Daily Archives: March 30, 2012

Greybull High School’s prom royalty for 2012 (l. to r.) included: Laurel Williams, Jessica Hunt, Queen Soila Hernandez, King Felix Weese, Matt Dillon and Brady Shoemaker. In the front row are crownbearers Kennedy Craft and Jordan Wensky.

GMS thinclads open in Worland

by nathan oster

Greybull Middle School enters its first track meet of the spring on Saturday in Worland with a new head coach, Renae Waddell, and a roster of 55, which includes 22 eighth graders, 16 seventh graders and 16 sixth graders.

The triangular meet, where GMS will compete against athletes from Worland and Thermopolis, starts at 9 a.m.

Practice began March 19, and already, Waddell said she is seeing the makings of “a very dedicated team” of athletes.  “They’ve been working really hard and trying to improve themselves every night,” she said. “We did something a little bit differently this year in that I had them all try each event, so I think some of them have opened their minds to trying different events they normally would not have considered.”

Waddell is being assisted this season by Marty Wrage, Jeff Hunt and a volunteer assistant in Heather Thon, who has been student teaching in her classroom this spring.

The team will compete in six meets, including the Easter Bunny Classic, which is the only competition scheduled for the Greybull track.  That meet will be held Thursday, April 5 starting at 4 p.m.

“My goal for the season is to see these athletes experience success in their events using the appropriate form depending on the event,” Waddell said. “For example, we’re requiring the sprinters to learn to use the blocks and our throwers are learning to do the spin in disc and the glide in shot. I would really like to see our numbers transfer into the high school program.”

The team’s roster is as follows:


SIXTH GRADERS — Evelyn Clayton, Jazmyne Collingwood, Kristen Collingwood, Kyla Hutchins, Hailee Neilson, Brittany Ogg, Josalyn Smith, Briana Winstead, Skyler Wrage, Jose Araiza, Edvardo Burgos, Brian Castro, Morgan Dowling, Miguel Gomez, Riley Hill, Russell Mitchell, Mason Werbelow.

SEVENTH GRADERS — Marisela Burgos, Jordan Flitner, Hannah Good, Skylar Grant, Alyssa Hueckstaedt, Emma Hunt, KieAnna Ridgway, Beckie Turner, Cade Dooley, Dawson Forcella, Dustin Fox, Jake Harrold, Caleb Robertson, Mason Stebner, Clancy Stoffers, Dante Sylvester.

EIGHTH GRADERS — Karla Corral, Aftin DeRosa, Jessica Dowling, Lupe Gallegos, Tiffany Hueckstaedt, Jazmin Jara, Brianna Jolley, Hailey Lovell, Gracie Mendez, Andi Petsch, Florina Villegas, Ashley Winstead, Luis Burgos, Jose Carmona, Kyle Collingwood, Richard Herchkorn, Brad Johnson, Tristian McMillen, Kevin Sample, Cesar Sosa, Treston Tracy, Zack Zeller.




Powers, Kern open with AQs

McKenna Powers reacts after learning that she qualified for the state meet in the 400 meters at the Bill Gerrard Memorial Saturday in Greybull.

by nathan oster

Weather conditions for Saturday’s Bill Gerrard Memorial Invitational were ideal — and the athletes from the five attending schools certainly took advantage of it.

Two meet records fell, as Riverside’s Brynnt Wood heaved the discus 143 feet, 4 inches and Burlington’s Ben Mancuso, a junior, cleared 6 feet, 8 inches in the high jump. The discus record had stood since 1980.

“The weather cooperated, that’s for sure,” said Greybull Coach Jeff Sukut, who saw a couple of his own athletes rise to the challenge by bettering state-qualifying standards.

The meet doesn’t recognize an outstanding female athlete, but if it did, that honor likely would have gone to GHS sophomore McKenna Powers.

She won all four of her individual events (400 meters, 800 meters, long jump and triple jump).  Even more impressive, she automatically qualified for state in the 400 with her time of 1 minute, 3.25 seconds.

Sukut said he felt good for Powers, noting her struggles last year due to injuries sustained in a sledding mishap while she was in middle school.

“She had a hard time training last year, and I always told her, ‘You are going to continue get better, you are going to heal a little more. You have to be patient with yourself.’  She has gotten a lot stronger. She may still be plagued a little by her back, but she is compensating a little better for it.”

