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Tribune Staff

Team dispatches Lander with ease

An expected slugfest between two schools battling for home-field advantage in the first round of the 3A football playoffs turned into a decidedly one-sided affair on Friday night. The Powell Panthers, unranked for the first time all season, cruised to a 21-7 victory over Lander.

The Panthers host Riverton this Friday at 7 p.m. in the Class 3A quarterfinals.

“I thought the kids played well,” said Panther football coach Jim Stringer. “Our secondary in particular played very well in shutting down a fairly prolific receiver in number 13 (Lander junior Tanner Simpson).”

In reality, it wasn't just Simpson that the Panthers' defensive backs shut down. For yet another Friday night, Powell's secondary put the clamps on an opponent's entire passing playbook.

Lander completed just six of 26 passing attempts for 91 yards. Four of those six completions and all but 11 of the passing yards came on Lander's final possession of the game.

Powell intercepted Lander quarterback Austin Roberts three times in the contest. Junior Olie Olson was responsible for two of those picks as he ran his state-leading interception count for the season to eight.

Offensively, junior Josh Cragoe scored all three of Powell's touchdowns on the night. Cragoe opened the scoring eight minutes into the contest, taking a third-and-11 pass 18 yards for a score. Eight minutes later, the junior appeared to take the identical play 43 yards for a score, hurdling a Lander defender in the process.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Cragoe broke off a 16-yard run for Powell's final touchdown. Junior placekicker Cody Wichman was a perfect 3-for-3 on his point-after attempts as Powell raced for a 21-0 lead.

“We did what we had to do,” Cragoe said of the team's performance. “We made the plays when we needed to.”

Lander didn't crack the scoreboard until 2:08 remained to be played.

For the game, Cragoe accounted for 163 of the 354 offensive yards amassed by the Panthers. The junior carried the ball 11 times for 61 yards. He also hauled in a half-dozen Keithen Schwahn passes for 102 yards.

“In all honesty, we gameplanned to get him involved because we knew he was capable of having this sort of night,” said Stringer. “We used some different offensive strategies to take advantage of their aggressive defensive ends by running some screens and some veer stuff. We knew if we could find ways to get the ball to him, that he'd be successful.”

Schwahn finished the contest with 196 passing yards. The junior signal caller was 10-for-16 through the air with two touchdowns and one interception. Senior Colby Gilmore, back in uniform after missing some playing time nursing an ankle injury, came in and provided a spark with 34 yards on six carries.

Defensively, Olson led the charge with 19 points, buoyed by his two interceptions. The junior also had four unassisted tackles to show for a night where the Panthers' defense held Lander to just 208 yards of offense.

Cragoe added an 18-point night with Powell's other interception and three solo and five assisted tackles. Vince Sleep was the only other Panther defender to reach double figures in defensive points. Sleep, who entered the game leading Wyoming in defensive points per game, ended with 12 points on one solo and eight assisted tackles. Sleep also had a pass breakup to his credit.

The Panthers host Riverton this Friday in a 7 p.m. state quarterfinal game. The winner will face the winner of the Douglas-Star Valley game being played that same day. Cody hosts Wheatland and Buffalo hosts Lander in the state's other 3A quarterfinal contests.

“It is really nice to have another home game,” said Stringer. “We don't have a problem with going anywhere to play anyone, but it's a great opportunity for our fans to watch us play and for our kids, especially the seniors, to have another chance to play at home.”

Gates to the stadium will open at 6 p.m. on Friday. Since the contest is a Wyoming High School Activities Association contest, admission will be charged at $5 for adults and $3 for students.

The Panthers knocked off Riverton by a 13-10 count to open the regular season.

“It's always harder to beat a team the second time,” Stringer said. “We'll have to gameplan hard and treat them like a new opponent. A lot changes over eight weeks. They're a different team than what they were when they came here in early September and we're a different team from then too."

Playoff Information

Friday, Oct. 29
Riverton (5-3) at Powell (5-3)
Class 3A quarterfinals
Kickoff 7 p.m., Gates open at 6 p.m.
Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for students.

In America's ever-polarized political landscape, the 2010 midterm election season continues to stoke division between Republicans and Democrats. As GOP leaders anxiously anticipate a sway in their favor, Democrats brace themselves as they try to maintain their control of Congress.

Here in Wyoming, GOP candidates for governor and the U.S. House of Representatives lead their opponents in the polls. Yet several races, at statewide and local levels, could go either way come Election Day.

We encourage voters to consider each candidate when voting, rather than blindly casting a vote based on the word “Republican” or “Democrat” alongside a name.

For certain races, such as county commissioner and superintendent of public instruction, it's debatable whether party affiliation plays a role in the actual position. In some cases, partisanship has no bearing on a position's responsibilities — county coroner comes to mind.

Some races should be non-partisan, but the reality is, next week on the ballot, county and state candidates will be identified by “Republican,” “Democrat,” or, in a few cases, “Libertarian.”

Voters need to assess each candidate individually. Don't write a candidate off or stamp your approval simply based on a person's party affiliation.

This is an important election. Remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2, and when you do, consider the best person for each job. Our county, state and nation are strongest when we choose the best leaders — not just those who toe the party line.

(Oct. 2, 1925 - Oct. 23, 2010)

Roy Wayne Burdine died on the early morning of Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center. He was 85.

(Nov. 7, 1919 - Oct. 22, 2010)

Carl Andrew Johannesen, 90, of Blackfoot, Idaho, died at his home Friday, Oct. 22, 2010, from causes incident to age, just a few weeks short of his 91st birthday.

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Westside first-graders listen as bus driver Bill Greathouse talks to them about staying safe around a school bus. Both Westside and Parkside schools were visited by the bus drivers for National School Bus Safety Week. The drivers will go to Southside Elementary in November. Tribune photo by Don Amend

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Having defaulted on a more than $3.2 million mortgage, the upscale Copperleaf subdivision just west of Wapiti is facing foreclosure.

Wells Fargo Bank of Cody published a legal notice in Monday's Cody Enterprise stating it plans to foreclose next month on 125 lots and several tracts in the 550-acre, 155-lot gated subdivision.

NWC radio station to begin broadcasting soon

Northwest College students will begin airing local programming soon from NWT, the college's new radio station.

That will be the realization of a goal conceived about 10 years ago, and the culmination of a multi-year application and licensing process.

Leading up to Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 2, Republican leaders and candidates are touring Wyoming with the GOP's “Leading the Charge to Victory” bus tour.

The bus stops at Plaza Diane in Powell at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25.

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Legofi Crawford tracks in on a Western Nebraska play during regular-season play by Northwest College. The Trapper soccer teams open Region IX play on Friday against LCCC in Scottsbluff, Neb. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzey

Trapper soccer enters post-season on a slide

The Northwest College men's and women's soccer teams wrapped up their first regular seasons over the weekend with a series of one-sided defeats. The Trapper women dropped a 4-0 contest at nationally-ranked Laramie County Community College. The Trapper men also dropped a 4-0 contest at LCCC before also falling 3-1 at Otero.

Both teams will face LCCC in Region IX semifinal contests this Friday in Scottsbluff, Neb.

The Powell Lady Panthers will take on Jackson to open their quest to return to the state volleyball tournament.

The Lady Panthers, who finished the Northwest Conference season tied with Cody for second, have been seeded third in the regional tounament.

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