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October 14, 2008 12:02 am

Panthers sweep Southwest

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Lady Panthers Savannah Donarski (2) and Kami Cooley get set to block a hit by Kemmerer's Randi McInerney in competition during the conference duals last Saturday. The Powell girls fell hard in game two of the match, but recovered and earned a 3-1 victory over the Rangers.Tribune photo by Don Amend

Regular season comes to a close this week

It wasn't easy, but the Powell High School Lady Panthers went 4-0 last week to keep their dual match volleyball record clean.

Despite struggling at times, the girls came up with big plays when it counted and swept the Southwest teams at the conference duals in Lovell. After a marathon five-set win over Jackson, the Lady Panthers swept Lyman in three on Friday. Saturday, they overcame a dismal second game against Kemmerer to take the match in four sets, and closed the weekend with another 3-1 win over Pinedale.

“Our goal was to come in and go 4-0, and we did it,” said PHS head coach Cindi Smith. “The girls played some tough games, and I'm proud of them for pulling them out.”

No place to run

After unseasonably warm temperatures in recent weeks, Old Man Winter made his presence known by bringing cold temperatures, strong winds, and enough moisture to put the wraps on Powell High School's annual cross country invitational.

The event, originally scheduled for Powell Golf Club late Friday afternoon, underwent a venue change Thursday as school officials moved the competition from the local golf course to Homesteader Park. However, Friday morning the event was canceled after PHS activities director Jeff Jones determined the venue at Homesteader Park was unfit for a safe event because of soggy ground conditions. The meet will not be rescheduled.

Cliff Boos, head coach of PHS's boys and girls teams, said it was disappointing for his runners because they had been looking forward to running in front of a Powell-dominated crowd.

“This will be the first one we've missed in several years,” Boos said. “As the week went along, we were planning for the worst. It just wasn't meant to be.”

Boos also said the event will not be rescheduled because of where the original event date sits on the season calendar. The Panthers and Lady Panthers instead will focus on their next meet, which will be the biggest one of the season for both teams — the Class 3A West Conference Meet. That event is scheduled to be conducted in Worland, Friday. The varsity girls will run at noon, and the varsity boys will follow at 12:30 p.m.

Though disappointed because an opportunity to run was lost, Boos said the cancellation wasn't all bad because it will allow several runners, particularly on the Panther boys squad, extra time to overcome various ailments that have been plaguing them in recent weeks.

“We should go into the conference meet with a pretty healthy group,” Boos said.

The coach said both teams should have the opportunity to have solid finishes at the conference meet. In the competition for the girls, teams will be looking to knock off Jackson, last year's state championship squad.

The Lady Panthers have been led by a host of runners this season, including senior Lauren Dunleavy and freshmen Desiree Murray and Alyssa Rodriguez. Those three have been among the Lady Panthers' top runners throughout the season. Also, returning all-state performer Jordan Bigelow has enjoyed a solid year. Behind them, there's plenty of depth and experience, which Boos hopes will translate in a strong finish at the conference meet and the following week at the season-ending state meet in Sheridan.

Leading the way for the Panther boys will be senior Patrick Sullivan, who has steadily finished as one of PHS's top runners all season long. Boos said Sullivan has cut a tremendous amount of time from his 2007 marks, and he's confident the senior can continue to make strides during the next two events. Boos said the rest of the Panthers' lineup, which has been bolstered by the performances of sophomores Patrick Voss and Danny McKearney, has made steady progress this season. Boos added that staying healthy will be a major key this week and next will be among the keys for the Panther boys.

“We're hoping to have a full crew,” Boos said about the Panther boys. “We'll just try to have everybody healthy and see how it works out.”

Last-minute victory

Powell High School quarterback Galen Mills scored on a 1-yard run with 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to lift the third-ranked Panthers to a 19-14 decision over the unranked Jackson Broncs last Friday night in Jackson Hole.

Mills' touchdown capped a nine-play, 72-yard drive and gave the Panthers a come-from-behind victory in what amounted to their most important game to date this season. By winning the Class 4A, West Conference contest, the Panthers (4-2 overall, 3-1 West) remained in the hunt for the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs.

“It was a good win for us,” said PHS head coach Jim Stringer. “It was another one of those games that was a tale of two halves. We got behind early and went into the locker room at halftime behind 14-3. At that point, we told the kids to keep their heads up. We knew if each kid went out and did their job and did it well, we'd be fine. We told them not to worry about being Superman and taking on more than they needed to out there. We told them to play within themselves because we knew if they did that, everything would be OK.”

