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October 06, 2009 3:43 am

Lady Panthers squeak by Cody

Clinch top seed by win over lander

The Powell Lady Panthers continued their undefeated string in volleyball conference play with two wins last week, but it was close call on Thursday.

Two weeks ago, the Lady Panthers swept Cody in three games, winning all three by comfortable margins. This time, though, the Fillies had other ideas, and the match wasn't decided until Powell scored its 17th point to take game five and the match, 25-15,25-10, 19-25, 23-25, 17-15.

October 06, 2009 3:36 am

Panther tennis teams wrap seasons

Boys doubles team takes fourth

The Powell High School tennis teams finished the year much improved from where they began it.

Their performance at the state tournament last weekend was highlighted by a fourth place finish from the boys No. 3 doubles team of Todd Lewis and Tyler Morgan.

PHS head Coach Ray Bieber said he was pleased with the play of all of his players, who battled through nasty weather in Cheyenne Thursday through Saturday.

Despite winds gusting 35 to 50 miles per hour and a wind chill factor that reached as low as 20 degrees, Bieber said his squads voiced no complaints, and tried to take advantage of the conditions.

“We played probably the best we could have,” said Bieber.

Of the 15 high school teams competing at the state tournament, the Powell girls finished in ninth place, the boys 12th.

“This was our rebuilding year, but we did everything we needed to do to rebuild,” said coach Bieber, adding, “We had to be one of the more improved teams from where we started to where we ended.”

Six of 10 Panther competitors won at least one match in the double-elimination tournament, and “several others that were really close,” Bieber said.

For the girls, No. 1 singles player Lisa Schiermeister, a junior, lost in a “really tough, very close,” match 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to Melinda Gonzalez of Cheyenne East, said Bieber.

Schiermeister then beat Rawlins' Rose Burke 6-3, 6-2, before falling to Cody's Jill Ross, 6-3, 6-2.

At No. 2 singles play, senior Brittany Feller lost to Frannie Murray of Cheyenne Central, 6-0, 6-2, but rebounded to defeat Laurie Gurney of Torrington, 7-5, 6-0, and thump a Natrona County fill-in, 6-0, 6-0.

Feller then was eliminated by Christa Munari of Cody, 6-0, 6-1.

The girls top doubles team, sophomores Lacey Eckerdt and Emily Kath, fell to Cheyenne East in a tight 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 contest, then beat Rawlins 6-1, 6-2, finally falling to the eventual fourth-place finisher from Laramie (6-3, 6-3).

Juniors Shelby Walton and Haylee Humphries, playing at No. 2 doubles, opened with a loss (6-0, 6-1) to the third-place finisher from Cheyenne Central, and then were eliminated in what Bieber called “a very, very, very, very, very close match” against Green River (4-6, 6-4, 6-4).

The No. 3 doubles team of junior Marquette McArthur and freshman BreaAnn Hollenbeck fell to the second-place team from Gillette (6-3, 6-0), beat Riverton (6-2, 6-3), and then lost to Cheyenne Central (7-6 (7-1), 6-1).

For the boys, No. 1 singles player Pablo Garces, an exchange student from Chile, lost 6-0, 6-2 to Tim Lew of Rock Springs and 6-2, 6-2 to Derek O'Garro of Torrington.

Freshman Justin Lynn lost to second-place finisher Adam Hefeneider of Gillette (6-0, 6-1), and Cody Hansen of Rock Springs (6-1, 6-4) at No. 2 singles.

Seniors Sam Wise and Levi Anderson were edged out 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) by Green River, and then fell to Cody 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

Bieber praised the No. 1 doubles team's improvement this season, calling the matches Wise and Anderson's best.
At No. 2 doubles, sophomores Eric Curtis and Robert Speiser nearly came out with an opening win, but fell in a 6-7(7-4), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, nail-biter to Green River. They then beat Rawlins, 6-3, 7-6(7-3), before dropping a three-set match to third-place finisher Laramie (5-7, 6-1, 6-4).

Given the closeness, “They (Curtis and Speiser) could have easily been third place,” Bieber said.

Last, but definitely not least, sophomore Lewis and junior Morgan, of Rocky Mountain High School, opened with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Rawlins' No. 3 doubles team, but were knocked out of the championship bracket by Cheyenne Central (6-2, 6-0).

“Then they came back and won three in a row,” said Bieber. Lewis and Morgan beat Sheridan (6-1, 6-2), Riverton (6-2, 4-6, 6-4), and Cody (7-5, 7-5), to advance to the consolation title game. There they ran into the Cheyenne Central team again, falling 6-3, 6-1 to take the fourth-place medal.

Looking to next year, Bieber is looking forward to continued improvement.

On the girls side, six Lady Panthers were getting their first varsity experience at the state tourney, and they'll return next year. The guys should have about a dozen players battling for varsity slots in fall 2010, Bieber said.

“We need to start next year better than we are now. If we do, we're going to be extremely competitive,” said the coach, adding, “We're just primed to make the next step.”

The declaration that all people are created equal and endowed with unalienable rights remains the crown jewel of American ingenuity. One of the best manifestations of this idea is our national park system — 84 million acres of natural beauty that everyone has the freedom to experience.

Over the past week, filmmaker Ken Burns' documentary, “America's Best Idea,” celebrated the democratic creation of national parks, the magnificence of their natural splendor and the innovative pioneers who preserved public land for future use.

As the six-part PBS series concluded Friday, National Park Service leaders asked a simple question: What happens next?

Park Service officials, entrusted with preserving Wyoming's beloved Yellowstone National Park and more than 390 other sites across America, proposed the following ideas: Volunteer, donate and visit.

