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Pa~e 10- Thur.~dav, March 18, 1999 it H i i "WHERE THE KID GOT HIS NAME" The '. the Moorcroft Wolves Basketball of the man who has been a driving team and Coach Carl Mirich were force behind MoorcroR sports for honored with a year-end banquet more than two decades. on Friday, March 12, at the Moor- Mirich then took the floor to ex- croft Community Center. The pot- press his appreciation of the luck dinner, organized by the se- community's strong team support nlor parents, drew a large crowd o[ this season, and went on to com- players, parents and fans seeking mend the team fora season ofhard to celebrate a season well played, work and fine achievements. Dis- approving of physical patterns II lilll ! II II ,I,l, I I, II evolving in high school basketball, "it's great to will, but Mirich voiced his gratitude to the it's how you play the MoorcroR players for striving to play non-contact basketball and game--your attitude-- reminded them that "it's great to that counts in life." ... win.butlt'showyouplaythegame Coach Mlrlch --your attitude--that counts in life." ............... On behalf of the entire team. se- nior players Joe KIssack* Daryl Wearing a striped official's shirt, Neugebauer, J.C. Scott, Josh Smith emcee Scott Handley opened with and Kris Wofford presented Mlrich a reference to the emotions those with a card filled with the slgna- colors evoke in Carl Mlrich; then tures and sentiment of each player proceed to share coaching stories Left to right: Zach'Ferguson, Greg Goldt, Chancy Williams, Justin Coach Ferguson getting hls head shaved. By: Evonna Schelling How many people can be packed into Dennis and Grace Williams' ranch shop? I don't know, but It's a bunch. A large crowd of wrestlers and wrestling families, past and present, were on hand for a Sun- day afternoon potluck dinner to close out the MoorcroR Wolves 19~cr9 wrestling season that boasts two state champions and a total of slx state placers. lllllI l llll I llllll!l I I I "It's the best bet I ever lost"... Coach John Fergnson Senior Seth Farnsworth and Jun- ior Chancey Williams are reigning State Champions in the 270 and 140 weight divisions, while Senior Justin Harr and Junior Derek Ollnger each placed 6th In the 135 and 275 divisions. Freshmen Jus- tin Huether and Adam Williams placed 5th in the 103 and 112 pound weight classes. Other state contenders were Corbln "l'tmberman, Adam Noakes and Levi Mellott. "It's the best bet I ever lost", said Coach John Ferguson, referring to his pre-season promise to have his head shaved bald by anyone who took a state championship. Five state championships were on hand to share In the honors. Joining Farnsworth and Williams in the shaving process were Greg Glodt of Upton and Zach Ferguson of Gillette. Newcastle's Daniel Johnson looked on, but deferred his shaving pr/vilege to Justin Hart. Coach Ferguson smiled and Joked as his head was being shaved, but declined to let go of his beard say- tng that any future beard shaving will be done by a national cham- pion. I IIII III "John has been here for these boys since they were tiffs hlgh, starting with PeeWee Football and USA wres- fling. He's done a good Job."... Assistant Coach Dennis William The afternoon featured a speecn by Coach Ferguson in which the team was commended for a Job well done. Citing many upcoming wrestling abilities, Ferguson be- lieves next year will be as produc- tive as this year's wrestling efforts. Other highlights of the March 6th event included the music provided by Joe Kissack, Chancey Williams, and Travis DeWltt while guests feasted on barbecued hamburg- ers, a variety of salads, and the two large cakes baked and decorated by Terry Williams. Assistant Coach Dennis Williams gave a second brief speech com- mending Coach Ferguson for the years of service he has devoted to the wrestling program in Moor- croft. With a knee-high gesture, Williams sald,'. ?John has been here for these boys since they were this high. starting with PeeWee football and the managers, Neugebauer, Aml Schelllng, and Lexle Semlek. Spokesman Joe Kissack thanked Mlrlch for being a "good coach", and for "teaching us to work hard, and have fun doing IL" Llnda Caylor took a moment to thank the cheerleaders, led by se- nior Casey Rexford and sponsor Lona Tracy, for their diligent en- thusiasm in supporttng the team. Musical entertainment for the evening was provided by the "fabu- lous five": Cheryl Avery, Katie Holberg, Julle Mclntosh, Lyndle Peterson, and Jessie Patterson. And, ai'ter all was said and done, the floor was swept by the ever faithful Robble Spear who has been seen at nearly every home game doing the halftime floor mainte- nance. Congratulations to the Moorcroft Wolves team, coach, managers, cheerleaders, and fans for another good season of basketball. II "thanks for being a good coach, and for teaching us to work hard, and have fun doing it."