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Sports from the week of March 22, 2006

Boys exceed expectations

The Panther boys’ basketball team held the end of the season banquet at the high school cafeteria Tuesday night.

Mark Templeton, Panther C squad coach, lauded his boys for a great season.

“They won every game against teams that play in our conference,” he said.

B-squad Coach Bob Ladehoff congratulated his players on their 17-5 record and singled out Ryan Thooft as the only Panther player to register six fouls in a single game.

“They forgot to notify him of his fifth foul which would have required him to leave the game,” he said.

Varsity Coach Nat Boyer observed that his team had compiled an 11-15 season record, was 4-6 in the Camden Conference South, placed third in the old 212 Tournament after being predicted to finish at the bottom and worked to a second place finish in the 2005-06 Holiday Tournament.

“We made several significant steps forward this season,” he said.

Letters were awarded to Captains Gary Knott and Derek Radke, Juniors Kyle McIntire, Nick Soupir and Taylor Rignell, Sophomores Andrew Prairie, Anthony Dolan, David Schmidt, Drew Nelson, Ryan Kaup, Spencer Zwaschka and Steve Paradis plus Freshman Isaac Dolan.

Senior awards and captain stars were awarded to Knott and Radke and the KLGR award for player of the game against Renville County West was given to Isaac Dolan. Gary Knott was chosen to play in the Tim Orth Memorial Game and also was chosen to the All-Conference Team.

Cody Welu, Alex Bitton and Shawn Zwach were cited for their good work as team managers and the senior players presented Coach Boyer with an autographed basketball.

Domine, Kirk named as all-state honorable mention

Alyssa Kirk and Ashlee Domine have been named Associated Press honorable m,ention All State selections. Domine was also an honorable mention selection last year.

“Both players had excellent seasons and deserved the honor,” said Panther Coach Ric Haberman

Kirk, a deadly three-point shooter, averaged 16.9 points a game this season. She scored 969 career points, including 171 three-point baskets.

Domine averaged 15.8 points a game and pulled down 130 rebounds in 15 games.

Knowledge Bowl teams advance

Two Tracy Area High School knowledge bowl teams advance to regional competition April 3 following top-20 finishes at last week’s sub-regional competition last week.

Students from TAHS were among those who participated in the 2005-2006 senior high knowledge bowl sub-regional competition March 15 in Marshall. Participating districts included Fulda, Hills-Beaver Creek, Jackson County Central, Lake Benton, Marshall, Minneota, Pipestone, Southwest Star, and Windom.

Tracy’s three teams were among 45 teams participating in the event.

Placing fourth was the team of Jeremiah Martin, Kyle Fraser, David French, and Will Johnston. The 17th place team consisted of Pat Van Nevel, Kraig Van Keulen, and Logan Sanow. Both teams will participate in regionals on April 3.

A third TAHS team, whose members were Brittnee Michaels, Trent Edwards, Jon Mason, and Spencer Anderson, placed 32nd. Though the team does not advance to regionals, the students will accompany the other two teams to the competition and serve as alternates.

During the sub-regional contest, students competed in a written round consisting of 60 questions and four oral rounds of 45 questions each. Questions tested the students’ recall, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Questions were inter-disciplinary, including American history, world history, government, current events, economics and law, geography, literature, English, math, physical science, life science, earth science, health and psychology, art and music, and general knowledge of Minnesota. Teams raced against each other to be the first to “buzz in” and answer the question correctly, resulting in a very intense competition.