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Lady Trappers (from left to right) Maddie Peterson, Katie Gregg, Carol Martin, Thabata Galvao, Marisa Shigetomi and Angela Schuman celebrate a point by NWC during Monday night's match victory against Dawson Community College. Tribune photo by David Dickey

After 28 road matches, NWC gets to shine in Cabre

Playing at home for the first time in 2008, the Northwest College Lady Trappers put on a solid display of finesse and power on the volleyball court during a match victory over Montana-based Dawson Community College.

A vocal and enthusiastic crowd greeted the Lady Trappers, who opened the season with 28 road matches. In return, first-year NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira and her team treated the fans to an impressive performance in which the Lady Trappers won all three sets by identical scores of 25-11.

For Siqueira, the decision gave her a victory during her first match in the friendly confines of Cabre Gymnasium. The contest also was a golden opportunity for the team to show fellow students and NWC fans just how much the Lady Trapper volleyball program has progressed since the season began Aug. 22 at the

College of Southern Idaho's Outback Invitational.
Prior to Monday night, the Lady Trappers had amassed 21 wins and sustained just seven losses. In 2007, NWC finished the season with an overall mark of 12-34.

“The crowd was amazing,” Siqueira said of the welcome the team received. “The girls were so happy to see such a good turnout. The place was packed with students, and they were really loud. We like that because we're a very vocal team. Having a crowd like the one we had tonight really helps.”

It didn't take long for the noise level to reach a thunderous roar as NWC freshman outside hitter Irelis Avendano registered a kill that knocked a Dawson player to the ground. Avendano's effort gave NWC a 6-1 lead in the first set and resulted in a timeout by Buccaneer coach John Marble. His attempt to rally his squad, however, fell short as NWC followed by quickly claiming the first set of the night.

The Buccaneers, who were out of sync early because of the noise level and strong play of the Lady Trappers, never recovered. However, after the game one of Dawson's players admitted that even in defeat, the atmosphere was one her squad enjoyed.

“We weren't expecting anything like that,” said Dawson's Melissa Yarbrough. “It was a surprise, but it was a lot of fun. It's always fun to play when it's loud like that.”

Sets two and three produced the same results as the Lady Trappers maintained their stranglehold on the momentum. Along the way, a number of Lady Trappers posted impressive statistics. Maddie Peterson and Avendano finished with eight and seven kills each. Both players also finished with eight digs.

Sophomore setter Carol Martin enjoyed a stellar performance as well by recording 26 assists and nine digs. Rebekah DePesa, a freshman from Phoenix, Ariz., had a solid effort, particularly at the service line. She finished the night with three aces.

The home opener proved to be memorable for all of the Lady Trappers, but for Peterson and Angela Schuman, the victory was especially sweet. Those two are the only returning players from last year's team, which recorded a respectable 12 victories under the direction of former Powell High School graduate Jesseca Cross.

Cross served as an interim coach in 2007 despite not having any coaching experience. She took the position after the leading candidate for the coaching spot declined NWC's job offer following an extensive search to fill the position, which was left open following the 2006 season.

Peterson, who also is a team captain, said the turnaround and the stability the Lady Trappers now have are both welcomed sights. She also said she believed a reversal of fortunes was a possibility as soon as she met Siqueira.

“I came into the season with a lot of big expectations for this team,” Peterson said. “Early on, I could tell by (Siqueira's) coaching style that we could be a winning team. Our first practice showed us quite a bit as far as the intensity level she expects. She's quick to show you how to do something the right way, and she's a very vocal coach. The practices are intense, but it's worth it. And I'm so glad we were able to come out and give her a win in her first match at home.”

• Up next: The Lady Trappers (22-7) will travel to Miles City, Mont., for a Saturday contest with Miles Community College. They will then have the luxury of playing four straight matches at home, starting with a Tuesday, Sept. 30 date with Casper College at 7 p.m.

Last Monday proved to be a memorable and historic night at Hank Cabre Gymnasium on the Northwest College campus with the much-anticipated home opener for the Lady Trapper volleyball team.

Since late August, head coach Flavia Siqueira and her squad have been on a roll. They entered Monday's matchup with Dawson Community College sporting a 21-7 record. The drawback to their great start is that most of us in Powell have had to hear about their matches instead of seeing them, thanks to a grueling road slate to open 2008.

