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Team tops Casper in five

The Northwest College Trapper volleyball team split a pair of matches this past week. The team took down Casper College in a rematch of last year's Region IX North title game 25-22, 22-25, 25-15, 20-25, 15-13 before falling to fourth-ranked Western Wyoming in straight games 25-23, 25-18, 25-21.

The results leave the Trappers in third place in the Region IX North standings behind Western Wyoming and fellow national top-10 performer Laramie County Community College and just one game in front of a horde of challengers.

NWC battles breast cancer, No. 7 LCCC this Saturday

The Northwest College Trappers will show up in pink this Saturday to do battle with seventh-ranked and Region IX North foe Laramie County Community College. The new look will be part of a national battle agaisnt breast cancer that head coach Flavia Siqueira and her players are doing their part to assist.

Trappers have work ahead this spring

When collegiate rodeo action resumes in the spring, Northwest College bareback rider Jordan Gill will be the man everyone is trying to catch. At the midway point of the 2010-2011 college rodeo season, Gill holds a 179-point lead in the Big Sky Region standings.

If he can hold that position through five more rodeos this spring, Gill will be crowned the Big Sky Region champion and earn spot in the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo. If any of his Trapper teammates look to join him, they'll have some work to do over the back half of the year. Gill is the only Northwest College competitor to sit in the top three of an event at rodeo's mid-year break.

That's not to say the Trappers' entry list to the CNFR next June will be a short one. Several other Northwest College riders are well-positioned for a second-half surge.

Clinton Griffis sits fifth in the bareback standings, chasing Gill. He's staring at roughly a 170-point gap to close the ground between himself and the top three.

Bull riders Cayd Kluesner and Eric Fleming sit fourth and fifth, respectively in the standings. Kluesner is just 50 points out of an automatic spot in the CNFR field with Fleming another 27 points back.

On the women's side, Haily Hamlin sits as the Trappers' top performer through the fall semester. Hamlin is fifth overall in the breakaway roping standings, 132 points out of a CNFR qualification spot. Steffani Hofrichter is eighth overall in the standings.

Pamela Vanek is sixth overall in goat tying with a season score of 243.5 points. She'll need an improvement of more than 100 points this spring to bridge the distance in the standings. Hofrichter is ninth overall in the event.

Also looking at a gap of slightly more than 100 points is Trapper barrel racer Dannielle Marcin. Marcin presently resides in seventh position overall.

The only other Trappers to appear in the top 10 of an event at the midway point of the season are header-heeler team roping combo of Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens. The duo is in 10th place with lots of traffic ahead of them in the standings.

Northwest College wrapped up first-semester rodeo action last weekend in Dillon, placing third as a men's team and fourth among the women's teams in attendance. Gill captured his second bareback title of the fall sememster with a 15-point win over Montana, Western's Chase Redfield.

Fleming placed third for the Trappers in bull riding at the weekend event. Vanek was third in goat tying to give Northwest their only top three finishers.

The collegiate rodeo season resumes in April. The Trappers will compete in five spring semester rodeos as they look to vault up the Big Sky Region standings.

The Sports Guy has been busily running around this fall and hasn't had the time to sit down and type much these past couple of weeks, so here's some quick hits and short bits to help kick off the month of October:

•I admit it —I didn't watch a single shot of professional golf's Ryder Cup on the television this past week. That said, I think the match-play format from the semi-signature event could easily be exported to other sports.

•Case in point, I propose the top seven schools from Mountain West Conference be paired up against their counterparts in the Big East Conference in college football competition. The first conference to win four games gets the BCS bowl berth at season's end.

• There's not a doubt in my mind the MWC becomes a “Big Six” member under the above proposal. A 5-2 result or better for the MWC is far more likely the way things look this year.

• Speaking of the MWC and college football, I wonder if BYU is regretting its decision to become an independent school for football purposes right about now. The Cougars are currently 1-4 this season and riding a four-game skid. That can't be good in the marketability department.

• On football fields closer to home, how about the season being put together by the Powell Panthers? After the interception-mad start to the year, the men in black handed Star Valley a defeat for the first time in nine years last weekend. This Friday, they'll be down in Worland looking to lock up a spot in Wyoming's 3A playoffs. Here's hoping you'll jump in a car and take that road trip with them, faithful reader.

•Admittedly, tennis isn't my beat here at the Tribune office, but here's a tip of the ol' ballcap for Powell's BreaAnn Hollenbeck for her recent state tournament run. Reaching the semifinals in No. 2 doubles and going three sets against the eventual state champion as a sophomore is no small feat.

