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Sports from the week of October 9, 2002

Spikers rebound over ACGC

The Panther volleyball team won over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3-0 in a 212 Conference match Tuesday night at Grove City. The win improved their season record to 5-13 and they are now 3-3 in the conference. The game scores were 15-6, 15-7 and 16-14.

"The first two games we passed and served consistently," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "As our passing and serving dropped so did our offense and intensity. We cannot do this against teams later in the season. We need to be able to play at an even level with very few ups and downs."

The B and C squads made it a clean sweep with the B squad game scores 15-7, 15-4 and 15-9 while the C squad scores were 15-10, 15-2 and 15-13.

The Panther volleyball team will participate in the Alexandria Tournament this weekend, will travel to Springfield Monday night and will host CMCS Tuesday night at Tracy.

Runners prepare for conference

The Panther cross-country team placed fourth in the Adrian Invitational Tuesday at Adrian. The team scores were:

1) Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI, 36; 2) Luverne, 60; 3) Sioux Falls Washington, 61; 4) TMB, 97; 5) Murray County Central, 115; 6) Lennox, 134; 7) Worthington, 158. Jackson County Central, Adrian, Hills-Beaver Creek, SSC-SVRLB and MLBO competed but with incomplete teams.

"The competition was very good in this meet," said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. "We now have a couple of weeks to get ready for the Section meet and we have a lot of work to do."

"This was Rebecca Gervais' first race in several weeks," observed Michelson. "I am sure she will post better times in the future."

The Panthers will compete in the 212 Conference meet on October 11 at Granite Falls and the Section meet is Thursday, October 24 at Slayton.

Ground game crushes TMB

Panther highlights come late in game

The BOLD Warriors showed why they are the undefeated kingpins of the 212 Conference Friday, hammering the Panthers 42-13 at Olivia.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton dropped to 1-5 overall and 1-2 in the Conference.

"We expected to get pounded upon and we did," said Roger Benson, Panther statistician.

""We did as well as could be expected against a very good team," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "When they took their big defensive tackles out we were able to move the ball and when they were out we also had time to throw the ball."

The Warriors dominated the Panthersand scored on each of their first five possessions in the first half. BOLD led 35-0 at half.

TMB scored twice in the fourth quarter, once on a 17-yard scoring strike from sophomore Donald Strand to senior Jake Peterreins. Ross Ladehoff hit Bryan Jackson on the 37 yard TD pass for the other score.

The Warriors scored once in the second half on a 78-yards kickoff return by Matt Zupke in the fourth quarter. Zupke led all ball carriers in the game with 17 carries for 291 yards.

The BOLD rushing game was so effective that they only had to punt twice in the first half and twice in the second. On the other side of the ball the BOLD defense forced eight Panther punts.

"Once Zupke was sprung from the line of scrimmage by their offensive line, his speed in the open just killed us," said McIntire. "He has done the same to every other team they have played."