Nobody came home with a championship, but what a final week or so of the season the local basketball teams produced. Both Northwest College and Powell High School produced postseason excitement aplenty.
Trappers finish 15-15, draw Otero to open Region IX tournament
Northwest College’s sophomores went out in style, defeating Western Wyoming 90-80 in overtime in their final home contest of the 2012-2013 season. The team fell 65-52 at Gillette in its final regular-season contest to finish 8-8 overall in Region IX North play and 15-15 in the regular season.
PHS junior Zach Thompson captured the 195-pound state title by fall with 28 seconds left in his match against Star Valley’s Jordan Semadeni to clinch the 2013 Class 3A state championship for the Panthers. Thompson was one of two Panther champions crowned on the day.
The Northwest College Trappers crowned four new All-Americans, including a national runner-up, and added to their string of consecutive top 10 national finishes at the NJCAA national wrestling championships in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend. The Trappers finished sixth as a team, marking the 19th consecutive year the team has finished among the top 10 programs nationally.
Hoping to avoid the travel drama that plagued the team’s journey to the 2012 national championships, head coach Jim Zeigler and the seven national tournament qualifiers from the third-ranked Northwest College wrestling team departed for Des Moines, Iowa, hoping to beat the arrival of a major winter storm expected to slam the nation’s heartland.
The fourth-ranked Powell Panthers girls’ basketball team defeated Pinedale 50-27 and Lander 47-38 in weekend road basketball action. The victories improved the Panthers’ record to 14-5 overall this season and 8-5 in the league standings.
Sophomore Solarin nominated for national player of the week
The Northwest College Trappers received a pair of monstrous double-double performances from sophomore Jeffrey Solarin as they picked up wins over Casper and Miles Community College over the weekend. The Trappers improve to 19-9 overall and 8-6 in Region IX North play.
No. 3 Northwest advances seven to national tournament
The third-ranked Northwest College wrestling team captured one weight class title and qualified seven competitors for next week’s NJCAA national championship event at the West regional tournament in Portland, Ore. The Trappers placed third as a team behind No. 1 North Idaho and No. 4 Clackamas in the final standings.
Panthers’ middle linebacker sets course for gridiron future
Powell High School senior Vince Sleep signed a letter of intent to play football in the fall for Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, turning down offers from a number of other schools in the process. Sleep has been a fixture on the defensive side of the football for the Panthers since his sophomore year.