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September 11, 2008 3:26 am

Lady Panthers win conference opener

The Powell High School Lady Panthers opened their conference season with a convincing win over Lovell in volleyball action Tuesday night.

A strong attack by Hannah Pollart and Kayla Ando highlighted the match, but aggressive serving and effective defense also were factors as the Lady Panthers took the match in three games, 25-11, 25-13, 25-1.

Pollart scored 19 kills in the match and Ando assisted on most of them, finishing the match with 19 assists. Ando also was perfect from the service line, hitting 19 serves accurately, two of which went for aces.

As a team, the Lady Panthers served 10 aces, half of them by Randi Asay. Savannah Donarski was also perfect from the line, going seven for seven, and Olivia Rogers was 17 for 18 with one ace.

The Lady Panthers scored points in bunches during the victory, including an eight-point run behind Ando's serve in the deciding game. Rogers served for seven straight points and Asay had a six-point streak in game two.

PHS coach Cindi Smith said the Lady Panthers' offense adapted to a strong performance by Pollart in the match. In their normal offense, Pollart shares the setting duties with Ando, Smith said, but Pollart was hitting effectively and the team responded to take advantage of her hot streak.

“Hannah was really on, so we kept going to her, ” Smith said. “More than half her attacks were kills.”

Donarski and Olivia Rogers contributed the attack with four and three kills, respectively.

Defensively, Donarski led the team in digs with 12, and was six of seven in service receptions. Defensive specialist Kelsey Allen led the team in receiving serves, keeping 12 of 14 in play, and contributed 10 digs. Rogers made eight digs and assisted with three blocks.

Smith complimented her team for serving aggressively and playing steady defense in the win. She also credited Rogers with playing well both at the net and on the back line.

“The girls really played together well,” Smith said.

This weekend, the Lady Panthers will compete in a tournament in Rawlins, where Smith said the Lady Panthers will meet regional rival

Kemmerer, Buffalo and 2A Mountain View in pool play.

“Kemmerer has started out strong,” Smith said, adding that the Rangers may be the top team in the Southwest Conference.

“I like this tournament,” Smith said. “It's early in the season and we'll see a lot of 3A schools.”

Tuesday, the Lady Panthers will travel to Greybull for a match.

The Rawlins tournament is scheduled to start at noon Friday and continue through Saturday at Rawlins High School. The Greybull match is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the Greybull High School gym.

For the past few years, just saying the word “pool” in Powell has stirred strong reactions. Some have adamantly supported the ongoing project throughout all its phases. Others just as fiercely opposed it, or at least some part of it — be it the funding, location or design.

On Monday, the Powell City Council voted to move forward with the aquatic center, and construction likely will begin within the next four to six weeks.

The construction and design companies spent the past two months looking for ways to reduce the cost and suggested cutting certain aesthetic elements of the pool.

At a savings of more than $50,000, the city could have taken away the pool's exterior color, eliminated flutes, gotten rid of the sandblasted walls and put an end to other design features.

However, Mayor Scott Mangold and councilmen opposed making the pool a gray, lifeless cement building. Aesthetics matter to the council — thankfully.

After all the money, hours, labor and emotion that has gone into the new Powell pool, it needs to be a facility the community is proud of, rather than an eyesore.

The dollars going into this pool certainly matter, especially in an unstable U.S. economy. However, money spent on a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing aquatic center is an investment, not a frivolous expenditure.

September 11, 2008 3:21 am

Jay L. Suko

(Aug. 8, 1963 - Sept. 7, 2008)

Jay Suko, 45, of Worland, died Sunday, Sept. 7, in a motorcycle accident west of Greybull.

Jay was born on Aug. 8, 1963 in South St. Paul, Minn., the second oldest of 10 children born to Jimmie M. and Mary Ann Helen (Nelson) Suko.

He received his education in Worland. Jay married Brenda Lee Cregger, on Feb. 14, 1985, in Powell.

