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Sports from the week of January 21, 2004

Wrestlers flatten Luverne, 73-6

The Panther wrestling team won big in a dual meet with Luverne, at Luverne, Tuesday night by a score of 73-6.

The Panthers got pins by Chia Thao, Derek Evans, Ross ryan, Dan Deiter and Mike Schreier plus five forfeits in the win.

Adam Snyder, Cole Cooreman are 212 Conference mat champs

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton wrestling team placed sixth in the 212 Conference Wrestling Tournament at Sacred Heart Saturday. The team scores were: 1)YME, 216.5; 2) BOLD/BLH, 158; 3) KMS, 157.5; 4) MACCRAY, 147.5; 5) ACGC, 143; 6) T/M/B, 137.5; 7) RCW, 92.

The Panthers had two champions in Cole Cooreman (119) and Adam Snyder (125) with James Prairie (140) and Chad Cooreman (135) placing second.

"The kids wrestled well with James Prairie doing an outstanding job," said Panther Coach Travis Christenson. "The competition was very good and we still finished only 21 points out of second place."

Boys win first 212 game

The Panther boys' basketball team ran past Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg Friday night at Tracy 65-51. The win, the team's first 212 Conference win, improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 3-7. The Panthers looked good in the winning effort and showed that winning is more fun than losing.

KMS was coached by Ryan Luft, a 1994 Tracy Area High School graduate, the Panther boys' basketball career scoring leader.

"Our defense fuels our offense," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. "We played very good defense in this game. I hope we can keep it going."

"Ryan Luft has done a good job with the KMS players," observed Boyer. "He has elevated their intensity and they display a very good attitude."

After the Panthers jumped off to an 8-0 lead, the contest was tight the reminder of the first half. TMB led 14-12 at the end of the first period., and 28-24 at intermission.

The Panthers established control by out-scoring KMS 24-10 in the third period, when Ross Ladehoff scored nine of his 12 points. and led 52-34 after three quarters of play. The Fighting Saints did not give up however and used a strong 17 point fourth quarter to close to the final score of 65-51.

The Panthers had three players in double figures. Sean Kirk and Eric Peterson, 13 each; and Ladehoff 12. The Panthers outrebounded KMS 39 to 24. Kirk and Gary Knott pulled down eight and seven rebounds.)TMB had 24 steals compared to KMS's 14. Peterson had four steals and Ladehoff six assists.

The Panthers committed only 12 turnovers to 26 for KMS. TMB hit on 25 of 62 field goal attempts for a 40% clip.

Win keeps girls in conference contention

The Panther girls' basketball team kept pace in the 212 Conference with 65-38 win over BOLD at Olivia Tuesday night. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 8-5 and they are one game back of the ACGC Falcons in the conference with a record of 7-1.

Everything clicks for girls in romp over MKS

The Panther girls' basketball team demolished KMS in a 212 Conference game at Kerkhoven Thursday 63-34. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 7-4 and they are 6-1 in the conference.

"We played really well at both ends of the court," said Panther Co-Coach Ric Haberman. "We worried that the girls would, perhaps, look past KMS because we had an easy time with them in December, but they focused very well."

T/M/B's defense held the Saints to single-digit scoring in each of the four periods and out-scored them in each.

The Panthers had four scorers in double-digit numbers and were led by Kasey Loeslie with 19 points. She was followed by Tessa Nelson with 13 to go with her 2 blocks. Jillian Tholen added 10 points and had 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Alyssa Kirk hit the nets for 11 points including 2 three pointers.

T/M/B pulled down 23 rebounds to 16 for KMS, had 15 steals to 5, 2 blocks to 1, 24 assists to 5 and committed 14 turnovers to 22 for the Fighting Saints.