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He was never the tallest guy on the field, yet Jim Stringer always carried a towering presence.

I first met coach Stringer in his Powell High School athletic’s office, where I interviewed him for a 2013 season preview story.

Not only had I never met the man, I hadn’t even seen him.

Panther limited by ankle surgery, all-american bowl possible  

Riley Stringer proved once again he has the strength for the next level.

Stringer, an incoming senior at Powell High School, recorded 30 reps on the bench press but a recovering ankle prevented him from competing in other football activities at the West Super Combine in San Mateo, Calif., July 10-14.

July 22, 2014 8:18 am

Pioneers snap skid on Senior Night

Written by Dante Geoffrey

At least they ended on a high note.

The Powell Pioneers broke an eight-game losing streak on the season’s final day with an 8-2 home victory against the Miles City Outlaws.

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was pre-packaged with so many story lines that it might have been the most objectively interesting Mid-Summer Classic in years.

The biggest draw was, of course, the final ASG appearance of Derek Jeter, one of the most subjectively loved figures to ever play the game.

Powell senior and lifelong athlete Martin Garhart qualified for the National Senior Olympics while competing in four events at the Wyoming Senior Olympics in Casper July 11-12.

Garhart, a track and field enthusiast, qualified for nationals in his age group with a second-place finish in the 50-meter dash, took second in the 100-meter dash and third in both the 200-meter dash and discus. All track and field events were held at Kelly Walsh High School.

LARAMIE — University of Wyoming senior wide receiver Dominic Rufran was one of 55 college receivers named to the 2014 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List.

The list was released Tuesday by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation Inc., the Florida-based creator and sponsor of the award. It marked the second consecutive season that Rufran has been selected to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.

July 15, 2014 7:51 am

Pioneers suffer winless weekend

Written by Dante Geoffrey

Offense stagnant in montana tournament 

Two steps forward, five steps back.

Any momentum the Powell Pioneers gained from their two impressive wins against Glendive last week was emphatically erased by an 0-5 showing at the Northwest Wood Bat Tournament in Laurel and Billings, Mont., over the weekend.

Steve Young is a terrible baseball coach.

No, not that Steve Young. The one that coached my Minors Division Little League team when I was 9 years old.

That season was so miserable I can’t even remember our team name. I want to say the Cubs, but that might be just because I felt like a loser.

July 10, 2014 8:00 am

Bats power Pioneers over Glendive

Written by Dante Geoffrey

Pioneers eliminated from Northwest title contention  

Teagan Cordes was sprinting toward second base, thinking maybe he could leg out a triple, when he looked back at the Powell Pioneers dugout.

“What?” he asked, his arms held out in disbelief.

His teammates, unable to hold in their laughter, told him the ball cleared the fence.

One up-and-coming Powell athlete will compete at the Hershey’s Track and Field North American Finals Aug. 2 in Pennsylvania.

Incoming Powell Panther JuliaKay O’Neill will run the 800-meter race against athletes from across North America at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa.