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September 08, 2009 5:32 am

Trappers knock out Rocky

NWC spikers win in Cody debut

The Northwest College volleyball team improved to 4-1 overall this season with a 25-18, 26-28, 25-19, 27-25 victory over the Rocky Mountain College JV in Cody on Wednesday night. Despite the win, NWC head coach Flavia Siqueira saw a lot of room for improvement in her team's performance.

“I'm not very pleased with the way we played tonight,” Siqueira said moments after the contest. “Some of the kids seemed very intimidated by being at home and having a crowd cheering for them. We didn't have our best game, that's for sure.”

September 08, 2009 5:40 am

CHS tops PHS raqueteers

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Pablo Garces returns a shot across the net during Thursday's tennis dual between the Panthers and the Cody Broncs. The day did not finish favorably for Powell High School, which saw both the boys' and girls' teams fall short in varsity action. Courtesy photo/Greg Wise

An improved Cody High School squad took advantage of an inexperienced Panthers tennis team on Thursday, taking nine of ten matches.

“Cody always plays really well on their home court,” said Powell High School head Coach Ray Bieber.

The coach said the Broncs have the best Cody squad he's seen in years, while the Fillies are much improved from last year.

“We're hoping that when Cody comes over here, we'll do a bit better. This is just an indication we need to improve as a team,” said Bieber.

The bright spot for PHS came from boys No. 3 doubles duo Regan Soloai and Robert Speiser, who claimed a three-set victory over their Bronc opponents.

“That was a good win for us,” said Bieber.

Overall, CHS brought some styles of play to the court that Powell hadn't seen this year, Bieber said. One Cody doubles team played with two men back, and the boys' No. 1 singles player had a harder kick-serve than Powell's used to.

A border war comes to Panther gym this weekend when a dozen teams from Montana and Wyoming gather to shoot it out on the volleyball court.

The Wyoming-Montana Volleyball Classic, featuring six teams from each state, kicks off Friday at noon with pool play, and will continue Saturday when teams are seeded into a bracket to determine the overall champion.

Powell Coach Cindi Smith said hosting the event is an exciting prospect for the team, which last year played in its own gym only four times.

“We've traveled all over, playing in so many tournaments,” Smith said. “We've gone to camps and tournaments all over, and except for regionals two years ago, this is the first time we've been able to host our own tournament.”

Smith said Worland High School had joined Powell in putting the tournament together. She said the tournament may become an annual event, rotating between the two states.

Friday's competition will feature two pools, each with three schools from each state Each Wyoming school play two sets with the three Montana schools.

In Pool A, Powell will take on Hardin at noon, Glendive, at 5 p.m. and Miles City at 8 p.m. Cody and Lovell will also play in Pool A.

In Pool B, Worland, Lander and Jackson will compete with Laurel, Billings Central and Sidney.

Based on the Friday's results, teams will be seeded into a bracket. In the first round, Montana teams will be paired with Wyoming teams from the opposite pool. The number one teams from Montana and Wyoming in each pool will receive byes into the quarterfinals.

Bracket play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, with quarter final matches scheduled at 10 and 11. Consolation matches will be played during the afternoon. Semifinals are scheduled at 2 p.m. and finals at 5 p.m.

“It's an opportunity to have something in our community,” Smith said. “The girls are very excited about it."

September 03, 2009 4:38 am

Cross entering Wyoming Hall of Fame

Powell Olympian part of 2009 induction class

As a student at the University of Wyoming, Jesseca Cross spent plenty of time in the school's athletic hall of fame studying, tutoring or while on her way to and from training and practice sessions. This weekend, she'll become a permanent part of those halls as a member of the university's 17th induction class.

“It's a very humbling honor,” said Cross, who will be inducted into the UW Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday. “It's really the culmination of my career as an athlete. It's not something that I ever thought I would accomplish when I looked at all those photos as a student.”

Few can argue with the selection, however. Cross demonstrated her abilities as a multi-sport athlete at the university. She starred in basketball, lettering in all four of her seasons and earning all-conference first-team honors as a junior and second-team honors as a senior.

