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Sports

NWCA award comes on the eve of Poland depature

Over the course of a four-year prep career, Powell's Auston Carter accomplished almost everything and earned almost every award imaginable. So, naturally, it is time to expand the imagination.

“It definitely came as a surprise,” Carter said, after learning last week that he could add the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Wyoming Wrestler of the Year award to his list of mat accomplishments. “I wasn't expecting it at all.”

Members of regional champion volleyball team sign letters of intent

Three members of Northwest College's Region IX North champion volleyball program have signed letters of intent to continue their playing careers at various four-years institutions.

Brianna Reed becomes the second member of last year's Trapper program to sign a letter of intent with an NCAA Division I member. Reed will suit up next season for the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, completing a rarely-seen journey.

“Brianna started her playing career at Northwest College as a walk-on,” noted Trapper head coach Flavia Siqueira. “She walked on for me as a freshman. As a sophomore she was a team captain, and now she'll be going Division I. It really says a lot about how hard she works and how much time she has put into improving as a volleyball player.”

Arkansas-Pine Bluff suffered through a winless campaign in 2009, meaning Reed will be looked upon to contribute immediately. UAPB head coach La'Kyva Walton notes Reed will be called upon as a libero and defensive specialist for the program.

“This was a great opportunity for me to continue to play,” said Reed, who originally came to Northwest College from nearby Lander. “My visit there was really nice, and I was impressed by their new coach.”

Reed joins Irelis Ilarraza as members of the 2009 Trapper volleyball team to move on to the Division I ranks. Ilarraza will play at Florida Gulf Coast next season.

Also inking a letter of intent during the spring signing period was middle hitter Katie Gregg, who will take her game to a powerhouse NCAA Division II program next season. Gregg will join a University of West Alabama squad that posted a 30-8 record last year and which has not lost a match on its home floor in more than a season.

“They have a really good team,” said Gregg, who opted to attend UWA over an offer at a Division I school. “They contacted me after we got back from the Miami tournament this season and the coach watched me again when we were at the national tournament.”

In making the transition from Northwest College to West Alabama, Gregg will move from playing for one member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Thirty Under 30 award list — Northwest College's Flavia Siqueira — to another — West Alabama head coach Tabitha Turner.

“Both of these girls were seen in part because we attended the tournament in Miami this year,” said Siqueira. “That's one of the reasons we like to make that trip every other year.”

The last member of the Trappers' roster to make a decision with regard to next season is Kayla Propes, who will join Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina. Propes, like Reed, will serve as a defensive specialist with her new club.

“It is amazing how many of us are heading that way,” Propes said of the migration of Trapper players to the southeastern United States. “It is a great opportunity.”

Propes is one of the first signings by new Southern Wesleyan head coach Jennifer Ellis. Ellis was announced as the new head volleyball coach at SWU in late March. Southern Wesleyan posted an 8-22 overall record last season. The program is an NAIA member institution.

Pioneers pummel Lovell

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Grant Geiser delivers a pitch during Powell's 21-1 win over Lovell on Tuesday in Cowley. Geiser pitched a complete game, allowing one run and five hits while fanning eight. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Conference play opens with lopsided 21-1 win

For five innings on Tuesday, it appeared Lovell might challenge the Powell Pioneers in the team's first conference contest of the 2010 American Legion baseball season. Two innings later, the Cowley scoreboard looked more appropriate for a football game.

The Pioneers broke Tuesday's game wide open with a six-run sixth inning. The team paraded 11 runs across home plate in the seventh to transform a four-run cushion into an eventual 21-1 rout.

2010 Trapper volleyball team named

Northwest College head volleyball coach Flavia Siqueira unveiled the members of her 2010 recruiting class. The Trappers have currently signed a total of seven players to supplement the returning members of the 2009 Region IX North championship team.

“I'm really excited with this class,” said Siqueira, who was honored this past year as one of the American Volleyball Coaches' Association's “30 under 30” award recipients. “We could still add one or two more before the fall.”

Trapper women sign Utah player

Meagan Butler, a senior at Syracuse (Utah) High School, has signed a letter of intent to play women's basketball at Northwest College next year. Butler was an all-state honorable mention player in Utah this past season.

“Meagan will be a great addition to our team, on and off the court,” said Trapper women's basketball coach Janis Beal. “She brings a level of competitiveness to our team that we need and she fits our system perfectly. From the point guard position, she sees the floor extremely well and will push the ball for us.”

Butler is a 5'4” point guard who was a member of the Syracuse High honor roll. She was a member of the undefeated 5A state championship team at Syracuse, earning a spot on both the Women's Basketball Coaches Association all-star team and the Davis County all-star team. She was an all-region second-team selection in Utah's Region 1.

Butler also participated in tennis and track and field during her time in high school.

Butler is the first signing announced by Beal for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Trappers, who graduated just two players off Beal's first roster as head coach, are expected to announce additional signings later this summer.

Quake players drafted

Trio from 2009-2010 roster climb hockey's ladder

Three members of last season's Yellowstone Quake hockey roster will continue their playing careers with higher-division teams after being selected during recent hockey drafts. The Quake had one player snatched in mid-May's United States Hockey League draft while two more were picked up late last week in the North American Hockey League's entry draft.

