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Panther runners sweep titles

Still on the mend, Powell runners dominate

Powell High School's cross country teams don't have a clean bill of health yet, and that might be the best news runners from rival schools have heard. If the Panthers can dominate the field they way they did last week in Worland while battling illness, not many are going to want to line up in the chute alongside a healthy Panther team.

Tennis squads wrap season

At last weekend's state tournament in Cheyenne, the Powell High School tennis teams showed the improvement they made over the course of the season, but faced stiff competition.

Given the tough draws the Panthers squads faced in their matches, often against No. 1 seeds, “We actually beat the odds,” said PHS head coach Ray Bieber.

BreaAnn Hollenbeck, the PHS girls' No. 2 singles player, had what Bieber called a “really good” tournament, coming up just one match short of reaching the championship bout.

“She was probably within five points of getting in the final,” said Bieber.

Hollenbeck pushed the eventual champion to three sets — giving the winner her toughest competition of the state tournament.

“We're looking forward to good things with her (Hollenbeck),” Bieber said of the sophomore.

At No. 3 doubles, seniors Shelby Walton and Haylee Humphries were just one win away from reaching the third-place match.

As a team, the PHS girls finished ninth in the 16-team field; all of the girls won at least one match in the double-elimination tourney. The PHS boys took 14th, with three points.

Gillette emerged as the state champion on both sides, with its girls taking 58 points and its boys taking 47.

Bieber said the Powell squads' performance in Cheyenne showed improvement since the start of the season.

“We need to come in and be right where we are (now) at the beginning of next year,” he said.

Girls No. 1 singles player Lisa Schiermeister drew eventual champion Kristyn Wykert in her opening match, falling 6-0, 6-1. Schiermeister then handily took down Rawlins' Lindsey Paschke 6-1, 6-0. Dealing with a leg injury, the senior was eliminated by Melinda Gonzalez of Cheyenne East in split sets, 6-7 (7-5), 6-0, 6-0.

Hollenbeck beat Cheyenne South's Jessica Grass 6-0, 6-0, to open her state tournament and came back to take down Karolyn Hopfensperger of Cheyenne Central, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Hollenbeck then fell in split sets to the eventual champion, Taylor Hinshaw of Gillette, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. In the consolation bracket, Hollenbeck was eliminated by Sheridan's Rachel Wood — the third-place finisher — 6-4, 7-5.

“She was actually really close to winning the whole tournament,” Bieber said.

At No. 1 doubles, juniors Emily Kath and Lacey Eckerdt lost to Cheyenne East in a close contest, 6-3, 6-7 (9-7), 7-5. In the consolation bracket, they beat Cheyenne South 6-0, 6-0 and fell to Cheyenne Central, 6-3, 6-1.

Senior Marquette McArthur and sophomore Sheridan Roling fell in a close 7-5, 6-4 opening match at No. 2 doubles. They rebounded to beat Cheyenne East 6-0, 6-0, but were eliminated 6-1, 6-4 by Cheyenne Central.

Playing at No. 3 doubles, Walton and Humphries began with a 6-0, 6-0 takedown of Rawlins, then fell to second-place finisher Sheridan, 6-2, 6-1. Walton and Humphries then beat Riverton, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), and Kelly Walsh, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The duo was eliminated by Natrona County, the third-place winner, 6-0, 6-1.

PHS boys No. 1 singles player Eric Curtis opened with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to eventual state champion Aaron Lapkin of Cheyenne East. Curtis rebounded with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Nathan Smith of Green River before falling Rock Springs' Tim Lew, 6-2, 6-2. Bieber said he was pleased to see the PHS junior pick up a win at state.

At No. 2 singles, Mark Schiermmeister lost 6-4, 6-1 to Cody Hansen of Rock Springs and then fell in split sets to Morgan Gray of Cheyenne Central, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“Mark played his best tennis of the year,” said Bieber, saying he's looking forward to good things in the future from the freshman.

Continuing a trend of close matches, junior Todd Lewis and senior Tyler Morgan of Rocky Mountain High School fell 6-2, 6-2 to fourth-place finisher Torrington, then lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to Cheyenne East at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, senior Jacob Larson and sophomore Marshall McArthur began with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over their Cheyenne East counterparts.

After a 6-1, 7-5 loss to Torrington, Larson and McArthur beat Riverton 6-3, 6-0. They were then eliminated in split sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Rock Springs.

“They lost to the third and fourth place teams so it was a pretty tough draw for them,” said Bieber.

Patrick Huang, a sophomore exchange student from Taiwan, and senior Dillon Jeffs lost in split sets to Laramie's No. 3 doubles squad, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-1. They again came up on the wrong side of a close match in the consolation bracket, falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Rawlins.

Bieber said the PHS tennis players had excellent sportsmanship and attitudes throughout the season.

“(The) kids were great this year,” said Bieber. “(We) had great trips, great relationships between players.”

