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November 18, 2008 3:29 am

Trappers fall to Eastern Utah

NWC looks to rebound Friday, Saturday

Head coach Andy Ward and his Northwest College men's basketball team traveled and faced the College of Eastern Utah last Saturday and suffered an 83-67 setback.

According to Ward, the Trappers played well during the matchup in Price, Utah, and held a 36-33 advantage at halftime. However, an injury to standout freshman Casper Hesseldal hampered NWC's efforts in its quest for win No. 2 of the season.

“We lost Casper to an ankle injury with about nine minutes left in the game,” Ward said. “When he left the game, he had 17 points. That took away one of our main scoring options.”

Also adding to the Trappers' woes was the fact that leading rebounder Ricardo Bodra landed in foul trouble during the first half of the contest. In the end, Eastern Utah outrebounded the Trappers by a 38-30 margin.

“With Ricardo in foul trouble, it made it a lot harder for us to rebound against them,” Ward said. “That, and losing Casper, really hurt us in the second half.

“I felt bad for the kids because they did a good job against a solid opponent. They played really well, particularly in the first half. They were rebounding well in the first half, and they did a lot better job of taking care of the ball.

Unfortunately, we weren't able to overcome some of the things that happened to us, and Eastern Utah was able to pull away from us toward the end.”

Among the leaders for NWC last Saturday was Hesseldal, who finished as the Trappers' top point scorer (17) despite missing the final nine minutes of the game. He also had four assists and five rebounds. Hesseldal was followed by Bodra (11 points), Malcolm Colbert (10), Mitchell Ackelson (7), Jordan Harris (7), Julian Olubuyi (7), Cody Ball (5) and Anthony Harris (4).

• Up next: The Trappers, who dropped to 1-5 for the season, will attempt to rebound from last Saturday's loss when they host the First National Bank and Trust Shootout this week. The Trappers first game in that tournament will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. against North Dakota's Williston State College. On Saturday, NWC will face Northeastern Junior College from Sterling, Colo. That game also has a scheduled 7:30 p.m. start time.

Ward said the Trappers' opponents this week will continue a string of games against top-notch competition.

“Those are two good teams,” Ward said. “We'll have to regroup, and we've got to be ready to play. We've faced a tough schedule starting out, but I believe it will pay off. Going into the game with Eastern Utah, we were averaging about 23 turnovers per game. We cut our turnovers to 16 Saturday, and we'll try to continue taking better care of the ball this week. We also need to keep our guys out of foul trouble. We'll keep working on things and the guys will get better. This is a young team, and I believe they'll be fine.”

Unfortunately for NWC, the Trappers likely will be without Hesseldal during this week's tournament. Initial reports indicated that Hesseldal did not suffer a break in his ankle, but Ward said he wasn't sure when the 6-6 freshman from Aarhus, Denmark would be able to return to the Trappers' lineup.

November 18, 2008 3:20 am

New coach to lead Lady Panthers

Two new faces will be on the field for the Powell Panthers and Lady Panthers this spring when the soccer teams begin their seasons.

Brad Hammond will take over the Lady Panthers' program, replacing Kay Pomeroy, who resigned as head coach last spring.

On the boys field, Waleryan Wisniewski will join head coach Pat D'Alessandro's staff as the assistant coach. Wisniewski replaces Drew Jones.

Hammond, who also serves as registrar and admissions director at Northwest College, said he is looking forward to continuing his work with the Lady Panthers. Hammond served as the Lady Panthers' junior varsity head coach and a varsity assistant coach in the spring of 2008.

“I'm excited about it,” Hammond said. “After Kay resigned, every time I bumped into one of the girls they would ask me if I was going to be the coach. I met with Jeff Jones (PHS activities director and assistant principal) about the position, and I felt good about it and decided to give it a try. It'll be interesting — that's for sure. We've got a lot of girls returning, but we also lost some key players. We're all wanting to build on that momentum we had late last season, and I think it will be a good year for us.”

The two new coaches were approved Tuesday, Nov. 11, during the November meeting of the Park County District No. 1 school board.

Also approved was the hiring of Jerry Rodriguez as an assistant swim coach for Powell Middle School. The temporary position was created to accommodate the large number of swimmers working out with the Powell Middle School team.

November 18, 2008 3:14 am

Virginia Cheney

(Nov. 14, 1933 - Nov. 14, 2008)

Virginia Cheney died at her Powell home Friday, Nov. 14 on her 75th birthday.

She was born on Nov. 14, 1933, in Powell, the first child of William J. and Mae I. (Herboldsheimer) Eaton. She spent most of her life in and around the Powell area with portions of her childhood spent in Jerome, Ariz., and Bishop, Calif.

She married Vincent Allen McHoes in 1951. To that union were born four children, Deborah Ruth, Leann Rae, Vincent Allen, and Roland Wayne.The couple divorced in 1971.

