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Trappers ready to begin stretch run

The Northwest College Trappers will host the 11th annual Apodaca Dual Showdown Friday and Saturday at Hank Cabre Gymnasium, and this year's collection of squads promises to provide plenty of high-caliber competition.

Each of the teams lined up for this week's event boasts a lofty national ranking.

Northwest College will carry a No. 13 ranking into the event. The remainder of the seven-team field will consist of No. 2 North Idaho College, No. 8 Southwest Oregon Community College, No. 10 Clackamas Community College and No. 12 Western Wyoming College. Also included in the field are the two teams tied for the fifth spot in the national rankings,

Labette Community College and North Iowa Area Community College. Combined, the seven teams have 29 wrestlers who boast spots in the NJCAA's individual rankings.

“We've got teams coming here from as far away as Kansas and from the West Coast,” said Jim Zeigler, NWC athletic director and head coach. “That says a lot about how people view this event. It's quite a commitment to come here in January, but coaches have heard through word of mouth over the years that this is a first-class event, and they want their teams to be a part of it.”

A major lure of the Apodaca Dual Showdown centers around what it represents. The event was created by Zeigler as a way to honor the memory of former Trapper wrestler Christopher Brooks Apodaca, who died in a one-vehicle accident in 1998.

Apodaca was a native of Riverton and was a student at NWC for three years. As an NWC wrestler, he was a two-year varsity wrestler and a national qualifier. Apodaca also served as a team captain for the 1997-98 team. According to Zeigler, Apodaca is best remembered for his quiet leadership qualities and competitive spirit. The coach also said Apodaca's character and work ethic on and off the mat motivated all who knew him.

Zeigler said during the practices leading up to the annual showdown, he makes a point of sharing the qualities Apodaca displayed during his life. By doing that, Zeigler said the wrestlers develop a better understanding of the young man whose life was tragically cut short.

“One of the things we want to do is implant his spirit in our wrestlers,” Zeigler said. “Last Saturday, I started thinking about Brooks and what I want these young men to know and understand about him. Each year and during the week leading up to the Apodaca Duals, we talk about Brooks a lot. By doing that, our guys are able to see him as not only a former NWC wrestler, but as one of their teammates.”

As part of the Apodaca Dual Showdown, Zeigler picks one of his wrestlers to be the recipient of the Christopher Brooks Apodaca Memorial Award for Leadership and Excellence. That honor, which is one of the most prestigious athletic awards offered at NWC, is given to the wrestler who best exemplifies Apodaca's qualities.

“We look for someone that everyone on the team can count on,” Zeigler said. “When it comes to this award, we look for a guy that gives his best effort in everything he does. He's the person a guy can go to for help with homework or something to do with wrestling. The winner of this award is someone who pushes his teammates to get better and does everything he can to make those around him better.”

The most recent Apodaca Award winner is Darren Lewis, who came to NWC from Fallon, Nev. Lewis was a key part of the Trapper wrestling squad during his time with the Trappers, and he graduated from NWC last May. Lewis, who earned Academic All-American honors while at Northwest College, currently is attending the University of Nevada, Reno, where he is majoring in physical education. He and his wife, Amber, recently celebrated the birth of a baby boy named Jayson.

On Friday night and prior to the start of the 8 p.m. matchups, Zeigler said the 2009 winner of the award will be announced during a short ceremony at NWC's Hank Cabre Gymnasium.

Other Apodaca Award winners include Travis Carter (1999), Rad Martinez (2000), Trevor Murray (2001), Loren Hutchins (2002), Bobby Singleton (2003), Tyler Rhodes (2004), Kade Caturia (2005), Chris Riding (2006) and Nick DeWitt (2007).

“We're really looking forward to getting started,” Zeigler said. “We've got a strong lineup of teams, and there will be a lot of good matchups Friday and Saturday. A lot of the wrestlers that will be here for this event are ranked, and there are a lot who could earn a spot in the rankings with a good showing this weekend.”

Zeigler said a number of his wrestlers, including freshmen McCade Ford, Corey Woodruff and Saul Guerrero, are among those looking to earn a national ranking with their performances Friday and Saturday.

