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Sports from the week of November2, 2005


TMB rallies to beat top seed-Panthers face BOLD Thursday

The Panther volleyball team rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win 3-2 over top-seeded Gibboon-Fairfax-Winthrop at Redwood Falls Tuesday night and advance to the finals of the Section 3AA North Volleyball Tournament. The game scores were 25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 27-25 and 15-11. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balato, now 17-11 on the year, will meet BOLD at Redwood Falls on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Thursday night winner meets the Section 3AA South winner for othe Section 3A championship a tSouthwest Minneota State University Saturday night at 5:30 p.m. BOLD advanced with a 3-1 victory over Renville County West Tuesday.

The Panthers have depended on their four seniors, Emily Miller, Sarah Fritz, Rachel Gervais and Krysta Tholen to show the younger players the way during most of the previous games. However in this match the sophomores, Michele Lanoue, Jackie Haecherl, Lindsey Daniels, Molly Miller and Mallory Fultz stepped up and played very well. Lanoue had 21 digs, 6 kills and seved 17 of 18 with an ace, Molly Miller had 6 kills and served 17 of 18 with an ace, Mallory Fultz, filling in for the injured Emily Scharfe, came through with 5 kills and Lindsey Daniels had 18 digs and served 16 for 16 with an ace. Her ace came in the all-important fifth game when the T-Birds were trying to make a comeback to take the lead. That ace took the wind out of G-F-W’s sails and led to the Panther win.

“I thought we did a nice job of coming out focused to win the first game,” said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. “We had lost our first game in our last three matches and set this as one of our goals. G-F-W played exactly how we had scouted them, it took us a while to figure out exactly how to play defense against them. Once we were able to make the adjustments and our defense started flowing we were able to get our offense involved. This was a great confidence booster for our sophomores, they really carried their weight and helped our team out at key times.”

Emily Miller led the team in kills with 15, Krysta Tholen had 7, Molly Miller and Michele Lanoue had 6 each and Mallory Fultz had 5. Emily Miller also led in digs with 30 while Michele Lanoue added 21, Krysta Tholen 20 and Sara Fritz and Lindsey Daniels had 18 each. Tholen, Rachel Gervais and Emily Miller each had a solo ace block and Tholen also had 41 set assists. Emily Miller led the serving with 17 of 18 and 1 ace, Tholen was 16 of 17 with 2 aces, Gervais was 9 of 11 with 2 aces, Lanoue was 17 of 18 with an ace, Molly Miller was 17 of 18 with an ace and Daniels was 16 of 16 with an ace.

The Panthers won over BOLD 3-1 in the last game of the regular season and played their best match of the season.

“We know we will have to play our “A” game in the match against BOLD Thursday night,” said Gervais.


Tholens will race at state

Two Panther siblings have qualified for the state cross country meet.

Jillian and Ryan Tholen, daughter and son of Randy and Elaine Tholen, will both compete at the Minnesota Class A meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield Saturday.

Jillian, a senior, rebounded from an injury to finish fourth in the Section 3A meet in Adrian Thursday. Ryan, a sophomore, qualified by finishing ninth in the boys’ race.

To qualify for state as an individual, runners finish in the the top ten of the section meet. A total of 115 runners competed in the boys’ race, with 99 competitors finishing the girls’ race.

“Jillian was back in old form today, she really ran well,” said Panther Coach Marie Clauson. “It was fun to watch her get some of her fire back. Nobody was looking for her and she came out strong and surprised some of her competitors.”

Fourth-place was sweet for the senior, who missed three weeks of competition in October. Jillian said she was pleased with her time of 15:29 over the 4,000 meter course.

“It was better than I expected,” she said.

Tholen, the Section 3A girls’ champion in 2004, was sidelined by tendonitis in a foot, and an ill-timed blood donation in early October that left her with low hemoglobin counts in her blood.

But Thursday, Tholen said she felt strong, although not quite 100%. She said she is looking forward to St. Olaf’s hilly, winding course, where she finished sixth in last year’s state meet.

A strong finish enabled her brother to also advance to state.

“Ryan ran most of his race in about 10th or 11th place,” said Clauson. “I wasn’t sure if he could pull through or not. He really turned it on during the second mile.”

