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Tribune Staff

Home field on the line Friday

The second-ranked Cody Broncs captured both the 3A West conference title and bragging rights in the annual Park County rivalry at the expense of No. 5 Powell on Friday night. A slow start to the second half sent the Panthers to a 27-14 loss.

Cody picked off Powell quarterback Keithen Schwahn three times in the second half of Friday's game, returning one of the interceptions for a touchdown. The Broncs used the giveaways to keep the Panthers pinned deep in their own territory. Powell's average starting field position in the second half was its own 23.

The Broncs combined the field position advantage with a stingy defense to transform a 10-7 halftime lead into a comfortable 27-7 affair in the second half. During that stretch, the Panthers picked up just two first downs offensively, one of which came via a roughing the kicker penalty.

After returning their first interception for a touchdown less than two minutes into the second half, Cody was back on the scoreboard four minutes later, capping a six-play drive with a 22-yard touchdown pass. The Broncs would go on to add a 26-yard field goal with just over nine minutes remaining in the game to stretch their lead to 20 points.

The Panthers weren't able to really get moving in the second half until late in the fourth quarter. A 61-yard Schwahn-to-Tyler England completion resulted in the Panthers' lone second-half score. The play, which came with 2:21 remaining in the contest, also was responsible for more than half of Powell's post-intermission offense.

Cody pounced on the Panthers' onside kick attempt and was able to run out the clock.

The one-sided nature of the second half removed a little bit of the luster from a stellar first-half defensive effort by the Panthers. Powell set the tone early by forcing a fumble on the opening kickoff and rarely let up through the first two quarters.

After watching Cody connect on its first pass attempt of the game —a quick 5-yard route —the Panthers' linebackers and secondary forced the Broncs to misfire on their next 10 passing attempts. Cody would not complete another throw until the waning seconds of the first half as the Panthers sagged back in prevent defense.

Cody struggled to gain just 101 yards of offense in the first half against the Panthers' defense. More than half of that total came on a four-play, 51-yard touchdown drive late in the first half. The Broncs' only other first-half score came on a safety after a stellar 41-yard punt pinned the Panthers inside their own 1.

Powell's only score of the first half came on a four-play, 53-yard drive late in the first quarter. After hooking up with Billy Cummings for a 17-yard strike and England on a 32-yard completion to get the ball inside the Cody 10, Schwahn turned disaster into diamonds by recovering a wayward shotgun snap some 15 yards in the backfield and weaving through traffic for what, on the books, went down as an 8-yard touchdown run.

For the game, Powell finished with 219 yards of offense. Schwahn went 10-for-21 through the air for 160 of those yards. He also carried the football 15 times for 40 yards. England, who took a second-half reverse for an 11-yard gain, was the only other Panther to gain more than 10 yards along the ground as Powell had just 59 rushing yards to show for its 33 carry attempts.

The loss drops the Panthers to 4-3 overall this season. Powell is 2-2 in the conference, a record that opens a world of possibilities for this Friday's regular-season finale against Lander.

The Panthers are assured of a place in the playoffs following the results of Friday's other 3A games. Powell can still finish anywhere from the No. 2 to the No. 4 seed out of the 3A West.

“The playoffs start this week,” Panther head coach Jim Stringer told his team just moments after Powell completed its circuit of the post-game handshake line on Friday night. “If we win against Lander, we'll be playing at home in the first-round of the playoffs.”

A loss to the Tigers sends the Panthers on the road to either Buffalo or defending 3A state champion Douglas as either the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. The Panthers' seeding is contingent on the outcomes of the Worland and Star Valley games also being played on Friday night.

Douglas and Buffalo have wrapped up the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds out of the 3A East. Riverton and Wheatland play this Friday, with the winner of that game finishing as the 3A East's No. 3 seed while the loser of that contest nestles in as final East playoff representative.

Next month's election for the Powell Hospital District Board is both important and unusual.

It is important because five of the seven seats on the board are up for election, with three incumbents choosing not to run again this year. That leaves only two incumbents running, and both were appointed to fill vacancies on the board this year.

Board members elected in November will help guide the hospital and Powell Valley Healthcare (hospital district board members also serve on the Powell Valley Healthcare Board) through some significant changes, including new leadership for Powell Valley Healthcare.

The board will make important decisions in the next four years that will affect the future of medical services in Powell.

