Powell Middle School Results from Rocky Mountain Invite

By Breanne Thiel

On Monday, September 17th the Powell Middle School cross country teams competed in the Rocky Mountain Invitational where the Panther Cub team tied with Cody for first with 22 points and the Lady Panther Cub team took third with 44.

The Panther Cub team had four runners place in the top ten. Chance Franks took third with a time of 12:48, Gunnar Erickson placed fourth posting a time of 12:50, Daniel Merritt finished seventh having a time of 13:21 and Simon Shoopman finished the race in 13:23 for eighth place.

Two runners placed in the top ten for the Lady Panther Cub team. Kenzie Blajszczak finished fourth with a time of 15:09 and Meaghan McKeen finished 10th posting a time of 15:46.

Panther Cub Results

3. Chance Franks 12:48, 4. Gunnar Erickson 12:50, 7. Daniel Merritt 13:21, 8. Simon Shoopman 13:23, 13. Parker Williams 14:02, 17. Marshall Lewis 14:23, 18. Stuart Shoopman 14:36, 22. Isiah Woyak 15:03, 25. Evan Staidle 15:19, 26. Hyrum Jeide 15:19, 31. Cade Queen 15:43, 32. Terry Durham 15:44, 38. Gabe Rose 16:40, 42. Kenneth Bettger 17:36, 47. Jacob Cameron 18:50, 48. Daniel Franck 18:56, 52. Asher Aguirre 22:58, 54. Dyllun Spomer 23:39, 55. Cole Young 23:51, 58. Yared Robirds 24:41

Lady Panther Cub Results

10. Meaghan McKeen 15:46, 21. Kiyoko Hayano 17:53, 22. Kinsley Braten 18:12, 24. Stacy Reulas-Hertz 19:20, 31. Josie Griffin 20:65, 32. Emma Brence 20:56, 33. Charlee Brence 21:08

JV Volleyball Place Second in Gold Bracket at Rawlins Invite

By Breanne Thiel

The Powell High School junior varsity volleyball competed at the Rawlins Invitational where they advanced to the championship match of the gold bracket on Friday, September 7th and Saturday, September 8th.

“I was really proud on the improvements of our team,” said junior varsity coach Tasha Miller. “It was great to see the little things that each girl has been working on individually and how it came together for the whole team.”

The Lady Panthers played a total of three games on Friday with the first opponent being Newcastle.

“We had a rough start in the first set against them, having a lot of errors all around, but still managed to pull off the win,” said Miller adding that is “always hard getting off the bus and getting ready to play after a long drive. Heading into the second set the girls were able to pull it together and we had a lot less errors!”

Powell beat Newcastle in two sets, 21-19 and 21-12.

The second opponent was Lyman.

“Lyman is a great team so I was excited to play a very competitive match,” Miller said. “My girls played great we just couldn’t quite pull off the win, but I was very proud at how well they played.”

Lyman won in two sets 20-21 and 17-21.

Friday’s last match of the day was against Wheatland and Powell won 21-13 and 21-11.

“We had very little errors so it made the match go quick,” said Miller.

Friday’s tournament record determined which bracket the teams would play in on Saturday and Powell’s 2-1 record placed them in the Gold Bracket.

The first game of the Gold Bracket was against Mountain View which went to three sets.

Powell won the first match 21-12, lost the second 21-17 and came back in the third to win 15-10.

The win over Mountain View placed the Lady Panthers against Lander

“We struggled in the first set to get things going,” Miller said of the 21-19 loss in the first set.. “Then we were able to pull it together and play our game.”

The Lady Panthers won the next two sets 21-10 and 15-8 to win the game.

The win over the Lady Tigers placed the Lady Panthers in the championship game against Lyman.

“I knew it was going to be a battle,” said Miller. “I was so proud of how well the girls had played against them the day before and thought since this was the championship game and we knew what to expect, it would be a great match. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out ready to play and handed them the game.”

Powell lost to Lyman in two sets, 21-7 and 21-14.

For the tournament as a whole, Miller said that overall she “was proud of the improvements we made!”

Rose Graft led the weekend in kills with 20, Mattie Larsen followed with 19, both Sabrina Shoopman and Gabby Harshman had 12 and Paije Johnson had 11.

Graft also led in blocks with seven solos, followed by Shoopman with six solos and Harshman with five solos.

Madi Fields led the team with eight ace serves for the weekend, followed by Harshman with six and Paije Johnson with five.

