Ghosts place third in Buffalo

by marlys good

Matt Dillon and Chandini Dahlberg finished fourth overall and first in the 1A/2A class in the Duet competition at Buffalo Feb. 24-25 to lead the Greybull High School Grey Ghosts to a third place in the 1A/2A division.

Ezra Hanson finished 14th overall in Oratory and 7th in the small school competition. “There were a lot of people in his category,” said Coach Ted Menke.

Junior Josh Hopkin made it to the “Super Congress” (finals) but didn’t place in the top six overall. Menke said “It was a really good finish for Josh. I am proud of all of our kids. They did well.”

The Ghosts were hampered with lack of numbers; just nine of 16 students made the trip. “We were down, mostly because of sickness,” Menke said, “but those who went did quite well.”

Thermopolis won the small school title, topping Greybull, Lovell, Big Horn, Wright and Guernsey. The meet included five schools from South Dakota and large schools from Wyoming including Cheyenne East, South and Central, Casper Natrona and Kelly Walsh.

The team hopes to be at full strength for the National Qualifiers Meet in Riverton this weekend. Menke looks for strong finishes from Dillon and Dahlberg in Duet, and believes both will do well in their individual competitions — Dillon in Humor and Dahlberg in Oratory.

The season winds down with the state meet in Rock Springs March 15-17.