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Powell High School basketball player David Starcevich releases a shot during a recent practice at PHS. Starcevich was one of several players using the new shooting machine, which was donated by Kelly and Annie Brandt, Wells Fargo and the Powell Athletic Roundtable. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Christmas came early for the basketball programs at Powell High School in the form of a shooting machine.

The machine, which was delivered to PHS just before Christmas, features one-piece construction for easy setup, an adjustable net and a delivery system to launch the ball to awaiting shooters.

December 30, 2008 4:02 am

Panthers open 2009 slate Friday

Defending state champs looking for continued progress

The holiday season is drawing to a close, and the Powell High School wrestling team is slated to kick off the 2009 portion of its schedule Friday at noon when they open competition at the two-day Bozeman Invitational.

According to PHS head coach Nate Urbach, the event promises to be one that will serve as yet another formidable challenge for his squad. The tournament, he said, has the potential to rival the one in which the top-ranked, Class 3A Panthers participated in earlier this season in Rapid City, S.D. That particular tournament, Urbach said, was the toughest one any of his teams had been a part of during his coaching career.

“We're looking for continued improvement,” Urbach said. “We'll also have a chance to see how well we can do against some of the best teams around. Every tough team in Montana will be there. This tournament has been a really good one in the past, and it will be interesting to see how it compares to the one we went to in Rapid City. It has the potential to be right in line with what we saw there.”

Overall, 25 to 30 teams are expected at the tournament, which will feature Montana's No. 1 A (Havre) and AA (Billings Skyview) squads. Those teams also are ranked 30th and 35th nationally, according to Amateur Wrestling News' Prep 40 rankings, which were released Dec. 22.

“I'm excited to see how well we stack up against a strong lineup of teams,” Urbach said.

Day two of the Bozeman Invitational is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Following this weekend's tournament, the PHS varsity wrestling squad will have a Thursday, Jan. 8, matchup at Thermopolis. The dual meet is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m.

As for the remainder of PHS's varsity teams, the break in competition for the holiday season will come to a close next week. Both the girls and boys basketball teams will be in action at home against Kemmerer Friday, Jan. 9.

The varsity girls contest is slated for 5:45 p.m. and the boys matchup is set for 7:30 p.m. For the Panther boys, that day will mark their first game at the new school.

Also, PHS's boys swim team will resume their season Friday, Jan. 9, with a home contest against Riverton. That event has a 5 p.m. start time at the PHS Pool.

December 30, 2008 3:45 am

John V. Lake

(Nov. 28, 1944 - Dec. 20, 2008)

John Victor Lake Jr., 64, a Wyoming resident for 51 years, died Saturday, Dec. 20 at his home in Rapid City, S.D.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 27 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Gillette. Military honors were provided by the American Legion Post #42 of Gillette.

John was born in Pueblo, Colo., on Nov. 28, 1944, to John and Jacqueline Lake. He later moved to Wyoming and attended high school in Powell. Moving yet again he graduated in 1962, in Scottsbluff, Nebr. John enlisted in the United States Army where he proudly served his country for three years. After returning from Vietnam in 1965, John worked in Powell and soon after, he married Claudia Scott in August of 1966.

John received a second chance at life when he was tragically injured in a car accident and became a paraplegic.

John was determined to make the best of life and enrolled in college, graduating from the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1975 with a J.D. degree. John practiced law for 30 years and retired from the county attorney's office in Campbell County in 2005.

John is survived by his wife of 42 years, Claudia Lake, of Rapid City, S.D.; daughter, son in-law, granddaughter and grandson: Jennifer, Justin, Justyce and Korbyn Eliassen, of Gillette; daughter, son in-law, and granddaughter: Bianca, Mike and Cheyenne Mayfield, all of Surprise, Ariz.; son, Justin Lake of Gillette; and numerous friends and extended family.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are suggested to benefit Paralyzed Veterans of America in John's name. Memorials and condolences may be sent in care of Gillette Memorial Chapel, 210 W. 5th Street, Gillette, WY 82716 or via the internet at www.gillettememorialchapel.com.

December 30, 2008 3:38 am

Robert F. Wallace

(March 8, 1920 - Dec. 23, 2008)

Robert F. Wallace, formerly of Billings, Mont., died Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Powell Valley Hospital of complications from pulmonary fibrosis, with his daughter Donna by his side. He was 88.

