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Sports from the week of October 2, 2002


Homecoming heroics fall short of victory

Jags stop final TMB drive

The Panther football team suffered a 28-21 homecoming loss to Renville County West Friday.

The loss dropped the Panthers to 1-4, 1-1 in the 212 Conference.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton began imbued with the spirit of homecoming and dominated the early going. They scored on their first two possessions, once on an eight-yard run by sophomore quarterback Donald Strand and the second on a 97-yard drive that ended with a 12-yard scoring pass from Strand to senior Jake Peterreins. The two touchdowns gave the Panthers a 15-0 lead midway in the first period.

The Jags rallied for a 25-yard TD run by freshman quarterback Chad Mulder with 2:15 remaining in the second quarter. The Jaguars then forced a punt and put the ball in play on their own 37. A 32-yard pass gave RCW a first down on TMB's 19. With 29 seconds left in the first half, the Jags scored to pull within 15-14.

The Panthers face the undefeated BOLD Warriors at Olivia Friday night.

BOLD beat Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 60-6 last week.

"They have a team which resembles a small college football team," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "They score more points in a quarter than we are able to score in an entire game."

BOLD has a rich football tradition with many appearances in the prep bowl at the Metrodome. They are noted for having big, strong players with good speed.

"About all we can do is play our best," said McIntire.

Spikers ace YME Sting

The Panther volleyball team swept Yellow Medicine 15-11, 15-12 and 15-10 Thursday at Granite Falls.

"We played pretty well," said Panther Assistant Coach Jenny Kirk, who was filling in for Katie Gervais. "We played together as a team and played good defense, especially in the second and third games."

Tessa Nelson led the Panthers with 10 kills, 2 blocks and was 16 of 17 serving with 2 aces. Emily Miller had 9 kills, 2 blocks and was 16 of 19 serving with 3 aces. Krysta Tholen had 24 set assists, 6 kills and 2 blocks. Laura Zwach had 15 digs.

"We didn't serve well in the first game. but it did pick up after that," said Kirk.

Injuries hurt TMB runners

A depleted Panther girls' cross-country team finished in fifth place at the Redwood Valley Invitational Thursday.

Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI won the meet with 41, followed by Windom 70, Martin County West 81, Minnesota Valley Lutheran 84, Tracy/Milroy/Balaton 123, Redwood Valley 157, Springfield/Cedar Mountain 188, Sleepy Eye St. Mary's 207.

The Panthers ran without Jillian Tholen and Julia Olson. Another runner, Dani Jones, was unable to finish.

Varsity finishers were: 20) Kristin Sweetman 17:37, 21) Kelly Laleman 17:38, 22) Steph Kaup 17:44, 27) Megan Pool 18:37, 33) Jessica Coulter 19:07, 36) Johanna Schmidt 19:28.

The Panthers next meet is Oct. 8 at Adrian.

Junior varsity runners were: Ashlee Domine 19:14, Suzanne Knott 19:29, Celia Brockway 19:58.

Junior high finishers were Ayla Snyder 10:38, Jenny Vroman 11:14, Jessica Mason 12:40, Aum Nantanajit 16:23.