How much better is Powers this year?  Sukut said her best time in the 400 last year was in the 70- to 71-second range.  This year she started with a 63.

Lindsay Kern also had a solid debut for the Buffs.  A senior, she also AQ’d with a 32-foot, 9 ¼-inch effort to win the shot put competition. Kern is assured of a return trip to Casper, where she placed second in 2A last season as a junior.

“I knew it wouldn’t take her long to get on the AQ list,” Sukut said. “Now it’s just a matter of her working on improving her technique.”

Kern also added a second-place finish in the discus for the Buffs.

Other girls who placed for Greybull were McKenzie Bollig, who was fourth in the 100 meters and 200 meters and sixth in the triple jump; Samantha Nighswonger, fifth in the shot and eighth in the discus; Jarely Carstro, sixth in the 200, and Juliana Mendez, second in the mile.

No Greybull boys automatically qualified for state, but several broke out of the chute with quality efforts.

The top finisher was Julian Wiley, who earned a second in the 400 meters.  His time, a 56.6, was a good one, according to Sukut.  Like Powers, he’s “a year older and a year stronger, and it shows,” he said. “The competition in that race, in our conference, is going to be really strong.  Some Lovell kids opened by running 55s.

“For Julian, that 56 was by far the best he’s run,” said Sukut.

Wiley also placed third in the long jump, going 17 feet, 8 ½ inches.

Fabian Davila, a freshman, also earn a second by going 37 feet, 1 inch in the triple jump. He was third in both the 100 and 200 meters.

Wyatt Good earned a second in the 300 hurdles and a fourth in the 110s.

Sukut said the highlight of the day for the boys came in the two relays.

The 400-meter relay team of Calder Forcella, Chris Ogg, Dylan Brenner and Davila took second in 56.61.  Forcella, Wiley, Ogg and Brenner claimed victory in the 1,600-meter relay, finishing in 4:03.02.

“It was a nice start to the season,” Sukut said. “We have a young team, and with only five teams, it was a good confidence builder for our kids.

“The bottom line is, everybody competed, everybody finished, and for the most part, I think everybody felt good about their accomplishments.”

The Buffs are scheduled to attend three meets over a span of six days as they get their work in before Easter and school district’s week-long spring break.

First up is the Rebel Twilight Friday in Basin, starting at 3:30 p.m.

Next week the Buffs compete at the D&D Invitational Tuesday in Worland (start time is 1 p.m.) and at the Wind River Invitational Thursday in Pavillion (start time is 9 a.m.).



BOYS — Wind River 147, Burlington 118, Greybull 110, Rocky Mountain 102, Riverside 48.

100 METERS — 3, Fabian Davila, 11.75.

110 HURDLES — 4, Wyatt Good, 18.88. 7, Wyatt Neilson, 22.05.

1,600 METERS — 5, Cody Saenz, 6:46.88.

200 METERS — 3, Davila, 24.9.

300 HURDLES — 2, Good, 49.18.  4, Neilson, 59.66.

400 METERS — 2, Julian Wiley, 56.6.  4, Jesus Burgos, 57.31.

DISCUS — 4, Logan Jensen, 105-10.  5, Brady Shoemaker, 104-0.  7, Calder Forcella, 93-10.  8, Oscar Gomez, 92-7.

LONG JUMP — 3, Wiley, 17-8 ½.  8, Ogg, 14-10.

SHOT PUT — 3, Gomez, 39-11.  5, Aiden Jenness, 33-2 ¾.  7, Jensen, 30-8.  8, Shoemaker, 30-4 ¼.

TRIPLE JUMP — 2, Davila, 37-1.  6, Burgos, 34-3.

400 RELAY — 2, Greybull, 47.17.

1,600 RELAY — 1, Greybull, 4:03.02.

WEIGHT RELAY — 1, Greybull, 56.61.


GIRLS — Burlington 140, Wind River 99, Greybull 87, Riverside 67, Rocky Mountain 37.

100 METERS — 4, McKenzie Bollig, 14.79.

1,600 METERS — 2, Juliana Mendez, 7:33.15.

200 METERS — 4, Bollig, 32.03.  Jarelly Castro, 37.16

400 METERS — 1, McKenna Powers, 1:03.25.

800 METERS — 1, Powers, 2:45.57.

DISCUS — 2, Lindsay Kern, 73-2.  8, Samantha Nighswonger, 49-1.

