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September 23, 2008 3:41 am

Residents await new aquatic center

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Young swimmers gather in the deep end of the Powell High School pool to listen to Tanya Fawcett-Kay, Powell Swim Club coach, last week during practice. Throughout the week, the pool is shared by various groups, including the Powell Swim Club, Swim America, the Powell Recreation Department and Park County School District No. 1. Tribune photo by Tessa Schweigert

Current pool crowded

While watching her son learn swimming techniques in early September, Elaine DeBuhr realized how much Powell needed the eight-lane pool that recently was approved.

“I saw how busy the pool was, and I thought, ‘Thank God,'” she said. “The pool is packed. There are kids bumping in to each other in lanes. This new pool can't come soon enough.”

Each Tuesday and Thursday evening, the Powell High School pool teems with activity. As high-school swimmers finish their practice, Swim America students and Powell Swim Club members arrive.

October 02, 2008 3:02 am

Wolves step back into the fray

Conservation groups who filed a lawsuit last summer may be celebrating their recent victory over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to put wolves back on the Endangered Species list, but the future of wolf management in Wyoming is still very much up in the air.

“We feel vindicated in that sense,” said Franz Camenzind, executive director of Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, one of the 12 conservation-group plaintiffs who filed the lawsuit before Judge Donald Molloy in U.S. District Court. “But we also know this is not an end point.”

Since Fish and Wildlife put wolves back on the Endangered Species list and back under the agency's protection in September, the state of Wyoming would have to write new legislation to manage wolves and get the service's approval. But, first, Fish and Wildlife officials would need to provide Wyoming with a proposal.

October 02, 2008 3:02 am

New Cody library opens Saturday

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Under the watchful eye of “Old Yellow Nose,” Park County Library Circulation Manager Pat Baumhover works to ready Cody's new library for its grand opening. Pictured is the facility's front desk. “Old Yellow Nose,” was painted by Cody artist Paul Clymer, the husband of County Library Director Francis Clymer. Tribune photo by CJ Baker

Don't bother asking Park County Libraries Director Frances Clymer for her favorite part of the new Park County Library.

“I'm excited about everything,” Clymer says.

However, you can find your own favorite feature on Saturday.

The library will host everyone and anyone for a grand opening Oct. 4, from 3-8 p.m. (see related story).

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Lady Trappers (from left to right) Katie Gregg, Angela Schuman, Carol Martin, Rebekah DePesa and Thabata Galvao celebrate after an NWC point late in Tuesday's match against Casper College. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Lady Trappers now 24-7

Playing at home for only the second time this season, the Northwest College Lady Trappers defeated Casper College in three sets (25-22, 25-22, 25-22) Tuesday night.

With the victory, the Lady Trappers improved to 24-7 for the season and 2-0 in matches played in NWC's Hank Cabre Gymnasium. NWC also has yet to lose a set during competitions in Powell this season. That mark, however, almost got its first blemish during the third set of Tuesday's match.

After being in control for the majority of the match, the Lady Trappers found themselves trailing 5-0 early in the third set and fell behind by as many as six points before rallying late.

Season standings settled

The Park County Kart Club's inaugural season came to a close last Saturday with a number of hard-charging battles on the track. When the dust settled following last week's races, 15 different drivers had claimed first-place finishes.

During those 15 races, only two competitors sped their way to multiple victories — Bill Rentschler and Scott Heny. Those claiming one first-place finish each were Brooklyn Sweet, Cory Heny, Mallory Triplett, Taylor Daniels, Matt Sweet, Nancy Knight, Jennifer Triplett, Trevin Allen, JJ Faulkner, Landon Greer, Mike Apanashk, Mark Rentschler and Tracy Sweet.

