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SPORTS GUY: 3A West title not out of question

It isn’t Mount Everest, but right now Powell High School boys’ basketball coach Mike Heny has to feel like he’s standing on top of the world. How could he not be?

Admittedly, we’re only a little more than a quarter of the way into conference play this basketball season, but there’s already reason to smile. The Panthers currently sit alone atop the 3A West conference standings. With a 4-0 conference mark, they already have more wins in league play this season, than they had in all of their games — conference and non-conference — last season.

Call me a relic, call me what you will; say I’m old-fashioned, say I’m over the hill. Today’s music ain’t got the same soul; I like that old time rock ‘n roll. Like Bob Seger said so melodiously, “… that kind of music just soothes the soul. I reminisce about the days of old, with that old time rock ‘n roll.”

Exactly! I couldn’t have sung it better myself. The Beatles went even further by saying you couldn’t even get them on the dance floor for anything else. I quote, “Give me that rock ‘n roll music, if you want to dance with me.” Same here. Should a fetching young gal solicit me to dance along to today’s lyrics, I’d say simply, “No thank ya ma’am; I’ll just sit here and sip my prune juice, if ya don’t mind,” or something similar.

MY LOUSY WORLD: No way for a year to end

Well, it’s that time of year again. Boy, how time flies; it seems like only 12 months or so ago that a different year was ending. I began writing a ’10, Top-10 column, but something happened only moments ago that rocked my world, compelling me to abort and begin anew. “Tragic” is an oft-overused word, but in this case, it’s the only word that fits.


Nothing says “happy holidays” like a foggy drive through Shell Canyon and a mild ice incident near Steamboat Rock.

Having read the letter to the editor in last Thursday’s paper from Gwen Beck, I found myself more appreciative of a few snow angels.

SPORTS GUY: The Christmas list for 2010

It was the Wednesday before Christmas at the Powell Tribune. The Sports Guy looked up and he felt himself swoon.

“My goodness,” he exclaimed, “it’s the month of December. Christmas is near! How could I not remember?”

MY LOUSY WORLD: Remembering a real Christmas

Well, it’s that time of year again. You know, that time when every column begins with, “Well, it’s that time of year again.” And every chance meeting in a store begins with, “So, have you got all your Christmas shopping done yet?”

I normally reply, “Why do you ask? Oh, is it that time of year again?”

AMEND CORNER: Christmas is still not here

Well, Christmas is almost here.

Actually, saying that sounds a little silly, given the fact that we been observing the holiday for nearly a month, at least since the shopping season officially opened on Nov. 26. Within a few days, we had the first Christmas concerts of the season in Powell, and it wasn’t even December yet.

Once the calendar did turn, of course, it became even more hectic, what with all the shopping, decorating, concert attending, partying and worshipping that take up our time during the season.

SPORTS GUY: A winter flurry

Quick hits and short bits in an attempt to clear my notebook and my mind, just in time for the holiday season:

• It’s hard to say who had the more positive weekend, basketball-wise around Powell this past week. The Trapper women picked up a pair of huge conference wins on the home floor while both Powell High School teams took to the road to begin 3A West play. Both came home with 2-0 records.

• Don’t think the Panther boys’ 2-0 start to 3A West play went unnoticed either. The school picked up a pair of votes in this week’s boys’ basketball poll. The team hasn’t cracked the top five yet, but simply getting recognition is an indication that things are off to a good start for head coach Mike Heny’s sophomore campaign.

MY LOUSY WORLD: The luck of the Doug

I shouldn’t have been surprised, but even I was taken aback by the luck of this one. A while back, my Billings Gazette subscription had run out, and since I can no longer do check-by-phone since a collection agency pilfered my checking account on Sept. 11, I was briefly forced to buy it on the newsstand.

During football season, the daily sports page is integral to my betting sideline, so when I forgot to buy a copy one evening, I called the convenience store and asked if one could be saved for pick-up the next morning. She cheerfully said, “I’m setting one aside as we speak.” Nice lady.

AMEND CORNER: Unexplored territory

Well, here we are at the beginning of another year, January 1, 2011.

At least, it’s Jan. 1 as I write this. You won’t be reading it until Jan. 4, at the earliest, unless you’re one of the editors or proofreaders at the Tribune. Some of those people have the dubious privilege of reading my meanderings early.

But, that technicality aside, this essay is, as you might expect, the more-or-less customary effort by newspaper people such as I to look forward and tell you what I think the new year might bring.

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