•Speaking of feats — or in this case, feet — things are looking mighty nice for both Panther cross country teams, who have spent pretty much the last month finishing either first or second at meets. There aren't any front-of-the-pack trailblazers on either squad, just good solid team running. Before leaving town for Friday's football game, swing by the Powell Golf Club to catch a peek at the Panthers running their home meet.

• The feet of the Northwest College men's soccer team aren't looking too bad either. After dropping their inaugural match, head coach Rob Hill's team has stormed back to win six of its last eight, pending the results of the game against Western Nebraska, which will kick off about two hours after I type these words. The Trappers could face their toughest regular-season test to date however this Saturday when the team takes on fellow first-year soccer upstart Otero. The two newest faces on the Region IX men's soccer block are jousting for a seat at the head of the class and finally cross paths Saturday in Powell.

• And since it's a college soccer game, you can pretty much pencil in sunny skies and 70 degrees for 1 p.m. this Saturday when the game kicks off. Northwest College fans have been absolutely blessed with postcard weather this debut soccer season.

• PHS AD Timothy Wormald might want to pick up the phone and ask NWC AD Andy Ward what his secret is sometime between now and when the Panthers' spring seasons arrive.

• Anyone under the impression that soccer isn't a contact sport obviously did not see the shot Trapper goalie Becca Sangster absorbed last week. That forearm shiver would've looked right at home in an NBA lane or a professional wrestling arena.

• There's only one month until the winter sports seasons start at Northwest College, but take advantage of the near summer-like weather while it lasts, faithful reader. Get outside and enjoy life —and one or two of our fall sports squads in action.

Despite the extreme partisanship that characterizes most political stories this year, there are times when Republicans and Democrats do cooperate.

Wyoming's senators, according to news reports, have joined senators of both parties from Colorado, South Dakota and Nebraska in asking the Forest Service to spend more money fighting bark beetles in Western forests.

A drive up the North Fork provides ample evidence of the bark beetle problem in the form of hundreds of dead and dying trees, so the senators' concern is justified.

The biggest concern is that the dead trees pose a major fire hazard, although there is disagreement among scientists about how big that danger actually is.

Fire is not the only concern, though. According to University of Wyoming researchers, the death of so many trees may temporarily increase the mountain snowpack, but the lack of shade will mean a faster runoff, causing more erosion. When the trees disappear, wind and sun will have a negative effect on the snowpack, and the runoff, while it may fill the reservoirs, will carry more silt without trees to slow the flow. In addition, the water may contain excess nitrogen, which is now absorbed by the living trees.

For recreationists, a big concern is safety. Dead trees falling into campgrounds pose a danger, and may make it necessary to close campgrounds temporarily. Hiking trails will be similarly affected.

Wildlife habitat also will suffer as the trees that provide cover disappear.

The senators are asking that $49 million be devoted to battling the beetle infestation and rehabilitating the damaged forests. Given the danger posed by fires, the expense of fighting them, and the damage threatening watersheds and wildlife, that expenditure is more than justified.

Our senators should be commended for participating in this bipartisan effort to fight the infestation.

(June 29, 2001 - Oct. 3, 2010)

Rowdy Smallwood died at the Children's Hospital in Aurora, Colo., on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. Rowdy was critically injured in an accident on Sept. 5.

(Sept. 16, 1941 - Oct. 5, 2010)

Carole J. Howell of Powell died from small cell lung cancer Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 in Billings. She was had just turned 69.


The Brown family is pictured at their home last year. Back: Meri, Mariah, Kody holding his daughter Savannah, Logan, Janelle, Aspen and Christine. Center: Paedon, Mykelti. Front: Ysabel, Gweni, Gabe, Hunter and Garrison. One daughter is not pictured. This photo was featured in “plainSpeak,” a news magazine produced by Northwest College students. Courtesy photo/Josh Rockvam

A polygamist family formerly of the Powell area attracted national attention and scrutiny for starring in the reality television program, “Sister Wives.”

“I like marriage, and I'm a repeat offender,” Kody Brown says with a smile in the premiere episode on TLC.


Western senators back bill to kill wolf protections

On Thursday, U.S. senators from Wyoming, Idaho and Utah announced a bill they say will nip further gray wolf Endangered Species Act protections in the bud, thus relinquishing the disputed canine's management to states.

However, passing the bill may be a Herculean task.

Boeing plane over Powell Saturday

A new Boeing 747-8 flew over Powell around 10 a.m. Saturday, garnering plenty of surprise — but the plane was simply testing equipment.

Some folks thought the aircraft was coming in for a landing.

Gary Parham was at a Powell Middle School football game, when his son, Eric Parham said, “‘Look at that!'”

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