Daily Archives: October 10, 2013
by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs led the No. 1 ranked Class 2A team in Wyoming 12-7 at halftime but couldn’t hold on, surrendering three touchdowns in a 9 minute, 20 second span in the second half of a 28-20 loss to the unbeaten Lovell Bulldogs.
“We knew they were good, but after seeing them in person, they’re even better than we thought they were,” said Coach Justin Bernhardt, whose team dropped to 1-4 overall and 1-3 in Class 2A West Conference play.
One player who certainly stepped for the Bulldogs was their senior running back and linebacker Dillon Pickett, who finished with 205 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries while anchoring the Lovell defense with 13 assisted tackles and four solo stops.
Pickett did most of his damage in the second half.
Early on, though, the Greybull defense held him in check.
In fact, if it weren’t for a momentum-swinging play midway through the second quarter, Lovell might not have scored at all in the first half. The Bulldogs were facing a fourth-and-long situation at the Greybull 30. Quarterback Beau Green dropped back to pass, but when the Buffs broke through the line, he was forced to his left. With four Buffs closing in, Green managed to get off a pass, but a Greybull defender got a hand on it, sending the ball skyward.
Had the fallen harmlessly to the ground, the Buffs would have regained possession. Instead, it landed in the arms of Pickett, who turned and raced across the field, making it all the way to the Greybull 1-yard line to set up a first-and-goal for Lovell. Pickett cashed it in, scoring from a yard out. With the extra point, Lovell moved on top 7-6.
“You’re thinking it’s going to be a sack for a loss of 10 yards and our ball,” said Bernhardt, calling it one of the two plays that turned momentum toward Lovell. “Then that happened … it was kind of like a nightmare in slow motion.
“But that’s kind of been the thing for us this season, especially on defense. Four guys around the ball. It was as if each of them were waiting for someone else to make the play instead of making a game changing play themselves. Kudos to Lovell though for making the play.”
The Buffs got some momentum back before halftime, though. Wyatt Nielson picked off a Lovell pass with 2:01 to play in the second, giving the Buffs the ball at their own 40-yard line. Aided in part by a roughing the passer penalty, the Buffs marched all the way to the Lovell goal line. Calder Forcella capped the drive, scoring on a 4-yard-run with 18 seconds to play in the quarter.
The score sent the Buffs into the locker room with a 12-7 lead, and Bernhardt said he sensed “a good vibe” from the kids at halftime, especially since Greybull was going to be receiving the second-half kickoff.
That drive didn’t go as planned, however. A fumble gave Lovell a short field, and the Bulldogs took advantage of it, scoring on a 3-yard run by Colin McArthur with 8:15 to play. It was the first of three second half touchdowns for the Bulldogs, who also got runs of 62 and 3 yards by Pickett. Pickett’s final TD scamper came with 10:55 remaining in the game.
The Buffs didn’t go down without a fight. Calder Forcella and Wyatt Nielson connected for a 27-yard touchdown pass with 2:28 to play. With the two point conversion, a toss from Forcella to Kason Clutter, the Buffs pulled within a score. But rather than attempting an onside, the Buffs kicked it deep, hoping they could get a stop. The Bulldogs didn’t cooperate, picking up a couple of first downs, which allowed them to run out the clock.
“We played with them blow for blow, but those two plays — the deflected pass and the fumble — they killed us,” said Bernhardt.
Lovell finished with a big statistical edge, generating 462 total yards to Greybull’s 298. It took a big second half, though. The Bulldogs were credited with just 77 rushing yards in the first half, but cranked it up in the second half, generating 253 on the ground for a total of 330.
Bernhardt credited his kids for their resiliency, saying, “They continue to show fight right to the end, which is something we didn’t always see last year. We’ve played three different No. 1 teams this year, and at no point in any of those games have I sensed any give-up from our kids. They just keep playing, believing, which is impressive. It would sure be nice to get one of these in the win column, though.”
The Buffs suffered two key injuries on Friday night, losing both Kyler Flock and Paul Stewart to shoulder injuries. Bernhardt said he expects Flock to miss this week’s game; Stewart’s status was uncertain as of Monday.
The longest road trip of the season to date looms this week, as the Buffs will be boarding a bus before sunrise on Saturday morning to make the long trip to Kemmerer, where a 2 p.m. kickoff is planned.
With a 1-3 record, the Buffs will need to take care of business and get some help if they want to make the playoffs. But in the topsy turvy 2A West, stranger things have happened.
