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Trapper women split games

Colorado Northwestern nips NWC

The Northwest College Trappers tasted their first defeat of the 2010-2011 women's basketball season, falling 80-76 to Colorado Northwestern on the first day of the Gillette College tournament on Friday. The Trappers recovered to down Dawson Community College by an 81-46 count on Saturday.

“Friday's loss was kind of a tough one,” said NWC head coach Janis Beal. “We held a 47-40 lead at the half and led most of the second half as well. It was one of those games that could have gone either way, but we made a couple mental mistakes on defense, turned the ball over at key times late and missed a few layups.”

Megan Smith led the way for NWC with 23 points. She was joined in double figures by Mariah Duran, with 14 points, and Mckenzie Garrett, who finished with 11. Additional stats were unavailable at press time for the Gillette tournament games.

“It was one of those games where a couple little things that we could've done differently made the difference,” said Beal. “Plus they were able to out-rebound us.”

That wasn't the problem on Saturday. The Trappers held an eight-board advantage on the rebounding glass and were never threatened on the scoreboard en route to a 35-point margin of victory.

It was a great night to be named Megan as Megan Smith again paced Northwest College in scoring with 16 points. Megan Goodman added 10 in support. Not to be outdone, Meagan Butler closed the game with 11 points as the trio were the only players to reach double figures in the scorebook.

“We did a good job of coming back and playing a lot better than we had the day before,” said Beal. “It's hard when you're on the road playing that first tournament game of the day and you don't have much of a crowd. A lot of times you have to create your own energy, and I think we were able to do that in this game.”

As with Friday's game, additional stats were unavailable at press time from the game.

The Trappers, 2-1 overall, travel to Utah this Friday and Saturday for an appearance at the Snow College tournament. NWC opens play against preseason No. 26 Salt Lake on Friday. The Trappers face host Snow College on Saturday.

“We'll have to play better than we did this weekend,” said Beal. “It will be a fun road trip for our team though. A lot of the kids are from Utah. They have family and friends out there that will be able to come and watch and we'll be up against two very tough opponents.”

Trapper women top Gillette

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Sophomore Megan Smith reaches for the ball during the Trappers' season-opening victory against Williston State College on Monday. The Trappers resume their season in Gillette against Colorado Northwestern this Friday afternoon. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

NWC goes wire-to-wire against Williston state

One season after suffering a broken leg, Mckenzie Garrett returned to Ken Rochlitz Court, netting team highs of 20 points and four steals to go along with seven rebounds as the Northwest College Trappers scored a 73-59 women's basketball victory over Williston State College.

As far as first games go, Trapper head coach Janis Beal couldn't have asked for much more. Northwest led wire-to-wire in its season opener. After holding Williston scoreless for a 4:30 stretch of the first half, during which time the Trappers pushed a 12-8 lead into a 22-8 advantage, NWC's lead was never out of double digits.

Kluesner makes shot count in Washington

When it comes to rodeo pedigrees, Northwest College sophomore Cayd Kluesner certain can boast one. The Ririe, Idaho, native has been around the sport pretty much all his life.

“My granddad rode saddle broncs and started the Intermountain Professional Rodeo Association,” he notes. “My dad rode broncs. My uncle rode in the pros. I started when I was in the eighth grade, but I just took a different way.”

NWC Trapper Open starts wrestling season

The Northwest College Trappers, ranked eighth nationally in the NJCAA preseason poll, raise the curtain on the 2010-2011 wrestling season this Saturday as the college hosts the annual NWC Open tournament.

“It's a lot like the NFL preseason,” said Trapper head coach Jim Zeigler. “The biggest thing we want to get out of it is experience in competition. These will be the first college matches for a lot of these kids. The focus really isn't on winning. It's on getting out there and focusing on execution, on bouncing back from adversity if you lose and getting an idea of what you need to work on.”

In accordance with that philosophy, all healthy Northwest College wrestlers will see action at the home meet. Some of those NWC grapplers, like wrestlers from other schools in attendance, might choose to enter as unattached wrestlers.

“By not being affiliated, they can compete and still maintain the option to take a redshirt during the season,” Zeigler explained. “We leave the decision up to them to attach or stay unattached.”

