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The Powell High School Lady Panthers basketball team opens its season Friday at Cody's East-West Invitational.

After three weeks of “really good” practices, “We're very excited to get on the floor and see how it goes,” said PHS head coach Luke Danforth.

PHS is slated to take on Newcastle at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, and then face Rawlins at 10 a.m. and Wheatland on Saturday.

The Lady Panthers are coming off a successful 2009-2010 campaign where they finished 22-5 in the regular season (12-2 in conference play). PHS was the runner-up in Class 3A after falling in an double-overtime heartbreaker to Jackson in the championship bout.

In the 2010-2011 season, Danforth said the team is expecting big things and strong leadership from its three seniors — Leslie Thronburg, Olivia Rogers and Randi Asay.

Thronburg was a starter throughout last season, averaging 7.5 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. Rogers also played a big role in the Panthers' success off the bench, averaging 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Asay sat out last season with an injury, but is a two-time letter winner who suited up for the state tournament team as a freshman and sophomore, Danforth said.

The juniors on the Lady Panthers' roster are Kendra Ostrom, who played in 22 varsity games last season, and Savannah Holt, who Danforth said has shown a lot of growth.

Backing up those upperclassmen on the varsity and junior varsity squads will be what Danforth calls “a great core” of seven sophomores. The sophomores are coming off a successful freshman campaign in 2009-2010, but will need to adjust to varsity game speed, Danforth said.

“We're confident that they're up to the task,” he said.

Danforth said he plans to use different starting lineups depending on who the Lady Panthers face. He said the team is still refining its players' roles.

The Lady Panthers lost four seniors to graduation, including their two top scorers and rebounders — All State players Hannah Pollart (15.8 points per game, 10.1 rebounds) and Savannah Donarski (10.6 points, 8.5 rebounds).

“Everybody's going to have to step up in scoring this year,” Danforth said.

The coach said the team's offense and defense schemes will remain largely unchanged, but the team plans to be more aggressive in shooting from the perimeter, rather than being quite so reliant on post scoring.

“If anything, we'll probably bring a bit more balance to the floor than we have in recent years,” said Danforth.

While the team is not gigantic, the coach said the PHS ladies are not small either, with a half-dozen or so players 5'9” or taller.

Danforth said the team has things to work on, specifically pointing to its defensive presence, but he noted it's early in the season.

“I think every team's probably saying that right now,” he said.

He predicts Class 3A West will be very competitive in the coming season.

Teams the Lady Panthers split matches with last season — Mountain View (21-9 overall, 10-4 in conference play), Cody (19-10, 9-5) and Lander (13-12, 8-6) — return most of their lineups, Danforth said.

The Jackson Lady Broncs lost a significant number of their players to graduation, Danforth said, but he noted the JHS squad is the four-time defending state champion in Class 3A. Jackson was ranked No. 1 in the opening coaches and media poll.

Danforth expects to see improved squads from Lyman (6-18, 1-13) and Pinedale (4-19, 1-13).

For the Lady Panthers' part, “the goal this season is to pick up where we left off last year,” the coach said.

Helena shakes the Quake


Referee Dustin Thompson speaks with Quake assistant captain Evan Dixon (left) while team captain Mathew Peddie listens in. Thompson was exceptionally busy on Friday night, whistling 267 minutes in infractions and ejecting eight players as Yellowstone battled league-leader Helena. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Third period outbursts bury local side

The Yellowstone Quake slid into fifth place in the NORPAC America West Division standings after being swept by Helena 7-2 and 8-3 over the weekend at Riley Arena. The losses to the defending NORPAC champs leave the Quake four points out of playoff position.

“Helena is a tough team, and they're capable of scoring goals in a hurry,” said Yellowstone Quake head coach Craig Furstenau.

Trapper basketball holiday feast

Men roll in weekend action

The Northwest College men's basketball team served up its own Thanksgiving feast by dining on a pair of non-conference opponents at the Lions Club Tournament in Sheridan over the weekend. The Trappers dropped the Rocky Mountain JV squad by a 111-63 count Friday before dispatching Little Big Horn College 117-68 on Saturday.

Trapper women lose two

Team falls in Salt Lake tournament

Northwest College's women's basketball team suffered a pair of losses at the Salt Lake Community College tournament over the weekend. The Trappers lost a 74-60 contest to Eastern Utah on Friday night before falling to the tournament host by an 85-48 final count.