She was remarried to Edgar A. Wutzke in 1972. Their blended family included two of his children from a previous marriage, Eddie and Bobbie Wutzke.To this union was born one child, Tina Gay.The couple was divorced in 1977.

Virginia remarried for the final time later that year to Alvin Vern Cheney. Their blended family included two sons from a previous marriage, Ronald and Bryan Cheney. Alvin was the love of her life, and they remained together until his death in 1990.

Virginia received her high school equivalency certificate in 1966 and took extension classes through Northwest Community College.

She was employed at a number jobs throughout her life, including JC Penney, the Coffee Cup Cafe, the Sure Bet Cafe and as a home daycare provider for many years. She was active in the Eagles Auxiliary and was the club's president in 1961.

Her hobbies included working on her scrapbooks, going to yard sales, playing cards, embroidering, crocheting and visiting with her family. Virginia was an avid collector of antiques and other oddities that caught her attention.

She was very much a homebody who surrounded herself with many pictures of her loved ones and resided in the same residence for 48 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Mae Eaton; her husband, Alvin Cheney; her daughter, Deborah deHaan; her sister, Rose Cannon; and brothers, William Ellis and Thomas Allen Eaton.

Surviving relatives include sons, Roland (Gus) McHoes of Cody and Vincent (Red) McHoes of Sheridan; daughters, Leann Kiernan of Portales, N.M. and Tina Walthall of Meridian, Idaho; brothers, William Leroy and Dan D. Eaton, and sister, Patricia Cothren, all of Powell.

She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church, with burial of cremains to follow at Crown Hill Cemetery.

Virginia was loved by her family and friends and will be missed for eternity. Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

November 18, 2008 3:13 am

Sabatella (Mango) Machietto

(1913 - Nov. 12, 2008)

Sabatella (Mango) Machietto, 95, of Powell and formerly of Westfield and Upton, Mass, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, at home after a period of declining health. She was the widow of David Machietto, who died in 1995 after 50 years of marriage.

Sabatella was born in Naples, Italy, a daughter of the late Carmino and Vincenza (Avoila) Mango. She came to the United States in infancy and lived in Portland, Maine until age 12, when the family moved to Upton. She attended the former Framingham Normal School and graduated from Worcester State College. She was an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, teaching first in Upton and then at the Russell Elementary School in Russell, Mass., before retiring in 1985. She lived in Westfield for many years before returning to Upton and then recently moved to Wyoming to live with her daughter. She was a communicant of Holy Angels Church in Upton and a member of the Upton Woman's Club.

She leaves one daughter, Jo-Ann Marquis and her husband David, and a sister, Rose Mango, all of Powell; four grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sisterandfive brothers.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 21, from the Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home, 45 Main St., Upton, Mass. with a funeral Mass at 10 a.m. in Holy Angels Church. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery in Upton. A calling hour at the funeral home will be prior to the Mass from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Powell Valley Hospice, 777 Avenue H, Powell, WY 82435.
Williams-Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Last week's announcement that the University of Wyoming doesn't plan to increase resident tuition for the upcoming academic year was good news to many Wyoming families.

UW currently is ranked in the top 1 percent of public institutions in terms of affordability of resident tuition — university officials should be commended for recognizing the importance of keeping tuition low.

With only one four-year college in the state, it's important that the school be accessible to the state's residents — and that a college education continue to be attainable. Low tuition, combined with the Hathaway Scholarship program, has made the dream of higher education a reality for an increasing number of Wyoming high school graduates.

The university's commitment to affordable education is paying off in higher enrollment numbers. In fact, this year's freshman class at UW is the largest ever — with more in-state students than usual, despite decreasing high-school enrollment numbers statewide.

State leaders' theory is that educating Wyoming students in Wyoming will pay off when graduates remain and build a life in Wyoming. During an economic time when the budgets of nearly all Wyoming families are feeling serious stress, holding firm to the commitment of affordable college education for our graduates is the right move.

November 18, 2008 3:07 am

Early morning fire destroys garage

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Fire engulfs a garage early Wednesday morning in the alley behind Steve and Megan Nickles' home at 349 N. Douglas St. The garage was fully engulfed before firefighters arrived, and the cause of the fire has not been determined. Photo courtesy Megan Nickles

2,000 homes without power following fire

Early Wednesday morning, Powell Volunteer Fire Department firefighters responded to a blazing garage in the alley behind Steve and Megan Nickles' home at 349 N. Douglas St.

The garage was fully engulfed before firefighters arrived, said Powell Fire Chief Joey Darrah.

Just when Yellowstone's winter 2009 plans appeared set, a new court decision has muddied the waters.

In September, a District of Columbia judge scuttled Yellowstone and Grand Teton parks' long-term plans for winter use. Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled the parks' plans to allow 540 snowmobiles a day in Yellowstone and 65 in Grand Teton were not backed by science.

Police still searching for handgun

A Powell man has been charged with attempt to cause injury to another using a deadly weapon after he threatened another Powell man and then fired his handgun into the ground early Saturday night.

