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Sports from the week of January 2, 2002 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Panther girls face tough competition in Rochester

The Panther girls' basketball team participated in the tough Rochester Rotary U.S. Bank Holiday Classic 2001 Tournament last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Other participating teams were Breck, Lakeville, Bloomington Jefferson, Rochester John Marshall, Rochester Mayo, Rochester Century and Rochester Lourdes.

The Panthers lost two games and won one but benefited greatly from the exposure to such tough competition. Their season record is now 4-5 and they are 2-2 in the 212 Conference.

"The tournament was very well done," said Panther Coach Paul Soupir. "We cranked up our intensity and made great improvement during the three games. These kids play the year around and when you made a mistake you paid for it."

According to Soupir, Breck and Rochester Mayo were the class of the tournament.

"Mayo beat Breck in the opening game and the two teams were a class above the rest of the field," said Soupir. "I saw their schedule for the rest of the season and it would be great fun to play it. We would lose a lot of the games but it would surely make us a better team."

The Panthers opened the tournament with a loss to Rochester Century and then lost to Breck in the second game but came back to beat Rochester John Marshall in the third game.

Youth wrestlers participate in New Year Challenge

Fourteen Panther wrestlers participated in the Kids' New Year Challenge Wrestling Tournament held in Jackson Saturday, Dec. 29.

Josh Coyle went 3-0 in the kindergarten division of the tournament to place first. Ian Mariner was 0-3 in the first grade division for a 4th place finish.

In the second grade division Kody Kirsh was 1-2 for a third place finish and Brandon Schroeder was 0-3 for a fourth place finish.

Third graders Adam Debbaut was 0-2 for a third place finish, Jared Towne was 0-3 for a fourth place finish and Alex Blegen went 1-1 for a second place finish.

In the fourth grade division Erik Cooreman was 3-0 to finish first and Luke Prairie was 2-1 for a second place finish.

In the fifth grade division Colton Evans was 1-2 for a third place finish and Jordy Rolling was 1-0 for a first place finish.

James Prairie was 2-1 in the seventh grade division to place second and Andy Nelson was 2-0 in the eighth grade division to place first and Paul Carlson also went 2-0 to place first .

Panther boys win first of season at holiday tourney

The Panther boys' basketball team went 1-1 as they hosted a holiday tournament and finished second behind the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Knights. Panthers Scott LaVoy and Jake Peterreins made the all-tournament team.

Behind the stalwart leadership and intensive play of senior LaVoy (27 points and 8 rebounds) the Panthers garnered their first win of the season aver Red Rock Central Friday night 64-49.

"We played very well defensively," said Panther Coach Jon Ruoff. "We had set a goal of holding RRC to 52 points or less and we accomplished that. If you can hold your opponents to that total you will win a lot of games."

The Panthers shot well from the field as they hit 16 of 46 attempts from two-point range for 35 percent and were eight of 14 from three-point range for 57 percent. They pulled down 36 rebounds and had 10 assists, nine steals and three blocked shots. Most importantly, they held their turnovers to only 11.

"We played much better tonight," said Ruoff. "We still have a long way to go."