Daily Archives: May 15, 2013

Council mulls merits of sanitation hike

by nathan oster

The uncertainty surrounding the landfill and its future is having an impact on the town of Greybull’s budgeting for the 2013-14 fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

The council on Monday night approved the budget on first reading, but did so with many questions still unanswered in the sanitation fund, where Town Clerk Kathy Smith had penciled in an across-the-board, 6-percent increase in the monthly residential and business rates.

Residential customers currently pay $22.50 per month, while business customers pay $35.50. A 6-percent increase would raise each of those monthly rates by about $2 dollars and generate another $20,000 for the town.

Considered an “enterprise” fund, the sanitation program is designed to be self supporting —just like water and sewer.  But Smith explained on Monday that the budget has been very tight in recent years — and in fact, the town has had to dip into its reserves to cover expenditures.

The town last raised its sanitation rates in July of 2012, moving them upward by 50 cents at the time.

Smith said the big unknown is the situation at the landfill.  “We’re not sure where we stand,” she said, noting that there is talk of the county upping its fee to 4.5 or 5 cents a pound around Jan. 1. “We’re barely supporting that fund right now, so I think we need to look at an increase.”

Mayor Bob Graham pointed out that even with a $2 bump, the residential rate in Greybull would be below the $28 residential rate assessed in Basin.

“If I knew the landfill was going to stay at 3.9 cents per pound, I’d say we might be able to get by for another year,” Smith said. “But we just don’t know right now.”

The council directed Smith to provide options for the next discussion, including increasing the sanitation rate in phases — by $1 on July 1, another $1 on Jan. 1, 2014, if landfill rates increase as expected — and putting off the planned retrofit of a town dump truck for another year.

On that subject, Graham asked for the council’s blessing to pursue funding from the USDA for the retrofit.  The truck is good operating condition, but its hydraulics failed and is in need of other repairs. What the town would like to do is replace what isn’t working on the truck and incorporate a “hook and rail system” that could be utilized to pick up recycling rollouts.

The town is budgeting $37,000 for the truck retrofit, but not all of that would come out of the sanitation budget, Smith said.  Some would come out of the water and sewer budgets as well.

McGuire said that while he doesn’t like the idea of raising rates, the town is “up against it,” adding, “I’m not sure we have much of a choice.”

Councilman Ross Jorgensen agreed. “Your water, sewer and sanitation funds are enterprise funds and they need to be self supporting.  The sanitation and sewer funds are both just barely squeaking by.  It’s taken years to get our water reserves built up.  I don’t like raising rates, but at the same time, I don’t want to run what we have into the ground because then we have nothing.  Or be in a position where we have to borrow equipment from other towns to get the job done here.”

Mayor Bob Graham pointed out the proposed increase would come to $24 annually for residential customers.

“It adds up, Bob,” said Councilman Clay Collingwood.

“I agree,” said Graham. “But if we’re dipping into our reserves to make budget, where’s the tradeout if we aren’t replacing that money.”

With the meeting already nearly 2 ½ hours old and an executive session still to come, the council went no further into budget talks.  The second reading is scheduled to occur as part of a special meeting set for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.  Third and final reading is scheduled for the regular June meeting.

Board signs off on AD, coach hirings

by nathan oster

The Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees on Tuesday hired a new head high school volleyball coach and activities director and filled three vacant positions at Greybull Elementary School.

Sara Schlattmann, the district’s curriculum and grants coordinator, added a new title, as she was the board’s choice to replace Brittany Miller as head coach of the Greybull Lady Buff volleyball program.  A Greybull native and GHS graduate, Schlattmann has been serving an assistant coach under Miller.

Nolan Tracy, meanwhile, got the nod for the activities director position that was also vacated by Miller.  Tracy is a PE teacher and an assistant boys basketball and track coach for GHS.

In terms of teaching positions, the board hired Kimberly Pebbles as an elementary special education teacher, Ryan Harder as an elementary teacher and Jeremy Brandl as the elementary physical education teacher.

On the outgoing side, the board accepted the resignation of Todd Zeller, assistant coach for the Greybull-Riverside wrestling program.

In other school board news Tuesday night:

• Em Wilson and Troy Wilkinson were recognized as the district’s stakeholders of the month.