... Joe Kissack , H Senior Joe Klssack expressed his appreciation to Coach Carl Mirich for teaching him "how to work" and to "discipline myself to be bette' at the game of basketball. Playing in the district championship game was a"neat experience. It was great to be in that position." Not only is Klssack thankful for the opportu- nity to have played the game him- serf, but thinks the experience will be beneficial to the progress ol next year's team. As for the chal- lenge game that was to be his last, Smith, for "always being behind Kissack said "it was hard to believe me. They helped me keep my head ~( we were done, but when it's over, in the game when I sometimes got " it's over." Of his parents, Doug and mad or dlsco~raged and wanted to Mellssa Jo Klssack, Joe says, '~ey've al- quit." ways let me choose to be my best. Senior Kris Wofford called Coach They~e never forced me to play Carl Mirich a "great guy" for whom sports or rode me about how I play; he regrets not working harder at "~ they just support me In my the game of basketball. Quoting ~I[ choices." Mirich's famous philosophy of Senior Daryl Neugebauer said the "you'll only get out of the program "~ season was a "fun one" in which what you put into It", Wofford "everyonegottoplayalot. Itseemed wishes he would have taken the different from last year, more re- advice to heart and put more effort laxed." Other than learning team- into the game. Upon being named work and taking fun basketball totheAll-Conferenceteam, Wofford trips, a favorite aspect of playing is thankful for a good season this the game, for Daryl. was "playing year and expressed hls apprecia- under Mirich; he's so knowledge- able. We couldn't have had a bettel coach." Self-discipline and team- ing from one's mistakes are two timely lessons Neugebauer picked up during basketball with Coach Mirich. As for parental support, Daryl, the son of Mark and Daw~ Neugebauer, said, "we had good parent support. All the senior par- ents were at most of the games to support us; that helped our game a lot." Senior J.C. Scott considered Coach Mirich to be a "really good coach" who knows what he's doing and is good at motivating the boys to "work hard and keep at it." The son of Dale and Bunny Scott, J.C. is glad his parents encouraged him to stay in sports throughout junior and senior high school. After four years of playing varsity basketball, senlor Josh Smith sald Coach Carl Mirich was the "great- est coach" who taught the boys to be "competitive, but to let itbe fun. He wanted us to play the game well, but he didn't let us take it too seriously." TWice named to the All- Conference team, this year and last, Smith attributes the team's good record this season to the strong crowd support they received, "nothing pumped us up more than a really loud gym." Smith appreci- ates his parents, Bill and Rhonda Moorcroft Schools Menus lhri., March 19 Fish portions, carrot sticks, mashed potatoes/gravy, bread &butter, milk, and Shape-Ups. Mon., March 22 Hot turkey sandwich, veggies, mashed potatoes/gravy, milk, and I/2 orange. Tues., March 23 Ravioli, tossed salad, hot rolls, milk, and Rice Krispy Bars. Wed., March 24 Tator-Tot casserole, cabbage slaw, hot rolls, milk, and apri- cots. Thurs., March 25 Chefsalad, corn, muffins, milk, and cutie pies. FrL, March 28 No School. Parent/Teacher Con- ference. tion to his mom and grandmother ~I( for being his "greatest fans." Wofford is the son of Linda Caylor ~( and J.R. Wofford. -~ Junior Travis DeWitt, who made Honorable Mention to the All-Con- ference team, said this season was a "huge learning experience" and ,~ voiced his gratitude for the exper- tise of Coach Carl Mirich. 'With all "~ those years of experience and ev- ~IC erything he's seen, Coach Mirich really knows what he's talking about, so when he tells me some- thing, I try to listen." DeWitt also ,~ appreciates his parents, Emery and Debble DeWitt, for their help. "Dad ~ played the game, so he helps me with pointers in playing; and mom's just a good listener. She lends an ear when I need to get something off my chest, good or bad. after a game." losing to Wright in the District Tournament Challenge game was "a letdown after a good year. It was hard not getting to capitalize on all our hard work. I felt bad for the seniors." Looking forward to another year of basket- ball, DeWltt vows to "finish next .~ yea~' that which they dldn't get to finish this year. ,~ Moorcroft Senior Citizens Menu Fri., March 19 Chili w/crackers, carrot/eel- ery sticks, lettuce salad, cornbread, and butterscotch pudding. Sun., March 21 Pork chop, mashed potato, 7- layer salad, sour cream, and raisin pie. Mon., March 22 Creamed chicken on biscuit, boiled potatoes, m/xed vegs, and fruit salad. Tues., March 23 Ham salad sandwich, coleslaw, oatmeal raisin cookie, and ice cream. Wed., March 24 Tacos, Spanish rice, molded macaroni salad, pineapple, corn bread, and peach cob- bler. Thurs., March 25 Swiss steak, mashed potatoes, succotash, coleslaw, and an- gel food cake w/strawberries. FH., March 26 Tuna salad sandwich, bean and bacon soup, cantalope, carrot stick, and sherbert. Harr, Seth Farnsworth. Seated: and USA wrestling. He's done a good job." SCHOOL EVENTS Mar. 18 - 24 Mar. 18 - Board Meeting Sundance 6:00 p.m.; 7th Grade Hep. B Shot - 9:15 - 9:45 a.m. - Staff Meeting Mar. 19 . End of Third Quarter Mar, 22.26. Elementary Book Fair Mar. 24 - Class Meeting. 2:13 2:28 p.m. Mar. 24 - 26. State FHA - Sheridan I! Aurora Chrome Wheels ,500 SALE: $29,995 q~'1999 GM Corp, 1999 Intrigue GX 1999 Alero'" GX 2-Dr. 3800 V-6, Power Seat, Keyless Entry, Twin Cam 4 Cyl, Automatic, i ...... ~' CD Player, Lots More! Power Locks, Ouise, Lots More! SALE: $16,995 SALE: $21,695 /7 1999 . ! -,,a~~ 4-D00r, Power Sliding SALE: 1999 Cudass" GL 1999 Eighty Eight, LS V-6, Power Windows & Locks, Keyless Power Seats, 3800 V-6, Cassette and CD Remote, CD Player, Lots More! 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