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The big bad wolf attempts to draw Little Red Riding Hood from the path during the first act of “Into the Woods” at the Powell High School Auditorium last week. Northwest College student Mitch Sleep (left) and PHS senior Kourtnie Rodgers joined other NWC and PHS students, along with community members, to present three performances of the Stephen Sondheim musical. PHS drama teacher Bob Hunt and NWC music professor Jan Kliewer directed the production. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Regional partnership discussed

A national consulting firm has recommended restructuring Powell's economic development organization.

Craig Glogowski of National Community Development Services, an Atlanta, Ga.-based consulting firm, presented the recommendations to members of the Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Powell Valley Economic Development Alliance Monday. The recommendations were based on a study by NCDS conducted over the past year that included interviews, a small group development session, discussions with other stakeholders in the Powell area economy and government officials.

If you're planning to seeking a federal, state, county or municipal office this election season, now's the time to make yourself known.

The filing period for candidates seeking to be on the Aug. 17 primary election ballot opens today (Thursday) and continues through May 28.

Levi Anderson will address Powell High School Commencement this year as valedictorian of the Class of 2010. Classmate Drayson Bratt has been named the salutatorian.

The two seniors, both of whom have earned 4.0 grade-point averages, were selected on the basis of their ACT scores.
Anderson is the son of Ken and Bonnie Anderson of Powell. In addition to his academic success, Anderson has competed for PHS tennis, soccer and cross country.


Auston Carter was named the male athlete of the year for the 2009-2010 academic year at Powell High School. Tribune file photo

‘Never let your fears be the boundaries of your dreams'

Powell High School athletes were honored Monday at the school's annual athletic awards night.

Guest speaker Ron Laird, Wyoming High School Activities Association director and former PHS coach, addressed the gathering, and expressed his appreciation for Powell's quality athletic programs and the community's support of them through the Powell Athletic Roundtable. He complimented PHS athletes for their efforts and challenged them to be role models for their fellow students and younger kids. He closed by encouraging students to dream of success and not be afraid to fail in pursuit of those dreams.

PHS track teams head to 3A West regionals

The Powell High School track teams head to Jackson this Friday and Saturday for 3A West regional track competition. For the Panthers' automatic qualifiers, the meet represents a tune-up for the state meet in Casper.

For the rest of the squad, the regional meet is one last chance to earn a spot on the Kelly Walsh track when 3A state competition begins on May 20.

Cody golfer the first since 2002 to advance

University of Wyoming junior Gabe Maier, a native of Cody, received an individual bid to the NCAA West Regional golf tournament in Bremerton, Wash., on Monday. Maier is the first UW golfer to advance to regional competition since 2002 and only the fifth golfer in school history to receive such an opportunity.

The tournament takes place May 20-22 with the top performers advancing to the NCAA championships.

Maier joins Dave McCleave (1990), Pat Fry (1995), David Hearn (1999-2001) and Mike Urbatchka (2002) as the only Cowboy golfers to qualify for a regional event. The 1992 UW team remains the only golf team in school history to advance to regional competition.

Maier currently holds a 71.7 stroke average for the season, fourth-best among Mountain West Conference golfers. He owns four top-10 finishes and three top-five appearances this year. His season highlight was winning the 92-man UW Desert Intercollegiate last fall.

Maier is currently ranked No. 81 in the national GolfStat Cup rankings. His short game has received the No. 14 national rank by GolfStat's statistical breakdown.

“We are all very excited for Gabe, as he is very deserving of this opportunity,” said UW director of golf Joe Jensen. “Gabe has played really well this season and it is great to have him recognized on a national level. He earned this opportunity with his tremendous work ethic. We will prepare hard for this event and go out there to compete for a chance of going to the national tournament.”

The West Region tournament will be held on the Gold Mountain Golf Club's Olympic course, future host of the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur championships. The 18-hole layout plays to a maximum yardage of 7,104 yards and a par of 72.

Boys take Broncs to O.T.

Powell High School wrapped up the soccer regular season last Thursday, getting swept by Cody in both boys' and girls' action. The Panther girls fell by a 4-0 final count. Powell's boys dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision in overtime.

“I couldn't be more proud of the way we played,” said Pat D'Alessandro, whose team kept the defending state champions off the scoreboard until fewer than three minutes remained. “You'd like to win the game after putting that much energy into it, but I can't fault anyone for the energy they gave.”

