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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
After spending more than 20 minutes building a nine-point lead on Class 2A’s top-ranked Lovell Bulldogs, the Powell Panthers watched as it all came unraveled in the span of 10 as the team fell 55-50 in boys’ basketball action on Thursday.
Second-ranked North Idaho overwhelmed No. 6 Northwest College 27-12 in a meeting of NJCAA wrestling heavyweights on Friday in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. The Trappers rebounded on Saturday to close out the 2010 portion of their schedule with a 24-17 victory over No. 12 Southwestern Oregon.
“It was nice to get the win at the end of the semester against Southwestern Oregon,” said Trapper head wrestling coach Jim Zeigler. “We had some guys who wrestled well against some tough competition, and we had some guys who saw they need to work on some things and get better against that caliber of competition.”