Daily Archives: February 6, 2014

Peterson seeks beer tax sponsor

By David Peck

Sen. Ray Peterson (R-Cowley) is looking someone, anyone, to support his quest to raise funds to fight alcohol abuse in Wyoming.

As the 2014 budget session of the Wyoming Legislature begins next Monday, Feb. 10, Peterson is hoping to co-sponsor a bill to raise the malt beverage tax in Wyoming from its current 2 cents per gallon to 17 cents per gallon, but since all revenue bills must originate in the House of Representatives, Peterson is seeking a sponsor in the House.

Peterson said a 2010 University of Wyoming study by the UW Survey and Analysis Group showed that alcohol abuse has a direct cost to state and local government in Wyoming of $27.5 million per year for law enforcement, courts, treatment centers and the like, as well as indirect costs in lost productivity of $840 million annually.

And yet how much does the current malt beverage tax generate? Just $250,000 a year, Peterson said.

“In my mind I look at a $27½ million cost and say, ‘Boy, there’s a big hole in our budget bucket.’ We have been subsidizing alcohol abuse in Wyoming, and it comes from the general fund,” Peterson said.

Raising the malt beverage tax to 17 cents per gallon would bring Wyoming in line with surrounding states and would raise about $2 million extra to fight alcohol abuse but would cost consumers only about 2 cents per can of beer, he said, shaking his head when he hears that people are threatening to drive to other states to seek cheaper beer.

“This would help close the budget gap and still keep beer distributors and retailers competitive,” Peterson said. “It hasn’t been raised since 1935.”

An attempt to bring the malt beverage bill as a bill sponsored by the Senate Revenue Committee, which Peterson chairs, failed by one vote in September, he said.

Peterson is sponsoring a companion bill that would use the additional revenue from the increase in the malt beverage tax to set up a grants program for local governments to apply for funds for such things as law enforcement, treatment centers or education. He envisions a 90-10 split with local government only having to pay a 10 percent match.

Local government could apply for up to $1 million, but they would have to come up with a plan for the funds, Peterson said. The application would go through the Wyoming Dept. of Health.

Session begins

While the budget session begins Monday for 20 days, Republicans will first caucus at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne. Gov. Matt Mead and the other four top elected officials will meet with legislators to review the 2014-16 biennial budget.

Peterson said he has been listening to Joint Appropriations Committee budget hearings and said the JAC, after working the governor’s budget, has left $26 million for the legislature to “play with…for our wants, needs and ideas.”

Gov. Mead will address a joint session of the legislature Monday at 10 a.m. for his annual state-of-the-state address, and then the budget work will begin. Other than the budget, bills must receive a two-thirds majority to be introduced during the budget session.

After making 8 percent cuts last year, the legislature should not have to make any further cuts to the budget this year thanks to better-than-anticipated revenue, Peterson said, though he said the Dept. of Health is still reviewing Medicaid waivers for physical disabilities in an effort to make the program as efficient as possible.

Peterson returns as chairman of the Senate Revenue Committee, and he said there are no major revenue increases planned for this session, just some housekeeping bills to come out of his committee.

Peterson also sits on the Senate Labor, Health and Social Service Committee, which is continuing to work with the federal Affordable Care Act. He remains firmly opposed to any type of Medicaid expansion in Wyoming, despite the federal government’s promises to pay for the program, noting, “There is no free money.”

Contact information

Peterson is again staying at the Holiday Inn while in Cheyenne, and he said he can be reached best by email at Ray.Peterson@wyoleg.gov.

“That’s the best way,” he said. “I check my emails probably 50 times a day.”

The session is scheduled to run for four weeks through Friday, March 7.

“It will be a fast, interesting session,” Peterson said.

Library adds microfilm reader, scanner

by nathan oster

If you’re a history buff, it just got a whole lot easier to research the earliest days of Greybull and the surrounding area.

