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Panther boys enter rankings

PHS basketball team makes debut in fifth

After a wild overtime win last Saturday, the Powell High School boys’ basketball team makes its first appearance of the season in the Wyopreps.com 3A basketball poll. The Panthers, who have garnered votes in previous polls, appear as the No. 5 team in this week’s rankings.

The Panthers received 11 fifth-place votes from a panel of 22 coaches and media personnel. Powell, 6-5 overall this season, but 5-0 in 3A West play, is the only member of the West conference to appear in the poll.

Indoor track teams open season

PHS students shine in first competition

Numerous Panther competitors experienced success at the first indoor track meet of the season last weekend. The Powell students, competing as part of the Cody team, played a role in seven of the nine event championships recorded on the day.

Kyle Sullivan took the title in both the 60-meter hurdles and the high jump. Drew MaGill added a first-place finish in the long jump and led a 1-2-3 Powell parade at the top of the 200-meter standings.

Extra effort by PHS Panthers

Powell holds off Lander in overtime

Zane Bushnell converted a pair of late free throws to lift the Powell Panther boys’ basketball team into the lead on Saturday. From there, the team held on through a few nervous moments for a 51-50 overtime victory against Lander.

The win lifts Powell to 5-0 in 3A West conference play. The Panthers, who also recorded a 58-45 non-conference win against Rocky Mountain last week, sit alone atop the 3A West standings.

PHS Swimmers’ times continue to drop

One more Powell, Wyoming Panther earned a slot in the state swim meet and five swimmers qualified in new events during swimming competition last week.

As a team, Powell High School scored two dual meet wins, defeating Cody 107-65 at the Powell Aquatic Center on Thursday and Worland 97-80 on Saturday.

“The guys swam well against Cody and then even better timewise down at Worland, with several swimmers getting big time drops to post personal best times,” said Coach Jerry Rodriguez.

The Powell Panthers took their wrestling skills into another high-powered tournament last week and came home with a sixth-place finish.

In competition that included the top-ranked teams from all three classes in Montana as well as Wyoming’s top 4A team, Gillette, the Panthers held their own, climbing from seventh place following the semi-finals to edge Williston, N. Dak, for sixth and missing fifth place by just 10 points.

Leaders of the pack

Weekend sweep lifts Panther boys

The Powell High School boys basketball team improved to 4-5 on the season and 4-0 in 3A West conference play with a pair of weekend victories. The Panthers defeated Mountain View by a 51-31 final count on Friday before handling Lyman 48-35 in Saturday action.

The wins, combined with action elsewhere in the 3A West division, leaves the Panthers as the sole undefeated team in the conference standings entering play this weekend.

Quake narrows the gap

Win over Bozeman pulls team within two games

The Yellowstone Quake scored a 6-1 victory over Bozeman to narrow the gap between themselves and a spot in the NORPAC hockey playoffs to two games. A 3-1 loss to Billings prevented the squad from shaving another game off that margin.

Alex Johansons’ power play goal 3:31 into the game gave the Quake an early advantage in its Saturday game against Bozeman. Hazen Ripple countered with a power play goal for the Ice Dogs just before the 12-minute mark, but the scoreboard remained tied for just 19 seconds before the Quake’s Tyler Torkelson delivered the go-ahead goal.

Panthers make a splash

Five new qualifying times open year of Panthers

The Powell Panther swimmers kicked off the new year by posting two new qualifying times in Cody on Friday and adding three more Saturday at the Dozah Invitational in their home pool.

Freshman Jakob Bowers became the latest Panther to qualify for state in a five-team meet in Cody by swimming the butterfly in 1:14.28. Fellow freshman Quin Wetzel added two qualifying times to his resume, cutting more than five seconds from his time in the individual medley in Cody and following up at the Dozah by cutting nearly five seconds from his time in the 500-yard freestyle.

Panthers take seventh at Bozeman

The Powell Panthers took on Montana last weekend in Bozeman, and six wrestlers came home with medals.

The Panthers joined two Montana schools in the Tom LeProwse Invitational and finished seventh, just six points behind sixth place Billings Skyview.

Five wrestlers reached the semifinals and two, Jim Seckman at 154 and Randy Andrews at 171, wrestled in the finals as the team recorded two second place finishes, one third, two fourths and one sixth.

The Powell High School girls basketball team was edged out by one of the conference’s top teams on Friday, falling 41-38 to the visiting Mountain View Lady Buffaloes.

PHS rebounded on Saturday with a convincing 49-35 home win over Lyman.

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