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Sports from the week of October 8, 2003

Panthers leave Olivia with volleyball sweep

The Panther volleyball team swept BOLD 3-0 in a conference volleyball match at Olivia last Thursday, 25-10, 25-14 and 25-18. The action improved their season record to 10-8 and to 5-0 in the 212 Conference.

"We were ready to play," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "We were aggressive on our serving and attacking which kept them scrambling and unable to flow on offense. We played much more consistently and it showed with our ball control touches."

Consistent pressure leads to Pipestone net victory

The Pipestone Arrows blanked Tracy/Milroy/Balaton 18-25, 14-25 and 20-25 in Monday night volleyball action.

The loss to the Southwest Conference rival left TMB with a 10-9 season record.

"They just wore us down," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "We had good rallies but somewhere we broke down and they took advantage of it. We did play with more consistency, not so many ups and downs."

Panthers continue unbeaten conference record

The Panther volleyball team downed Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 3-0 in a 212 Conference game at Tracy Tuesday night.

The game scores were 25-22, 25-16 and 25-23. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 11-9 and they are unbeaten in the conference with a 6-0 record.

The Panther volleyball team will participate in the Alexandria tournament this Saturday and will entertain Springfield at Tracy next Monday night before closing the conference season against CMCS at Prinsburg on Thursday.

Turnovers foil upset bid

By Dick Donaldson

Six turnovers spoiled an otherwise spirited homecoming effort for Tracy/Milroy/Balaton against BOLD. The result was a 28-7 Warrior victory.

The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 1-5 and 1-2 in the conference. BOLD is still undefeated on the season and leading the 212 Conference.

The Panthers were convinced they could play even with the Warriors in spite of the difference in their respective records to date. But two of the Panthers' turnovers stopped potential TMB scores. Three TMB turnovers led to Warrior scores.

"You can't expect to win games when you turn the ball over to the opposition six times," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "We stopped ourselves with the fumbles-they had to earn the interceptions."

Tholen, Kaup among leaders at Adrian meet

The Panther cross-country team placed third in the Luverne Invitational at Adrian Thursday.

the team scores were: Sioux Falls Lincoln, 40; Luverne, 45; Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 89; Adrian, 105; Murray County Central, 114; Worthington, 147.

The Panthers had two top-ten finishers: Jillian Tholen, sixth, 16:52, and Stephanie Kaup, ninth, 16:52.

The Panthers' two seventh-grade boys, Ryan Tholen and Alex Jones placed 65th and 6th out of 101 runners in the boys' varsity race. Both boys turned in a time of 21:30.