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January 18, 2011 8:27 am

Extra effort by PHS Panthers

Powell holds off Lander in overtime

Zane Bushnell converted a pair of late free throws to lift the Powell Panther boys’ basketball team into the lead on Saturday. From there, the team held on through a few nervous moments for a 51-50 overtime victory against Lander.

The win lifts Powell to 5-0 in 3A West conference play. The Panthers, who also recorded a 58-45 non-conference win against Rocky Mountain last week, sit alone atop the 3A West standings.

January 13, 2011 8:23 am

Leaders of the pack

Weekend sweep lifts Panther boys

The Powell High School boys basketball team improved to 4-5 on the season and 4-0 in 3A West conference play with a pair of weekend victories. The Panthers defeated Mountain View by a 51-31 final count on Friday before handling Lyman 48-35 in Saturday action.

The wins, combined with action elsewhere in the 3A West division, leaves the Panthers as the sole undefeated team in the conference standings entering play this weekend.

January 13, 2011 8:21 am

Quake narrows the gap

Win over Bozeman pulls team within two games

The Yellowstone Quake scored a 6-1 victory over Bozeman to narrow the gap between themselves and a spot in the NORPAC hockey playoffs to two games. A 3-1 loss to Billings prevented the squad from shaving another game off that margin.

Alex Johansons’ power play goal 3:31 into the game gave the Quake an early advantage in its Saturday game against Bozeman. Hazen Ripple countered with a power play goal for the Ice Dogs just before the 12-minute mark, but the scoreboard remained tied for just 19 seconds before the Quake’s Tyler Torkelson delivered the go-ahead goal.

It isn’t Mount Everest, but right now Powell High School boys’ basketball coach Mike Heny has to feel like he’s standing on top of the world. How could he not be?

Admittedly, we’re only a little more than a quarter of the way into conference play this basketball season, but there’s already reason to smile. The Panthers currently sit alone atop the 3A West conference standings. With a 4-0 conference mark, they already have more wins in league play this season, than they had in all of their games — conference and non-conference — last season.

December 29, 2010 7:57 pm

Baseball fields dreams in 2010

Powell teams turn heads at regional events

(Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series recapping the sports highlights of the region in 2010. The series started on Tuesday and will conclude next Tuesday.)

Baseball is America’s pasttime and Powell is Wyoming’s baseball capital. Anyone who didn’t know either of those facts probably didn’t spend a day at the ball fields during the summer of 2010.

One year after the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team and the Powell Babe Ruth All-Stars baseball team invigorated the community by winning state titles and advancing to regional competition, the teams decided to make it a doubleheader. So, in 2010, both the Pioneers and the All-Stars once again captured state titles.


December 29, 2010 7:53 pm

Trappers return to action

Arizona trips tip off second-semester schedule

Call it fortuitous scheduling or simply a case good timing. As winter weather returns to the Big Horn Basin and tempertatures are forecast to plunge well below zero, head coach Janis Beal and the Northwest College women’s basketball program are stepping off a plane in Arizona to resume play.

December 27, 2010 6:57 pm

Flom helps keep Trapper teams moving

Athletic trainer sees a little bit of everything during the year

Behind every good race car is a skilled mechanic laboring behind the scenes to ensure the engine operates at peak performance. For Northwest College athletic teams, the “mechanic” tasked with keeping the teams performing is athletic trainer Liz Flom.

While she can often be seen on or near the Trappers’ sidelines during athletic contests, much of Flom’s true work takes place behind the scenes and out of the public eye.


December 27, 2010 6:52 pm

Drama aplenty to open year

Early 2010 treated fans to titles, near-misses

(Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series recapping the major local sports accomplishments of 2010. The series will continue in Thursday’s edition.)

State and national glory, the pursuit of it and the bitter agony of nearly attaining it dominated Powell sports headlines at the start of the 2010 calendar year. Powell High School and Northwest College athletic teams combined to give local crowds plenty of reasons to jump to their feet and cheer.

Team second in rankings behind Worland

Thirteen Powell High School wrestlers appear in the WyoWrestling.com Class 3A rankings as schools break for the holiday recess. Included in that number are five Panther grapplers who currently hold down the No. 1 ranking in their division.

Wrestlers Robert Friday (119), Jimmy Seckman (152), Olie Olson (160), Randy Andrews (171) and Trevor Griffeth (285) will begin 2011 sitting atop the polls.


It was the Wednesday before Christmas at the Powell Tribune. The Sports Guy looked up and he felt himself swoon.

“My goodness,” he exclaimed, “it’s the month of December. Christmas is near! How could I not remember?”