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March 24, 2011 7:27 am

PHS track loaded with potential

Four days before the first scheduled outdoor meet of the season, Powell High School track and field coach Scott Smith gazed out the front doors of the school building. A steady mixture of rain and snow greeted his eyes.

“Hope it gets better by Saturday,” he said. “But it doesn’t look good right now.”

March 22, 2011 7:18 am

Panther boys win one

Worland Jamboree gives fans first look at squad

The Powell Panthers kicked off the 2011 boys’ soccer season in Worland. The busy Saturday saw the team defeat 3A newcomer Rawlins while falling to 4A’s Rock Springs and Green River.

“We saw a lot of things that we’ve been working on the last two weeks, and we also saw some things that we need to work on and improve at before our next game,” said new Panther coach Travis Rapp.

March 22, 2011 7:17 am

Panther girls go 1-1-1 to begin

Team defeats Rawlins, ties Star Valley


New Powell girls’ soccer coach Brett Hanlin asked his Panthers to play with it on Saturday at the Cody Jamboree. On the pitch, his players responded to post a 4-0 victory over Rawlins and a 0-0 draw with Class 4A’s Star Valley.

Lone Wolf event continues to grow in size, stature

More than 200 competitors, representing four states and one Canadian province, descended upon Powell on Saturday, March 12, to take part in the Lone Wolf Taekwondo Championships at Northwest College’s Cabre Gymnasium. The turnout was the largest field ever seen in the tournament’s 18 years.

Two girls, three boys honored in 3A West Division Basketball

Two members of the state-qualifying Powell High School girls’ basketball team and three members of the Panther boys’ basketball team have received all-conference honors in the 3A West.

Seniors Leslie Thronburg, Olivia Rogers and Zane Bushnell, junior Chase Partridge and sophomore Marshall McArthur were selected by the conference’s coaches for recognition. All five were also considered for all-state designation, but did not appear when those rosters were released.

March 17, 2011 7:23 am

Quake searching for new coach

Furstenau resigns after one season

The Yellowstone Quake are searching for a new head coach following the resignation last week of Craig Furstenau. Furstenau resigned shortly after the Quake were swept by Helena in the first round of the playoffs.

Quake team president Bob Bole said Furstenau offered no reason for his decision. Furstenau did not return a phone message left seeking comment.

March 17, 2011 7:21 am

SPORTS GUY: Madness 101

It has been exactly two years since The Sports Guy arrived in Powell. Yours truly is still enjoying life here in the Big Horn Basin. Our little clan loves waking up to the view of mountains in every direction and we’re not planning on leaving any time soon.

But if the opportunity ever presents itself, I think I’d have to accept an offer to become a bracketologist.

March 15, 2011 9:20 am

PHS has short stay at state

Basketball season came to a rough end for the Powell Panthers at the 2011 State 3A basketball tournament in Casper. Hindered by shooting difficulties throughout the weekend, the Panthers fell to Buffalo on Thursday before being ousted from the consolation bracket by Torrington on Friday.

The Panthers finish their season with a 12-15 mark.

March 10, 2011 9:38 am

Trapper women unable to rally

No. 17 Northeastern holds off NWC

The Northwest College Trappers were eliminated from the first round of the Region IX women’s basketball tournament following a 94-81 loss to No. 17 Northeastern on Sunday.

Northwest held scoreless in final 65 seconds

The Northwest College Trappers were eliminated from Region IX play following an 80-76 loss to Northeastern in the opening round of action. The Trappers finish 17-14 on the year.

Shane Reader’s free throw with 1:05 remaining gave Northwest a 76-75 lead, but Northeastern answered with a soaring dunk from Region IX scoring leader Widgett Washington. The Colorado school added a pair of free throws on its next possession.