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Race attracts more than three dozen

Ladell Merritt captured the men's title and Deb Magilke was the women's division champion in the 2009 Sugar Beet Classic in Powell this past weekend.

Merritt captured the men's title by more than two minutes over Forrest Boughner. Magilke's women's title came by a margin of more than four minutes.

The race asked competitors to run a five-kilometer race, then board a bicycle for a 25K leg, before heading to the finish line with another 5K run.

The event also offered team divisions. An individual 5K race was also part of this year's event.

September 03, 2009 4:34 am

Wyoming students can be proud of UW

It wasn't long ago that the University of Wyoming's claim to fame was being called one of the “biggest party schools in America.” My, how things have changed.

Last month, UW was listed 17th among Forbes.com's “America's Best Colleges.” Additionally, Forbes placed UW fifth in the category of “America's Best College Buys.”

The Forbes listings followed inclusion on the Princeton Review's list of the top 371 colleges.

None of the listings, while subjective to be sure, should be scoffed at. While in Wyoming there is only one public university to choose from — and that makes our state unique — it's important to know that UW offers a strong and affordable academic program.

Wyoming people have long been staunch supporters of their lone university. In recent years, private donations, along with unprecedented support from the state Legislature, have funded expansion and opportunity at UW. And the university is entering its 23rd consecutive year of increased external funding for faculty, research scientists and administrative personnel.

According to Bill Gern, UW vice president for research and economic development, "This is an exciting time for the university. We are celebrating yet another record year in external funding, and I think it's clear that this recognition ... illustrates that we can — and do — successfully compete against other universities for major research funding."

The recent improvements to the aesthetic of UW are just icing on the cake.

It's nice to know that Wyoming college students aren't just “settling” by making the choice to move to Laramie — rather, they're making a sound, smart investment in their futures.

September 03, 2009 4:30 am

NWC enrollment continues upward trend

As of Tuesday, 2,043 students had enrolled in classes for the fall semester at Northwest College.

That is 325 more than the same time last year, a head count increase of nearly 18.5 percent, according to figures from NWC registrar Brad Hammond.

Dee Havig, NWC residence life and campus director, said it also is the college's second-highest enrollment ever, just behind the 1994 record. The official count in a few weeks could be even higher.

“This is the result of great recruiting,” he said. “We've really turned this recruiting around.”

September 03, 2009 4:29 am

Puttin' on the blitz

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Takuto Shiga (left) of Rakuno Gakuen University in Hokkaido, Japan, and Naomi Tanaka, a microbiology graduate student at Montana State University, collect a bumblebee during last Friday's bio-blitz in Yellowstone National Park. The event, which sought to catalog the diversity of the park's wildlife and plant resources, was a first in the park's 137-year history. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Researchers comb Yellowstone in historic event

“You've got 24 hours to find what you can find. Good luck.”

With those words, Ann Rodman, geographic information systems specialist for Yellowstone National Park, turned a crowd of more than 100 scientists, researchers, park staff members and volunteers loose into the countryside on Friday to begin the first-ever bio-blitz conducted within America's first national park.

Like children waiting to rush the Christmas tree, the crowd of enthusiastic researchers required no further invitation.

Seeking to entice Eleutian Technology to move its headquarters to Cody, Park County Commissioners voted on Tuesday to lease the company as much as an entire floor of the Park County Complex. Whether that will be enough remains to be seen.

The Ten Sleep-based company, which provides English-language instruction to Asian students via Internet video conferencing, is growing, and it's expanding its corporate headquarters. However, Eleutian's plans to build a new facility in Ten Sleep have hit snags, leading the company to look to other communities.

The economic development group Forward Cody has been gathering support to recruit Eleutian to Cody.

On Tuesday, representatives from the group asked county commissioners to make a 1.6-acre parcel of land at the Park County Complex available to Eleutian for the construction of new headquarters.

September 03, 2009 4:25 am

Splish Splash

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The Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts grand opening was celebrated with music, food, art and plenty of water. Young residents played in the center's new splash pad throughout the evening. For more on the center's opening, see Page 8. Tribune photo by Toby Bonner