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Sports from the week of January 8, 2003

Boys win!

The Panther boys' basketball team broke through with their first win of the season by beating Renvll County West 59-53 at Tracy Tuesday night. the win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 1-8 and they are 1-3 in the 212 Conference.

"The boys played a heck of a game," said a jubilant Panther coach Nat Boyer. "The kids played hard all the way."

RCW scored first but the Panthers answered and it was a seesaw game until TMB scored the last 5 points in the first period to take a 17-13 lead. The points came on a three pointer by Jake Peterreins and a basket by Eric Peterson.

No. 1 Willmar gives lesson to Panthers

The Panther girls' basketball team lost a game, but won a wealth of experience Monday on the Tracy court. Willmar, the top-rated Class AAA team in the state, beat the Panthers 60-41.

Former MACCRAY Coach Brad Atchison, now coaching the Willmar Cardinals, said his team benefited from the game too.

"We wanted to play a team that would be tough on defense and TMB was. They controlled the tempo and made us play their game in the first half while we were able to pass over their zone and our transition game got a little better in the second half."

Coach Paul Soupir felt the Panthers had started out the game strong.

"Brad (Atchison) is a good enough coach to find a way to beat you when he has a good team," said Soupir. "You can only hold off a team like that so long and then they will take advantage of their opportunities. Our kids played them tough in the early going."

Snyder wins Granite tourney

Adam Snyder was a first-place winner at the Granite Falls Dam Site tourney Saturday. Drew Hebig and Paul Carlson were each third in their class, while Chad Cooreman captured a fourth.

Team scores were: Canby, 205; Wabasso, 190; YME, 121; Dawson-Boyd, 110; Pipestone Area, 87; TMB, 52.5; RCW, 31.

"There were a lot of real good wrestlers there," said Panther coach Travis Christenson. "Adam Snyder had an excellent tournament, winning the 119 pound championship. Chad (Cooreman) lost in overtime to Brandon Schunk of Wabasso who is rated the second best in the state and Paul (Carlson) lost in the first round to Citrowski of Canby who is rated number one in the state."

Drew Hebig pinned RCW's Ryan Schjenken in 3:44 in the match for third place at 103 and Chad Cooreman lost by decision 6-3 to Kyle Evans of Pipestone in the match for third place at 112. Adam Snyder won by dec. 3-2 over Mitch Altermatt of Wabasso in the championship match at 119 pounds while Paul Carlson won by a 10-4 decision over Jesse Evans of Pipestone in the match for third place at 145 pounds.