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Four teams defect to form new league

Hockey season will take on a completely different look for the Yellowstone Quake this winter following an announcment last week that Northern Pacific (NORPAC) members Helena, Missoula, Bozeman and Billings have departed the league to form their own organization.

“We knew months ago that there was conversation, but I thought we had an agreement reached to do things in a common sense way,” said Yellowstone Quake president Bob Bole. “Then, bang, it just sort of happened.”

Pioneers will now play Friday twinbill

The Powell Pioneers’ annual Heavy Metal Classic baseball tournament fell apart following a late cancellation by one of the teams scheduled to be in attendance. What was scheduled to be the highlight of the summer American Legion season will instead be a rare weekend off for members of the team as a result.

June 23, 2011 11:48 am

Loss of teams cancels tournament

Pioneers will now play Friday twinbill

The Powell Pioneers’ annual Heavy Metal Classic baseball tournament fell apart following a late cancellation by one of the teams scheduled to be in attendance. What was scheduled to be the highlight of the summer American Legion season will instead be a rare weekend off for members of the team as a result.

Trappers coach expects JUCO game to follow suit soon

The sport of women’s basketball is changing at the major college level beginning this fall. Trapper head coach Janis Beal figures the junior-college game won’t be far behind.

Starting with the upcoming academic year, NCAA-affiliated four-year colleges and universities will move the women’s 3-point line from its current position out to the same distance as the men’s 3-point line. Schools will also be allowed to experiment with enforcing a 10-second count in the back court in the women’s games.

It was with a bit of sadness that The Sports Guy learned of the demise of this weekend’s Heavy Metal Classic Legion baseball tournament. With my wife currently out of state watching just how much spoiling one set of grandparents can bestow upon our two kids, I was looking forward to the prospect of three straight nights of ballpark burgers.

June 21, 2011 7:28 am

Cowley cowboy, college champ

Vezain claims CNFR bareback crown

Cowley cowboy J.R. Vezain turned in four solid rides to claim the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo bareback national title. The former high school national champion clinched the title with an 80-point ride in Saturday’s short go.

The victory marks the second consecutive year a collegiate national title has been claimed by a rider with ties to the northern Big Horn Basin. Powell’s Kaleb Asay was the 2010 CNFR co-national champion in the saddle bronc.

June 21, 2011 7:22 am

Cowley cowboy, college champ

Vezain claims CNFR bareback crown

Cowley cowboy J.R. Vezain turned in four solid rides to claim the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo bareback national title. The former high school national champion clinched the title with an 80-point ride in Saturday’s short go.

The victory marks the second consecutive year a collegiate national title has been claimed by a rider with ties to the northern Big Horn Basin. Powell’s Kaleb Asay was the 2010 CNFR co-national champion in the saddle bronc.

Powell defeats pair of Rapid City squads in Legion baseball

The Powell Pioneers moved to 14-11 this American Legion baseball season after a split of four games over the weekend at the Legion baseball tournament in Williston, N.D. The Pioneers played four games in three days after rains washed out one day of the event.

Powell salvages split in nightcap

The Douglas Cats kept Powell bats silent for much of Monday, but the Pioneers were still able to salvage a doubleheader split in American Legion baseball action. Powell was shut out 3-0 in the opener before bouncing back for a 4-1 victory in the late game.

First-year Pioneer Frankie Vogt went the distance in Powell’s win, striking out 10 Douglas batters in the process. Vogt carried a shutout into the top of the seventh inning before the Cats scored their only run when Olie Olson’s two-out flip to Vogt covering first base strayed wide of the pitcher, enabling a Douglas runner to score from third.

Powell salvages split in nightcap

The Douglas Cats kept Powell bats silent for much of Monday, but the Pioneers were still able to salvage a doubleheader split in American Legion baseball action. Powell was shut out 3-0 in the opener before bouncing back for a 4-1 victory in the late game.

First-year Pioneer Frankie Vogt went the distance in Powell’s win, striking out 10 Douglas batters in the process. Vogt carried a shutout into the top of the seventh inning before the Cats scored their only run when Olie Olson’s two-out flip to Vogt covering first base strayed wide of the pitcher, enabling a Douglas runner to score from third.