The Panthers took that advice and outscored the Broncs 16-0 during the second half. In the process, PHS played with poise similar to what it displayed in week one when they mounted a game-winning, fourth-quarter drive against Worland in a hard-fought conference battle.

“I was impressed with the way the kids rebounded,” Stringer added. “We were able to run the ball more effectively, and we had some good passing plays. I thought our line played well, and they did a nice job of controlling the line of scrimmage.”

PHS's game-clinching drive came with the Panthers trailing 14-13 and after defensive coordinator Mike Heny's defense halted a Bronc drive at the JHHS 44. The Panthers, following a punt by the Broncs (1-5 overall, 1-3 West), took over at their own 28 and quickly moved the ball down the field with a good mix of running and passing plays. It took PHS just two plays — a 13-yard pass to Ryan Brandt and a 12-yard run by Mills — to get the Panthers into JHHS territory. They continued their march, thanks in part to a 13-yard reception to Brandon Sullivan and 17-yard pass to Trevor Donarski, both of which supplemented a number of positive gains by the rushing attack.

With 1:35 remaining, Donarski carried the ball three yards on first-and-goal from the JHHS 4 to set up Mills' game-winning touchdown on the ensuing play. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving the Panthers ahead by five points and just 52 seconds left on the clock. That's when kicker Drayson Bratt delivered one of his biggest plays of the season.

“I told Drayson I wanted a squib kick right at No. 53 (for JHHS) and to keep the ball away from (Carlos) Bonilla,” Stringer said. “Bonilla is a good player, and we certainly didn't want him to have an opportunity for a good return. Drayson made a perfect kick. It took two hops and went right off the helmet of No. 53.”

By the time the Broncs covered the ball, they were at their own 15 and facing the prospect of driving 85 yards in 48 seconds if they wanted to overtake the Panthers. Simply put, that didn't even come close to happening against the stubborn Panther defense. Jackson gained only one yard in four plays.

Early in the contest, PHS staked a 3-0 lead on its first possession of the game. That drive, which started at midfield, ended with Bratt kicking his first field goal of the season.

Jackson answered that score quickly. Following Bratt's kickoff, which went into the end zone for a touchback, Bonilla raced 80 yards for a score on first-and-10.

The Broncs added to their advantage shortly before halftime, courtesy of an interception of a Mills' pass. That turnover set up JHHS at the Powell 40. A 31-yard pass put the Broncs inside the Panther 10, and two plays later, Bonilla scored on a 1-yard run. With the PAT, Jackson had a 14-3 lead, which it took into halftime.

Powell's first drive of the second half ended with an interception, which gave the Broncs the ball at the PHS 41. However, the Panthers got the ball back two plays later when PHS's Trent Gillett forced a fumble that was recovered by Panther cornerback Matt Kifer at the PHS 43. From there, the Panthers drove 57 yards in nine plays for its first touchdown of the game, a 1-yard run by Billy Harshman. Bratt also added the PAT to cut PHS's deficit to 14-10. That third-quarter drive was aided by passes of 13 and 26 yards to Donarski.

Late in the third quarter, PHS mounted another drive that spilled into the early stages of the fourth period. The drive, which started at midfield, included a 27-yard pass to Brandt, which gave the Panthers a first down at the JHHS 11. However, the drive stalled and PHS settled for its second field goal of the game from Bratt. He finished with field goals covering 26 and 32 yards.

Bratt's second field goal left the Panthers behind 14-13, but they quickly got another shot at adding more points when Gavin Mills intercepted a Bronc pass to give PHS the ball at the Jackson 22. That drive ended with Bratt attempting a 40-yard field goal, which was wide right by about a yard, according to Stringer.

“It just barely missed,” Stringer said. “He had plenty of distance on it. In fact, it would have been good from about 55 yards had it made it through the uprights.”

That missed field goal occurred with 8:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. Fortunately for the Panthers, the defensive stop on Jackson's next drive set the stage for PHS's dramatic, games-winning drive.

Statistically, the Panthers had several players enjoy solid performances. With the exception of throwing two interceptions, Galen Mills had a strong night in the passing department. He completed 11 of 14 passes for a career-high 180 yards. He also was PHS's leading rusher with 72 yards on 13 carries. Harshman added 46 yards on the ground. As a team, PHS tallied 153 yards rushing on 44 attempts.

The receiver corps was led by Donarski's seven catches for 103 yards, and Brandt's three catches for 64 yards. Sullivan finished with one key catch on the final scoring drive for 13 yards.

Defensively, the Panthers were led by Matt McArthur, who finished with 25 defensive points. Donarski added a 12-point performance on defense.

