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Sports from the week of October 25, 2006

No. 1 Luverne prevails

The Panther’s football season ended Tuesday night in Luverne., The No. 1 seeded Cardinals beat the No. 8 Panthers 34-6 in the Section 3AA playoff. Luverne improved to 6-3, and Tracy/Milroy/Balaton ended their year at 5-4.

“We didn’t play our best tonight, but you have had a good season,” Co-Head Coach Derek Flann told the squad after the game. “You exceeded almost everyone’s expectations and showed a lot of determination.” Tracy

The Panthers werer unable stop the Cardinal air attack. The Luverne passes were right on the money and when they weren’t the receivers made some spectacular catches. Once Luverne established the pass they were also able to run l successfully.

TMB fells behind 21-0 at the intermission, but played a strong second half. The Panthers weref outscored only 13-6 in the second half and were on the verge of scoring again as the game ended.

TMB received the opening kickoff and marched to two first downs before giving up the ball on an interception at the Luverne 49. TMB held and forced a punt and again moved the ball successfully to three first downs before punting. This time a pass from Jeremy Hoff to Andrew DeBoer for 28 yards and a run of 37 set up the Cardinals first score. The kick was good and Luverne led 7-0 with 1:10 left in the first period.

Luverne scored twice more to go up 21-0 at the half.

Luverne’s dominance continued in the third period while they posted two more scores to go ahead 34-0 by the end of the third quarter.

TMB finally got on the scoreboard in the last quarter as a result of a 9 play, 82-yard drive with 3:11 remaining in the game. Fullback Dan Dieter scored on a four-yard run.

The Panthers recovered a Luverne fumble and marched all the way to the Cardinal 1-yard line where the game ended.

TMB rushed 49 times for 237 yards and were 7 of 26 passing for 95 yards for a total of 332 yards of offense. The Cardinals rushed 26 times for 249 yards and were 7 of 10 passing for 153 yards and 402 total yards.

Chris Swenson led the TMB defense with 13 tackle points, Seth Swan had 12, John Gervais 9, Kyle McIntire 8, David Schmidt and Dan Deiter 6 each, Chris Hansen,Tyler Bauer and Nick Soupir had 5 each, Aaron Frisvold and Taylor Rignell had 4 each, Drew Nelson and Pheng Her had 3 each while John Swenhaugen, Spencer Zwaschka, Taylor Hagber and Nathan Jacob each had 2 points. Steve Paradis and Deiter each had a fumble recovery.

TMB 0 0 0 6 6

Luverne 7 14 13 0 34


First quarter

Luverne-Hoff 6 run (kick good)

Second quarter

Luverne-Hoff 20 run (kick good)

Luverne- Elbers 2 run (kick good)

Third quarter

Luverne-Elbers 78 run (kick good)

Luverne- Baumann11 run ( kick failed)

Fourth quarter

TMB- Deiter 4 run (pass failed)

Individual leaders

Rushing- Seth Swan 23 for 109

Passing-Dolan 7 of 25 for 95 yards

Receiving-McIntire 2 for 43 yards

TMB clinches winning record with Ortonville win

By Dick Donaldson


The Panther football team ended its regular season with a 28-0 win over Ortonville, at Ortonville, Wednesday night. The win gave Tracy/Milroy/Balaton a season record of 5 wins and 3 losses. TMB finished 5-3 in the Little Sioux Conference.

The Panthers kicked off to the Trojans who moved to one first down before being forced to punt. TMB then moved 61 yards in 5 plays with Seth Swan carrying the ball on each play. Swan scored from 7 yards out but the attempted run for a two-point conversion failed and TMB led 6-0 with 6:25 remaining in the first quarter.

On their next possession the Panthers marched from their own 27-yard line to the Ortonville 22 before a holding penalty stopped them. The Trojans could not move the ball and punted. The punt reception was muffed but Dan Deiter picked the loose ball up and raced 38 yards to the second Panther score. Again the two-point conversion attempt failed and the Panther lead was 12-0 with 10:17 left in the first half.

