, to Joseph Frank and Julia Verona (Serensha) Wolney. She grew up in the Sheridan area and received her schooling at Monarch, Wyoming.
Helen married Joseph Michael Krezelok on June 22, 1941 at Monarch, Wyoming.
Helen enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening (especially flowers), doing word searches, playing bingo, traveling to all fifty states. Church was an important part of her life. Family was always first; Helen loved her grandchildren and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Helen was a very loving, caring person who never knew a stranger. She worked at the dude ranches in the Sheridan area.
Helen was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Greybull, Wyoming, was a member of the Sacred Heart Church CCW, and was a member of the Sewing Club in Greybull.
Helen is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Julia Wolney; her husband, Joseph Michael Krezelok on April 9, 2008; her daughter, Jeannine Septer; four brothers, Joe, John, George, and Dave; and one sister, Anna.
Helen is survived by her daughter, Joan Krezelok of Greybull/Casper, Wyoming; two grandsons, John (Evelia) Septer of Yuma, Arizona, and Justin (Christina) Septer of Casper, Wyoming; two great-grandsons, Floyd and William Septer of Yuma, Arizona; her son-in-law, John W. Septer of Casper, Wyoming; and four sisters-in-law, Margaret Ellenwood, Kit Wolny, Enid Krezelok, and Kay Krezelok; and several nieces and nephews.
A viewing was held at the Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull, Wyoming on Friday, January 3, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. followed by the Rosary at 6 p.m.
The Mass of the Christian Burial was Saturday, January 4, 2014 at noon at the Church of the Sacred Heart in Greybull with Father Ray Rodriguez as celebrant. Burial followed at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery in Greybull. A reception for family and friends followed the graveside at the Elks Lodge #1431 in Greybull.
Memorials will be received in Helen’s name at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank in Greybull, Wyoming. A beneficiary of proceeds will be determined at a later date.
Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.