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Sports from the week of December 6, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Girls dominate in opener

The Panther girls' basketball team got their season off on a winning note with an impressive 65-27 win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Tracy Friday night.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton used their aggressive defense to spark a good offensive surge to take an 18-6 lead at the end of the first quarter. They then called off their full court press and used a stifling half court defense to hold KMS to only 3 points in the second period while expanding their lead to 40-9 at the half. KMS was held scoreless in the first four minutes of the second quarter.

In the second half the Panthers continued to play good defense and held the Fighting Saints to only 4 points in the third period as T/M/B worked to a 57-13 lead after three quarters.

Wrestlers win 2 of 3 in opener

The Panther wrestling team opened their season with two wins and a loss in a quad at Clara City Friday.

"It was very unusual," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. "We wrestled our best meet in the finals and lost 45-18 to RCW. We could have beaten the other teams by much bigger scores. Some of our wrestlers lost to opponents that they will beat in the future."

The matmen opened with 35-30 win over Benson.

Cagers show improvement in 22-point loss to Sting

The Panther boys basketball team lost their second game of the young season Tuesday night at Tracy to Yellow Medicine East. The score was 60-38.

"We made some good steps in a lot of areas tonight," said new Panther Coach Jon Ruoff. "We look for improvement in every game but it will take time. I hope the fans will stay with us because I think we will be exciting to watch."

The Panthers played well in spurts against YME but the spurts were too infrequent and not long enough.

The Panther boys will travel to Redwood Valley Friday night to take on the Cardinals. Redwood Falls has become a basketball hot-bed since they have stressed AAU basketball and have many of the players playing basketball the year around.

"We know it will be tough at Redwood," observed Ruoff. "However you don't improve without good competition and our schedule is full of good competition."