LONG JUMP — 1, Powers, 14-7.

SHOT PUT — 1, Kern, 32-9 ¼.  5, Nighswonger, 23-5.

TRIPLE JUMP — 1, Powers, 29-3.  6, Bollig, 25-2.





WYDOT open house moved up half-hour

by nathan oster

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce and the Wyoming Department of Transportation have tacked an additional half hour onto the Thursday, April 5 open house to discuss improvements to downtown streets.

The open house will run from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the chamber office, according to Sue Anderson, the executive director of the chamber.  In an e-mail to chamber members, Anderson said the open house will focus on “strategies for businesses during, and details about, the upcoming construction project.

“The project has been let and they are working out some those details,” wrote Anderson. “We hope to have someone representing the contractor and representatives of WYDOT here to answer questions and make suggestions.”

S&S Builders was awarded the $1.2 million contract during the last meeting of the Wyoming Transportation Commission and the Gillette-based company has until Aug. 31, 2012, to complete the project.

Shell Creek: ‘moderate to high’ flood potential

by nathan oster

Shell Creek, Tensleep Creek and the Nowood River continue to be listed in the category for “moderate to high potential for snowmelt runoff flooding” on the latest report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

“Snow water equivalents (SWEs) continued to steadily increase along the western and eastern slopes of the Big Horn Mountains from February through early March,” wrote Jim Fahey, a NOAA hydrologist based in Riverton. “Mountain snowpack “water” numbers continued to improve across the rest of Wyoming during the month; but by early March, SWEs continued to be below average across the majority of western, central, and southern Wyoming headwater watersheds.

“Headwater creeks and streams along the Shoshone, Powder, and Tongue Drainages continued to have above normal snowpack “water” numbers by early March.”

Other hydrological information for Wyoming can be found at the NOAA hydrology website:

Bond reduced for man charged in stabbing

by nathan oster

The 41-year-old Shell man pleaded not guilty on Thursday in Fifth District Court to three felony charges in connection with a January stabbing incident at Shell’s Antler Inn.  A five-day jury trial will be set.

Raymond Tatom is charged with attempted second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated assault and battery. The charges stem from a bar fight in which Tim Mills, also of Shell, received stab wounds, the most serious of which was to his abdominal area.

Mills has since been released from the hospital and is continuing to recuperate from his home.

In court last week, Tatom formally entered not guilty pleas to all three charges. After that, Tatom and his attorney, Dion Custis, argued for a reduction in bond.  Since his arrest, it had been set at $1 million.

Big Horn County Attorney Michelle Burns said the state argued strongly against any reduction in bond, but Judge Robert Skar ultimately sided with the defense.  Tatom’s bond was reduced to $200,000, cash or surety.

Several additional requirements, however, were added to the conditions for bond previously ordered by Circuit Court Judge Tom Harrington. Skar ruled that Tatom must wear a GPS monitor at all times, and that he must bear the expense of that monitor.  Tatom was also required to surrender his passport to the sheriff’s office, sign a waiver of extradition and receive written permission from the court before leaving the state for any reason, including but not limited to medical appointments in Billings.

According to the county attorney’s office, Tatom posted bond on Saturday and was released.


Edward ‘Ed’ John Allen

May 20, 1928 – March 23, 2012

Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date for Edward “Ed” John Allen of Basin. Ed, 83, died March 23 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

He was born May 20, 1928, in Albion, N.Y., the son of John Dewey and Elizabeth Wakeman Allen. He grew up in the Albion/Holley area. He received his schooling and graduated from high school in Holley.

He married Lorrraine Smalley Jan. 31, 1948, in Holley.

Ed owned a dairy farm in New York for several years before moving to Florida where he worked for several years in the field of hydro-mulching (planting seeds to prevent erosion on sides of highways after construction). He also owned a landscaping company.

Due to health problems Ed was forced to semi-retire and moved to Basin in 1995 where he worked for Big Horn Co-op until his health forced him to fully retire.

Ed loved and enjoyed spending time with his family.

His parents, a sister, son Ed Allen and grandson Zebulon Richenberg preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife Lorraine Allen of Basin; daughter Linda Sanders, also of Basin; son Robert Allen of New York; his sister Ann McKelvey in Virginia; two grandchildren, Sherry Williamson of Basin and Greg Allen of New Market, Tenn., and four great-grandsons.

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