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Tribune Staff

(Sept. 17, 1915 - Dec. 5, 2010)

Olga Meinhart Robbins, of Laurel, Mont., formerly of Powell, died Dec. 5, 2010.

(Aug. 8, 1930 - Oct. 27, 2010)

Theodore “Ted” “Bud” E. Thormahlen, 80, of Scottsbluff, Neb., died Oct. 27, 2010.

(Sept. 13, 1916 - Dec. 2, 2010)

Art Reichert of Billings died Dec. 2, 2010 of congestive heart failure after seven months in hospice care at his home, the Sweetwater Retirement Community. He was 94.

A fire caused significant damage to a Powell family's South Ferris Street home around midday Tuesday and claimed three cats owned by the family.

Kim Dillon had returned to her house around 11:30 a.m. from running errands and found it filled with smoke.


Council to consider changes to sign ordinance Monday

City planning and zoning members and Powell merchants agree that signs should be allowed on downtown sidewalks. There is disagreement, however, on how signs should be regulated on the city-owned walkways.

Chief among disagreements is the location of signs on sidewalks — whether a sign should be placed directly in front of a business or if it can be off premise, such as on a city corner.

More testing planned over next several days

Brucellosis has been confirmed in a second herd in Park County — but this time it was found in a bison herd.

State livestock officials are investigating a second confirmed case of brucellosis in Park County and a possible new case in Sublette County.


Jessee Craig (left) and Dylan Rood go head to head during practice Tuesday as they prepare to begin competition this weekend. As they have for many years, the Panthers will open their season by hosting the Powell Invitational. Twenty-two teams will compete in varsity and junior varsity divisions at the Panther gym. Tribune photo by Don Amend

Seven state medalists returning

The Powell Panthers take to the wrestling mat this weekend in a quest to win back the top spot in Wyoming 3A wrestling.

Thirty-five wrestlers are working out in the practice room and will wrestle this week as the Panthers host their own invitational, the traditional opening competition of the season, and PHS head coach Nate Urbach is upbeat about his team's prospects.

NWC hoops at home this Friday, Saturday

The last time Northwest College women's basketball coach Janis Beal saw her team step onto the court against an all-star team, the Trappers roared to a 19-0 lead and won a lopsided victory. While she'd welcome a similar start this Friday, Beal also knows her team likely has its work cut out for it.

The Powell High School Lady Panthers basketball team opens its season Friday at Cody's East-West Invitational.

After three weeks of “really good” practices, “We're very excited to get on the floor and see how it goes,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

PHS is slated to take on Newcastle at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and then face Rawlins at 10 a.m. and Wheatland on Saturday.

The Lady Panthers are coming off a successful 2009-2010 campaign where they finished 22-5 in the regular season (12-2 in conference play). PHS was the runner-up in Class 3A after falling in an double-overtime heartbreaker to Jackson in the championship bout.

In the 2010-2011 season, Danforth said the team is expecting big things and strong leadership from its three seniors — Leslie Thronburg, Olivia Rogers and Randi Asay.

Thronburg was a starter throughout last season, averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Rogers also played a big role in the Panthers' success off the bench, averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Asay sat out last season with an injury, but is a two-time letter winner who suited up for the state tournament team as a freshman and sophomore, Danforth said.

The juniors on the Lady Panthers' roster are Kendra Ostrom, who played in 22 varsity games last season, and Savannah Holt, who Danforth said has shown a lot of growth.

Backing up those upperclassmen on the varsity and junior varsity squads will be what Danforth calls “a great core” of seven sophomores. The sophomores are coming off a successful freshman campaign in 2009-2010, but will need to adjust to varsity game speed, Danforth said.

“We're confident that they're up to the task,” he said.

Danforth said he plans to use different starting lineups depending on who the Lady Panthers face. He said the team is still refining its players' roles.

The Lady Panthers lost four seniors to graduation, including their two top scorers and rebounders — All State players Hannah Pollart (15.8 points per game, 10.1 rebounds) and Savannah Donarski (10.6 points, 8.5 rebounds).

