I hear some pretty strange things living here. it's always a little surprising to hear the funny little things that people will say or hint at, or even just assume. but i know where i chose to live and i know what comes with that decision. honestly there are a lot of people who are very loving and kind and understanding, but every once in a while someone will say something that just honestly shocks me.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Posted by Lyndsey at 7:26 PM
Saturday, November 7, 2009
---Last night when i wrote the post about the crazies... i was obviously offended and i may have become a little bit "mother cat" over my sister! I still mean everything i wrote. but this morning after the intensity of it wore off. and some very kind comments and emails i feel a lot better.
Posted by Lyndsey at 9:39 AM
Friday, November 6, 2009
WOW!!! So most of my volleyball posts about Erin were posted within the week, some within hours of this post. And ALL of them were newspaper articles and direct quotes except for the post -representin'- which says more about my love for her than about her athletic ability). But i seem to have caused quite the controversy! I may have to start monitoring and approving my comments from other people. I have received quite a few mean, snarky and intense comments and emails from complete strangers from other wyoming teams. Mostly about how they think their players are better. I have deleted the comments (except for the one comment that was just a comment, and not rude.) And although i do understand that they are bias and loyal to their players, as i am to my sister, i don't think it's appropriate for them to search out my personal blog and a put negative damper on the excitement and happiness that me and my family are experiencing over Erin's volleyball season and accomplishments.
Posted by Lyndsey at 4:50 PM
By KURT RITZMAN Herald Sports Editor
Published: November 6th, 2009, Uinta County Herald, Page 11
Erin Kirby knocks down a kill past Green River?s Julie Oliver in the second game of the state championship match last Saturday. HERALD PHOTO/Kurt Ritzman
"I was excited because it was my goal from when I was a sophomore to do it by the time I was a senior so that was nice," Kirby said. "It makes me feel good. There are a lot of other really good players. I would watch them and see how good they were. It's cool that coaches see me play and think that about me."
Kirby was a large part of Evanston's 21-6 season that ended with a runner-up finish.
She led the state in Class 4A with 396 kills and 189 solo blocks. She also finished the season with a hitting efficiency of 44 percent, which was second among those finishing the season in the top 10 in kills per game. The third place hitting efficiency in the top 10 was 27 percent.
"I like to block. I worked on blocking a lot when I was a sophomore . I went to a lot of camps this summer and learned a lot," Kirby said. "I was good at blocking, but I couldn't hit as well. I just worked on what I knew I needed to get better at. I worked on the fundamental skills and I gained more confidence."
That hard work and confidence paid off. Kirby had two games with 25 kills one against Natrona and one against Green River. She also had 17 blocks in a match against Star Valley.
"I tried to have a good attitude on the court and be a team player," Kirby said. She also gave credit to the team's setters, Abbey Ehlers and Jessica Chandler.
"They are great setters. They helped me get better with my hitting because I didn't have to adjust too much," Kirby said. "They'd get a good set and I'd get a good hit and it would help with confidence."
Kirby said getting a good set allowed her to do more, or different, things with her kills because she didn't have to make big adjustments just to get to the ball.
"After Monday, I was thinking about (the season). We've enjoyed the whole journey. This year was way fun. We came a long way from last year and we still made history," Kirby said. "It was a good year."
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Evanston faced Green River for the fifth time this season. This time it was for the Class 4A Championship on Saturday. Unfortunately for Lady Devil fans, the result was a fourth loss for Evanston and a runner-up finish.
“The girls are tough kids and they’re OK,” Evanston coach Tera Lawlar said. “They’re very sad, but very smart. They put it into perspective. We still made history. It was the first time in the championship game. We really enjoyed the whole ride. It was a great season. It’s something they’ll remember forever. On the bus (going home) the girls asked me to go back there and make them feel better. I told them that I wouldn’t trade second place with them for first with any other team.”
The Lady Devils returned every girl, but one from last year’s team that did not qualify for the state tournament.
“I think last year we didn’t have the fight that we had this year,” Katie Thomas said.
Kelsi Thornock said a lot of it was the extra work that the team put in over the off-season.
