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February 10, 2009 4:08 am

Panthers sixth at Riverton Tourney

Donarski claims title at 152

At the 10th annual Ron Thon Memorial Tournament at Riverton High School last Friday and Saturday, Powell High School notched a sixth-place finish in the team standings and had one wrestler walk away with an individual title.

PHS's sixth-place finish was the strongest effort of the Class 3A teams in the event. Campbell County won the overall championship, giving the team from Gillette its second consecutive Ron Thon Memorial Tournament title. Places two through five went to Natrona County, Green River, Rock Springs and Star Valley.

“It was a mixed bag for us,” said PHS head coach Nate Urbach. “I thought the guys that placed wrestled pretty well throughout the tournament. We had some others that were up and down, so we need to work on our consistency with regionals and state coming up.”

As for the individual title winners, senior Trevor Donarski was able to pin down the only first-place effort for the Panthers.

For Donarski, who recorded a 4-0 mark in the 152-pound weight class, his title came on the heels of a first-place effort in last year's tournament at 130 pounds.

Donarski capped his championship showing by defeating Campbell County's Telbe Storbeck by a score of 5-3 in the finals. Storbeck entered the bout as a two-time state and Ron Thon Memorial Tournament champion.

Among Donarski's other victories was a 16-7, major decision over Cokeville's Hadley Harmon in the first round. Donarski followed that outcome by registering a technical fall (18-3) over Star Valley's Brandon Anglesey and a victory by injury default against Douglas' Pat Lehnen.

PHS's five placing performances were rounded out by Ren Utter at 103, Cory Eden at 135, Auston Carter at 140 and Cody Kalberer at 160. Utter, Carter and Kalberer each recorded 3-2 marks, and Eden completed the tournament with a 4-2 record.

n Up next: The Panthers are scheduled to be in action today (Tuesday) against the Cody Broncs at CHS. The junior varsity dual meet is slated for 6 p.m., and the varsity matchup will follow at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, the Panthers will entertain Worland at PHS. Junior varsity action is slated for 6:30 p.m. and varsity action has a scheduled 7 p.m. start time.

Ron Thon Memorial Tournament

Individual Results:

• 103: Ren Utter (3- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Andrew Gardner, East, Fall 1:58
Won vs. Kalen Hill, Cokeville, M-Dec 12-3
Lost vs. Josh Claye, Star Valley, Fall 5:14
Won vs. Josh Hillhouse, Kelly Walsh, Fall 1:45
Lost vs. Alex Klopp, Lander, M-Dec 10-2

• 103: Luke Wozney (2-2)
Lost vs. Josh Claye, Star Valley, Dec 11-9
Won vs. Austin Vye, Central, Dec 8-6
Won vs. Bailey Young, Campbell Co., Fall 2:59
Lost vs. Josh Hillhouse, Kelly Walsh, Dec 13-11

• 112: Olie Olson (1-2)
Won vs. Casey McKim, Campbell Co., Dec 7-3
Lost vs. Jared Leithead, Worland, Dec 8-1
Lost vs. Joe Best, East, Dec 8-3

• 125: Colt Nix (2- 2)
Lost vs. Burke Burgess, Campbell Co., Fall 3:59
Won vs. Ezra Coleman, Campbell Co., Dec 3-1
Won vs. Nate Gossens, Greybull, Dec 8-4
Lost vs. Chance Maddock, Cokeville, Fall 4:04

• 130: Randy Andrews (2- 2)
Lost vs. Marc Madsen, Campbell Co., T-Fall 18-3(3:00
Won vs. Xavier Padilla, Rock Springs, Fall 2:32
Won vs. Kendall Nuss, Central, Fall 5:52
Lost vs. Brode Bullington, Lander, M-Dec 13-4

• 135: Cory Eden (4- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Nathan Johnston, Laramie, Fall 5:40
Won vs. Mark Van Slyke, Star Valley, Fall 1:47
Won vs. Wesley Slaugh, Rock Springs, Dec 3-2
Lost vs. Jon Child, Cokeville, Dec 6-2
Won vs. Garth Ginder, Natrona Co., M-Dec 8-0
Lost vs. Wesley Slaugh, Rock Springs, Dec 4-2

• 140: Auston Carter (3- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Ben Anson, Greybull, T-Fall 16-1(4:00
Won vs. J.T. Cattelan, Kemmerer, Fall 5:57
Lost vs. Austin Breckenridge, Central, Dec 14-8
Won vs. Sullivan Teichert, Cokeville, Dec 11-7
Lost vs. Devon Tutor, Campbell Co., Fall 3:54

• 145: Cole Kary (2- 2)
Won vs. Mac Madsen, Campbell Co., Fall 2:56
Lost vs. Andy McCulley, Rock Springs, Fall 3:57
Won vs. Cody Parke, Natrona Co., Dec 4-2
Lost vs. Andrew Petersen, Cokeville, Dec 8-5