• The monthly teacher spotlight shined on Ken Jensen, a social studies teacher at GMS.  Principal Scott McBride noted that Jensen has been teaching at GMS for 40 years, and during that time, has served as a coach, statistician and referee in multiple sports.

• Dee Robertson was honored as the district’s teacher of the year.  Bryant said Robertson was nominated for the award by her students  — which is the highest accolade a teacher can receive. “Thank you for being a wonderful school district,” said Robertson, in response.  “I love my job … and you pay me too!”

• The board approved an out-of-district request of Desaray Grouns, a Basin woman who wants her children, ages 6 and 9, to attend Greybull schools during the 2013-14 school year.  Her daughter, age 9, will be in the fourth grade, while her son, age 6, will be a kindergartener.  With space available at both those grade levels, the board approved the request.

• McKenna Powers provided the Student Council report, noting that in addition to Make-A-Wish fundraising, the council is doing “appreciation” events for both teachers and custodians.

• The board recognized the home-school registrations of Alyssa Roll, Emily Roll and Karis Bresach.

• A joint activities agreement between the Greybull and Basin school districts for the 2013-14 school year was approved by the board.  Based on 2012-13 participation levels, Greybull will pick up 67 percent of the costs, Basin 33 percent.

• The board got its first look at the proposed budgets for the school and recreation districts.  While it’s too early to know specifics, business manager Sandi Menke said district expects to receive between $8 and $8.2 million from the state and county taxes. The district expects to again contribute money outside the funding model for both the school lunch program ($140,000) and for employee salaries and benefits ($200,000).

• The district began moving toward the creation of a “consent agenda” as a way of expediting meetings.  “Consent” items are those that usually don’t require discussion or explanation prior to school board action and are considered to be noncontroversial in nature. At the request of any board member, items could be pulled from the consent agenda and discussed.  The board agreed that it would be a good step, approving the “consent agenda” policy revisions on first reading

Hyde wins commission appointment

JohnHydeThe Big Horn County commissioners Monday afternoon appointed John Hyde of Lovell as the new commissioner to replace the late Thomas “Scotty” Hinman.

Hyde will be sworn in at the start of the regular commissioner meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 21.

The Big Horn County Republican Central Committee interviewed 16/17 candidates last Thursday and narrowed the list to three to submit to the commissioners for appointment. The commissioners interviewed the three — Hyde, Stanley Jones of Otto and Richard Russell of Basin — Monday morning before deliberating and making the appointment.

Prior to each interview Chairman Jerry Ewen thanked each candidate for their interest and congratulated them in getting to the final phase.

The candidates were asked the same questions and given an opportunity to ask questions of the commissioners.

After the appointment, Ewen said, “For the public, I want to say we are pleased once again the process worked. We were presented with some good choices. It was not an easy decision.” He said each candidate would have brought their own skill set and dedication to the position. “Each one had a passion to take the work one and we appreciate that.”

Commissioner Keith Grant said, “We were very fortunate in the candidates we had. It was not an easy decision.”

The candidates were asked why they were interested in the position, what past experiences they had that would be helpful, if they had the time to commit to the position, what they felt the duties were for the position and if they would recommend any changes and how they would implement those changes.

Hyde is currently serving as the county as the emergency management coordinator and is a retired Wyoming Game and Fish game warden, earlier this year announced his retirement effective July 8 as the EMC. The county had just begun the process to find a new coordinator.

Ewen said Hyde likely will not be able to continue as the EMC through his official retirement date because of the appointment as commissioner. He said the commissioners would address the position once Hyde is sworn in.

Hyde also retired from his position as human resources coordinator for the county, of which Carl Meyer was appointed.

The interview

During his interview Monday Hyde said, “My reasons for retiring were to free up some time to do some other things I wanted to do. It’s not been an easy decision, but one I’ve considered for a long time, not just after the immediacy of this position. No one wants to jump in under these circumstances. As you know from my resignation meeting this is something I’ve considered. I want to live up to the expectation that others have of me and that I have of myself.”

He said he always told his kids that good people should be available for public service. “I have a future pretty free ahead of me, so to be true to myself, I felt I should at least put my name in the hat and offer my services.”