“Those guys are right there, and they want to be ranked,” Zeigler said. “With good showings this week, they've got good shots at making that happen.”

Currently, NWC has two wrestlers who have cracked the individual standings. Freshman heavyweight Landon Harris checks in at No. 3 and boasts the best record for the Trappers. He will enter the upcoming event with a 23-1 mark.

“Landon has done really well, and he's still improving,” Zeigler said. “He's one of those guys who is always working to get better, and we see that from him every time he steps on the mat.”

Anthony Varnell, a sophomore, is NWC's other ranked wrestler. He occupies the No. 6 spot in the rankings for 149-pound entries.

“This is a big event for us,” Zeigler said. “This is the time of year we're preparing for our guys to peak as far as their performance levels. Upon completion of the Apodaca Duals, we like to think that our guys are stronger and ready to finish the season with their best efforts.”

Apodaca Dual Showdown Schedule

Friday, Jan. 30

• Labette vs. Western Wyoming, 4 p.m.
• Clackamas vs. North Iowa Area CC, 4 p.m.
• NWC vs. Southwest Oregon, 6 p.m.
• North Idaho vs. Labette, 6 p.m.
• NWC vs. Clackamas, 8 p.m.
• North Iowa Area CC vs. Western Wyoming, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31

• North Idaho vs. North Iowa Area CC, 10 a.m.
• Southwest Oregon vs. Labette, 10 a.m.
• North Iowa Area CC vs. Southwest Oregon, noon.
• Western Wyoming vs. Clackamas, noon.
• NWC vs. North Idaho, 2 p.m.
• Labette vs. Clackamas, 2 p.m.
• NWC vs. Labette, 4 p.m.
• Western Wyoming vs. North Idaho, 4 p.m.

January 29, 2009 3:44 am

Lady Trappers top Dawson

Eastern Wyoming next in line for NWC

The Northwest College Lady Trappers claimed a 55-24 decision over Dawson Community College last Saturday in Glendive, Mont.

NWC, thanks to the victory, has won two games in a row and three of their last four. They currently have a 6-15 overall record.

Against the Lady Buccaneers, NWC enjoyed a solid defensive effort. The Lady Trappers built a 22-point lead by halftime and after holding Dawson to only 10 points in the first 20 minutes. Head coach Chad Oletzke's squad then outscored the

Lady Buccaneers 23-14 in the second half to seal the win.

Overall, 10 Lady Trappers found themselves in the scoring column. Sophomore Gita Grava paced the offensive attack with 14 points. Fellow sophomore Erin Cooke added 10 points to round out NWC's double-digit point producers. Others who scored for the Lady Trappers were Sheena Ryan (9 points), Kassi Tucker (7), Madara Upeniece (4), Kati Oliverson (4), Lacey Gilmer (2), Sharla Stevenson (2), Chanda Hallows (2) and Rachel Tilley (1).

On the boards, the Lady Trappers outrebounded Dawson 49-24. NWC's rebounding leaders included Larissa Crump and Cooke with seven each. Oliverson added six boards.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers' next contest is a road matchup slated for Saturday and will be against Eastern Wyoming College. Start time for the matchup 3 p.m.

An international team of researchers proclaimed Monday that the effects of climate change wrought by carbon emissions are irreversible.

Yes, “irreversible” was the word — for at least the next 1,000 years — even if all carbon emissions were halted immediately.

The announcement is discouraging, to say the least. At first blush, it is easy to ask: “If we can't reverse climate change, why even bother with all this clean, green technology?”

The answer lies in cutting our losses. While we may not be able to mitigate damage already done, we can surely act to prevent additional harm.

The team's report is a not-so-gentle warning that there is an urgency in reducing air pollution — much more than was known previously.

Kevin Trenberth, lead climate analyst at the National Center for Atmospheric Research — and not part of the research team — responded to the group's declaration in an Associated Press article on Monday: “This aspect is one that is poorly appreciated by policy-makers and the general public, and it is real.”

It is time for policy makers and energy developers, scientists and automobile manufacturers to plot the course of our future.

