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Sports from the week of February 9, 2005

Early turnovers sink boys

The Panther boys’ basketball team lost to ACGC at Grove City 66-53 Friday.

The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton’s season record to 2 -16 and they are 0-10 in the 212 Conference.

The Panthers were plagued by 17 first half turnovers and fell behind 24-8 by the end of the first quarter. The boys re-grouped and out-scored the Falcons the rest of the way 45-42.

“We struggled with ball control again,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. “With the team speed we have and the amount of enthusiasm that the team possesses you would think we would be able to run on teams and push the ball up the floor, but with the amount of turnovers that we have been committing through poor ball handling the half court game is our main option and right now that isn’t real strong. The team just needs to realize that we can make things happen and then act on that rather than just expecting it to come to us or waiting for the other team to roll over. Make no mistake the team is working hard, we just need to break through this slump we have been in. Our main goal right now is to get back on the positive end of our upcoming games. Once we get our ball control in check that may eliminate our having to play from behind all the time. We want to head into the postseason with some momentum built up . We just need to keep on working hard.”

Sean Kirk and John Knott led the team in scoring with 12 points each while Drew Nelson added 10, Gary Knott 9 and Andrew Prairie 8. The Panthers had 27 rebounds to the Falcons 28, 9 assists to 11, 10 steals to 15 and turned the ball over 23 times to 18 for the opponents.

TMB hit 21 of 42 two-point shots for 50 % and were 0 for 1 on three point shots. ACGC hit 21 of 45 two-point attempts for 47% and were 3 of 14 on threes for 21 %.

The Panther B squad lost 60-53 with Zwaschka leading the scoring with 13 points while Rignell added 12. Paradis had 7, Dolan 6, Frebault 5, Warner 5, Soupir 3 and Louwagie 2.

T/M/B 8 13 12 20 53

ACGC 24 16 16 10 66

T/M/B- Nelson, 5, 0/4,10; Knott, 5,2/3,12; Kirk, 6,0/0,12; Radke,1,0/0,2; Prairie, 2, 4/4,8; G. Knott, 2, 5/5, 9. Totals, 21, 11/16, 53.

Wrestlers advance to 'final four'

The Panther wrestling team advanced to the semi-finals of the Section Wrestling Tournament Tuesday night at Granite Falls with 51-22 win over Montevideo. The Panthers will meet defending state Class AA champ Adrian at Redwood Falls Friday night. YME wrestles Fulda/MCC in the other semi-final match.

The Panthers won the first four matches to take a 21-0 lead but Montevideo came back to take 5 out of the next 6 to pull within 27-22. The Panthers then got wins from Andy Nelson, Paul Carlson, Mike Schreier and Jordan Rolling.

“Our lower and upper weights really came through for us tonight,” said Panther Coach Brian Michelson.

The Panther individual results were:

103-Eric Cooreman won, fall, 4:48, Wald;

112- Chia Thao, won, dec., 9-5, Anderson;

119- Cole Cooreman, won, fall, 2:49, Weckworth;

125- Adam Snyder, won, fall, 1:50, Aalfs;

130- Derek Evans, lost, fall, 1:25, Halvorson;

135- Chad Cooreman, won, fall, :33, Kanten;

140- Cody Arnold, lost, dec., 6-2, Wald;

145- Ross Ryan, lost, dec., 6-2, Klosterboer;

152- Kyle Lanners, lost, fall, 1:53, Baldwin;

160- Dan Deiter, lost, dec., 15-3, Gallagher;

171- Andy Nelson, won, fall, 1:24, John Gallagher;

189- Paul Carlson, won, fall, 3:15, Rodeberg;

215- Mike Schreier, won, fall, 3:28, Peterson;

Hwt- Jordan Rolling, won, fall, 1:23, Krueger.

Girls hold off MACCRAY

The Panther girls’ basketball team beat 212 Conference rival MACCRAY 51-43 at Tracy Thursday.

“We hit an eight-minute dry spell in the middle of the second half and that is a bad habit to get into,” said Panther Co-Coach Ric Haberman. “The good news was that we had a substantial lead and still won the game.”

The Panthers got 12 points each from Ashlee Domine and Alyssa Kirk to lead the team in scoring. T/M/B garnered 36 rebounds (Kirk 9) to 35 for the Wolverines, had 24 assists to 15, 11 steals (Domine 4) to 6, 9 blocks (Nelson 6) to 4 and turned the ball over only 9 times to 17 for MACCRAY.

Tessa Nelson, recovering from the extraction of wisdom teeth, did not start, but saw extensive action.

The Panther B-squad beat MACCRAY 52-33 with Jackie Haecherl and Mallory Fultz scoring with 10 points each, Molly Miller had 8, Ashley Kirk 7, Ashley Carpenter 5, Lindsey Daniels and Michele Lanoue 4 and Jackie Coulter and Cassie Miller 2 each.

T/M/B 13 16 13 9 51

MACCRAY 14 8 12 9 43

T/M/B-Schaar, 4,0/0,8; Nelson, 3,0/0,6; Tholen, 2,0/0,4; Kirk, 4,0/0,12; Domine, 6,0/1,12; Miller, 4,1/2,9. Totals, 23,1/3,51.