“If we pick up wins these next two weeks against Kemmerer and Big Piney, we’ll be right back in the playoff mix,” said Bernhardt. “Some things have happened — like Pinedale beating Thermopolis the other night — that have clouded the picture a little. But we just need to do what we can and win the games that are in front of us.”
Through the first four weeks of conference play, Kemmerer is 0-4 and Big Piney 1-3. With wins, the Buffs would move to 3-3 in the conference, which would like setting up a “playoff game of sorts” with 3-1 Lyman in the final week of the regular season.
Lovell 0 7 14 7 — 28
Greybull 6 6 0 12 — 20
G — Paul Stewart 3 yard run.
L — Dillon Pickett 1 yard run (Teter kick).
G — Calder Forcella 4 yard run.
L — Colin McArthur 3 yard run (Teter kick).
L — Pickett 62-yard run (Teter kick).
L — Pickett 3 yard run (Teter kick).
G — Wyatt Nielson 27-yard pass from Forcella (Kason Clutter pass from Forcella)
RUSHING — Lovell 55-330; Greybull 29-113 (Calder Forcella 17-77, Paul Stewart 12-36).
PASSING — Lovell 8-of-17 for 132 yards; Greybull 16-of-27 for 185 yards.
RECEIVING — Greybull Kason Clutter 7-101, Fabian Davila 2-8, Wyatt Nielson 1-27, Paul Stewart 1-3, Kyler Flock 4-37, Dustin Fox 1-9.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS — Paul Stewart and Bryce Wright tied for the team lead with 20 defensive points. Included in Stewart’s total were a sack and a pass breakup. Wright led with 14 assisted tackles and 3 solo tackles. Other point leaders included Wyatt Nielson and Kason Clutter with 19 apiece, and Cody Strauch with 17.
by nathan oster
From the alphabet soup of diseases that have reared their ugly head to several season modifications that have been adopted by the Game and Fish Department, there’s a lot for hunters to know as they head out into the field in search of their big-game animals.
Big Horn County Game Warden Bill Robertson and Wildlife Biologist Tom Easterly, based in Greybull and Shell respectively, said the animals are out there — especially elk — and that the recent storms which brought snow to the Big Horns should help drive them out of the high country.
But the elephant in the room, for hunters who drew elk tags anyway, is the additional level of brucellosis testing that is being required this year in the elk areas 38, 39 and 40. In each of those areas, hunters who drew tags have been sent kits for collecting blood samples.
Easterly emphasized that the two positive tests reported after last year’s fall hunting season showed only that the critters had been exposed to the virus — and not that they were carrying the disease, which of course is a major concern for area livestock producers.
All elk hunters are asked to help with the surveillance effort by not only collecting the blood samples, but by ensuring those samples don’t get too hot or too cold and are sent into the state or dropped off at a G&F collection point.
“We’ll have coolers and signs at a lot of main roads, and we’ll be flooding the area with lots of personnel on the weekends and early in the seasons,” said Easterly.
Easterly said that the positive tests prompted the G&F to make changes to the elk hunting seasons in the Big Horns.
“We were asked to create as much opportunity to harvest elk as we could,” said Easterly. “That’s why we have set Oct. 1 as a start date for some cow hunting seasons. The bull hunters don’t like it; they don’t think they’ll have the element of surprise on their side if people have been out hunting.
“But those are the elk we need to get tissues from,” noted Robertson.
Easterly said all agencies want to collect as much information as they can about the extent of the brucellosis exposure because this area is presently outside the designated brucellosis watch area. If the results show that it’s a problem, that area may have to be extended.
“They’ll look at three years worth of data, at a minimum,” said Easterly. “If just one case had been found, a case could have been made it was a coincidence. But to have two…it suggests there may be something going on.”
One good sign, he said, is that the calf population doesn’t seem to have been impacted. That’s telling because brucellosis, be it in cattle or elk, brings a rise in aborted fetuses.
Both Easterly and Robertson emphasized that elk with brucellosis pose no health risk to humans, and that this time of the year, it’s not a concern because the bacteria is dormant. “It’s not until later in the pregnancy from February on, that it starts to flare up and it can become an issue,” said Easterly. “That’s why we don’t have seasons that go past February.”
Easterly said 500 cow licenses were made available this year in area 38. Far fewer — 100 in one area, 75 in the other — were made available in areas 39 and 40, in part “to alleviate the concerns of bull hunters.”