Things already are moving in the right direction, but we must expedite the process.

Otherwise, the hole we have dug will only get deeper for future generations.

January 29, 2009 3:28 am

Fundraising halfway mark met

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Brian Griffith drills holes into black siding at the Interpretive Learning Center at the Heart Mountain Relocation Center. The roughly $1-million first phase of the project includes only exterior work and is scheduled to finish up in about three weeks. Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Heart Mountain Center grand opening now slated for summer 2010

More than 60 years after its closure, the Heart Mountain Relocation Center is becoming harder to forget.

Just below the grounds that once held nearly 11,000 Japanese-Americans sits the construction site of a new Interpretative Learning Center.

A Powell bank remains under the supervision of federal regulators, but the bank already has met terms of an order issued this month.

First National Bank and Trust signed a consent order in September 2008 placing it under the supervision of the Comptroller of the Currency of the U.S. Department of Treasury after some of its real-estate assets lost value due to the national decline of real estate.

State money could make August dedication possible

An effort to create a state monument in Cody to honor World War II veterans got a boost earlier this month when Gov. Dave Freudenthal asked the Wyoming Legislature to help pay for it.

Freudenthal recommended spending $200,000 to build the memorial, which would be erected in Wyoming Veterans Memorial Park north of U.S. 14-16-20 east of Cody.

January 27, 2009 4:21 am

Panthers wrestle to victory

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Powell High School's Colt Nix attempts to escape from Greybull/Riverside wrestler Blaine Gossens during last Thursday's dual meet at PHS. The Panthers won the matchup 58-14. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Number of PHS wrestlers notch 6-0 marks

A day after recording a convincing victory over Greybull/Riverside in a dual meet in Powell last Thursday, the Powell High School wrestlers ventured to Buffalo for the Bison Duals. During that two-day event, the Panthers notched a perfect 6-0 record.

Two trips to Worland last week resulted in a dual meet win over the Warriors and a fifth in the Worland Invitational last week.

The Panthers earned their second win over the Warriors in a week on Friday, swimming some of their best times of the season, according to Coach Stephanie Warren.

Two swimmers added events to their list of qualifying times on Friday. Telton Pedersen matched the state standard in the 50-yard freestyle and Alex Speiser cut two seconds from his breaststroke time to qualify in that event. Pedersen qualified in the breaststroke last week and Speiser has already qualified in diving.

Jackson Miller “had a good weekend,” Warren said.

Swimming his specialty, the backstroke, Miller broke the one-minute mark with a 59.71 on Friday. On Saturday, he was disqualified in the 50, but swam his fastest time of the season in the event.

Erik Rodriguez made a major cut in his time in the butterfly, knocking eight seconds off his previous best. Trent Eckerdt also improved his time in the butterfly and Tyler Barton gained in 100-yard free.

The 400 freestyle relay team also swam their best time of the season. Miller, Roy Oursler, Anthony Quillen and Devin Lynn combined to cover the distance in 3:44.76.

On Saturday, the Panthers finished fifth in a field of nine. Lander won the meet, followed by Riverton. Buffalo and Douglas also finished ahead of the Panthers.

Two disqualifications cost the Panthers 16 points, Warren said. Without the DQ's, Powell would likely have finished third.

Warren said the Panthers had competed in the same events as Friday to see if they could improve on them, but overall, swam a little slower on Saturday.

“They were tired on Saturday, but they swam hard,” Warren said.

The meet was also valuable because it gave the Panthers a look at teams from the east. Along with Douglas, Rawlins, Buffalo and Newcastle competed in the meet.

A complete report on individual results and team scores will appear in Thursday's edition.

The swimmers will be at home Thursday night this week when the Cody Broncs visit for a dual. The dual will be the last home meet of the season and the seniors will be honored following the meet. Swimming will begin at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the team will travel to Lander for the Lander Invitational. The meet will begin at 11 a.m.

January 27, 2009 3:51 am

PHS runs down Cody teams

PHS tops Broncs 32-20

In a game where points were hard to come by, the Powell High School Panthers topped rival Cody 32-20 last Friday at CHS.