Hyde said he believes his whole life experience will be a benefit. He worked 35 years for the state of Wyoming with the Game and Fish. “I’ve literally worked in every county in Wyoming and lived and raised family in nine counties.” He said those experiences have allowed him to learn how things work in different counties and what works and what doesn’t work.

He said through his state job and the county job he has worked with every imaginable agency, county, state and federal as well as landowner groups.

All that being said, Hyde added, “It’s relationships that carry the day. I’ve learned how to communicate with people.”

Grant said the county is made up of about 84 percent public lands and asked what Hyde’s position was on public lands. “Will you work to protect our resources?”

Hyde said that one of the biggest concerns the county has is the regulatory authority federal agencies have over the county. “We have to work with them to make sure they don’t take over management responsibilities. I’m well aware how federal agencies work. I love public lands because they are available to the people. It is something that interests me. It requires a balance of what they are after and what you need and hopefully people can come together and work together.”

Ewen said the county at times has been at odds with goals of the Game and Fish. “Are you OK with that?”

Hyde said, “I think my background is a plus. I am a wildlife advocate; yet I understand the G&F can not always do what the public wants. When I was a game warden, I always felt my first responsibility was to the people I represent. The local people have more “dogs in the fight.”

As for changes, Hyde said that while he has worked for the county the past 4.5 years, he does not have the knowledge and facts and figures to state whether any changes are needed.

“If you are going to prioritize you need to get all the information you can before setting about what you are going to change. I’m sure there’s a whole lot of things I don’t know about what you guys do. I don’t have an agenda except doing the best I can.”

As for working with the other two commissioners Hyde said there needs to be cooperation and respect for the other parties involved on any board. He said there should be no animosity if ideas are shot down.

On the budget, Hyde said he supports the fair approach the commissioners have taken asking each department to cut 6.5 percent. He said the commissioners need to be fair and equitable but also realizes that some things can only be cut so far.

When asked if he had the time to serve, Hyde said he understands it’s not just two meetings a month. “A lot of what you do is build relationships. I understand that’s an integral part of the job,” he said.

In concluding his interview with the commissioners, Hyde said, “This is a golden opportunity to learn from two of the best for a year and a half. Given the position and barring a catastrophic failure or something unforeseen in personal life, my intention would be to run for election.

“I have the experience and ability to do the job. Time is not going to be an issue for me and it fits in very nicely with my future plans.”

He added that he feels he has good communication skills and knowledge of all parts of the county with relationships not just in Lovell, but also in Shell, Hyattville and Burlington.

Jensen: Teaching ‘gets inside you’

by marlys good

When the lockers are cleared out and the last students pass through the doors of the Greybull Middle School to signal the closing of the 2012-13 school year, Kathy Friebel Jensen will clear out her desk, pack things away and bring down the curtain on a teaching career that has spanned 34-1/2 years, teaching sixth grade in Big Horn County School District No. 3.

“It’s time to focus on being just a mom,” Kathy said, adding that her oldest son Trevor is graduating from college and second son Logan will be a GHS senior. Her decision to retire was both “a joyous and tearful” one, she admitted. “But I know my parents, both deceased now, would be very proud that their workaholic daughter is putting her family first.”

Kathy grew up in Colorado and graduated from Niwot High School, in the Longmont-Boulder area. “From the time I was in sixth grade I knew I wanted to teach sixth graders, so I went to the University of Northern Colorado which was well-known as a teacher’s college.”

Kathy completed her degree work in three and a half years, graduated in December, and began her career by substitute teaching in her hometown area.

Looking for a full-time position, Kathy was willing to go anywhere, and “anywhere” turned out to be Greybull, where a resignation at mid-year left an opening for a fifth/sixth grade science teacher.

“I was excited to get the job and moved here in the end of January 1979, which to this day was one of the record-breaking coldest winters in Greybull’s history.”

There were a number of young single teachers on the staff, including Ken Jensen, who had been teaching and coaching in Greybull for several years. Recalled Kathy, “All the single teachers would socialize and gradually shy, witty, chauvinistic Ken became more than just a friend and we were married in 1982.”

Neither planned to live their lives in a small town, “but as fate would have it, that’s just what we did. We bought a house, had two amazing sons, settled into our careers and made Greybull our home.”

