2018 PMS Cross Country Schedule

*** This schedule is for both the seventh and eighth-grade cross country teams

August 30

  • AWAY at Lovell Invitational, 4 p.m.
  • Location: Foster Gulch Golf Course

September 8 

  • AWAY at Sheridan Invitational, 10 a.m.
  • Location: VA Hospital

September 13

  • AWAY at Lander Invitational, 4:30 p.m.
  • Location: Lander Golf Course

September 17

  • AWAY at Cowley Invitational, 4 p.m.
  • Location: Foster Gulch Golf Course in Lovell

September 20

  • AWAY at Worland Invitational, 3 p.m.
  • Location: Green Hills Golf Course

September 29

  • AWAY at Thermopolis Invitational, 10 a.m.
  • Location: Thermopolis Golf Course

October 5

  • Conference Invitational at HOME, 3 p.m.
  • Location: Powell Golf Club

 

*** This schedule may have changes that could occur throughout the season

Back to Back Tournaments Prove Fruitful for PHS Golfers

By Breanne Thiel

The one day of rest between the back to back tournaments for the Powell High School golf teams proved fruitful as two individuals – Rob Sessions and Mycah Wainscott – placed in the top ten and had team finishes in fourth and fifth place for the the Panthers and Lady Panthers respectively. 

“It is unusual for us to play on a Friday and Saturday and then turn around and play again Monday and Tuesday so this was a lot of tournament golf for our players but also a great opportunity to see a couple of new teams in Lyman, Jackson and Star Valley,” said head coach Troy Hildebrand.

On Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th the golf teams had played in Worland. The teams had Sunday, August 19th off to turn around and play in Lander on Monday, August 20th and Tuesday, August 21st.

Hildebrand also stated that the teams had the first top ten performances for the season with Rob Sessions tieing for 10th place shooting 85 on Monday and 86 on Tuesday and Mycah Wainscott tieing for fourth place shooting 89 on Monday and 101 on Tuesday.

The Lander Tournament was a seven team tournament.

Overall the Panthers finished fourth shooting 378 on Monday and 384 on Tuesday.

The Lady Panthers were fifth shooting 356 on Monday and 370 on Tuesday.

Both of the Lander boys and girls teams won the team titles. For the boys individual titles, Karsten Simmons of Worland and Jaren Calkins of Lander each shot 3 under for the two days and Simmons won in a playoff. Rachel Stoinski of Lander shot 82-79 to take the girls title.

Panthers

Sessions shot 85 on Monday and 86 on Tuesday.

“Another solid week for [Sessions] with two rounds in the mid 80’s,” said Hildebrand who went continued with “he is very close to breaking through and putting up something in the 70’s for us in the next few weeks. I am extremely proud of how he has stayed focused and finished his rounds strong even when he has faced some adversity.”

Junior Crandell Sanders shot 87 on Monday and 90 on Tuesday.

“[Sanders] came back this week and played okay by his standards,” Hildebrand said. “He had two very different rounds that ended up nearly the same. Monday he putted very well to overcome not hitting the ball that well and Tuesday hit the ball much better but struggled on the greens. When he puts both of those pieces together in the next couple weeks he will be right back in the low 80’s for sure.”

George Higgins, a sophomore, shot 85 on Monday and 99 Tuesday.

Hildebrand said that Higgins “had a fantastic round Monday with a career best 85. Tuesday he had a couple of tough holes that caused him to be in the upper 90’s but overall he is learning each week and he does a great job of using that knowledge to improve his game for the next tournament.”

Sophomore Yogi Sullivan shot 121 on Monday and 110 on Tuesday.

“[Sullivan] had a tough Monday but came back Tuesday and played much better,” said Hildebrand. “His front 9 Tuesday was a 50 which is much more in line with what he is capable of posting. This week of practice before Buffalo will be a great chance for Yogi to iron out a few things in his game.”

Kason Cannon, a junior, shot 124 on Monday and 109 on Tuesday.

Hildebrand said that Cannon “had a real battle on Monday with his 124 but came back Tuesday to shoot a 109 which is more in line with how he has been playing this year. He is figuring out how to get around the course better each week and this practice time before Buffalo should benefit him as well.”

Lady Panthers

Wainscott, a junior, shot 89 on Monday and a 101 on Tuesday.

Hildebrand pointed out that Wainscott’s 89 on Monday is a career best while adding that “she hit the ball very well and really showed what she is capable of with that round. Tuesday’s 101 wasn’t a terrible round but [the] first 9 holes she just couldn’t get anything going. I was proud of how she came back and finished her second nine.”