With the victory, the Panthers extended their winning streak to four games.

“It was an ugly game both ways,” said PHS head coach Troy Hildebrand, who noted that both teams struggled when it came to shots from the field. “I think a lot of that can be attributed to how excited the kids get and how much emotion is there for both sides when it comes to this rivalry. We knew going in that Cody was going to give us their best effort, and they played well on defense. Fortunately, we were able to get some crucial plays and make some big free throws when we needed them.”

The first quarter proved to be a preview of just how difficult scoring would be throughout the contest. By the end of the opening period, the two teams had combined for only nine points, and Cody held a 6-3 advantage.

In the second period, both teams continued to rely largely on their defensive efforts. The Panthers outscored CHS 7-5 in that period but still trailed 11-10 at the break.

At the start of the fourth period, Powell held a slim, 20-17 advantage, thanks in part to a 3-point, buzzer-beater by point guard Jordan Brown in the previous stanza. That shot sparked the Panthers, who went on to outscore the Broncs 12-3 in the final eight minutes.

During the fourth quarter, Hildebrand said the Panthers' free-throw shooting was a major factor.

“We hit eight of 12 free throws in the fourth,” Hildebrand said. “That really helped us down the stretch. By hitting those, we were able to build a small lead. Those were big, especially when you consider how much we were struggling with our shooting from the field.”

For the game, PHS hit 14 of 22 from the free-throw line. That helped offset the Panthers' shooting woes from the field, where they hit just two of 18 3-pointers and six of 22 from 2-point range.

Cody went zero for eight from behind the arc and connected on just six of 22 shots from 2-point land. At the free-throw line, the Broncs hit a mere one of nine in the fourth period and finished 10 of 21 overall.

“Obviously, we didn't play as well as we did during our previous three games,” Hildebrand said. “Though we struggled shooting the ball, we still did things in other areas of the game that allowed us to get the win.”

Six Panthers found their way into the scoring column last Friday, including Galen Mills and Brown, who each finished with eight points. Ryan Brandt and Matt McArthur added six points each, and Gavin Mills and Dallas Robirds chipped in with two each.

Brandt also led the rebounding effort with 14, including five on the offensive end. McArthur added nine rebounds.

• Up next: The Panthers (6-5 overall, 3-3 West Conference) have two games scheduled this week and both will be at PHS.

The first will be Friday against Worland and part of the Hoops for Hope event, which will promote breast cancer awareness. Hildebrand noted that the Panther boys will play the 5:45 p.m. game and the Lady Panthers will compete in the 7:30 p.m. slot that night.

On Saturday, the Panthers will host Rocky Mountain High School at 7:30 p.m.

Lady Panthers run down Fillies

Tribune Staff Writer

If the Powell High School Lady Panthers felt any extra pressure taking on regional rival Cody High School Friday night, it sure didn't show.

The basketball game ended as the last six PHS games have — with the Powell girls victorious.

The Lady Panthers topped the Fillies in a 50-37 win on the road.

“It's always nice to beat Cody,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

The win put PHS' record at a solid 10-1 (5-1 in Class 3A) on the season.

Only Jackson High School (12-1, 6-0 in 3A) has a better record in the class.

The Panthers jumped out to a dominating 16-2 first quarter lead, and seized a 28-10 advantage at the half.

The Fillies outscored Powell by five in the second half, which Coach Danforth attributed to some adjustments by Cody and a bit of an emotional letdown for PHS after two big opening quarters.

But, he added, “The girls hung in there and finished the job at the end.”

The Lady Panthers had a hot night shooting the basketball. The team sunk a sizzling 58 percent of their attempted field goals.

The Lady Panther defense, meanwhile, clamped down on Cody's offense, limiting the Fillies to 38 percent shooting from the floor.

The statistical domination by the Panthers spilled over into the rebounding category as well. PHS snagged 25 boards to Cody's 20.

As is often the case, junior Hannah Pollart led the way in scoring for the Lady Panthers, knocking down 20 points. She also was tops on the squad in rebounding and assists, contributing six of each.