Volunteer: Each year, around 170,000 Americans volunteer at various park projects throughout the nation.

Opportunities exist at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park and others in the region. More information is available at www.nps.gov/getinvolved/volunteer.htm.

Donate: America's national parks are sustained through tax dollars as well as private donations. Without initial funding of the Park Service a century ago, America's treasured reserves easily could have become private estates or amusement parks. To donate, visit www.nps.gov/getinvolved/donate.htm.

Visit: The documentary's vignettes of Yellowstone's roaming, wild animals and its wonderland of gurgling geysers undoubtedly inspired thousands of viewers to see America's first national park — some, perhaps, for the first time.

Filmmaker Burns hopes his documentary spurs floods at the gates of national parks, and it likely will.

Yellowstone welcomed record numbers of visitors over the summer with nearly 2.3 million entering its gates. Next year may see more.

But while visitors from around the nation flock to Yellowstone, those of us who live at the park's threshold often fail to take full advantage of its proximity and allure. It's within our reach, and thanks to American ingenuity, it belongs to all of us.

October 06, 2009 3:27 am

Harry Leon Wilson

(Nov. 18, 1917 - Sept. 29, 2009)

Harry Leon Wilson, 91, died Sept. 29 at Powell Valley Healthcare.

Harry was born in Garland on Nov. 18, 1917, the son of Herbert L. and Lola (Richards) Wilson. He attended schools in Deaver.

Harry married Jeannette Baxter on Dec. 17, 1939 in Powell. Two daughters were born to their union.

Harry spent his adult life as the Streets Commissioner for the city of Powell. He also raised draft horses and Appaloosas and enjoyed hunting, camping and fishing. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Harry is survived by his daughters Alberta Storeim (Jerry) of Greybull and Georganna Takacs (Jim) of Powell; a sister, Jenny Robinson of Bismarck, N.D.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Jeannette; his parents; and a brother, Don Wilson.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Presbyterian Church in Powell, with Kurt McNabb officiating.

Honorary pallbearers are his grandsons Marti Storeim, Jamie Takacs, Steven Storeim, Jason Takacs and Aaron Storeim.

The family asks that donations be made in Harry's name to local hospice providers.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

October 06, 2009 3:23 am

Rosalie Ann (Heppel) Williams

(July 28, 1938 - Oct. 3, 2009)

Rosalie Ann (Heppel) Williams, 71, of Powell died Saturday, Oct. 3.

Rosalie was born July 28, 1938 in Powell to L.E. “Gene” and Eva Heppel.

In June 1956, Rosalie married Melvin Flitcraft in Bakersfield, Calif., where they had four children. She later married Richard Williams in Powell in December 1971.

She enjoyed camping, fishing, traveling, and was a gifted seamstress. She sewed and crafted many things for her children and grandchildren. Rosalie particularly enjoyed her memberships in the Birthday Club and Secret Sisters.

She had a warm and loving heart and was an optimistic mother. She strived to find the good in everyone and everything — even when her children challenged that.

Rosalie is survived by her husband, Richard; children Jerry Flitcraft, Susan Dillie (Dave), Cindy Norris (Charles) and Jeff Flitcraft; stepchildren Rick, Linda, Mitch and Lisa and their spouses; 19 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; sister Donna Kasinger (Don); and brother Keith Heppel (Peggy).

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother L.E. “Sonny” Heppel; and sister Connie (Heppel) Slater.

In celebration of Rosalie's life, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6 at Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, with Pastor Kurt McNabb officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of one's choice.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

October 06, 2009 3:22 am

Donald R. Morris

Donald R Morris, 73, died Oct. 5, 2009 at Powell Valley Hospital.

Funeral services are pending. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.thompsonfuneral.net.

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Eddie, 9, of Powell, is not your average horse. The stalwart equine took a hair-raising ride last week through the water-filled Corbett Tunnel and survived. Tribune photo by Carla Wensky

Eddie the wonder horse

Miracles come in all shapes and forms, and a horse surviving a perilous swim through the Corbett Tunnel is a miracle indeed — especially to his owners and friends.

A saddled horse owned by Paul and Diane Watkins of Powell slid off the bank just above the Corbett Tunnel last Thursday afternoon. It floated the tunnel and popped out the other side with only minor injuries.

October 01, 2009 4:02 am

One-cent tax ends

Tax ends six months earlier than expected

Penny pinchers rejoice — Park County's 1-cent sales tax expires today.

Starting Oct. 1, purchases in the county will be taxed at a 4 percent rate rather than 5 percent.

October 01, 2009 3:51 am

Flu activity already at peak levels

123 new flu cases reported statewide

Health officials say flu activity in Wyoming is at peak winter levels and all confirmed cases over the past month have been swine flu.

Flu cases increased sharply in Park County this week, with at least a dozen cases reported on Tuesday, up dramatically from only two cases a few days before.

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Brittany Christensen nears the turn in the butterfly in Tuesday's meet with Cody. Christensen, who qualified for state in the event last week, finished third to help the Lady Panthers to a big win over the Fillies. Tribune photo by Don Amend

The Powell Lady Panthers celebrated senior night at the PHS pool Tuesday by taking a big win over Cody.
Powell swimmers won all but one event as they sailed to a 133-52 team win over the Fillies in their last home meet of the season.

The meet marked the last home appearance for seniors Samantha Baker, Jessica Curtis, Jenna Hotovec, Kourtnie Rodgers and Stepfanie Thompson, and Baker Hotovec. Rodgers and Curtis set the tone for the meet by winning the first event, the medley relay.