Volumes upon volumes of old Greybull Standard and Basin Republican-Rustler newspapers which are stored on microfilm at the Greybull Public Library can now be scanned to print or saved to a flash drive or hard drive in less than a second.

The new technology behind this advancement is a ScanPro 800 microfilm reader and scanner along with a new computer and monitor.

A $7,959 grant from the McMurry Library Donor Advised Endowment Fund paid virtually the entire cost of the microfilm reader and scanner.

The Friends of the Greybull Library chipped in the remainder, as well as some extra funds to cover the cost of a new computer hard drive and monitor, all of which is now up and running on the library’s west wall.

The Town of Greybull, including Mayor Bob Graham and Administrator/Finance Director Paul Thur, helped land the McMurry grant, which is closely aligned with the Sykes fund under the umbrella of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

Betty Koller, the manager of the Greybull library, said the old microfilm reader was antiquated and no longer working property for library patrons.

Of all the library’s microfilm offerings, the old newspapers are by far the most popular.  The library has microfilm of some Standards from before 1923.  Between 1923 and 2009, complete volumes are available for viewing. The library also has microfilm of Basin newspapers stretching from 1905 through 1928.

All will now be more accessible, thanks to the new equipment.


Challenges remain for fair building proponents

by karla pomeroy

A discussion about fair entertainment at Monday’s Big Horn County Fair Board meeting turned into a discussion about the location for the new multi-purpose indoor youth facility and whether funding for the new facility was secured and if the building would even be constructed.

After much discussion, the board could not agree on whether to locate the building to the south or west of the current main facility. They decided to let the architect make that determination during the design phase of the project. If it is determined that the best location is to the south, the board likely will ask for construction not to begin until after fair so as not to interfere with the water park this year and the free stage act.

County Maintenance Supervisor Fred Werner expressed concern about where the free stage would be located if the building takes up the south lawn area of the grounds.


But the biggest question remaining for the board is not where the building will be located but if it will be constructed. The board has received two extensions from the Wyoming Business Council for its $500,000 grant. The WBC Board has granted the extensions for the fair board to gather the necessary matching funds.

Big Horn County Clerk Lori Smallwood said there still needs to be $26,756 collected to meet the match by the Feb. 15 deadline set by the WBC. Another extension would have to be requested if it is not met.

Tim Flitner, via telephone, said that he and fellow facilities committee member and fair board member Casey Sorenson are about “tapped out on this,” noting they have run out of people, businesses and organizations to contact for donations.

“People are not hearing us anymore. We’ve got to have other avenues,” Flitner said. “I’m going to be very disappointed if this thing doesn’t go.”

He said there are enough pledges outstanding if the money could be collected, noting specifically $10,000 pledged by Synergy, the company awarded the construction contract by the board.

Board member Andy Perkins said he would approach the company about collecting on the pledge before the deadline. At Tuesday’s commissioner meeting it was reported the Perkins would have a check Tuesday night.

Flitner said he had received another $20,000 pledge from Granite Peak LLC, a company who has already donated $30,000. He said   they were hoping to use the funds for other things once the building was constructed but he may be able to talk to the company and get it secured for the construction.

He asked Commissioner Jerry Ewen, who was in attendance at the meeting, if the county could help until the funding was actually in hand.

Ewen said he could not speak on behalf of the entire County Board of Commission but said he would support a request if there certainty about the project and certainty the funding would be there. At Tuesday’s meeting, after some discussion, the commissioners voted to loan the fair board up to $16,000 if necessary to meet the matching funds. Flitner told the commissioners Tuesday that he felt certain the Granite Peak $20,000 would be coming once construction began but not in time for the Feb. 15 deadline.

Flitner said the $30,000 already provided by Granite Peak has not been earmarked for anything specific, but he verbally offered having a meeting room named in honor of the company.

Clerk concerns

Smallwood said there are other questions and concerns that the board needs to be aware of. She said the Daniels Fund $85,000 must be expended by Sept. 2, 2014, or another extension would have to be requested. The Daniels Fund money was to be used for costs of phase 1 — the building shell, insulation, lighting and accessible bathrooms.

