The Panthers show steady improvement as the winter season comes to a close

Nathan Feller

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May 2, 2023

PHS junior, Zach Ratcliff squares off against a Lander defender

This week featured much more success in the sports world of PHS. The Panthers dealt with a busy schedule on the court, the mat and the pool. 

The Panther swimmers dominated with an impressive undefeated week. PHS started the week right on Jan. 19 with a 101-point victory against the Worland Warriors’ 68 and the Cody Broncs’ 52. The Panther swimmers turned right around on Jan. 22 and beat both teams again in Cody’s pool. They held off the Warriors 69 points and the Broncs 36 points with 79 points of their own. And on Jan. 23 the Panthers put up 404 points in Riverton, burying Riverton’s 295 and Douglas’ 206.

Unfortunately, the boys’ basketball team was unable to replicate the success in the pool. The Panthers lost on Jan. 22 to Worland 86-59. But redemption came the very next day when Powell faced off against Lander and left the court with a 65-57 victory.

 “We played well [in both games], but we just had a little trouble finishing in the second half of the Worland game,” boys basketball head coach, Mr. Mike Heny said. “Obviously we need to cut down on our turn overs and clean up as we’re moving forward.”

Coach Heny pointed out senior, Mason Marchant who put up an impressive 29 points in his own name against the Lander Tigers. 

The Lady Panther basketball team had a hard time getting on top this week. The girls fell to Worland 43-31 on Jan. 22. And the weekend did not improve for the Lady Panthers the next day, falling to Lander 44-34.

On the other hand, the PHS wrestling team exhibited their improvements in Worland on Jan. 21 and in Lander on Jan. 22-23. The wrestlers won two matches out of three in both of the invitationals defeating Lovell, Cody, Mountain View and Rawlins.

“Our guys and gals are improving and moving in the right direction,” head wrestling coach, Mr. Nick Fulton said. “We still have three weeks until regionals, so we need to continue to tighten the bolts a bit to put as many athletes at the state tournament as possible.

I am confident we will be ready to go when it counts in February.

— Coach Nick Fulton