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Its intense concentration as Carley Yule and Simon Dalebout vie for the fifth grade cup stacking championship Yule won the match.

DAILY NEWS photo by Susan Lockhart
Traeten Quigley throws up his hands in victory as he competes against Emily Sandoval. Judging the contest in back is Carter Green.

Stacking the odds

By Susan Lockhart
Special Projects Coordinator

WORLAND With an entire contest lasting about 3 seconds, cup stacking is not for the faint of heart or slow of hand.
With cups flying and nerves stretched taut, fifth graders at South Side Elementary vied for championship in both individual and team categories of cup stacking this week.
Physical education instructor Lissy Hughes said the kindergarten through fifth grade classes watched a video on the finer points and strategy of cup stacking before giving it a try themselves.
Cup stacking promotes both fine motor control and hand-eye coordination, she said.
Ive been doing cup stacking before my basketball unit, Hughes explained. I kind of like it because they get both hand working. I tell the first graders, You have two hands, you have to use both hands.
She added that some of the first graders are very good at the activity and rival the quickness of the older students. The students get three stacks of cups, a stack near their left hand of three cups, a stack in the center of six cups, and a stack near their right hand of three cups. When time begins, the students have to put the each grouping into a pyramid, then ungroup them into the stack again.
Hughes created brackets for each grade level and competition began.
Some of the kids borrowed the cups to take home and practice over the weekend, Hughes said with a laugh.
Its been really, really interesting, Hughes said of watching the youngsters compete. Im very competitive and so are they.
There have been a few tears after a highly charged loss, but Hughes says she reminds them that its all for fun.
She said she not only likes the cup stacking for the skills it imparts, she also likes that it often gives unathletic kids a chance to shine.


3 killed in wreck near Gillette

GILLETTE(AP) Authorities say three people were killed in a single-vehicle crash in northern Wyoming.
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, 42-year-old Willie L. Reeder, of Florida; 60-year-old Randy D. Roddy, of California; and a 28-year-old man from Texas whose name has not been released were killed when the SUV they were in rolled north of Gillette near the Wyoming-Montana border Tuesday night.

Investigators have not released the mens hometowns.

Patrol Lt. Will Zilka tells the Gillette News Record (http://bit.ly/1vPXLC2 ) the SUV was traveling at the speed limit or a little bit above it, but the road was icy at the time. The men worked for Cudd Energy Services.


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