There was no more scoring until late in the third quarter when John Swenhaugen intercepted a Trojan pass to give the Panthers the ball at their own 19-yard line. The Panthers got a first down at the 37 and then Dolan hit Drew Nelson with a pass to the Ortonville 17-yard line. Six plays later sophomore quarterback Isaac Dolan scored from 5 yards out. Swan’s run for the conversion was good and TMB led 20-0 with 2:34 left in the third period.

The final Panther tally came late in the fourth quarter when the Panthers marched 44 yards in 12 plays with Dolan covering the last 3 yards for the touchdown. Swan’s run was good and the final score mounted to 28-0.

John Gervais led the Panther defense with 17 tackle points (two points for an unassisted tackle and 1 point for an assist), Chris Hansen had 14 points, Dan Deiter had 10, Chris Swenson 9, John Swenhaugen 7, Seth Swan and Spencer Zwaschka 6 each, Taylor Rignell, Brady Jackson and Drew Nelson 5 each, Kyle McIntire 4, Tyler Bauer 3, Brandon Kirk, David Schmidt, Nick Soupir, Aaron Frisvold and Matt Hagberg 2 each and Pheng Her had 1 point.

The Panthers rushed 47 times for 267 yards and were 5 of 20 passing for 84 yards giving them 351 yards of total offense. Ortonville rushed 25 times for 91 yards and were 4 of 13 passing for 32 yards giving them 123 yards of total offense.


Ortonville 0 0 0 0 0

TMB 6 6 8 8 28



First quarter

TMB- Swan 7 run (run failed)

Second quarter

TMB-Deiter 38 run (pass failed)

Third quarter

TMB-Dolan 5 run (run good)

Fourth quarter

TMB-Dolan 3 run (run good)


Individual stats

Rushing- Swan 30 carries for 153 yards

Passing-Dolan 5 of 20 for 84 yards

Receiving-Drew Nelson 1 for 40 yards


Panthers advance, face GFW Friday

The Panther volleyball team advanced in the Section 3AA North Tournament with a 3-1 win over Canby at Redwood Falls Monday night. The game scores were 25-23, 19-25, 25-19 and 25-18.

“It was great to get a tournament win,” said Panther Coach Cyndi Raymond. “We had some great individual performances.

The Lancers got off to a 17-8 lead. At that point Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, feeding on all of the tradition of past Panther volleyball victories, pulled together and won 25-23. Three big kills by Michele Lanoue fueled the 17-6 run for the Panthers.

“The way we were playing at the beginning of that first game, we didn’t deserve to win,” said Raymond. “We were playing very poor defense, just standing around. But, to our credit we didn’t panic and came back to win.”

The Panthers were down 18-8 in the second game they had dug too deep a hole and, after fighting back to within 19-24, lost 19-25 to find the match all even.

“We could easily have been down 2-0 after two games,” said Raymond.

By the end of the first two games the Panthers had figured out how to stop Canby’s big hitters and did a much better job of blocking in the next two games. Those games saw Canby held to 19 and 18 points respectively.

“Blocking was our key to winning the match,” said Raymond. “At this point of the season the wins are very important if you want to keep playing.”

Jackie Haecherl led the serving with 22 of 22 with 5 aces, Shelbie Jones was 19 of 20 with 2 aces and Shea Lanoue, who served with great authority when she came into the line-up, was 17 of 18 with 1 ace. Michele Lanoue had a big night hitting and led the team with 19 kills, Mallory Fultz had 12 and Jackie Haecherl 5. Lindsey Daniels had 38 set assists. In the all-important blocking, Haecherl led the team with 5 blocks while Molly Miller and Mallory Fultz had 4 each. Shelbie Jones had 23 digs and Molly Miller 12.

The Panthers will next meet GFW, the top seed, at 6 p.m. in Olivia on Friday.


Tigers beat TMB

The Panther volleyball team concluded its regular season schedule with a 3-1 home loss to Marshall Thursday. Game scores 16-25, 8-25, 25-21 and 19-25.

Lindsey Daniels was 11 of 12 serving with 1 ace to go with her 23 set assists, Molly Miller was 13 of 13, Shelbie Jones was 14 of 14 with 2 aces and had 29 digs. Michele Lanoue had 11 kills and Mallory Fultz 10. Jackie Haecherl had 1 block.