STATCHAT: A WINNING WEEK

PHS athletics endures a great week for spring sports

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A week full of victories recently occurred for Powell High School athletics. Every Panther team picked up at least one win, some having more than one. As the spring sports seasons wind down, the Panthers show promise going into the Regional and State Championships. 

Coming off of a State Championship season, the Lady Panther track team has not skipped a beat. The girls took the top spot in not just one meet, but two. In the Cody and Thermopolis Invitationals, the Lady Panthers had a total of nine first place finishes, some events being a combined effort.

“It was great to take [wins in] both of those meets,” junior Anna Bartholomew said. “Going into Regionals we have a lot of confidence, and everyone is peaking at the right time.” 

Continuing the winning streak, the Panther boys also won the Thermopolis Invitational. The boys took a commanding first place finish as a team while taking five individual first place spots. Runner up, Big Piney, trailed the Panthers by 43 points.

“The Thermopolis meet was good for me,” senior Eli Weimer said. “I had been struggling in the past couple weeks. I fixed a couple tactical things in my form and they have been really showing results.” 

The Thermopolis meet was good for me. I had been struggling in the past couple weeks. I fixed a couple tactical things in my form and they have been really showing results.”

— Eli Weimer

Switching from the track to the field, both soccer teams found success. The boys are looking to keep improving as they head toward the State Tournament while the girls will conclude their season with a game against Worland May 12. 

The Panther soccer team sharpened up their skills this week. The boys beat both Lyman and Mountain View by a combined 26 goals, and only allowed one goal against them. The Panthers scored the first points of the game within the first two minutes of the contest. 

“We knew going into the games that they would be a good opportunity to put the final touches on our game,” sophomore Chance Franks said. “Heading into Worland, we feel we can come out on top.”

Last month the Lady Panthers lost both of their contests against Lyman and Mountain View, but their latest meeting was a different story. Continuing a season of improvement, the girls came out of the week with a tie against Lyman and a 1-0 win over the Lady Buffalo. 

“Both of our games this week were really good for us as a team,” sophomore Aubree Fisher said. “It was great for the seniors to get that last win on our home field.” 

As the State and Regional Competitions roll in, the Panthers are looking to continue their win streak.