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Tribune Staff

Girls fall shy of Saturday play

The Powell Panthers are closing the gap on the state's 3A soccer powers. Despite that fact, soccer season finished in an all-too-familiar fashion for both the boys' and girls' teams at the state soccer tournament over the weekend.

Powell's girls will have to wait another year to experience Saturday soccer in Sheridan. The Panthers, who needed less than two weeks this season to surpass last year's win count, fell 6-0 to Buffalo and 4-0 to Newcastle.

“The game against Buffalo was won in the midfield just like we thought it would be,” said head coach Brad Hammond, directing his final games on the Panther sidelines.

Hammond resigned the position earlier this season to focus his time on the Northwest College soccer program, where he serves as an assistant coach. The Trappers begin their inaugural season this fall.

“The girls fought hard. We just didn't have the horses that Buffalo had,” said Hammond. “They were able to keep the pressure on and we came up short.”

The opening-round loss dropped the Panthers into a Friday elimination game against a Newcastle team they had defeated in overtime earlier this season. This time around, the Dogies had all the answers on a windy day to post the shutout victory.

“We had an incident early in the first half where Katie Kipp had a breakaway into the wind. She had the goalie beat,” said Hammond. “From our vantage point, we thought her shot had completely crossed the end line for a goal, but they ruled their defender had kicked the ball out, and they took it right down the field and scored on us. That sudden switch really took the wind out of us for a while and they were able to take advantage.”

Following the state meet, four members of the Panthers' roster received 3A West awards. Junior defender Maddy Jones and junior midfielder Molly McCray each were named first-team all-conference members. Senior forward Katie Kipp and junior defender Leslie Thronburg were named members of the second team all-conference rosters.

“That's one indication of how far we've come as a program,” said Hammond. “We've never had four kids get conference awards before.”

On the boys' side, the Panthers narrowly missed picking up that elusive second victory at the state tournament. After dropping its opener against eventual state-champion Buffalo 2-0, the Panthers bounced back on Friday with a 4-0 shutout of Newcastle. In Saturday's consolation final, the Panthers were unable to get the ball in the net, losing by a slim 1-0 margin.

Head coach Pat D'Alessandro was unavailable for comments on Monday. We hope to have more information on the Panther boys' state soccer tournament appearance in Thursday's paper.

I'm so excited, I'm just going to blurt it out: The girls have come home to roost!

Yes, our five little pullets (the fancy name for young hens) are comfortably ensconced in their backyard coop.

In a region where wolves never were welcome, management of the species continues to hit a nerve among many residents.

Fifteen years after wolves were reintroduced in Yellowstone National Park, locals continue to wear their hearts on their sleeves — or, as the case may be, their vehicles' bumpers. Trucks branded with anti-wolf slogans are common sights, with mantras like “Smoke a pack a day” or “Welcome to Wyoming; Take a wolf and leave.”

Residents and political leaders voiced ongoing frustration Saturday during a Wolf Impact Rally in Cody, again calling for wolves to be taken off the endangered species list.

Delisting wolves in Wyoming would allow the animals to be hunted as they are in Idaho and Montana. Wolves remain protected in Wyoming after the federal government rejected the state's Wolf Management Plan, mainly because the plan calls for wolves to be shot on sight in much of the Cowboy State.

Though the predator status has been contested since the plan was drafted in 2007, many Wyoming leaders remain unwilling to budge.

GOP gubernatorial candidates reiterated their support for the plan during the wolf rally.

House Speaker Colin Simpson, R-Cody, wrote on his campaign website that he “firmly believe(s) that the ‘predator' status outside of the designated ‘trophy game' area is appropriate and reasonable.”

In a letter, State Auditor Rita Meyer called the plan “a well-thought out, balanced approach that meets the needs of Wyoming residents.”

What Wyoming needs is a governor who will revisit the current Wolf Management Plan and consider a compromise on the proposed predator status.

For the past three years, state leaders have pushed Wyoming's Wolf Management Plan, only to become embattled in ongoing legal disputes.

Wyoming's plan needs to be revised, especially its proposed predator zone.

Without revisions to the current plan, we fear that wolves will remain on the endangered species list for years to come. With certain revisions, it's possible controlled wolf hunts could begin in Wyoming, as they have in Idaho and Montana.

Those most concerned about wolves' effects on livestock and dwindling elk populations should agree that controlled wolf hunting is better than none at all.

(March 25, 1957 - May 20, 2010)

Dixiene Ann (Trenk) Brixen died Thursday, May 20, 2010 at her home in Powell.

(Jan. 10, 1929 - May 20, 2010)

Mary Jean (Meagher) Grosinger, 81, died May 20, 2010, in her daughter's home, surrounded by family, after a brave struggle with cancer.

(May 17, 1916 - May 23, 2010)

Kermit Dwight Jacobs died on the morning of Sunday, May 23, 2010, at the Powell Valley Care Center, six days after celebrating his 94th birthday.

(March 30, 1980 - May 16, 2010)

Jennifer McDougall, 30, of Spring, Texas, died tragically along with her unborn baby girl on the morning of Sunday, May 16, 2010. Jennifer was born on March 30, 1980, in Powell, to James and Marie (Neves) Thomas.

There will be a memorial service for Hugh Rickard Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Powell Presbyterian Church. All friends and family are invited to attend. There will be a luncheon in the Presbyterian Church for family and friends following the graveside services.

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Swimmers Ty Herd, Heston Swenson and Allie Foster attempt to navigate the obstacle course above water at the Powell Aquatic Center on Tuesday afternoon. The facility opened to annual membership holders last week and the general public on Monday. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner

City preps for first year of operation costs

The city of Powell is preparing to navigate uncharted waters as it operates the Powell Aquatic Center in its premier year.

With no history of swimmers' usage or operating costs, city leaders are setting up a budget based on their best estimates. The proposed 2010-11 budget, which takes effect July 1, estimates the pool's first-year operating costs at $829,728.

A preliminary budget for 2010-11 was approved last week by the Park County School District No. 1 board.

Mary Jo Lewis, coordinator of business services for District No. 1, presented the budget based on preliminary figures.

The new budget is based on anticipated revenues of $22,340,906 — an increase of more than $433,000 over this year's anticipated revenue.

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