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First Annual Smashtoberfest is Saturday  

Smashing, bashing and crashing for charity — just the way Brock Ninker likes it.

And that’s exactly Ninker’s plan when the demolition derby connoisseur brings the first annual Smashtoberfest to the Park County Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. Saturday in Powell.

No team is being overlooked. No challenge is being underestimated.

But the message resonating from the Powell High School football team is clear: Laramie is still the final exit on the road through the 2014 Panther football schedule.

The only time Wes Learned didn’t know football was when there was no Wes Learned.

For the 70-year-old Powell native, winning football game-picking contests is a matter of when, not if. That’s something the Powell Tribune knows all too well.

WORLAND — Powell High School’s football team gained more than a win Friday.

The Panthers earned a guarantee.

After collecting its first shutout of the season with a 31-0 rout of host and 3A West Conference foe Worland, PHS will see its season extend at the very least to Halloween night, the opening round of the Class 3A state playoffs.

On Saturday, Powell High School volleyball conquered one mountain.

The Panthers now have their eyes set on a steeper climb — winning a second straight Class 3A state championship.

The Powell High School girls claimed third and the boys took fifth in the Powell Invitational cross country meet Thursday.

Head coach Cliff Boos said the only home meet of the year, held at the Powell Golf Club, went very well. It was run in near-perfect conditions, pleasant enough for the scores of fans who lined the course while still cool enough for the runners.

They call it “The Hill.”

It’s a steep grade on a gravel road 7 miles north of Powell, just off Lane 3 as it winds out of Elk Basin Road. “The Hill” is where Powell cross country runners go to prepare for the toughest races at the end of the season.

Luccho Maurizi knows fùtbol.

Getting a soccer ball on your first birthday can have that effect.

“That’s normal for Argentina, soccer rules there,” the 18-year-old Buenos Aires native and Powell High School foreign exchange student said. “You start kicking the soccer ball when you’re 1.”

The Powell High School volleyball team defeated Lander Valley on Saturday, improving to 17-1 overall this season and 3-0 in the 3A Northwest Conference following a 23-25, 25-19, 25-13, 25-15 victory.

The Powell High School football team sent an important message Friday night: If the Panthers can’t beat you through the air, they’ll beat you with their feet.

One week after racking up 311 passing yards, PHS turned to its running game for 257 yards en route to a 27-7 victory over visiting 3A West Conference foe Star Valley.

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