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Sports

West Park's pitch

Few attend presentations

Officials and trustees at West Park Hospital in Cody know their nearly 40-year-old facilities must be modernized.

“This does need to happen, it's just the question of how,” said West Park CEO Doug McMillan, at a recent public presentation in Powell.

Pioneers reach final four

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Dallas Robirds fires a throw in from left field in Powell's opener versus Ashland, Ore. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Team overcomes poor start to reach Monday

They may not have gotten the start they wanted, but the Powell Pioneers are exactly where they were a year ago — playing baseball as a member of the Northwest Regional tournament's final four. The Pioneers bounced back from a 15-1 loss to Ashland, Ore., in the opening round to knock off Olympic, Wash., and Blacksmith Fork, Utah, to reach this point.

A Powell USA swimmer qualified for regional competition last week at the Wyoming Summer State Competition.
Jessica Curtis, one of eight Powell swimmers in the competition, swam the 100-meter backstroke in 1:15.84 to finish second in the senior girls A competition. and qualify for the USA Zone Competition in San Jose, Calif. later this month.

As a team, the Powell group finished fourth in their division.

The swimmers swam in two divisions during last week's competition, held in Fort Collins, Colo. In order to swim in the A division, swimmers were required to have posted a qualifying time during the past 12 months. In the B division, no qualifying time was required and events were open to all registered USA swimmers.

In A competition, Curtis swam four other events in A competition, finishing fourth in the 200-meter freestyle, tying for sixth in the individual medley and 11th in the 50-meter freestyle.

Also swimming in the senior girls A division was Kaiya Rodriguez, who swam in five events and recorded four top-12 places in five events. Rodriguez tied for sixth in the individual medley and took another sixth in the 200 breaststroke.

She finished ninth in both the 100 breaststroke and the 100 backstroke.

Roy Oursler, competing in the senior boys division, also earned a second place during A competion, finishing the 800 meters in 11:04.84. In addition, Oursler finished seventh in the 100 meters, eighth in the 50 meters and 12th in the backstroke.

Anya Tracy swam four events in the girls 15-16 competition and finished in the top 12 in the 100 butterfly with an eighth place.

In boys 13 and 14 competition, Ed Oursler grabbed seventh place in both the 100 meters and the individual medley and he finished in the top 12 in two other events, taking ninth in the 200 and 10th in the 50.

Nick Tracy took a fifth place in the backstroke in boys 13 and 14, and added a sixth in the 200 backstroke and a 12th in the 50.

Amanda Tracy swam in four events in the 11-12 girls division, finishing in the top 12 in all four, including a seventh place in the 100 backstroke.

Katie Brown also competed in the 11-12 girls A division and earned seventh place in the 50 breaststroke. In the 11-12 year-old B competition, Brown competed in eight events, winning the 100 breaststroke and finishing second or third in the others.

Amanda Tracy swam in five events in the B division finishing first or second in all of them.

Nic Tracy won the 100 and finished third in the butterfly among the 13-14 year-old boys and Ed Oursler won two firsts, a third and a fourth in the four events in which he competed.

Anya Tracy earned third in the individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke among girls 15 and 16.

Pilots no strangers to post-season

Powell's first-round foe experienced

The Powell Pioneers will have their work cut out for them in the opening round of the 2010 Northwest Region Class A tournament in Bozeman, Mont., this Friday. Powell's opponent, the Ashland (Ore.) Pilots, have made the trip in three of the last four years.

Figure 8 flip

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A driver in the Figure 8 Races flips his car during the Friday night event at the Park County Fair. The races “get more popular every year,” said Fair Manager Steve Scott. He said Monday that gate entrances and carnival revenue were up at this year's fair. Saturday night's demolition derby was the only grandstand event of the week to sell out, with more than 2,200 tickets sold. Tribune photo by Kevin Kinzley

STATE CHAMPS AGAIN!

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The Powell Pioneers storm the field in celebration of their second Class A state title on Friday in Sheridan. After falling behind 5-4, Powell scored nine unanswered runs to repeat as state champs. Tribune photo by Ben Wetzel

Powell tops Sheridan to reach title game

When they met in the opening round of North District tournament play, the Sheridan Troopers stunned Powell by vaulting to a seven-run lead before Powell rallied for a 13-11 victory. Meeting in a state elimination game last Friday, the Pioneers made certain there would be no repeat.

