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Sports from the week of February 7, 2007



Monte turns up competition


On Friday the Panther boys ran into one of the better teams in the area and lost to Montevideo 81-51 at Tracy. Tracy/Milroy/Balaton is now 11-8 while Montevideo improved to 15-1.

Both teams shot the ball well with the Panthers hitting 24 of 55 for 43% and Monte hitting 37 of 81 for 45%. The big difference was in the rebounding where Monte pulled down 47 and the Panthers only 9.

Drew Nelson led the Panther scorers with 10 points while David Schmidt added 9. T/M/B had 9 assists to 11, 6 steals to 6, 2 blocks to 2 and committed only 9 turnovers to 11 for the visitors.

T/M/B 29 22 51

Montevideo 42 39 81

T/M/B- Schmidt, 4,1/2,9; McIntire, 0,1/2,1; A. Dolan 3, 0/0,7; Paradis, 3, 0/0,6; Rignell, 1, 0/0,3; Prairie, 2, 0/0,4; I. Dolan, 1, 2/4,4; Kaup, 2, 0/0,5; Nelson, 4, 2/2, 10; Gervais, 1, 0/0,2. Totals 21, 6/12, 51.

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The Panther boys’ B squad won over Montevideo 47-24 to improve its season record to 16-3.

Chris Hansen led the scoring with 8 points while Josh Hook and Bo Kirsh had 7 each, Brandon Kirk added 6, Kane Zwaschka, Walker Schaar, Aaron Frisvold and John Swenhaugen had 4 each, Austin Butman had 2 and Alex Jones added 1 point.

“Tonight we had a very balanced game with good solid play by all the guys,” said Panther Coach Bob Ladehoff. “Hard work and teamwork really showed tonight. Our free throw shooting and rebounding have shown improvement.”

Twisters head for regional competition

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton dance team is preparing for the Section 3A dance tournament at Montevideo.

The Twisters, among 14 teams at the meet, will compete in both jazz and high-kick divisions.

The team’s goal is to place among the top three teams and advance to state competition in St. Paul the following week. The Twisters compete at 1:44 p.m. in high-kick and 2:34 p.m. in jazz.

The team is coached by Lynn Carlson and Vickie Hayes. Choreographers are Elizabeth Rayman, Maria Schmidt, Paige Hansen, and Kylie Meyer.

Wrestling team tourney set

Panther wrestlers open Section 3AA team competition Tuesday, Feb. 13, with a 7 p.m. match at Marshall against RRC/WWG. The Panthers are the No. 2 seed behind Marshall in the North Section 3AA tourney. Adrian and Murray County Central are the No. 1 and No. 2 South tourney teams.

Girls look for consistency

Minneota shows why they lead conference

Minneota notched an eary 59-39. victory over Tracy/Milroy/Balaton Monday on the Tracy hardwood.

The Panthers fell to 5-14 and 3-10 in the conference. Minneota improved to 16-2 and they are 13-1 in the conference.

“I thought we played well at different times,” said Panther Coach Ryan Kruse. “Hopefully we can put it all together in our remaining games to get some kind of streak going before the playoffs start.”

Ashley Kirk led the scoring with 7 points while Shea Lanoue, Bridgit Kirsh, Jackie Haecherl and Lindsey Daniels followed with 6 points each.

The Panthers had 30 rebounds to 33 for Minneota, had 9 assists to 15, 2 steals to 8, 3 blocks to 5 and turned the ball over 11 times to 12 for the winners.

T/M/B 18 21 39

Minneota 33 26 59

T/M/B- Kirsh, 2,2/2,6; Lanoue, 3,0/0,6; Haecherl, 3,0/1,6; Miller, 0,3/6,3; Daniels, 2,2/2,6; Ryan, 1,0/0,2; Kirk, 3,1/2, 7; Fultz, 0, 3. Totals, 14,11/17,39.

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The Panther girls’ B squad lost to Minneota 39-31 Michelle Lenertz led the Panthers in scoring with 9 points and was followed by Jen Vroman with 8, M’hesi Haugen and Bridgit Kirsh with 4 each, Roxy Ryan with 3, Shelbie Jones with 2 and Haley Hebig with 1 point.

“This game was probably one of our better efforts of the year,” said Panther Coach Gale Otto. “We played better team defense and executed our offense better. We still have trouble hitting some of our easy shots, and we need to get better at rebounding. Overall, the team gave a good effort and it resulted in a good game for us.”