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Sports

Four Pioneers earn all-state

Jameson, Geiser conclude careers as first-teamers

Four members of the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team that successfully defended its Class A state title and finished as runner-up at the Northwest Regional tournament earned all-state honors for their efforts this season.

Trapper women begin year ranked No. 25

Three other Region IX teams also ranked

The Northwest College women's volleyball team will begin the year ranked No. 25 nationally after the NJCAA released its pre-season Division I volleyball poll. The Trappers are coming off a 27-10 season a year ago that culminated in a Region IX North title and an appearance at the national championships.

Northwest College head coach Flavia Siqueira returns eight sophomores from her 2009 team that finished with a 1-2 record at the national tournament.

Despite Northwest's returning core of players and success in the 2009 season, the nation's pollsters predict a challenge in the Trappers' road to a title defense. Longtime Region IX North powerhouse Casper College (32-10 in ‘09) opens the year ranked No. 18. Laramie County (28-9) begins its fall calendar holding the No. 21 ranking in the nation.

Perennial national title contender Western Nebraska (42-4), which plays in the southern division of Region IX, is No. 5 to open the year.

The College of Southern Idaho (32-6) holds the No. 1 ranking to begin college volleyball season. They'll be followed by Missouri State-West Plains (27-9), Salt Lake (29-9), Miami-Dade (32-5) and Western Nebraska. Rounding out the top 10 are Iowa Western (42-6), Blinn (29-4), San Jacinto-Central (32-9), Hillsborough (30-10 and Temple (23-22).
Northwest's lone national tournament victory came against Temple last season.

The next 10 starts with North Idaho (28-5) at No. 11, followed by Frank Phillips (29-13), Eastern Arizona (21-2), Pratt (19-14) and Seminole State (26-15). Nos. 16-20 show Panola (28-9), Seward County (26-11), Casper, Wallace State-Hanceville (34-6) and Florida State-Jacksonville (32-6). The last five spots in the poll are held by Laramie County, Spartanburg Methodist (10-19), Midland (23-14), Yavapai (26-15) and Northwest.

Also receiving votes in the first poll of 2010 were Barton (22-12), Lee (17-13) and Palm Beach State (26-12).

The Northwest College Trappers open the 2010 volleyball season on a challenging note. Northwest College travels to Twin Falls, Idaho, on Aug. 27-28 to participate in the College of Southern Idaho tournament. Southern Idaho and Salt Lake are among the teams slated to appear in that tournament field.

Oh so close

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Scotty Jameson watches the ball sail toward home plate during championship game action for the 2010 regional runner-up Powell Pioneers. Tribune photo by Ben Wetzel

Ashland fights off Powell rally to win title

After successfully fighting off elimination in four consecutive games at the 2010 Northwest Class A regional tournament in Bozeman, Mont., the Powell Pioneers fell 12-9 to the Ashland, Ore., Pilots in the championship game.

It marked Powell's second loss of the tournament to the Oregon state champions.

Pioneers defeat Laurel in only meeting of the season

For two years, they've consistently been two of the top Class A American Legion programs in the region. For two years, the only place to see the Powell Pioneers and the Laurel Dodgers face off on a diamond has been at the Northwest regional tournament.

And just like last season, the Pioneers were able to register a victory over their Montana neighbors to stay alive in tournament action.

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.

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