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Sports

Cody golfer the first since 2002 to advance

University of Wyoming junior Gabe Maier, a native of Cody, received an individual bid to the NCAA West Regional golf tournament in Bremerton, Wash., on Monday. Maier is the first UW golfer to advance to regional competition since 2002 and only the fifth golfer in school history to receive such an opportunity.

The tournament takes place May 20-22 with the top performers advancing to the NCAA championships.

Maier joins Dave McCleave (1990), Pat Fry (1995), David Hearn (1999-2001) and Mike Urbatchka (2002) as the only Cowboy golfers to qualify for a regional event. The 1992 UW team remains the only golf team in school history to advance to regional competition.

Maier currently holds a 71.7 stroke average for the season, fourth-best among Mountain West Conference golfers. He owns four top-10 finishes and three top-five appearances this year. His season highlight was winning the 92-man UW Desert Intercollegiate last fall.

Maier is currently ranked No. 81 in the national GolfStat Cup rankings. His short game has received the No. 14 national rank by GolfStat's statistical breakdown.

“We are all very excited for Gabe, as he is very deserving of this opportunity,” said UW director of golf Joe Jensen. “Gabe has played really well this season and it is great to have him recognized on a national level. He earned this opportunity with his tremendous work ethic. We will prepare hard for this event and go out there to compete for a chance of going to the national tournament.”

The West Region tournament will be held on the Gold Mountain Golf Club's Olympic course, future host of the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur championships. The 18-hole layout plays to a maximum yardage of 7,104 yards and a par of 72.

Soccer finishes regular season

Boys take Broncs to O.T.

Powell High School wrapped up the soccer regular season last Thursday, getting swept by Cody in both boys' and girls' action. The Panther girls fell by a 4-0 final count. Powell's boys dropped a heartbreaking 1-0 decision in overtime.

“I couldn't be more proud of the way we played,” said Pat D'Alessandro, whose team kept the defending state champions off the scoreboard until fewer than three minutes remained. “You'd like to win the game after putting that much energy into it, but I can't fault anyone for the energy they gave.”

Pioneers engineer ninth-inning win

After losing nine-run lead, team makes winning run in final at-bat

What started out as smooth sailing turned into a struggle as the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team held on for a 10-9 victory over Billings Select in its home opener on Saturday.

The contest was condensed from a pair of seven-inning games into a single nine-inning contest after Billings was able to bring just nine players to Powell.

Early on, it didn't appear like the Pioneers' home opener would go the distance. A solo home-run by catcher Auston Carter and an eight-run third inning gave Powell a 9-0 lead.

“It was nice to see us get out to a big lead,” said Pioneer head coach Mike Jameson. “We're capable of putting together big innings like that.”

The first four batters safely reached base for the Pioneers in the third, including a lead-off double from Dallas Robirds and RBI singles from Grant Geiser and Scotty Jameson. Olie Olsen later added a two-run triple to help Powell's cause and Geiser singled home a run for the second time in the inning as the Pioneers sent 12 batters to the plate in the frame.

After Billings plated a run in the top of the fourth, Powell appeared poised to recover as Jameson led off the frame with a double. Instead, the Pioneers' offense would mysteriously vanish with Jameson unable to advance off second base.

Beginning with the final two outs of the fourth inning, Powell went 13 batters before getting another runner on base.

From the fourth through eighth innings, Powell batters struck out 10 times in the space of 17 batters.

“We can't do that,” Mike Jameson said after the game. “We can't keep giving up double-digit strikeouts and losing our approach at the plate. When we've got a team down the way we had Billings down today, we've got to be able to finish things off.”

Instead, the Pioneers watched as Billings gradually chipped back into the game against Geiser and Olsen, who came on in relief of Geiser in the fifth inning. After getting single runs in the fourth and fifth innings, Billings began to come alive late with two runs in the seventh, two more in the eighth and three in the ninth to tie the score at 9-9.

Pinch hitter Joe Wisniewski led off the bottom of the ninth for Powell by drawing a walk. He advanced to second on a well-placed sacrifice bunt off the bat of Colter Bostick, racing home to score a batter later as Scotty Jameson split the Billings outfield with the game-winning single.

For the game, Powell batters slugged 10 hits, compared to 15 by Billings.

Olsen picked up the win on the mound, pitching 4.1 innings. Geiser opened with 4.2 innings, during which he fanned six and allowed two runs.

“It isn't fair to Grant that he pitched that well and we weren't able to hold our lead to get him the win,” said Mike Jameson. “He gave us everything he had for his first outing. We need to keep working to improve on making plays in the field and keeping our focus at the plate.”

