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Lady Panthers statebound

PHS girls claim third at regionals

The Lady Panthers basketball team made the third time a charm at regionals, avenging two regular season losses to Worland to take third place at the Class 3A West regional tournament.

After losing to Worland by 20 points a week earlier, the Powell High School girls came back to beat Worland on Saturday in a 38-36 nail-biter.

Panthers strong at state indoor track meet

Sullivan wins high jump, hurdles titles

Kyle Sullivan won both the high jump and the 55-meter hurdles and Powell athletes brought home a total of 12 medals from the Wyoming Indoor Track and Field championships over the weekend.

“Kyle was taken to the wire (in the high jump),” said Panther track coach Scott Smith. “If he hadn’t cleared the bar at 6’6”, the Kelly Walsh kid that took second would have won on misses. He really came through when it counted and easily cleared.”

PHS boys fall short of state

Panther heartbreak

What happened?

That’s the question that could haunt Powell High School head coach Mike Heny and the members of his Panther boys’ basketball team this off-season. It was the question Panther fans were asking after a mind-numbing 24-hour period saw the team go from the verge of a regional title game appearance to being left out of the 3A state tournament field altogether.

Pohlman named Trappers’ new volleyball coach

Comes to NWC from Dodge City

Northwest College has announced the hiring of Shaun Pohlman as the new head coach of the Trappers’ volleyball program on Wednesday. Pohlman comes to Powell from Dodge City Community College in Kansas, where he served as the head coach for four seasons.

Helena rattles Quake hockey

NORPAC playoffs open in Cody

Heading into the first round of the NORPAC playoffs, head coach Craig Furstenau knew his team had a challenge ahead in its best-of-five series against the 48-2 Helena Bighorns. On Tuesday night, he saw just how tall that challenge was.

“You cannot make a mistake against those guys,” Furstenau said following a 9-0 Helena victory. “Any little error on your part and they’re able to jump on it.”

Wrestlers close season on a positive note

The Powell Panthers didn’t win the state wrestling championship, but their coach said they had a good season, and their performance at the state was positive despite a third-place finish.

“I had a fun year,” Nate Urbach said. “We had ups and downs, but overall it was a good season.”

Panther wrestlers finish third

Three come home with state titles

Twelve Panthers came home with medals, three of them gold, and Powell finished a strong third in the Wyoming state wrestling tournament.

Jessee Craig, Jimmy Seckman and Olie Olson all finished the season as state champions, and Charles Wittick came within a point of joining them but had to settle for second. Robert Friday, Colt Nix, and Randy Andrews all finished third,  and Waylon Bays finished fourth. Kurt Bullinger, Trevor Griffeth and Clay Saldana finished fifth and Tyler Patterson sixth.

Petersen proves them right

NWC’s 184-pounder scores national title

Northwest College sophomore Nick Petersen spent most of wrestling’s regular season ranked atop the 184-pound weight class. On Saturday in Spokane, Wash., he finished his junior college career the same way.

Petersen capped a stellar Trapper career with a 4-1 victory over Austin Moorehead of Rend Lake College to become national champion. It also helped pace the Trappers to an eighth-place finish at the 2011 national tournament.

PHS swimmers take ninth at state

Powell swimmers swam faster than ever, but had to settle for ninth place at the Wyoming 3A State Meet last weekend.

“As with every state meet, there were ups and downs,” said Coach Jerry Rodriguez.

Back in 1981, a sophomore reported for wrestling practice at Greybull High School and was greeted by his new coach. Last week that wrestler and his old coach sat in the stands to watch their sons compete for Powell in the West regional tournament.

Jim Seckman's son Jimmy, a senior on the Panther team, was wrestling in quest of the 152-pound championship with tools he learned from Tom Urbach's son Nate, the Powell Panther coach. 

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