Restrictions on the consensus block grant funding of $120,000 from the Wyoming State Loan and Investment Board includes only 20 percent allowed on engineering costs, detailed invoicing is required and Davis Bacon laws must be complied with by all contractors.

The Wyoming Business Council funding of $500,000 has a limit of $46,750 on non-construction/engineering costs.

The award for that funding stipulates the building is a 24,000 square foot facility, connected by a breezeway to an existing fair building, Americans with Disabilities accessible restroom and locker room facility. Any deviation would require prior approval of the WBC.

Smallwood also noted that a contract for services has still not been approved or signed with Synergy. She said the sample contract the company sent needs work.

Last month the board agreed the need for fencing around the construction site would have to be included in any contract.

Carrizales wondered who would handle a lot of the paperwork. Sorenson said if things are set up at the beginning for invoicing, etc. it shouldn’t be too cumbersome.

He added, “The bad thing is I’m not committed.” He added that it is a huge project and wondered if the board is pushing for something that will not go or that should not go forward.

Ewen said, “You guys are pretty deep into this. The train left the station a long time ago. It’s time to hit the whistle or hit the brakes,” Ewen said.

Carrizales said if it was up to him, “I would hit the brakes because we can’t even decide where the building will be located.”

Perkins said the building location is not a big deal with the architect deciding the best location. He added that the board will know in 10 days if the funding is available for the project to move forward.

Commission concerns

During discussion at Tuesday’s Big Horn County commissioner meeting on whether to give the fair board a loan to meet the match for the WBC grant, Commissioner Keith Grant said,  “I have concerns about the loosey goosey way it’s all came about. It hasn’t come to this point in a good managed process. Who’s going to drive it (when they get the funding)? Are we going to pay Willie (Bridges, county engineer) to watch over it. How do we make sure things don’t fall here?”

Ewen admitted he came away from Monday’s fair board meeting with some “deep concerns. I don’t see anyone on the fair board to lead the way.”

Bridges said someone should be appointed to represent the “owner,” the county. He said the fair board is the ones who can say what they need and who will manage the facility. “I don’t think they are the entity who should provide the oversight. They don’t have the time and expertise,” he said.

While he said his donation of $20,000 for in-kind services from Pryor Mountain Engineering falls under the category, it will not be enough to cover all the costs of oversight. “A project of this scope is going to take a lot of time and a lot of energy.”

The board then spoke to Flitner via telephone and Flitner assured them the board is becoming unified and he spoke to Carrizales and Tuesday about that specific issue.

He admitted to the commissioners that the building committee had not given thought to who would be the contact person or the owners’ representative. He said those costs were not part of the financial planning but admitted it made sense to have such a person.

“In my own ignorance I’ve been so consumed about getting the match I haven’t thought about what’s ahead,” Flitner said, noting that the five board members don’t have the expertise for that role.

The fair board scheduled a meeting with the building committee on Wednesday night to discuss the facility.

Dorothy Joanna Torghele

Nov. 27, 1920 – Jan. 28, 2014

A memorial service for Dorothy Joanna Torghele of Basin will be held Friday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Basin.  Dorothy, 93, died Jan. 28 at Bonnie Bluejacket Memorial Nursing Home.

Dorothy was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Lander, the daughter of Edward Wayland and Joanna Schubarth Parker.  She grew up in Lander, received her schooling in Lander and graduated in 1939 from Fremont County Vocational High School (now Lander Valley High School).

Dorothy married Tullio Torghele on May 7, 1942, at Junction City, Kan.

Dorothy worked at the Wyoming State Training School in Lander for many years and retired as office manager in 1982. Dorothy moved to Basin in January of 1993 to be closer to her daughter and son-in-law.

She was a talented watercolor artist, enjoyed crafts and growing flowers.  Her greatest joy was teaching Bible studies to the ladies of First Baptist Church in Basin.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Basin.