In addition to brucellosis, hunters also need to be aware of CWD, chronic wasting disease, as well as EHD, epizootic hemorrhagic disease.
While brucellosis surveillance is the top priority, G&F officials still plan to man check stations and collect samples to test for CWD. “Not as big of a deal now as it was before, especially since we’ve found some deer with it in the area,” Easterly said. “But we’re still going to be collecting samples.”
Nothing can be done about the EHD problem, however. It is a disease that mostly impacts whitetail deer, but antelope can also be struck down by it. There have been reports of dead deer and antelope being found not only around the Big Horn Basin, but statewide.
“Last year, it hit the Black Hills pretty hard,” said Easterly.
Deer and antelope pick up EHD from gnats, which carry the virus. Once the animal has been bitten, the virus spreads. Once again, humans need not worry; EHD affects only the animal that carries it and cannot be spread to humans by consumption.
“There’s not a lot that can be done,” said Easterly. “We do know about it. Enough samples have been sent in. We know conclusively that it’s here. We haven’t found the virus yet that causes bluetongue in domestic sheep. All our indications are that this isn’t bluetongue. But since it’s been in the area, and could flare up at any time, producers need to be aware that (EHD) is here.
“The threat will go away with a hard freeze. Gnats will be less active and animals won’t be getting bit as much.”
Animals with EHD hemorrhage internally and bleed to death, said Easterly. “They get feverish and usually try to get close to a water sources; that’s why we usually find them by rivers and irrigation ditches.”
Both Easterly and Robertson said night surveys suggest that there are still plenty of whitetails out there for hunters to harvest. “It hasn’t impacted the population enough where we are going to change the hunting seasons at the last minute,” said Robertson. “But hunters may see fewer of the animals out there.”
Game officials said that when it comes to specific season information, hunters are always best served by consulting the regulations, which are available at licensing agents throughout the county.
In some cases, hunt areas have been combined. One example would be the elk area formerly known as area 42; it has been eliminated, through incorporation into a new area 41. “There’s no longer a boundary issue there,” said Robertson.
“Similarly,” added Easterly, “A couple of deer areas have been combined.”
In other areas the G&F has lengthened or shortened seasons, increased or decreased tag types, to address concerns such as crop depredation. While deer numbers are down, crop depredation, if anything, is up. “It’s the paradox of the wild,” Robertson said.
Easterly said that while deer hunters can expect to find fewer, buck ratios have remained stable.
Elk numbers, meanwhile, are stable to increasing. “It’s still a thriving population,” said Easterly. “But there again, we have seasons in place to address that growing herd.”
Last spring the G&F held public meetings to discuss the increase in the elk population.
“For the longest time, (the management goal) had been 3,000; we were proposing to move it to 4,000,” said Easterly. “However, there was enough concern about the elk numbers still on the ranges and on private lands that the proposal didn’t go through. The population objective didn’t change and we will continue to manage for 3,000 in the Medicine Lodge herd unit.”
Added Robertson, “One way to increase the harvest in the herd unit is to attempt to get hunters onto private land. Last year our Spanish Point hunt management unit was successful enough we were able to continue it this year and expand it to include two other landowners.
“Those areas open with the beginning of the late cow season on Nov. 23. Permission slips and maps are available through the Game and Fish webpage.”
Good news for bird hunters.
Pheasant numbers are good, according to both Robertson and Easterly, and two research projects on sage grouse in the Big Horn Basin reported average to good nesting success for sage grouse, which they both feel should translate over to good success for Hungarian and chuckar partridge as well as turkeys.
The turkey population in the area is doing so well, Easterly said, that there was a proposal in the spring to change the Big Horn Basin and the entire state to general license seasons, meaning hunters could buy them over the counter.
“We had mixed input on that,” said Easterly. “Some were against it, some were looking forward to it. We’ll be taking public comment on it again this spring. (If approved) it would likely mean we’d do away with the fall hunting season we have had the last several years.
“So this may be the last fall season we have in the Big Horn Basin for a while.”
An estimated $1,400-$1,500 was raised at the annual “Pink Game” between the Lady Buffs and Lady Rebels played Thursday at Buff Gym.
The Lady Buffs might have won the volleyball match, but the real winner was the Women’s Wellness Center in Cody, which will receive all the receipts and use them to fund free mammogram screenings.
Money was raised from sale of pink T-shirts, a bake sale, silent auction and the “money war” waged between Laura Irwin Elementary, Cloud Peak Middle School and Riverside High School.