Jackson finished with 161 yards rushing on 25 attempts and 51 yards passing on a five-of-14 effort. Bonilla, who gained 80 yards on his first touchdown run, ended the night with 96 yards on 11 rushing attempts.

Stringer also noted that the Panthers ran 59 offensive plays to only 39 for Jackson. The Broncs were limited to a mere three offensive plays in the third quarter.

• Up next: The Panthers will be at home Friday night when they host the Class 3A Lovell Bulldogs. The Bulldogs, ranked fourth in last week's WyoPreps.com Poll, defeated Newcastle by a 40-0 margin last week. Overall, LHS has a 4-2 record.

Last Thursday, the State Loan and Investment Board approved full funding of the Community Facilities Grant request for the Plaza Diane — Community Center for the Arts.

The $944,000 grant will pay to refurbish the plaza — bringing gardens, shade and a splash pad outside and gallery, classroom and meeting space inside the rarely-used building.

The grant success is the good product of many area groups working together as partners.

The State Loan and Investment Board is made up of the state's top five elected officials. One board member commented that he was impressed with the many partnerships forged to support Plaza Diane.

The City of Powell stands tall as one of the Plaza's strongest partners. City officials — Mayor Mangold, city councilmen and others — recognized how the project could enhance the downtown area, both in appearance and activity, and they backed the project fully.

Other partnerships have been forged — with Park County School District No. 1, Northwest College and Homesteader Museum — to provide additional arts education in the community. The Powell Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center and Powell Valley Community Education, have signed on as partners as well.

The Park County Arts Council and the Buffalo Bill Historical Center also see opportunities to better serve Powell by partnering with Plaza Diane.

Other groups, such as the Park County Farmers' Market and the Master Gardeners, are demonstrating their support of the Plaza already.

Overwhelmingly, these groups and organizations have seen that a community arts center and public gathering space will create opportunity and activity for people of all ages in our community. They also will bring so much to the table in terms of what Plaza Diane can offer the public once the improvements are in place.

It will be exciting to see what the next several months bring to the Plaza — the dramatic facelift will begin in late 2008 or early 2009. When the construction ends, the people of Powell will have a new center for activity and entertainment downtown.

October 14, 2008 12:00 am

Carl Victor Winterholler

(Aug. 11, 1923 - Oct. 8, 2008)

Carl Victor (Vic) Winterholler, 85, died Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the North Big Horn Hospital in Lovell, with his wife, Dorothy, by his side.

He was born east of Lovell on Aug. 11, 1923, to Carl Gottlieb Winterholler and Alvina Wagner Winterholler. He was the third born in a family of five children.

Vic received his education in the Lovell schools and graduated in 1941, then entered Casper College on a basketball scholarship.

His basketball pursuits continued as a member of the Lovell LDS West Ward team, and in the 1950s the Lovell Jaycees that played all over Wyoming and Montana and beyond. The team won the national tournament in Atlanta, Ga. The West Ward team won the All-Church championship in Salt Lake City a number of times.

Vic was also an amazing fast pitch softball pitcher, playing the Lovell city league and then later in the service.
He was a World War II veteran, serving from 1943 to 1946 in the India/Burma Theater. He was called back to service during the Korean War.

He was married to Josie Tippetts in Lovell, and they were the parents of six children: Vicki, Sherry, Carol, David, Daniel and Marcie. They later divorced.

In 1976, he married Dorothy Monk and together they shared her four children, David, Janis, Diane and Renae.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

In his early years, he worked in the Highland Grocery, the Lovell brick yard and on the farm alongside his family.

He loved farming and ranching and belonged to many farm organizations, serving 33 years on the Big Horn Basin Beetgrowers board and also on the ASCS Committee. He also served on the board of the Lovell Volunteer Firemen and the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association.

In his later years, after the farm sold, he liked riding around the farm in his pickup to check on the Asay crops and cattle, visiting with friends at Minchow's and reading every western book in the Lovell Library.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Vicki Crockett (Jay) of Alamo, Calif., Sherry Fredrickson (Eric) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Carol Doerr (Jerry) of Worland, David Winterholler (Suzanne) of Lovell, Daniel Winterholler (Darlene) of Ammon, Idaho, and Marcie Baird (Eric) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; 25 grandchildren and 18 geat-grandchildren; Dorothy's children, David Monk (Sherie), Jan Asay (Stan), Diane Busteed (Richard), and Renae Wolvington (Brad) and their children; and one aunt, Lydia Parks of Lovell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Selma and Christina; a brother, Fred, and an infant sister, Elizabeth.

Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 13 at the Lovell LDS Church. Burial was in the Lovell Cemetery under the direction of Haskell Funeral Home.

April 02, 2003 5:24 am

Delores Colleen Clarke

(Jan. 9, 1954 - April 25, 2002)

Funeral services were conducted Monday at the New Life Christian Fellowship Church in Powell for Delores Colleen Clarke, 48, who died Thursday, April 25 at St. Vincent Hospital in Billings.

She was born Jan. 9, 1954, in Worland, daughter of Eldon and Colleen (Seiver) Short.
She was a graduate of Powell High School and attended one year of college. She married Lester Clarke on Aug. 31, 1979, in Casper. In Powell, she operated Dee's Day Care.

She enjoyed needlecraft, reading and genealogy. She served as a Brownie Leader for Troop 256 in Powell.
Survivors include her husband, Lester, of Powell; a daughter, Danielle, of Powell; her parents, Colleen and Eldon Short; her grandmother, Dorthy Short of Worland; four sisters and their husbands, Karen and Bud Boyles of Casper, Valerie and Frank Matiella of Powell, Leslie and James Kallem of Powell and Linda and Ben Davila of Cheyenne; nieces and nephews, Crystal, Cynthia, Dustin, Maggy, Jessica, Eric, Ashley, Vanessa, Jesse and B'Jay; great nieces and nephews, Britany, Alexandra, Joshua, Andrew and Preston; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special friend, Cherri Siebert.
She was preceded in death by two grandfathers, a grandmother, an aunt and a niece.

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery.

Those wishing may make memorial donations to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lillian Hoffman, P.O. Box 638, Cody, WY 82414.

April 25, 2002 5:22 am

Dora Armstrong Sump

(June 15, 1928 - April 25, 2002)

Dora Armstrong Sump, a 66-year resident of the Powell area, died Thursday, April 25 at the Powell Nursing Home. She 92.
She had been a resident of the nursing home for three years. Prior to that, she had resided at Rocky Mountain Manor for 20 years.

She was born in Creston, Nebr., to Emmett and Lydia (Wilder) Armstrong on Aug. 5, 1909, one of 12 children. She married Eric Otto Sump on June 15, 1928.

In 1936, they moved to the Willwood area south of Powell, where they worked for various farmers in the area until moving into town. Mr. Sump died in 1978.

Survivors include three sons, Ron Sump and wife Jeanette of Powell, Bob Sump and wife Loretta of Billings, Mont., and Harold Sump of Las Vegas, Nev.; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eric; one son, Richard; and all her brothers and sisters.
Cremation has taken place, and interment will be at Powell Crown Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday).

For those who wish, the family would appreciate memorials to the Powell Nursing Home.

April 25, 2002 7:26 pm

John Edward Jack' Stauffer

(Oct. 3, 1924 - Feb. 18, 2010)

John Edward “Jack” Stauffer, 85, died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 after a battle with cancer.

Jack was born Oct. 3, 1924 in Lancaster, Pa., the fourth child of Chester and Mabel Stauffer. He graduated high school in 1942, was drafted in 1943, and served in the Army Air Corps until the end of WWII. Jack returned to school in Lancaster, graduating from Franklin Marshall College in 1951 and later receiving his master's degree in geology from the University of Colorado in Boulder.

During school, he met Lorraine Harnish, also of Lancaster, and they were married on June 7, 1950. Upon graduation in 1953, he was hired by Ohio Oil. They moved to Powell and soon were transferred to Cody.

The Ohio Oil Company later became Marathon Oil Company, the company he worked for as a geologist until he retired in 1984.

After five years in Cody, Jack, Lorraine and their two young boys, Kurt and Eric, were transferred to Durango, Colo.

Mark, the third son, was born in Durango. It was also in Durango that Jack started studying with Jehovah's Witnesses.

They were transferred to Salt Lake City in 1958, where he continued his studies and was baptized in 1964.

His work took him to Nevada, Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming. They returned to Wyoming in 1967—first to Casper, then back to Cody in 1979.

Jack loved his family and enjoyed being in the outdoors with them, especially the mountains. His love of the outdoors never faded — he would take his camper out to his favorite spot on the North Fork by himself when no one else was available, even up to the young age of 83.

Most of all, Jack cherished his relationship with his God, Jehovah, and he served many years as an elder in the Christian Congregation.

Jack and Lorraine never knew a stranger, opening their home to many people as they traveled through Cody. Jack, with his knowledge of geology, served as a personal tour guide for their visitors.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Robert and Richard.