Junior Cat Wilson shot 114 on Monday and a 130 on Tuesday.

“[Wilson] had a very good day Monday with a career best 114,” said Hildebrand. “That was a very good round for her and I know there is more improvement to come for her over the next few weeks. Tuesday her first two holes were very tough on her but she kept battling along and had a nice stretch in the middle of that round.”

Bailey Kennedy, a junior, shot 153 on Monday and a 149 on Tuesday.

“Kennedy’s 149 Tuesday is her best tournament round to date but overall she is just playing better all the time. She is limiting her big numbers on holes and just hitting the ball better. She has battled a little bit of a wrist injury and hopefully this stretch before Buffalo will give her time to get healthy,” Hildebrand said.

The PHS golf teams were off last weekend which has given them a total of six days of practice before they go to the Buffalo Invitational on Thursday, August 30th and Friday, August 31st..

Hildebrand said that six days of practice “should benefit all of our players and gives us a chance to really work on a few individual areas with each of the players.”

The Buffalo Invite is the last competition before the conference match-up next weekend in Star Valley (September 6th and 7th).

 

Friday Night Lights begin tonight for the Boys of Fall

By Breanne Thiel

The season of Friday Night Lights is upon as the Boys of Fall will take to the field tonight for the first time this season against Riverton.

This zero week game for the Powell High School football team will start off a little different as there will be a non-varsity scrimmage at 6:30 p.m. prior to the varsity squad’s kickoff which is slated for 7 p.m.

For the non-varsity scrimmage both Powell and Riverton will have 15 offensive plays each.

Head coach Aaron Papich said that the point is to get the non varsity players some reps “because we’re trying to get as many guys through some reps as possible.”

This is also coach Papich’s first year as head coach of the Panther football squad.

As the newcomer to the coaching staff, Papich said the transition has been positive.

“It makes it easy having such a great staff because these guys have really helped me with being creative and have supported me and at the same time they have taught me. They have offered a lot to me that I have learned from,” said Papich. “With that we are kind of building and what one thing looks today – it might change a little bit at practice because we found one little thing at practice that we can tweek a little bit to make it more efficient.”

The coaching staff is comprised of Chase Kistler, Waleryan Wisniewski, Mike Heny, Zach Coombs and Joel Hayano.

“I feel very humbled and privileged to be in this position and I just want to thank the Powell Community, the players, the coaches, the school and I think this is really a great opportunity and a lot of fun,” said Papich of his position adding that “we have a really good turn out and I am so excited for our team.”

Between the varsity, junior varsity and freshman levels, there is a total of 66 players – 16 of which are seniors.

“We’ve really been working a lot on fundamentals and just getting the basics down. I think the team’s really been responding to that,” said Papich. “The biggest thing that we’re talking about right now is effort and attitude and if they can bring that everyday at practice that’s really what we’re harping and so far I think they are doing a really good job of that.”

The seniors include Kanyon Gann, Dalton Woodward, Kaelan Groves, Reece Hackenberg, Dalton McMillan, Carson Heinen, Kain Baxter, Cameron Lamb, Duy Hoang, Trace Jester, Weston Moore, Sawyer Mauthe, Trent Dicks, Jacob Harrison, Colton Johannsen and Carter Olsen.

The juniors are comprised of Ethan Asher, Garrett Stutzman, Brody Karhu, Carson Olsen, Ryan good, Matt Seckman, Macen Thomas, Zack Griffin, Justin Johnston, Bryce Johnson, Cayden Lynn, Chase Gonzales and Zane Cordes.

The sophomores are Jesse Trotter, Landon Lengfelder, Kobe Ostermiller, Brailey Gann, Kadden Abraham, Riley Bennett, Adrian Geller, Canyon Gonzales, Seth Horton, Andy Beavers, Ashton Brewer, Kaden Salas, Jack Pool, Josh Hine, Patrick McConahay, Daniel Rasmussen, Georgan Weimer and Jay Swaney.

Freshman players are Gavin Bleak, Kaleb Brown, Brent Childers, Toran Graham, Jacob Heib, Guadalupe Hernandez, Karson Lamb, Easton Moore, Wyatt Peterson, Ben Reynolds, Keaton Rowton, Lane Shramek, Sheldon Shoopman, Reed Smith, Eli Swaney, Hawkin Sweeney, Caleb Tyra, Lanson Wasilewski and Eli Weimer.

For the Riverton game tonight, Papich said that he knows “Riverton is a very good squad.”