• 145: Jimmy Seckman (2- 2)
Lost vs. Jeff Redland, Worland, Dec 16-13
Won vs. Mac Madsen, Campbell Co., Fall 2:32
Won vs. Ryan Lay, Wheatland, Dec 5-3
Lost vs. Michael Hogan, Douglas, Dec 5-3

• 152: Trevor Donarski (4- 0, 1st Place)
Won vs. Hadley Harmon, Cokeville, M-Dec 16-7
Won vs. Brandon Anglesey, Star Valley, T-Fall 18-3
Won vs. Pat Lehnen, Douglas, Def INJURY
Won vs. Telbe Storbeck, Campbell Co., Dec 5-3

• 160: Cody Kalberer (3- 2, 4th Place)
Won vs. Jordan O'Dowd, Campbell Co., M-Dec 14-6
Won vs. Hayden Jones, Central, Dec 3-1
Lost vs. Bret Klopp, Lander, T-Fall 18-3
Won vs. Jordan O'Dowd, Campbell Co., Dec 9-2
Lost vs. Hayden Jones, Central, M-Dec 8-0

• 171: Joe Lujan (0- 2)
Lost vs. Colton Marrow, Lander, Fall 5:14
Lost vs. Taylor Pownall, Campbell Co., T-Fall 18-0

• 189: Monte Nickles (2- 2)
Lost vs. Dave Dorsett, Hulett, Fall 1:48
Won vs. Jared Asay, Lovell, Fall 2:24
Won vs. Tanner Cornwell, Thermopolis, Dec 7-1
Lost vs. Colter McNare, Douglas, Dec 7-1

• 215: Tyler Showalter (1- 2)
Won vs. Matt Hettchen, Rawlins, Fall 4:40
Lost vs. Leland Pfeifer, Hulett, Fall 1:25
Lost vs. Cheyton Vermillion, East, Fall 3:40

Team Results:

1. Campbell County, 215.50
2. Natrona County, 170.50
3. Green River, 159.00
4. Rock Springs, 149.00
5. Star Valley, 144.00
6. Powell, 124.00
7. Central, 122.00
8. Lander, 113.00
9. Wheatland, 100.00
10. Cokeville, 94.50
11. Douglas, 84.00
12. Kelly Walsh, 72.00
13. Evanston, 70.00
14. Riverton, 69.00
15. Hulett, 64.00
16. Rocky Mountain, 59.00
17. East, 44.00
18. Worland, 41.00
19. Sheridan, 39.00
20. Greybull, 26.00
21. Moorcroft, 20.50
22. Shoshoni, 20.00
23. Big Piney, 19.00
23. Rawlins, 19.00
25. Jackson, 15.00
25. Glenrock, 15.00
27. Wind River, 13.00
28. Kemmerer, 12.00
29. Laramie, 9.00
29. Thermopolis, 9.00
31. Lovell, 4.00
32. Cody, 0.00
32. Upton, 0.00
32. Pinedale, 0.00
32. Dubois, 0.00

February 10, 2009 4:06 am

Gwendolyn Miller

(Aug. 16, 1922 - Feb. 7, 2009)

Gwendolyn Miller, 86, died on Feb. 7, with her family by her side.

Gwen was born Aug. 16, 1922, in Byron, the daughter of Kirk and Pearl Sessions. Her family consisted of three brothers, Don, Vernon, and Corman, and her best friend and sister, Eileen.

She married Carl Miller on Oct. 19, 1939, in Red Lodge. Carl and Gwen were the parents of five children: Clay (Dianne) of Powell; Carleen (Dick) Kattenhorn of Lafayette, Colo.; Rick (Dorothy) of Littleton, Colo.; Pearl Ann (Keith) Lewis of Orem, Utah; and Myrna (Todd) Welch of Colorado Springs, Colo.

They made their home in Powell, farming on the Willwood until they moved to town, where Gwen worked for 19 years in food service for the Powell elementary schools. She was an active member in many community organizations.

She had 19 grandchildren and 47 great-grandchildren.

Gwen was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Don and Corman, husband Carl, and eldest son Clay.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Avenue E in Powell. Burial will be in the Crown Hill Cemetery under the direction of Thompson's Funeral Home.

February 10, 2009 3:55 am

Paul Roland

(1929 - Feb. 6, 2009)

Paul Roland, 80, of Lovell died on Friday, Feb. 6 at New Horizons Care Center in Lovell. Cremation has taken place and no services are planned at this time. Haskell Funeral Home in Lovell is in charge of arrangements.
February 10, 2009 3:54 am

Mo Mohan

(Jan. 18, 1951 - Feb. 7, 2009)

Mo Mohan, 58, of Billings, Mont., died on Saturday, Feb. 7 in Billings.

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary.

A celebration of life will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12 at the Petroleum Club on the 22nd floor of the Billings Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Hotel).

Cremation will take place.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Monday's announcement that First National Bank and Trust was being sold to Montana-based Glacier Bancorp came as a surprise to most people in Powell.

In the big picture, it's yet another reminder that we aren't immune to the economic turmoil being felt around the country — this one just hits awfully close to home for many.