Evanston started the championship match off very well. The first game stayed close until the Lady Devils were ahead 16-15. Evanston closed the game on a 9-4 run to take the first game 25-19. The run was sparked by two Katie Thomas kills. Erin Kirby, Thornock and Alyssa Hagstrom each had a kill during the run.
Kirby started the second game by dominating the net. She had two kills and a block as the Lady Devils built an early 5-1 lead. Green River was not going to go away though and battled back to take a 7-6 lead.
Evanston went on another long run (17-8) to take a 23-15 lead in the game.
A Katie Thomas block and an ace by Hagstrom started the run.
Kirby knocked down four kills during the streak to keep the momentum with the Lady Devils.
Kirby led the team with 16 kills and nine solo blocks during the title match.
Again Green River fought back. The Lady Wolves cut Evanston’s lead to 24-23 when Lawlar called a time out. After talking things over, Thornock hit a game-winning kill to give Evanston a two game to zero lead.
“We came out great the first two games. We were playing to win and playing strong,” Lawlar said. “(In the third game) I thought we played a little safer. We didn’t play to win. We played not to lose and we got a little complacent.”
The Lady Wolves scored the first six points of the third game. Evanston battled back, but could not get closer than two points. An ace by Green River gave them the third game, 25-14.
The Lady Devils found themselves down big again in game four. Green River built a 19-10 lead. Hagstrom hit a kill. Lauren Thomas got a block and the momentum changed to Evanston. The Lady Devils cut the lead to 23-21, before Green River knocked down a kill to reach game point and Lawlar called a time out.
After the time out, Thornock hit a kill and Kirby got a block to cut the lead to 24-23. The Lady Devils missed their serve, handing the game to Green River and sending the championship match into a decisive fifth game.
Evanston jumped out to an early 4-2 advantage. But the Lady Wolves scored eight of the next 10 points. Trailing 10-6, the Lady Devils couldn’t do enough to come back and lost 15-8.
Green River came from behind to win the championship 19-25, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-8.
“Before the fifth game, we still believed. We thought we were OK,” Lawlar said. “On point 14, I saw it in their faces, ‘Oh my gosh, what have we done?’ It’s sad. I wish we could have eked it out, obviously. They’ll be OK and I couldn’t be prouder. “
Katie Thomas knocked down 13 kills. Lauren Thomas and Thornock each had six solo blocks.
Jessica Chandler dished out 21 assists and Bernie Gutierrez led the defense with 26 digs.
The Lady Devils went 4-0 this season against Casper teams. Their only losses were to Green River and Bonneville (Idaho).
“They’re great kids and have a lot going for them. We had a great season,” Lawlar said. “Obviously, this is not what we wanted, but they can learn a lot from this.”
On Friday night, Evanston advanced to the school’s first state championship game in volleyball with a 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 19-25, 15-8 victory over defending state 4A champion Kelly Walsh.
“They’re a really good team. They’re awfully big so they’ll put up a formidable block at the net. They’ll play really hard,” Kelly Walsh Jeff Barkell coach said prior to the match. “I think it will be a good match. They’ll got a lot of weapons and we’ve got a few, too.”
The Lady Devils led 6-5 in the fifth game, when Kelly Walsh blocked a Thornock kill attempt out of bounds. The next point ended on a Katie Thomas kill. After a hitting error by Kelly Walsh, a block by Thornock and another kill by Katie Thomas, the Lady Devils held an 11-5 lead. Chandler served five points in a row during the run.
“I was thinking ‘over and in.’ I’ve never had doubt when I was back there,” Chandler said. “I play for my team. That’s what was going through my head.”
Evanston went on to win the fifth game 15-8.
Katie Thomas had 14 kills in the match. Thornock knocked down eight kills and had nine solo blocks.
The Lady Devils went on a big run in the first game after taking an 11-10 advantage. Evanston outscored Kelly Walsh 7-1 to take an 18-11 lead. The Lady Devils allowed Kelly Walsh to get back in the game and cut the lead to 24-18. Thornock and Breanna Sanders came up with a block to give the game to the Lady Devils.
