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Sports from the week of March 1, 2006


State bound

Carlson, Cooreman, Prairie are section mat champions

Three Panther wrestlers are headed for the state wrestling tournament at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Thursday through Saturday.

Luke Prairie (119), Cole Cooreman (125) and Paul Carlson (171) all won championships at the Section 3AA wrestling tourney at Redwood Falls Friday and Saturday. Derek Evans (130) and James Prairie (160) came close by placing third in sections.

Thirteen of 14 Tracy/Milroy/Balaton wrestlers placed at section.

Derek Evans and James Prairie placed third. Nathan Jacob, Chad Cooreman, Drew Hebig and Dan Dieter placed fourth and Zach Campbell, Chia Thao, Andy Nelson and Tyler Bauer were fifth.

“We would liked to have had more individuals qualify for the state tournament, but we did have an outstanding overall effort,” said Coach Brian Michelson. “Overall the guys wrestled very well. Cole, Paul and Luke took charge of their respective matches in the second period and never looked back.”

Cole Cooreman, in his second-straight state tourney appearance, is now 36-4. Carlson, who has qualified for state four-consecutive years, is 37-3. Luke Prairie improved to 18-11, getting two of his three section victories from pins.

Derek Evans wrestled all the way back to a ‘True Second’ match and lost a hard-fought 8-4 decision. Dan Dieter and Nathan Jacob (both seeded 5th), and Tyler Bauer (unseeded) exceeded expectations and wrestled well, Michelson said. All three are coming back next season.

Michelson noted that Campbell set a new team record for most wins as a seventh grader with a 27-14 record.


Friday results

103- Campbell, bye; won, fall, 1:13, Sweetman;

112- Chia Thao, bye;

119-Luke Prairie, bye; won, default, Williamson;

125- Cole Cooreman, bye; won, fall, 4:48, Weckworth;

130-Derek Evans, bye; won, M.dec., 10-2, Beech;

135-Chad Cooreman, bye; won, dec., 8-2, Schiller;

140-Drew Hebig, bye; lost, dec., 9-6, Lundberg;

145- Andrew Dieter, bye; lost, fall, 1:23, Wald;

152- Andy Nelson, bye; won, M,dec., 19-5, Stefl;

160- James Prairie, bye; won, fall, :52, Sell;

171- Paul Carlson, bye; won, dec., 6-4, Rodney;

189- Dan Dieter, bye; won, dec., 6-4, Zachzscha;

215-Tyler Bauer, lost, M.dec., 14-0, Bruns;

275- Nathan Jacob, bye; lost, dec., 2-1, Nath.


Saturday results

103-Campbell, lost, dec., 4-1, Bullerman; won, fall, 2:51, Peterson, fifth place;

112-Thao, won, dec., 16-5, Rouss, fifth place;

119- Prairie, won, fall, 3:16, Asland; won, fall, 5:48, Hochstein, champion;

125- Cole Cooreman, won, dec., 7-0, Gades; won, dec., 7-1, Stevens, champion;

130- Derek Evans, lost, dec., 4-0, Halvorson; lost, dec., 8-4, Bergendahl; won, dec.,10-3, Their, third place;

135-Chad Cooreman, lost, M.dec., 14-6, Silvas; fourth place;

140- Hebig, lost dec., 6-5, Heitkamp, fourth place;

152- Andy Nelson, lost, dec., 5-3, Evans; won, fall, 3:29, Stefl, fifth place;

160-James Prairie, lost, dec., 8-5, Radke; won, M. dec., 15-6, Potter, third place;

171- Paul Carlson, won, dec., 7-2, Marron; won, dec., 5-2, Wagner, champion;

189- Dan Dieter, lost, fall, 2:54, Henning; lost, fall, 2:40, Engelkes, fourth place;

215- Tyler Bauer, won, fall, :55, Horkey, fifth place;

275- Nathan Jacob, lost, dec., 5-1, Nath, fourth place.


Speakers top Luverne meet

The Tracy Area High School speech team won another meet Saturday, topping 15 other schools at Luverne. Adrian, Fulda, Murray County Central, Jackson County Central and Montevideo were among the competing schools.

Earning first place trophies were senior Jenna Fischer in informative and sophomore Rachel Stobb in drama. Second-place finishers were senior Brad Lanoue and junior Celia Brockway in duo interpretation, senior Danielle Thooft in serious poetry, junior Levi Miller in serious prose, and freshman Skylar Carlson in humorous.

Third-place entries were senior Bobbi Jo Buyck in storytelling, juniors Jessica Mason in humorous, Allison Rasmussen in serious prose, and Patrick VanNevel in creative expression.

Fourth-place trophy winners were senior Casie Miller and freshman Carly Miller in duo interpretation and senior Jacob Gilmore in creative expression.

Fifth-place winners were sophomore David Nilius in great speeches, freshman Alicia Rykhus in serious poetry, and eighth graders Dalton Kirk and Megan Gilmore in duo interpretation.

Sixth-place winners were junior Emily Gilmore in serious drama and sophomore Ben VanMoer in storytelling.

Ribbon winners were sophomore Jordan Christiansen in informative and seventh grader Tara Norstegard in storytelling.

The team travels to Fairmont this weekend. Three preliminary rounds and one final round are planned. Competition starts at 9 a.m. and is open to the public.

OT win sweet for TMB

The Panther boys’ basketball team thrilled fans with a 74-70 double overtime victory over Minneota Thursday. The home court win gave Tracy/Milroy/Balaton a season record of 10-14 finished the Panthers conference play with a 4-6 record.

The Vikings fell to 5-17 and 2-8 in the conference.

The game was close all the way with TMB taking a 53-47 lead with 2:47 to play. However the Vikings came back with two, three-pointers, a put back and two free throws to match Anthony Dolan’s field goal and two free throws to send the game into overtime.

“After going into the halftime down to Minneota 36-31 we came back to hold the Vikings to 21 second half points to take the game into overtime at 57-57,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer.

In the first overtime TMB got a three pointer by Derek Radke and a field goal by Isaac Dolan to match the four free throws by the Vikings.

Radke started the second overtime period with another three pointer and field goals by Drew Nelson and Steve Paradis plus a free throw by David Schmidt were matched by five more free throws by the Vikings to tie the score at 70-70. Radke then drove the baseline for a lay up and two more pressure packed free throws by David Schmidt with 21 seconds remaining sealed the win.

The Panthers hit 21 of 41 field goals for 51% and were 8 0f 15 on three pointers while the Vikings hit 12 of 28 field goal attempts for 43% and were 9 of 24 on threes. TMB pulled down 44 rebounds to 30, had 26 assists to 19, 10 steals to 10, 6 blocks to 1 and turned the ball over 23 times to 13 for the visitors.


TMB- Knott, 2, 1-2, 5; Nelson, 3, 0-1, 6; I. Dolan, 1,0-0,3; Zwaschka, 2, 1-1, 5; Radke, 8, 0-0, 19; A. Dolan, 6, 2-2, 18; Paradis, 7, 0-2, 14; Schmidt, 0,4-6,4. Totals 29, 8-15, 74.