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Sports from the week of October 11, 2006


TMB rushes for 445 yds. in homecoming win

Panthers rally from early deficit

By Dick Donaldson

The Panther football team won over Fulda 44-13 in the homecoming game Friday night in Tracy. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton’s season record to 4-2 while Fulda dropped to 0-6.

The record would indicate that the Panthers would have little difficulty winning over the Raiders. However, any underdog that has success early becomes a much more formidable foe. The Raiders, with elusive quarterback Miguel Lavoie exhibiting success as a ball carrier, a passer, a punter and as a kicker, got the Raiders on the scoreboard first while moving against a very strong wind. That could have very easily tipped the advantage in the game to Fulda but the Panthers showed resolve and proceeded to take charge of the game.

“It was a nice win for us,” said Panther Co-Coach Derek Flann. “We made some mistakes early and we gave up too many yards rushing but Fulda is definitely improved from what we had seen of them. Their quarterback was tough to contain.”

TMB scored 20 points in the second period to take a 20-7 at half. The Raiders came back in the third quarter to score again but TMB answered with 24 fourth quarter points to put the game away.

David Schmidt, filling in at running back for Seth Swan, had a big night with 31 rushes for 240 yards. The Panthers rushed 55 times for 445 yards and were 7 of 14 passing for 49 yards giving them a total of 494 yards of offense. Fulda rushed 34 times for 234 yards and were 1 of 9 passing for 8 yards, giving them 242 yards of total offense.

Lavoie, the senior Fulda quarterback, weighing only 150 pounds and standing about 5-6, displayed extreme quickness, good speed, a strong leg and a good ability to pass. The failure to complete more passes was not due to any inaccuracy by the passer.

Chris Hansen led Panthers in tackle points (2 points for an unassisted tackle and one point for a tackle assist) with 14, Dan Deiter had 12, Pheng Her and John Gervais 11 each, David Schmidt 10, Brady Jackson 8, John Swenhaugen 7, Tyler Bauer, Spencer Zwaschka and Aaron Frisvold 4 each, Chris Swenson, Nick Soupir and Adam LeClaire had 3 each, Andrew Prairie, Taylor Rignell, Drew Nelson and Taylor Hagberg each had 2 points while Kyle McIntire and Steve Paradis each had 1 point. Pheng Her and Aaron Frisvold each had a sack.

First half

The Panthers kicked off, with the wind, to the Raiders. The ball went into the end-zone and was put into play at the 20 yard line. The Raiders moved to one first down before punting to the Panthers. TMB marched from its own 44 to the Fulda 6 in ten plays before turning the ball over on downs.

After putting the ball in play on the 6, Fulda’s Alex Hein gained 23 yards in two carries. On his third carry Hein broke around his right side and ran 62 yards to the Panther 10. In two plays the Raiders had punched in the first score of the game. The kick was good and Fulda led 7-0 with 3:01 remaining in the quarter.

As the second period began the Panthers took the ball on downs at their own 45. David Schmidt carried five straight times and scored from 37 yards out. The run for the conversion failed and Fulda led 7-6 with 9:25 left in the half.

The Panthers scored twice more in the half. Schmidt scored from 54 yards out, capping a four-played 80 yard drive. A 59-yard, eight play drive ended with Isaac Dolan scoring from 3 yards. Tracy/Milroy/Balaton led 20-7 at half.


Second half

The Raiders marched 85 yards in nine plays on their first possession of the half for a touchdown, with Lavoie carrying the ball on each play. The kick failed, but Fulda had pulled to within 20-13 with 3:27 left in the third quarter.

The Panthers took the ensuing kickoff from their own 30 to the Fulda 20 before a false start penalty caused them to lose the ball on downs.

TMB scored on each of their next three possessions. The touchdowns came on a 1 yard blast from Dolan, a 44 yard run by Dolan and a 30 yard tally by sophomore Brandon Kirk.

Fulda 7 0 6 0 13

TMB 0 20 0 24 44

First quarter

F-Hein 7 run (Lavoie’s kick good)

Second quarter

TMB-Schmidt 37 run (run failed)

TMB-Schmidt 54 run (pass failed)

TMB-Dolan 3 run (Schmidt run good)

Third quarter

F-Lavoie 2 run, (kick failed)

Fourth quarter

TMB- McIntire 9 pass from Dolan (pass good)

TMB-Dolan 44 run (pass good)

TMB Kirk 30 run (pass good)

Passing:Dolan 6 of 13 for 46 yards

Receiving: McIntire 2 for 24 yards


Panthers down Dawson-Boyd


The Panther volleyball team won over Dawson-Boyd 3-1 at Tracy Tuesday night. The game scores were 25-14, 25-11, 23-25 and 25-14. The win improved Tracy/Milroy/Balaton’s season record to 6-15.

“This was a much needed win for us tonight,” said Panther Coach Cyndi Raymond. “Now maybe we can pick up some more wins over the weekend at Alexandria.”

