The year in Lowry Buckaroo sports in rewind

The year in Lowry Buckaroo sports in rewind

By Ben Norfolk, Brittany Nielsen, Brooklyn Thomas, and Theresa Thompson Posted June 2, 2010

Alex Schumacher crosses the finish line. /Ron Espinola • The Brand
Alex Schumacher crosses the finish line. /Ron Espinola • The Brand

This year, to no surprise, the Lowry Cross Country (CC) teams took yet another state title. This is the boy’s seventh title in a row and the girls’ third. Both teams have nine state titles. The Bucks CC will be losing eight seniors; Ryan Arndt, Trevor Belanger, Skylyr Bleck, Adam Gray, Mark Hamry, Chris Pike, Gabby Roman, and Alex Schumacher. On the other hand, the Lady Bucks CC team will be losing only two seniors Ashlee Lee, and Lynnsey Johnson.

The varsity boy’s soccer record was 500 overall they made the playoffs against Sparks but they lost 8-0. They finished 3 in the league. Anders Paces most memorable moment was winning most of the Lake League Schools. They are losing five seniors to graduation, Noel Garcia, Andy Hernandez, Gerardo Covarrubias, Nestor Ruiz, and Alejandro Villagomez.

Jace Billingsley throws a pass against Lovelock. /Ron Espinola • The Brand
Jace Billingsley throws a pass against Lovelock. /Ron Espinola • The Brand

Lowry Football team went to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
The Bucks started the season strong with wins over the Lovelock Mustangs 33-7 and the Battle Mountain Longhorns 35-32.

Lowry won its first Homecoming in six years when they overcame the Sparks Railroaders 68-9. On senior night the Bucks played the Dayton Dust Devils and won 19-13. In the last week of the season, Lowry traveled to Spring Creek for a must-win game and defeated the Spartans 38-28. In the first round of the playoffs, the Bucks dropped a close game to Fernley 22-19.

Tim Billingsley was chosen as the Northern 3A Coach of the Year.

Boy’s basketball
This year the boy’s varsity Basketball team went to State at Lawlor Events Center and went up against Virgin Valley and won, in the championship game they played very well against the Sparks Railroaders but lost 53-50. Their final record was 16-11 and in the league, they were 9-3.

Cortney Kieser watches her approach shot. /Ron Espinola• The Brand
Cortney Kieser watches her approach shot. /Ron Espinola• The Brand


The 2009 Lowry girl’s golf team performed very admirably this past season. They went down to Boulder City in October for the state championships and took third place. The Lowry girls had six girls place, Cortney Kieser, Casey Kieser, Allison Carlo, Kylee Meckley, Megan Weaver, and Alyssa Parks. The girls will be losing just four golfers, Amy Balagna, Parks, Weaver, and Jordan McClintick.

Girl’s Basketball
Lowry Varsity girl’s basketball took the state this year for the first time since 2002 with a 35-34 win in overtime. With the leadership of Ashlee Lee, Lynnsey Johnson, Courtney Hammond, and Skylar Estes the girls went 19-7 overall and 10-2 in the league. The team averaged 46.4 points per game. During the state semi-final game, Lowry dominated Virgin Valley 60-36 to advance in the state game. Lowry Varsity Girls were defeated three times against The Spring Creek Spartans throughout the season and took their first win against the Spartans to take the state title. VOLLEYBALL

Esh Higbee sets the ball for Skylar Estes. /Ron Espinola • The Brand
Esh Higbee sets the ball for Skylar Estes. /Ron Espinola • The Brand


Lowry Volleyball had another tough season with a first-round loss in zone against the Truckee Wolverines. The Lowry Bucks went 5-10 overall and 2-8 in the league. Lowry will be losing seniors Skylar Estes, McKenzie Gray, Shelby Snyder, and Courtney Hammond this year. Lowry will have Betsey Guerrero, Angie Herrera, Alta Smith, Elisa Higbee, Jamie Rose, Julia Dufurrena, and Hanna Etcheverry as their returning players for next year’s season.

This season the track team had three state champions.

Mateo Echeverria took state in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.48. He won the race by 0.04 seconds.

Tyler Anderson took state in boy’s discus with a throw of 148 feet 9 inches. This throw beat his old personal record of 144 feet. Will Thacker placed third in this event with a throw of 135 feet 2 inches.

Bernice Sanchez won state in the Triple Jump with a jump of 33 feet 7.5 inches.

Will Thacker also took second in the shot put with a throw of 49 feet 5.5 inches.

Wrestlers and the state championship trophy. /Courtesy • Christy Bell
Wrestlers and the state championship trophy. /Courtesy • Christy Bell

The girl’s team placed ninth with 31 points. The boy’s team placed fifth with 73 points.

This year the Lowry Buckaroo Wrestling team pushed themselves hard to receive another state title, totaling the tittles for the school at 12 wins. Lowry finished the season by going to Las Vegas to win the title by a landslide of 226.5 to the next closest being Fernley at 141. Six individual Bucks took home state titles. The Bucks next year will shoot for their third title in a row, and the 13th title total to put them as the school with the most state championships in wrestling, for all Nevada leagues. The Lowry team will be losing just 10 seniors but they will make that up with the 8th graders who are coming to high school.

Lowry had fourteen students who qualified to go to Zone: McKenzie Gray, Alex “AJ” Jackson, Johana Christensen, Jessie Pate, Tori Echeverria, Andrew Stephen, Tysom Shurtliff, Michael Drake, Moriah Avalos, Kinzie McClintick, Amaya Drake, Jillian Pfarr, Olivia Snow, and Carlos Esparza. Stephen qualified for State. During Zone, Stephen competed in the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle placing 2nd and 3rd in preliminaries. In the finals, Stephen placed 3rd in the 50 free.

Anthony Chojnacki throws a pitch. /Ben Norfolk • The Brand
Anthony Chojnacki throws a pitch. /Ben Norfolk • The Brand

The Lowry baseball team returned to the playoffs for the first time in a year but fell just one game short of the state tournament with a zone loss to the Dayton Dust Devils. This season the Bucks finished 18-13 overall and 11-7 in league.

This season the Bucks had six extra-inning games and six walk-offs to win games. The Bucks never gave up they played hard every inning, they came through when they needed it.

After being swept by Truckee the Bucks needed to sweep Sparks to get into the playoffs. In the zone playoffs against the Dayton Dust Devils, Lowry won game one in extra innings 9-8. The Bucks lost in the next two games to end the season.

This season the Lowry boy’s golf team became state champions. In the state tournament, Joey Dendary took second with a score of 150 for and lost in a one-hole playoff to Allan Nousiainen from Truckee. The golf team has been ranked first in the 3A all this season. Dillion Bryan placed eighth at state (163), Cole Erquiaga tied for ninth (168), Louis Roman tied for 13th (175), Dean Vetter placed 16th (178), and Chris Dendary placed 26th (189). The team finished with a score of 834.

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