Survivors include his wife, M. Lorraine Stauffer; sisters Dorothy Boettner of Cody and Ruth Child of Norristown, Pa.; sons, Kurt Stauffer (Vienn) of Cody, Eric Stauffer (Jenifer) of Powell and Mark Stauffer of Casper; grandchildren Nicolas Stauffer of Casper, Jesse Stauffer of Rock Springs, Brooke Harris (Seth) of Florida, Anthony Holcomb of Colorado, Haley Stauffer of Deaver, and Kelli Stauffer and Kacey Stauffer, both of Casper; and two great-grandchildren.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at 2702 Cougar Avenue in Cody.

Donations to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witness or Spirit Mountain Hospice would be appreciated by the family.

February 23, 2010 3:20 am

Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romin

(Nov. 10, 1915 - April 24, 2002)

A service will be conducted at 10 a.m. today (Tuesday) at First United Methodist Church in Powell for Genevieve (Genny) Helgeson Romine, 86, who died Wednesday, April 24 at Franklin United Methodist Community outside Indianapolis, Ind.

Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery with Powell Veterans Honor Guard according military honors.

She was born Nov. 10, 1915, at Garland, daughter of Charles F. and Eva (Epp) Helgeson. She graduated from Powell High School in 1935 and continued her education in Chicago, Ill., which would lead her to a career in nursing.

She was a graduate of Columbus Hospital School of Nursing in Chicago and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in public health nursing from Loyola University of Chicago and a master's degree in nursing education from Indiana University.

She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served in World War II. She served in New Guinea and Australia doing hospital duty.

She married W.T. Romine on June 17, 1946. He preceded her in death.

She was a Registered Nurse for more than 50 years, retiring in 1974 from Indiana University School of Nursing as an assistant professor of nursing.

She was a member of the Church of the Lakes (Nineveh) and First Methodist Church of Powell, American Legion Post 26 of Powell, and Sigma Theta Tau Honorary Nursing Society. She co-founded the retired Nurses Club of Indianpolis and was a charter member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association. She was a member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a former member of the Indiana State Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association.

Survivors include a son, Paul C. Romine of Fishers, Ind.; a sister, Helen Harrington of Casper; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Helgeson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Indiana University School of Nursing Foundation, 1111 Middle Drive, Room 101, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

April 24, 2002 7:25 pm

Thelma Griggs Sprague

(Dec. 3, 1919 - Feb. 24, 2010)

Thelma J. Griggs Sprague died Feb. 24, 2010 in Orem, Utah. She was 90.

Thelma was born Dec. 3, 1919 in Powell, the first of four children born to Vera Sessions Griggs and John Samuel Griggs.

She was born on a homestead on the Powell flat. Her earliest years were spent in the Powell area before moving to Chatham, Wyo., where her father worked for Marathon Oil and her mother cooked for the crew.

On Sept. 22, 1938, Thelma married Leonard Sprague in Billings. The couple were proud parents of six children, Bonnie, Cheryl, Charlene, Charles, Douglas and Debra.

Thelma helped her husband, Leonard, operate the business when he established the War Surplus Store in Powell in 1958. She also worked at Gambles and Powell Valley Office Supply. She worked as a receptionist at the War Memorial Hospital in Powell and had fond memories working with friends at Linton's Big R Store until her retirement. Leonard passed away May 11, 1974.

Thelma had a firecracker personality and loved her years volunteering at the Powell Hospital and was proud to be a breast cancer survivor. She looked forward to her “Lunch Bunch” every Tuesday at the Pizza Hut. A gaggle of senior citizens met regularly for years and her attendance was a necessity.

When Thelma's health declined, she lived in the home of her daughter, Debbie (Fred) Newcomer in Evanston, finally moving into Summerfield Retirement Center in Orem, Utah. There she enjoyed a happy, comfortable life, celebrating her 90th birthday in December 2009.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Chris) Haas, of Cherokee, Okla.; Cheryl (Charles) Cozzens, of Hiland, Utah; Charlene, of Salt Lake City; Charles (Alice), of Pueblo, Colo.; Douglas (Marie), of Canyon Country, Calif.; and Debra (Fred) Newcomer, of Evanston. She is also survived by her brother, Sam “Bud” and sister-in-law Edna Griggs, of Lake Havasu, Ariz.

Thelma had 18 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Leonard; sister, Florence Nalley; brother, Donald H. Griggs; a son-in-law, Chris Haas; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted at the Powell LDS Chapel on Avenue E on Saturday, March 6 at 11 a.m. with interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.

A viewing will be held on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home in Powell, and 30 minutes prior to the Saturday service at the church.

The family asks for memorials to be sent to the Byron Memorial Park in Byron or to Breast Cancer Research.