Miller said the back row “had some great passes and digs over the weekend.  Michele Wagner, who was my setter last year, has stepped into my libero spot and has done a phenomenal job for our team. I’m excited to see us continue to grow and improve over the season!”

PHS Golf Season Concludes in Riverton: Wainscott Earns All-State Honors

By Breanne Thiel

The Powell High School golf teams completed their 2018 season in Riverton at the 3A State Championships on Friday, September 14th and Saturday, September 15th.

“We wrapped up our season in Riverton with two great days on a very challenging course,” said head coach Troy Hildebrand. “The greens in Riverton were very tough and caused many problems for the entire field.”

The Panthers finished seventh as a team and the Lady Panthers placed ninth as a team with junior Mycah Wainscott earning All-State honors with her ninth-place finish.

“[Wainscott] really showed great poise and tenacity as she hung on through her final nine holes to earn her first All-State award with a tie for ninth. She made two or three putts over that stretch that really tested her nerve and showed a ton of guts on her part,” said Hildebrand.

Lady Panthers

“I was very pleased with the growth and improvement of these three girls over the season,” Hildebrand said. “They are all three juniors and I am very excited about getting them back again next Fall. All three of them left the state tournament with good memories and confidence to come back next year ready to battle for a top-five finish.”

Wainscot shot 97 on Friday and 101 on Saturday.

“Mycah played excellent on the back nine both days posting 45 each round,” said Hildebrand who added that “the front nine in Riverton is tougher and that [was] her final nine of the tournament.”

Hildebrand also said that Wainscott “knew that she was right in the hunt for all-state honors and she stepped up to that challenge and achieved that goal. I was very proud of how she handled that pressure. That will be great for her to fall back on in the future. She has worked hard on her game and is always open to suggestions and help and all of that has made her a very good player. It will be fun to see the level that she gets to next fall.”

Cat Wilson shot 124 on Friday and 119 on Saturday. \

“This was [Wilson’s] first state tournament and she stepped up and played well,” said Hildebrand. “[Wilson] does a ton of things very well, it is just about consistency for her to get to the next level. She is truly committed to improving and I expect a big jump in her game next fall. She has a great attitude and has been a real pleasure to work with.”

Bailey Kennedy shot 164 on Friday and 154 on Saturday.

“[Kennedy] continued to battle through a wrist injury for us and showed some real grit cutting 10 shots off of her day one score. She has improved a great deal over the past year and if she can come back healthy and get in some more time on the course next summer she will make a great leap by next fall.”

Torrington won the state championship on the girls’ side shooting 268 on Friday and 265 on Saturday. Caleigh Essert of Torrington won the individual title who shot a 73 on both days.


The Panther golf team finished seventh out of the 14 teams competing.

“In all honesty, this was a bit of a disappointing finish for this group,” Hildebrand said. “I was very optimistic about this team and truly thought we would be a top-five team. We played near our potential in Star Valley with our third-place showing and heading to Riverton it seemed like we could shoot around 355 on that course which would have put us right in the battle for fourth or fifth place.”

The Panthers shot 374 on Friday and a 365 on Saturday.

“We struggled with the greens both days and it just didn’t seem like we were as sharp as we were the week before. Sometimes in golf things just don’t come together and that kind of summed up our weekend,” said Hildebrand.

Crandell Sanders shot 89 on Friday and 91 on Saturday.

“[Sanders] had some real bright spots in the tournament but both rounds wound up having a few too many tough holes along the way that put him about 5-8 shots over what he has been shooting this season,” said Hildebrand. “He has worked hard on his game for three years and with just his senior season remaining I expect him to continue that effort and come back next fall as a real leader for us.”

Rob Sessions shot 90 on Friday and 95 on Saturday.

“This was [Sessions’] fourth consecutive state tournament and he has improved each year,” the coach said. “His growth over the four years has been incredible and he will certainly be missed. Rob was 25th after the first day and got off to a strong start but ran into a bad stretch in the middle of Saturday’s round that kind of took all of his momentum away. It would have been a great culmination of his career if [Sessions] could have put together a top ten run but he has a lot to be proud of in his four years.”

George Higgins shot 97 on Friday 89 on Saturday.

“This was [Higgins’] first state event and he showed what he was capable of with Saturday’s 89,” said Hildebrand. “Once again, [Higgins] played to his strengths and kept the ball in play both days. He had a few more tough holes Friday than he usually does but he hung in there and with the progress he has made in the last 12 months I can’t wait to see where he is next fall. [Higgins] will definitely be taking on a bigger leadership role for us moving forward.