Kathy’s primary focus was always teaching science and social studies to “roughly 1,350 sixth graders. Each student had his/her own unique set of talents, skills and needs, not to mention personality. I worked hard to know my students, finding ways to reach each of them and to try to help them develop, grow and succeed academically and as a person. Being at their concerts, art shows, plays and sporting events gave me tremendous insight into their world and helped me better connect with students and appreciate each individual.”

Kathy said she knows her students will remember dissecting frogs, studying ancient Egypt and building edible cell models. “But I hope what they remember the most about me is how much I cared about each of them and how passionate I was about their education. I thank each of them for the impact they made on my life and for the ways they helped me grow.”

Kathy summed her feelings about teaching by using a quote (with a few slight changes) from “League of Their Own:”

“Teaching is what gets inside you. It’s what lights you up, you can’t deny that. Some days it gets so hard. But, it’s supposed to be hard! If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is what makes it great.”

Delsie Doughty Wall

Jan. 13, 1931 – April 24, 2013

Delsie Doughty Wall, 82, died April 24 at the Lutheran Collier Hospice Center in Wheatridge, Colo.

Delsie was born Jan. 13, 1931, in Greybull, the daughter of Charles and Florence Herink Doughty.

Her father was a railroader. A transfer took them to Denver and Delsie lived most of her life in Arvada. She worked for Alright Parking and Ennis, Inc.

Delsie married Ronald Wall on Sept. 2, 1966.

She was an avid bowler and a member of Dumb Friends League and the Humane Society. Her home was always open to dogs and cats.

Her sister and brother-in-law, Charles “Chot” and Gladys Smith, preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Ronald Wall; one son, Rodney Wall; three step-children, Lee Ann Mann, Jeff Wall and Scott Wall; seven step-grandchildren, all of Denver; two nieces, Carolyn Smith Wertman and Marilyn Smith Fredricks, and two nephews, Edgar Smith and Morris Smith, both of Shell.

Interment was in the Arvada, Colo., cemetery.

Betty Jean Starr

OBIT Betty StarNov. 21, 1946 – May 9, 2013

Services for Betty Jean Starr were held at the First Baptist Church in Bismarck, N.D. Betty, 66, died May 9, 2013.

She was born Nov. 21, 1946, in Cowley, the daughter of George and Lola McMillan. She attended her first three years of high school in Burlington where she was class secretary as a freshman and on the student council as a sophomore. The family moved to Greybull in 1965 where Betty attended her senior year and graduated with the Class of 1966. She was active in FHA.

Betty’s biggest desire had always been to be a wife, mother and homemaker.

She met Steve Starr in 1969, just after his return from serving in an infantry unit in Vietnam. Steve and Betty were married May 23, 1970. The couple had two daughters, Stephanie and Sherry. For many years the family made their home in Greybull.

After Steve’s death in 1996, Betty moved to Mandan, N.D., to be closer to her daughters and grandchildren.

She was baptized and became an active member of the First Baptist Church in Mandan. Her church and her grandchildren were the focus of her life.

She was an excellent cook, best known for her bread making, and shared many recipes with friends. She loved to do crafts, and gave the results to her friends and family through the years.

Her husband Steve Starr in 1996, her parents George and Lola McMillan, sister, Louise, and brother Roy, and granddaughter Kayla Starr preceded her in death.

She is survived by her two daughters, Stephanie and Sherry, and their husbands; sisters Julia and Rose; brothers Ray, Lewis and Richard, and seven grandchildren.

Burial was with her husband in the Veterans Cemetery in Mandan.

Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp

Sept. 20, 1940 – May 6, 2013

A family memorial service for Elizabeth “Betty” Lucille Lipp was held May 10 at the Donald J. Ruhl Memorial Cemetery.  Betty, 72, died May 6 in Billings at Advanced Care Hospital of Montana after a lengthy battle with emphysema and pneumonia.

She was born Sept. 20, 1940 in Wakpala, S.D., the daughter of Jacob and Margaret Schmaltz. She married Albert “Al” Matthew Lipp Nov. 27, 1957, in the Catholic Church in Mobridge, S.D.

