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Wind tells the tale in conference game

The Powell Panthers weren't able to take advantage of a gusting 25 mile-per-hour wind on Friday. Worland was, and that's how the Warriors were able to deliver a 2-0 loss to the Powell girls' soccer program.

“We had the wind behind us in the first half, so we had the opportunity to put some goals on the board and we just weren't able to do it,” said Panther coach Brad Hammond. “We probably had four really good chances in the first half and we weren't able to finish on any of them. I'm happy with our effort, but we just didn't do a good job of finishing things.”

In the second half, the teams flipped sides and Mother Nature ensured much of the half was played in the Panthers' defensive zone. The Warriors broke the scoreboard deadlock approximately 15 minutes into the second half. Worland added a late goal against a gambling Panther defense.

“We were trying to get some people forward to get a goal to equalize things and they caught us in a counter-attack and added a late goal,” Hammond said.

The loss prevented Powell from moving out of fourth place in the 3A West standings (see sidebar).

“I'm not panicking,” said Hammond. “I still think we're a better team than Worland is and I think we have a good chance when they come up here this weekend. We just need to finish on the chances we get. Hopefully we'll have a little better weather on Saturday. The weather down there wasn't very good.”

The Panther girls also fell in the reserve contest, which Hammond said ended with a 3-0 final score in Worland's favor.

Powell travels to Lander on Friday for a non-conference game. The team then returns to host Worland on Saturday.

(Jan. 19, 1913 – April 26, 2010)

Sophie Fink Winterholler, 97, died April 26, 2010, at New Horizon Care Center in Lovell.

Minnesota-based Dahlgren and Co. produces snacks and bird seed

More fields of sunflowers will raise their heads to the sun around Powell and the Big Horn Basin this year.

Dahlgren and Co., a Minnesota-based company, has written contracts with 17 growers to produce confection sunflowers for the company this year.

Set to face off with Worland Thursday

The Powell Panther wrestlers pitched a shutout against Park County rival Cody Tuesday night.

Nine Panthers ended their bouts with pins, five of them in the first period to sail to a 76-0 win over the Broncs.

After Charles Wittick won by forfeit at 103, Luke Wozney and Cody's Tommy Emery locked up in one of the evening's closest matches. The two 112-pounders wrestled through two periods with no score, but early in the third period, Wozney scored with a reversal and held on for a 2-0 win. Jessee Craig followed with a 9-0 major and the Panthers led 16-0.

(May 8, 1924 – Jan. 20, 2010)

Alfred Elmer Williams died on Jan. 20, 2010, with his wife, Lorraine, by his side. He had been in hospice care in Billings during a short illness.

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Children in this Port-au-Prince, Haiti, orphanage had much more to smile about when this photo was taken a year ago. The orphanage, the House of the Children of the Lack, was leveled when a magnitude-7 earthquake shook Haiti last week. Three couples with roots in Powell have adopted daughters from the orphanage in recent years and have established a foundation, Wish for Haiti, to benefit the children still there. Courtesy photo

It's more than 2,500 miles from Powell to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, but the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti last week rocked three families with strong ties to Powell.

Leslie and Jim Christensen, Nick and Tracy Metzler and Doug and Gina Woodson have, during the last several years, all adopted girls from an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The adopted girls' former orphanage in Haiti, the House of the Children of the Lack, was completely destroyed in the earthquake.

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The Northwest College Trappers captured the Region IX North championship and posted a 1-2 performance at the NJCAA national championships in 2009. The team was just one of many Powell teams and individuals to make a national splash over the past year. Courtesy photo/ Cindy Christensen, Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil

Achievements extend beyond community

[Note: This is the second in a two-article series recapping the past year in Powell sports. This installment covers July through December 2009. The first half of the year appeared in the Tuesday, Dec. 29 issue of the Powell Tribune.]

Not all diamonds are forever, but baseball diamonds throughout Powell held onto their shine for as long as they could during the summer of 2009. The year may well have set the modern-day standard by which future summers will be judged.

As the calendar rolled over to July, the Powell Pioneers were riding high atop a 13-game winning streak. After a hiccup against Brigham City, Utah, the team returned to its winning ways to reel off another seven consecutive Ws. Suddenly, a team that struggled to top the .500 mark in the season's first month was more than 20 games over .500 and resembling a regional power.

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Powell High School wrestler Auston Carter celebrates his third state title in as many years. The success of the Panther wrestlers in February was just one of many title tales from early 2009. Tribune file photo

Championships highlight year in sports

(Note: This is the first in a two-article series recapping the past year in Powell sports. This installment covers January through June 2009. The second installment will appear in Thursday's issue of the Powell Tribune.)

When sports historians look back upon 2009, it might be to fair refer to it as the year of championships. For one community, it certainly seems as though fate smiled favorably upon Powell in 2009.

The championship parade started early in the year as the Powell High School wrestling team was crowned repeat state champion following a dominating performance in Casper. Senior Trevor Donarski, junior Auston Carter and freshman Olie Olson were crowned state champions while helping the Panthers score a 37.5-point margin of victory in the final team standings.

(Aug. 31, 1943 - Dec. 22, 2009)

August Lawrence “Larry” Beckmann III, 66, died Dec. 22, 2009, at Powell Valley Hospital.

$1.3 million in stimulus funds to be used for project

Homesteader Park may undergo a major facelift soon.

The city of Powell is proceeding with plans to build a new rest area, picnic structures and walking paths and to renovate the park's east-end road system, landscaping, irrigation and parking lots.

“It's effectively a new park with a rest area included,” said Sean Christensen, Powell city engineer.

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