Saturday's races also settled the season-long points battles. The following is a review of the races and the season-ending points standings:

Saturday's Results

Kids (ages 5-8): 1. Brooklyn Sweet; 2. Samantha Sande.
• Junior I (ages 9-13): 1. Cory Heny; 2. Matt Sweet; 3. Emily Sande; 4. Hayden Brandon; 5. Marisa Sanders; 6. Taylor Daniels; 7. Taylor Rentschler.
• Junior I girls: 1. Mallory Triplett; 2. Emily Sande; 3. Brooklyn Sweet; 4. Marisa Sanders.
• Junior I boys: 1. Taylor Daniels; 2. Cory Heny; 3. Hayden Brandon; 4. Grady Sanders; 5. Taylor Rentschler; 6. Matt Sweet.
• Junior pro-am (ages 9-18): 1. Matt Sweet; 2. Cory Heny; 3. Taylor Rentschler; 4. Hayden Brandon; 5. Savannah Triplett; 6. Grady Sanders; 7. Emily Sande; 8. Taylor Daniels.
• Ladies 6.5hp heat race: 1. Nancy Knight; 2. Jane Faulkner; 3. Pokey Heny; 4. Jennifer Triplett; 5. Jill Sande.
• Ladies 6.5hp class race: 1. Jennifer Triplett; 2. Jill Sande; 3. Nancy Knight; 4. Jane Faulkner; 5. Pokey Heny.
• Men's 6.5hp (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Trevin Allen; 2. Dan DeLeon; 3. Sam Gernhart; 4. Curtis Sande.
• Men's 6.5hp (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. JJ Faulkner.
• Animal (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Landon Greer.
• Animal (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Bill Rentschler; 2. Ken Strausheim; 3. Tracy Sweet.
• Animal (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Scott Heny.
• Modified 210cc and below (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Mike Apanashk; 2. Curtis Sande; 3. Landon Greer; 4. Dan DeLeon; 5. Sam Gernhart.
• Modified 210cc and below (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Bill Rentschler; 2. Mark Rentschler; 3. Tracy Sweet; 4. Ken Strausheim; 5. JJ Faulkner.
• odified 210cc and below (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Scott Heny.
• Feature heat one: 1. Mark Rentschler; 2. Bill Rentschler; 3. JJ Faulkner; 4. Sam Gernhart; 5. Ken Strausheim; 6. Trevin Allen.
• Feature heat two: 1. Tracy Sweet; 2. Dan DeLeon; 3. Mike Apanashk; 4. Jane Faulkner; 5. Landon Greer.

Final Standings (top three when applicable)

• Kids (ages 5-8): 1. Brooklyn Sweet, 138 points; 2. Samantha Sande, 120; 3. Kyler Sims, 72.
• Junior I (ages 9-13): 1. Matt Sweet, 147; 2. Cory Heny, 132; Taylor Rentschler, 106.
• Junior I boys: 1. Matt Sweet, 122; 2. Cory Heny, 116; 3. Taylor Rentschler, 100.
• Junior I girls: 1. Emily Sande, 126; 2. Brooklyn Sweet, 114; 3. Marissa Sanders, 88.
• Junior II: 1. Jake Mennell, 78; Alex Zellman, 56.
• Junior pro-am: 1. Matt Sweet, 145; 2. Cory Heny, 130; 3. Savannah Triplett, 102.
• Ladies 6.5hp: 1. Jennifer Triplett, 134; 2. Jane Faulkner, 129; 3. Jill Sande, 124.
• Men's 6.5hp (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Curtis Sande, 130; 2. Sam Gernhart, 92; 3. Dan DeLeon, 66.
• Men's 6.5hp (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. JJ Faulkner, 126; Justin Sims, 78; 3. Aaron Lotten, 56.
• Men's 6.5hp (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Wayne McClaflin, 80; 2. Scott Heny, 18.
• Animal (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Landon Greer, 40.
• Animal (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Tracy Sweet, 90; 2. Bill Rentschler, 88; 3. Ken Strausheim, 83.
• Animal (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Scott Heny, 78; 2. Shawn Chouinard, 40.
• Modified 210cc and below (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Curtis Sande, 94; 2. Mike Apanashk; 3. Landon Greer, 48.
• Modified (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Ken Strausheim, 88; 2. Tracy Sweet, 78; 3. Bill Rentschler, 76.
• Modified (400-450 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Scott Heny, 58; 1. Delbert Reder, 58; 3. Shawn Chouinard, 38.
• Outlaw 211-250cc (300-350 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Curtis Sande, 20.
• Outlaw 211-250cc (350-400 pounds, kart and driver): 1. Tracy Sweet, 20.

