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Powell athletes strike gold at Big Sky State Games

If things have looked a little brighter recently in Powell, it might have something to do with the influx of shiny gold medals.

Eighteen individual Powellites and one duo brought home a total of 29 gold medals from the Big Sky State Games July 19-21 in Billings, Mont.

Powell Aquatic Center Director Tanya Fawcett-Kay led the charge as Powell’s gold-medal leader. Fawcett-Kay is used to being in charge of the local pool, but for three days she ruled the waters in Billings and earned gold in each of the seven swimming events she competed in.

The New Zealand native but long-time Powell resident took first place in the women’s (ages 40-44 division) 200-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle, 50-yard butterfly, 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard freestyle and 50-yard freestyle races.

Tarje Grover won two golds in cycling. He took first in the 25-mile road race and in the male’s age 11-12 time trials.

Jeannie Dunn won two golds in the equestrian pony show. Sydney Olson and Kalen Wilkins each earned a gold medal in the equestrian pony show in their respective divisions.

Bella Wambeke won gold in the female club bow hunter freestyle event, while Tyler Wambeke won gold in the male youth bow hunter freestyle event.

Alyx Prescott and Anthony Prescott each won golds in karate. The team of Carli Brown and Nicole Birdsley won a gold medal as “Swagger Jagger,” an international/folk dance group.

Nine members of Lone Wolf TaeKwonDo won a total of 11 gold medals. (See related story on Page 10.)

Powell cleaned up compared to other Big Horn Basin communities, which combined for 24 golds, five less than Powell. Cody (13), Worland (five), Lovell (three), Greybull (two) and Basin (one) all fell well short of Powell’s gold-medal pace.

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