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February 03, 2011 8:29 am

SPORTS GUY: The end is nigh

Wednesday morning, Punxsutawney Phil, that world-renowned groundhog meteorologist, was unceremoniously hauled kicking and screaming from his den in the midst of a 50-year blizzard to inform folks that he couldn’t see his shadow, couldn’t feel his toes and really just wanted to get the heck back to bed and curl up under some warm blankets.

Not coincidentally, this Sunday, my wife will emerge from her burrow in the bedroom, gaze around the corner and realize that she can’t see football on the television. She will then concur that, indeed, spring must be close at hand.

February 01, 2011 8:31 am

Trappers win one in Apodaca Duals

Moose Cup heads back to Idaho

The seventh-ranked Northwest College wrestling team completed a season sweep of Western Wyoming, but came up short against a pair of nationally ranked foes over the weekend. The Trappers fell to No. 12 Iowa Lakes and No. 3 North Idaho in their final regular-season action.

Leading scorer Smith out with ankle  injury

The Northwest College women’s basketball team split a pair of weekend non-conference games, but may have suffered a greater loss following the injury of the team’s leading scorer. Northwest downed Central Wyoming 65-47 before falling 88-60 against Western Wyoming.

February 01, 2011 8:29 am

Tough weekend for Trapper men

NWC falls twice on the road

The Northwest College Trappers lost a pair of road men’s basketball games over the weekend. Northwest fell by an 84-67 count at Central Wyoming on Friday before suffering a 104-90 setback on Saturday.

January 27, 2011 8:21 am

Apodaca Duals bring talent

Northwest one of three ranked teams in field

The spotlight will shine again on the Apodaca Duals at Northwest College this weekend. The 2011 version of the Trappers’ showcase event will feature three of the nation’s top 12 wrestling programs, four of the nation’s top-ranked wrestlers and a field where almost half the wrestlers are individually ranked.

January 25, 2011 8:19 am

NWC women defeat Dawson

Smith’s 30 points spearhead Trapper victory

Megan Smith dropped in 30 points while Valerie Lesu delivered a huge morale boost with her buzzer-beating shot from just inside the mid-court stripe to end the first half as Northwest College defeated Dawson by an 88-73 count on Friday night.

The victory lifts the Trappers to a 9-10 overall record. More important, it gives the Trappers a 2-1 sub-region record and leaves the school atop the North sub-region standings.

January 25, 2011 8:18 am

Round one goes to Cody Broncs

Panther boys suffer first conference loss in 3A West

Through three quarters, Powell High School head boys’ basketball coach Mike Heny was happy with his team’s position. The Panthers weathered an early storm to grab a one-point lead late in the third quarter, only to watch Cody reel off 10 straight on the way to a 66-53 victory over the Panthers.

“We kind of ran into a buzzsaw,” Heny said after fifth-ranked Powell suffered its first loss in six 3A West conference games on Friday night. “It seemed they couldn’t miss, especially in the fourth quarter when they scored 25 points on us.The bucket must have looked as big as a hula hoop for them.”

January 20, 2011 8:52 am

NWC slams Sheridan in basketball

Big first half lifts Trapper women to win

The Northwest College Trappers exploded for 53 points in the first half of Tuesday’s women’s basketball contest at Sheridan College and returned home over the Big Horns with an 87-67 sub-region victory. The win improves Northwest to 8-10 overall and 1-1 in sub-region play.

“This was a good win for us,” said Trapper head coach Janis Beal. “The girls came out really ready to play from the beginning. We were able to get a good lead and any time you shoot 60 percent in the first half, that really helps.”

January 20, 2011 8:42 am

Panther boys enter rankings

PHS basketball team makes debut in fifth

After a wild overtime win last Saturday, the Powell High School boys’ basketball team makes its first appearance of the season in the Wyopreps.com 3A basketball poll. The Panthers, who have garnered votes in previous polls, appear as the No. 5 team in this week’s rankings.

The Panthers received 11 fifth-place votes from a panel of 22 coaches and media personnel. Powell, 6-5 overall this season, but 5-0 in 3A West play, is the only member of the West conference to appear in the poll.

January 20, 2011 8:29 am

Indoor track teams open season

PHS students shine in first competition

Numerous Panther competitors experienced success at the first indoor track meet of the season last weekend. The Powell students, competing as part of the Cody team, played a role in seven of the nine event championships recorded on the day.

Kyle Sullivan took the title in both the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump. Drew MaGill added a first-place finish in the long jump and led a 1-2-3 Powell parade at the top of the 200-meter standings.