Rebel Coach Lindsay Schaffner explained that jars were placed in all three schools to see which could collect the most coins during a two-week period.
“By Thursday afternoon (Oct. 3) it was such a close race the students wanted to extend the deadline,” she said. Not really fair, she laughed, because elementary kids don’t have access to “loose change.” At the end of the extended deadline the collective jars contained $500 (RHS won the “war”). A gift basket was auctioned during the weekend volleyball duals and an additional $72 went into the coffers.
The fundraiser is held every year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by karla pomeroy
A road petition that was denied by the Big Horn County commissioners in 2011 is now back in their lap after a district court ruling.
According to a Fifth Judicial District Court ruling by Judge Robert Skar, filed Sept. 23, the issue of a private road petition originally filed by Mary and Patrick Whaley of Shell and Buffalo, is “remanded back to the Board of County Commissioners who shall proceed with Petitioners’ (Whaleys) application for a private road by appointing viewers and appraisers pursuant to Wyoming Statute.”
Big Horn County Attorney Michelle Burns, who met with the Big Horn County commissioners last week in executive session, said “Since it is pending litigation I have no formal comment at this time.”
Whaley’s attorney Greg Goddard said, “The judge’s opinions speaks for itself. He will do a final order, but my understanding, in relation to his opinion, is this will go back to the commissioners to appoint viewers and appraisers.” He said they will locate the most convenient road that does the least amount of damage. There are also other requirements, including if road improvements are needed and the road will be appraised the land for before and after the road is established.
“I expect the commissioners will act with reasonable dispatch,” Goddard
The appeal and civil case was filed by the Whaleys against Flitner Limited Partnership. Flitner Limited attorney Randy Royal said the court will issue a final order that there is to be a private road. The commissioners will then have to determine where that road will be. In that process there is also a determination how much will be paid for the road.
Royal said his client can appeal the judge’s ruling but a decision has not been made at this time.
He said there is also a question of jurisdiction with the Wyoming Legislature changing state law this year with all private road questions bypassing the commissioners and going to district court. While the case was originally filed under the old statute, they are discussing how to proceed in light of the new legislation.
According to the 11-page appeal decision, the Whaleys originally filed an application for a private road with the county commissioners after exhausting other avenues including attempting to purchase easements through private property owned by Flitner Limited Partnership.
The Whaleys are seeking the establishment of a private road from their property easterly along an existing road to a point where the existing road intersects with Forest Service Road 17, commonly referred to as upper Black Mountain Road.
The commissioners denied temporary access on July 14, 2011, and on Nov. 22, 2011, denied the Whaleys’ application for the private road due to “lack of good faith in evaluating an alternative route, specifically lower Black Mountain Road.”
According to court records, the Whaleys land in the Big Horn Mountains east of Shell is surrounded on all sides by other private landowners. There are no easements with the property.
Skar ruled that it is clear that the Whaleys do not have legally enforceable access to their property and that “it was not reasonable” for the commissioners to rule that it was not clear whether they did or did not have legally enforceable access.
Skar wrote that the evidence presented at the Nov. 8 hearing before the commissioners shows they do not have legally enforceable access because the Whaleys’ property is surrounded by private property and while Flitner Limited Partnership stated in their response that the Whaleys can “reach the lower portion of the Black Mountain Road from an ‘old BLM road’ accessible from Whaleys property in order for Whaleys to access Black Mountain Road they must cross private property.
The judge then addressed the commissioners’ ruling that the Whaleys did not show good faith in providing an alternative route. He ruled, “This court finds there is evidence in the record that the (Whaleys) brought their application for a private road in good faith.” Skar wrote that according to testimony on Nov. 8, 2011, hearing, witnesses for the Whaleys and Flitner Limited, there are two ways to access the Whaleys’ property — lower and upper portions of Black Mountain Road. Mary Whaley testified on Nov. 8, according to the court documents, “she considered both the upper and lower portions of the Black Mountain Road before determining the upper portion was the best route.”
Whaley testified, according to the court record, that the lower portion is harder to travel and difficult to haul a trailer. She also testified the road is rougher and the jolts are hard on her husband’s back.
Skar wrote, “The evidence in the record supports a finding that (the Whaleys) do not have legally enforceable access to their property, and they brought their application for a private road in good faith, with a request for a route that is reasonable and convenient.”
by nathan oster
Greybull Elementary School came up short of making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in language arts for a second straight year, putting the school in year one of School Improvement status.
