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Track regional tune-up

Panther track teams close regular season in Cody

The Powell Panthers tuned up for 3A regional competition this weekend by capturing the boys' championship and the girls' runner-up honors at the Cody Trackstavaganza on Friday. For many on the Panthers' roster, it was the first competitive track action in nearly two weeks.

Two new automatic qualifiers emerged from the cold meet. Senior Hannah Pollart earned a spot in the state high jump field. The girls' 4x800 relay team of Alyssa Rodriguez, Skye Albert, Brooke Nisley and Kassey MacDonald also surpassed the state qualifying standard in the event.

Six Northwest College student-athletes reportedly have been dismissed following events stemming from a weekend altercation.

The incident allegedly began Saturday night at an off-campus party near Ralston and later flared up outside Simpson Hall on the NWC campus. Some of the individuals also face criminal charges for their roles in the incident.

PHS boys blank Lander

Wind no concern for PHS soccer

The Powell Panthers gave little regard to both visiting Lander and a howling westerly wind on Tuesday afternoon to score a 4-0 non-conference boys' soccer victory.

“We looked like a totally different team,” said Panther head coach Pat D'Alessandro, referring to his team's previous outing, a 3-0 loss to Worland. “I don't know whether it was prom or if Worland just played that well, but we played a lot better today.”

Worland sweeps PHS soccer teams

Panthers miss valuable opportunity to climb in 3A West standings

Powell High School failed to connect Saturday on a pair of opportunities to improve its status in the 3A West conference soccer standings as Worland journeyed to town, capturing a 4-2 win in girls' action and avenging an earlier loss with a 3-0 boys' win.

Powell's girls also fell 4-1 last week at Lander. The boys' game between the two schools was postponed due to poor weather and will take place today (Tuesday) at 5 p.m. at the college soccer field.

PHS golfers second at Riverton

Team rebounds after rough home meet

With wind, rain and snow raging around the Big Horn Basin, the Powell High School golf team found enough relief from the elements on Friday to post a runner-up finish in the nine-team Riverton Invitational.

“In the eight years that I've coached golf, that was by far the worst weather we have ever driven in to get to a tournament,” said Panther golf coach Troy Hildebrand. “Thermopolis had 3-5 inches of snow and it was still coming down, so to get to Riverton and have it be playable and the weather at least decent was very fortunate.”

Soccer upheaval


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


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.

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