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Sports for the week of December 1, 2004


Johnson, Jackson, Strand & Her are all-conference

Strand is 212's

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton Panther football team held, end of the season banquet at the high school cafeteria Monday night.
The team finished with a 7-4 record and advanced to the finals of the Section Tournament losing to YME in the Fargodome. It was the best record since 2000 when the Panthers lost to Canby in the Section finals 20-19.
Panther Coach Randy McIntire said that the two team football camps the Panthers attended last summer, one at Tracy and one at SWSU, really helped to improve the team's performance. He also urged the underclassmen to work on getting bigger, stronger and faster during the off-season to make next year's team more successful.
The players voted Kong Her the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year. Paul Carlson was named the Defensive Lineman of the Year, Donald Strand the Offensive Back of the Year and Paul Johnson the Defensive Back of the Year.
Strand honored as the 212 Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and Strand, Jackson, Her and Johnson were selected to the All-Conference Team.
The coaching staff picked Brett Jackson as the most dedicated/improved player, Mike Schreier as the Defensive Player of the Year, Derek Daniels as the Special Teams Player of the Year, Sean Kirk as the Comeback Player of the Year, Donald Strand as the Offensive Player of the Year, Anthony Rasmussen as the Rookie of the Year and Sean Fox as the Will to Win Athlete.
Ten seniors, 13 juniors and 2 sophomores earned letters: Drew Hebig, Trevor Morin, Tristan Larson, Donald Strand, Derek Daniels, Brett Jackson, Seth Swan, Anthony Rasmussen, Sean Kirk, Matt Engesser, Travis Cambronne, Paul Carlson, David Schiller, Andy Nelson, Matt Bauer, Mike Schreier, Dan Malmberg, Erik Frisvold, D. J. Vandromme, Kong Her, Sean Fox, Paul Johnson, Gary Knott, Brad Lanoue and Jason Heern.

Johnson commented said that the season had exceeded the team's expections.
"We all said "we expect to win" (the team slogan) but none of us thought we would have such a good season."

Wrestlers open season

The Panther wrestling team went 2-1 in a quadrangular meet with RCW, MACCRAY and Benson at Clara City Tuesday night. The team placings were 1) Benson, 2) T/M/B, 3) RCW, and 4) MACCRAY.
Cole Cooreman (119), Derek Evans (130), Cody Arnold (135), Chad Cooreman (145) and Mike Schreier (215) placed first in their weights.
"I thought we wrestled pretty well overall but as Coach Flann says in football, 'We can always practice tomorrow'", said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. "We had some young guys step up and wrestled well and our veterans led the way including 5 first place individuals."
The Panthers defeated MACCRAY 57-18, lost to Benson 30-40 and won over RCW 49-19.
The individual results vs Benson: 103-Erik Cooreman, lost 15-1, Ryan Thompson; 112-Chia Thao, won, 7-4, Brad Plumhoff; 119-Cole Cooreman, won, forfeit; 125- forfeit; 130-Derek Evans, won, fall, 52, Preston Flolo; 135-Cody Arnold, won, fall, 1:22, Earson; 140- Ross Ryan, lost, 4-2, Brens; 145- Chad Cooreman, won, fall, :39, Unke; 152-Dan Deiter, lost, 8-4, Wersinger; 160-Kyle Lanners, lost, fall, :29, Thompson; 171-Travis Cambronne, lost, fall, 1:33, Carrath; 189- Paul Carlson, lost, 7-4, Miller; 215-Mike Schreier, won, fall, 1:41, Giese; Hwt-Andy Nelson, lost, fall, 1:48, Miller.

Nelson, Tholen given all-area VB honors

Tessa Nelson and Krysta Tholen from the 2004 Panther volleyball team have been named to the Marshall Independent All Area Volleyball Team. The pair was earlier named to the 2004 Minnesota State Volleyball All-tournament Team along with defensive specialist Andrea VanMoer.
"It is not uncommon for a setter and hitter to be honored together," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "Each player is dependent on the other for success. The girls could not have done it without consistent passing from their teammates , which they have always been appreciative of."
Gervais said that the athletes had worked hard for their success."They have put extra time into JO's , leagues and camps throughout the past few years. They stuck together during the summer months, which enabled them to establish consistent setter/hitter timing."