GES had been already been in “warning” status, which was based on student performance in statewide assessment tests during the 2011-12 school year. It was moved into “school improvement” by the Wyoming Department of Education based upon scores turned in on the 2012-13 Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students (PAWS).
The state shared its preliminary AYP findings with superintendents around the state in mid September. They have not been released statewide, but Supt. Barry Bryant has shared the determination with members of the Big Horn County School District No. 3 board of trustees, as recently as Tuesday night’s school board meeting.
“Obviously, we’re disappointed, but we had an inking it was going to be the case,” Bryant said in an interview Tuesday.
The school will be in year one of “school improvement” for language arts for the Free and Reduced Lunch subgroup, and in a “warning year” school wide in the area of language arts, specifically reading scores.
Bryant explained that the school’s failure to meet the AYP targets may be linked, at least in part, to the factors outside the school’s control. “We had of move-ins, our special needs numbers increased and our ELL population increased,” he said. “What all that means is that we had to do a lot of intervention, just to get ready to take the state assessment.
“Those aren’t excuses; they are facts,” he said.
While reading scores were down, Bryant said elementary students fared very well in math.
In addition, he noted when comparing percentiles, the elementary school actually fared better than both the middle and high schools, both of which made AYP with flying colors. “The AYP targets for the elementary school are higher,” Bryant said.
The AYP targets for this year were set by the federal government, which based them on historical data which showed that elementary students typically outperform middle and high school students on the statewide assessment tests.
“The target AYP for reading was extremely high, around 85 percent,” said Bryant. “And in small classes, you’re talking about five or six kids who, if we could have gotten their scores up, the school would have met AYP no problem.
“We have work to do as a staff. We need to do a better job of individualizing instruction, to make sure those kids meet the goals, too.”
Bryant said he believes the district has already taken positive steps to address the AYP issues at the elementary school, including hiring of an additional third grade teacher, an additional special education teacher and an interventionist.
“Our K-3 levels are still too high, though,” he said, citing the second grade as an example. There are currently 43 kids in second grade, putting the district above the 16-to-1, student-to-teacher ratio recommended by the state.
“We saw this coming,” Bryant said. “But midyear, it’s almost impossible to hire staff and make those kind of adjustments. I’ll try to do a better job of that as we move forward.”
Bryant said the school district is doing more after-school interventions this year, trying to get kids over the bar.
The AYP goals are based upon the No Child Left Behind Act. Schools that are placed in “warning” status are given one year to make adjustments. If their scores don’t improve, they go into “school improvement” status, where they remain for a minimum of two years, according to Bryant.
Bryant said if Greybull was a larger community with multiple schools, it would have to provide notice to parents that they were free to choose a different school. But that doesn’t apply here, since there is only one school in the community — and since the district offers open enrollment anyway. Thanks to that, students living in Basin can (and do) attend school in Greybull; the opposite is also true, with Greybull students having the choice to attend school in Basin.
Bryant said the AYP determination for the elementary school would also impact how title money is spent in the district. A certain percentage must be earmarked for addressing the areas where schools fell short of making AYP.
Bryant said the fact that the elementary didn’t make AYP shouldn’t detract from what was an otherwise solid performance by Greybull students on the PAWS. “Our middle school kids did phenomenal,” Bryant said. In reading, GMS put 91 percent of its student in proficient and advanced in the sixth grade, 88 percent in the seventh grade and 90 percent in the eighth grade.
The district will also need to write a school improvement plan, although Bryant said, “A lot of that stuff has already been put in place.”
He emphasized that the AYP determination shouldn’t be taken as a knock on the teachers at the elementary school. “I’m down there two or three times a week, and teachers down there are doing a lot of good things,” he said. “It’s just a matter of making sure we give them the personnel they need.”
The school district had to get a waiver from the state because its K-3 student-to-teacher ratio exceeded 16-1. It came in around 19 to 1. “Those things hurt you, especially when you have a lot of special needs and ELL kids,” he said.
by marlys good
The AWANA organization celebrates its 63rd birthday this year. AWANA is short for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed, from 2 Timothy 2:15: “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.)”
The area/Big Horn Basin AWANA Club is much younger; it is just turning 30 years old, and although numbers are down from “between 100-110” at its zenith, it is still thriving and providing a positive influence on children kindergarten through sixth grade.