There apparently was bad blood between the two men and it boiled over, resulting in one shot being fired into the street, Sgt. Alan Kent of the Powell Police Department said Saturday.

According to a Park County Circuit Court affidavit, Franklin Lee Miller, 57, of Powell had an argument with Christopher Downey outside Downey's home on South Clark Street at around 5 p.m. Saturday. Miller pointed the gun at Downey's head, then pointed it at the ground and fired his weapon. The bullet ricocheted off the asphalt and struck Downey.

November 13, 2008 3:16 am

Panthers fall to Douglas

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Powell High School quarterback Galen Mills (21) eludes Bearcat defender Pierre Etchemendy during last Saturday's matchup in Douglas. The Bearcats won the double-overtime contest by a final score of 28-27. Brendan Burnett-Kurie/Douglas Budget

Heart-breaking loss in double-overtim contest

The Powell High School Panthers saw their season come to a dramatic close Saturday with a 28-27, double-overtime loss to the Douglas Bearcats in the semifinal round of the Class 4A football playoffs.

Douglas running back Cody Bohlander provided the winning margin with a successful two-point conversion run at the end of the second overtime. Bohlander's game-winning conversion jaunt was set up by a Panther penalty on the extra-point attempt following his 3-yard touchdown run that left Douglas behind 27-26.

November 13, 2008 3:11 am

Trapper wrestling season begins

Harris among NWC top placers

A trio of Northwest College wrestlers notched placing efforts as the Trappers officially kicked off the 2008-09 season waith the annual NWC Open last Saturday at Hank Cabre Gymnasium in Powell.

Leading the charge for the Trappers was freshman and heavyweight entry Landon Harris, who cruised to a 4-0 record during the event. Harris opened with decisions over the University of Great Falls' Garrett Johnson and Matt Schnittgen. He then pinned Evan Mattingly, an unattached wrestler from Montana State University-Northern, and defeated UGF's Brad Fraser by an 11-5 score in the championship bout.

Others placing for the Trappers were freshmen Saul Guerrero (133) and Mak Jones (197). Guerrero went 2-1 Saturday. His first victory, an 11-2 major decision, came against DJ Skelton, an unattached wrestler from MSU-Northern. He followed with a 6-0 decision over another unattached wrestler, UGF's Ryan Leonard, to earn a spot in the title bout against MSU-Northern's Colt Hager. Hager defeated Guerrero 4-3 to claim the title at 133.

Jones, a 2008 graduate of Powell High School, began his Trapper wrestling career in style by finishing fourth in the 197-pound weight class. In his first bout of the day, Jones claimed a 12-4 victory over Western Wyoming Community College's Mike Malone. He followed with a 6-2 decision over UGF's Will Wine before suffering an 8-3 loss to the University of Wyoming's Alfonso Hernandez. Hernandez went on to win the weight class.

Jones, following his first loss, defeated UGF's Jimmy Martin 8-1. That set up a bout for third place with UGF's Scott Lucas, and Lucas escaped with an 8-6 decision.

“Those guys who placed wrestled really well,” said NWC head coach Jim Zeigler. “As a team, I think the guys did a good job Saturday, particularly after their first matches. We've got a lot of young guys, but once they got past those first matches, they settled in and did a solid job. It was a good way for us to start the season.”

Zeigler also said McCade Ford (141), Corey Woodruff (157) and Luis Carranza (133) enjoyed solid performances and each came one bout short of placing.

Also among the highlights of the tournament was the participation of the University of Wyoming's squad. The majority of the Cowboys' team made the trip to Powell, and UW walked away with seven champions, four runner-up spots, three third-place finishers and two fourth-place efforts during Mark Branch's debut as head coach.

“It was a busy day and the guys wrestled a lot of matches,” Branch said. “That is what we wanted. It was good for us as a coaching staff to evaluate, and it was good for the guys to get a feel for where they are at.

“Overall I was pleased. Our team actually matched up against each other quite a bit and there were a lot of good things out there, but there are also plenty of things we need to improve on.”

Among UW's first-place finishers was senior Eric Coxbill at 165. Coxbill, a former NWC wrestler from Wright, is in his second season with the Cowboys. Last year he led UW in victories with 26 and finished second in the West Regional Tournament.

“It was a big deal for them to be here,” Zeigler said. “They brought quite a few fans. In fact, we had a lot more visiting fans than we've ever had for this tournament. We had a big crowd all day long, and we got a lot of support from the wrestling community here in Powell.”

Though an attendance count was not made Saturday, Zeigler said this year's NWC Open clearly was a record-setter.

“The turnout for this one was far better than anything we've seen before,” Zeigler said. “With UW taking part in it, it was almost like we had two home teams, and that really helped us bring in more people.”

• Up next: The Trappers will be in action again tonight (Thursday) at Hank Cabre Gymnasium against MSU-Northern. Start time for the event is slated for 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Trappers will be in Laramie for UW's Cowboy Open.