Chief among those will be deciding what company or companies will provide electronic medical records software and services for Powell Valley Healthcare. That will be costly, but it also is necessary to stay in step with medical advances and pending federal requirements.

Also up for consideration soon is a proposed update to the district's master building plan. Once that is complete, the board must decide and whether to pursue needed building renovations at the hospital in the next few years, and if so, how those could be paid for.

This election is unusual because, although there are five open seats on the board, there are only four candidates on the ballot and one of them has withdrawn from the race.

Running for a two-year term on the board is Larry Parker, who was appointed to the board in May to fill the seat vacated by the death of Kay Carlson.

Running for four-year terms on the board are Renee Humphries and incumbent Jim Beukelman, who was appointed in January to fill the seat vacated by Ken Rochlitz.

Sharea LinDae MoAn-Renaud, who filed for election to the board, has withdrawn her name from consideration, but her name still will appear on the ballot.

Because there are more seats open than official candidates to fill them, five people are running write-in campaigns. They are Cathy Marine, Virginia Fish, Henry Yaple, Jim Carlson and R.J. Kost.

It's important to know all the candidates, and to remember the names of the candidates you wish to write in on Nov. 2, to ensure the new board is prepared to continue Powell Valley Hospital's reputation for excellence in the community.

A candidate forum for the hospital district board, the Powell City Council, Park County Commission and Park County Clerk will take place Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Powell City Hall.


Participants in a cultural history tour of Yellowstone National Park visited Lake Hotel and several other historic buildings in the park. Pictured above is the sun room at Lake Hotel, which Wyoming columnist Bill Sniffin said many folks claim to be one of the most “centering” places on the planet. Attempts now are under way to have the hotel put on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Tribune photo by Ilene Olson

Although few people visiting Yellowstone National Park realize it, several of the historic buildings they see were designed by the same architect.

Robert C. Reamer designed the Old Faithful Inn (1903-04) and its west wing (1927), the Lake Store (1919), the Lake Hotel (1922-23), the Upper Hamilton Store in the Old Faithful area (1929), the National Hotel (now the main wing of the Mammoth Hotel) at Mammoth Hot Springs and Mammoth Hotel Cottages (1938). Reamer also redesigned the National Hotel in 1936 after a fire, and may have had a hand in the design of the stone arch leading into Yellowstone from Gardiner, Mont.

School district agrees to receive money for salaries, benefits

Powell schools will accept more than $300,000 in federal money to help pay salaries and benefits this year.

The District No. 1 school board voted to accept the money following discussion Tuesday night.

A District Court judge has ordered Park County Attorney Bryan Skoric to turn over information outlining how his office determines the appropriate court for juveniles accused of criminal wrongdoing.

In cooperation with other agencies — such as local personnel from Department of Family Services, Park County Youth Services and law enforcement — the county attorney serves as the gatekeeper or “single point of entry” for all juvenile criminal cases in Park County.


Junior Desiree Murray (left) and sophomore Tally Wells lead a string of runners up a hill at the Powell Golf Club during the Panthers' final regular-season meet. Both the boys' and girls' teams won team titles at the meet. Tribune photo by Don Amend

PHS preps for conference with home victories

Powell High School's cross country teams revved up for Friday's conference meet in Lyman with a sweep of their home invitational last week. The Panthers proved the fastest teams on the five-kilometer circuit of the Powell Golf Club, placing the top five runners among the first 10 to cross the finish line in both the boys' and girls' races.

NWC ends home stand with win

The Northwest College Trapper volleyball team wrapped up its longest home stand of the season with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-21 Region IX North victory over Central Wyoming on Tuesday night. The win improves the Trappers to 13-16 overall and 6-3 in Region IX North play.

Team falls in OT at Billings

The result may have been the same, but head coach Craig Furstenau was citing progress following a split of weekend action by the Yellowstone Quake hockey team last weekend. The Junior A team fell 5-4 in overtime at Billings before returning to Cody for a 5-1 win over Bozeman.

“We're not that far away,” Furstenau said following his team moving to 3-4 on the year. “We've seen everyone in the division now, and we're right there.”

That was evident in the team's first meeting with the Billings Bulls this season. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough to overcome what Furstenau felt was some questionable officiating.