Dorothy is preceded in death by her husband, Tullio Torghele on May 1, 1982; an infant son, John Edward Torghele, in January 1949; her parents, Edward and Joanna Parker; and five brothers, Hugo A. “Hugh” Parker, Ralph N. “Mike” Parker, Edward D. “Eddie” Parker, Harry W. Parker, and Leroy F. Parker.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon Kay “Sherry” and Ken Fink of Basin.

Burial will take place at a later date at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander.

Memorials in Dorothy’s name can be sent to the First Baptist Church, 21 Highway 30, Basin, WY 82410 and will benefit the First Baptist Church Building Fund.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.



Lucille Lucetta Schmoldt

OBIT Schmoldt1June 5, 1930 – Jan. 29, 2014

Lucille Lucetta Schmoldt, age 83, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in Cody, Wyo.

She was born on June 5, 1930, in Halliday, N.D., the daughter of Jacob and Lena Weisenberger.

Lucille attended high school in Halliday and attended Dickinson College.  In June of 1950 she was married to William Gustafson, and they ranched near Halliday.  They had three sons, Leon, Ross and Rohm.  In the spring of 1967 the family moved to Whitefish, Mont.

Lucille was Dunn County Cancer chairman for two years; president of the County Homemakers Council; women’s chairman of the Dunn County Farm Bureau; was a member of the Lutheran Church; and was a Sunday school teacher.

Subsequent to the death of her husband William in 1976, she met Dale Schmoldt while visiting Yellowstone National Park, and they were married in San Diego, Calif., on Nov. 14, 1981.  After Dale’s retirement, they moved to Cody, Wyo., in the spring of 2005.

Lucille loved little children and upon seeing them on the street, the grocery store or wherever, she always stopped and inquired as to their age and name.  She said that in her lifetime she had lived on the prairie, in the mountains and by the ocean and held them all dear to her heart.  The other thing dear to her heart was her love of horses, and she enjoyed riding for many years.

She is survived by her husband, Dale; her three sons, Leon, Ross and Rohm; two step-children, Daryl and Dawn; two grandchildren, Shawn and Sandy; two great-grandchildren, Grant and Grace; two sisters, Elna and Karen; her brother, James; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Bill; her brother, Raymond; and her sister, Verna.

Lucille was a kind, loving, compassionate and caring person and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her, and she is now in the arms of her loving God.

A viewing was held at Atwood Family Chapel in Greybull on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and a viewing was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Emblem Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014,  from 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Funeral services were held at Zion Lutheran Church, Emblem, Wyo., on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at 10 a.m. with Reverend Jais Tinglund as officiant.  Burial followed in the Emblem Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the charity of your choice.

Atwood Family Funeral Directors, Inc. assisted the family with arrangements.


Connie Rae Brown Kisgen

March 31, 1968 – Jan. 27, 2014

Funeral services for Connie Rae Brown Kisgen of Powell were held Friday, Jan. 31 at New Life Church in Powell with Pastor Tim Morrow officiating.  Burial followed at Crown Hill Cemetery in Powell.

Connie, 45, died at her home on Monday, Jan. 27.

She was born March 31, 1968, in Lake Charles, La., to Shelia Jessen Tomlinson. She graduated from Greybull High School and Northwest College.

Connie married Dale Peterson.

She worked at Rocky Mountain Soup and Sandwich in Powell.

Her interests included politics, garage sales and camping.

Connie is survived by her husband Dale Peterson; mother Shelia Tomlinson of Greybull; sons Cody (Shelby) Kisgen and Dainian Peterson; daughters Jessie (Brandyn) Kitchens and Georgi Kisgen; sister Vickie Jessup; and grandchild Luke Kitchens.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather Pat Tomlinson.

Memorials in her name may be made to Big Horn Federal.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net or to P.O. Box 807; Powell, WY, 82435.

