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Sports from the week of November 8, 2006



TMB football stats reflect improvement

By Dick Donaldson


The Panther football team finished its season with 5 wins and 3 losses in the Little Sioux Conference and an opening round playoff loss to Luverne.

The team’s offense compiled 2,915 yards of total offense, 931 by passing and 1984 rushing in the nine games. The defense gave up 2,334 yards in the nine games, 622 by passing and 1712 by rushing.

The 5-4 season record was a big improvement over the 1-7 record posted by the 2005 Panthers. In 2005 the team averaged 212 yards per game and gave up 290 compared to this year’s average of 323 yards per game and giving up 240 yards per game.

Seth Swan led the team in rushing with 937 yards in 175 attempts for an average of 5.35 yards per carry. Isaac Dolan gained 482 yards in 97 attempts for an average of 4.97, David Schmidt had 283 yards in 44 carries and Dan Deiter had 72 yards in 16 attempts.

Dolan completed 64 completions in 167 attempts for 911 yards. Kyle McIntire was 2 of 4 for 20 yards.

Schmidt had 24 receptions for 339 yards, McIntire had 19 for 243 yards, Chris Swenson 8 for 135 yards, Drew Nelson 6 for 95 yards and Taylor Rignell 3 for 33 yards.

Swan and Swenson led the defense with 110 tackle points each. Swan had 4 pass deflections and Swenson had 2 fumble recoveries, 1 caused fumble and 1 interception.

John Gervais had 108 tackle points plus a sack and a pass deflection. Chris Hansen had 106 tackle points plus a sack and 4 fumble recoveries, Dan Deiter had 94 tackle points, 1 pass deflection and 2 fumble recoveries, Spencer Zwaschka had 73 tackle points plus 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery, Kyle McIntire had 70 tackle points, 6 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery, 1 fumble caused and 1 interception, David Schmidt had 62 points, 4 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 2 interceptions, Pheng Her had 57 points, 3 sacks and 1 fumble recovery, Tyler Bauer had 53 points, 1 sack and 1 fumble recovery, Andrew Prairie had 45 points, Taylor Rignell had 36 points, 5 pass deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 fumble caused, John Swenhaugen had 35 points and 3 pass interceptions, Nick Soupir had 25 points and 1 pass deflection, Aaron Frisvold had 25 points, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 1 fumble caused, Brady Jackson had 19 points, Drew Nelson 19 points and 1 pass deflection, Jordan Rolling had 15 points, Nate Jacob 13, Taylor Hagberg 11, Adam LeClaire 10, Steve Paradis 9 points plus 1 fumble recovery and 1 blocked kick, Brandon Kirk 3, Matt Hagberg 3 points plus 1 sack, Ryan Thooft, 2 points, Isaac Dolan 2 points and Mike Lenertz 1 point.


Injury slows Tholen at state

Ryan Tholen ran in the State Class A cross country race at St Olaf College in Northfield Saturday despite a hip injury. He finished in 126th place with a time of 18:29.1.

“Ryan had been coping with some injuries that made running very uncomfortable,” said Panther Coach Marie Hanson. “He was especially having some problems with his hip. His first mile was at 5:22 which is close to his regular first mile time, but the third mile really took a toll on him.”

The timing of the injury was disappointing.

“I know Ryan was really looking forward to running his best at State and his injury made that impractical,” said Hanson. “Still, Ryan ran a great race while in a great deal of pain.”

Great strides made with junior high volleyball


There were 16 girls participating for the Panther seventh grade volleyball team this season.

“Their record did not accurately reflect the great strides of improvement that occurred over the 8 week period,” said Coach Mindy Butman. “The girls pulled together and supported each other at every game. Their positive attitudes and love for the game made it a great season. I was very lucky to have coached this awesome group of athletes and look forward to watching them continue to develop their skills over the coming years.”