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Bulldogs and Grizz back at it for 2014-2015 winter season.
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Rocky Mountain junior point guard Cole Wambeke drives to the basket against sophomore Cole Simmons during the Rocky Mountain Brown and Gold scrimmage on Saturday night in Cowley. The Grizz open the season at Burlington Friday night, then host Lovell Saturday.

Rocky Mountain junior point guard Cole Wambeke drives to the basket against sophomore Cole Simmons during the Rocky Mountain Brown and Gold scrimmage on Saturday night in Cowley.

Grizzlies look for another strong season

Experience, talent and chemistry can take a team a long way, and that’s the plan for the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies as they begin the 2014-15 season – combined with a lot of hard work. The Grizz played to a 19-10 record last season and beat Big Horn and Pine Bluffs at State before falling to Wyoming Indian in the championship game.

Bulldogs look to meet challenge of Class 3A

The Lovell Bulldogs will most certainly be improved this season after a rebuilding year in 2013-14 that saw them go 9-15. Problem is, the competition will be tougher, too, as the Bulldogs move into Class 3A. “Class 3A this year is probably the most competitive and deepest classification in Wyoming,” second-year coach Craig Lundberg said.

Though small in number, Lovell grapplers have strong squad returning

Small but mighty. That might be the slogan of the 2014-15 Lovell Bulldogs wrestling team. Though there are only 13 wrestlers on the squad, the team boasts seven who placed at the regional tournament last season including five who placed at the state tournament and one who placed at State the year before.

Rocky fields good-sized team of grapplers

With 27 boys out for the team and three coaches to support them, Rocky Mountain High School head wrestling coach Josh Collins said he feels optimistic about the upcoming season. Nine freshmen, seven sophomores, eight juniors and three seniors will make up the team.

Lovell freshman Bailey Mitchell fires up a shot during the Lovell Blue-White scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Winterholler Gym. Looking for the block is Kaitlyn Mickelson. In the background is Mikkel McIntosh.

Lovell freshman Bailey Mitchell fires up a shot during the Lovell Blue-White scrimmage Saturday afternoon at Winterholler Gym. Looking for the block is Kaitlyn Mickelson. In the background is Mikkel McIntosh.

Lady Bulldogs bring depth, experience to Class 3A

After back-to-back championships in 2011 and 2012 and a consolation title in 2014, the Lovell Lady Bulldogs are used to competing at the highest level. Now they have a new challenge – Class 3A. Fortunately for Coach Chris Edwards and his staff, the Lady Bulldogs return lots of experience from a team that went 24-4 a year ago in Class 2A.

Rocky girls basketball young and enthusiastic

With only three seniors and two juniors joining the Rocky Mountain High School girls basketball team this year, Coach Eric Honeyman said he’s been “thrown a curve” but he is hopeful that the enthusiasm of his young team will carry them to success this season. So far, he said he’s quite impressed with nine of the underclassmen, expecting at least three to end up starting on the varsity squad and the rest to play frequently off the bench.

By Patti Carpenter & David Peck

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