Wrestlers third in annual tournament

by nathan oster

With five wrestlers reaching finals and two more vying for third, Greybull-Riverside was in a position to challenge for the team title in Saturday’s Greybull Memorial Invitational at Buff Gym before a medal-round shutout left the team in third place.

“We just did not finish,” said G-R Coach Mark Sanford.  “Never in my coaching career have I had a round like that — where we had that many kids in the medal rounds and not a single one of them won.”

Lovell, with three finalists and two who went on to claim titles, won the tournament with 145 points. Shoshoni, with two champs among their five finalists, followed with 132 points. Greybull-Riverside finished with 108.5 points, nipping Powell’s mix of varsity and JV wrestlers who tallied 92.5.

While it was a disappointing final round for the hosts, the silver lining is that they were even in that position.  Only Shoshoni had as many finalists as G-R.  “It was good that some of our kids got where they did — they had to wrestle well in order for that to happen,” said Sanford.

The five G-R finalists, all of whom finished second, included 138-pounder Cole Hill, 152-pounder Jesus Burgos, 195-pounder Zane Edeler, 220-pounder Spencer Redland and heavyweight Tanner Bernstein.

Finishing in third for G-R were 145-pounder Chase Peoples and 170-pounder Anthony Eibert.

Hill, who had been going at 145, dropped down a class.  Sanford said the idea was to give Hill a better opportunity to place at state. One problem: Zack Larson of Thermopolis, who had been ranked second at 145, had the same idea. The two met in the 138-pound final.  Larson won by the slimmest of margins, 1-0. To reach the final, Hill had to beat a quality foe in Rocky Mountain’s Tyler Lindquist, the No. 2 ranked 138-pounder.  Hill won that one, 3-2. Overall, he went 2-1 in the tournament.

Burgos byed into the semifinals, where he beat a “stout hombre” in Wind River’s Dylan Lookingbill, 13-2. The win catapulted the GHS senior into the finals, where he met Alex Ferguson of Wright, a wrestler he decisioned 8-5 on Friday night.  Ferguson got the better of Burgos in the rematch, however, winning 3-1 to claim the title. Sanford said the difference in the two matches is that Burgos wrestled aggressively early in Friday’s match, built a lead, and kept adding to it as Ferguson scrambled to catch up.  The final was a different story.  Each wrestler had only an escape to their credit until Ferguson recorded the match’s only takedown with 30 seconds remaining.

Edeler won his first match by technical fall and his second by pin to advance to the finals for a matchup against Zeke Collins of Lovell.  Edeler had beaten Collins previously, and was up 8-3 at one point in Saturday’s match before it began to unravel on him.  Collins scored an escape, then a takedown … and moments later, caught Edeler for a pin to snatch the victory. Sanford called it “a match we shouldn’t have lost,” adding that Edeler needs to learn that it’s OK to win by decision and doesn’t always need to go for the pin.

Redland found himself in a top-heavy 220-pound class.  Joining him were Powell’s Riley Stringer and Sterling Baker of Dubois.  Redland, who byed into the semis, got past Stringer, winning 3-1 in overtime.  But Baker continued to be his kryptonite. A reigning state champ and the top-ranked 185-pounder in the state, Baker has had Redland’s number.  The RHS senior wrestled him better than he has in the past.  In fact, it was 2-1 entering the third.  Baker eventually held on to win 3-1 — although Sanford liked what he saw from Redland, who was just a split second away from scoring a late takedown to knot the match.

Bernstein, the No. 1 ranked 285-pounder in the state, won his first two matches by pin to earn a date with Galen LaGois of Shoshoni in the final.  Bernstein had beaten LaGois twice previously — and was wrestling well again Saturday when he got put on his back and pinned in the second period.  Tanner “needs to wrestle his match” and not put himself in bad positions, according to Sanford.

Peoples had a good tournament for G-R.  After drawing and losing by tech fall to the No. 1 seed in his first match, Peoples pinned teammate Tyler Wollam to advance to the third-place match. In it, he lost by fall to Shay Bond of Rocky Mountain.  Sanford said he is confident Peoples can fare better against Bond in future matchups.