“Friday was a difficult situation,” the Quake head coach said. “We were on the short end of the officiating. We definitely did some things wrong, but we were up against two opponents.”

Nowhere was that situation more evident than in the waning minutes of regulation. After the two teams had alternated goals through the first 57 minutes, resulting in a 3-3 tie, Yellowstone's Tyler Torkelson knocked home a power play goal with just 2:07 remaining, giving the Quake their first lead of the night.

Within the next 30 seconds, the team was whistled for a pair of infractions.

“Neither penalty was legit,” Furstenau said of the calls. “But there we are, skating five on three. And when Billings pulls their goalie, it becomes a six-on-three situation.”

The inevitability of that math finally caught up with the Wyoming team as Billings slapped home the equalizing goal with 24 seconds remaining. It was the Bulls' only shot on goal of the third period. The Bulls went on to score the game-winner five minutes into extra time.

For the game, the Quake were cited for 17 infractions, resulting in 76 minutes of penalty time. The Bulls, by comparison, were whistled 10 times, serving 20 minutes of penalty time.

Torkelson, Michael Mackinnon and Andreas Olofsson scored the Quake's three other goals in the game. The score by Mackinnon gave him seven goals on the year.

Friday's game effects lingered into Saturdays game against Bozeman as NORPAC league officials suspended a pair of Quake players for the game against the Ice Dogs.

“We had a new defenseman come in from Detroit that morning —Chad Braun —and due to the suspensions, we actually had to use him that evening out on the ice,” said Furstenau. “It was an emergency sort of situation, but he went out there and did a really good job for us.”

Mathew Peddie and Olofsson each scored first-period goals to give the Quake a comfortable lead after the first 20 minutes. Bozeman cut into the margin a little more than three minutes into the second, but Tyler Roberts and Drew Parus each lit the lamp for the Cody-based team to make it 4-1.

Cody Farber's power-play goal for Yellowstone was the only score over the final 20 minutes. Quake goalkeeper Ryan Thomas turned away 26 of the 27 shots fired at him in goal.

“Top to bottom, it was a good game,” said Furstenau.

In addition to the arrival Braun, the Quake's defense received an additional boost of good news over the weekend as it was learned that defenseman Andrew Lord was returning to the squad. Lord, a NORPAC all-rookie selection last season, had been drafted by the fledgling Chicago Hitmen NAHL franchise in the spring, but was recently cut from the team's roster. The Quake wasted little time in grabbing a valued member of the previous year's team.

“The biggest thing for us is, with the addition of Chad and Andrew, it allows us to move some good skaters forward on the ice now,” said Furstenau. “We've got a lot of skill up front and those two guys will really help shore us up defensively. Our defense will improve and our forwards will improve.”

To make room on the roster for Braun and Lord, the Quake tendered a pair of players. Forward Matt Tackett, who had one goal this season for the Quake, was picked up by a Minnesota-based junior team. Forward Bobby LeBlanc was claimed by the Butte franchise.

The Yellowstone Quake return to action this weekend with a pair of road games. The team returns to Billings on Friday night before heading to Butte for a Saturday contest. The team's next home game takes place Oct. 30 when Billings comes to Cody's Riley Arena.

As stated in my last column that LYLOLH (left you laughing out loud hopefully), advanced electronic communication is a double-edged sword that leaves me bleeding more often than not.

I e-mailed that column to my friend, Frank Rozek, and if I might quote his reply without his permission, “All this time, I thought LOL meant lots of love and now I find out it's laugh out loud! I wonder how many people think I'm a complete idiot for ending an unfunny message that way? I actually wrote to my cousin Wendy after her Dad had a heart attack, and ended with ‘LOL.' No wonder I haven't heard from her since.”

Because I always like to accentuate the positive in My Lousy World, my renewed friendship with my old best friend Rozek is my lone feel-good Facebook chapter. We were weightlifting partners for over a decade ‘til the late 90s when his new girlfriend Jessie got Frank a job for the railroad.

Since he moved to Powell and worked on the railroad all the live-long day, we rarely got together anymore. Then I heard he'd been laid off, STS (split the sheets) with Jessie and had moved back home to Chicago, depressed. A few months ago, 10 years later, my e-mail said, “Frank Rozek wrote something on your Facebook wall.”

