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Powell's Vince Sleep scoops up the football after Anthony Lujan and an unseen teammate lay the lumber to Star Valley quarterback Logan Abrams during the first half of the Panthers' 24-19 Homecoming victory last Friday. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Big first quarter spurs Panthers past Braves

The fourth-ranked Powell Panthers used a trio of first-quarter touchdowns and a solid defensive effort to notch a 24-19 victory over Star Valley on Friday night. In the process, nine years of frustration against the Braves melted away.

“It's been a long time, I think, since we beat them,” said a happy Powell head coach Jim Stringer after the contest. “It's nice for the kids to get a win like this. It's a big win, not only because it's Homecoming, but it gets us to 2-0 in conference play as well.”

Still on the mend, Powell runners dominate

Powell High School's cross country teams don't have a clean bill of health yet, and that might be the best news runners from rival schools have heard. If the Panthers can dominate the field they way they did last week in Worland while battling illness, not many are going to want to line up in the chute alongside a healthy Panther team.

At last weekend's state tournament in Cheyenne, the Powell High School tennis teams showed the improvement they made over the course of the season, but faced stiff competition.

Given the tough draws the Panthers squads faced in their matches, often against No. 1 seeds, “We actually beat the odds,” said PHS head coach Ray Bieber.

BreaAnn Hollenbeck, the PHS girls' No. 2 singles player, had what Bieber called a “really good” tournament, coming up just one match short of reaching the championship bout.

“She was probably within five points of getting in the final,” said Bieber.

Hollenbeck pushed the eventual champion to three sets — giving the winner her toughest competition of the state tournament.

“We're looking forward to good things with her (Hollenbeck),” Bieber said of the sophomore.

At No. 3 doubles, seniors Shelby Walton and Haylee Humphries were just one win away from reaching the third-place match.

As a team, the PHS girls finished ninth in the 16-team field; all of the girls won at least one match in the double-elimination tourney. The PHS boys took 14th, with three points.

Gillette emerged as the state champion on both sides, with its girls taking 58 points and its boys taking 47.

Bieber said the Powell squads' performance in Cheyenne showed improvement since the start of the season.

“We need to come in and be right where we are (now) at the beginning of next year,” he said.

Girls No. 1 singles player Lisa Schiermeister drew eventual champion Kristyn Wykert in her opening match, falling 6-0, 6-1. Schiermeister then handily took down Rawlins' Lindsey Paschke 6-1, 6-0. Dealing with a leg injury, the senior was eliminated by Melinda Gonzalez of Cheyenne East in split sets, 6-7 (7-5), 6-0, 6-0.

Hollenbeck beat Cheyenne South's Jessica Grass 6-0, 6-0, to open her state tournament and came back to take down Karolyn Hopfensperger of Cheyenne Central, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Hollenbeck then fell in split sets to the eventual champion, Taylor Hinshaw of Gillette, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. In the consolation bracket, Hollenbeck was eliminated by Sheridan's Rachel Wood — the third-place finisher — 6-4, 7-5.

“She was actually really close to winning the whole tournament,” Bieber said.

At No. 1 doubles, juniors Emily Kath and Lacey Eckerdt lost to Cheyenne East in a close contest, 6-3, 6-7 (9-7), 7-5. In the consolation bracket, they beat Cheyenne South 6-0, 6-0 and fell to Cheyenne Central, 6-3, 6-1.

Senior Marquette McArthur and sophomore Sheridan Roling fell in a close 7-5, 6-4 opening match at No. 2 doubles. They rebounded to beat Cheyenne East 6-0, 6-0, but were eliminated 6-1, 6-4 by Cheyenne Central.

Playing at No. 3 doubles, Walton and Humphries began with a 6-0, 6-0 takedown of Rawlins, then fell to second-place finisher Sheridan, 6-2, 6-1. Walton and Humphries then beat Riverton, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), and Kelly Walsh, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The duo was eliminated by Natrona County, the third-place winner, 6-0, 6-1.

PHS boys No. 1 singles player Eric Curtis opened with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to eventual state champion Aaron Lapkin of Cheyenne East. Curtis rebounded with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Nathan Smith of Green River before falling Rock Springs' Tim Lew, 6-2, 6-2. Bieber said he was pleased to see the PHS junior pick up a win at state.

At No. 2 singles, Mark Schiermmeister lost 6-4, 6-1 to Cody Hansen of Rock Springs and then fell in split sets to Morgan Gray of Cheyenne Central, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“Mark played his best tennis of the year,” said Bieber, saying he's looking forward to good things in the future from the freshman.

Continuing a trend of close matches, junior Todd Lewis and senior Tyler Morgan of Rocky Mountain High School fell 6-2, 6-2 to fourth-place finisher Torrington, then lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to Cheyenne East at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, senior Jacob Larson and sophomore Marshall McArthur began with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over their Cheyenne East counterparts.

After a 6-1, 7-5 loss to Torrington, Larson and McArthur beat Riverton 6-3, 6-0. They were then eliminated in split sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Rock Springs.

“They lost to the third and fourth place teams so it was a pretty tough draw for them,” said Bieber.

Patrick Huang, a sophomore exchange student from Taiwan, and senior Dillon Jeffs lost in split sets to Laramie's No. 3 doubles squad, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-1. They again came up on the wrong side of a close match in the consolation bracket, falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Rawlins.

Bieber said the PHS tennis players had excellent sportsmanship and attitudes throughout the season.

“(The) kids were great this year,” said Bieber. “(We) had great trips, great relationships between players.”

He also said the teams are losing a good crop of seniors and have work to do before fall 2011.

“We've got to have a great spring and a great summer,” said Bieber. “If you have a great spring and a great summer, you've got hope.”