Eibert, at 170, led the team in drama.  After beating Tyler Strobl of Wright in his opener and then losing to the eventual champ Ben Flickinger of Cody in the semis, Eibert snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when he pinned Cody McFarland of Thermopolis.  At the time, he was trailing 15-9.  The win propelled Eibert into the third-place match, where the tables were turned on him.  Eibert was beating Ty Dearcorn of Powell 12-3 when he got reversed and pinned early in the third period. “One of the matches we definitely should have won,” said Sanford.

Other Buffs who competed on Saturday but did not place included:

• Jorge Carmona, who went 1-2 at 113 pounds.

• Marshall Gibbs, who “wrestled tough” at 126 pounds.  Sanford said Gibbs came from behind to beat a wrestler from Wright and refused to get pinned in his two losses, both of which came to ranked opponents. Gibbs “hasn’t been giving up his back … which is a good step for Marshall,” said Sanford.

• Ashton Wollam, who went 1-2 at 132, but like Gibbs, “keeps showing improvement,” according to Sanford.

• Nick Schlattmann, who lost both of his matches at 138;

• Tyler Wollam, who went 1-2; and

• Billy Jones, who went 0-2 at 220 pounds.

Wright dual

The weekend began with a 45-22 dual win over Wright.  It was Senior Night, as the Buffs honored Edeler, Redland, Burgos, Bernstein and manager Kara Michelena.

Take away the forfeits and the dual was much closer than the 45-22 final suggests.

Burgos had one of the biggest wins of the night for G-R, beating Ferguson 8-5 at 152.  Ferguson entered the match ranked higher than Burgos, who wrestled an aggressive, smart match, according to Sanford.

Also recording pins for G-R were Cole Hill and Anthony Eibert, and while they didn’t win, Sanford was very pleased with the efforts of Marshall Gibbs, who lost 9-5 to Nathan Martinez (the No. 5 ranked 126-pounder in 2A); and Dylan Roberts, who was competitive in a 4-1 loss at 132.

“Marshall is improving. He’s learning that the longer you stay in a match, the better your chances of doing something,” said Sanford. As for Roberts, Sanford said he battled all six minutes, refusing to give up the pin.

Speaking of the weekend as a whole, Sanford said, “We stepped forward, but we didn’t step through.  We have to kick the door down. Period.  We are getting closer.  We are doing good things in matches … but we still do silly things.  We could have won (the tournament).”

This week

G-R will head to Riverton this week for the annual Ron Thon Invitational.   Typically it’s the toughest tournament on the schedule.  Sanford said he anticipates entering most of his wrestlers in the JV division, with the exceptions being the five kids who made finals last weekend.

“When we hit this thing, those guys  have to be wrestling at their peak, doing some real moving and shaking, because there are no slouches at this tournament.  Guys have to be wrestling six minutes.  Same with the JV kids.  We want them moving forward, too.”


Buffs win at TR, face 3 tests this week

by nathan oster

No longer is the new Tongue River High School gymnasium a little shop of horrors for the Greybull Buffs, who on Saturday afternoon used their advantage in size and a disciplined effort on defense to earn a rare non-conference win, 68-45, on the home floor of the Eagles.

The Buffs, now 14-2, were a team on a mission — and it showed in their shooting strokes.  Greybull connected on 55 percent of its field goal attempts (29-of-53) and on 73 percent of its tries at the charity stripe (8-of-11).

Treston Tracy led all scorers with 21 points. He missed only four shots all afternoon — finishing 9 of 13 from the field and 3 of 3 from the line.

“We had an advantage around the basket with our post players,” said Coach Jim Prather. “We wanted to get the ball inside — and the kids did an outstanding job of that.  We only shot four 3s … the reason is because they were so focused on getting the ball to our post players.

“Treston shot well from the field, and so did Paul (Stewart, who sank 3 of 5 attempts and had six points).  When those two are shooting a higher percentage, and getting the number of shots we’d like to see, we’re capable of scoring a lot of points.”

