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Panther Mountain wins racePanther Mountain, a 3-year-old quarter horse owned by Guy Weimer of Park City, won his race during the Los Alamitos Winter Derby Trials Saturday night at the Southern California racetrack.

The colt now advances to the $200,000 Los Alamitos Winter Derby, scheduled for Feb. 23.

On Saturday night, Panther Mountain covered the 400 yards in a time of 20.010 seconds. He posted the second-fastest winning time of the four heats. Babe Watcher clocked in at 19.990 seconds.

Panther Mountain paid $4.60, $2.60, $2.20. He was ridden by Eddie Aceves and trained by Charles S. Treece.Simplot Games set for PocatelloPOCATELLO, Idaho – As the Winter Olympics are contested in Salt Lake City, future Olympic hopefuls will come less than 150 miles north to Pocatello, Idaho, for the 2002 Simplot Games.

The Simplot Games are Thursday through Saturday inside Idaho State University’s Holt Arena. More than 2,000 high school athletes, from over 20 states and Canadian provinces are expected at this year’s games.

Among those athletes competing on the Holt Arena track will be some of Montana’s top high school athletes, including Sterling Small, Busby, state champion in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, and Kelsey Kirkpatrick, Ryegate, state triple-jump champion.Jamestown signs 2 local playersJAMESTOWN, N.D. – Jamestown College football coach Curt Skotnicki has announced the signing of Billings athletes Kevin Cremer and Craig Paulson.

Paulson is a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker/punter from Billings Senior. He was an honorable mention all-conference selection as a senior and will play in the East-West Shrine Game in July.

Cremer is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Billings West.Wyoming edges Colorado StateFORT COLLINS, Colo. – Donta Richardson scored eight of his 27 points in overtime and Marcus Bailey added 13 points as Wyoming survived a scare from Colorado State 72-69 Saturday night.

Richardson was 6-for-6 on free throws and had an off-balance jump shot in overtime that gave Wyoming (16-5, 7-1 Mountain West Conference) the lead for good. Bailey had the other four points in the extra period for the Cowboys, who have won six of seven.

Matt Nelson had 16 points and six rebounds for CSU (9-13, 1-7). Andy Birley had 15 points and Ronnie Clark had 14 as Colorado State lost to Wyoming for the fifth straight time.

Richardson converted two free throws with 14 seconds left in regulation to put Wyoming ahead 59-55. After Jon Rakiecki’s 3-pointer for CSU, Wyoming’s Jason Straight hit one of two free throws to make it 60-58. Nelson then hit an uncontested layup at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.

Wyoming led 15-8 eight minutes into the game after Richardson hit three 3-pointers, but Colorado State caught the Cowboys at 26-26 on Brian Greene’s baseline jumper with 3:21 left.

Wyoming led 32-30 at the half.

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