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Northwest College volleyball player Carol Martin (left) gets a hug from Rocky Mountain Manor resident Rose Winslow following a recent volleyball match at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell. Martin and Winslow have developed a friendship through a program that has brought together NWC's athletes and seniors from the local retirement facility. Tribune photo by David Dickey

A common bond

Following a recent volleyball match at Northwest College, the Lady Trappers began their usual routine of taking down the net, stretching and visiting with family and friends who were in attendance.

Among those who took time to interact with the players was Rose Winslow, an 87-year-old resident of the Rocky Mountain Manor, a retirement home located in Powell.

As Winslow made her way onto the court, she was spotted by NWC setter Carol Martin. The sophomore quickly made her way to Winslow's side, and the two shared a hug and a lengthy conversation. Middle hitter Thabata Galvao and men's basketball player Ricardo Bodra soon joined the conversation, which produced plenty of smiles and laughter.

Event will be Monday, Nov. 17

Jeff Jones, activities director and assistant principal at Powell High School, announced last week that the PHS Winter Sports Kick-Off Night has been scheduled for Monday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the PHS Auditorium.

The event, Jones said, will serve as an opportunity for coaches, parents and student-athletes to gather and discuss the upcoming winter sports seasons. He also said any remaining paperwork related to each team can be completed that night.

“Having the opportunity for coaches, parents and student-athletes to meet like this has worked out well,” Jones said. “It helps everyone understand what the expectations are leading into the season, and it helps provide an additional link of communication between parents and coaches.”

The event, which is expected to take 45 minutes, also will provide an opportunity for PHS supporters to purchase booster club memberships or Panther Pride clothing from representatives of the Powell Athletic Roundtable.

The teams included in the Winter Sports Kick-Off Night include wrestling, boys and girls basketball, boys swimming and the Groove Masters dance team. PHS's wrestling, basketball and dance teams will conduct their first practices of the winter season Monday, Nov. 17. The boys swim team is slated to have its first practice, Monday, Dec. 1.

To see a complete schedule of PHS activities, visit www.highschoolsports.net.

November 10, 2008 3:55 am

PHS tennis teams honor top players

The Powell High School tennis teams recognized their top players at a recent awards ceremony.

On the boys side, there was a tie for the most valuable player award.

No. 1 singles player Jonas Kuehl, an junior exchange student from Germany, and No. 2 singles player Chris Brinkerhoff, a senior who placed fourth at the state tournament, shared the MVP honors.

PHS head coach Ray Bieber said the two players' presence will be greatly missed.

“They scored nearly all of our points at state,” he said.

Sophomore Tyler Morgan won the title of most improved after a season of competing in the No. 3 doubles slot.

Morgan, who attends Rocky Mountain High School but plays for PHS, “really cares about tennis and works hard at his game,” Bieber said.

Todd Lewis was honored as the boys' most inspirational player. Bieber described him as “an outstanding freshman with a great attitude.”

On the girls side, senior Chelsea Akin won honors for most valuable, scoring more points than anyone on the squad. Bieber said Akin improved a great deal this year, describing her as “just a very intense person who cared a lot about the team.”

Junior Brittany Feller took the award for most improved.

“She came a long way this year,” Bieber said.

Feller and her partner, sophomore Lisa Schiermeister, capped their season with a fourth-place state finish at No. 3 doubles.

For the third year in a row, Kelli Lewis won the team's most inspirational award.

“She's got to be one of the most inspirational players who's played for Powell, ever,” Bieber said.

PHS tennis will be entering a rebuilding mode next season.

They are losing “six of the best senior girls we've ever had,” Bieber said. The list includes Darcee Lynn, Akin, Alexa Kienlen, Taylor Stockdale, Lewis, and Kelsey McKearney.

Bieber said they'll begin the attempt to fill those “big shoes” this spring.

November 10, 2008 3:54 am

Lily Renee McCullough

(Nov. 2, 2008 - Nov. 2, 2008)

Lily Renee McCullough, beloved daughter of Caitlin Evans and Logan McCullough, was born and died on Sunday Nov. 2, at Sheridan County Memorial Hospital. She was greatly anticipated, loved deeply and will be very missed by her parents and extended family.

