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Sports from the week of February 4, 2004

Wrestlers on roll

The Panther wrestling team won over River Valley in a tight match at Springfield Tuesday night 40-36.

"It was great to see the intensity from our guys tonight," said Panther Assistant Coach Jeremy Trulock. "We need to get our guys healthy as we have some important matches coming up."

The Panthers won 7 of the 14 matches but they won them convincingly. Tracy/Milroy/Balaton got pins from Derek Evans (112), Cole Cooreman (119), Ross Ryan (125), Paul Carlson (160), Brett Peterson (189) and Mike Schreier (215). They also got a 13-0 major decision from James Prairie (140) to complete the scoring. Mike Schreier won his match by injury default, as he was the victim of an illegal slam. He was taken to the hospital but it was determined his only injury was from whiplash and it is hoped that he will be all right for the Fulda/MCC match at Tracy next Tuesday.

Cagers have winning streak

The Panther boys' basketball team got their second win in a row Tuesday night at Tracy with an 87-52 pasting of Renville County West. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 6 and 9 and they are now 3-5 in the 212 Conference. The Jaguars dropped to 4-12 and they are 3-7 in the conference.

"It was our second straight great defensive effort," said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. "And since our defense keys our offense it resulted in a great offensive game for us also."

The Panthers started the game hitting on all cylinders as they led 20-10 at the end of the first period. The 20 point first period set the standard for the night for T/M/B as they posted 21 points in the second quarter to take a 41-24 halftime lead. T/M/B had a big third quarter with 28 points and capped off the night's work with an 18 point final period. The Panther defense held the Jaguars to less than 15 points in each of the four quarters.

Eric Peterson led the Panthers in scoring with 20 points, coming on six three points and he was 2 for 2 at the free throw line. Ross Ladehoff added 18 points and Sean Kirk came through with 17. Donald Strand was the fourth Panther in double figures as he hit the nets for 11.

Overtime tests girls at Wabasso

The Panther girls, upset highly regarded Wabasso in overtime at Wabasso last Thursday 47-44. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton's season record to 11-5 while dropping Wabasso to 14-3.

The win was not easy for the Panthers. Wabasso put on a tight pressing defense, which caused the Panthers a good deal of trouble in the early going and trailed 17-7 at the end of the first period. By the halftime the Panthers had closed to 24-19 and were back in the game. With the help of three, three-pointers by Alyssa Kirk, the Panthers tied the game at 37-37 with five minutes remaining and it was 39-39 at the end of regulation. T/M/B went on to out-score Wabasso 8-5 in overtime to get the win.

The Panthers had trouble with their inside game but the hot-shooting Kirk, good defense and rebounding kept them in the game . Kirk led the Panthers in scoring with 19 points. TMB pulled down 48 rebounds (Nelson 14, Loeslie 10, Tholen 8) to 22 for Wabasso, had 14 assists (Schaar 5, Tholen 4) to 12, had 16 steals (Schaar 2, Nelson 2, Kirk 2) to 16, 5 blocks (Nelson 5) to 5 and turned the ball over 19 times to 18 for Wabasso.