Cheryl Baxter, “founder” of the local club, had worked with AWANA when she lived in Minnesota. When she and Dale and their family moved to Basin and joined the congregation of the CMA Church in Greybull, Cheryl said there was no program for kids, “just Sunday school.” She asked then-Pastor Jim Stumbo about starting an AWANA club, which had a curriculum already established with extensive background on running a program, uniforms, awards, etc. Stumbo suggested instead that she start a youth group patterned after AWANA. So was born CMA’s the “King’s Kids” with “charter members” Kevin Houk, Marcie Stumbo, Dan VanderPloeg and Christine Patrick (soon joined by Dan Baxter).
After two years of “King’s Kids” Stumbo suggested that Cheryl start the local AWANA Club.
Baxter emphasized that AWANA is not a CMA club although that is the way the local one started. “It’s a non-denominational, world-wide outreach,” she added. According to its website, the mission of AWANA “is to help churches and parents worldwide raise children and youth to know, love, and serve Christ.”
It has been going strong ever since, attracting young people from across the community. The average membership has dropped from its zenith figure, but still draws 50-60 per year. “The kids love it; if they don’t, they don’t come back; those that enjoy the program come back, and they bring their friends and they bring other kids.”
Meetings start with pledges to the American and AWANA flags. The attendees are separated into two groups, kindergarten through second grade called the “Sparkies,” now under the watchful eye of leader Mike Dellos, and third through sixth grade led by Gary Patrick. (All three of Mike’s children and all four of Gary’s are AWANA graduates.)
The evening is divided into different sections: music/singing, led by Ruth Henderson, ”Kids really enjoy that,” Cheryl said; AWANA handbook time, discussions/lessons on behavioral/etiquette issues, Bible stories or illustrations, memorization of Bible verses. Young people earn points for their team from these activities, and more points from game/activity time that traditionally concludes the weekly meetings.
Baxter said, “The kids seem to very much enjoy each other’s company, being together, playing games. They ask questions during Bible story time and enjoy singing songs. The kids are very well-behaved; sometimes we have a few minor discipline problems but Gary handles them very well.”
Baxter said she knows that AWANA has an impact on young people. “You can see a difference from when they come in, to the end. It has introduced Christ and His mercy to dozens of kids, and hopefully their families as well.”
AWANA has become second generational for many families. Patrick’s daughter Christine Duncan, has three children, all AWANA-age now, and all attended AWANA Club until they switched to another program offered at their church in California.
While Kevin and his family were “transitioning” from the east coast to the west, they settled in Greybull (to the delight of proud grandparents Melody and Frank Houk) and the two oldest of their four children were regular attendees of AWANA.
Samantha Hoflund Cook is a staunch supporter of AWANA. She enjoyed it as a youngster, and her sons, 6-year-old Keeton and 8-year-old Cannon, are following in her footsteps.
“I went to the CMA Church, and it was a fun activity in the evenings; we learned about the Heavenly Father and got prizes,” she said with a smile. “It was a fun thing to do.”
When her sons got AWANA age, it was natural to get them involved. “I am always wanting my kids to understand and learn about God; this is a fun way to learn. It’s (AWANA) another way to teach them Bible verses. Listening to Cannon he can recite all the books of the Bible. To me that is overwhelming; there is nothing sweeter.”
Lot on the line when Buffs, Lady Bobcats clash Friday
by marlys good
The Greybull Lady Buffs notched their fourth conference win of the season Thursday night when they rousted the Riverside Rebels in three games, 25-10, 25-14, 25-15.
“Riverside is a young team that has improved a lot,” said Coach Sara Schlattmann. “Obviously we were excited to get the conference win.”
The gym was filled with fans of both teams, the majority sporting pink T-shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The annual fundraiser realized about $1,500, with all of the proceeds going to the Women’s Wellness Center in Cody.
The varsity victory made it a clean sweep for the Buffs. The Greybull developmental team beat the Rebels in two games played Sept. 30, 25-22, 25-20, and the JV Buffs pounded Riverside 25-5, 25-15 in the preliminary match Thursday.
Greybull seemed to have momentum going into the opening match of the Greybull/Riverside Duals Friday when they easily handled Wyoming Indian, 25-15, 25-16.
That all changed in the second round when the pesky Lady Huskies of Burlington shocked the Buffs, 18-25, 25-13, 12-15. Greybull seemed out of synch in the first and third games, and the Lady Huskies took advantage of everything Greybull gave them.