“They are coached by Pat Patterson and he really understands the game and so it’s going to be a lot of fun playing against Riverton,” Papich said.

For the regular season, there is a total of eight games – four played away and four played at home.

The away games will be against Worland next Friday, August 31st, Douglas on September 14th, Evanston on September 21st and Green River on October 12th.

Home games will be against Lander on September 7th, Star Valley on September 28th, Cody on October 5th and Jackson on October 19th.

The first playoff game is on October 26th and the 3A State Championship will be in Laramie at War Memorial Stadium on November 9th.

“We’re constantly building and just trying to get better every day,” said Papich. “We just have to stay focused in what we’re doing each day.”

 

To see the 2018 Varsity Football Schedule please click here

To see the 2018 Junior Varsity Football Schedule please click here

To see the 2018 Freshman Football Schedule please click here

 

Lady Panther Volleyball to hit season on the road

By Breanne Thiel

The Powell High School Volleyball team will hit the 2018 season on the road playing in three invitationals/tournaments and two away games before making their debut at home against in Worland on September 15.

The first invitational is this weekend in Riverton, where last season, the Lady Panthers were the champions. Then on Tuesday, August 28, the team will travel to play Thermopolis at 6 p.m. and the team will end the month’s competition in Cody at the MT/WY Border War the 31st of August and 1st of September.

September 7th and 8th will be the Rawlins Invitational followed by traveling to Lander on Friday, September 14.

“Last season we started out strong winning the Riverton tournament and beating Rawlins in one set during the pool play tournament they hosted,” said head coach Randi Bonander. “This was a huge confidence builder for our team. After some tough losses to Billings Senior and Riverton we couldn’t quite recover our confidence.”

Coach Bonander also said that last season had some mid-season challenges where the “younger girls stepped up and embraced their opportunity.”

A total of 40 girls tried out for volleyball and 31 made the team.

“Out of the 20 upperclassmen, we have 18 returning which will definitely keep improving our program,” said coach Bonander. 

The other 11 are freshman.

This year the Lady Panthers will have a total of nine seniors – seven of which have been playing together since seventh grade, eight are returning and the ninth is a new student.

The senior squad includes Jasmyne Lensegrav, Aubrie Stenerson, Natalie Ostermiller, Ashtyn Heny, Jazlyn Haney, Hartly Thornington, Rachel Bonander, Devon Curtis and Beck McConahay.

Coach Bonander said the team’s “senior leaders from last year will be Hartly Thorington, Aubrie Stenerson, Rachel Bonander, Natalie Ostermiller, and Jazlyn Haney all of which played all season along with Ashtyn Heny, Devon Curtis, Jasmyne Lensegrav getting some playing time towards the middle and end of the season. And our new team member Becky McConahay brings a variety of front row skills to our team, which will just make us that much more consistent.”

Also joining the varsity squad will be junior Gabi Metzler – who will also play JV.

“We will rely on junior Gabi Metzler to not only lead the JV team setting, but also be the second setter for our varsity team,” said coach Bonander.

The junior varsity team is comprised of five juniors and five sophomores.

Juniors are Michele Wagner, Gabby Harshman, Kady Wells, Sabrina Shoopman and Metzler.

Sophomores include, Mattie Larsen, Rose Graft, Madi Fields, Elsie Spomer, Payton Asher and Paije Johnson.

Coach Bonader said that “the great thing about the younger girls on JV is they are so coachable and willing to improve for the betterment of the team as a whole. JV coach Tasha Miller will be grooming the juniors and sophomores for next year due to the fact we will lose nine seniors.”

The eleven freshman are Ashleyn Shorb, Taylor Paul, Payton Wells, Jenna Hillman, Abigail Urbach, Maddie Argento, Emerson Wormald, Beth Brazelton, Sarah Dunkerley, Megan Good and Abby Bradleyl.

“Our new freshman coach Mackenzie Graft is really in tune with helping build the program by concentrating on skills and consistency vs. winning, along with growing the freshman into multi-skill volleyball players for the future,” coach Bonander said. “I have no doubt the winning will come with the freshman as they build their skills throughout the season.”

Coach Bonander said that this season’s motto is Attitude of Gratitude.

“My coaching philosophy is that I am a lifelong learner, and every year I am reading and attending coaches clinics to improve my abilities,” said coach Bonander adding that “all the best coaches do this, they are never satisfied with a championship because there is always something that can be improved.”

Coach Bonander continued with saying that she also believes “in focusing on the controllables, I can’t control what other teams do, but I can make sure that every practice we are working to improve all parts of our game. If we do that all season long with an Attitude of Gratitude, we will be successful as a team, program, and in life.”