A service for Lily and her parents will be held Friday, Nov. 14, at 10 a.m. at Champions Ferries Funeral Home in Sheridan.

Lily is also survived by her grandparents, Kim and Matt Lawson and Doug and Billie McCullough, all of Powell, and Margo Heck, and Richard Evans of Sheridan; great-grandparents Sheila and Allen Pease, Mary McCullough, Meldon McCullough,Jan and Janice Harrison,Bob and Ida Lawson, all of Powell, Duane and Ilene Harvey of Lovell, and Frances Evans of Twinsburg, Ohio; great-great-grandfatherDon Stanley of Powell; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Memorial gifts can be sent to her family at 509 W. Works, Sheridan, WY 82801, c/o Margo Heck.

November 10, 2008 3:51 am

Lloyd Gonzales

(Feb. 14, 1923 - Nov. 5, 2008)

Lloyd Gonzales, 85, died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 5 at the Powell Valley Hospital following a stroke.

Lloyd was born in Cimarron, N.M., on Feb. 14, 1923, the third child of seven children born to Benito Gonzales and Carolina Bustamante. He left home at age 12 to begin his life as a ranch hand. During his career, he worked on ranches throughout the West, from Texas to Montana. He spent most of his life working on ranches in Wyoming, selecting the Big Horn Basin as his favorite place to work. He especially enjoyed his time spent on ranches in the Sunlight Basin area and the South Fork of the Shoshone.

He was an outdoorsman. He was an excellent fisherman, a crack shot, a skilled irrigator and a good hand around livestock. His favorite boss, among many fine people he worked for over the years, was Wayne Hodson. Hodson was foreman of the TE Ranch when Lloyd worked there as a night-calver, irrigator and ranch hand.

Lloyd was a humble man. His credo was to be self-reliant, to trust God, to be true to his family, friends, fellow workers and employers, to always pay his debts and to always give thanks for kindnesses rendered to him. He will be remembered for the numerous flowers and sweets that he gave to acquaintances as tokens of his esteem.

He never married, but his family and friends were among his most cherished blessings in life.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his older sisters, Nestora and Georgia; and his younger brothers, Lorense, Leo, Napolean and Nickie.

He is survived by his half-brother, Ben Martinez; numerous nieces and nephews, many grand nieces and nephews and some great-grand nieces and nephews. His nieces, Rosie Montoya of Louisville, Colo., and Sophie Padilla of Centennial, Colo., came to visit him prior to his death.

Per his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private service will be scheduled at a later date. Thompson Funeral Home in Powell is in charge of the arrangements.

November 10, 2008 3:49 am

Mayor Mangold re-elected

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Mayor Scott Mangold, right, was at the aquatic facility construction site at Homesteader Park with Capstone Construction's Russ Whitlock on Wednesday. Mangold was re-elected as Powell's mayor on Tuesday. During his first term, Mangold worked on funding and designing the new aquatic center with city council and community members. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

Hillberry, Young, Hillman get council seats

The “Voice of the Panthers” will be Powell's leading voice for another four years. On Tuesday, Mayor Scott Mangold led the race with 1,805 votes, or 67 percent of votes cast, compared to opponent Councilman Tim Sapp's nearly 32 percent, or 854 votes. There were 21 write-in votes.

All numbers are considered unofficial until certified by the Park County canvassing board later this week.

Mangold said the strong support encouraged him that “the direction that we're going in is the direction that the majority of citizens want.”

November 06, 2008 4:35 am

Local reaction to election mixed

Obama wins Presidency

In an election of historical proportions, Democrat Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, capturing 349 of the country's electoral votes, to Republican candidate John McCain's 173.

Obama will be the nation's first black president.

November 06, 2008 4:33 am

Voter turnout phenomenal'

Election officials were ready for a massive voter turnout in Park County. Even so, that wasn't quite enough in Powell's Precinct 1.

Late Tuesday afternoon, election judges in Powell phoned the County Clerk's office in Cody to request more ballots. Headquarters quickly sent a load along.

Turnout in Precinct 1, which includes Northwest College and central, northern Powell, was exceptional. Some 519 voters showed up to vote, and only 416 had been registered at the start of the day. Those new registrations boosted the unofficial turnout to some 124 percent.