For the past number of months, we've been dealing with a funny situation at the Bonner house.

It all began with a lovely orange bonnet-type hat Bliss found in a consignment store and begged me to buy. Not for me — but for her dad to golf in!
Needless to say, he was thrilled with the find, as he was with the foam butterfly visor Bliss found in a thrift store with Marybeth a short time later.

Being the good daddy that he is, for a month or more Brad went along with Blissy's demand that he wear one hat or the other out golfing (at least until he got in the car and out of the little one's line of vision.) Said hats have since disappeared, and I have a feeling I know who's to blame.

It seems that it's not uncommon for young children to pay no attention to traditional gender stereotypes. Since the hats went missing, Bliss has also begun to make lovely (very large, very bright) necklaces for her daddy, though not for me. She doesn't understand that Brad really doesn't enjoy wearing her barrettes — and that nail polish simply isn't a guy thing.

But, not surprisingly, little girls seem to be able to get their dads to do pretty much whatever they want. As such, I've been given the assignment of reminding my dear husband to remove the purple barrettes from his hair and the polish from his nails before we leave the house.

And, apparently, I'm better at the assignment than my sister was at hers. When her daughter Sloane, now 5, was Blissy's age, she also thought her dad was her own personal dress-up daddy. One day, Sloane painted her dad's fingernails a flattering shade of pink. Keep in mind that Tom, a horseshoer and cowboy, has broken nearly all of his fingers, resulting in phalanges that refuse to straighten. Let's just say his hands are far from his best feature.

Tom, after his manicure, apparently got side-tracked and at some point during the day, found himself buying horseshoes at Linton's.

You can imagine the look on the clerk's face when he or she reached to take Tom's money from his gnarled hand and glimpsed the pretty pink nails.

Unfortunately, Tom remembered the manicure at about the same time. He wasted no time getting to his vehicle, where he promptly called his little girl.

“Sloane,” he said, “it takes an awful tough man to buy horseshoes with pink fingernails.”

Tough guy, maybe, but it's just what good daddies do.

Autumn has graced the Powell Valley with hues of red, orange and yellow, and with October here, residents should expect to see more pink, too.

From pink lights glowing on Main Street to pink merchandise sold in local stores to pink bracelets adorning residents' wrists, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has arrived with its trademark color.

The month has been recognized for 25 years in America, helping increase awareness, provide education and empower women diagnosed with breast cancer.

It's estimated that around 190,000 American women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, and more than 40,000 die from it, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thankfully, screening exams can detect breast cancer early, before it spreads to other areas of the body. Many doctors believe early screening saves thousands of lives each year.

October is a month to remind women of the importance of early detection and to remember the wives, mothers, sisters, friends and neighbors who have lost their battles with breast cancer. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it's likely you'll see a lot of pink in Powell.

Though pink products have become a national fad, consumers need to be sure that proceeds from pink merchandise actually benefit breast cancer research, education or exams.

With so many pink products flooding the market — from toothbrushes to umbrellas to T-shirts to soap — there's a growing concern that some merchandise sporting the pink ribbon doesn't actually benefit breast cancer research, but just marketers capitalizing on a trend.

Residents wanting to make a difference should consider donating locally to Women's Wellness. The center uses donations to help uninsured and underinsured women in our area. On Saturday, more than 70 participants participated in a fundraising walk/run, with proceeds helping Big Horn Basin patients with annual exams, mammograms and aid in funding additional tests. The pink lights adorning downtown streetlamps also benefit Women's Wellness.

This month, one of the best ways to think pink is to donate to those in our community.

(Oct. 23, 1920 - Sept. 29, 2010)

Eileen V. Kindler, 89, died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010, at West Park Hospital Long Term Care Center in Cody.


This photo, which captured the simultaneous appearance of a rainbow and lighting near Table Mountain, was taken by J.L. Woody Wooden in 2004 or 2005. It is one of two images featured in the October issue of Color Magazine. Courtesy photo/Woody Wooden

Northwest photo instructor J.L. Woody Wooden earns accolades for images

National and international honors and accolades continue to roll in for Northwest College's Photography Department faculty.

Most recently, two of J.L. Woody Wooden's photographs of lightning are featured in October's edition “Color Magazine.”

City applies for nearly $1 million grant for transfer station

Anticipating the Powell landfill's closure in 2012, city leaders see two basic scenarios: No. 1 — trash is hauled directly to Cody's lined landfill on a daily basis using local collection trucks; No. 2 — trash is stored and processed at a Powell transfer station and then larger quantities are transported to Cody in a compaction trailer a couple of times a week.

Overwhelmingly, Powell leaders prefer the transfer station scenario.

The Antelope Fire, southeast of Tower Fall in Yellowstone National Park, likely left an indelible imprint in local minds when the fire's smoke was visible to the west from Powell Tuesday evening.

And, the potential exists for more smoke from the 4,370-acre fire to visit the Big Horn Basin.


Northwest midfielder Emmanuel Elicerio makes a play on the ball in front of a Western Wyoming defender during second-half action in the Trappers 3-1 Region IX victory on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Trappers' 3-1 victory over WWCC keeps team in title hunt

Leonardo Medeiros scored twice within a 90-second span of the first half on Tuesday as the Northwest College Trappers defeated Western Wyoming by a 3-1 final count. The victory keeps Northwest College very much alive in the hunt for a Region IX men's soccer title in their inaugural season.

Medeiros' outburst came late in the first half as the Belo, Horizonte, Brazil, freshman twice received end-line passes to blast the ball past the keeper for scores. The goals gave Northwest College a 2-0 lead at intermission after the Trappers had managed only a draw in their earlier game against the Mustangs this season.

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