In the second game, Evanston led 19-17 but Kelly Walsh scored eight points in a row to take the game.
“When we lost, we came out even stronger in the third game,” Chandler said.
After losing the second game, Evanston trailed 19-15 in the third game.
“We were down and (Lawlar) said this was the game we could show how bad we really wanted it,” Kirby said.
A couple of errors by Kelly Walsh brought Evanston within one point. Kirby had a huge block to tie the game. After a Kelly Walsh kill, Kirby came up with another block to tie the game.
“When you get a big kill or block or a good pass, the momentum just changes,” Kirby said.
She finished the match with 16 kills, one hitting error and 13 solo blocks.
“We had heart, while Kelly Walsh had experience. Tera and I were talking and we’d rather have heart than experience any day,” Chandler said.
“I think that’s the most heart we showed all year,” Hagstrom said.
Evanston finished the game out to take a 2-1 lead.
The theme of Evanston’s first round match was comebacks by the Lady Devils as they prevailed 25-23, 25-21, 25-27, 25-10.
The Lady Devils got down 6-0 in the first game, and still trailed 14-12.
“I think we get really nervous when it comes to big games,” Hagstrom said. “We’ve never been this successful or had this experience.”
“This was almost everyone’s first state game, so I think there were jitters,” Kirby said.
Kirby knocked down a kill and then Hagstrom hit an ace to even the score. The Lady Devils were able to hold on to the lead . Kirby hit another kill to give Evanston the first game.
In the second game, Evanston fell behind 4-1. They trailed 15-13, but then scored the next five points to go ahead 18-15.
The Lady Devils got off to a slow start in game three as well, trailing 6-1. This time they were unable to come back.
Thornock started serving in the fourth game and this time Evanston took the lead, getting ahead 8-0 on her serve, including two aces.
“I kind of struggled with serving, so my goal was not to miss at state,” Thornock said. “Every time I went back there, I said ‘I’m going to make it. I’m going to make it.’ As I kept going, it got better.”
The Lady Devils cruised through the game and advanced to the semifinals.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Lady Devils come from behind to beat Green River
Clinch state tournament berth
By KURT RIZMAN Herald Sports Editor
Published: October 16th, 2009, Uinta County Herald, Page 11
After dropping the first two games to Green River on Wednesday, the Lady Devils rebounded and won the last three games to win the match and claim a berth in the 4A state volleyball tournament .
"In the beginning, we didn't play so great. It was deja vu from the first two times we played Green River," Evanston coach Tera Lawlar said.
The Lady Devils won 23-25 , 20-25 , 25-20 , 25-12 , 15-12 . "In the first game we battled. It was a sideout game. We were going pointfor-point ," Lawlar said. "We felt like Green River was dictating, though. We were playing at their pace." Lawlar said the first game got off to an atypical start. After the first nine points, Evanston's standout senior Erin Kirby had yet to touch the ball. She had only touched the ball three times in the first 17 points. "We only lost by two, so we felt pretty okay," Lawlar said. "We knew our team could do more and we wanted the girls to snap out of it." The second game went even worse for the Lady Devils.
Evanston got down 11-1 early in the game before rebounding to lose the game by five points.
"Nothing was working for us. The kids didn't fold. They played hard. Things just weren't working and Green River seemed perfect," Lawlar said. "We turned things around (in the game) and that gave us some hope. There seemed to be so much more effort on our side. We did a good job battling back after spotting them 10 or 11 points."
Assistant coach Matt Petersen gave the girls a pep talk after the second game.
"He said, 'We're going five. We're going five.' He gave them that edge of confidence. It was huge for us," Lawlar said. "We went out looking more confident . He totally redirected any kind of doubt we had after the first two games. We felt like we had control. After that, we dictated the game and speed."
The Lady Devils used that to win the third game 25-20 .