Bennett Walker shot 98 on Friday and 90 on Saturday.

“This was [Walker’s] final state tournament as a Panther as well and I was very proud of how he came back Saturday from a tough Friday to post a solid final round,” Hildebrand said. “[Walker] joined us as a sophomore and has had many highlights over the past three years. He has become a very solid player and we’ll miss him moving forward.”

Kason Cannon shot 125 on Friday and 117 on Saturday.

“[Cannon] just came on board with us a year and a half ago and he has made great strides,” said Hildebrand. “This was his first state tournament and he handled the pressure pretty well over the two days. For [Cannon] the most important piece is more experience. If he can get on the course next summer I expect to see a tremendous jump in his performance. He has already come a long ways and I was pleased that he was able to get this experience.”

For team finishes, Lander shooting a 316 on Friday and 313 on Saturday held off Worland who shot 323 on Friday and 316 on Saturday to win a second consecutive title paced by three all-state players.

Defending champion Jaren Calkins shot 72 on Friday and 73 on Saturday but was edged by Worland freshman Karsten Simmons who shot 74 on Friday and 69 on Saturday (-1) to win the individual title this year.

“That was an exciting battle between two great players,” Hildebrand said of Calkins and Simmons. “With [Calkins] a sophomore and [Simmons] a freshman it will be fun to watch these two continue to battle over the next couple years and see if anyone else can join that elite level.”  

With the season now complete, Hildebrand said he “would like to thank our golf course and new pro Mike Propp for the tremendous support that they give to our program. Mike took the time last week to come down and work with a couple of our players, including [Wainscott] as we prepared for state and I know that it paid dividends in Riverton.”

For the future, Hildebrand said, “We have a couple of valuable seniors to replace in [Sessions] and [Walker] but we had solid numbers this fall and I know there are some younger players that are excited to get their opportunity for us.”


Ten, Eight, Six and Seven: Lady Panther Swimmers Reach Midpoint in Season

By Breanne Thiel

The Powell High School Lady Panther swim team has Ten swimmers with top 3A state ranking times across the Eight individual events having competed in Six events this season. The Lady Panthers have Seven more competitions to compete in before the 3A West Conference Championships in Lander on October 19th and 20th.

Senior Caitlyn Miner currently has the fastest time in the state in the 100 freestyle with a time of 56.05. Hannah Gross is second in the state with a time of 56.35.

Miner is also sitting in second place in the 200 IM with a time of. She is in fourth place in both the 100 breaststroke having a time of 1:14.11 and the 100 butterfly with a time of of 1:06.06, is fifth in diving with a score of 179.40, is in eighth place in the 500 freestyle posting a time of 6:03.09, ninth in the 100 backstroke having a time of 1:08.01 and is in 11th in the 50 freestyle posting a time of 26.68.

Katrina Twitchell, a senior, is tied with Maddi Johnson of Buffalo in the 50 freestyle for having the 23rd fastest time in the state with a time of 27.88. She is also tied in 18th place in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:02.13 with Tayleigh Hopkin of Cody.

Junior Sidney O’Brien is tied with McKenzie Lilygren of Lander with the 30th fastest time in the state in the 50 freestyle with a time of 28.20.

O’Brien is also sitting in 16th place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:10.40 and is 39th in the 100 freestyle posting a time of 1:03.73.

Anna Fuller, a junior, is ranked 13th in both the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:12.22 and in the 100 breaststroke having a time of 1:19.35. Fuller is also sitting in 23rd place with a time of 2:40.91.

Junior Ashlyn Aguirre is sitting in 15th place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:12.98 and is in 26th place in the 100 backstroke posting a time of 1:12.48.

Sophomore Madison Lowery is sitting in 19th place in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.46.

Addison Moretti, a sophomore, has the ninth fastest time in the state in the 200 freestyle posting a time of 2:15.03, is 11th in the 500 freestyle having a time of 6:08.47, is 16th in the 200 IM with a time of 2:36.71 and has the 17th fastest time in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly with a times of 1:02.05, 1:10.87 and 1:13.41 respectively.

Sophomore Elizabeth Liggett is sitting in ninth place in the 500 freestyle having a time of 6:07.59, is 16th in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:17.57 and is 17th in the 200 IM posting a time of 2:37.29.

