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Sports

Asay shares national title

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Powell's Kaleb Asay gets ready to leave the chute for his short-go ride during Saturday's College National Finals Rodeo final session. Asay scored a 74.5-point ride to finish as a co-national champion for the 2010 season. Courtesy photo/Matt Young, Casper College

Vernon College sophomore finishes with a 74.5 on Saturday

Powell's Kaleb Asay entered Saturday's short-go as the man everyone was trying to catch in the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo. By the end of the final session, the Vernon College sophomore remained in front of the pack.

Pioneers encounter a reality check

Team drops three games in North Dakota

When he unveiled the 2010 schedule, Powell Pioneer head coach Mike Jameson noted that he'd added some new events in an effort to challenge his team. That wish was fulfilled over the weekend as the Pioneers met their match at a tournament in Williston, N.D.

Kaleb Asay sitting pretty

Trappers' chances at short go appear slim

With three preliminary rides in the bank, Powell native and Vernon College sophomore Kaleb Asay has positioned himself nicely to reach the saddle bronc short-go at the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper.

After turning in one of only two rides in Sunday's preliminary round to score more than 80 points, Asay followed it up with performances worthy of 72.5 points on Monday night and 78.5 points on Tuesday night. The 78.5-point ride on Tuesday was the highest-scoring performance among the night's saddle bronc competitors.

Team takes 20-5 record to North Dakota event

The Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team remained unbeaten in conference play this season with a doubleheader sweep at Jackson on Monday. The pair of wins lifts the Pioneers to a 20-5 season mark as the team prepares to travel to Williston, N.D., for tournament action.

Scotty Jameson led the Pioneers in their game one win against Jackson, throwing seven innings of four-hit ball while striking out 10. Jameson also went 3-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles in the contest.

Grant Geiser added a pair of RBIs as part of a 2-for-4 day that included a double. Olie Olson also drove in a pair in the contest.

In game two at Jackson, the Pioneers needed just five innings to wrap up a 10-0 victory. Geiser threw the one-hit shutout, walking three while fanning five.

Following Jameson's lead in game one, Geiser helped his own cause by going 2-for-4 with a home run. Tyler England added a pair of triples, while Jameson drove in three runs with a 2-for-4 showing that included a triple.

The victory was the Pioneers' second doubleheader sweep of the past week. The team also dispatched the Sheridan Troopers by scores of 8-2 and 8-5 in recent home action.

Jameson and Geiser teamed up in the opener, with Geiser earning the win after throwing four innings of relief for Jameson. Jameson left the mound with arm discomfort but remained in the contest.

Dallas Robirds was 3-for-3 at the plate while Geiser knocked in three runs.

In the late game, Colt Nix went the distance, allowing 10 hits and three walks while fanning four in the complete-game victory. Josh Cragoe sent the ball deep against the Troopers for a home run, part of a 3-RBI performance. Jordan Gonnoud added a pair of hits as the Pioneers jumped in front early for Nix and held on for seven full innings.

Sandwiched between the pair of doubleheaders, the Pioneers played three games at Aaron's Tournament in Billings. The Pioneers won one contest at the event, suffering a pair of one-run losses and a rain-out as well.

Jake Beuster picked up Powell's only win in Billings with a complete game against the Bozeman Spikes. Beuster fanned nine Bozeman batters while only walking one in seven innings of work.

Garrett Czapla drove in a pair of runs while Geiser, hitting a whopping .559 to date this summer, padded his average with a 3-for-3 performance at home plate.

A 13-game winning streak ended for the Pioneers with a last-inning loss to Miles City in tourament pool play. Powell's Olson took the loss on the hill after throwing 6.1 innings in which he allowed nine hits and six walks.

England, who arrived late at the field after taking the ACT college placement exam earlier in the day, make his presence felt when he entered the contest in the third inning and promptly delivered a triple. England finished 2-for-2, as did Geiser.

Miles City scored its winning run during its final at-bat.

The Pioneers suffered rare back-to-back losses when the Emmanuel Halos repeated Miles City's formula by rallying in the final at-bat for a 6-5 win in a contest where Powell rested many of its regular players.

Joe Wisniewski took the loss with Czapla coming on to throw the final five-plus innings. Cragoe missed by a double of hitting for the cycle after he finished 4-for-4 with a home run, a triple and three RBIs.

“It was great to see our non-starters go out and compete as well as they did,” said Pioneers manager Mike Jameson. “I was most pleased that our defense had just one error in the game, and that was a throwing error that we wound up turning into a double play when their guy tried to advance on the play.”

Powell heads to Williston, N.D., this week for a four-day tournament starting today (Thursday).

Powell opens the event against Canadian entry Weyburn, Sask., at 9 a.m. The team plays north-of-the-border competition again at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday against the Regina, Sask., Wolfpack. The Pioneers' pool play concludes at 5:30 p.m. on Friday when Powell faces Aberdeen, S.D.