As the Lipp family grew to include five children she made a loving home for them in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Oklahoma as they moved with her husband’s job as a telephone lineman. When the children needed to settle into a permanent home and school, the family returned to the best place they had lived along their journey – Greybull. They purchased their first home and put down roots in the community with people they loved.

Betty loved to cook. For many years she shared her ability and talent with the community as head cook for the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull. Even after she retired, she continued to take Christmas plates to senior citizens who lived alone. She just loved to give to others; if she saw a need, she wanted to help.

She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, playing bingo, card and board games, puzzles, going to garage sales and watching her children and grandchildren in their many school activities.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Tammy Lipp; son, Mark Lipp; daughter-in-law, Laurie Lipp; mother and father Jacob and Margaret Schmaltz; sister Agnes Mitchell, and brothers, Edward Schmaltz and Alfred Schmaltz.

She is survived by her husband Al; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Mike and Serena Lipp and Jack Lipp, all of Greybull; daughter and son-in-law, Chris and Jayne Clevenger of Powell; three brothers, Ike Schmaltz, William Schmaltz and Raymond Schmaltz; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial donations can be made at Big Horn Federal Savings Bank, Box 471 Greybull, WY 82426. Proceeds will go to the South Big Horn Senior Center in Greybull.

Harley James McKinney

Harley McKinneyApril 23, 1939 – May 5, 2013

Harley James McKinney, 74, of Rock Springs, Wyoming, passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2013, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.  A long time resident of Rock Springs, Wyoming, Mr. McKinney died of complications due to leukemia .

He was born on April 23, 1939, in Basin, Wyoming, the son of the late Cleo James McKinney and Eleanor Etta Stearns.

Harley attended schools in Emblem and Greybull, Wyoming, and graduated as Salutatorian of his class in 1957.  He then attended the University of Wyoming and received his Bachelors Degree in Petroleum Engineering in 1961.  After graduation, he served as a helicopter mechanic while in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1964.

After he was honorably discharged from the service, he was employed in the Middle East and Canada as a Petroleum Engineer.  In 1969, wanting a change of pace, he returned as a student to the University of Wyoming and received his Juris Doctor Degree in 1972.  He remained at the University for the next 5 years, this time as an employee.  Harley then began practicing law in Rock Springs as a partner in the law firm of Pickett & McKinney, then later partnered with Steve Palmer, and eventually in both individual private practice and directly with Rocky Mountain Casing Crews until the time of his passing. He was a life time member of the Western Plains Historic Preservation Association Incorporated, Wyoming Bar Association and was past Exhaulted Ruler of the BPO Elks Club Lodge # 624.

Harley had a wide and varied number of interests including travel, history, art and music.  He was a veracious reader and was constantly striving to expand his knowledge of all things, believing that a person should never stop learning.  He also devoted a tremendous amount of time and heart to several youth programs.  Harley’s greatest joys, however, were found in helping others, bringing love and laughter to everyone he met, and in celebrating life.  In line with this, his life will be celebrated, not mourned, in typical “Harley fashion” (bright, fun attire – no black please).  Following cremation, an informal gathering will be held beginning at 5:00 p.m., on May 23rd, 2013, at the Sweetwater County Events Complex, 3320 Yellowstone Road, Rock Springs, Wyoming.  Military Honors will be conducted at 6:30 p.m.

Survivors include two daughters, Tracy O’Neal and companion John Kumer of Rock Springs, Wyoming, and Toni Jo Belcher and husband Jon of Green River, Wyoming; daughter-in-law Carol Nelson Nuhn of Cheyenne, Wyoming; nine grandchildren Jessie Ray O’Neal, Connor O’Neal, Brianna Belcher, Brandy Belcher, Brody Belcher, Braxton Hathaway, Aleia Belcher, Lyza Verosky and Sawyer Verosky; several cousins including Carol Higbie and husband Ed of Cody, Wyoming, and Lela Jones and husband Carl of Lander, Wyoming; as well as being survived by dozens of surrogate children and grandchildren, and a countless number of dear, valued friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Cleo and Eleanor McKinney; one brother Loni McKinney; daughter Jennifer Julius-McKinney; nephews Jim McKinney and Patrick McKinney; and niece Kathy Garretson.