Greybull played the Lady Cougars from Wind River in the first match Saturday and went down in two games, 25-27, 15-25. It was an exciting match to watch. There were a lot of long volleys that kept the gym rocking, tremendous saves, hard serves and big hits by both teams.
After the hard-fought match the Buffs closed out the tournament playing Moorcroft. It was an easy win for Greybull, 25-12, 25-15.
Little Snake River and Kemmerer, highly ranked in the 1A and 2A standings respectively, were absent due to the storm that closed South Pass.
“The tournament was up and down for us,” said Coach Schlattmann. “I didn’t feel we played our best volleyball. We made a lot of mental errors that cost us games; our serving was not where it should be and I felt our focus wasn’t always there. To beat the good teams we were up against we had to stay focused and it didn’t happen.”
The Buffs will need to be focused, serve well and cut down mental errors Friday night when they host the Thermopolis Lady Bobcats.
The Lady Buffs are currently in second place in the conference standings with one loss; Thermopolis is nipping at their heels with two losses on the ledger.
When the two met in Thermopolis, the Buffs played tough and won in five games so the Bobcats will be looking to avenge that loss.
“They have some big hitters and we will have to be strong on defense and communication,” Schlattmann said.
“Going into the second half of the season, our goal is to increase our intensity and develop our hitting and blocking while continuing to work on serve and serve receive. I have a great group of girls and I feel they’ll bounce back this week and work hard.”
Match times are 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
Saturday the Buffs go to Fromberg (Mont.) to play Grass Range/Winnett, coached by Schlattmann’s sister, Katy Johnson.
May 18, 1951 – Oct. 1, 2013
Cremation has taken place and a memorial service for Cheryl Marie Howard of Greybull will be held Friday, Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. at the Greybull Alliance Church. Cheryl, 62, died Oct. 1 at her home.
She was born May 18, 1951, in Great Falls, Mont., the daughter of Clarence Oden and Agnes Esther Todd Brasen. She grew up in Montana and attended Geyser High School.
Cheryl enjoyed being a homemaker; she loved baking and was always giving her family and friends her baked goods. She enjoyed spending time with her grandson and family.
Cheryl will be remembered for her soft voice and gentle spirit.
Her parents, Clarence and Agnes Brasen, and her husband David Howard preceded her in death.
She is survived by her son Charles Triplett of St. Louis; her daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Yancy Flora of Shell; brother and sister-in-law, Chuck and Monica Brasen of West Glacier, Mont., and grandson Tripp Flora of Shell.
June 27, 1944 – Oct. 7, 2013
Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and no services are planned for Charlotte Rea Scott, 69, who died Oct. 7 at South Big Horn County Hospital with her husband at her side.
Charlotte was born June 27, 1944, in Greybull, the daughter of Willard Guinn Patton and Vella Estella Perkins Klitzke. She grew up and attended school in Greybull.
She married Patrick Hal Scott on Feb. 26, 1993, in Greybull.
Charlotte enjoyed fishing and sewing. She had a heart of gold and was always there when someone needed help.
Her parents; her mother- and father-in-law, Herschel Damon and Audrey C. Scott, two brothers, a sister and one grandson preceded her in death.
She is survived by her husband Pat Scott of Greybull; two sons, Jim Pugh of Greybull and Steven Pugh of Washington state; a daughter, Michele Allison of Great Falls, Mont.; two brothers, Mike Patton and Leroy Klitzke, both of Greybull; four grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
by nathan oster
The Greybull Buffs rode a stout defense, an offense that generated more than 400 yards from scrimmage and a special teams touchdown to a 21-7 homecoming victory over Pinedale on Friday night.
It was Greybull’s first official win of the season. Even more important, it represented a first step out of the hole in the Class 2A West Conference that the Buffs dug for themselves by dropping consecutive conference games to Mountain View and Thermopolis.
“We picked up right where we left off in Thermopolis and that’s what I wanted to see,” said Coach Justin Bernhardt, whose team never trailed against Pinedale. The week before, it had been a tale of two halves, as the Buffs struggled early and trailed by 22 at the half before mounting a furious second-half comeback.
After a scoreless opening quarter, the Buffs finally broke through at the 9:44 mark of the second quarter when Calder Forcella plunged in from 1 yard out. With the PAT, the Buffs moved on top 7-0.
Pinedale tied it up with 4:33 to play in the half on a 31-yard pass from Brenden Lloyd to Kyle Bright, but the Wranglers’ didn’t have the momentum for long. On the ensuing kickoff, junior Fabian Davila gathered the ball on his own 15 and didn’t stop until he crossed the goal line, covering 85 yards in a dead sprint and bringing the Buff faithful to their feet.
