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Tribune Staff

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

This is the moment of truth.

Well, actually, its much longer than a moment, like about six weeks, and during those six weeks, my self-discipline and willpower will be sorely tested.

I have known this test was coming ever since April. That's when I finally decided I had to keep the New Year's resolution I made in 1985 and lose some weight. To that end, I, along with my good wife, began paying closer attention to just exactly what we were eating and how much of it we were putting away.

Now this isn't the first time I've ever done this sort of thing. I've managed to diet for as long as two weeks on several occasions.

Those campaigns usually came to abject losses about five pounds later as soon as my brain began complaining about a chocolate shortage. Three or four Hershey bars or a large hot fudge sundae later, and I'd be on my way back to the original state of fatness.

But this time, to my surprise, I was successful beyond my wildest dreams. About 15 percent of myself has disappeared and I'm down to a weight I last saw in 1968. In wrestling terms, I've dropped more than three weight classes since April and have been forced to spend more money on clothes. Xantac and Prilosec, however, are no longer on my shopping list.

Now, though, I'm faced with Thanksgiving dinner, and I'm afraid my will power is getting a bit shaky. I can already smell the turkey roasting. I'm beginning to crave mashed potatoes and gravy, dreaming of sweet potatoes and imagining the whipped cream on a piece of pumpkin pie.

Even worse, the temptation doesn't end with the pumpkin pie. My imagination already has me spreading mustard on a cold turkey sandwich on Friday, if not sooner.

But, while Thanksgiving dinner does present a pitfall, I think I am prepared to handle it. I have not, after all, been a fundamentalist dieter. I've cut way back on pasta, but not completely avoided it, and, when the time is right, have indulged in a scone or nibbled a bit of cheesecake. I've even stopped at the Dairy Queen—only once, and for a small sundae — and eaten a Hershey bar, which took more than a week, since I only ate one square a day. In short, I've developed a modicum of self-discipline with regard to food.

So I think I'm fully armed to deal with Thanksgiving. I will, no doubt, eat too much, especially the potatoes and gravy, a dish I haven't eaten since last Thanksgiving, but I am prepared to compensate for it. After all, I managed to get through my birthday on only one small slice of carrot cake and went all summer without purchasing a large Blizzard at that place in Cody. If I can do that, I can handle Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately, Thanks-giving is followed by the cookie season, also known as December, which coincides with the candy season and the party mix season as well. Tis the season to be nibbling, to paraphrase an old Yuletide carol.

But though temptation will be everywhere, I am fully armed to resist it, and will triumph in the end.

At least I hope so, because, after 25 years, I'm pretty tired of making that New Year's resolution.

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