"The kids realized they had to fight harder and Green River thought things were going too easy. From game one our blocking was on, but it really picked up in game three," Lawlar said. "Our passing got better. Green River started to tip more. In the first two games their tips landed for kills, but we made some subtle defensive changes. We picked up the tips and were able to attack back at them," she added. Kirby led the Lady Devils with 12 solo blocks. Kelsi Thornock and Lauren Thomas each had seven solo blocks. Lawlar said game four was the opposite of game two, with Evanston dominating and winning 25-12 . "We knew we had to go out hard in game five. Our girls were embarrassed in game two and we rebounded in game three," Lawlar said. "We did that to them in game four, so we knew they could turn it around in game five." Evanston got ahead 6-1 in the fifth game. Green River crept closer 7-3 , 10-7 , 12-11 . Lawlar called a timeout and then Green River missed a serve. Lawlar said she wasn't sure what happened on the last couple points because she couldn't watch. The Lady Devils won the game 15-12 to win the match and become regular season conference champions. "We pulled it off," Lawlar said. "We're conference champions and that's exciting. We're going to state and that's a great feeling. That hasn't happened for a long time."
The Lady Devils only graduated one senior from last year's team that went 3-7 in conference. Evanston is 8-1 in conference . The Lady Devils played their final regular season conference match Thursday after our press time.
"It's amazing to have a team that couldn't qualify for state last year earn a bye. It's really neat for them to go from 3-7 to turn around and win conference, a tough conference," Lawlar said. "The girls wrote on the board at practice Wednesday 'We're not done yet, girls.' The kids had a hard time enjoying the win because they're not done yet. I told them to enjoy it that night and we'd get back to work (Wednesday)."
As a team, Evanston knocked down 54 kills and only made 12 hitting errors.
"I'll take that for the rest of the season, especially against a team like Green River," Lawlar said.
Kirby led the team with 24 of those kills. Thornock had 15 kills and Katie Thomas added nine. Jessica Chandler served five aces and made no service errors. Chandler also had 20 assists, while Abbey Ehlers had 23 assists.
Bernie Gutierrez led the defense with 15 digs and Alyssa Hagstrom came up with 14 digs.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Posted by Lyndsey at 7:32 PM
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Kirby leads EHS girls to 4th place at 4A state track & field championships
Published: May 26th, 2009, Uinta County Herald, Page 12
Don't count on Erin Kirby going around town bragging about her athletic accomplishments - although she would be fully justified in doing just that.
All the Evanston High School junior did last weekend was win three gold medals at the Class 4A State High School Track & Field Championships. Kirby was also the fastest female in all four school classifications at the state meet in those three gold medal events. She recorded Best of the Best state meet times in the 100-meter intermediate hurdles, the 300 low hurdles and the 400-meter dash.
Best of the Best awards are presented to the male and female athletes with the top performances at state. The presentations are made throughout the three-day state meet at Harry Geldien Stadium on the Kelly Walsh High School campus in Casper. Erin's dad, Jon Kirby, said his daughter quickly took off the Best of the Best medal from the 100 hurdles after the presentation Saturday morning. By STEVE KODAD Herald Sports Editor After she was awarded the 300 hurdle Best of the Best award later in the day, Erin had the medal removed from around her neck before she stepped off the podium .
"I just don't want to look like I'm bragging, I guess," the humble 16-yearold said. "I've always done that. It's good for me that I got it (the medal) and stuff, but I don't need to show it off."
Kirby won the 100 hurdle finals Saturday morning with a time of 15.02 seconds . She had the fastest time in Thursday's preliminary round at 15.14.
Erin broke her own EHS school record in the 100 hurdles with a blazing 14.37 clocking in the prelims of the West 4A Regionals at Red Devil Stadium May 15. That time was just one-hundredth of a second off the state record of 14.36 set by Shaunna Smith of Sheridan in 2002.
After her fast run at regionals, Kirby had her sights set on Smith's state mark (Wyoming state high school track and field records can only be set during state meet competition). But the wind didn't cooperate, as a steady breeze blowing nearly in the competitor's faces Saturday morning helped throttle Erin's record try. "I didn't know I was close to the state record at regionals, and then my mom and dad told me," she said. "So that was my goal in the 100 hurdles, to get (the record). But you can't really do anything about the wind. Next year."
