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NWC spikers dig pink

NWC battles breast cancer, No. 7 LCCC this Saturday

The Northwest College Trappers will show up in pink this Saturday to do battle with seventh-ranked and Region IX North foe Laramie County Community College. The new look will be part of a national battle agaisnt breast cancer that head coach Flavia Siqueira and her players are doing their part to assist.

NWC rodeo wraps up fall season

Trappers have work ahead this spring

When collegiate rodeo action resumes in the spring, Northwest College bareback rider Jordan Gill will be the man everyone is trying to catch. At the midway point of the 2010-2011 college rodeo season, Gill holds a 179-point lead in the Big Sky Region standings.

If he can hold that position through five more rodeos this spring, Gill will be crowned the Big Sky Region champion and earn spot in the 2011 College National Finals Rodeo. If any of his Trapper teammates look to join him, they'll have some work to do over the back half of the year. Gill is the only Northwest College competitor to sit in the top three of an event at rodeo's mid-year break.

That's not to say the Trappers' entry list to the CNFR next June will be a short one. Several other Northwest College riders are well-positioned for a second-half surge.

Clinton Griffis sits fifth in the bareback standings, chasing Gill. He's staring at roughly a 170-point gap to close the ground between himself and the top three.

Bull riders Cayd Kluesner and Eric Fleming sit fourth and fifth, respectively in the standings. Kluesner is just 50 points out of an automatic spot in the CNFR field with Fleming another 27 points back.

On the women's side, Haily Hamlin sits as the Trappers' top performer through the fall semester. Hamlin is fifth overall in the breakaway roping standings, 132 points out of a CNFR qualification spot. Steffani Hofrichter is eighth overall in the standings.

Pamela Vanek is sixth overall in goat tying with a season score of 243.5 points. She'll need an improvement of more than 100 points this spring to bridge the distance in the standings. Hofrichter is ninth overall in the event.

Also looking at a gap of slightly more than 100 points is Trapper barrel racer Dannielle Marcin. Marcin presently resides in seventh position overall.

The only other Trappers to appear in the top 10 of an event at the midway point of the season are header-heeler team roping combo of Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens. The duo is in 10th place with lots of traffic ahead of them in the standings.

Northwest College wrapped up first-semester rodeo action last weekend in Dillon, placing third as a men's team and fourth among the women's teams in attendance. Gill captured his second bareback title of the fall sememster with a 15-point win over Montana, Western's Chase Redfield.

Fleming placed third for the Trappers in bull riding at the weekend event. Vanek was third in goat tying to give Northwest their only top three finishers.

The collegiate rodeo season resumes in April. The Trappers will compete in five spring semester rodeos as they look to vault up the Big Sky Region standings.

747-8 buzzes Powell

Boeing plane over Powell Saturday

A new Boeing 747-8 flew over Powell around 10 a.m. Saturday, garnering plenty of surprise — but the plane was simply testing equipment.

Some folks thought the aircraft was coming in for a landing.

Gary Parham was at a Powell Middle School football game, when his son, Eric Parham said, “‘Look at that!'”

Homecoming celebration


Powell's Vince Sleep scoops up the football after Anthony Lujan and an unseen teammate lay the lumber to Star Valley quarterback Logan Abrams during the first half of the Panthers' 24-19 Homecoming victory last Friday. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Big first quarter spurs Panthers past Braves

The fourth-ranked Powell Panthers used a trio of first-quarter touchdowns and a solid defensive effort to notch a 24-19 victory over Star Valley on Friday night. In the process, nine years of frustration against the Braves melted away.

“It's been a long time, I think, since we beat them,” said a happy Powell head coach Jim Stringer after the contest. “It's nice for the kids to get a win like this. It's a big win, not only because it's Homecoming, but it gets us to 2-0 in conference play as well.”

Panther runners sweep titles

Still on the mend, Powell runners dominate

Powell High School's cross country teams don't have a clean bill of health yet, and that might be the best news runners from rival schools have heard. If the Panthers can dominate the field they way they did last week in Worland while battling illness, not many are going to want to line up in the chute alongside a healthy Panther team.

Tennis squads wrap season

At last weekend's state tournament in Cheyenne, the Powell High School tennis teams showed the improvement they made over the course of the season, but faced stiff competition.

Given the tough draws the Panthers squads faced in their matches, often against No. 1 seeds, “We actually beat the odds,” said PHS head coach Ray Bieber.

