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Sports from the week of January 7, 2004

TMB girls improve to 4-1 in 212 Conference

The Panther girls' basketball team upended Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls Tuesday night 63-58. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 5-4 and 4-1 in the 212 Conference.

The duo of Kasey Loeslie and Tessa Nelson led the Panther scoring with 19 points each. Alyssa Kirk added 9. The Panthers pulled down 18 rebounds (Nelson 7) to 25 for the Sting, had 17 steals (Tholen 9), to 11, 5 blocks (Nelson 4) to 3, 17 assists (Tholen 4) to 4 and turned the ball over 17 times to 29 turnovers for YME.

YME led the Panthers 33-30 at the intermission but a strong third quarter by T/M/B, when they outscored the Sting 20-14, enabled the Panthers to win.

Coach seeks more defensive intensity

The Panther boys' basketball team lost to the Renville County Jaguars 63-54 at Renville Saturday night. The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 2-5. They are 0-2 in the 212 Conference.

"We are lacking in terms of defensive intensity and discipline," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. "This is something we have been working on and will continue to work on. Without improvement in this area it could be a long season."

Anders Davidson and Kyle Stibbe led the Panther scoring with 11 points each. The Panthers were badly out-rebounded by the Jaguars 31-18 but won the rest of the battle of statistics by getting 13 steals to 8, turning the ball over 13 times to 21 for RCW and having 17 assists each. The Jaguars hit 25 of their 47 field goal attempts for 53% while T/M/B hit 22 of 54 attempts for 41%.

Adam Snyder reaches 75 victory milestone

Panther wrestler Adam Snyder was recently honored by the Guillotine wrestling magazine for reaching the 75 win milestone.

The Panther junior, who began wrestling varsity in the junior high, now has 78 career wins.

"It's a big deal," said Jeremy Trulock, assistant Panther mat coach. Trulock said that Snyder, who is only a junior, has a chance to become the school's all-time wrestling win leader. The 130-pounder is also among the school's career take-down leaders.

Snyder's goal this year is to qualify for the state wrestling tournament at either the 130 or 125-pounds. He sees Luke Giese (Fulda/MCC) and Mike Barrie (Adrian) among his major competitors.

The Panther athlete, who is recovering from an abdominal injury, was 5-2 going into Tuesday night's meet.

Wrestlers have draw

Pins counterbalance wins

Panthers wrestlers battled Dawson-Boyd to a 36-36 draw Tuesday night at home.

"I knew they would be tough," said Panther Coach Travis Christenson. "I figured pins in the last two matches would decide it and unfortunately they got them."

By theluck of the draw the heavyweight match was the first of the meet and the Blackjacks got off to an early 9-3 lead. The Panthes came back and pulled ahead by the virtue of two straight pins by Chad Cooreman and Adam Snyder to m ake the score 15-12 in favor of Tracy/Milroy/Balaton. The Panthers then forged to a 24-12 lead only to see the next six straight matches decided by pins. Unfortunately the Blackjacks got four of them to bring about the tie score.