After losing nine-run lead, team makes winning run in final at-bat

What started out as smooth sailing turned into a struggle as the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team held on for a 10-9 victory over Billings Select in its home opener on Saturday.

The contest was condensed from a pair of seven-inning games into a single nine-inning contest after Billings was able to bring just nine players to Powell.

Early on, it didn't appear like the Pioneers' home opener would go the distance. A solo home-run by catcher Auston Carter and an eight-run third inning gave Powell a 9-0 lead.

“It was nice to see us get out to a big lead,” said Pioneer head coach Mike Jameson. “We're capable of putting together big innings like that.”

The first four batters safely reached base for the Pioneers in the third, including a lead-off double from Dallas Robirds and RBI singles from Grant Geiser and Scotty Jameson. Olie Olsen later added a two-run triple to help Powell's cause and Geiser singled home a run for the second time in the inning as the Pioneers sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame.

After Billings plated a run in the top of the fourth, Powell appeared poised to recover as Jameson led off the frame with a double. Instead, the Pioneers' offense would mysteriously vanish with Jameson unable to advance off second base.

Beginning with the final two outs of the fourth inning, Powell went 13 batters before getting another runner on base.

From the fourth through eighth innings, Powell batters struck out 10 times in the space of 17 batters.

“We can't do that,” Mike Jameson said after the game. “We can't keep giving up double-digit strikeouts and losing our approach at the plate. When we've got a team down the way we had Billings down today, we've got to be able to finish things off.”

Instead, the Pioneers watched as Billings gradually chipped back into the game against Geiser and Olsen, who came on in relief of Geiser in the fifth inning. After getting single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Billings began to come alive late with two runs in the seventh, two more in the eighth and three in the ninth to tie the score at 9-9.

Pinch hitter Joe Wisniewski led off the bottom of the ninth for Powell by drawing a walk. He advanced to second on a well-placed sacrifice bunt off the bat of Colter Bostick, racing home to score a batter later as Scotty Jameson split the Billings outfield with the game-winning single.

For the game, Powell batters slugged 10 hits, compared to 15 by Billings.

Olsen picked up the win on the mound, pitching 4.1 innings. Geiser opened with 4.2 innings, during which he fanned six and allowed two runs.

“It isn't fair to Grant that he pitched that well and we weren't able to hold our lead to get him the win,” said Mike Jameson. “He gave us everything he had for his first outing. We need to keep working to improve on making plays in the field and keeping our focus at the plate.”

With the victory, Powell improves to 2-1 this season. The team returns to action on Friday with a scheduled doubleheader against Lovell. The team travels to Billings on Saturday for a twinbill against the Blue Jays at Pertz Field.

In the months since Congress approved hotly-contested health care reform legislation, Wyomingites have grappled with how to respond to the federal law.

Gov. Dave Freudenthal has said Wyoming would not join other states in a lawsuit opposing the law. But gubernatorial candidates have said they believe the Cowboy State should challenge President Obama's health care reform.

Three GOP candidates represented at a rally at the state Capitol Friday said they think Wyoming should oppose the federal law by joining 20 other states in litigation.

The rally's organizer, M. Lee Hasenauer of Cheyenne, is petitioning to urge state lawmakers to hold a special legislative session this summer to address federal health-care reform.

But a special session is unnecessary, considering Wyoming lawmakers have plenty of time to respond to the new health care reform. It will be years before most provisions in the new law take effect.

Gathering legislators for a special session is expensive — a 20-day session would cost an estimated $500,000. If lawmakers then proceeded with litigation, state taxpayers would foot the bill.

Whether Wyoming spends its money on legal battles isn't going to change how the Supreme Court's decision impacts the state. Any Supreme Court ruling on the health-care lawsuit will affect all states — regardless of their role in the suit.

“I think Congress is wrong, but what I think doesn't matter. The people who matter are the nine people on the United States Supreme Court. I think it'll get litigated vigorously. I do not think we add to it,” Freudenthal said in March.

Wyoming's next governor likely will disagree. And when state legislators convene for their regular session in January, they may decide to seek legal action against the federal health-care reform.

Though Cowboy State lawmakers could still join the multi-state lawsuit, it seems like an unnecessary move and a waste of money when the litigation's outcome will affect Wyoming anyway.

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