Jay was a very skillful worker and held many positions throughout his lifetime in the oilfield.He was a certified welder, pipe fitter, and mentor to many who knew him.He was determined to be successful at anything he set his mind to.He helped Natural Gas Processing/Wyoming Gas Company blossom into the successful business it is today as the Vice President of Operations.He put his family first in all that he did.He loved taking his children camping, swimming, supported them in all their school activities, and made sure that a family vacation was planned every year before school started.

He was preceded in death by his older brother, Jerome, and grandparents, George and Helen Nelson.

He is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, his children, Erica, Jami, Jacob, Courtney and Miranda; one granddaughter, Myah;his parents; brothers Gerald (Stephanie) Suko of Billings, Joe (Peg) Suko of Wheatland, sisters Melissa (Russell) Braun of Minot, N.D., Marceen (Ric) Hernandez and Maralee (Jason) Giudice all of Worland; Melaina (Jeremy) Cox of Basin, Jennifer Suko and Janna (Don) Keever, all of Billings; grandparents, Martin and Helen Suko of Jamestown, N.D., and an abundance of nieces of nephews. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends, co-workers and the family dog, Kiko, whom he made pancakes for every Saturday morning.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Stake Center in Worland. Burial will follow at the Riverview Memorial Gardens Cemetery.Memorials may be made in Jay's name in care of Bryant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 524, Worland, Wyo.82401.

Bryant Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

September 11, 2008 3:20 am

Corky Weber

(June 3, 1956 - Sept. 4, 2008)

Mass of Christian burial for Corky Weber, 52, of Lander will be celebrated today (Thursday, Sept. 11) at 10 a.m. at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Lander with Father Dave Erickson as celebrant.

Burial will be held at the Mount Hope Cemetery in Lander. Corky died Thursday, Sept. 4 as the result of a ranching accident.

Robert “Corky” Arden Weber was born in Riverton June 3, 1956, to John Henry and Gladys (Westbrook) Weber. He was raised on the Weber family ranch nestled in Lyons Valley in the foothills of the Wind River Range. Like his brothers and sisters, western life was a part of Corky, and the mountains were his sanctuary. Corky worked in the uranium mines in Jeffrey City as a welder after graduation from trade school in Casper.

Later, he took over the family ranch. On Oct. 12, 1981 he married Pearl Berndt.

Just like his father, ranch life was a passion for Corky, as he lived the life of a rancher for 52 years. He always had a warm smile and a good conversation for anyone who came along.

Corky made and cherished many friends throughout his life, all of whom were special to him, and he would often talk fondly of “old times.” He was a dedicated family man. His wife and children, and later his grandkids, were a very special and important part of his life.

Corky was “John Wayne,” the man on a paint horse, answerer of all questions and a hero to many.

Survivors include his wife Pearl of Lander; his six children, Katie Bingley and her husband Steven of Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Jake Weber of Lander, Scot Weber and fiancé Jaci Rico of Riverton, Mike Weber of Lander, Beth Watts and her husband Josh of Lander and David Weber of Lander; his mother ,Gladys Mildred Weber of Lander; three brothers, Dale Weber of Lander, Ron Weber of Lander, and Jack Weber of Jackson; three sisters, Evelyn Asay of Ralston, Peggy McCall of Cody and Roseva Van Patten of Jackson; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Henry Weber.

September 11, 2008 3:18 am

Winged Welcome

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Members of the Wyoming National Guard flew a Lockheed C-130 Hercules over the crowd at the Wyoming Korean War Veterans Memorial to open the dedication ceremony at the monument Saturday, Sept. 6 east of Cody.
Tribune photo by Kara Bacon

Charges stem from ‘95 incident in Powell

A former volunteer football coach at Powell High School has pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a minor more than a decade ago.

Last Wednesday, as part of a plea agreement, Troy S. Pittman, 33, was given five years supervised probaton, as reported by the Billings Gazette.

Pittman was sentenced to three to five years in jail, but that time was suspended if he successfully completes his probation.

According to court documents, Pittman supplied alcohol and pornography to a 15-year old minor and encouraged him to engage in sex acts.

Pittman had been charged with two counts of indecent liberties, but one was dropped as per the plea bargain. Another count in Big Horn County, stemming from separate allegations, was also dismissed.