The Panthers won the first two games easily and got off to a 9-4 lead in the third game. They were still ahead at 18-15 but the Blackjacks tied the game at 18-18 before TMB came back to close to 23-24 but the Blackjacks got the next point to win the game. However the Panthers came back and took the fourth game quite easily by a 25-14 score to win the match.

Jackie Haecherl had 1 kill, served 17/18, had 8 digs and 7 set assists. Molly Miller had 4 kills, was 18/19 serving with 2 aces and had 12 digs. Mallory Fultz led the team with 12 kills, was 10/12 serving with 4 aces, had 4 digs and 2 set assists. Lindsey Daniels had 3 kills, was 13/14 serving with 5 aces, had 8 digs and 59 set assists. Michele Lanoue also had 12 kills, 2 ace serves and 18 digs. Shelby Jones had 5 kills, was 12/13 serving with 1 ace and had 8 digs. Shea Lanoue was 7 /7 serving and had 1 dig. Kayla Daniels, an eighth grader, made her debut as the Libero and had 3 digs.

The Panther B squad lost to Dawson-Boyd 2-1 with game scores of 17-25, 22-25 and 15-11. The C squad won 3-0 with gme scores of 25-10, 25-10 and 25-22.

The Panthers will participate in the Alexandria Tournament over the weekend and will next be home when they close out the regular season by hosting Marshall on Thursday, October 19.


Runners have conference Friday

The Panther boys were sixth and the girls ninth at the Adrian Invitational Tuesday.

The team is now preparing for their conference meet Friday at Maynard.

The boys’ team scores were: 1) Adrian, 50; 2) Marshall, 53; 3) Sioux Falls Washington, 66; 4) MCC, 107; 5) HBC/E, 112; 6) TMB, 171; 7) Worthington, 209; 8) SWU, 215; 9) WWG/RRC, 220; 10) Luverne, 221; 11) Pipestone, inc.

The Panther boys’ individual results were: Ryan Tholen, 4, 17:21; Alex Jones, 19, 18:25; Derek Evans, 36, 19:24; Sam VanNevel, 58, 21:02; Joe Hook, 61, 21:20; Chad Cooreman,66, 23:06; Dalton Kirk, 68, 23:24.

The girls’ team scores were: 1) Marshall, 31; 2)Adrian, 45; 3) Luverne, 77; 4) MLBO, 102; 5) MCC, 139; 6) SF Washington, 165; 7) SWU, 171; 8) Worthington, 197; 9) TMB, 211.

The Panther girls’ individual results were: Karli Tholen, 30, 16:56; Jen Vroman, 41, 18:05; Ayla Snyder, 50, 18:44; Haley Hebig, 53, 19:11; Jessica Mason, 57, 19:28; Rachel Stobb, 59, 19:41; Celia Brockway, 64, 21:19.


Ryan Tholen 2nd in Luverne meet


The Panther girls were fourth and the boys fifth at the Luverne Invitational Thursday. The girls’ team scores were: 1) Sioux Falls Lincoln, 29; 2) Luverne, 35; 3) C/M/LHI, 66; 4) TMB, 115.

The individual results for the Panther girls were: Karli Tholen, 17, 18:00; Jen Vroman, 23, 19:28; Ayla Snyder, 24, 19:35; Jessica Mason, 25, 20:32; Haley Hebig, 25, 20:34; Rachel Stobb, 56, 21:41; Tinke Albach, 63, 22:18;Celia Brockway, 64, 22:38; Rachel Jorda, 67, 22:44; Carly Miller, 70, 23:17.

“On the girls’ side Jen Vroman, Ayla Snyder, Haley Hebig and Jessica Mason all ran strong races. One of the team goals is to get those young ladies to run together in a pack during the race,” said Panther Coach Marie Hanson. “Karli Tholen had a great race once again, finishing in the top twenty for the team.”

The boys’ team scores were: 1)Sioux Falls Lincoln, 23; 2) HBC/E/E, 65; 3) Flandreau Indian School, , 103; 4)C/M/LHI, 108; 5)TMB, 148; 6)Worthington, 170; 7) WWG/RRC, 177; 8)Luverne, 187; 9)Pipestone, 205; 10)Brandon Valley, 267.

The Panther boys’ individual results were: Ryan Tholen, 2, 17:52; Alex Jones, 13, 19:06; Derek Evans, 39, 20:32; Sam VanNevel, 53, 21:27; Joe Hook, 62, 22:07; Chad Cooreman, 70, 23:23; Dalton Kirk, 73, 23:40; James Prairie, 78, 24:07; Josh Lubben, 81, 24:55.

“The TMB boys finished well today with a lot of tough competition,” said Hanson. “Alex and Derek really stepped up today, they ran a tough first half of the race and then held on to place well for the team. Ryan Tholen had an excellent finish, with about 300 meters left he was in a pack of four runners, but surged and came out on top of that pack. That is good for Ryan, as he has struggled in previous races to beat out competition during the finish. Josh Lubben also ran a very strong race for the team.”

Mac Tiegs ran in the junior high race and finished 20th with a time of 13:24.