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Dante Geoffrey

The Powell Pioneers are considered a young baseball team.

With just one player ineligible to return to the team next year, many of this year’s players had room to grow and improve.

Cale Wright, 9, isn’t quite old enough to play for Powell’s American Legion team, but if he ever dons the Pioneers’ orange and black, expect him to be ahead of the learning curve.

Nearly a half-century after his high school track and field career ended, Martin Garhart found himself back at it at the Wyoming Senior Olympics in Casper July 10-13.

The Powell Pioneers are heading into the state tournament in Gillette as the North District’s No. 1 seed and it’s no wonder.

The Pioneers boast the most first-team All-District players (three) of any North team, and are tied for the second-most total players (four) to be named to the squad of stars. Frankie Vogt, Hayden Cragoe and Cory Heny were each named to the All-District first team, and Brendon Phister made the second team.

Star swimmer Tracy headed to major regional meet next week

Amanda Tracy is fast. A quick look at her times and state medals will tell you that.

But being recognized as fast in Wyoming is one thing. Getting the western United States to take notice of your speed is another.

The Powell Pioneers begin a best-of-three series against the Douglas Cats today (Thursday) in Douglas.

While the rest of the teams at the district tournament will be fighting for a chance to advance to state, Powell and Douglas will be jockeying for position. The series winner will take the North’s No. 1 seed heading into the state tournament in Gillette next week.

The Powell Pioneers are better than they are lucky.

Powell won the Northwest Division and an automatic bid into the state tournament when it dodged a coin flip and beat the Cody Cubs 4-2 in a one-game playoff Saturday evening.

The Powell Swim Club boasted two state champions and a runner-up at the 2013 Wyoming Summer Longcourse Championships in Gillette last weekend.

Coach predicts bright future

Powell’s Babe Ruth All-Stars made it to state after all, but weren’t able to take advantage of their opportunity.

Powell made it to state as the runner-up in the Northwest District Tournament when the Southwest Region only advanced one team. The local team went 0-3 at state, and failed to reach bracket play.

Team’s future may hinge on coin flip

It might come down to a coin flip.

The Powell Pioneers lost 11-7 to the Cody Cubs Tuesday night and, more importantly, lost the control they once had over their own destiny.

“We had a chance to just take care of our own business and didn’t do it,” said Pioneers head coach Jason Borders.

Coach: ‘They feel like they deserve to be there’

Powell’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth All-Stars advanced to the state tournament after a 2-2 District Tournament record and some fortunate extenuating circumstances.

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