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Powell has named former Riverton assistant football coach Aaron Papich as the program’s new head coach, Powell activities director Tim Wormald confirmed to the Star-Tribune on Wednesday.

“Aaron brings a good football background into this position,” Wormald said in an email. “Aaron has a solid vision for where he wants our football program to go and I look forward to working with him.”

Papich most recently spent time as a Wolverines assistant for two seasons after spending one year as head coach at Burlington. Due to lack of participation numbers the Huskies were forced to forfeit seven of their eight games in Class 1A/11-man. Burlington dropped to 6-man the following season.

Papich, a native of Great Falls, Montana, was an All-Big Sky Conference defensive tackle and team captain at Montana State. He has spent the past nine years coaching football in some capacity.

Papich takes over as new Panthers head coach following Chanler Buck’s resignation last month. The Panthers went 18-22 in Buck’s four seasons, including a runner-up finish to Star Valley in the 2016 state championship game.

This is the second head football coach Powell has had since the passing of former coach Jim Stringer. The Panthers had won three straight state championships when Stringer died of a heart attack in July 2014, just a month before the 2014 football season.

Powell opens its 2018 season Aug. 31 at Worland.

Follow sports reporter Brady Oltmans on Twitter @BradyOltmans

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High School Sports Reporter

Brady Oltmans reports on high school and local sports. He joined the Star-Tribune in July 2016 after covering prep sports and college soccer in Nebraska. He also contributes to University of Wyoming sports coverage. He and his dog live in Casper.

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