Emma Karhu, a sophomore, is sitting in third place in diving with a score of 193.45.

Sophomore Maddi Hackenberg is seventh in diving having a score of 164.90.

These individual top times and scores are for the competitions through September 17th.


Lady Panthers Out Swim Lady Warriors

By Breanne Thiel

On Thursday, September 13th the Lady Panther swim team hosted a dual against Worland where Powell won 104-82.

At the dual the Lady Panthers had first place finishes by Addison Moretti in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:15.19, Caitlyn Miner in the 100 butterfly posting a time of 1:06.06, Elizabeth Liggett in the 500 yard freestyle in 6:07.59, the 200 yard freestyle relay team comprised of Katrina Twitchell, Moretti, Miner and Emma Karhu.

Liggett had large improvements in her 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle state qualifying times. In the 200 freestyle, Liggett took 20 seconds off with her third place finish in 2:17.57 and improved by 14 seconds in the 500 freestyle.

Sophomore Moretti qualified for state in the 100 freestyle with her second place finish in 1:02.05.

Junior Sidney O’Brien took one second off her previously state qualified time in the 100 backstroke in her second place finish with a time of 1:10.40.

Junior Anna Fuller qualified in state in the 500 freestyle with her second place finish in 6:12.22.

Sophomore Maddi Hackenberg improved upon her state qualifying diving score 6.45 points with her fourth place finish posting a score of 164.90.

Next up for the Lady Panther swim team is to compete at the Worland Invitational on Saturday, September 22nd.

Results from Worland Dual

200 Yard Medley Relay

2. Sidney O’Brien, Caitlyn Miner, Ashlyn Aguirre and Madison Lowery 2:04.70, 3. Kylie Kahl, Anna Fuller, Rachel Kuntz and Delainey Rayment 2:19.52

200 Yard Freestyle

1. Addison Moretti 2:15.19, 3. Elizabeth Liggett 2:17.57, 4. Katrina Twitchell 2:24.13

200 Yard IM

2. Ashlyn Aguirre 2:47.15, 3. Lauren Lejeune 2:57.19, 4. Dakota Hansen 3:11.88

50 Yard Freestyle

2. Sidney O’Brien 28.38, 4. Delainey Rayment 31.18, 6. KayCee Twitchell 37.94, 8. Hannah Hawley 47.63


2. Emma Karhu 184.70, 3. Caitlyn Miner 178.70, 4. Maddi Hackenberg 164.90, 5. Delainey Rayment 109, 6. Kylie Kahl 101.80, 7. Taycee Walker 95.25

100 Yard Butterfly

1. Caitlyn Miner 1:06.06, 3. Grace Harder 1:24.41

100 Yard Freestyle

2. Addison Moretti 1:02.05, 3. Katrina Twitchell 1:02.13, 6. Ashlyn Aguirre 1:09.82, 8. Maddi Hackenberg 1:15.07, 9. Natalie Dillivan 1:27.43, 10. Juanita Martinez 1:37.94

500 Yard Freestyle

1. Elizabeth Liggett 6:07.59, 2. Anna Fuller 6:12.22, 4. Dakota Hansen 7:22.40

200 Yard Freestyle Relay

1. Katrina Twitchell, Addison Moretti, Caitlyn Miner and Emma Karhu 1:53.39, 3. Delainey Rayment, Halter Lily, Lauren Lejeune and Elizabeth Liggett 2:04.01, 5. Taycee Walker, Maddi Hackenberg, Juanita Martinez and Hannah Hawley 2:41.19

100 Yard Backstroke

2. Sidney O’Brien 1:10.40, 3. Madison Lowery 1:15.93, 5. Kylie Kahl 1:21.52, 8. Katrina Twitchell 1:31.07, 9. Natalie Dillivan 1:38.55, 10. Hannah Hawley 2:14.37

100 Yard Breaststroke

2. Anna Fuller 1:21.12, 3. Rachel Kuntz 1:25.83, 5. Grace Harder 1:33.97, 6. Emma Karhu 1:35.37, 8. Colette Sanders 1:41.77

400 Yard Freestyle Relay

2. Katrina Twitchell, Addison Moretti, Elizabeth Liggett and Sidney O’Brien 4:12.00, 3. Ashlyn Aguirre, Lauren Lejeune, Madison Lowery and Anna Fuller 4:38.75, 4. Dakota Hansen, Lily Halter, Maddi Hackenberg and Taycee Walker 5:14.48