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Sports

Vezain wins all-around rodeo title

Cowley youth qualifies in three events for nationals

Cowley's J.R. Vezain captured the 2010 Wyoming High School rodeo boys' all-around title and earned the right to compete in three events at the High School National Finals Rodeo later this summer. Vezain is the defending high school national champion in bareback riding.

Not surprisingly, it was Vezain's skill in that event that helped fuel his all-around title during the 2010 season. Vezain was the 2010 state bareback champion, amassing more than 3,000 points during the high school rodeo season in that particular event.

Concentration

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Jack Beaudry keeps his eye on the ball during a session of peewee tennis Tuesday morning at Westside Park. Peewee tennis is one of a number of summer programs offered by the Powell Recreation District. Tribune photo by Don Amend

Slide continues for Pioneers

One-run losses send skid to five games

A June that appeared to be rolling right along for the Powell Pioneers has suddenly hit a rocky patch as the team dropped a pair of one-run decisions on Tuesday night in Billings. The losses drop Powell's record to 21-10-2 for the summer. The team has lost five in a row.

Roster for Majors team to be named later

Powell Little League named its 12-player all-star team roster for the Minors Division on Monday. Individuals on the team will begin play as the Powell All-Stars in tournament action this weekend.

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.

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