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Sports from the week of December 31, 2003

Ladehoff scores 19 in win over Murray Central

The Panther boys' basketball team upended Lakeview 70-62 in the first round of the Murray County Central Holiday Tournament at Slayton Monday night.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton fell behind the taller Lakeview team 18-15 at the end of the first period but then led most of the game's balance. The Lakers made a run in the last quarter and closed to a 63-62 score on a three -point play by Tyler Jeseritz, but free throws by Ross Ladehoff and Kyle Stibbe and a steal and lay-up by Stibbe clinched the win for TMB.

Much of the Panther scoring advantage was due to better shooting from the free throw line. Lakeview hit just 9 of 27 and the Panthers hit 23 of 38 attempts.

"We are happy with the win but are not satisfied," said Coach Nat Boyer. "We are not close to being where we want to be."

The Panthers were led by Ladehoff with 19 points, 6 steals and 6 assists. Stibbe added 18 points and Eric Peterson 13. The Panthers out-rebounded the taller Lakers 39-37, with Anders Davidson and Sean Kirk pulling down 8 each.

MCC tournament

The Panther boys' basketball team lost to Fulda in the championship game at the MCC Holiday tournament at Slayton 76-64 Tuesday night. Ross Ladehoff was the lone Panther representative on the All-Tournament team. Eric Peterson and Kyle Stibbe had been picked to the All-Tournament team in the R-T-R Holiday Tournament last week.

The Panthers fell behind 15-8 in the first period and spent the rest of the game playing "catch-up". T/M/B closed the gap a little with a 28 point fourth quarter but it was not enough to get back in the game.

The Panthers were led in scoring by Eric Peterson with 19 points and he was followed by Ross Ladehoff with 14. T/M/B out-rebounded Fulda 23-17 and had 3 blocks to none for the Raiders and committed only 10 turnovers to 13 for Fulda. However Fulda had 6 steals to 3 for the Panthers and 14 assists to 13 for T/M/B.

It was in the shooting percentages that Fulda had the advantage. The Raiders hit 29 of their 46 field goal attempts for 54% including 4 of 10 from three point range. The Panthers hit 18 of 45 field goal attempts for 40%.

"They outplayed us in every aspect of the game," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer.

The Panther B squad also lost in the championship game after winning over Lakeview Monday afternoon. The score of the B squad game was 52-34.

Unbeaten N-YA edges girls

The Panther girls basketball team lost, in the second round of the Norwood-Young America Holiday Tournament, to undefeated N-YA (9-0) Tuesday night 43-39. The loss evened the Panther's season record to 3-3 and they are 2-1 in the conference.

The Panthers fell behind 15-10 at the end of the first period but pulled to with a point at the intermission 25-26. N-YA out-scored the Panthers 9-6 in the third quarter to bring about the final margin.

T/M/B was led in scoring by Jillian Tholen with 12 points while Kasey Loeslie added 1 and Tessa Nelson hit for 7 to go with her 14 rebounds, 5 steals and 2 blocks. The Panthers pulled down 39 rebounds to 31 for the opponents, had 13 steals to 4, 2 blocks to 6 and 10 assists (Kaup 2) to 12.

Cole Cooreman 2nd at Monte

The Panther wrestling team participated in the Roder Invitational Wrestling Meet at Montevideo Saturday and came away with a sixth place finish out of nine teams. The team scores were: 1) Pine Island 192.5; 2) Canby 187; 3) Willmar 183; 4) Fulda/MCC 130.5; 5) MACCRAY 126; 6)Tracy/Milroy/Balaton 110; 7) Montevideo 104; 8) Dawson-Boyd 23; 9)Luverne 18.

Cole Cooreman led the Panthers with second place at 119 pounds.

The Panther individual results were:

112- Derek Evans (2-2) fourth.

119- Cole Cooreman, (2-1) second.

125- Chad Cooreman, (2-2) fifth.

130- Adam Snyder, (2-2) fifth.

135- Cody Arnold, (0-2).

140- James Prairie, (2-1) third.

145- Andy Lackie, (1-3) third.

152- Dan Dieter, (2-2) fourth.

160- Andy Nelson (1-2) sixth.

171-Paul Carlson (2-2) fourth.

189- Brett Peterson (1-2) fifth.

215- Mike Schreier, (3-1) third.

275-Jordan Rolling, (1-3) sixth.