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Powell senior Jason Rand, shown here attempting to keep the ball away from Cody during a regular-season contest, was one of three Panthers to earn all-state recognition in boys' soccer for the 2010 season. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Coach comments on state tournament play

Three members of the 2010 Powell High School boys' soccer team received all-state recognition and five others earned all-conference accolades. The awards were announced following the conclusion of the 2010 state soccer tournament.

Senior Jason Rand and junior Dan Katz were both named all-state first-team selections in Class 3A for the season. Junior goalkeeper John Kissner earned all-state second-team honors for the Panthers, who went 1-2 during this year's 3A state championships.

Pioneers head to Billings

Team faces five games in three days

The Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team hits the road this Memorial Day weekend for the first of six regular-season tournaments on its schedule. The Pioneers are scheduled to play five games over the space of three days.

“We expect the competition to be pretty good this weekend,” said Pioneers coach Mike Jameson. “This will be a good test to see where we stand and a good chance for guys to step up and really help us out.”

Diverse international group coming to campus

When the Northwest College Trappers take the field — less than three months from now — for their first-ever intercollegiate soccer game, the team will sport a definite international flair. Head coach Rob Hill's first class features almost as many players from Brazil (five) as it does from Wyoming (seven).

Throw in players from England, Botswana, Idaho, Washington and four from the state of Florida and suddenly you have a recruiting class that features as many continents as it does states. It is possible more signings will take place between now and the start of fall practice.

“We've probably got three or four more that we'd like to sign,” Hill said. “We still have people sending us film or expressing an interest in coming here to play.”

A handful of players on the Trappers' roster will be instantly recognizable to Park County soccer fans. Hill, who has coached at Cody High School since 2000, will utilize a smattering of local high school players.

Former Cody Broncs Jonathon Chavez, Gavin LaFollette and Zach O'Dell will join Powell's Eric Jacobs, Lander's Kreymer Aurand and Riverton's Nick Warren to provide a foundation of area players that fans may immediately recognize. LaFollette is being called one of the keys to Hill's first recruiting class.

“He's a top signing,” notes Hill. “He's a Cody grad who is transferring here from Yavapai College in Arizona. He will end up going Division I after this year. He's an Olympic Development Program national pool player.”

Warren, described as an “athletic, agile” goalkeeper by Hill, provides another high-visibility player to the Trappers' first roster.

From further away, but still within Wyoming's borders, Cheyenne Central's Brad Ramsey will also be bringing his game to Powell this fall. Ramsey is a four-year starter for Central with state titles under his belt, including an undefeated ‘09 campaign. He is a three-time all-state first-team selection and was named the Wyoming 4A player of the year in 2009, when he was also a member of the all-Rocky Mountain Region team as a central defender.

From Florida, the Trappers bring in a trio of players from the town of Frostproof in midfielders Adrian and Emmanuel Elicerio and defender Erik Rodriguez.

“Erik is one of the best central defenders around,” said Hill. “He's a fantastic recruit who will form a solid central defense partnership.”

Other highlights of the 2010 recruiting class for the Trappers' men's soccer program are Legofi Crawford, the offensive MVP for Lake Gibson High School in Florida this past season, formerly from Botswana, and Shane Scrivner of Manchester, England.

“Shane is the four-year captain of his high school team and a two-year captain of a club team,” said Hill. “He led his region in assists in the 2008-2009 season and was the 2008 USA Tournament MVP as a member of the championship team. He's a top midfielder.”

Launched earlier this spring as a student recruitment initiative, men's and women's soccer teams are expected to draw 40 or more student-athletes to campus. Both teams will begin play this fall.

“It is paying off,” said Dana Young, interim athletic director at NWC. “These male recruits tell us the only reason they're enrolling is because of our new soccer program.”

The Trappers are scheduled to make their debut on Sunday, Aug. 15, when the team travels to Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Northwest College's first home game will take place on Thursday, Sept. 2, when the team hosts Laramie County Community College.

The Trappers are scheduled for a 17-game schedule, not counting post-season contests. The team will play five games at home this season.

Northwest College is expected to announce its women's soccer signings within the next couple of weeks.

“We'll announced players who have signed for the women's team soon,” said Hill. “Female athletes seem to have a different, more deliberate, process when it comes to making such decisions. We have about 14 players who have committed so far and four more are making campus visits after high school is complete. We're excited about who we've recruited for the women's team.

Boys second at state

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Powell junior Kyle Sullivan soars over the bar on his way to a successful state title defense in 3A high jump competition. Sullivan earned two state championship medals and two state runner-up medals at the 2010 Wyoming state track meet. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Powell High girls sixth in final standings

It wasn't the trophy they hoped for, but the Powell Panthers still returned home with hardware as the team finished as the 2010 boys' 3A state runner-up in Casper over the weekend. The Panther girls had one of their best showings in years with a sixth-place team finish.

“It didn't go quite the way we wanted, but it was still a good meet,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith following the awards presentation.

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