STAT CHAT: THE HARD WORK PAYS OFF

PHS boys’ swimming, wrestling succeed in their respective post seasons

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Nathan Feller

PHS senior Mason Marchant drives through a Worland defender to the basket Feb. 13.

Week 10 yielded more or less the same results across the board for the Panthers as the winter season continues to wind down.

The Panther swimmers took second at the conference meet on Feb. 6, putting up 150 points. Unfortunately, neither Powell nor Riverton could compete with Lander who scored 352 points in the meet. Three days later, the boys took second again at Cody’s Last Chance meet. Powell fell to Cody 74-64 all while leaving Worland behind with 30.

Overall we were very pleased with their performance,” head coach Stephanie Warren said. “Conference was very unusual and we were missing many individuals at that meet, but they still swam well.”

Panther wrestling continues to improve. The wrestlers won out at the Cody Triangular on Feb. 9, beating Lovell 56-24 and Cody 46-33. And on Feb. 19 the Panther wrestlers took the 3A Northwest Regional title. 

Our guys wrestled extremely well,” head coach Nick Fulton said. ”And we placed ourselves in favorable positions for this weekend.  We qualified 16 individuals for the state tournament.  Seven of those were regional finalists and will be seeded in the bracket at state. We had four regional champs, and won the tournament.

Overall we were very pleased with their performance.”

— Coach Stephanie Warren

The regional champs include Nate Balderas, Logan Werner, Riley Bennett and Seth Horton. The wrestlers head to Casper Feb. 26 to compete for the state title.

On the court, the boys’ basketball team continues to dominate. The Panthers defeated Thermopolis 72-54 Feb. 12 bumping their record up to 12-3. The following night, the Panthers took on the first seed Worland Warriors and sent them home with a disappointing 64-53 loss. While the Panthers still trail behind the Warriors in the standings, the boys are in a good position going into regionals with a 13-3 record and the second seed in class 3A basketball. The boys have one more week to prepare for regionals which will take place March 3-6.

The Lady Panthers are showing some considerable improvement late in the season. The girls traveled to Thermopolis Feb. 12 and stood strong throughout the shootout; the game ended with a 63-58 win for the Lady Panthers. However, the next night the girls couldn’t keep up with Worland, falling 51-24. But the girls would bounce back and pick up another win against Lyman scoring 66 to their 58. Unfortunately, the girls sit at the bottom of the Northwest conference with a record of 5-11; the odds are not with the Lady Panthers going into regionals, but there is always the possibility of a comeback story.

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