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Sports from the week of November 27, 2002

TMB hoop line-up 'wide open'

"I will not anounce a starting line-up until about 10 minutes before the opening whistle at Grove City on December 5," said Panther Head Basketball Coach Nathaniel Boyer. "At this time all of the positions are wide open."

That starting five will come from a group of varsity players that includes: Jake Peterreins, Greg Carlson, Curt Paradis, Bryan Jackson, Ross Ladehoff, Pat Speilman, Eric Peterson, Bill Fedde, Kyle Stibbe, Jerad Wendorff, Anders Davidson.

The Panthers will participate in a scrimmage at Windom this Saturday. Also involved in the scrimmage will be Windom, Adrian, and Springfield.

"How the kids perform in that scrimmage will help determine our starting line-up against Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City," said Boyer.

The Panther boys first home appearance will be against BOLD on Tuesday, December 10.


Opening season loss is 'learning experience'

The Panther girls' basketball team opened their 2002-03 season with a loss to the Worthington Trojans at Worthington Tuesday night 67-45.

"It was a learning experience," said Panther Coach Paul Soupir. "We fell behind early and then worked very hard to take a 3 point lead just before the half. I think we used too much of our energy at that point because we ran out of gas in the last quarter."

The Panthers ended the first period behind by a score of 16-11 but were tied at the half when the Trojans sank a three pointer just before time expired in the second period. By the end of the third period Worthington had established a 43-36 lead and then out-scored the Panthers 24-9 in the last stanza to reach the final score.

"It was a typical Southwest Conference game, very physical," observed Soupir. "Laura Zwach got a bloody nose and Tessa Nelson a cut on her mouth. We played hard but our decisions suffered when we got tired in the last quarter. We worked hard to get the ball inside but when we did we were not able to put it in the basket. We were 5/23 on inside shots in the first half."


Wrestlers try obstacle course

The Panther wrestling team took a break from regular workouts last Saturday. They traveled out to the Garvin Park area near the home of Assistant Coach Jeremy Trulock. there, they worked out on a home made obstacle course prepared by the Trulocks.

"It was a good test of strength and agility," said Jeremy. "It is a workout that can't help but benefit the wrestlers and the hope is that some bonding as a team took place."

The Panther wrestlers are currently preparing for their opening competition of the season. They are scheduled to participate in a quadrangular meet at clara City on Tuesday, December 3. Other participating teams will be Renville County West, MACCRAY, and Benson. Their first home appearance will come when they host a quadrangular on December 5. Wabasso, Marshall and Minneota will provide the opposition.