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Tribune Staff

Wind no concern for PHS soccer

The Powell Panthers gave little regard to both visiting Lander and a howling westerly wind on Tuesday afternoon to score a 4-0 non-conference boys' soccer victory.

“We looked like a totally different team,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro, referring to his team's previous outing, a 3-0 loss to Worland. “I don't know whether it was prom or if Worland just played that well, but we played a lot better today.”

“Do not go gentle into that good night, old age should burn and rave at close of day; rage, rage against the dying of the light.”
— Dylan Thomas


Forty.

There, I said it. The first step to solving any problem is acknowledging that it exists, and in this case the problem is that yours truly is about to get trampled by the inevitable march of time.

Where's a lawyer when you need one? Somebody darn sure should have shouted “Stampede!” to warn me that it was time to break out the black balloons and pour myself a shot of prune juice.

We're all aware that Sunday is Mother's Day, but unaware of other, lesser-celebrated holidays. It seems like every month I learn of another obscure holiday on the books. Had I not stumbled upon it in my Daily Bread study page for April 30, I'd have never known last Friday was “National Honesty Day.”

Author M. Hirsh Goldberg established this day in the early 1990s as a way to “honor the honorable and encourage honesty.” He said April 30 was selected because “April begins with a day dedicated to lying (April Fool's Day) and should end on a higher moral note.” Truth be known, I couldn't agree more.

Panthers miss valuable opportunity to climb in 3A West standings

Powell High School failed to connect Saturday on a pair of opportunities to improve its status in the 3A West conference soccer standings as Worland journeyed to town, capturing a 4-2 win in girls' action and avenging an earlier loss with a 3-0 boys' win.

Powell's girls also fell 4-1 last week at Lander. The boys' game between the two schools was postponed due to poor weather and will take place today (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. at the college soccer field.

Team rebounds after rough home meet

With wind, rain and snow raging around the Big Horn Basin, the Powell High School golf team found enough relief from the elements on Friday to post a runner-up finish in the nine-team Riverton Invitational.

“In the eight years that I've coached golf, that was by far the worst weather we have ever driven in to get to a tournament,” said Panther golf coach Troy Hildebrand. “Thermopolis had 3-5 inches of snow and it was still coming down, so to get to Riverton and have it be playable and the weather at least decent was very fortunate.”

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Powell's Jason Rand flicks a header toward goal during the Panthers' 3-0 shutout of Worland last Friday. Rand scored one of Powell's three goals in the contest to help position the Panthers to a 3A West victory. Courtesy photo/Greg Wise

Panther boys throw 3A West into chaos with shut-out victory

The 3A West boys' soccer picture was jumbled on Friday, courtesy of the Powell Panthers. The Panthers delivered a 3-0 shutout victory at Worland — the same Warrior team that earlier this year defeated Cody and drew a contest against Jackson.

“This really does throw things just up in the air,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro. “It kind of puts us in control of our own destiny now, because the rest of our conference games are at home. If we can go out and take care of business, we're in great position to challenge for first or second.”

Small meet provides tune-up for track classic

The Powell Panthers bullied much of the competition on Saturday as the boys' team took the title and the girls' team earned runner-up status at the Lovell Invitational track meet. The Panther boys amassed more than 200 points to easily outpace Burlington. Powell's girls fell 16 points shy of host Lovell in the final tally.

Four members of the Panthers' roster met or improved upon automatic qualifier marks at the meet as weather conditions once again favored competitors. Marquette McArthur's winning discus toss of 107'10” was good enough to secure her place in the state meet next month. Josh Cragoe added his name to Powell's 110-meter hurdle roster in Casper after clocking his first sub-15 second time of the year. Drew MaGill's winning time of 22.71 in the 200 easily surpassed the state standard in that event by nearly a full second and teammate Colby Gilmore also earned a spot in the 3A state starting blocks by besting the qualifying standard in both the 100 and the 200.

Wind tells the tale in conference game

The Powell Panthers weren't able to take advantage of a gusting 25 mile-per-hour wind on Friday. Worland was, and that's how the Warriors were able to deliver a 2-0 loss to the Powell girls' soccer program.

“We had the wind behind us in the first half, so we had the opportunity to put some goals on the board and we just weren't able to do it,” said Panther coach Brad Hammond. “We probably had four really good chances in the first half and we weren't able to finish on any of them. I'm happy with our effort, but we just didn't do a good job of finishing things.”

In the second half, the teams flipped sides and Mother Nature ensured much of the half was played in the Panthers' defensive zone. The Warriors broke the scoreboard deadlock approximately 15 minutes into the second half. Worland added a late goal against a gambling Panther defense.

“We were trying to get some people forward to get a goal to equalize things and they caught us in a counter-attack and added a late goal,” Hammond said.

The loss prevented Powell from moving out of fourth place in the 3A West standings (see sidebar).

“I'm not panicking,” said Hammond. “I still think we're a better team than Worland is and I think we have a good chance when they come up here this weekend. We just need to finish on the chances we get. Hopefully we'll have a little better weather on Saturday. The weather down there wasn't very good.”

The Panther girls also fell in the reserve contest, which Hammond said ended with a 3-0 final score in Worland's favor.

Powell travels to Lander on Friday for a non-conference game. The team then returns to host Worland on Saturday.

(Jan. 19, 1913 – April 26, 2010)

Sophie Fink Winterholler, 97, died April 26, 2010, at New Horizon Care Center in Lovell.

Minnesota-based Dahlgren and Co. produces snacks and bird seed

More fields of sunflowers will raise their heads to the sun around Powell and the Big Horn Basin this year.

Dahlgren and Co., a Minnesota-based company, has written contracts with 17 growers to produce confection sunflowers for the company this year.

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