With the victory, Powell improves to 2-1 this season. The team returns to action on Friday with a scheduled doubleheader against Lovell. The team travels to Billings on Saturday for a twinbill against the Blue Jays at Pertz Field.

PHS honors athletes

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Auston Carter was named the male athlete of the year for the 2009-2010 academic year at Powell High School. Tribune file photo

‘Never let your fears be the boundaries of your dreams'

Powell High School athletes were honored Monday at the school's annual athletic awards night.

Guest speaker Ron Laird, Wyoming High School Activities Association director and former PHS coach, addressed the gathering, and expressed his appreciation for Powell's quality athletic programs and the community's support of them through the Powell Athletic Roundtable. He complimented PHS athletes for their efforts and challenged them to be role models for their fellow students and younger kids. He closed by encouraging students to dream of success and not be afraid to fail in pursuit of those dreams.

One last striding chance

PHS track teams head to 3A West regionals

The Powell High School track teams head to Jackson this Friday and Saturday for 3A West regional track competition. For the Panthers' automatic qualifiers, the meet represents a tune-up for the state meet in Casper.

For the rest of the squad, the regional meet is one last chance to earn a spot on the Kelly Walsh track when 3A state competition begins on May 20.

Cody golfer the first since 2002 to advance

University of Wyoming junior Gabe Maier, a native of Cody, received an individual bid to the NCAA West Regional golf tournament in Bremerton, Wash., on Monday. Maier is the first UW golfer to advance to regional competition since 2002 and only the fifth golfer in school history to receive such an opportunity.

The tournament takes place May 20-22 with the top performers advancing to the NCAA championships.

Maier joins Dave McCleave (1990), Pat Fry (1995), David Hearn (1999-2001) and Mike Urbatchka (2002) as the only Cowboy golfers to qualify for a regional event. The 1992 UW team remains the only golf team in school history to advance to regional competition.

Maier currently holds a 71.7 stroke average for the season, fourth-best among Mountain West Conference golfers. He owns four top-10 finishes and three top-five appearances this year. His season highlight was winning the 92-man UW Desert Intercollegiate last fall.

Maier is currently ranked No. 81 in the national GolfStat Cup rankings. His short game has received the No. 14 national rank by GolfStat's statistical breakdown.

“We are all very excited for Gabe, as he is very deserving of this opportunity,” said UW director of golf Joe Jensen. “Gabe has played really well this season and it is great to have him recognized on a national level. He earned this opportunity with his tremendous work ethic. We will prepare hard for this event and go out there to compete for a chance of going to the national tournament.”

The West Region tournament will be held on the Gold Mountain Golf Club's Olympic course, future host of the 2011 U.S. Junior Amateur championships. The 18-hole layout plays to a maximum yardage of 7,104 yards and a par of 72.

Panthers earn spot at state

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Powell goalkeeper Sierra Baker lays out for a ball against Jackson on Friday afternoon. The Panthers punched their own ticket to the state soccer championships on Saturday with a 4-0 win over Pinedale. Tribune photo by Ben Wetzel.

Shutout of Pinedale puts Powell girls in final eight

After a sluggish start, the Powell High School girls' soccer team spent the second half relentlessly peppering Pinedale with shots in a 4-0 shutout that earned the squad a trip to the state tournament in two weeks. The Panthers also lost an 11-1 decision to Jackson on Friday.

“We came out a little slow and weren't moving as well as we needed to,” said Panther head coach Brad Hammond. “At the half, we talked about making runs and attacking better and we were able to go out and get some goals on the board."

Track regional tune-up

Panther track teams close regular season in Cody

The Powell Panthers tuned up for 3A regional competition this weekend by capturing the boys' championship and the girls' runner-up honors at the Cody Trackstavaganza on Friday. For many on the Panthers' roster, it was the first competitive track action in nearly two weeks.

Two new automatic qualifiers emerged from the cold meet. Senior Hannah Pollart earned a spot in the state high jump field. The girls' 4x800 relay team of Alyssa Rodriguez, Skye Albert, Brooke Nisley and Kassey MacDonald also surpassed the state qualifying standard in the event.

Six Northwest College student-athletes reportedly have been dismissed following events stemming from a weekend altercation.

The incident allegedly began Saturday night at an off-campus party near Ralston and later flared up outside Simpson Hall on the NWC campus. Some of the individuals also face criminal charges for their roles in the incident.

PHS boys blank Lander

Wind no concern for PHS soccer

The Powell Panthers gave little regard to both visiting Lander and a howling westerly wind on Tuesday afternoon to score a 4-0 non-conference boys' soccer victory.

“We looked like a totally different team,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro, referring to his team's previous outing, a 3-0 loss to Worland. “I don't know whether it was prom or if Worland just played that well, but we played a lot better today.”

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