Court documents say the incident took place in the fall of 1995, while Pittman was student teaching at Powell High School and volunteering as a freshman football coach.

Late last October, Pittman was charged in Big Horn County with taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Up until then, Pittman had been working as a history teacher and head football coach at Lovell High School.

The charges followed an investigation by the Department of Criminal Investigation into allegations that a coach had engaged in sexual misconduct with “student(s)/athlete(s),” court documents say.

Days after Pittman's arrest in Big Horn County, the Powell victim came forward.

The Cody Bureau of Land Management is seeking comments on a proposed natural gas drilling project in McCullough Peaks within the wild horse management area and will host a public meeting to discuss it from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bighorn Federal Community Room, 1701 Stampede Ave in Cody.

According to a bureau notice, the proposed project area is situated on approximately 12 sections (7,680 acres) inside the Rocktober Federal Unit in the McCullough Peaks area.

“Three-quarters of the unit has the HMA (Horse Management Area) in it,” said Ann Perkins, BLM planning and environmental coordinator.
“I am totally against it (drilling) myself,” said Ken Martin, who operates Red Canyon Mustang Trips in Cody.

Martin fears for the wild horses and aesthetics. He said if the wells hit pay dirt, it will soon resemble Oregon Basin.

Three of the seven wells would be in the Horse Management Area with compressor station outside the HMA. Two of the wells are under application, the other five would only be drilled if the first two wells are productive, Perkins said.

Perkins encourages the public to attend Wednesday's meeting.

“We would appreciate it if different stake-holders and members of the public attend the public scoping meeting to share their concerns, comments and any solutions so the BLM can make an informed decision,” Perkins said.

Martin said he is well aware of the crucial need for oil and gas, but said if the bureau allows drilling in the McCullough Peaks area, he hopes best management practices are employed to ensure that drilling is low-impact and does not compromise the scenic views.


Powell students continue to do well on Wyoming's statewide tests, according to results released last week by the Wyoming Department of Education.

Elementary and middle school students exceeded statewide averages in all categories but one on the Proficiency Assessment for Wyoming Students administered to public school students in the state last spring.

Overall, the district is “really happy with the results” compared to the statewide performance, said R.J. Kost, curriculum coordinator for Park County School District No. 1. But he added that exceeding the state results is not the goal of the district.

“We're not trying to compare ourselves to the rest of the state,” Kost said. “Our goal is to push ourselves as high as we can.”
The assessment, commonly called PAWS, has been administered to students in grades three through eight and grade 11 since 2006. Each student's performance is rated in one of four levels: below basic, basic, proficient or advanced.

The assessment is used by the state to measure school progress as required by the Federal No Child Left Behind Act. This year, the standards for performance increased, requiring a larger percentage of students to score as proficient or advanced. Despite the increase, Powell schools easily met the new requirements.

“This year, there was a bump in the requirements,” Kost said, “but our teachers have met the challenge. The whole district is proud of them. Overall, we're happy with the results.”

September 09, 2008 1:01 am

Over the top

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A jubilant Gavin Mills leaps into the air along with teammate Ryan Brandt (right) at the conclusion of last Friday night's 13-7 victory by the Panthers against Worland. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Panthers use late scoring drive to edge Worland

One year after enduring a 3-6 mark and a quick exit from the Class 4A playoffs, the Powell High School Panthers are team with one thing in particular on their minds — redemption.

The fourth-ranked Panthers, facing a hard-nosed Worland team on the Warriors' own turf, left nothing to chance and didn't wait for the ball to take a bounce in their favor last Friday night in the Class 4A West matchup. Instead, they hunkered down and seized a golden opportunity to pick up a quality victory. And they did so in dramatic fashion, winning 13-7.

With the score tied at 7-7 and just moments after a missed field goal attempt by Worland's Jon Gehrts, the Panthers took possession of the ball at their own 20-yard line with 10:26 left in the fourth quarter and embarked on a 14-play, 80-yard scoring march. The drive ended with senior quarterback Galen Mills leaping over the top of his surging offensive line and desperate Worland defenders trying to stand in his way. Chalk one up for the Panthers because Mills reached paydirt and put PHS ahead 13-7 with 3:26 left to play with his one-yard touchdown plunge.