The Powell Lady Panthers invaded the Cody pool Tuesday night and swam past the Fillies in dual competition.

Freshman Belen Quillen added her name to the list of state qualifiers while finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle, bringing the number of Lady Panthers on the state team to 10.

The Powell girls earned only four first places in the 12 events, but grabbed most of the other top-five finishes to outscore the Fillies 100-86.

Monique Zorgati won both the 200-yard and 100-yard freestyle events to lead the Lady Panthers' efforts. Diver Laura Morse earned her highest score of the season to win her event, and Zorgati, Alice Pinter, Jessica Curtis and Samantha Baker swam to first in the 200-freestyle relay for the team's other first-place effort.

Cody scored first-place points in the medley relay and the 400 relay, and double winners Betsy Whisonant, Allie Samuels and Kristi Valenzuela accounted for six other first-place finishes.

Samantha Baker and Pinter each earned two second-place finishes — Baker in the individual medley and the 500 and Pinter in the 50 and 100. Hannah Toland was second in the butterfly, and Stepfanie Thompson finished behind Morse in diving.

Six other swimmers contributed to the team score with two scoring finishes, including Kourtnie Rodgers, Alyssa Smith, Maddy Jones, Ryanne McDaniel and Jessica Curtis. Diver Emily Newlin, Anya Tracy, Sierra Baker, Jenna Hotovec and Jessica Wurzel all earned team points by placing in the top five in one event.

PHS head coach Karen Roles said a number of the swimmers earned their best times in the meet. Olivia Paxton cut 13 seconds, and Hotovec cut six from their best times in the individual medley relay, Roles said. Smith had her lifetime best swims in the individual medley and the backstroke. She narrowly missed qualifying for state in the backstroke. Samantha Baker, Curtis, Tracy, Wurzel and Rodgers also had season best times during the meet.

The Lady Panthers have one more dual meet left this season when the Worland Lady Warriors invade the Powell pool Saturday, and Roles said this weeks' schedule is benefitting the girls.

“It's nice to have a week without back-to-back meets,” Roles said. “The girls had time to rest before Cody and they can swim fresh Saturday. That should help them swim faster.”

Roles said several girls are within reach of qualifying times, some within a second or two, and have a chance to qualify this weekend. In addition, she said swimmers who have already qualified will be swimming to qualify in additional events.

After this week, the Lady Panthers have only one more regular season event, the Lander Invitational. The conference meet takes place in Kemmerer Oct. 17-18, and the state meet opens Oct. 31 in Gillette.

Saturday's meet with Worland will be the last home meet for seven seniors on the team, and they will be honored following the meet.

Swimming starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, and senior recognition will follow at about 1 p.m.

October 01, 2008 11:48 am

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Two years ago at this time, locals were working together to pass a capital facilities tax to pay for a new pool.

The future of Powell swimming hinged on the $9 million generated by the tax. Without it, some feared Powell's pool never would be replaced, leaving a gaping hole in a swimming community.

Voters countywide came together to ensure that Powell would get its aquatic center, and that projects would be funded in Cody and Meeteetse as well.

This weekend, Big Horn Basin residents are celebrating the first fruit of the tax — the new Park County Library in Cody. The library proves that the extra penny sales tax is going toward good.

It's also an example of communities coming together — something Powell needs to be reminded of.

While planning for the new pool, the Powell City Council and members of the Community Pool Committee disagreed on various important points along the way to a final design. Everyone is pleased Powell will get its new aquatic facility, but some of those points remain a sore spot today.

In order for the new pool to be a success, the City Council should dialogue with community members, especially those who frequent the current pool.

Currently, some people who care about swimming in Powell feel like the council doesn't care about them.

However, as ground is broken for the pool's construction, it's an opportunity for the council and the town's swimming community to come together to make Powell's aquatic center work for everyone.

