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August 25, 2011 9:02 am

Road Warriors

Experienced Powell eyes playoff return

Mel Gibson would be right at home leading the Panthers’ football program onto the field for the 2011 season. Powell, ranked No. 5 in Class 3A to begin the season, will need to be road warriors in every sense of the word if they hope to return to the playoffs.

The Panthers’ schedule features trips to Torrington, Star Valley and Green River. The “closest” away game is at Buffalo. Altogether, it adds up to more than 2,200 miles in travel time, a figure that’s extreme even by Wyoming prep standards.

August 25, 2011 8:59 am

NWC women’s team starting, again

By RANDAL HOROBIK

Tribune Sports Editor

As Northwest College soccer prepares to enter its sophomore season of existence, the Trapper women’s program is already undergoing an identity change. After just two wins last season, head soccer coach Rob Hill held over just four players and brought in a crop of 19 new faces this fall.

“It’s a completely brand new team basically,” Hill said of the women’s team. “It’s a really, really strong team as proven by the results they had in the exhibitions. It’s really night and day.”

Plenty of new faces for Trapper women

Northwest finished 1-1-1 in its three scrimmages, a notable improvement over the 0-3 showing the previous year.

The changes are pretty much all over the field. Morgon Cox, a native of Perth, Australia, will stand in goal for the Trappers. Ahead of her on defense is a unit that has Hill raving.

August 25, 2011 8:54 am

SPORTS GUY: Attack of the insects

Just when I thought I’d seen everything the sporting world had to offer, the results of Powell’s first golf tournament came in. At first, I have to admit being taken aback — either the numbers were some of the worst 18-hole totals I’d seen since covering a regional tournament in 40-50 mile an hour winds in Nebraska, or the 36-hole Lander event must have been moved to the nearest miniature golf course because the scores were that low.

August 23, 2011 9:21 am

Trappers topple Great Falls

Northwest women wrap up exhibition with 3-1 win

After watching Northwest College in its first scrimmage of the season, new interim women’s coach Kaylin Olivas voiced some concern with the team’s conditioning during the final 20 minutes. It’s a safe bet following Friday’s exhibition against the University of Great Falls that her concerns aren’t quite as large.

August 23, 2011 9:14 am

Trappers topple Great Falls

Northwest women wrap up exhibition with 3-1 win

After watching Northwest College in its first scrimmage of the season, new interim women’s coach Kaylin Olivas voiced some concern with the team’s conditioning during the final 20 minutes. It’s a safe bet following Friday’s exhibition against the University of Great Falls that her concerns aren’t quite as large.

Event attracts more than 100 this year

It’s too early to say how much money the event raised, but based on the number of participants, the 22nd annual Sugar Beet Classic was a huge success. Expanded to a triathlon this year due to the proximity of the Powell Aquatic Center, the event was won by Ladell Merritt on the men’s side and Jeanna Merritt on the women’s side.

August 18, 2011 9:53 am

Fall practices begin

More than 200 student-athletes turn out

Fall sports season began for the 2011-2012 school year at Powell High School on Monday with roughly 200 student-athletes showing for practice in the activity of their choice. That figure appeared consistent with previous fall participation numbers at the school.

As with every year, there were slight fluctuations with numbers depending on specific activities. For Panther cross country coach Cliff Boos, who brought home a 3A state title on the girls’ side and a third-place finish in 3A on the boys’ side, a total of 12 cross country runners greeted him to his first morning practice.

August 18, 2011 9:45 am

Fall practices begin

More than 200 student-athletes turn out

Fall sports season began for the 2011-2012 school year at Powell High School on Monday with roughly 200 student-athletes showing for practice in the activity of their choice. That figure appeared consistent with previous fall participation numbers at the school.

As with every year, there were slight fluctuations with numbers depending on specific activities. For Panther cross country coach Cliff Boos, who brought home a 3A state title on the girls’ side and a third-place finish in 3A on the boys’ side, a total of 12 cross country runners greeted him to his first morning practice.

August 18, 2011 9:43 am

Lovell’s Lewis signs with NWC

Trapper basketball adds local product

Lovell basketball standout Jeff Lewis was announced as the latest member of the 2011 Northwest College men’s basketball recruiting class. Lewis officially signed his letter of intent with the Trappers last week.

“Jeff is one that we’ve been talking to and really had committed to him,” said Trapper head coach Andy Ward. “He had committed to us verbally a while back. We have a real good feel for what he brings to the table.”

The vacation is over. The school year is here. Practices have begun. Here are some quick hits and short bits to get things started!

• If you’re looking for an excuse to take a couple hours off work this Friday, I suggest a trip to the Northwest College campus where the Trappers’ new soccer field should be getting its christening when the NWC women’s team hosts the University of Great Falls in a scrimmage. Sure, the game doesn’t matter in the win-loss column, but you know you’re salivating for a taste of the local college sports scene. Opening whistle is scheduled for 2 p.m.