Powell jumped on the tournament host Troopers early and often, building a 12-0 lead and cruising to a 15-7 victory that ultimately set the stage for a Class A title contest against Laramie.

Pioneers play way to Bozeman

Regional return

After a momentary third-inning hiccup, the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team emphatically played itself back into the Northwest Regional Class A tournament with a 13-5 victory over Laramie on Friday. The win delivered Powell its second Wyoming state Class A title in as many seasons.

Ward signs three for Trapper hoops

Additions bring summer signing total to five

On the eve of fall semester student-athletes reporting to campus, Northwest College men's basketball coach Andy Ward announced a trio of signees to the Trapper hoops program. The signings include a shooting guard, a wing and a post player.

Followers of the Trappers will likely recognize the last name of new Fort Collins, Colo., signee Ty Ackelson. Ackelson, a 6'2” shooting guard, is the younger brother of two-year Trapper Mitch Ackelson, who graduated this past spring. The younger Ackelson averaged 18 points and five rebounds per game as a senior for Fossil Ridge High School.

Included in those numbers are a 37 percent accuracy from 3-point range an an 87 percent clip at the free throw line.

“(Fossil Ridge coach) Matt Johannsen does a great job of developing his student athletes and preparing them for college and the rigors of intercollegiate basketball,” Ward said. “Ty is an exceptional 3-point shooter with outstanding range. He's an instant threat from the offensive perimeter and works very hard on the defensive end of the floor, too. He's a great fit for our basketball program and we are looking forward to his contributions at Northwest College.”

Joining Ackelson as a member of the Trappers incoming 2010-2011 recruiting class will be 6'2” wing Dee Crandall from Judge Memorial Catholic High School in Salt Lake City.

Crandall averaged 13 points per contest as a senior, earning all-region and all-state honors as a senion.

“Judge Memorial has a strong reputation for having an outstanding basketball program,” said Ward. “The coaching staff there consistently moves students into intercollegiate basketball programs. Dee was a member of their state championship team as a junior, plus he's an outstanding student, making the honor roll all four years.”

Crandall is expected to add depth to the Trappers' perimeter game, but Ward also notes that he provides the team with a strong, physical athlete.

“He possesses a great work ethic and has a very high basketball IQ,” Ward said.

The final addition to the Northwest College basketball family is Kemmerer native Eric Robinson. The 6'4” Robinson will reunite with former high school teammate Keeton Tucker after averaging 15 points and seven rebounds this past winter.

“Eric was recruited to play college football, but has opted instead to play college basketball,” said Ward. “He brings a tremendous work ethic to our team and will be a physical presence in the paint. He also has the ability to step out and play some on the perimenter. He shot better than 50 percent from the field as a junior and as a senior and was an all-conference and all-state selection both of those years,” added Ward.

The Trappers are coming off a 25-7 campaign in 2009-2010. Northwest College spent significant chunks of the season appearing in the NJCAA's top 25 poll.

Pioneers go extra innings

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Powell's Jake Beurster delivers a pitch to home plate during district tournament action last week. On Wednesday, it was Pioneer pitcher Scotty Jameson who delivered both on the mound and at the plate in an 8-7 Pioneer victory. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Powell survives opening-round scare with 8-7 victory

The defending Class A champion Powell Pioneers were forced to work overtime in Sheridan at the opening round of the 2010 Wyoming State American Legion baseball tournament, but survived to a spot in today's (Thursday) championship semifinals with an 8-7, 10-inning victory over Torrington.

Scotty Jameson came through with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive across Josh Cragoe, who was hit by a pitch to reach base.

Goal is to still be playing on Sunday

The Powell Babe Ruth All-Stars baseball team will get a distinctive taste of Klamath Falls, Ore., next week, both on and off the diamond. In addition to having to travel to the southwestern Oregon community for regional competition, the All-Stars will also find themselves facing off against two of the local teams on the diamond.

The Pacific Northwest Regional tournament begins Monday evening with the tournament opening ceremony. Competition starts the following day with Powell opening against the northern Oregon representative, Hermiston, a community of approximately 15,000 residents. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m., mountain time.

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