Kason Clutter and Calder Forcella were next in line scoring-wise with 14 and nine points. Clutter also chipped in seven assists and four boards in a game the Buffs controlled from start to finish.

Greybull led by four after one and by 10 at the half and the third-quarter break before blowing the game open with a 23-10 scoring edge in the final quarter.

Tongue River has killed previous Buff teams from behind the three-point arc, but hit only three from long range on Saturday.

“Going in, we were concerned about their primary players,” said Prather. “We wanted to do a good job on them; we wanted to identify where those kids were on the floor and to take them out of the game.”

Matt Yellowtail, the Eagles’ top scorer, didn’t play.

“That helped us a little, in the sense that we had one less guy to be concerned about,” said Prather. “But their other player that we really wanted to make sure we could find at all times, Wyatt Main … until he hit a 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter, he hadn’t scored at all.

“So that part of the game plan, the kids executed really well.”

“It’s been a tough place for us to play,” said Prather. “I was proud of the focus of the team and the way the kids executed at a high level on the offensive end. If we can do that on the road, we’re always going to give ourselves a chance to win.”


This week

Three games in three days.  That’s the challenge lying in front of the Buffs this week, as they host Riverside today and follow that up with road games at Lovell on Friday and at Wyoming Indian on Saturday.

The first two will be conference matchups, as the Buffs look to complete the season sweep of their two county rivals.  Greybull beat Riverside 54-43 in Basin and clipped Lovell 51-42 in January.

“Sounds like a regional tournament … three games in three days … but that’s one of the reasons we schedule it that way,” said Prather. “We want to simulate that kind of experience, and these, like those tournament games, are going to be tough games, starting with our arch rival game the first night out.”

Prather said “you can throw the records out the window” for the Riverside game, that Lovell is “always tough on their home floor,” and that Wyoming Indian is deserving of its ranking as the No. 1 team in Class 2A.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity to test ourselves,” Prather said of the tripleheader.

The matchup in Ethete will be a clash of ranked teams, as Greybull is also in the top five.

What do the Buffs need to do to win?

“Most teams that play them have a game plan going in; you have to take care of the ball, first and foremost,” he said. “As coaches, you devise practice plans that you hope will expose kids to the kind of pressure they’re going to face when the Chiefs are guarding you.   You might put seven or eight guys out there.  We’ll try that this week (in practice).

“When we’ve had success agains them in the past, we’ve limited our turnovers and forced them to guard for extended periods of time in their halfcourt defense.  A lot of times, that’s easier said that done.  But if you can work the clock and get the shots you like … who knows, the longer you stay the game, the tighter they might get.  We think we can go down there and play with them.”


Greybull 14 19 12 23 — 68

Tongue R. 10 13 12 10 — 45

GREYBULL — Payton Gonzalez 3 0-2 7, Fabian Davila 0 2-2 2, Calder Forcella 4 0-0 9, Kason Clutter 6 2-2 14, Keegan Jenness 0 1-2 1, Ryan Sylvester 2 0-0 4, Paul Stewart 3 0-0 6, Bryce Wright 1 0-0 2, Logan Jensen 1 0-0 2, Treston Tracy 9 3-3 21.  Totals 29 8-11 68.

TONGUE RIVER — Main 1 0-0 3, Linhart 3 0-0 6, Jefferson 1 0-0 3, Scammon 6 1-4 14, Dockery 5 2-5 12, Shumacher 1 0-0 2, Lyons 0 0-2 0, Dickerson 1 0-0 2, Buller 1 1-2 3.  Totals 19 4-13 45.

3-POINT GOALS — Gonzalez, Forcella; Main, Jefferson, Scammon.  REBOUNDS — Greybull 26 (Tracy 6).  STEALS — Greybull 13 (Forcella 3).  ASSISTS — Greybull 17 (Clutter 7).  TURNOVERS — Greybull 18

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