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Sports

Soccer upheaval

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Powell's Jason Rand flicks a header toward goal during the Panthers' 3-0 shutout of Worland last Friday. Rand scored one of Powell's three goals in the contest to help position the Panthers to a 3A West victory. Courtesy photo/Greg Wise

Panther boys throw 3A West into chaos with shut-out victory

The 3A West boys' soccer picture was jumbled on Friday, courtesy of the Powell Panthers. The Panthers delivered a 3-0 shutout victory at Worland — the same Warrior team that earlier this year defeated Cody and drew a contest against Jackson.

“This really does throw things just up in the air,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro. “It kind of puts us in control of our own destiny now, because the rest of our conference games are at home. If we can go out and take care of business, we're in great position to challenge for first or second.”

Panthers show power at Lovell

Small meet provides tune-up for track classic

The Powell Panthers bullied much of the competition on Saturday as the boys' team took the title and the girls' team earned runner-up status at the Lovell Invitational track meet. The Panther boys amassed more than 200 points to easily outpace Burlington. Powell's girls fell 16 points shy of host Lovell in the final tally.

Four members of the Panthers' roster met or improved upon automatic qualifier marks at the meet as weather conditions once again favored competitors. Marquette McArthur's winning discus toss of 107'10” was good enough to secure her place in the state meet next month. Josh Cragoe added his name to Powell's 110-meter hurdle roster in Casper after clocking his first sub-15 second time of the year. Drew MaGill's winning time of 22.71 in the 200 easily surpassed the state standard in that event by nearly a full second and teammate Colby Gilmore also earned a spot in the 3A state starting blocks by besting the qualifying standard in both the 100 and the 200.

Panther girls fall 2-0 to Worland

Wind tells the tale in conference game

The Powell Panthers weren't able to take advantage of a gusting 25 mile-per-hour wind on Friday. Worland was, and that's how the Warriors were able to deliver a 2-0 loss to the Powell girls' soccer program.

“We had the wind behind us in the first half, so we had the opportunity to put some goals on the board and we just weren't able to do it,” said Panther coach Brad Hammond. “We probably had four really good chances in the first half and we weren't able to finish on any of them. I'm happy with our effort, but we just didn't do a good job of finishing things.”

In the second half, the teams flipped sides and Mother Nature ensured much of the half was played in the Panthers' defensive zone. The Warriors broke the scoreboard deadlock approximately 15 minutes into the second half. Worland added a late goal against a gambling Panther defense.

“We were trying to get some people forward to get a goal to equalize things and they caught us in a counter-attack and added a late goal,” Hammond said.

The loss prevented Powell from moving out of fourth place in the 3A West standings (see sidebar).

“I'm not panicking,” said Hammond. “I still think we're a better team than Worland is and I think we have a good chance when they come up here this weekend. We just need to finish on the chances we get. Hopefully we'll have a little better weather on Saturday. The weather down there wasn't very good.”

The Panther girls also fell in the reserve contest, which Hammond said ended with a 3-0 final score in Worland's favor.

Powell travels to Lander on Friday for a non-conference game. The team then returns to host Worland on Saturday.

Panther wrestlers blank Cody

Set to face off with Worland Thursday

The Powell Panther wrestlers pitched a shutout against Park County rival Cody Tuesday night.

Nine Panthers ended their bouts with pins, five of them in the first period to sail to a 76-0 win over the Broncs.

After Charles Wittick won by forfeit at 103, Luke Wozney and Cody's Tommy Emery locked up in one of the evening's closest matches. The two 112-pounders wrestled through two periods with no score, but early in the third period, Wozney scored with a reversal and held on for a 2-0 win. Jessee Craig followed with a 9-0 major and the Panthers led 16-0.