The family of Harley  McKinney respectfully suggests that donations in his memory be made to Harley  McKinney Memorial Fund, c/o First Bank, P.O. Box 820, Rock Springs, Wyoming  82902

The donations will be distributed to various youth organizations that Harley supported during his life.

G&F reviews herd unit objectives

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department is holding public information meetings in the Cody area to discuss management objectives for the elk, antelope, deer and bighorn sheep herds lying within the Cody region.

The Greybull meeting, set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23 at Town Hall, will focus on the Medicine Lodge elk herd and the Paintrock deer herd.  There will be a short presentation on the history and status of each herd unit followed by a question-and-answer session and public comment period.

The Medicine Lodge elk herd is hunt areas 41 and 45, while the Paintrock mule deer herd consists of hunt areas 41, 46, and 47.

Although Game and Fish review herd unit objectives every year when hunting seasons are set, herd objectives will be formally evaluated in five-year intervals to ensure a high level of public involvement.  In addition to the hunting public, landowners and federal agencies are also asked to provide input since they manage the habitat big game uses throughout the year.

“We’ll be discussing herd productivity (fawn:doe and calf:cow ratios), buck/bull numbers, hunting pressure, harvest rates, etc.,” said Tom Easterly, a G&F wildlife biologist in Big Horn County.

“The population objective and where the population is in relation to it really does influence how overall management and hunting seasons are set for those areas.”

Buffs qualify two more at regional

by nathan oster

The Greybull Buffs will be sending six athletes to this weekend’s State 2A Track and Field Championships in Casper after McKenna Powers and Logan Jensen punched their ticket at the regional meet in Lander.

Powers and Jensen join the four members of the 400-meter relay team, Dylan Brenner, Calder Forcella, Alex Hebb and Kyler Flock, who qualified earlier in the season by bettering the 2A qualifying standard.

The Buffs didn’t have the firepower to make a run in the team standings, finishing ninth in both the boys and girls divisions.  Lovell won both divisions, collecting 170 points in the girls and 148.83 in the boys.  Greybull tallied 17 in the boys division, nine in the girls division.

McKenna Powers scored all nine for the girls.  To qualify, athletes needed to place in the top eight.  Powers did so in three of her four events, taking fifth in the 400 meters (in 1:05.73), sixth in the triple jump (31-4), and eighth in the 800 (2:33.95).

Sukut said Powers’ 800 time was a personal best, as was her effort in the triple jump, by one-quarter inch. Powers finished one spot out of qualifying in the long jump, finishing ninth with a leap of 14-1 ¾.

She will be the only Lady Buff in action this weekend in Casper.

“Good for her,” said Sukut. “I figured she’d qualify. I just didn’t know in how many events. She was close in her fourth.”

Looking ahead to the culminating meet, Sukut said, “Anything can happen at state,” and that Powers is capable of placing high if she can put it all together.  “I think she’s sitting pretty good (to place) in the 800.”

Sukut said several other Lady Buffs had good meets, but just came up short of qualifying.

Sydney Eckman finished one spot out of qualifying in the 400, placing ninth.  “I thought she’d have a good chance, but not quite,” said Sukut. “It’s pretty good for a freshman to be one place out of going, though, and with the time that she turned in.”

Aftin DeRosa also landed in the “near miss” category, placing 11th in the 100 meters and 11th in the long jump (with a personal best 13-7 ¾.).

In the boys division, the Buffs didn’t enter their 400-meter relay team.  Dylan Brenner was on the senior trip and didn’t attend the regional, but the foursome of Brenner, Hebb, Forcella and Flock are going to state by virtue of a time they posted earlier in the season.

“Looking at some of the times, they’re really going to have to perform to get a spot because it’s tight,” said Sukut. “What we’ll be doing this week (in practice) is working on handoffs and making sure we’re ready to go.”

Logan Jensen was among the athletes who rose to the occasion in Lander. He threw a personal-best 127-10 to place fourth and qualify in the discus. “He improved by almost 3 feet,” Sukut said. “That’s what you hope for as coach, that your athletes will put it all together (at regionals).”