Northwest College, Montana State University, Northern, Minot State University, the University of Great Falls and Western Wyoming are expected to field full lineups on Saturday. Partial lineups and unattached wrestlers from the University of Wyoming, Utah State, Northern Colorado, Utah Valley, Dickinson State, Jamestown and North Idaho will also attend.

Wrestling action will begin at 9 a.m. in Hank Cabre Gymnasium. Semifinal action should start in the mid-afternoon with the finals and placing rounds anticipated to get a late-afternoon start.

“Depending on how many entries we have, I would imagine to be finished somewhere between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.,” Ziegler said. “Folks who want to see a little wrestling can just pop in for an hour or two anytime during the day and probably see a lot of Northwest kids compete. The more hardcore fans will come and camp out in the stands.”

“This is a good early measuring stick for the kids,” said Zeigler. “They've been dying and waiting for it.”

PHS falters at state

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Senior Olivia Rogers goes for a kill in the first set of the Powell Lady Panthers' opening round match with Rawlins in the state tournament. Powell won the first two sets but Rawlins came back to take the match 3-2 and send the Lady Panthers into the consolation rounds. Tribune photo by Don Amend

In a disappointing end to the volleyball season, the Powell Lady Panthers suffered two losses and were eliminated early from the Wyoming State 3A tournament.

The Powell girls started out strong, taking the first two sets from Rawlins in the opening round, 25-20, 25-23, but the Lady Outlaws came back to take the next two 25-18, 25-20. In the final set, the team traded points early, but midway through the match, Rawlins put together a run on their way to a 15-9 win.

Late touchdown lifts Riverton

Panthers' season ends with 10-7 loss to Wolverines

A stellar defensive effort by the Powell Panthers was spoiled by a late short-field touchdown drive on Friday night as the fourth-ranked Riverton Wolverines bounced fifth-ranked Powell from the 3A football playoffs with a 10-7 quarterfinal victory.

The loss ends Powell's season at 5-4 overall.

The Powell Lady Panthers ended their swim season last week with a 10th place finish at the Wyoming State Swim Finals.

With only seven swimmers qualified and facing a loaded field of top swimmers, the Lady Panthers were unable to place anyone in the individual championship heats. Seniors Maddy Jones and Monique Zorgati both qualified for the consolation finals in two events, the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events, and all three relay teams swam in the consolation finals to account for all of Powell's team scoring.

Zorgati recorded the top finish for the Lady Panthers with a seventh place in the 20. Zorgati was in 11th place in the event following the preliminaries, but cut more than three seconds on Saturday to move up to seventh. In the 100, she finished 11th.

Jones broke one minute in her preliminary swim in the 100, her best time ever and a time that would have put her in the championship finals last year, but this year left her in the consolation finals and she finished ninth. In the 200, she stood in seventh place after the preliminaries, but was unable to match that time on Saturday and finished 10th.

The two freestyle relay teams both cut time on Saturday. Jones and Zorgati joined Anya Tracy and Belen Quillen to cut more than 2.5 seconds from their preliminary time in the 200 relay, an effort that moved them from 12th place to 10th. In the 400, Quillen, Zorgati, Jones and Jessica Wurzel combined to cut nearly four seconds and finish eighth. Tracy, Wurzel, Brittany Christensen and Alyssa Smith finished 11th in the medley relay.

Coach Luke Robertson said that, despite the low finish, his girls did well.

“They swam as fast as they could,” Robertson. “It's tough when you look at the final score, but they gave it everything they had. They left it all in the pool.”

Jones cut time in both of her events, Robertson said, and Zorgati's time in the 200 was her best of the season.

Quillen also swam her best time of the season in the 500 and just missed the consolation finals.

Robertson acknowledged that the girls were disappointed at the end, but said they “had trained as hard as any group I've ever had,” and the meet was “a good way to end the season.”

Team hosts Williston to start year

Five players with returning starting experience will be back in uniform for the Northwest College Trappers, who open women's basketball season this Monday against Williston State College out of North Dakota. The Trappers are looking to build upon the 11-19 mark in head coach Janis Beal's first season at the helm.