“After they tied it at 7-7, it could have turned into a dogfight pretty quickly,” said Bernhardt, recalling the big play. “The kick return really broke things open and got us playing with emotion. I think it also settled the kids down a little bit. They started communicating better, playing more like we’re capable of playing.”
The Buffs followed that special teams score with a big stand on defense. Facing fourth and long from their own 40, Pinedale lined up to punt, but ran a fake instead. The Buffs weren’t fooled, stopping the Wranglers short of a first down. Moments later, they were knocking on the door again seeking a third score. They got it on another 1-yard run by Forcella. A third straight PAT kick by Jesus Burgos made it 21-7, which stood up as the final.
Bernhardt said the defense set the tone for the game, bending but not breaking. Pinedale, with one of 2A’s top rushing threats in Ethan Egle, managed 143 yards on 28 carries, for a healthy average of 5.1 yards per attempt. The Wranglers gained another 129 through the air on 14-of-29 passing, for a grand total of 272 total yards. But the only stat that mattered was the 7 on the scoreboard at the final horn.
“The key, I think, was the way we were able to get pressure on them with our defensive line,” said Bernhardt, noting that the Buffs used the same three-man front they employed against Mountain View and in the second half in Thermopolis.
Matt Brown, Logan Jensen and Oscar Gomez and a host of others who subbed in were credited for their work up front. “It really helps when you can get pressure with just the three guys,” said Bernhardt. “Even if they didn’t always make the play, they got in there and disrupted things, which allowed our linebackers and defensive backs to get good downhill angles on their ballcarriers.”
The Greybull offense had another solid performance. Led by quarterback Forcella, who rushed for a team-high 134 yards and passed for another 193, connecting on 17 of 30 throws, the Buffs finished with 426 total yards. Throw in the 85-yard kick return and the Buffs eclipsed 500 in all-purpose yards.
Bernhardt said he felt the Buffs were in command throughout, but that their own mistakes kept the game close. He pointed to penalties — the final stat sheet showed the Buffs with 10 for 90 yards — and his team’s inability to cash in on red-zone opportunities.
Bernhardt said both would be points of emphasis this week in practice as his team prepares for Lovell, which has reeled off four straight wins to open the scene and climbed to No. 1 in 2A as a result of the recent defeats of preseason No. 1s Big Horn and Mountain View.
“Lovell is playing like a typical Lovell team,” said Bernhardt. “They lost a lot of seniors last year, but they’re well coached, they have good numbers and they have an expectation of winning every time they step on the field.”
The Buffs have a big gap to close. Led by their trio of seniors — quarterback Dylan Hultgren, running back Dino Collins and tight end Cody Savage — the Bulldogs put up 21 points in the first quarter, 27 more in the second and led 48-0 at the intermission. The final was 54-16.
“The biggest thing is, we need to put a complete game together on offense and defense,” said Bernhardt. “We did it on defense against Mountain View. We did it in the second half, offensively and defensively, against Thermopolis. And we did it for three quarters against Pinedale. We need a complete game, from the first whistle to the final horn.”
Kickoff time Friday night in Greybull is at 6 p.m.
Pinedale 0 7 0 0 — 7
Greybull 0 21 0 0 — 21
G — Calder Forcella 1 yard run (Burgos kick).
P — Bright 31-yard pass from Lloyd (Thayne kick).
G — Fabian Davila 85 yard kickoff return (Burgos kick).
G — Forcella 1 yard run (Burgos kick).
RUSHING — Greybull 40-233 (Forcella 29-134, Paul Stewart 21-99); Pinedale 28-143.
PASSING — Greybull 17-of-30 for 193 yards; Pinedale 14-29 for 129 yards.
RECEIVING — Greybull: Kason Clutter 4-46, Fabian Davila 6-58, Wyatt Nielson 1-12, Paul Stewart 3-41, Kyler Flock 3-36.
DEFENSIVE STANDOUTS — Fabian Davila led the charge, finishing with four assisted tackles, five solo tackles, a pass break-up and two interceptions, for a total of 26 defensive points. Bryce Wright was second with 15 points, coming on nine assisted tackles and three solo stops. Payton Gonzalez, with 14, Logan Jensen, with 11, and Cody Strauch, with 10, rounded out the top five in defensive points.