The losses slide Northwest's record to 3-5 for the season.

“Friday night just came down to us not playing hard,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We just came out with no energy and no intensity and that's about all it comes down to. We were not ready to play.”

Despite the flat start to the contest, Northwest trailed by just one point at intermission, 26-25. The Trappers benefited greatly from Eastern Utah's shooting struggles. Despite tossing up 42 shots in the first half, Eastern Utah managed to connect on just 24 percent of the opportunities to keep Northwest close.

Unfortunately, those struggles did not continue after intermission. Eastern Utah emerged from the locker room to hit 47 percent of its second-half shots to pull away. The Trappers were also hindered by a 22-11 turnover disparity in the game.

Megan Goodman finished with 16 points for Northwest. Valerie Lesu added 11 points and Meagen Butler dropped in 10 points. Meagan Smith narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with nine points and a team-best 13 rebounds.

“Val did a great job coming off the bench,” Beal said. “She was one of the few players that brought an energy to the floor with her.”

On Saturday, the Trappers were hurt by a slow start against nationally ranked Salt Lake. Northwest hit just five of its 34 attempts from the floor prior to the halftime break. The result was a 38-11 deficit.

“It sounds strange to say, but I thought we played a lot better on Saturday,” said Beal. “Our effort was much better. We played hard. It was just one of those nights where we could not hit a shot.”

The Trappers improved to 12-for-34 shooting in the second half, but were unable to mount a threat to the substantial SLCC lead.

Northwest's comeback effort was hindered by a 57-32 shortcoming in the rebounding department. The Trappers also shot just 18 free throws to Salt Lake's 36.

“We need to do a better job of finishing opportunities and finding ways to score,” Beal said. “When you're on the road, you're not always going to have calls going your way, and we have to be able to find other ways to score when we're not getting to the foul line.”

Northwest hosts the Eastern Idaho All-Stars to open the Big Horn Federal Shootout on Friday. The Trapper women face Snow College on Saturday. Both games tip off at 5:30 p.m.

Salt Lake 85, Northwest 48

Duran 11, Fisher 10, Goodman 2, Smith 10, Lesu 2, Butler 4, Ryan 5, Garrett 4.

Eastern Utah 74, Northwest 60

Butler 10, Fisher 2, Goodman 16, Ryan 4, Smith 9, Duran 3, Santos 2, Garrett 3, Lesu 11.

Mariah Duran finished with 11 points to lead Northwest College. Jessica Fisher and Smith each added 10 points in support.

Siqueira resigns as head coach


After a 90-38 run at Northwest College, head volleyball coach Flavia Siqueira announced her resignation to the Trappers earlier this week. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Heading to Florida for challenge of building new program

Northwest College women's volleyball coach Flavia Siqueira has resigned her position at the helm of the Trappers' program after three seasons. Siqueira has accepted a position as the head coach at the College of Central Florida, a two-year school that will be fielding its first-ever volleyball team in 2011.

“Every year that I have been here, I've been very fortunate to receive offers,” Siqueira said. “None of them really looked attractive to me. This time, the challenge of building a new program from scratch, in a tough region, was a little different, and I decided to go.”

NWC's Ben Price leads way in fourth

The eighth-ranked Northwest College wrestling team enjoyed a banner day at the University of Northern Colorado Old Chicago Open tournament last weekend. The Trappers placed four competitors among the top six.

Highlighting the team's performance was Boise freshman Ben Price at 197 pounds. After three consecutive wins to begin his day, Price dropped an 11-5 decision in the semifinals. After a win on the consolation side of the bracket, Price came out on the short side of an 11-7 decision in the third-place match.

Five Panthers named All-State

Honors wrap up exciting grid season

Five members of the 2010 Powell High School football squad earned all-state recognition while a sixth received 3A West accolades following a ballot of the state's 3A coaches.

The Panthers compiled a 5-4 campaign that saw the squad finish second behind Cody in the final 3A West standings.

Throughout the season, the team displayed a dominant secondary unit that picked off opposing quarterbacks 16 times. Not surprisingly, several from that unit were among the Panthers honored.