Calder Forcella was one slot behind, taking fifth with a throw of 124-1 ½.  It wasn’t a personal best — but the Greybull sophomore made up for it in the shot put.  He placed seventh in the event with a heave of 38-6 ¼, which was about a half-foot improvement over his personal best.

Alex Hebb may have been the most pleasant surprise for the Buffs. The junior placed fourth in the long jump, earning a trip to state and improving by more than a foot by coming in with a distance of 19-6 ¾.  His previous best was 18-5 ¼.

“He did it on his first jump in the prelims,” Sukut said. “Another case of an athlete putting it all together at the right time.” Sukut said Hebb was entered in the first flight, so when he posted 19-6 3/4, he got to enjoy being in first place “for quite awhile,” until some of the top jumpers took their turn toward the end of the second flight.

Hebb also made runs at qualifying in both the 100 and 200, but came up short, taking 14th and 13th, respectively.

Several other boys also came up a little short of qualifying, including Kyler Flock, who was ninth in the 400, 10th in the 200 and 11th in the 100; and Wyatt Good, who capped his high school career with 10th-place finishes in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles.

“Overall it was a good weekend,” Sukut said. “It’s always good when kids get in there, compete well and earn a trip to state.”

The state meet will unfold over the course of three days in Casper, starting today (Thursday, May 16) and ending Saturday.



Girls Team Scores: Lovell 170, Thermopolis 108, Big Piney 89, Shoshoni 84, Kemmerer 78, Wind River 27, Riverside 26, Rocky Mt. 24, Wyoming Indian 19, Greybull 9.

100 METERS – 11, Aftin DeRosa, 14.45.  18, Sydney Eckman, 14.96.  19, Mackenzie Bollig, 14.97.  20, Brittney Fink, 15.08.

200 METERS – 14, DeRosa, 31.08.  16, Bollig, 31.4.  19, Fink, 32.0.  24, Lynae McBride, 34.02.

400 METERS – 5, McKenna Powers, 1:05.73.  9, Eckman, 1:08.57.  20, McBride, 1:18.66.

800 METERS – 8, Powers, 2:33.95.

400 RELAY – 8, Greybull (DeRosa, Eckman, Fink, Bollig), 56.57.

LONG JUMP – 9, Powers, 14-1 ¾.  11, DeRosa, 13-7 ¾.  14, Eckman, 13-1.  19, Fink, 11-7 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP – 6, Powers, 31-4.  14, Bollig, 27-8 ¾.


Boys Team Scores:  Lovell 148.83, Wind River 114, Shoshoni 86.5, Thermopolis 77, Big Piney 76, Wyoming Indian 47, Kemmerer 39.66, Rocky Mt. 34, Greybull 17, Riverside 15.

100 METERS – 11, Kyler Flock, 12.08.  14, Alex Hebb, 12.27.  18, Payton Gonzalez, 12.81.  22, Gerald Fulkerson, 13.2.

200 METERS – 10, Flock, 25.15.  13, Hebb, 25.25.

400 METERS – 9, Flock, 55.91.  13, Ryan Sylvester, 58.53.

800 METERS – 16, Jarrod Johnson, 2:24.5.  25, Keegan Jenness, 2:36.77.

1,600 METERS – 14, Johnson, 5:28.99.

110 HURDLES – 10, Wyatt Good, 18.76.  13, Wyatt Nielson, 20.38.  14, Cesar Sosa, 21.54.

300 HURDLES – 10, Good, 47.10.  18, Nielson, 51.74.  19, Sosa, 52.84.

3200 RELAY – 8, Greybull (Jenness, Sylvester, Nielson, Johnson), 10:19.24.

LONG JUMP – 4, Alex Hebb, 19-6 ¾.  14, Sylvester, 16-3.  21, Fulkerson, 13-9 ¾.

TRIPLE JUMP – 13, Sylvester, 36-4.  16, Gonzalez, 34-9 ¼.  21, Sosa, 29-10 ½.  22, Fulkerson, 28-5 ¾.

SHOT PUT – 7, Forcella, 38-6 ¼.  11, Treston Tracy, 35-5 ½.  14, Logan Jensen, 34-5 ¼.

DISCUS – 4, Jensen, 127-10.  5, Forcella, 124-1 ½.  16, Nielson, 85-6 ½.

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