This aquatic center is rooted in a community working toward a common goal. Some feel the project has strayed far from its origins — hopefully frayed roots can be reclaimed.

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Powell High School freshman Desiree Murray (right) leads a group of runners during the Rocky Mountain Invitational last Thursday in Lovell. Murray won the race and helped the Lady Panthers to a first-place finish in the team standings. Tribune photo by David Dickey

PHS's boys squad earns runner-up spot

Powell High School's girls cross country team recorded their third straight first-place finish last Thursday during the Rocky Mountain Invitational at Foster Gulch Golf Course in Lovell. PHS's boys squad also enjoyed a solid performance and placed second.

The Lady Panthers, who also finished first at the Cody Invitational (Sept. 12) and Lander Invitational (Sept. 18), placed five runners in the top 12, including freshman standout Desiree Murray. Murray finished first overall with a time of 20:29. Close behind and in third was PHS's Lauren Dunleavy in 21:08.

Alyssa Rodriguez and Jordan Bigelow, with times of 21:32 and 21:36, claimed spots six and seven, and Skye Albert finished 12th in 22:17 to round out the scoring efforts for the Lady Panthers.

“The girls are really running well,” said PHS head coach Cliff Boos. “They've been running in tight groups in workouts, and they've been doing the same in the meets. I just can't say enough about how well they support each other and how hard they work when they train.”

Casper College next for NWC

Victory No. 23 is in the books for the Northwest College Lady Trappers following a three-set sweep against Miles Community College Saturday in Miles City, Mont.

NWC (23-7) defeated the Lady Pioneers 25-13, 25-15, 25-16 despite being without one of its top players — Thabata Galvao. According to NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira, the sophomore middle hitter missed the contest due to a shoulder injury that has hampered her throughout a good portion of the season. Because of Galvao's absence, Siqueira said some adjustments had to be made with the Lady Trappers' lineup.

“Maddie Peterson played middle for Thabata, and Irelis Avendano started on the outside with Rebekah DePesa,” Siqueira said. “During the match, we were able to make adjustments, and every player had a chance to play for at least one set. In the third set, Samantha Cuttlers was setting and Carol Martin became a right-side hitter.

“We played at our level and were able to run some free-ball plays. We also served very well against Miles.”

Among the leaders for the Lady Trappers was Avendano, who finished with seven kills. Katie Gregg and Kayla Propes added five kills each. Marisa Shigetomi enjoyed another strong performance and finished with 12 digs from her spot on the back row, and Martin added nine.

Gregg led the team in aces with six, and Avendano and Peterson added two each.

• Up next: The Lady Trappers, who have endured a grueling road schedule since the start of the season, will begin a four-match homestand today (Tuesday), beginning with Casper College at 7 p.m. So far this season, NWC is 2-0 vs. the Thunderbirds.

Other upcoming home matches for the Lady Trappers include Eastern Wyoming College (Friday, 7 p.m.), Laramie County Community College (Saturday, 3 p.m.) and Sheridan College (Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.).

As for the Thunderbirds, Casper faced Dawson Community College in Glendive, Mont., last Saturday and swept the Buccaneers in three sets by scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-21. Among the leaders in that match for the Thunderbirds was right-side hitter Konefesi Vaisigano. The 5-10 freshman from Salt Lake City finished with a team-high 12 kills and 10 digs.

“We will have to work hard to stop their powerful outside hitter,” Siqueira said. “Hopefully we will have our starting squad ready to perform in front of our home crowd again.”

The match also will serve as a homecoming for former Powell High School Lady Panther Katie Patterson, a freshman middle hitter for the Thunderbirds. Patterson signed with Casper College after helping PHS to the Class 3A, West Conference title and a berth in the state tournament last year.

• Still unranked: Despite their 23-7 record and strong showings against some of the nation's top-ranked teams, the Lady Trappers have yet to get a top-20 spot in the NJCAA's national rankings. They were, however, among the schools receiving votes in the latest poll, which was released Sept. 24. The next poll is due to be released Oct. 1.