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Break out the asterisk. Much like Argentina still raises hackles among English soccer fans for Maradona’s infamous “Hand of God” goal, Panther soccer fans will likely remember and discuss the Jackson “Leap of Faith” this past Friday for some time to come. 

Young Panthers open competition

The Powell High School tennis teams opened spring competition last Tuesday with identical 5-0 losses at the hands of Cody. Powell Middle School students competed at Cody the same day.

On the high school side, Lacey Eckerdt dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to Sharon Davis at No. 1 singles. The No. 2 singles match ended in a 6-3, 6-2 victory for Cody’s Katie Menig over Powell’s Brandi Voss.

On the football field, Chris Cooley’s hands have earned him a living as a tight end. The two-time NFL Pro Bowl selection has been said to have hands capable of catching any ball thrown his direction.

On this day, however, Cooley’s hands are being employed for a different purpose. Starting with a lump of clay, Cooley’s hands work and shape the material as it spins around on a potter’s wheel. A subtle application of pressure here, a touch there, and suddenly a work of art springs to life.

Skeleton crew delivers third meet title for Powell boys

Even when less than full strength, the Powell Panthers demonstrated on Saturday that they are still a formidable opponent on the track oval.

With a lineup trimmed by injury and absence and tailored down still further to account for the wet conditions at the start of the meet, the Panthers’ boys’ track team captured its third team title in as many meets with a 149-122 victory over host Lovell on Saturday. Park County rival Cody placed third with 117.5 points.

Powell High School senior Kyle Sullivan will continue his stellar track career at the University of Wyoming in the fall. The Cowboys made official Sullivan’s decision last Thursday.

“It feels good knowing I’ll be wearing brown and gold next year,” Sullivan said of his choice.

PHS finishes as top 3A team

The Powell Panthers turned in a strong performance in less-than-ideal conditions on Friday as they placed third out of 11 teams at the Worland spring golf invitational. Panther Brian Morse tied for eighth place with an 18-hole total of 79.

“We had a very good day in conditions that, while typical of spring golf, were far from ideal,” said Powell coach Troy Hildebrand.

Trappers have mountain to climb in the spring semester

Northwest College interim rodeo coach Dan Mortensen leads the Trappers into the start of their spring schedule when his squad travels to Montana State University. Competition in Bozeman opens today (Thursday).

“I think things have gone well,” said Mortensen, who took over following the mid-season resignation of Ryan Vander Pluym. “We have some good kids. They’ve been hitting it hard in practice for the last month. Everyone seems to be making progress, and that’s what I’m striving for.”

PHS slips to 0-2 in quadrant play

The Powell Panthers continued their early-season tour of Class 3A’s top five programs on Tuesday, losing a 5-1 decision to fifth-ranked Worland. The Panthers slide to 1-6 overall this season with the defeat.

Head coach Travis Rapp had hoped for a breakout game on Tuesday. Instead, the Panthers were behind almost from the outset.

Late net by worland wArriors decides game

The sideline expressions said it all.

“This was a game we could have had,” said Panther girls’ soccer coach Brett Hanlin. “It was a game we could have won.”

Panther boys cruise to title at Worland

The second meet of the track season looked very much like the first. Powell’s boys destroyed the nine-school field, posting an almost 90-point margin of victory. The Panther girls placed second behind state power Cody.

Senior Kyle Sullivan led the way to the boys’ team title with three event wins for the Panthers. Sullivan cruised to victory in both the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. He also captured the top spot in the high jump.

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