Fellow junior Savannah Donarski joined Pollart in double figures. Donarski netted 14 points on six-of-seven shooting.

“Savannah (Donarski) and Hannah (Pollart) did a great job with their post play, both offensively and defensively,” Coach Danforth said.

He also praised the solid play of senior Kelsey Allen, who chipped in six points, and swiped a team-best three steals.

The coach also heralded the ball-handling of senior McKenzie Danforth, who contributed four points, and the defense of senior Darcee Lynn, who scored two.

The Lady Panthers also received strong bench support. Coach Danforth singled out junior Kami Cooley, and sophomores Olivia Rogers and Leslie Thronburg (who scored four points).

Overall, the game was “what has kind of been our mainstay — girls coming in and finding a way to make an impact,” the coach said.

The Fillies and Lady Panthers will meet again in Powell on Feb. 27 — the last regular-season contest.

This weekend, the Lady Panthers will play host to the Worland Lady Warriors and the Lady Grizzlies of Rocky Mountain High.

The Lady Warriors will bring a 5-5 record (2-4 in 3A) to the Friday night match-up. They most recently dropped a 60-54 overtime decision to Lovell.

The prime-time 7:30 p.m. contest will also be a part of a “Hoops for Hope” fund-raising event for breast cancer awareness.

During the game, a pink bucket will be passed to collect donations for Women's Wellness, and there will also be a raffle for sports memorabilia.

PHS officials are asking Panther fans to wear pink clothing at the contest. Both Worland's and Powell's jerseys will incorporate the color for the night.

If you don't own anything pink, t-shirts sporting the hue will be available for $8.

Coach Danforth is looking forward to the special contest — especially since it's against another regional foe.

“It's fun beating Cody, but I don't know if it's any more fun than beating Worland,” he said.

On Saturday, the Powell girls will take on the Class 2A Lady Grizzlies of Byron. The Rocky Mountain squad brings a 6-7 record going into this weekend's action. They battle the Lady Panthers in a 5:45 p.m. matchup.

January 27, 2009 3:49 am

Scott Allen Jones

(June 9, 1955 - Jan. 20, 2009)

Scott Allen Jones died Tuesday, Jan. 20, surrounded by family at his home in Billings, of small cell lung cancer. He was born June 9, 1955, to Robert and Shirley D. (Galvin) Kysar in Powell. Scott and his siblings were later adopted by Shirley's second husband, Ronald Lee Jones.

Scott grew up and attended school in Powell. He was active in Future Farmers of America and received recognition for his livestock judging abilities.

In 1973, Scott enlisted in the Army and obtained his high school GED. He was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., in the 101st and 82nd Airborne Division Artillery. He was a battery armorer, radio- telephone operator and forward observer. He earned the right to wear the Division Distinguished Trooper Insignia. In 1976, he was stationed at West Point, where he instructed the cadets in field artillery. His performance there earned him a Distinguished Trooper honor as well.

After his discharge from the Army, Scott returned to Powell where he worked for various companies in the oil field. He also worked for L.L. Smith Trucking as an owner-operator and Mollerway Freight Lines.

He married Rhalyn Allen in 1985 and they had one son, Wesley Scott Jones, who now lives in Citrus Heights, Calif.

Scott is survived by his son, Wesley; his mother and step-father, Shirley and Dick Steck of Cody; brothers Rick (Donna) Jones of Billings and Kent (Jinnay) Jones of Hillsboro, Ore; sisters Shelley (K.C.) LeClere of Casper and Mollie (Art) Omicioli of Billings; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Ronald L. Jones; grandparents Rose and Howard Galvin and Afton and Gene Jones; aunt and uncle Georgia and Bill Cockburn; cousins Richard Cockburn, Karen Galvin and Robert Kysar. Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is handling arrangements.

For those wishing to honor Scott's memory, contributions can be made to the Northern Rockies Radiation Oncology Center, 1041 North 29th Street, Billings, MT, 59101, or to the Scottish Rite Patient Courtesy Transportation, 514 14th Street West, Billings MT, 59102. Cremation has taken place. Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Remembrances may be shared with the family by visiting www.michelottisawyers.com