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The Powell High School Lady Panthers raced to a cross country state championship during the Class 3A state meet in Sheridan Saturday. Shown leaving the starting line are Desiree Murray (second from left), Alyssa Rodriguez, Emily Schwahn (hidden behind Rodriguez), Lauren Dunleavy, Jordan Bigelow, Skye Albert and McKenzie Danforth. For more on the Lady Panthers' championship effort see below. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Bicycle-truck accident increases calls for better safety

An Oct. 7 accident that involved a Powell High School student who was bicycling on her way to school illustrated the need for improving the intersection at U.S. 14-A and Road 8.

Tamara Elzey, 18, was seriously injured in the accident, in which her legs were run over by the rear wheels of an unloaded semi-trailer after the truck turned in front of her. She and and the truck's driver, Dane McIntosh, both were headed north on Road 8 and had stopped at the intersection with U.S. 14-A. No citations were issued at the time of the accident.

Pioneers perfect 6-for-6 over weekend

Call it stating the obvious, but Powell coach Jeff Young is rather pleased with the performance of his pitching staff this past weekend. Pioneer hurlers tossed three shutouts, including a no-hitter by Jake Beuster on Sunday, to sweep six games against Gillette, Douglas and Sheridan.

“We had one bad inning the entire weekend,” said Young. “Our pitchers threw very well. Jake's no-hitter was excellent, but everyone we threw did a great job this weekend.”

Beuster allowed individual walks in the third, fourth and fifth innings, but never allowed a runner beyond second base in a 12-0 game-one victory over Sheridan on Sunday. Buester fanned eight batters over five innings to register the Pioneers' first no-hit performance of the summer.

Tyler Dahlgren doubled in a pair of runs to open the scoring for Powell in the second inning, providing the Pioneers with all the runs they would need. Beuster and Ty England each scored three runs in the win.

The Pioneers captured a 12-run victory in the nightcap as well, winning 14-2 at Sheridan. Josh Cragoe's bases-clearing double in the second inning helped Powell to build an 8-0 lead. Gianluca Giarrizzo was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs driven in atop Powell's batting order.

Andrew Young allowed two fourth-inning runs to Sheridan, but was never threatened as Powell supported its pitcher with plenty of runs. Young struck out nine in the contest while allowing just six hits.

Powell opened its weekend at Gillette, earning wins of 10-0 and 17-4. Scotty Jameson took the victory in game one, allowing just three hits and three walks while fanning 10 in the five-inning contest.

“We threw our top two guys in that doubleheader in order to rest them up for Tuesday night,” said Young, referring to a conference doubleheader against Cody.

Dahlgren went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs for Powell, which jumped out to a five-run lead in the top of the first and was never threatened. The Pioneers drilled Gillette pitching for 12 hits in the contest.

Game two saw Grant Geiser go 4-for-5 at the plate, including a second-inning home run, to finish with three runs scored and five RBI. Auston Carter and Jake Beuster each were a perfect 4-for-4 at the bottom of Powell's batting order as the team hammered 21 hits.

Powell led 17-1 before Gillette scored three runs in the fifth. Geiser took the win on the mound, allowing six hits and three walks while fanning seven.

The Post 26 team continued its weekend with a 10-7, 8-0 sweep of Douglas on Saturday.

Douglas grabbed a 7-1 lead in the second inning of game one, thanks in part to a trio of Powell errors in the frame. The Pioneers gradually rallied to tie the game in the sixth before plating three runs in the seventh for the win.

After the scare in Saturday's opener, the Pioneers wasted little time in removing any drama from Friday's game.

Dahlgren was in command on the mound from basically the opening pitch, allowing just two Douglas hits as he carried a no-hit bid of his own into the sixth inning. Dahlgren struck out eight in the victory.

Only three of Powell's eight runs in the game were earned as Douglas pitching struggled to find the plate.

The weekend sweep improves Powell to 19-9 overall. After three weeks away from home, the Pioneers will return to the confines of their home ballpark tonight (Tuesday) for a conference doubleheader against Cody. First pitch is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in game one.


Powell High School running back Billy Harshman (left) fights for yardage after losing his helmet during Friday's matchup with the top-ranked Buffalo Bison. David Carkhuff/Buffalo Bulletin

Second half sinks Panthers' upset bid

An upset bid by the Powell High School Panthers came to a screeching halt during the second half of their road matchup with the top-ranked, Class 4A Buffalo Bison Friday evening.

The third-ranked Panthers, leading 7-0 at halftime, were outscored 14-0 in the second half in a game that PHS head coach Jim Stringer described as a tale of two halves.

“In the first half, we were able to get the lead and we were playing pretty well,” Stringer said. “In the second half, it was their show. It was like two totally different ballgames.”

As an example of the difference between the first and second halves, Stringer pointed to a number of key statistics. The Panthers (1-1), after picking up 109 rushing yards in the first two quarters against the stubborn Bison defense, managed a mere 12 yards on the ground in the third and fourth quarters combined. On the flip side, Buffalo (2-0), which was held to 81 yards rushing in the first half, ended the game with 244 yards on the ground. Part of Buffalo's turnaround in the second half was attributed to their decision to use a dive option instead of the speed option they used in the first half.

An attentive crowd listens as Sen. John Barrasso speaks during the dedication of the new Powell High School last month. Barrasso spoke of the importance of education and praised the Wyoming Legislature for providing funding for improving school facilities in the state.
Tribune photo by Toby Bonner
Now that two new schools have been completed in Powell, what is next for school construction in the community?
While two more new schools are projected for Powell, the timetable for building them is uncertain, because the school construction program in Wyoming is evolving.
Currently, a new Westside Elementary is being designed, but construction hasn't been funded yet. Todd Wilder, the Big Horn Basin project manager for the Wyoming School Facilities Commission, said he can't be sure when it will be funded by the Legislature.
“It depends on priorities,” Wilder said.
Those priorities may change this winter as the commission re-evaluates all the schools in the state.
After the Wyoming Supreme Court ruled that the state was responsible for providing equitable facilities to all Wyoming school children, the Wyoming Legislature intiated an assessment of all the school facilities in the state. In that study, conducted in 2001, schools were to be evaluated on their condition, capacity and educational suitability.

(Jan. 12, 1934 - June 19 , 2009)

Edward Morris Young, Jr., 75, died June 19, at his home in Powell after a short battle with cancer.

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