He was born March 8, 1920, in Zeigler, Ill., the son of Fred and Ina (Tate) Wallace. He married Barbara Avis on June 30, 1951.

Robert served in the Army and was stationed in Germany, France, and the Phillipines during World War II. He was awarded three Bronze Stars.

He worked in Montana for HCL Equipment at Great Falls and Billings. He retired in 1986 and moved to Peeples Valley, Ariz. The family moved to Powell five years ago.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara, of Powell; daughters Vicki Wallace of Billings, Karen (David) Wright of Lamoille, Nev., Terri (Doug) Brandon of Anchorage, Alaska, and Donna Wallace (Marty Hanson) of Columbus, Mont.; granddaughter, Danielle Ellsworth, and grandsons, Jason (Elaine) Sayre of Val Verde, Calif., and Bryce Sayre of Fernley, Nev. He is also survived by great-grandsons Aleister, Brodie, and Gavin; and great-granddaughter Kiara.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Tom Wallace; and daughter, Jean Wallace.

Cremation has taken place, and no services are planned.

December 30, 2008 3:37 am

James W. Riley, Jr.

(Aug. 18, 1943 - Dec. 26, 2008)

James Whitcomb Riley Jr., 65, of Powell, died Friday, Dec. 26, in Wellington, Kans.

Cremation has taken place, and services are scheduled for Friday, Jan. 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Auditorium at Northwest College.

James W. Riley Jr. was born Aug. 18, 1943, the son of Dr. James Whitcomb Riley Sr. and Carolyn Crenshaw Riley in Oklahoma City, Okla. He earned his Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Washburn University in Topeka, Kans. He attended three years of Law School at Washburn before being drafted into the U.S. Army. He served as a military policeman in Germany and Vietnam.

Jim returned to Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, to earn his Master's degree in Speech Communication where he also taught and coached forensics. Jim furthered his education at the University of Utah while continuing to coach. Jim later taught and coached forensics and debate at the University of Nevada Reno and Boise State University. In 1977, Jim began teaching at Northwest College in Powell.

On May 4, 1991, he was united in marriage with Laura (Barker) Hagerman. Jim retired from teaching at Northwest College in 2005 and later received the status of Professor Emeritus in the spring of 2008.

Jim was an avid outdoorsman. He had a passion for hunting, camping, cutting firewood and river rafting. His fondest outdoor adventure took him down the Grand Canyon with friends, family, and colleagues. Jim also enjoyed teaching, reading and spending time with family, friends and the family's two dogs.

Surviving to honor his memory are his father, Dr. James W. Riley Sr. of Wellington, Kans.; wife, Laura Riley of Powell; daughter, Mallory Riley of Powell; sons Daniel Hagerman and his wife Abbey Hagerman of Laramie, Jeremy Hagerman and his wife Kelly Shriver of Olympia, Wash., Nathan Hagerman and his wife Melissa Hagerman of Anchorage, Alaska, and Taylor Riley of Powell; and three grandchildren, Mikayla Hagerman, Natalie Hagerman and Collin Poe.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Carolyn Crenshaw Riley, on Jan. 2, 2006.

Donations can be left with The James Riley Memorial at First National Bank & Trust.

December 30, 2008 3:35 am

Jaymie King

(June 6, 1996 - Dec. 22, 2008)

Jaymie Dean King, 12, of Powell, died Monday, Dec. 22 at the Powell Valley Hospital.

He was born June 6, 1996, to Michael King and Wanda (Patton) Vanderpool in Cody. He attended schools in Powell, both at Southside Elementary and the Powell Middle School, where he was a sixth grader.

Jaymie liked being with family and friends and was looking forward to being home for Christmas with his family.

He enjoyed camping, fishing, skateboarding and fighting with his brothers and sisters. Jaymie was a sweet boy at heart, but had his days.

He was, and always will be, loved by his family and friends.

He is survived in Powell by his mother, Wanda Vanderpool; sisters, JeaLinda Patton and Jolene Vanderpool; brothers, Justin Vanderpool and Ryan King; and two nieces, Camryn and Charylett, all of Powell; grandparents, Wilma Patton, Al Vanderpool and Lillian King, as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Michael King; grandparents, Ann Vanderpool, Wesley Patton and James King; and two uncles, Delbert and Allen Patton.