NWC's first 28 matches were played outside of Powell. Finally, however, the Lady Trappers were able to showcase their skills in front of their fellow students, the NWC faculty and the rest of their fan base from Powell and the surrounding area. And trust me when I say they didn't disappoint in what proved to be an electrifying atmosphere for volleyball.

At the beginning of the match, the gym was as loud as I've heard it during the three years I've been attending sporting events at NWC. There were times when it was almost impossible to hear the person next to you speak because of the crowd noise. It stayed that way until the very end when the majority of the student section pulled out their keys and started the chant of “Start the bus” as a final farewell to the Buccaneers.

Teams feed off of such enthusiasm and support, and it was great that this year's version of the Lady Trappers received such a warm welcome home. They responded by treating everyone to a match win in three sets (21-11, 21-11 and yes, for a third time, 21-11). Even Dawson's players, who appeared a bit awe struck by the crowd support Monday, said they loved the atmosphere.

On a historic note, the match was Siqueira's first at home. Fortunately, her memory of the night will be a good one since her team dominated Dawson from start to finish. The night was also significant because it was the first official sporting event in Hank Cabre Gymnasium with the new stadium seating. The new scoreboard, which is close to being completely installed, also was a nice touch, as was everything else from the Trapper Booster Club's pre-match tailgate party to the full-color volleyball media guides to the new press row.

I often hear coaches and players thanking fans for coming out to their games. In this case, I think the fans, myself included, should offer a similar thank you to the volleyball team for their efforts so far this season and to athletic director Jim Zeigler and everyone else who made everything about Monday's match a first-class event. The good news is, Monday was just the tip of the iceberg as far as what's to come as far as NWC's athletic programs are concerned. The first contest at home was a major success, and I'm already looking forward to going back for more.

September 25, 2008 3:00 am

Panthers stay at No. 2 in 4A rankings

Buffalo retains top spot

Class 4A's rankings were released Tuesday by WyoPreps.com, and the Powell High School Panthers remained the No. 2 team after defeating Riverton 34-6 last Friday.

The Buffalo Bison, who edged Powell 14-7 during week two, remained in the top spot despite losing to Class 3A Glenrock by a 16-14 margin last Friday. Buffalo (2-1) received 14 first-place votes while Powell (2-1) picked up nine.

Cody (2-1), following its 22-0 shutout victory over Rawlins (2-1) last week, jumped two spots in the poll to No. 3 and is followed by Jackson (2-1) at No. 4. The Worland Warriors (2-1), who were unranked last week, checked in at No. 5. Worland's lone loss was to Powell during the opening week of the season.

Powell will attempt to win its second game in row Friday night against a Lander team that has endured an up-and-down season so far. Lander (1-2) opened the season with a 49-0 setback to Buffalo. However, in week two, the Tigers rebounded and pulled off a stunning 6-0 upset victory over Jackson, the defending Class 4A state champions. That win snapped an 18-game losing skid for the Tigers. In the process, it ended a 12-game winning streak by the Broncs.

During last week's matchups, Lander lost a 14-13 decision to Worland.

“Lander is looking better,” said PHS head coach Jim Stringer. “They look like they are starting to turn things around some after going through some tough times.”

The Tigers are averaging 114 rushing yards per game and are ranked sixth in that category in Class 4A. In the passing department, they are eighth with 54.3 yards per contest. In team offense, the Tigers' 168.3 yards per game average is eighth out of 11 teams.

On the defensive side of the ball, this week's opponent for Powell is ranked sixth overall. The Tigers are giving up an average of 115.3 yards on the ground and an additional 78 through the air.

“They are more of a running team,” Stringer said. “They like to spread things out, and they use a lot of isolation and trap plays.”
Among the top players for Lander is running back Bret Klopp, who leads the team in rushing with 236 yards and two touchdowns on 60 carries.

As for Powell, the Panthers are ranked near the top of Class 4A in a number of offensive and defensive categories. PHS's 156 yards per game on the ground has them ranked fifth. The Panthers' 100.7 passing yards per game puts them at No. 3 in that statistical category. Powell's 256.7 total yards per game places them third in Class 4A.

