On a night where No. 1 Powell struggled to execute offensively for chunks of the game, the Panthers’ defensive unit came through in flying colors. Powell forced eight turnovers, including four intereceptions by senior Dewey Schwahn, and held Lander to just 46 yards of total offense to cruise 36-0 into the semifinal round of the Class 3A football playoffs.
The Northwest College men’s soccer team opened the Region IX tournament with a victory on Tuesday afternoon, blanking Western Nebraska in a 3-0 victory. The Trappers advance to Friday’s semifinals, where they will face Otero in a rematch of last season’s title game.
Powell’s bid for repeat title starts against Tigers
On paper, it screams mismatch. Choose pretty much any statistic and the numbers from the regular season scream that Friday night’s quarterfinal between Powell, 8-0 on the year, and Lander, 2-6, could get ugly.
Powell earns home-field advantage through title game
The Powell Panthers wrapped up an undefeated regular season and secured home field advantage through the 3A championship game with a 51-6 thrashing of No. 4 Green River. In doing so, they broadcast a clear message to the rest of the state.
The Powell High School cross country teams raced to ninth place finishes at the 2012 3A championship meet in Douglas on Saturday. Andrew Feller had the day’s top finish for the Panthers, placing 19th individually in the boys’ race.
High school football reaches the final week of the regular season in Wyoming this Friday as the Green River Wolves, 5-2 overall, 3-1 in 3A West, come to Powell to face the Panthers. The Wolves enter the game ranked No. 4 in the latest round of the Wyopreps coaches and media poll.
You’d have to go back a few years to find the last time the Powell High School cross country teams ventured to the 3A state championship meet without either the girls’ team or the boys’ numbering among the favorites to return home with a trophy. This year, however, both teams carry the underdog’s role to Douglas. A season of low numbers and prolific injuries conspired to keep the Panther girls from contending for team honors throughout much of the regular season. Powell’s runners eventually began to mend and, buoyed by an influx of late-season additions, were able to place fifth at last week’s 3A West conference meet. Seniors Victoria Grevisse, Alyssa Hildebrand and Tess Mitchell — all late comers to the cross country ranks — will line up alongside juniors Carly Klein and Sierra Morrow and sophomore Bailey Sanders for the Panther girls. The group will have its work cut out for it if it wishes to climb up the standings in Douglas this Saturday. A field of 87 runners are expected to step into the starting chute for the 3A championship race on Saturday. The scenario is a little different for the Panther boys, who were consistently a top three finisher at meets throughout the regular season. Powell’s boys saw that order of finish balloon to sixth place at the 3A West meet last week as the Panthers got their first look at traditional powers Jackson and Star Valley. Seniors Andrew Feller, Pedro Vasquez and Chase Wellner, juniors Mat Abraham, Zander Andreasen, Grant Nickles and Quin Wetzel and sophomore Ben Wetzel will be part of a 127-runner field when boys’ action gets started at the 3A championship event. While the Panthers will be dark horses when it comes to team hardware come Saturday, recent history says not to count the team out. It was just two years ago that the Panther boys suffered a similar low finish at the conference meet, only to come storming back and pick up a team trophy once the dust settled at the 3A state meet. The Panthers also have candidates for a possible spot on the medal podium when it comes to the individual awards. Both Andreasen and Feller have clocked impressive times for the Panther boys. On the girls’ side, Morrow and Sanders both have solid state performances to their credit in previous years. “State is always a fun meet,” Panther cross country coach Cliff Boos said after Powell’s conference performance. “It’s always fun to see how the runners from the east come together with the ones here in the west and how that changes things.” The state cross country meet will take place at the Douglas Golf Course. The 3A girls’ championship race will raise the starting gun at 11:50 a.m. The 3A boys’ championship race will conclude the day’s championship action at 1:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will immediately follow the 3A boys’ race. In the event of frost, race times could be delayed. Spectators making the trip to Douglas for state cross country are asked to utilize the Park and Ride service being offered this season to minimize vehicle congestion around the Douglas Golf Course. Spectators are asked to park at Barling Park, located approximately a half mile from the course. A free shuttle bus service sponsored by Douglas High School will ferry spectators to and from the golf course throughout the day. Signs will direct fans from the highway to parking areas at Barting Park. Shuttle buses will run to and from the cross country meet throughout the day. Fans are asked to please make use of the service to minimize congestion and parking issues around the state championship course.
Panther defense menaces Cody for seven turnovers, three scores in 41-0 win
Number-one Powell intercepted Cody quarterbacks five times Friday returning three of the picks for touchdowns to transform the latest installment of the Park County rivalry into a 41-0 blowout victory. Junior Matthew Widdicombe was responsible for two of the interceptions returned for touchdowns.
Loss at No. 13 Central knocks team from atop region
The Northwest College Trappers rode another outstanding night from NJCAA national player of the week Ana Jakovljevic and the momentum generated by a couple timely kills from local product Olivia Rogers to a 25-22, 23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12 victory over No. 15 Western Wyoming on Saturday.
Powell carries unanimous No. 1 into Friday’s game in Cody
The Powell Panthers make the short trip to Cody this Friday night for the annual Park County showdown with the Broncs. Powell carries a 6-0 record into the contest and a perfect 3-0 mark in 3A West competition.