In Erin's second race in Saturday's finals , she hit a personal-best time of 43.69 seconds to win the 300 hurdles in a tight battle with Sheridan senior Taylor Gardner. Gardner was second in 43.79. Kirby's time was the fastest again for her second Best of the Best award. Later in the day, Erin and Gardner battled again in the 400, with the EHS standout winning in 56.37 seconds, and Gardner second in 56.60.
Kirby said her goal entering state was to claim at least three gold medals. "I was hoping at least for the ones (100 hurdles) and threes (300 hurdles) for sure, and I was also hoping for the 4 (400)," she said, "but I had never really run against that Taylor Gardner girl, so I wasn't really sure how well I was going to run with her, or how close it was going to be. I knew Emily was good in the 200."
Emily Moore of Gillette and Kirby battled in the 200-meter dash finals late Saturday. Moore opened an early lead, and as the runners rounded the curve, Erin was a few strides behind. She closed the gap a little, but Moore held on to win in 25.08 seconds, and Kirby was second in 25.31.
Kirby began her running career by competing in the Hershey Youth Track and Field Program. She qualified for the national Hershey meet in Pennsylvania one year, "when I was 8 or 9," Erin said. "That's a while ago."
Kirby credited middle school coach Mike Lonsway and EHS head track coach Lance Morey for helping her develop her hurdling skills. Hurdle crash
Erin said she was a little nervous before the 100 hurdle finals Saturday. History and the Kelly Walsh track have a lot to do with that. Kirby and teammate Lauren Thomas were competing in the 100 hurdle state finals as freshmen two years ago on the same track. Kirby hit a hurdle as she battled with Thomas and Jordan Merback of Kelly Walsh. She crashed to the track and took out Thomas in the process.
"Just because it can be like a real close race, because you don't have very much time," she said. "It's kind of like the 100 - if you don't get a good start then you have to make up a lot of distance. I don't know, I guess, just the thought - always when I get to that eighth hurdle, don't fall. It happened last year, too."
Kirby and Thomas have been close friends for many years. After Kirby wiped her out in the hurdle finals two years ago, Lauren got disqualified when she tried to help Erin back to her feet and inadvertently grabbed a hurdle.
Thomas struggled this season with a leg injury, and she finally seemed to be getting back to 100 percent at the end of the season. Lauren ran on the Lady Devil 1600 relay team that placed second at state. She said the second-place medal was good medicine to help heel the pain of the season slowed by the injury. "It certainly helps," she said. "I didn't perform as well as I wanted to, but this just made everything better. It's just nice."
The two friends support and cheer for each other on and off the track, and when they compete against each other. Thomas finished fourth in both hurdle races at state.
"I love watching Erin. She's a great competitor and she's my best friend," Thomas said. "When she does well, I could not be happier for her. What bummed me out was not getting the times I wanted to. But Erin's helped me through it, so it was a lot easier." "I just love competing with her. She's a great friend and a great competitor," Thomas said.
Kirby is already drawing attention from college recruiters. At 5-11 , she is also a standout on the Lady Devil volleyball team and one of the top players on the EHS basketball squad. Her ideal college situation would be to compete in volleyball and track.
"I like them both a lot, but I kind of like team stuff more," she said. "It's just more fun because you actually get to do more stuff together, get all ready and get more pumped up. Track's just kind of your own thing.
"Like when I did the 4 x 4 (1,600 relay) my freshman year, it was more fun. I like that, because you're all with your team. I like them both a lot. If I can do both, then that would be really cool."
When Erin completes classes at EHS this week, she will officially become a senior, with the realization that in 12 months, her outstanding high school career will come to a close.
"This year went by fast," she said. "It's weird to think we actually only have one more year. It kind of goes both ways - I'm not excited to be a senior, but I am."
It's probably a sure bet that Evanston coaches lucky enough to work with Erin are saying the same thing. They are no doubt excited to see what she can accomplish in volleyball, basketball and track and field in her senior season, but sad to know that next year will be her last at EHS.
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Posted by Lyndsey at 12:47 PM