By Justin Albright & Calvin Connors Posted May 30, 2012
The Lowry football team had one of the most successful seasons in school history. The Bucks started the season off with eight straight wins, as they made it all the way to the state semifinals, sadly losing to Moapa Valley for the second straight year. The Bucks compiled an impressive record of 9-3. The Bucks had a very solid team this year, as they were led by Jace Billingsley who has one of the top running backs in the state of Nevada. The Bucks also had a very stout defense as teams found it hard to put up points.
The girl’s soccer team had an outstanding season as they nearly made it to the playoffs, unfortunately, the Bucks couldn’t make it all the way to the playoffs as they fell just a little short in the last game of the season. Look for the Bucks to come back stronger than ever next year as they are only losing four players due to graduation. This year’s seniors included; Jasmine Cisneros, Sydnie Sundahl, Ashley Lombardi, and Kelse Diehl.
The men and women of the Lowry High Cross Country team really ran their hearts out this season. The girls and guys had strong runners this season that was also on the squad from the past seasons. The Bucks gained some talented new runners this season that were key components to the team. Even though nobody was able to qualify for state both teams ran well all season and have great talent returning next season.
The boy’s soccer season was filled with highs and lows but didn’t exceed expectations as they fell short of playoffs. The Bucks will be reloaded again next season as they only lose three seniors. This year’s seniors included; Jose Castaneda, Dusty Thiede, and Jessie Pate. This season was a great experience for the young team as they will have great leaders next season to lead them in the right direction toward a state title.
Under first-year head coach Bob Rice the Lady Bucks had a lot of talent and experience on their team that took them into playoffs, they also finished second in league behind Elko. Lowry played the Fallon Greenwave in the first round of playoffs but fell just short losing the three-game series. The Bucks had a great year that was lead by some great seniors who will be missed next season, but as always they will reload with some talented underclassmen.
The Lady Bucks traveled to Mesquite Nevada and played two great courses, Casa Blanca, and Falcon Ridge. On the first day of the state tournament, the Bucks teed off on the Casa Blanca Golf Course. Lowry had a positive first day with three of the girls finishing under 100 strokes. Alyssa Dendary, Cortney Kieser, and Casey Kieser had an exceptional first day. The second day the Bucks played at Falcon Ridge, the ladies had somewhat of a better day with the three out of the six girls golfing better on the second day than the first day. The total strokes out of the two days were Alyssa Dendary shooting-188, Julia Dufurrena-210, Tori Echeverria-229, Cortney Kieser-181, Casey Kieser-161, and Olivia Snow-239. The Lady Bucks had a great season due to hard work and great coaching by first-year teacher and coach Andrew Meyer.
Looking to build off a state championship game appearance last year, the Bucks had to reload this year’s team with a ton of young talent, as they lost the majority of their team to graduation last year. The influx of young talent on this year’s boy’s basketball team had a ton of success as they won the first state championship since 2002. The boys ended the year with a record of 22-6, 7-3 in the league. In the playoffs, the Bucks had to get through Boulder City and faced little trouble as they coasted to a 60-45 win. In the state championship, the Buckaroos faced off against the arch-rival, Elko. Elko previously beat the Bucks twice, but the Bucks beat them when it counted as they won the game 52-48. The Bucks have to look to replace four key seniors next year, as Jordan Rinas, Brandon Eastman, Dion Wardell, and Bryan Noble all played their last game for the Bucks.
As usual, the Lowry wrestling team compiled another undefeated season with their fourth straight state championship. Jace Billingsley was the first Lowry wrestler to achieve four straight individual state championships. Other than Jace, a ton of other seniors managed to win state, as Fernando Herrera, Gus Duncan, and Ryan Nelson capped off their Lowry careers with individual state championships. The Bucks look to continue their domination as they are only losing six wrestlers on this year’s state championship team.
The girls had another great season but just falling short of making it to the playoffs for the second year in a row. The Lady Bucks had a lot of talent this season that consisted of five seniors who have either been on varsity since their freshmen year or sophomore year. The girls will have high expectations next season as they will be a young and experienced team. The Bucks were led by senior, Julia Dufurrena, who is going to play at the College of Southern-Idaho next year. The Lady Bucks are returning six members from this year’s team.
First-year head coach Andrew Meyer had some great talent that had only one Senior (AJ Ourada) and many underclassmen. It wasn’t easy for the boys to qualify week in and week out for only six spots as the Bucks were oozing with talent. Lowry won each league tournament with ease winning by at least 10 strokes. The Bucks finished second last year at state, and two years ago Lowry won the state championship. The Bucks redeemed themselves as they won the 2012 state championship that took place in Boulder City, Nevada.
After a disappointing season last year, the Lady Bucks did not forget the past but focused more on their future. Lowry finished second in league but was placed as the number one seed for the playoffs, where they faced South Tahoe. The Bucks won the first two games of the series which sent them to the state tournament in Reno. The Bucks started off the state tournament with a close game as they defeated Boulder City 5-4. The Bucks then had to play a Fernley Vaqueros squad and won in a very high-scoring game, 13-12. In the second game of the day, The Bucks faced off against a solid Fallon Greenwave team and lost on a walk-off hit, 1-0. The Bucks had a shot at redemption against the Greenwave in the state championship game, but couldn’t get their bats going as they lost 10-1.
The baseball team had an outstanding year as they finished the year 15-13. The Bucks were able to go to the playoffs this year, as they traveled to Fallon, but lost the series 1-2. The Bucks had a ton of experience this year as they had six seniors and six juniors. Look for the Bucks to be a strong contender next year as they are returning the majority of their team.
This year’s swim team also had a very successful year as they had 35 members on the team. There was a lot of good energy on the team as they were all good teammates. The Bucks had 18 members go to zone, but unfortunately, no members were able to make it to state. Johana Christensen finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle as she was the closest Lowry member to make it to state.
The girl’s and guy’s track teams did not disappoint this season as both teams attending the state track meet in Reno at Damonte High School. The Bucks always have a select few who qualify for the state meet. The events the girls qualified for at state were the 4×200, pole vault, shot put, and discuss. The events the girls qualified for at state were the 4×200, 4×100, 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash, high jump, and pole vault. Raven black was a top finisher in the high jump as she took third overall in the 3A.