Adrian and Luverne finished 1-2 in the girls’ team competition to qualify for state. Adrian’s Morgan Lynn won the race with a time of 15.01.

Girls’ team scores were: Adrian, 29; Luverne, 73; MLBO, 116; Windom, 137; Redwood Valley, 144; Martin County West, 200; Springfield/Cedar Mountain, 230; Pipestone, 230; HBC/, 251; MCC, 272; TMB, 291; WWG 321; SW United, 324; JCC, 330; BHL/BOLD, 359; RCW, 388; Lakeview, 513.

The Panther girls’ individual results were: 4) Jillian Tholen, 15:29.0; 62) Stacy LaVoy, 18:36.0; 68) Jen Vroman, 13:51.0; 77) Jessica Mason, 19:15.0; 80) Celia Brockway, 19:19.0; 82) Rachel Stobb, 19:44.0; 88) Bobbi Jo Buyck, 20:06.0.

“Rachel and Jen finished their seasons with an excellent race,” said Clauson. “They will be our leaders next season.”

Anthony Bongard of Redwood Valley won the boys’ 5,000 meter race with a time of 16:59.

For the Panthers, Alex Jones finished 35th with a time of 19:02 and Sam VanNevel finished 100th with a time of 21:38.


Swan, Carlson among football stat leaders

By Dick Donaldson

In recently compiled statistics from the Tracy/Milroy/Balaton football season, Seth Swan led the team in rushing with 772 yards in 178 carries,

Tristan Larson had 16 yards in 9 carries, Kyle McIntire 70 yards in 20 carries, Isaac Dolan 90 yards in 39 carries, Chris Swenson 57 yards in 25 carries, Dan Dieter 12 yards in 7 carries and David Schmidt 57 yards in 11 carries.

Dolan completed 38 passes in 109 attempts for 582 yards. Kyle McIntire was 5 of 18 for 37 yards and Tristan Larson 1 of 4 for 16 yards.

McIntire led the team in receptions with 8 catches for 182 yards.

David Schmidt had 14 catches for 171 yards, Taylor Rignell 4 for 23 yards, Paul Carlson 4 for 67 yards, Swan 7 for 41 yards, Derek Daniels 2 for 59 yards, Gary Knott 2 for 26 yards, Drew Nelson 2 for 60 yards and Matt Bauer 1 for 6 yards.

Paul Carlson led the defense with 47 tackles and 20 assists. He also had 7-1/2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 forced fumbles. Drew Nelson had 6 tackles and 1 interception, Kyle McIntire had 19 tackles and 12 assists, Derek Daniels 18 tackles, 14 assists plus 2 interceptions, Sean Fox had 28 tackles, 17 assists, 5-1/2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery, Matt Bauer had 34 tackles, 24 assists, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery, 1 fumble forced and 1 blocked kick, Gary Knott had 18 tackles, 8 assists and 1 interception, Chris Swenson had 29 tackles and 22 assists, David Schiller had 23 tackles, 20 assists, 1 sack and 1 interception,

David Schmidt had 20 tackles, 8 assists, 5 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery, Pheng Her had 5 tackles and 5 assists, Cody Arnold had 5 tackles and 7 assists, Andy Nelson 2 tackles and 1 assist, Derrick Vandromme had 7 tackles, 11 assists, 1 fumble recovery and 1 sack, Drew Hebig had 14 tackles, 9 assists and 1 interception, Erik Frisvold had 7 tackles and 7 assists, Dan Dieter had 25 tackles, 19 assists, 1 interception and 1 fumble recovered, Dan Malmberg had 5 tackles and 3 assists, Tristan Larson 10 tackles and 14 assists, Stibbe had 4 tackles and 5 assists, Swan 1 tackle and 1 assist, Zwaska 1 tackle, Rignell 1 tackle and 1 assist, Soupir and Jacob each had 1 tackle and 1 assist, LeClaire and Evans had 3 tackles each, Cambronne had 5 tackles and 1 assist, Tyler Bauer had 2 tackles and 4 assists, Brady Jackson had 9 tackles and 7 assists and Kirby Arens had 18 tackles and 8 assists.

The Panthers were out-gained by their opponents 2327 yards to 1694.