2009: Local sports, national impact

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The Northwest College Trappers captured the Region IX North championship and posted a 1-2 performance at the NJCAA national championships in 2009. The team was just one of many Powell teams and individuals to make a national splash over the past year. Courtesy photo/ Cindy Christensen, Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil

Achievements extend beyond community

[Note: This is the second in a two-article series recapping the past year in Powell sports. This installment covers July through December 2009. The first half of the year appeared in the Tuesday, Dec. 29 issue of the Powell Tribune.]

Not all diamonds are forever, but baseball diamonds throughout Powell held onto their shine for as long as they could during the summer of 2009. The year may well have set the modern-day standard by which future summers will be judged.

As the calendar rolled over to July, the Powell Pioneers were riding high atop a 13-game winning streak. After a hiccup against Brigham City, Utah, the team returned to its winning ways to reel off another seven consecutive Ws. Suddenly, a team that struggled to top the .500 mark in the season's first month was more than 20 games over .500 and resembling a regional power.

2009: An odyssey of titles

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Powell High School wrestler Auston Carter celebrates his third state title in as many years. The success of the Panther wrestlers in February was just one of many title tales from early 2009. Tribune file photo

Championships highlight year in sports

(Note: This is the first in a two-article series recapping the past year in Powell sports. This installment covers January through June 2009. The second installment will appear in Thursday's issue of the Powell Tribune.)

When sports historians look back upon 2009, it might be to fair refer to it as the year of championships. For one community, it certainly seems as though fate smiled favorably upon Powell in 2009.

The championship parade started early in the year as the Powell High School wrestling team was crowned repeat state champion following a dominating performance in Casper. Senior Trevor Donarski, junior Auston Carter and freshman Olie Olson were crowned state champions while helping the Panthers score a 37.5-point margin of victory in the final team standings.

One year ago, the Powell Panthers made a spirited run up to the consolation championship at the 3A state basketball tournament in Casper. Months later, the memories and the trophy are about all that remain from that experience.

New head coach Mike Heny is one of three new members of the boys basketball coaching staff (along with Waleryan Wisniewski and Chase Kistler). He inherits a team that returns just two players who saw any varsity court time for the Panthers during the 2008-2009 campaign.

09 swimmers bring state experience

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Junior swimmer Brittany Christensen swims a 20-minute distance test last week as the Powell Lady Panthers begin preparing for the season's competition. Christensen is one of 10 returning swimmers who swam at the state meet last year. The team opens at home against Greybull Friday and travels to Buffalo on Saturday. Tribune photo by Don Amend

Ten state qualifiers greeted new coach Luke Robertson when the Powell Lady Panther swimmers began practice last week.

Regional champs

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Powell's Drew MaGill (right) and Colby Gilmore stride down the home stretch of the boys' 200-meter finals on Saturday in Jackson. MaGill, Gilmore and teammate Marco Borja (not pictured) grabbed three of the top four spots and helped lead Powell to a regional title. Tribune photo by John Wetzel

Panther boys take top honors in 3A West, girls runner-up

The Powell High School boys' track team scored points in every event this weekend to pick up the 2010 track title in the 3A West region in Jackson. Powell's girls had an oustanding Saturday to rise from fifth to second in the final standings to earn regional runner-up honors.

“The kids had a great weekend,” said Powell head coach Scott Smith, who again was named the 3A West boys' coach of the year. “I was really happy with the way the kids came out and performed. We had a ton of personal records and qualified more than we expected. We just had a great meet.”

A day like no other for PHS wrestlers

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Panther wrestlers (from left to right) Luke Wozney, Ren Utter, Charles Wittick and Cory Eden lift a pole over their heads during one of Monday's SEAL Day events. Tribune photo by David Dickey

Urbach tests wrestlers' mental, physical toughness

It's not often that the photo of a furry, white harp seal strikes fear into a person. Last Monday, however, it did just that to a number of young wrestlers at Powell High School.

The harp seal image, one of many photos of docile-looking seals taped to the window next to the entry way leading into PHS head coach Nate Urbach's classroom, wasn't exactly the scary part. It was more a case of what it represented — SEAL Day — an event that has become a tradition for the Panther wrestlers.

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