Powell's next home action will be June 25-27 when the Pioneers host their own Heavy Metal Classic tournament.

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With Northwest College head rodeo coach Del Nose looking on, the Trappers' Cody Proctor gets set to take her first attempt in breakaway roping competition at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper on Sunday night. Courtesy photo/Matt Young /Casper College

Powell's Asay sitting second after first go

The Northwest College Trappers got off to a rough start on Sunday in the first go of the 2010 College National Finals Rodeo in Casper. For fans following Powell's Kaleb Asay, the night's results were far better.

Asay, a sophomore at Vernon College in Texas, emerged from the opening night of CNFR action in second place in the saddle bronc competition. Asay turned in an 81-point ride, finishing as one of just two riders to top 80 points with their first draw.

Pioneers' perfect 10

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Tyler England fires the ball across the diamond after making a play in the infield during Monday's 6-5 victory over Lovell. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Powell win streak hits double digits on Tuesday

It certainly wasn't without moments of drama, but the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team extended its win streak into double figures with home and away wins over Lovell on Monday and Tuesday. The team also captured the championship of the Riverton Tournament over the weekend.

CNFR qualifiers ready to ride

Powell's Kaleb Asay, three NWC riders to compete

Three members of the Northwest College rodeo team look to cap their season with All-American status at the College National Finals Rodeo. The event gets started this Sunday in Casper.

Trapper Cayd Kluesner will look to continue the late-season success that saw him vault up the standings this spring.

The early bird — or fish — gets the worm, or so it seemed around 7 a.m., Saturday. That's when kids began casting the waters of Homesteader Pond and caught trout by the creel-load.

The 24th annual kids' fishing day marked the official opening of the Homesteader Park pond, said Wade Hernandez, of the Powell Recreation District. Around 140 youth were signed up, he said.

The pond recently was stocked with 650 rainbow and brown trout, he said. The limit was four fish per fledgling angler.

Sam Hobbs of Powell, demonstrated the art of casting to his two daughters, and his coaching definitely panned out as the girls hooked trout that would easily overflow the frying pan.

Hobbs' daughter, Riley French, 11, snagged two at once. The pole was bent nearly double as the rainbows tugged the line, but Riley hauled her catch in with the finesse of a pro.

“You need one more, Riley,” sister Aubrie, 5, said.

Aubrie was not contemplating the thrill of landing the big one. Rather, she was imagining the savory flavor of spaghetti with the trout on top, she said.

There were one-hour time blocks from 6 to 10 a.m. The Hobbs family was in the 7 to 8 a.m. block, but long before 8, both girls had their limit.

Cole Young, 4, of Portland Ore., was learning the ropes from his Powell grandfather, Terry Newman.

Newman would cast and hold his grandson close, telling him to keep the line taut so he could feel the strikes. And the fish were striking.

Cole pulled in a nice rainbow, and his mother, Kerrie Young, was close at hand cheering him on.

“I'm a good fisherman,” Cole said.

Meanwhile, the trout lurked silently along the edge like silver torpedos. Often, gentle acclamations could be heard around the circular concrete shoreline as the anglers landed trout that slapped the concrete like flip-flops on summer feet.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department donated bait and fishing poles for kids in need of tackle, and the district gave a boat-load of Spider Man and Barbie doll fishing poles as prizes, Hernandez said.

One trout in the pond had a tag. The angler who caught it would win a $50 bond from Wells Fargo Bank, Hernandez said.

The kids enjoyed themselves and so did parents and grandparents. Hernandez, too, was having fun making announcements on a bull horn and checking off kids from a list as they lined up to try their luck.

Hernandez also got a kick out of the expressions of the successful anglers.

“The look on their faces,” he said.

Pioneers complete Lovell sweep

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Pioneer shortstop Tyler England prepares to fire the ball across the infield to retire a Lovell batter during conference baseball action last Wednesday. Powell improved to 2-0 in conference play with a victory in the contest. Tribune photo by Randal Horobik

Team improves to 2-0 in conference

While it lacked the big-inning bang of the previous night, the Powell Pioneers American Legion baseball team wrapped up a home-and-away sweep of Lovell last Wednesday with a 10-0 shutout at home.

The win lifts Powell's record to 9-3-1 this season. The Pioneers are also 2-0 in conference play.

NWCA award comes on the eve of Poland depature

Over the course of a four-year prep career, Powell's Auston Carter accomplished almost everything and earned almost every award imaginable. So, naturally, it is time to expand the imagination.

“It definitely came as a surprise,” Carter said, after learning last week that he could add the National Wrestling Coaches Association's Wyoming Wrestler of the Year award to his list of mat accomplishments. “I wasn't expecting it at all.”

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