"It felt like four years of trying came down to that one play," Mills said after the game. "That one was all about our offensive line. They did what they had to do."

September 09, 2008 1:01 am

PHS tennis teams split matches

Girls go 2-1, boys go 1-2

It was an up-and-down week for the PHS tennis teams.

On Thursday, the PHS boys and girls emerged victorious over the Cody Broncs and Fillies, both by 4-1 margins.

PHS coach Ray Bieber couldn't recall another time in his tenure that Powell has swept Cody.

Things took a downturn Saturday morning. Both boys and girls squads came up empty against Jackson, losing their 10 matches.

Bieber said that although the final scores may not show it, all the matches were competitive.

“We gave it a good effort, but (Jackson) played very well,” he said.

Bieber said he's never seen a team play as well as Jackson did on Saturday.

“We figured out some things to work on, which is good,” he said. “It was a good wake-up call for us.”

Bieber said the Panthers need to battle against teams like Jackson if they want to succeed at state.

Both the boys and girls teams bounced back in the Saturday afternoon match against Riverton. The guys took a 3-2 victory, and the girls won 5-0, two matches by forfeit.

Girls No. 1 singles player Darcee Lynn played three strong matches last week, Bieber said. Lynn, a senior, beat Cody's Jill Ross in three sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-1) on Thursday. In Saturday's competition, Lynn fell to Jackson's Mady Gerard (6-2, 6-1), but trumped Kelsey Fuztos of Riverton (6-2, 6-2).

Senior Chelsea Akin also had three good matches, Bieber said. At No. 2 singles, she beat Alison Johnston of Cody (7-5, 6-0), lost to Jackson's Madison Pachoe (6-4, 6-1), and then defeated Riverton's Hailey Reiter 6-2, 6-1.

At No. 1 doubles, seniors Alexa Kienlen and Taylor Stockdale beat Cody (6-0, 6-1), dropped a match against Jackson (6-1, 6-1), and won by default against Riverton.
Bieber said the Riverton squad had some people sick and one girl missed the team bus.

No. 2 doubles duo Kelli Lewis and Kelsey McKearney went 2-1 last week. The seniors trumped Cody (6-3, 7-5), suffered a Jackson setback (6-3, 6-0), then turned around and beat Riverton's team (7-5, 6-0).

Sophomore Lisa Schiermeister and junior Brittany Feller rounded things out at No. 3 doubles. The pair lost to Cody (7-5, 6-3) and Jackson (6-0, 6-3), and then won by forfeit against Riverton.

On the boys side, Jonas Kuehl took down Cody's Gunnar Lampe at No. 1 singles 6-1, 6-3). On Saturday, junior Kuehl fell to Jackson's Cody Blum (6-1, 6-1), but rebounded against Riverton's Randy McKinnon (6-2, 6-2).

Senior Chris Brinkerhoff had similar results on a 2-1 week. At No. 2 singles, he beat Cody's Wiley Newsome (6-3, 7-6(3)), lost to Jackson's Nate Tratenberg (6-1, 7-5) and beat Quintin Harrison of Riverton (6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4).

Bieber was pleased with the improvement of No. 1 doubles team Levi Anderson and Sam Wise. The juniors came through with their first win of the season on Thursday, trumping their Cody counterparts in split sets, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Anderson and Wise lost to Jackson (6-1, 6-3) and Riverton (6-2, 6-1).

At No. 2 doubles, freshmen Todd Lewis and Eric Curtis fell to Cody (6-1, 6-4) and Jackson (6-2, 6-4), but bounced back to beat Riverton in straight sets (6-2, 7-6(4)).

Tyler Morgan and Robert Speiser triumphed in three sets over Cody's No. 3 doubles team, 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. The sophomores dropped matches against Jackson (6-1, 6-2) and Riverton (7-5, 6-4).
Bieber said the teams will have plenty of work this week. Specifically, they'll practice volleys and second serves.

“This weekend it isn't going to get any easier,” Bieber said.

The Panthers will take on Kelly Walsh and Natrona this Saturday, two teams that Bieber says should be strong.