BreaAnn Hollenbeck, the PHS girls' No. 2 singles player, had what Bieber called a “really good” tournament, coming up just one match short of reaching the championship bout.

“She was probably within five points of getting in the final,” said Bieber.

Hollenbeck pushed the eventual champion to three sets — giving the winner her toughest competition of the state tournament.

“We're looking forward to good things with her (Hollenbeck),” Bieber said of the sophomore.

At No. 3 doubles, seniors Shelby Walton and Haylee Humphries were just one win away from reaching the third-place match.

As a team, the PHS girls finished ninth in the 16-team field; all of the girls won at least one match in the double-elimination tourney. The PHS boys took 14th, with three points.

Gillette emerged as the state champion on both sides, with its girls taking 58 points and its boys taking 47.

Bieber said the Powell squads' performance in Cheyenne showed improvement since the start of the season.

“We need to come in and be right where we are (now) at the beginning of next year,” he said.

Girls No. 1 singles player Lisa Schiermeister drew eventual champion Kristyn Wykert in her opening match, falling 6-0, 6-1. Schiermeister then handily took down Rawlins' Lindsey Paschke 6-1, 6-0. Dealing with a leg injury, the senior was eliminated by Melinda Gonzalez of Cheyenne East in split sets, 6-7 (7-5), 6-0, 6-0.

Hollenbeck beat Cheyenne South's Jessica Grass 6-0, 6-0, to open her state tournament and came back to take down Karolyn Hopfensperger of Cheyenne Central, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. Hollenbeck then fell in split sets to the eventual champion, Taylor Hinshaw of Gillette, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2. In the consolation bracket, Hollenbeck was eliminated by Sheridan's Rachel Wood — the third-place finisher — 6-4, 7-5.

“She was actually really close to winning the whole tournament,” Bieber said.

At No. 1 doubles, juniors Emily Kath and Lacey Eckerdt lost to Cheyenne East in a close contest, 6-3, 6-7 (9-7), 7-5. In the consolation bracket, they beat Cheyenne South 6-0, 6-0 and fell to Cheyenne Central, 6-3, 6-1.

Senior Marquette McArthur and sophomore Sheridan Roling fell in a close 7-5, 6-4 opening match at No. 2 doubles. They rebounded to beat Cheyenne East 6-0, 6-0, but were eliminated 6-1, 6-4 by Cheyenne Central.

Playing at No. 3 doubles, Walton and Humphries began with a 6-0, 6-0 takedown of Rawlins, then fell to second-place finisher Sheridan, 6-2, 6-1. Walton and Humphries then beat Riverton, 6-2, 7-6 (7-2), and Kelly Walsh, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3. The duo was eliminated by Natrona County, the third-place winner, 6-0, 6-1.

PHS boys No. 1 singles player Eric Curtis opened with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to eventual state champion Aaron Lapkin of Cheyenne East. Curtis rebounded with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Nathan Smith of Green River before falling Rock Springs' Tim Lew, 6-2, 6-2. Bieber said he was pleased to see the PHS junior pick up a win at state.

At No. 2 singles, Mark Schiermmeister lost 6-4, 6-1 to Cody Hansen of Rock Springs and then fell in split sets to Morgan Gray of Cheyenne Central, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“Mark played his best tennis of the year,” said Bieber, saying he's looking forward to good things in the future from the freshman.

Continuing a trend of close matches, junior Todd Lewis and senior Tyler Morgan of Rocky Mountain High School fell 6-2, 6-2 to fourth-place finisher Torrington, then lost 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 to Cheyenne East at No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2 doubles, senior Jacob Larson and sophomore Marshall McArthur began with a 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 win over their Cheyenne East counterparts.

After a 6-1, 7-5 loss to Torrington, Larson and McArthur beat Riverton 6-3, 6-0. They were then eliminated in split sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 to Rock Springs.

“They lost to the third and fourth place teams so it was a pretty tough draw for them,” said Bieber.

Patrick Huang, a sophomore exchange student from Taiwan, and senior Dillon Jeffs lost in split sets to Laramie's No. 3 doubles squad, 6-7 (7-5), 6-4, 6-1. They again came up on the wrong side of a close match in the consolation bracket, falling 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Rawlins.

Bieber said the PHS tennis players had excellent sportsmanship and attitudes throughout the season.

“(The) kids were great this year,” said Bieber. “(We) had great trips, great relationships between players.”