A benevolence fund has been set up to help the family with funeral costs. Contributions to the King Family Benevolence Fund can be made at First National Bank and Trust or First Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 at the First Baptist Church at 2 p.m.

December 30, 2008 3:34 am

Reva Gene Lane Friedly

(Oct. 7, 1926 - Dec. 25, 2008)

Reva Gene Lane Friedly, 82, died Thursday, Dec. 25 in Laurel, Mont., comforted by family in her daughter's home. She endured a long illness with courage and strength to share as many days as possible with her family and many friends.

Reva was born on Oct. 7, 1926, delivered by her grandmother, Epha Lonea Rose Swain. She was one of eight children and youngest daughter of Dallas and Clara Ellen Swain Lane. She went to school in Sundance, Moorcroft and Gillette and graduated from high school in Bonners Ferry, Idaho after moving there in her junior year.

Reva married James Friedly on Nov. 23, 1948 at Gurley, Nebr. They farmed in the Kootenai Valley, Idaho and near Heart Mountain at Powell until 1963 and then lived in the Powell and Cody areas for the rest of their lives.

Reva represented many artists while working at the Thunder Horse Gallery and the Cody Art League. She also worked for Dr. Bennet, Western Bank and the Forest Service in Cody before retiring.

Reva was active in Jobs Daughters, Rebekahs and Extension Clubs. She taught Sunday school and was in Ladies Circles of the Union Presbyterian Church of Powell and later the First Presbyterian Church of Cody, where she served as a deacon and sang in the choir.

Reva is survived by her 10 children and their spouses: Jimmie (Ione), Colorado Springs, Colo; Dennis, Cody; Sheryl (Phil Barnes), Manhattan, Kan.; Chris (Connie), Gillette; Colette (John Decker), Laurel, Mont.; Del (Marcy), Powell; Milton (Carmen) Elizabethtown, Pa.; Gwendolyn Nielsen, Casper; Jackie (Tom Wilder), Cody; and Tammy (Matt Wahlbrink), Cowley.

Also surviving are 29 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Her husband, James, preceded her in death in 1978.

Reva warmed the heart and brought a smile to everyone she met. She treated everyone as a friend. Visitors to her home were always treated to a full meal and wonderful desserts.

Reva would dance and sing at the drop of a hat and was the life of every party. She instilled the love of gardening, nature and the outdoors in her children and their families. Giving her children a creative and resourceful constitution gave her great joy and resulted in many magical and imaginative works of art and life accomplishments. Reva truly lived life to the fullest and her zest and pizzazz will touch many for years to come.

Reva's memorial service will be at the First Presbyterian Church in Cody at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, followed by graveside services at Riverview Cemetery. Viewing will be Tuesday, Dec. 30 from 5-7 p.m. at the Ballard Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made in Reva Friedly's honor to the Cody Youth Baseball and Softball Fund at Pinnacle Bank of Cody.

December 30, 2008 3:32 am

Pool construction on track

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A Sletten Construction Company subcontractor pours footings for the exterior walls of the aquatic center. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Council, Mayor tour construction site

Wintry weather has slowed construction of Powell's new family aquatic center, but the project remains on schedule.

“We've worked every day,” said Shawn Warner, president of Sletten Construction, the contractor hired for the pool's construction. “We feel like things are going right as scheduled, and we'll keep putting one foot in front of the other in this weather.”

Beginning in January, crews will use a ground heater to thaw the frozen ground at the construction site in Homesteader Park. The ground heater pumps hot water through flexible tubing and thaws one foot of ground per day.

December 24, 2008 3:57 am

Sylvan Pass opens and closes

East Gate's first visitors turned away

Yellowstone's East Entrance opened for the winter season on Monday, but closed Tuesday morning.

Park Deputy Superintendent Colin Campbell said Sylvan Pass had been physically blocked by a natural snow-slide during Monday night. Yellowstone employees planned to use howitzer-deployed explosives Tuesday afternoon to make the area passable, Campbell said.

The newly-formed Big Horn County Fire Protection District No. 5 aspired to roll trucks by Dec. 15, but that likely will not occur until late next year.

The district still is stuck in a liability standoff with Park County Fire Protection District No. 1 in Powell, despite a recent decision from the Wyoming attorney general.