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Don Amend

The Powell Panthers took their wrestling skills into another high-powered tournament last week and came home with a sixth-place finish.

In competition that included the top-ranked teams from all three classes in Montana as well as Wyoming’s top 4A team, Gillette, the Panthers held their own, climbing from seventh place following the semi-finals to edge Williston, N. Dak, for sixth and missing fifth place by just 10 points.

Once again, an act of terrorism has our flag flying at half staff.

Last week’s shooting in Arizona, which killed, among others a 9-year-old and a federal judge, was apparently aimed at a member of the United States Congress, who was seriously wounded and will face disability, probably for the rest of her life.

The incident has revived perennial arguments about safety and security.

Five new qualifying times open year of Panthers

The Powell Panther swimmers kicked off the new year by posting two new qualifying times in Cody on Friday and adding three more Saturday at the Dozah Invitational in their home pool.

Freshman Jakob Bowers became the latest Panther to qualify for state in a five-team meet in Cody by swimming the butterfly in 1:14.28. Fellow freshman Quin Wetzel added two qualifying times to his resume, cutting more than five seconds from his time in the individual medley in Cody and following up at the Dozah by cutting nearly five seconds from his time in the 500-yard freestyle.

The Powell Panthers took on Montana last weekend in Bozeman, and six wrestlers came home with medals.

The Panthers joined two Montana schools in the Tom LeProwse Invitational and finished seventh, just six points behind sixth place Billings Skyview.

Five wrestlers reached the semifinals and two, Jim Seckman at 154 and Randy Andrews at 171, wrestled in the finals as the team recorded two second place finishes, one third, two fourths and one sixth.

(Editor's note: As a re-cap of 2010, the Powell Tribune highted some of the top stories of the year.)

The Memorial Day holiday was disrupted in Powell when fire broke out at Treasure Valley Seed late that Sunday evening.

Powell firemen, assisted by equipment and personnel from Cody, battled the stubborn blaze all night, and revisited the scene on Monday as small blazes reappeared among smoldering piles of beans.

 

A beloved building disappeared from Powell in the summer of 2010 when the old Powell High School gymnasium was demolished.

Within a few months, two more school buildings were demolished as Powell schools adjusted to an evolving state school funding system and changes the needs of education. Later in the summer, both the old auditorium/natatorium and Westside Elementary School followed the gym into history.

 

The Casper Star-Tribune is no longer delivered in Powell, but a Panther wrestler’s feat still made the paper’s top ten list of sports stories in 2010.

Auston Carter’s fourth state wrestling championship was seventh on the list of top sports stories in Wyoming.

In many ways, 2010 has been a bad year.

The eonomic downturn that began in 2008 persists, not only in the U.S., but in Europe and Japan, and although there are signs that things are improving, it is slow and unemployment continues at unacceptable levels.

 

Senior Olivia Rogers has been named the most valuable player for Powell High School Lady Panther volleyball team.

Coach Cindi Smith announced the team awards at this month’s awards program.

A four-year starter for the Lady Panthers, Rogers was named to the 3A All State team for the second time and the All West Conference team for the third time this year.

A Powell High School student was expelled for bringing a weapon to school last month,  but the school board accepted a modified agreement that will allow the student to re-enroll for the second semester. Following an executive session in a special meeting Nov. 23, the board voted to expel the student for one year, effective Dec. 8, but accepted an agreement modifying the expulsion that will allow the student to re-enroll on Jan. 3,  2011.

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