• Josh Cragoe, a 6'2”, 160-pound junior, played an important role on both sides of the football for the Panthers this season. Cragoe was the No. 8 rusher in Class 3A this season and also ranked in the top 10 for receiving and punt returns. As important as Cragoe was to the Panthers' fifth-ranked offense this season, he was an equally important performer on the defensive side of the football. Cragoe finished No. 5 on the statewide defensive points chart, averaging nearly 16 per game while finishing with three interceptions, three fumble recoveries and five tackles for loss.

• Skyler Middleton, a 5'9”, 159-pound junior, isn't your prototypical offensive or defensive lineman, but made up for his lack of size with hustle and sound fundamentals and technique. After nine games, it was that ability that turned the heads of 3A coaches throughout Wyoming and earned him a spot on the all-state roster. Defensively, Middleton finished the season with four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery while averaging better than six defensive points per game.
• Olie Olson, a 6'0”, 166-pound junior, was a constant thorn in the sides of opposing quarterbacks. Put simply, it was difficult to throw the football in Olson's direction without the junior getting his hands on it. Olson finished the year with eight interceptions and also broke up an additional five passes while finishing third on the team for defensive points per game.

• Vince Sleep, a 6'1”, 190-pound sophomore, led all Wyoming Class 3A defenders during the 2010 season by averaging more than 20 defensive points per game. He was also the only player in 3A to top 20 points per contest defensively. Sleep completed his breakout season with 100 tackles, 33 of them solo. Of that number, 11 occurred behind the line of scrimmage as the youngster displayed a knack for finding the football from his linebacking position.

• Cooper Wise, a 5'7”, 140-pound junior, played the early portion of the season with an injured Achilles' tendon, but hardly showed its effects. Wise finished the year tied with Olson for the team lead in pass breakups with five. He also intercepted a pass while averaging just shy of eight defensive points per game. Wise was in on 36 tackles for the Panthers, 18 of which were solo stops.

All five of the Panthers' all-state selections were also recognized as all-conference players within the 3A West. Joining that group in earning all-conference accolades was Panther senior Tyler England. England finished the year as the No. 2 kick returner in Class 3A, averaging better than 27 yards per return. He scored five touchdowns on the year for Powell, placing him second on the team behind Cragoe. England suffered a late-season ankle injury and missed the team's playoff contest.

England is also the only graduating senior among the Panthers' post-season award winners.

Trappers go two for two


NWC men shoot down Shootout foes

After a nearly two-week gap between games, the Northwest College men's basketball team returned to the court to register a weekend sweep in the First National Bank Shootout. The Trapper men won 70-58 over the University of Montana, Western on Friday. The team followed with an 88-74 win over the Colorado All-Stars.

Trapper women race past All-Stars

NWC women pick up win

Northwest College scored the first 19 points of the game and also had a 13-0 first-half run to overwhelm a collection of former Trapper players by a 92-40 count on Saturday. The win elevates Northwest College's season record to a mark of 3-3 this season.

“It was good to have a game where we came out and shot the ball well,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We've kind of struggled in that area lately, so hopefully this is the game that kind of jump starts us in that regard."

Trapper wrestlers edge Western

Upper weights rally Trappers past Mustangs

The Northwest College Trappers scored 21 of their 24 points in the four top weight classes to score a 24-18 road dual victory at Western Wyoming Community College last Thursday. The victory levelled NWC's dual record at 1-1 for the year.

Jesse Hillhouse (133) scored a decision victory to give the Trappers their first points of the match, but the NWC side of the scoreboard didn't budge again for five matches. By that point, Western had built an 18-3 team lead.

It was a margin that crumbled quickly.

Freshman Keithen Cast sparked the Trapper rally with a major decision victory at 174 to remain unbeaten on the season. Nick Petersen follwed at 184 with a win by fall to close the scoreboard gap to 18-13.

Boise freshman Ben Price tied things up after scoring a technical fall victory at 197 pounds, setting the stage for Sears Tiernan to put the final touches on a come-from-behind win with a victory by fall at heavyweight.

The Trappers also competed this weekend at the University of Northern Colorado's Old Chicago Open. The team is off until Dec. 3-4 when they travel to the University of Great Falls for a tournament. The next dual action for Northwest College is Dec. 7, when Western Wyoming visits Powell. The Trapper wrestlers will also face North Idaho and Southwestern Oregon before the holiday recess.

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