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NWC's Ben Price leads way in fourth

The eighth-ranked Northwest College wrestling team enjoyed a banner day at the University of Northern Colorado Old Chicago Open tournament last weekend. The Trappers placed four competitors among the top six.

Highlighting the team's performance was Boise freshman Ben Price at 197 pounds. After three consecutive wins to begin his day, Price dropped an 11-5 decision in the semifinals. After a win on the consolation side of the bracket, Price came out on the short side of an 11-7 decision in the third-place match.

Honors wrap up exciting grid season

Five members of the 2010 Powell High School football squad earned all-state recognition while a sixth received 3A West accolades following a ballot of the state's 3A coaches.

The Panthers compiled a 5-4 campaign that saw the squad finish second behind Cody in the final 3A West standings.

Throughout the season, the team displayed a dominant secondary unit that picked off opposing quarterbacks 16 times. Not surprisingly, several from that unit were among the Panthers honored.

• Josh Cragoe, a 6'2”, 160-pound junior, played an important role on both sides of the football for the Panthers this season. Cragoe was the No. 8 rusher in Class 3A this season and also ranked in the top 10 for receiving and punt returns. As important as Cragoe was to the Panthers' fifth-ranked offense this season, he was an equally important performer on the defensive side of the football. Cragoe finished No. 5 on the statewide defensive points chart, averaging nearly 16 per game while finishing with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and five tackles for loss.

• Skyler Middleton, a 5'9”, 159-pound junior, isn't your prototypical offensive or defensive lineman, but made up for his lack of size with hustle and sound fundamentals and technique. After nine games, it was that ability that turned the heads of 3A coaches throughout Wyoming and earned him a spot on the all-state roster. Defensively, Middleton finished the season with four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery while averaging better than six defensive points per game.
• Olie Olson, a 6'0”, 166-pound junior, was a constant thorn in the sides of opposing quarterbacks. Put simply, it was difficult to throw the football in Olson's direction without the junior getting his hands on it. Olson finished the year with eight interceptions and also broke up an additional five passes while finishing third on the team for defensive points per game.

• Vince Sleep, a 6'1”, 190-pound sophomore, led all Wyoming Class 3A defenders during the 2010 season by averaging more than 20 defensive points per game. He was also the only player in 3A to top 20 points per contest defensively. Sleep completed his breakout season with 100 tackles, 33 of them solo. Of that number, 11 occurred behind the line of scrimmage as the youngster displayed a knack for finding the football from his linebacking position.

• Cooper Wise, a 5'7”, 140-pound junior, played the early portion of the season with an injured Achilles' tendon, but hardly showed its effects. Wise finished the year tied with Olson for the team lead in pass breakups with five. He also intercepted a pass while averaging just shy of eight defensive points per game. Wise was in on 36 tackles for the Panthers, 18 of which were solo stops.

All five of the Panthers' all-state selections were also recognized as all-conference players within the 3A West. Joining that group in earning all-conference accolades was Panther senior Tyler England. England finished the year as the No. 2 kick returner in Class 3A, averaging better than 27 yards per return. He scored five touchdowns on the year for Powell, placing him second on the team behind Cragoe. England suffered a late-season ankle injury and missed the team's playoff contest.

England is also the only graduating senior among the Panthers' post-season award winners.

(Oct. 4, 1918 - Nov. 20, 2010)

Donald H. Kupfer died Nov. 20, 2010 in Powell from complications due to his age of 92.

(Jan. 28, 1920-Nov. 23, 2010)

Carroll Devier Henrichs, 90, of Powell died Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2010.


On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Alan Johnson ordered that the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refusing to delist wolves in Wyoming because the entire state is not a trophy game area should be set aside.

“Judge Johnson told them (Fish and Wildlife) like it is,” said Rep. Pat Childers, R-Cody.


Search committee starts from square one

And then there were none.

Paul Cardwell, who signed an agreement to become the next chief executive officer for Powell Valley Healthcare, notified officials last week he no longer plans to come to Powell.

In a welcome change from last year, the Sleeping Giant Ski Area has November snow, and the North Fork slope is poised to open to skiers and snowboarders on Friday.

So far this season, “Mother Nature's helping us out,” said Jonathan Sheets, Sleeping Giant Ski Area general manager.


NWC men shoot down Shootout foes

After a nearly two-week gap between games, the Northwest College men's basketball team returned to the court to register a weekend sweep in the First National Bank Shootout. The Trapper men won 70-58 over the University of Montana, Western on Friday. The team followed with an 88-74 win over the Colorado All-Stars.

NWC women pick up win

Northwest College scored the first 19 points of the game and also had a 13-0 first-half run to overwhelm a collection of former Trapper players by a 92-40 count on Saturday. The win elevates Northwest College's season record to a mark of 3-3 this season.

“It was good to have a game where we came out and shot the ball well,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We've kind of struggled in that area lately, so hopefully this is the game that kind of jump starts us in that regard."

Upper weights rally Trappers past Mustangs

The Northwest College Trappers scored 21 of their 24 points in the four top weight classes to score a 24-18 road dual victory at Western Wyoming Community College last Thursday. The victory levelled NWC's dual record at 1-1 for the year.

Jesse Hillhouse (133) scored a decision victory to give the Trappers their first points of the match, but the NWC side of the scoreboard didn't budge again for five matches. By that point, Western had built an 18-3 team lead.

It was a margin that crumbled quickly.

Freshman Keithen Cast sparked the Trapper rally with a major decision victory at 174 to remain unbeaten on the season. Nick Petersen follwed at 184 with a win by fall to close the scoreboard gap to 18-13.

Boise freshman Ben Price tied things up after scoring a technical fall victory at 197 pounds, setting the stage for Sears Tiernan to put the final touches on a come-from-behind win with a victory by fall at heavyweight.

The Trappers also competed this weekend at the University of Northern Colorado's Old Chicago Open. The team is off until Dec. 3-4 when they travel to the University of Great Falls for a tournament. The next dual action for Northwest College is Dec. 7, when Western Wyoming visits Powell. The Trapper wrestlers will also face North Idaho and Southwestern Oregon before the holiday recess.

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