STATCHAT: THE LAST HURRAH

A look at the last football and volleyball games for this fall season

Shelby Fagan

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October 25, 2021
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The Powell Panthers and the Douglas Bearcats lineup after the 1st quarter.

With two PHS teams’ seasons effectively over, Halloween weekend didn’t quite turn out the way PHS coaches had expected. 

To wrap up the weekend, the games didn’t quite turn out the way Powell High School coaches thought they would. 

The Panther football team traveled to Douglas to face off against the Bearcats once again for the quarter-final round of the 2021 3A Playoffs on Oct. 29.

The first quarter of the game went on to be scoreless. As the second quarter rolled around, Douglas scored two touchdowns, while senior Hawkin Sweeny scored a 20 yard field goal to cut the gap 14-3. 

“I figured this was the start of our win,” senior Hawkin Sweeny said. “This is where we would show [Douglas] up.”

To start off the second half, the team didn’t see very much action. But the Panthers were holding onto a strategy in mind. 

I felt this season was definitely not wasted. Not typically the senior year I was expecting, but every moment with the boys counts.”

— Toran Graham

In the fourth quarter, sophomore Jhett Schwahn threw a touchdown pass to senior Reed Smith to trail behind Douglas 14-10 and to conclude the game. 

“I felt this season was definitely not wasted,” senior Toran Graham said. “Not typically the senior year I was expecting, but every moment with the boys counts.” 

The Panthers finished with an overall record of 6-4. However, it will be Douglas that will advance to play Jackson in the semi-finals. 

Lady Panther volleyball made their way to the 3A West Regional tournament Oct 29. The Mountain View Buffalo girls were their first challenge of the event. 

 The Lady Panthers came out flat and lost their first match in three sets.

“I didn’t think we were finished,” sophomore Kenzie Ratcliff said. “We had a couple of bad sets but we knew we were just getting started.” 

Oct. 30 the girls took the court against the Kemmerer Rangers. They eliminated their opponent in three sets to keep their heads above water. 

Unfortunately the Lady Panthers were taken out later that day by Pinedale in three sets, putting an end to the 2021 Panther volleyball season.

“This season was very different from last year,” junior Anna Bartholomew said. “With new coaches and new girls on the team below us, it felt like we were starting to finally get each other.”

The girls concluded their season with a 11-19 overall record, and a 2-4 quadrant record.

The Lady Panther swimmers are the final PHS fall sport team remaining. They will compete for a State Championship Nov. 4-5.

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