November 06, 2008 4:29 am

The ultimate team

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Powell Lady Panthers (backs to the camera, from left) Randi Asay, Hannah Pollart and Lauren Fagnant congratulate Savannah Donarski for scoring a kill. Olivia Rogers and Kami Cooley are partially hidden in the back. The team's chemistry was a big factor in propelling them to a state championship season. Tribune photo by Don Amend

Smith reflects on team chemistry

The Powell High School Lady Panthers' march to the state championship can be attributed to one thing, according to Coach Cindi Smith.

“It was our team chemistry that really stood out,” Smith said.

Smith called her team a group of girls who were willing to “strive for excellence,” and who were “so positive and supportive of each other.”

Those attitudes motivated her team and built a high level of confidence and team unity.

Tournament slated to start at 9 a.m.

Northwest College's wrestling team will embark on its 2008-09 slate Saturday with its annual NWC Open at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell.

According to NWC head coach and athletic director Jim Zeigler, this year's field of competitors should once again provide a full day of top-notch wrestling action. At least five teams will have full squads at the event, including the University of Wyoming, which is under the direction of first-year Cowboy head coach Mark Branch. Wrestling is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

“This will be the first time they've brought a full squad here,” said Zeigler. “It's a big deal for us, and we're excited to have them here.”

Zeigler noted that Eric Coxbill, a former Trapper, is among the wrestlers on the Cowboys' roster. Now a senior, Coxbill wrestled two years at NWC before joining the team at UW. Last year, he led the Cowboys in victories with 26 while wrestling in the 165-pound weight class. Coxbill, from Wright, finished the year with a 26-14 mark and finished second in the West Regional. He also was named Third Team All-MWC.

In addition to NWC and UW, other full squads expected at the event are Montana State University-Northern, the University of Great Falls and Western Wyoming. Zeigler also said wrestlers from the University of Northern Colorado, Utah Valley University, Idaho State University and the University of Regina are slated to compete.

As for the Trappers, they will enter the season opener with a large group of freshmen and only a handful of returners from last season's team. Among the key returners are All-American Anthony Varnell (141) and national qualifier Mason Peebles (165). Varnell had knee surgery during the offseason, but Zeigler said the young standout has been strong in practice sessions. Also back are sophomores Josh Clark (174/184) of Ashton, Idaho, and Luis Carranza (133) of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

The freshman class for the Trappers, which boasts 17 wrestlers, should be strong, Zeigler said. Among the top recruits expected to make an impact this season is Powell High School graduate Mak Jones (197). Jones capped his career by winning back-to-back state titles at 189, and helped the Panthers to the team title during the 2008-09 season.

“We have high expectations for Mak,” Zeigler said. “He's a hard-nosed guy, and if he can stay healthy, he'll have a chance to be in competition for All-American honors.”

Jones, however, isn't the only freshman on the squad with multiple state titles to his credit. Jeff Wood (125/133), of Gillette, is a four-time state champion. Saul Guerrero (133) of Ft. Lupton, Colo., and Tyler Jones (149) of Ashton, Idaho, joined the program after having won three state titles each. Landon Harris (285) of Rexburg, Idaho, and Briston Brenton (149) of Casper, and Jesse Amos (174) of Anchorage, Alaska, each won two state titles in high school. Tyler Jones and Harris, also earned All-American honors in high school.

One-time state champions for NWC include Dustin Baldwin (184) of Spokane, Wash., McCade Ford (141) of Payson, Utah, William Larson (125) of Thermopolis, and Corey Woodruff (157) of Saginaw, Mich.

“We've got quite a crew of freshmen,” Zeigler said. “It's a good group, and we're looking forward to seeing what they can do.”

Other freshmen on this year's roster include Tyrell Wright (174) of Coalville, Utah, Matt Chandler (141) of St. Louis, Mo., Judd Brown (285) of Newberg, Ore., Michael Ausdol (133) of Cheyenne, Eddie Whiting (125) of Cowley, and Jonathan Tiernan (285) of Delray Beach, Fla.

“I think we'll have a nationally competitive team that will be in the mix,” Zeigler said. “I'm not sure this is a group that can be in a national title hunt, but a top-6 finish is possible. That's a lofty goal with so many freshmen. It they work hard, and if we can stay healthy, we've got a chance to have a good year.”