He also said the teams are losing a good crop of seniors and have work to do before fall 2011.

“We've got to have a great spring and a great summer,” said Bieber. “If you have a great spring and a great summer, you've got hope.”

NWC wins Region IX contest


Northwest midfielder Emmanuel Elicerio makes a play on the ball in front of a Western Wyoming defender during second-half action in the Trappers 3-1 Region IX victory on Tuesday. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Trappers' 3-1 victory over WWCC keeps team in title hunt

Leonardo Medeiros scored twice within a 90-second span of the first half on Tuesday as the Northwest College Trappers defeated Western Wyoming by a 3-1 final count. The victory keeps Northwest College very much alive in the hunt for a Region IX men's soccer title in their inaugural season.

Medeiros' outburst came late in the first half as the Belo, Horizonte, Brazil, freshman twice received end-line passes to blast the ball past the keeper for scores. The goals gave Northwest College a 2-0 lead at intermission after the Trappers had managed only a draw in their earlier game against the Mustangs this season.

Swimmers swamp Cody

The first Powell victory of Homecoming week went to the Lady Panther swimmers Monday night with a win over Cody.
Monique Zorgati and Anya Tracy each won two events and Maddy Jones and Belen Quillen each grabbed one as the Lady Panthers rolled to a 104-82 win.

Monique Zorgati's wins came in the 100- and 200-yard freestyle events and Tracy won the individual medley and the backstroke. Jones took the shortest race, the 50 freestyle and Quillen the longest, the 500. Jones also recorded a second place in the backstroke and Quillen finished second in the individual medley.

NWC rodeo team steady in standings

Trapper men take third at Miles City

The Northwest College Trapper men's rodeo team placed third and the women's team fourth at the Miles Community College rodeo in Miles City, Mont., last weekend. Eric Fleming finished fourth in the men's all-around standings for the Trappers.

Success by the Trapper team ropers helped key much of the weekend scoring. Northwest finished 2-3-4 in the event with the tandem of Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens faring best. Fleming and Samuel Shelton placed third with Pamela Vanek and Justin Miller-Kraft coming in fourth overall.

Northwest College also fared well in bull riding over the weekend as it had three riders place among the top five. Troy Vernon was the event runner-up in Miles City, scoring 74 points. Fleming was third with a ride of 72 points while Jaylee Britt placed in a tie for fourth place with 71 points.

Big Sky Region season-leading bareback rider Jordan Gill placed second overall to remain atop the regional standings for another week.

On the women's side, Haily Hamlin placed fifth in the breakaway roping to register the only non-team roping points for the Trapper women.

Through four of 10 rodeos for Northwest College this season, the women's team remained in fourth place and the men's team in fifth in the overall standings. Both teams remain in pursuit of the University of Montana in their drive to move up the rankings.

Gill's lead in the individual bareback standings sits at 114 points over Miles' Brendon Lemmon. Trapper Clinton Griffis is fifth in the event standings.

Cayd Kluesner slid to fourth in the bull riding season standings this week. Troy Vernon (seventh) and Fleming (ninth) also sit inside the top 10 at present.

Shelton is eighth overall in steer wrestling. Jessica Ehlers and Cole Owens are ninth in the team roping standings.

The top three individuals at year's end earn spots in the College National Finals Rodeo.

In women's events, Haily Hamlin is fifth overall in breakaway roping. Steffani Hofrichter was seventh through four events.

Pamela Vanek sits in sixth place in goat tying while Hofrichter is ninth overall. Dannielle Marcin rounds out the roster of Trapper women in the top 10, residing in eighth place on the barrel racing points chart.

Fall semester rodeo action wraps up this weekend. The Trappers travel to Dillon, Mont., to participate in the Montana-Western rodeo.

Football team gets a good start


Josh Cragoe drags a Jackson defender during 3A West football action Friday night. The fourth-ranked Panthers rolled to a 56-0 victory. Courtesy photo/Brad Boner, Jackson Hole News & Guide

PHS blasts Jackson 56-0 to begin conference play

Any questions regarding how the fourth-ranked Powell Panthers would react following their first loss of the season were answered early on Friday night as Powell produced a 56-0 shutout of Jackson to begin 3A West conference play.

“We played a good game from top to bottom,” said Powell head football coach Jim Stringer. “I thought our offensive and defensive lines showed improved play. We fired off the ball well and those guys are starting to figure out their responsibilities and function as a unit. It's nice to see.”

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