He also said the teams are losing a good crop of seniors and have work to do before fall 2011.

“We've got to have a great spring and a great summer,” said Bieber. “If you have a great spring and a great summer, you've got hope.”

NWC wins Region IX contest


Northwest midfielder Emmanuel Elicerio makes a play on the ball in front of a Western Wyoming defender during second-half action in the Trappers 3-1 Region IX victory on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Trappers' 3-1 victory over WWCC keeps team in title hunt

Leonardo Medeiros scored twice within a 90-second span of the first half on Tuesday as the Northwest College Trappers defeated Western Wyoming by a 3-1 final count. The victory keeps Northwest College very much alive in the hunt for a Region IX men's soccer title in their inaugural season.

Medeiros' outburst came late in the first half as the Belo, Horizonte, Brazil, freshman twice received end-line passes to blast the ball past the keeper for scores. The goals gave Northwest College a 2-0 lead at intermission after the Trappers had managed only a draw in their earlier game against the Mustangs this season.

Swimmers swamp Cody

The first Powell victory of Homecoming week went to the Lady Panther swimmers Monday night with a win over Cody.
Monique Zorgati and Anya Tracy each won two events and Maddy Jones and Belen Quillen each grabbed one as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 104-82 win.

Monique Zorgati's wins came in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events and Tracy won the individual medley and the backstroke. Jones took the shortest race, the 50 freestyle and Quillen the longest, the 500. Jones also recorded a second place in the backstroke and Quillen finished second in the individual medley.

NWC rodeo team steady in standings

Trapper men take third at Miles City

The Northwest College Trapper men's rodeo team placed third and the women's team fourth at the Miles Community College rodeo in Miles City, Mont., last weekend. Eric Fleming finished fourth in the men's all-around standings for the Trappers.

Success by the Trapper team ropers helped key much of the weekend scoring. Northwest finished 2-3-4 in the event with the tandem of Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens faring best. Fleming and Samuel Shelton placed third with Pamela Vanek and Justin Miller-Kraft coming in fourth overall.

Northwest College also fared well in bull riding over the weekend as it had three riders place among the top five. Troy Vernon was the event runner-up in Miles City, scoring 74 points. Fleming was third with a ride of 72 points while Jaylee Britt placed in a tie for fourth place with 71 points.

Big Sky Region season-leading bareback rider Jordan Gill placed second overall to remain atop the regional standings for another week.

On the women's side, Haily Hamlin placed fifth in the breakaway roping to register the only non-team roping points for the Trapper women.

Through four of 10 rodeos for Northwest College this season, the women's team remained in fourth place and the men's team in fifth in the overall standings. Both teams remain in pursuit of the University of Montana in their drive to move up the rankings.

Gill's lead in the individual bareback standings sits at 114 points over Miles' Brendon Lemmon. Trapper Clinton Griffis is fifth in the event standings.

Cayd Kluesner slid to fourth in the bull riding season standings this week. Troy Vernon (seventh) and Fleming (ninth) also sit inside the top 10 at present.

Shelton is eighth overall in steer wrestling. Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens are ninth in the team roping standings.

The top three individuals at year's end earn spots in the College National Finals Rodeo.

In women's events, Haily Hamlin is fifth overall in breakaway roping. Steffani Hofrichter was seventh through four events.

Pamela Vanek sits in sixth place in goat tying while Hofrichter is ninth overall. Dannielle Marcin rounds out the roster of Trapper women in the top 10, residing in eighth place on the barrel racing points chart.

Fall semester rodeo action wraps up this weekend. The Trappers travel to Dillon, Mont., to participate in the Montana-Western rodeo.

Football team gets a good start


Josh Cragoe drags a Jackson defender during 3A West football action Friday night. The fourth-ranked Panthers rolled to a 56-0 victory. Courtesy photo/Brad Boner, Jackson Hole News & Guide

PHS blasts Jackson 56-0 to begin conference play

Any questions regarding how the fourth-ranked Powell Panthers would react following their first loss of the season were answered early on Friday night as Powell produced a 56-0 shutout of Jackson to begin 3A West conference play.

“We played a good game from top to bottom,” said Powell head football coach Jim Stringer. “I thought our offensive and defensive lines showed improved play. We fired off the ball well and those guys are starting to figure out their responsibilities and function as a unit. It's nice to see.”

Boys take fifth at state golf

Two panthers make All-State

Wrapping up their 2010 fall season, the Powell High School boys golf team took fifth place at the Class 3A tournament in Evanston over the weekend.

Missoula takes two of three in series

The Yellowstone Quake hockey team dropped two of three games during a season-opening weekend series against Missoula. The rematch of last year's playoff series saw the Quake win 2-1 at Casper on Saturday. The Quake dropped 7-2 and 4-2 games at Riley Arena on Friday and Sunday.

“Obviously, its not the start you want, especially when you're playing at home,” said new Quake head coach Craig Furstenau.

