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February 17, 2011 8:27 am

Ice climbing: Peak performance

Water Fall Ice Festival brings climbers to Cody

Jim Shimberg has been waiting for this weekend for a year.

A climber for more than three decades, he set eyes on Cody for the first time last winter when he came to town for the annual Water Fall Ice Festival. Unfortunately, a broken leg suffered in the weeks prior to the festival prevented him from even venturing out.

February 15, 2011 8:39 am

NWC sending seven to nationals

Hillhouse named outstanding wrestler

Seven out of nine Northwest College wrestlers earned a spot on the NJCAA national championship bracket while the Trapper team placed second at the West Central Zone championships Saturday. The team now takes a week off to prepare for the national championships in Spokane, Wash.

“It feels good to be going back,” said sophomore 133-pounder Jesse Hillhouse, who was crowned the weekend’s outstanding wrestler at the conclusion of Saturday’s championship round.

February 15, 2011 8:35 am

Yellowstone Quake take control

Saturday rally against Bozeman puts team in driver’s seat

Tyler Roberts and Brad Tunesi scored during a 47-second span of the final period to rally the Yellowstone Quake to a 3-2 hockey victory over Bozeman at Riley Arena on Saturday. In doing so, they put the Quake firmly in control of their own destiny with five games to play.

“I’ll sleep a lot better tonight,” said Quake head coach Craig Furstenau, who watched his team miss out on a golden chance Friday night when they dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Bozeman. “This takes a lot of the pressure off.”

February 10, 2011 8:37 am

Trapper eyes on Spokane

Seven teams converge on Powell for shot at nationals

Northwest College will take center stage this Saturday as the Trappers open their doors to host the 2011 NJCAA West Central wrestling championship tournament. Action begins at 10 a.m. in Hank Cabre Gymnasium with the preliminary round of eight.

By day’s end, the identities of all national tournament qualifiers from the region will be known.

The Wyoming High School Activities Association reversed its course on Tuesday evening and voted to allow the live webcasting of this year’s state basketball championship games and the semifinal and championship rounds of the state wrestling tournament later this month.

February 08, 2011 8:47 am

Mortensen steps in for Trapper rodeo

Hall of Famer to serve as interim Northwest rodeo coach

Dan Mortensen, six-time world saddle bronc champion and 2009 inductee into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, will return to Northwest College this spring to serve as the interim coach of the rodeo team. Mortensen takes over for Ryan Vander Pluym, who resigned on Monday, barely six months after being hired.

Mark Kitchen, vice president for college relations, indicated no reason had been provided for Vander Pluym’s resignation.

February 08, 2011 8:40 am

Panthers do it again

Down 10, PHS stuns Jackson with rally

For the second time this season, a Powell Panther team seemingly down and out on the scoreboard rallied to earn a victory over the Jackson Broncs. In doing so, the team maintained its hold on a share of first place in the 3A West conference.

“We called a time out and told the kids that we needed to do something different on defense,” Panther head coach Mike Heny said, recalling a moment late in the third quarter when his team trailed 32-22. “They went out and played with a little more energy. We got some stops and it just grew from there.”

Member of ‘43 UW national champs will be honored

Lew Roney, a 1940 graduate of Powell High School and member of the University of Wyoming’s 1943 national championship team, will have his basketball jersey retired during a ceremony between the boys’ and girls’ basketball games with Jackson this Friday.

A banner honoring Roney will also be unveiled on the wall of the Powell High School gymnasium.

February 03, 2011 8:31 am

Panther wrestlers sit atop 3A

Team leads Worland, Douglas in latest rankings

The Powell High School wrestling team is No. 1 in the latest poll released by WyoWrestling.com. The Panthers’ roster currently features 12 grapplers ranked in their respective weight classes, including four who are currently ranked No. 1 in their division.

Team battles odds to score wins

The Park County Ice Cats youth pee wee hockey team currently sits in fourth place in the Wyoming Amateur Hockey League standings following a 2-1-1 performance this past weekend at Riley Arena in Cody. The team earned a win and a tie against Sheridan before splitting games against Douglas.