The 3A West Regional Volleyball Tournament will take place in Mountain View on October 26 and October 27.

The 3A State Volleyball Championships will be in Casper November 1st through the 3rd.

 

To see a copy of the 2018 varsity schedule please click here

To see a copy of the 2018 junior varsity schedule please click here

To see a copy of the 2018 freshman schedule please click here

 

PHS golfers reach midway point in season

By Breanne Thiel

The Powell High School golf season is only a total of six weeks from the first invitational to the state championships and the golf teams have reached their midway point in the season having competed at the Worland Invitational on Friday, August 17th and Saturday, August 18th.

The Panthers finished fifth as a team shooting 367 on Friday and 390 on Saturday and both of the Lady Panthers showed great improvement from a week ago.

On the boys’ side, Worland won the invite shooting 314 on Friday and 309 on Saturday and Karsten Simmons of Worland placed first shooting 72 on Friday and 71 on Saturday.

For the girls’ side, Thunder Basin won as a team shooting 267 on Friday and 262 on Saturday. Individually, Caleigh Essert of Torrington placed first shooting 71 on Friday and 79 on Saturday.

Panthers

The Panthers finished fifth out of the 12 teams who competed – Worland, Thermopolis, Sheridan, Thunder Basin, Buffalo, Torrington, Rawlins, Cody, Riverton, Lovell, Kemmerer and Powell.

“We shot a solid 367 on Friday but slipped to a 390 on Saturday,” said head coach Troy Hildebrand who also added that Crandell Sanders did not compete this weekend because he had a family commitment.

Rob Sessions, a senior, shot 85 on Friday and 89 on Saturday- scores that placed him just outside of the top this week as he took 13th place out of the 71 competitors.

“It was nice to see him keep his round in the 80’s on Saturday when he had a few struggles,” Hildebrand said of Sessions. “He needs to keep working on his short game and just cleaning up some things around the greens to get down to the low 80’s or upper 70’s.”

Fellow senior Bennett Walker shot 83 on Friday and 94 on Saturday.

“[Walker] had a very steady first day and really did a lot of things well,” said Hildebrand. “Saturday he had some ups and downs but overall he is playing pretty well at this point in our season.”.

George Higgins, a sophomore, shot 95 on Friday and 97 on Saturday.

Of Higgins, Hildebrand said that he had “the least experience of any of our players on the Worland course and he did a nice job of working his way around each day. He is doing a lot of things well right now and I know his best golf this season is ahead of him.”

Junior Kason Cannon shot 104 on Friday and 110 on Saturday.

“[Cannon] continued his steady play this fall with these two rounds,” Hildebrand said. “He has some areas that need work still but he has done a good job of hanging in there each round and posting his best score for us.”

Yogi Sullivan, a sophomore, shot 114 on Friday and 124 on Saturday.

Hildebrand said that Sullivan “is not scoring as well as he is swinging the club right now. He has a lot of positive potential in his game and we just need to work over the next three weeks to get the best out of him.”

Lady Panthers

On the girls’ side of the competition, a total of nine teams competed – Thunder Basin, Torrington, Sheridan, Riverton, Worland, Cody, Thermopolis, Buffalo and Powell. Out of those nine teams, four schools including Powell did not have a team score as at least three golfers are needed.

Like Sanders, Bailey Kennedy had a family commitment over the weekend.

Mycah Wainscott, a junior, shot 100 on both days to finish 13th overall out of the 29 total golfers.

“[Wainscott] played better this week in Worland and she is right on the cusp of really breaking through,” said Hildebrand adding that “she hit the ball better this week and without a few short game slip-ups she would have been under 100 both days. [Wainscott] just missed a top ten finish and I expect her to be there in the next couple weeks.”

Cat Wilson, a junior, shot 122 on Friday and 129 on Saturday.

Hildebrand said that Wilson “had very little experience in Worland and she did a great job of working her way around a new course. She is getting more confident each round and is hitting more and more good shots. She has great desire to keep improving which will pay dividends for her in the future.”

Next up for the golf teams is to travel to compete at the Lander Invite today (August 20th) and tomorrow (August 21st) where seven teams will compete.

“This is a great opportunity for our kids to get in one more tournament because in the past few years we haven’t been able to compete the week we start school,” said Hildebrand. “We’ll head to Buffalo on Thursday the 30th and Friday the 31st after we have a solid week and a half of practice following Lander.”

Buffalo is the last invitational before the conference tournament on September 6th and 7th.