In team defense, Powell ranks second overall and trails only Worland. The Panthers have given up an average of 153.7 yards per game while the Warriors are surrendering 133.3 per contest.

Powell has been strong against the run and the pass this season. On the ground, opponents have managed an average of just 109 yards against the Panthers. Opposing teams also have thrown for a mere 44.7 yards against PHS so far. In passing defense, Powell is ranked second in Class 4A.

Among the top players for Powell this season is Galen Mills. In Class 4A's all-purpose yardage category, he is ranked second overall with 162 yards per game. He ranks third in passing (100.7 yards per game) and sixth in rushing (61.3 ypg).

One of the top players on defense for the Panthers this year has been Trevor Donarski, who is fifth in Class 4A with an average of 19.3 defensive points. Matt McArthur, who averages 13.3 defensive points, is ranked 22nd.

Kickoff for Friday's Class 4A West Conference matchup between Powell (2-1, 1-0) and Lander (1-2, 1-1) is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Panther Stadium in Powell.

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Nicole Baggs of Cody and her McCullough Peaks' mustang, Dallas, will compete in the National Barrel Horse Association's World Championships next month. Horse and rider worked hard to get there, but Baggs credits all the hard work to Dallas. Tribune photo by Gib Mathers

In October, Nicole Baggs, 31, of Cody will ride her McCullough Peaks' mustang, Dallas, at the National Barrel Horse Association's World Championships.

Baggs calls it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

“I think she (Dallas) will quite possibly be the first mustang to compete in this event,” said Patricia Hatle, range and wild horse specialist for the

Cody Bureau of Land Management, who manages the McCullough Peaks herd.

The competition, in Augusta, Ga., will require Baggs and Dallas to make two barrel race runs in opposite directions. If she qualifies for finals, Baggs will make a final run. At stake is $350,000 in prizes and cash for 10 places in each of the four divisions.

Despite skepticism from some, Big Horn Fire Protection District No. 5 will begin fire protection in the Frannie-Deaver area in December, a District 5 spokesman said.

“We're actually beginning on Dec. 15,” said Craig Sorenson, Deaver, chairman of a joint powers board aimed at making a smooth transition to a new district.

Trucks may be rolling by the holidays, but the actual district will not be official until the new year.

The Big Horn District 5 is not a new district, but rather a detraction from Park County Fire District No. 1.

Representatives of the Frannie-Deaver district were late getting paperwork, including a legal description and map, to the Wyoming Department of Revenue. Due in January of this year, the paperwork did not arrive until March.

The city awarded the Centennial Park planning and design contract to Peaks to Plain Design of Billings last week.

At $33,076, the Peaks to Plain proposal was the cheaper of the two submissions the city received, said Powell Mayor Scott Mangold.

With a Wyoming Business Council Community Development Block Grant, the city has $33,000 available for design services, Mangold said.

Peaks to Plain Design representatives plan to meet with community members in November for designing workshops. Mangold said the meetings will likely take place at The Commons and give people a chance to share their views.

September 23, 2008 3:01 am

PHS football trounces Riverton

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Panthers Trevor Donarski (left), Cody Kalberer (34) and Drewe Metzler (right) stop Riverton running back Derek Miller (13) for a short gain during Powell's 34-6 homecoming victory against the Wolverines.

Panthers wallop the Wolverines

This week's catch phrase for Powell High School's homecoming matchup with Riverton was “Wallop the Wolverines,” and the Panthers did just that by claiming a 34-6 decision Friday night.

During the contest, the Panther offense was a shining example of balance as it carved its way through the Class 5A Wolverines for 147 yards rushing and 147 yards passing. Of PHS's five touchdowns, three came through the air. The other scores came courtesy of the Panthers' rushing attack.

Whereas Powell's offense clicked, particularly in the second half, the defense was equally as effective. Riverton was held to to just 82 total yards and two first downs. Thirty-one of those yards came on 23 rushing attempts, and the remaining 51 yards for the Wolverines came on a six-of-18 passing performance. Powell's defense and special teams also forced five turnovers, including three interceptions..

