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Sports from the week of October 3, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

No. 1 Panthers beat No. 6 Eagles

The Panther volleyball team won a battleof state ranked teams at Windom Monday night. No. 1 ranked Tracy/Milroy/Balaton beat the sixth-ranked Eagles 15-7, 15-7, 4-15 and 15-7.

"We had a tough night," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "We did not play well in any area, we were slow on our feet and did not react to the ball well. Windom played very good defense.”

Rhonda Bitker led the attack with 24 kills while Maria Ankrum had 14 and Jenny Otto 9. Kristin Rokke served for 17 points and had 4 aces while Kami Skoglund had 6. Marcia Ankrum had 45 set assists.

The B squad lost to Windom 5-15, 4-15 and 15-13

Tuesday, the Panthers hosted Yellow Medicine East and won 15-4, 15-1 and 15-6. The win improved the Panthers' season record to 16-2,` 6-0 in 212 Conference play.

"We played much better in all areas against YME," said Gervais. "We were ready and carried the play during the whole match. We served much better and that sets up the offense."

The Panthers served notched 19 team aces against YME.

Runners have busy week

The Panther cross country team finished third in the Redwood Valley Invitational Thursday behind a Marshall and Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI tie for first. Both teams had 59 points, but Marshall won on the sixth-runner tie breaker.

)Tracy/Milroy/Balaton was third with 108; followed by Redwood Valley, 110;) Springfield/Cedar Mountain/Comfrey, 126; Sleepy Eye St. Mary's, 141; Windom, 145; Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 161. Buffalo Lake/Hector, Martin County West and MACCRAY fielded incomplete teams.

"We are improving," said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. "We are doing a better job of running in a pack."

In weekend action the girls cross country team participated in the Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota.

The Panthers placed 29th out of 41 teams. TMB finishers were: 130) Sweetman, 21:53.7; 131) Laleman, 21:54.2; 157) Tholen, 22:15.2; 165) VanMoer, 22:25.4; 190) Gervais, 22:51.3; 203) Jones, 22:57.8; 222) Schmidt, 23:18.9.

Close game turns into rout

BOLD pulls away, after TMB misses scoring chance

The TMB football team was outlasted by the BOLD Warriors at Tracy Friday night 42-14. The loss dropped the Panthers' season record to 0-2 in the 212 Conference.

"The game was much closer than the score would indicate," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. "If we could have scored on that long drive we made to start the second half it would have been a different game."

After trailing 21-14 at half, the Panthers opened the third period by taking the kickoff back to the 32-yard line. From there they drove 48 yards in 12 plays. Faced with a fourth and six, a field goal attempt by Anton Lavron was just wide.

Instead of possibly tying the Warriors with the drive that took over six minutes off the clock, the Panthers soon found themselves behind 28-14 when BOLD took over on the 20-yard line and scored. That score took the heart out of the Panthers and the Warriors went on to score 14 more points in the final minutes to win 42-14.