“We knew going in that we were up against one of the top teams in the league and we were in position to win two of the three, so obviously there's hope and potential for this team.”

Friday's home opener was the only one of the three games that wasn't close going into the third period. Michael Mackinnon's goal six minutes into the second period halved an early 2-0 Missoula lead for the Quake.

The visiting Maulers scored a pair of goals just 62 seconds apart to go up 4-1 after two periods. Missoula added three more goals to start the third period before Mackinnon struck again for the Quake, sticking home a Shawn Hunter feed for the team's only other goal of the night.

On Saturday, the teams traveled to Casper for a neutral-site contest that resulted in a 2-1 Quake victory. After falling behind two minutes into the second period, Yellowstone's Matthew Lantz connected for the equalizer just two minutes later for the Quake. Teammate Zachary Tuchklaper connected for the game-winner with under eight minutes to play in the final period.

Quake goalkeeper Ryan Thomas turned away 41 of the 42 Missoula shots fired on net in the contest.

“We changed a lot of things after Friday,” said Furstenau. “We put people on defense that didn't play there the first night. We had different forwards, a different goalie and, as a team, I just felt like we played with more energy and emotion. I'm not sure if Friday was a case of nerves or unfamiliarity playing with each other, but we really came together after that first game.”

That added energy carried through to Sunday's game in Cody. After falling behind 2-0 midway through the second period, the Quake answered with a second-period Evan Dixon goal and a third-period shot from Mackinnon. The teams would continue to skate with a 2-2 tie until Missoula's Tyler Marek broke away for a shorthanded goal with just 94 seconds remaining.

Missoula tacked on an empty-net goal with 11 seconds to play to give the contest its final 4-2 count.

“We held them to just three shots in the third period,” Furstenau said. “Unfortunately, the last one got through and made the difference. It's one of those games where I thought we gave ourselves more chances to win than they had, but that's not always enough to get the win. I was happy with the way we came back from being two goals down. It's nice to know we have the resiliency.”

The Quake season continues Friday with a road game at defending America West division champion Helena. The team returns to Riley Arena on Saturday night for a game against Butte.

“We knew we were going to be tested right out of the gate,” said Furstenau. “We're going to Helena, which is kind of like the New York Yankees of the NORPAC. It's a long season and I think we learned that there's enough in this room that we're capable of playing with the top teams in the division. We got better every game this weekend, and that's what you want to see.”

NWC Trappers spike Dawson


Allison Hart (8), Sandrina Hunsel (15) and Gianesi Tarafa (12) celebrate with teammates Valerie Lesu (left) and Randi McInerney (right) after scoring a point during Tuesday night volleyball action against Dawson Community College. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Women post sixth win

The Northwest College women's volleyball team remained unbeaten at home this season with a 25-19, 25-9, 25-10 victory over Dawson Community College on Tuesday night. Despite the lopsided nature of the score, the win did not fully impress Trapper head coach Flavia Siqueira.

Trapper men's soccer team wins

Women's squad blanked by nationally-ranked foes

The Northwest College men's soccer team stepped back onto the pitch after an 11-day layoff to post a 4-1 non-conference victory over North Idaho on Saturday. The win improves the men's team to 3-1-2 overall this season.

Gavin LaFollette scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season as part of the Trappers' offensive assault. Lakeland Florida's Legofi Crawford added a goal and an assist as Northwest struck for two first-half goals to take a 2-1 lead at intermission. The Trappers added two more goals after the midgame break.

Adrian Elicero and Matheus Vasconcelus netted the other two goals for the Trappers. Zach O'Dell was credited with an assist on one of the plays.

The week was a far different affair for the Trapper women, who played their home-opener against then-No. 11 Laramie County Community College, falling by a 5-0 count. Two days later, the squad took the field against then-No. 14 North Idaho, falling by a 3-0 count.

In both contests, the Trappers were simply unable to sustain any sort of offensive possession for an extended period of time against their nationally-ranked opponents. LCCC scored twice in the first half and three times after intermission while limiting Northwest to just three total shots on goal in the contest.

Saturday's contest against North Idaho was more a tale of two halves. The Trappers played North Idaho level for the first half of soccer, but a red card issued late in the first half forced Northwest to play the entire second half a player down.

The result, predictably, was a completely different feel to the second half. North Idaho scored just minutes after the resumption of play and added a second goal to their tally shortly thereafter. The team's final goal of the afternoon came on a penalty kick after an inadvertant hand ball in the box.

Much like the LCCC game, the Trappers were unable to take the pressure off their back row defenders by mounting an offensive charge in the second half.

The Trapper women slid to 1-4-1 on the season with the losses.

Both Northwest College soccer teams return to action this weekend with a pair of games. The teams play return contests at North Idaho. The squads will turn around 24 hours later to take on the University of Idaho men's and women's club teams. All four games will take place in Couer D'Alene on the North Idaho campus.

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