Without the enormous wingspan of FB wrapping us in a big hug, I'd most likely never have heard from Frank again, much less known he eventually married Jessie, drives a Harley, and that his complexion finally cleared up. We've been e-mailing, FBing, and giggling like schoolgirls on the phone ever since.

Now that I've exhausted the positivism, I'll warn that being pushed into Facebook land by well-meaning friends is like being dropped off in a strange neighborhood with amnesia. You not only can't find your way back home, but each door you open leads you to another door that leads you even further from home.

I'll think I'm on my “home page,” but suddenly am somewhere else that only looks vaguely like home. Whose “wall” is this, and who are all these people yapping at me? If I respond to one I recognize, will the privacy I expected be betrayed and tacked on some wall for the world to see?

Yes, it certainly will, I found out the hard way.

I was amazed at how many former classmates now live on poultry farms and invite old friends to help find eggs. I actually replied to one, “Hey, that's neat you live on a big farm now. Is that somewhere near our old school, or is your farm out of state?”

Weeks later, I learned the “farm” is one of many interactive FB games I'll be invited to play. Well, I don't like games when I'm trying to talk, and if people are going to lie about raising chickens, what else will I look foolish believing?

Some informed me they “like” something and asked me to like it too. When I tried to explore it once and clicked on “The View,” days later I read in my own bio, “Doug loves The View.” Hey, I never said that. Sure, I've seen it, but it's absurd to suggest to all these chicken farmers that I'm some kind of Metrosexual View groupie.

One's bio, or “home profile,” is basically everyone's personal Playboy Centerfold page, except few divulge their measurements or anything about running naked in the rain.

The idea is to reveal your interests to those you've accepted as your “FB Friends,” and every day someone seeks your friendship.

Hey, it's hard enough to find ample nap time in the real world, so who needs all these new, invisible friends? You don't want to hurt anyone's feelings, so you “accept” most of the groveling solicitations, but that friend then throws up 10 more potential friends for you to never actually meet, but to read private messages you intended only for one trusted person.

By accepting each request, do I appear needy, trying desperately to seem popular? It's not like Valentine's Day back in grade school where only the cool kids' fabric hearts pinned on the wall are filled with cards. As I see it, anyone can have hundreds of meaningless friendships on FB, as the screening process is basically, “Friend? OK, sure.”

At the bottom of the screen, there's always listed a few friends who are “online to chat,” whatever that means. Hell, the world's too darn chatty as it is. Do strangers now really need to know if I'm “Working hard or hardly working...LOL?”

If you're still safe at home, don't ever travel to this place! It's confusing, invasive, and scary. And each time you try to help someone find their eggs, you step on a land mine!

Among the many offices on the ballot this year are two positions of particular importance to Powell voters.

Two seats representing Powell are open on the Northwest College Board of Trustees. The incumbents in those seats, Jim Vogt and Carolyn Danko, are seeking to return to the board, and they are being challenged by Rick LaPlante and Kim Dillivan.

Whatever the outcome of the vote, the board will have a number of serious issues to deal with. There has been turmoil at NWC in recent months marked by conflict and communication issues that have affected morale. A mediation process is under way to address those issues, and its outcome will have a major impact on the college.

A number of key people have retired or moved on to new positions and will have to be replaced in the coming months.

Northwest College has experienced rising enrollment for the past two years, a positive sign, but should that trend continue, it raises new challenges in staffing and facilities, especially if the current economic downturn requires cuts in state funding. NWC and the state's other community colleges will have to join in working with the Legislature to ensure adequate funding levels.

NWC also faces the challenges that are affecting educational institutions all over the nation. Education in the United States is undergoing change, and some of those changes involve the role of junior colleges and their relationships to both high schools and four-year colleges and universities. Those changes may affect course offerings at Northwest College and the way learning is delivered to students.

Finally, the college is nearing the end of the accreditation process, and administrators and faculty members continue to work to weave gaols in the college's strategic plan into everyday operation, teaching and learning at Northwest.

The NWC board will have a big role in dealing with all of those challenges.

NWC is a major asset to the city of Powell, both for its economic impact and its contributions to our quality of life. For that reason, Powell residents should not approach their votes for the NWC board casually.

Residents have the opportunity to learn more about each candidate during a forum at 7 p.m. tonight (Thursday) at the college.

We urge voters to carefully consider all the candidates for the NWC board and cast their votes thoughtfully.

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