September 23, 2008 3:00 am

Trappers continue to rack up victories

NWC goes 6-1 in Wyo-Nebraska Shootout

Coach Flavia Siqueira and her Northwest College volleyball squad picked up six more match wins last week during the Wyoming-Nebraska Shootout in Torrington and Scottsbluff, Neb. In the process, the Lady Trappers also made a strong case for themselves to earn a spot in the NJCAA's Division I poll.

The Lady Trappers, following their 6-1 effort in last week's tournament, held a 21-7 record. NWC was scheduled to face Dawson Community College Monday night in Powell, and results from that match will be included in Thursday's edition of the Powell Tribune.

Though places were not awarded following the tournament, Siqueira said her team had the second-best record during the event, and finished just behind Western Nebraska Community College.

“I was very pleased with how my players performed during this tournament,” Siqueira said. “There were moments we could have played better, but there were moments when I was impressed with their level of play. Maddie Peterson played two positions during the tournament and did a very good job. Rebekah DePesa and Irelis Avendano also came from being non-starters to earning starting positions on the team. Marisa Shigetomi came out and played well and how I expect her to play all the time.”

NWC opened the tournament Thursday against Colby (Kan.) Community College and won 25-23, 25-18, 25-23. Siqueira said Colby played a strong match, but NWC was able to overpower the Lady Trojans with strong play along the front row.

Peterson and Thabata Galvao paced NWC with 13 kills, and DePesa added seven. Carol Martin had a team-high 33 assists. Shigetomi, Peterson and Galvao also finished with 13, 13 and 12 digs, respectively.

Against McCook (Neb.) Community College, NWC claimed a match win by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-10. As a team, the Lady Trappers had 10 aces, including five by Katie Gregg and three by DePesa. Galvao, who has been nursing a shoulder injury, sat out the match, and her spot in the middle was manned by Peterson. Avendano moved to the outside for Peterson during the lineup change, which proved to be a successful one for NWC.

Martin finished with six kills, 23 assists and 17 digs, and Kayla Propes had 12 digs and six kills.

In their final match Thursday, NWC defeated Trinidad (Colo.) State Junior College 25-20, 25-12, 25-18. Avendano enjoyed an eight-kill performance. Peterson added six kills, and Shigetomi and DePesa added 12 and 11 digs.

Friday's action for NWC opened with a match against second-ranked Western Nebraska Community College. Because Gregg was sick Friday morning, Peterson played in the middle and Avendano played on the outside. NWC started slow and WNCC went on to defeat the Lady Trappers 25-9, 25-14, 25-18.

“We did not play well in the first or second sets,” Siqueira said. “Some of our players looked very intimidated by WNCC, but during the third set we played at our level.”

Shigetomi ended the match with 25 passes and only one error. She also played solid defense, according to her coach.

The Lady Trappers rebounded from the loss and defeated Williston State College 25-16, 25-9, 25-17. Martin helped lead the turnaround with 29 assists and 13 digs. Peterson and Galvao added nine and eight kills.

NWC closed out Friday's matches with a 25-13, 25-16, 25-10 victory over North Platte (Neb.) Community College. The Lady Trappers, because of North Platte's strong defensive play, had to be patient when hitting the ball, Siqueira said. Their patience translated into a solid match.

Avendano and Galvao finished with 10 and six kills, while Martin added 25 assists and 12 digs. Shigetomi contributed with 15 digs, and DePesa finished with four aces and 10 digs.

On Saturday, NWC faced Kansas-based Seward County Community College, a team that has been a regular in the nation's top 20 for the past 20 years, Siqueira said. Undaunted by SCCC's tradition, the Lady Trappers won 25-20, 26-24, 28-26.

“The match was intense from beginning to end,” Siqueira said. “Both teams were focused and playing really hard. In the second set, we were losing 24-18 and were able to come back at the end of the set to win 26-24.”

According to the coach, that comeback in the second set spoke volumes about her team's ability to rebound against a formidable squad.
Martin finished the match with 30 assists, 19 digs and four blocks. Galvao added 11 kills and 13 digs, and was followed by Peterson, who registered nine kills. Peterson also finished with 27 passes and only two errors.