“Everybody's going to have to step up in scoring this year,” Danforth said.

The coach said the team's offense and defense schemes will remain largely unchanged, but the team plans to be more aggressive in shooting from the perimeter, rather than being quite so reliant on post scoring.

“If anything, we'll probably bring a bit more balance to the floor than we have in recent years,” said Danforth.

While the team is not gigantic, the coach said the PHS ladies are not small either, with a half-dozen or so players 5'9” or taller.

Danforth said the team has things to work on, specifically pointing to its defensive presence, but he noted it's early in the season.

“I think every team's probably saying that right now,” he said.

He predicts Class 3A West will be very competitive in the coming season.

Teams the Lady Panthers split matches with last season — Mountain View (21-9 overall, 10-4 in conference play), Cody (19-10, 9-5) and Lander (13-12, 8-6) — return most of their lineups, Danforth said.

The Jackson Lady Broncs lost a significant number of their players to graduation, Danforth said, but he noted the JHS squad is the four-time defending state champion in Class 3A. Jackson was ranked No. 1 in the opening coaches and media poll.

Danforth expects to see improved squads from Lyman (6-18, 1-13) and Pinedale (4-19, 1-13).

For the Lady Panthers' part, “the goal this season is to pick up where we left off last year,” the coach said.

It's the holiday season. Perhaps you tried your luck with Cyber Monday deals earlier this week. Maybe you acted like Punxsutawney Phil and poked your head out on Black Friday just long enough to see a crowd before retreating back inside your den for six more weeks of watching football.

But more than likely, if you're reading this column, you've been too busy with college football, the NFL and the start of the NHL, NBA and college basketball seasons to really have noticed. You're just now recognizing the calendar has flipped to December. You find yourself frantically staring at a countdown to Christmas and desperately in need of gift ideas to jump-start your holiday shopping.

Or maybe you're staring at this page because the sports fans in your life have been too busy watching their fifth basketball game of the week on ESPN to read the newspaper. That means they've probably been too busy to fill out holiday shopping lists telling you what they want.

Fret not, faithful reader. The Sports Guy is here and he's got your back covered.

Yours truly scoured the Internet in search of gift ideas for sports fans of all sizes and ages. Here's a smattering of the more peculiar recommendations:

•‘The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything' — Even couch potatoes need reading material during commercial breaks and between kitchen runs for more chips and salsa. This book purportedly takes the Mother Lode of all sporting events —the NCAA basketball tournament — and applies the same concept to various cultural questions. See how a bracket of the top 64 movies of all time fared in head-to-head competition and argue about the Final Four. Pick the right topic and you might even find conversation steered away from sports for a few minutes.

Incidentally, people who liked this book also apparently like the title “101 Whiskies to Try Before You Die.” Apparently there were too many to fit on a 64-slot bracket?

• We all know golfers who are a tad, shall we say, overzealous when it comes to the game. Share your addiction fears by writing them a “parscription.” For a modest fee, your golfaholic will receive an orange-brown oversized medicine bottle filled with six golf balls and a personalized prescription label for whatever ails them — chronic bogeys, perhaps? — signed by Dr. Myrtle Beach.

• Customized M&Ms —Those delicious candy coated chocolates that you've gone crazy over since childhood? They apparently now come customized with the logo of your favorite sports team on them. I'm not quite clear if the idea here is to order your favorite team or if you're supposed to order ones bearing the logo of your hated rival so that you can, as cheerleaders have urged for decades, “eat ‘em up, eat ‘em up, rah, rah, rah!”

• The Lebron James Transformer — Kids love action figures. Kids love robots. Kids love things you can change. Presumably, this toy does all three. Then again, it might just have a button that changes the jersey from Cleveland to Miami.

• The Soccer Guys set —Advertised with a price of $25, this one appears to be a bargain. For your money you get “two soccer teams, referee, field, soccer ball and goals.” Where was this a year ago when Northwest College was trying to add a sports program on the cheap?

Then again, you could always just fall back on the tried and true sports apparel, a larger television set for us to watch the game on, or a nice comfy recliner to view the action from.

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