Over the last 100 years, Powell has benefitted from a rare commitment to benevolence and community involvement on the part of the bank. First National has been a leader in economic development and projects and events — both big and small — throughout Powell's history. The private ownership of the Nelson family throughout this time has been the key ingredient.

One can't help but feel a bit of sadness and trepidation as we watch this change unfold, but we have every assurance the people at Glacier will strive to maintain the strong community leadership role forged by First National over the last century.

February 10, 2009 3:49 am

School of fire

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This house fire was set as a training exercise for Powell Volunteer Fire Department rookies last Saturday. Here, Paul Thomas uses a long pole to push a disintegrating piece back into the rubble, where it is devoured by hungry flames. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

Powell Volunteer Fire Department rookies braved training under fire Saturday when they intentionally torched a house on Road 8 northeast of Powell.

The Wyoming House of Representatives passed a bill to halt Internet hunting in its tracks before the shooting starts in Wyoming.

Now House Bill 207 will head to the Wyoming Senate, where Rep. Seth Carson, D-Laramie, the bill's sponsor, is relatively confident the bill will pass.

February 05, 2009 4:17 am

Dentist shortage?

Local providers have different perspectives

Imagine waking up with a severe toothache, a nagging pain that just keeps getting worse throughout the morning. You don't have a regular dentist, so you call a local dentist listed in the phone book, only to be told the dentist is not taking any new patients.

You try the next number, and the next, only to be told the same thing.

February 05, 2009 4:15 am

A day like no other for PHS wrestlers

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Panther wrestlers (from left to right) Luke Wozney, Ren Utter, Charles Wittick and Cory Eden lift a pole over their heads during one of Monday's SEAL Day events. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Urbach tests wrestlers' mental, physical toughness

It's not often that the photo of a furry, white harp seal strikes fear into a person. Last Monday, however, it did just that to a number of young wrestlers at Powell High School.

The harp seal image, one of many photos of docile-looking seals taped to the window next to the entry way leading into PHS head coach Nate Urbach's classroom, wasn't exactly the scary part. It was more a case of what it represented — SEAL Day — an event that has become a tradition for the Panther wrestlers.

The men's basketball team at Northwest College moved into the top spot in the North Sub-Region standings Tuesday night with a 70-56, road victory over Miles (Mont.) Community College.

With the win, NWC now controls its own destiny as far as earning a No. 1 seed for the Region IX Tournament in early March. The Trappers have three sub-region contests remaining, and two of those will be played at Hank Cabre Gymnasium on the NWC campus.

“This was a big win for us,” said NWC head coach Andy Ward. “We struggled shooting the ball in the first half and actually trailed by two points at halftime. But in the second half, we did a better job offensively, and we continued to do a good job on the defensive end.

“Now we're in a position to earn a No. 1 seed for the tournament. We control our own fate at this point, so we're not having to figure out a lot of different scenarios that would put us in that position. We just have to take care of business and keep winning our sub-region games.”

The Trappers (12-11, 4-1 North Sub-Region), who connected on just 26 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, entered halftime trailing 28-26. However, they were able to overcome that deficit with an improved offensive performance in the final 20 minutes of the game. During that stretch, the Trappers hit near the 40-percent mark on their field-goal attempts. They also made solid use of their trips to the free-throw line, particularly late in the game. Overall, NWC hit 23 of 28 free throws.

“We didn't shoot a lot better in the second half, but we were able to do a better job than we did during the first 20 minutes,” Ward said.

During the first 30 minutes, NWC and MCC exchanged the lead 10 times and were tied on seven different occasions. After that stretch, NWC held the Pioneers to a one-for-seven shooting clip for four minutes and claimed a double-digit lead. The Trappers outscored MCC 44-28 in the second half, including a 30-12 run during the final 10 minutes.

And whereas the Trappers found more offensive success as the game progressed, the Pioneers continued to struggle and finished with a 21-of-70 effort. MCC also failed to capitalize on opportunities at the free-throw line, where they hit just eight of 17 shots.

Leading the way for the Trappers was point guard Julian Olubuyi, who enjoyed a solid all-around performance. The sophomore finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Olubuyi was one of three Trappers to notch a double-double during the game. Ricardo Bodra and Casper Hesseldal were the others to accomplish that feat. Bodra finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Hesseldal added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

“The guys were really attacking the boards,” Ward said. “To have three guys finish with double-digit rebounding totals was pretty impressive, and we almost had a fourth. As a team, we outrebounded them 52-37.”

The Trapper who almost became the fourth with 10 or more rebounds was Mitchell Ackelson. He came up with nine rebounds to go along with eight points.

Others scoring for NWC were Jordan Harris (11 points), Cody Ball (7) and Anthony Harris (4).

The Pioneers (14-9 overall, 3-3 North Sub-Region) were led by Trent Fildes (16 points) and Darnell Maze (11 points). Maze also grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.

• Up next: The Trappers' next contest will be in Riverton against Central Wyoming College Friday at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, Feb. 13, NWC will be on the road for a sub-region matchup against Little Big Horn College in Montana.