Lady Panthers first again; boys team second at Lander

High elevations and a nine-team field greeted Powell High School's boys and girls cross country squads last Thursday at the Lander Invitational, and both the Panthers and Lady Panthers enjoyed strong showings.

The Lady Panthers, who were led by senior Lauren Dunleavy, notched their second straight first-place team finish. Their other first-place effort came less than a week earlier at the Cody Invitational at Don Little Park.

The Lady Panthers, during last Thursday's event, finished ahead of runner-up Lander and third-place Thermopolis. As for the individual standings, Dunleavy was the top runner with a time of 24:28. PHS freshman Desiree Murray, with an effort of 24:59, claimed the runner-up spot in the race. Jordan Bigelow (6th, 26:13), Skye Albert (8th, 27:07) and Kristi Mingus (9th, 27:09) rounded out the scoring efforts for PHS and gave the team five runners in the top nine.

Emily Schwahn added a 12th-place finish with her time of 27:39. Alyssa Rodriguez, after a pair of strong efforts at the Billings and Cody invitationals, was unable to finish the race after suffering pain in her side early in the race.

According to PHS coach Cliff Boos, the course at Beaver Creek Ski Area south of Lander, presented its fair share of challenges, including a hill that runners had to tackle at the start of the event. Elevations higher than 8,200 feet made it that much harder, and he said that, plus too fast of a start, might have been what hampered Rodriguez's efforts.

“We were originally scheduled to run at the golf course in Lander, but they were having a tournament there,” Boos said. “On Monday, they let us know the meet had been moved to the Beaver Creek Ski Area, which is about 22 miles south of Lander. It was a beautiful course, especially at this time of year with the leaves changing colors.

“The girls did really well, and it was great to see five of our runners finish in the top nine. Lauren got an early lead, and she ran extremely well again. It was a tough day for Alyssa, but she's fine now. She tried to get through it, but it was just too painful for her.”

In the competition for the boys, the Panthers recorded a second-place finish behind Lander. Lyman's team settled for third place. In the individual standings, Rawlins' Joe Mead took the top spot with a time of 20:23.

The pace-setter for PHS was sophomore Patrick Voss, who finished fourth overall in 21:48. Patrick Sullivan was the Panthers' second-fastest runner with a 21:56, and sophomore Danny McKearney enjoyed another solid performance, finishing ninth in 22:22.

Powell's scoring efforts were rounded out by Alex Speiser (14th, 23:34) and Devin Lynn (18th, 23:58). Colton Smith (21st, 25:18) and Jake Firnekas (22nd, 26:01) were Powell's sixth- and seventh-fastest runners.

“I'm so pleased with how well both teams are performing,” Boos said. “Once again the atmosphere we have is one where the kids really get along well and are very supportive of each other.”

• Up next: The boys and girls cross country squads will be in action again Thursday at the Rocky Mountain Invitational. That event has a scheduled 4 p.m. start time and will be conducted at Foster Gulch Golf Course in Lovell.

The county-wide 1-percent capital facilities tax is predicted to be in effect for another year, give or take a month.

The proceeds from that tax, a total of $13.2 million, are funding much-needed projects in Cody, Meeteetse and Powell.

In just a few weeks, the new Cody branch of the Park County Library will open. Pool construction and remodeling in Meeteetse is nearing completion, and construction of the family aquatic center in Powell will begin sometime this fall.

While few of us like the idea of higher taxes, the capital facilities tax is a way to pay for facilities like these that make the communities of Park County better places to live.

And most would agree that the tax is relatively painless. For every $100 spent, just $1 in extra tax is paid. That's the price of a bottle of pop.

Also consider the fact that a 2007 economic impact study on tourism in Wyoming determined that, in Park County, tourist spending accounted for more than 26 percent of the total sales tax collected.

That's right — people who don't even live here are paying for more than one fourth of these projects. That's a pretty good deal for us.

People are already throwing out ideas as to what our communities' needs will be in the future, and grumblings about “no more taxes” already can be heard.

We live in a state with some of the lowest taxes in the nation — 1-percent sales taxes pay for large-scale projects in our towns, without overburdening county residents.

Capital facilities taxes give us a big bang for our buck. If a worthy project is presented, we'd be wise to consider another tax in 2010.