“I learned more (last year) than you can imagine,” said Beal, who returned to lead the team that she starred for as a collegiate player. “These first weeks, we've really focused on the defensive end of things, because I didn't think we did that enough a year ago. You know I like to run and put up the points, but for us that has to be generated off our defense.”

NWC volleyball plays four, wins five

Team record receives two unexpected W's

Consider it a form of new math. The Northwest College women's volleyball team played four matches since Friday, but picked up five victories over that time period. The latest win in the series was a four-game victory over the Rocky Mountain College JV squad as the team paid tribute to its sophomores on Monday night.

The Trappers began the week with a 25-10, 25-18, 26-24 loss to No. 2 Western Wyoming, but recovered Saturday to defeat New Mexico Military 25-13, 16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 15-8 and Air Force Prep 25-14, 25-7, 25-13. The team wrapped up its busy run on Monday at Cabre Gym by defeating the Battlin' Bears by a 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-21 margin.

The team's other two wins came after the NJCAA ruled on Oct. 24 that fellow Region IX North institution Laramie County Community College had used an ineligible player in 20 games this season.

According to the LCCC Wingspan, the player, who was not named, was determined to have “participated in a league deemed by the NJCAA to be a professional league, despite the fact that the player had never earned any money for playing.” The player apparently participated in one match during the 2008-2009 season and another in the 2009-2010 year.

LCCC, which had been ranked No. 7 in the nation, was required to forfeit all 20 games in which the player had appeared this season, including both games against Northwest this season. Both of those games originally saw the Trappers fall to LCCC.

Northwest's season record now sits at 21-15 overall. The Trappers moved to second in the Region IX North standings as a result of the record reshuffle within the sub-region.

Freshman Sandrina Hunsel made sure the Trapper sophomores went out as winners in their final home court appearance on Monday night, slamming 20 kills over the net. Hunsel started the day ranked fifth nationally in kills this season, but her performance leapfrogged her into third by night's end with 452 to show for the season thus far.

Danielle York added six kills, five ace serves and a pair of blocks while Phoibe Fetu finished with five kills and four aces in support.

The game had its nervous moments for the Trappers, however. Freshman Gabriella Fabri, who has been playing with a torn meniscus all season, had her knee buckle late in the second game. She was pulled from the floor and did not return. Sophomore Randi McInerney turned in three kills in game one against Rocky Mountain, but did not return to the floor after that in her final home appearance. Like Fabri, McInerney is nursing a knee injury and is slated for surgery at season's end.

“Gabby's knee gave out as she went to plant for an approach,” said Trapper head coach Flavia Siqueira. “Randi we just want to keep as healthy as possible. We'll need both of them at the regional tournament.”

Neither player was expected to see the court last night (Wednesday) when the Trappers traveled to Central Wyoming to close out the regular season.

Over the weekend, Hunsel led the Trappers in kills in each of their three weekend contests, posting a total of 46. She also led the way with eight blocks against New Mexico Military in a contest that also saw teammates Jessica Denney, Gianesi Tarafa and Fetu each add five blocks of their own. York turned in 10 valuable kills to get the Trappers past New Mexico Military in five games while Denney and Fetu each produced seven kills against Air Force Prep.

Northwest College travels to Glendive, Mont., on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to begin Region IX North tournament play. The Trappers are assured of the No. 2 seed at that event and will face either Sheridan or LCCC in the opening round.

Despite the recent forfeit ruling handed down by the NJCAA, LCCC remains eligible for both regional and national tournament play.

Lady Panthers champions again!

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Powell's Desiree Murray pushes her way up a hill during Class 3A state cross country action this past Saturday in Douglas. Murray, a junior, was part of her second state championship team, placing 14th in the race. Courtesy photo/Brendan Burnett-Kurie, Douglas Budget

Powell girls run to third state title in five years

What started out as possibly the worst day of the 2010 cross country season ended as undeniably its best on Saturday. The Powell High School girls' cross country team battled through a steady rain and a talented field of 72 runners to capture the Class 3A state championship trophy in Douglas.

The state title marked the third 3A title in the past five years for the Panther girls.

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