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Sports from the week of October 1, 2003

Victory! How sweet it is!

By Dick Donaldson

The Panther football team broke into the win column, over Renville County West, in a close, hard-fought game between two evenly matched teams at Danube Friday, 8-7. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton season record to 1-4 and 1-1 in the 212 Conference.

To illustrate how closely the teams were matched TMB rushed 33 times for 147 yards and were 6 of 19 passing for 78 yards, a total of 225 yards of offense. The Jaguars rushed 39 times for 167 yards and were 7 of 15 passing for 55 yards, a total of 222 yards of offense.

"We had studied the tape of RCW's game against BOLD and prepared for the 4-4 defense they used in that game," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "When they came out with a six-man line against us it changed all our blocking assignments and they made it difficult for us to be consistent with our running game. When we did get through the line we were making 15-20 yards but were not able to be consistent."

TMB is still best in conference volleyball

The Panther volleyball team beat Yellow Medicine East at Tracy Thursday 25-9, 25-14, 21-25 and 25-15. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 9-7 and 4-0 in the 212 Conference.

"We played very well tonight, we served aggressively," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "We did let some of the younger girls play in the third game but we did not lose it because of them, we just lost some of our intensity."

Lose to Windom

The Panther volleyball team's season record fell to 9-8 with a 3-0 loss to Windom Tuesday night and they are 4-0 in the 212 Conference. The game scores were 21-25, 21-25 and 14-25.

The Panthers will travel to Olivia on Thursday to meet BOLD in a 212 Conference match.

"Our priority right now is trying to win the conference championship," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais.

Runners compete in Adrian Thursday

The Panther girls' cross-country team placed fourth in the Redwood Valley Invitational Thursday.

The team scores were: Canby-Minneota, 41; Martin County West, 81; Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 82; TMB, 93; 5) Windom, 104;) Redwood Valley, 139.

"We did well in this meet," said Panther Coach Steve Jones. "We are now in a one meet per week schedule and it makes it easier for the girls to run while having fresh legs."

In the boys' varsity meet, Panther seventh graders competed against the 65 upper class men. Ryan Tholen finished 35th with a time of 20:26 and Alex Jones finished 56th with a time of 21:54.

The runners travel to Adrian Thursday.