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Sports from the week of February 14, 2007


Panthers lose close game to Murray County Central


The Panther girls’ basketball Ttam lost a close game to Murray County Central Tuesday night in Slayton 57-54. The loss dropped T/M/B’s season record to 6-16 while the Rebels improved to 11-11.

The Panthers fell behind at halftime 30-16 but came storming back with a good second half to close to the final score. Ashley Kirk led the Panther offense with 22 points and added 10 rebounds. Mallory Fultz had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

The Panthers grabbed 37 rebounds to 31 for the Rebels, had 8 assists to 10, 6 steals to 13, 1 block to 4 and turned the ball over 19 times to 17 for the winners.

T/M/B 16 38 54

MCC 30 27 57

T/M/B- Lanoue, 1,1/1,3; Vroman, 1,0/0,2; Haecherl, 2,0/1,4; Miller, 0,1/4,1; Daniels, 4,0/0,8; Ryan, 2,0/0,4; Kirk, 9,4/4,22; Fultz, 2,6/10,10. Totals22, 13/27,54.


Counter scores 21 in MCC win over boys

The Panther boys’ basketball team lost to Murray County Central 79-72 at Tracy Friday night. The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton’s season record to 11-9 while MCC improved to 8-8.

For the Panthers it was just too much Paul Counter of the Rebels. Counter broke the Panther press, hit the three pointers from the top of the key against the Panther Zone and when the defenders came out to guard him, he hit the post men inside with passes for easy baskets. In addition he led the Rebel scoring with 21 points. The Rebels hit 26 of 51 shots from the floor for 51% while T/M/B hit 26 of 72 shots for 36%

“MCC played a very nice game, they attacked the basket and forced our defenders to make some decisions which were not favorable to the outcome for us,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. “We expected them to play the defense they did and we didn’t attack on the offensive end as well as we should have or could have and that was a big detriment for us. We need to play more consistent team defense in order to win ball games.”

The Panthers were led in scoring by David Schmidt with 14 points and Anthony Dolan 11 while Drew Nelson and Ryan Kaup had 10 points each. The Panthers pulled down 34 rebounds to 32 for MCC, had 15 assists to 10, 4 steals to 11, 4 blocks to 8 and turned the ball over 13 times.

MCC 35 44 79

T/M/B 25 47 72

T/M/B- Schmidt, 3,6/9,14; A.Dolan, 3,4/6,11;Paradis, 4,0/0,8; Rignell, 3,0/0,7; Prairie, 1,0/0,2; I.Dolan, 1,0/0,2; Kaup, 3,3/4,10; Zwaschka, 4,0/0,8; Nelson, 4,2/4,10. Totals 26,15/23,72.

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The Panther boys’ B-squad beat MCC 65-32 with Bo Kirsh leading the scoring with 20 points. He was followed by Brandon Kirk with 10, Walker Schaar with 8, Aaron Frisvold and John Swenhaugen with 6 each, Alex Jones, Josh Hook and Chris Hansen had 4 each and Austin Butman had 3 points.

“Once again we had good balanced scoring and everybody contributing to the victory,” said Panther Coach Bob Ladehoff. “Our rebounding on both ends of the court and free throws have been showing improvement. Our record is now 17-3.”

Dragons top Panthers 49-9

The Panther wrestling team won 1 and lost 2 in a quadrangular meet held in Tracy Friday.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton beat Redwood Valley 56-19, but lost to Adrian 49-9 and Minneota 39-25. TMB’s Luke Prairie was unbeaten for the night.


TMB 56, Redwood Valley 19

103- Zach Campbell won, FF;

112- Mike Anderson lost, fall, 3:56, Arretondo;

119- Leng Thao, won, fall, 4:54, Swobolda;

125- Erik Cooreman, won, fall, 1:55, Mariner;

130- Luke Prairie, won, FF;

135- Chad Cooreman, won, T.fall, 5:40, Knobloch;

140- Derek Evans, won, fall, :24, Klause;

145- Noah Van Nevel, won, FF;

152- Sam Van Nevel, lost, fall 3:42, Schiller;

160- Dan Dieter, lost, dec., 10-2, Myers;

171- James Prairie, won, FF;

189- Colton Evans, won, dec., 11-4, Hagert;

215- Tyler Bauer, lost dec., 2-0 Anderson;

Hwt- Nathan Jacob, won, fall, 2:41, Adan.

Adrian 49, TMB 9

103- Zach Campbell won, dec., 6-0, Dorn;

112- Mike Anderson, lost, fall 1:29, Loosbrock;

119- Erik Cooreman, lost, dec., 10-6, B.Bullerman;

125- Leng Thao, lost, fall, 1:27, Tiesler;

130- Luke Prairie, won, dec., 7-3, Gades;

135- Chad Cooreman, lost, dec., 8-3, Their;

140 Derek Evans, lost, dec., 12-9, Barker;

145- Noah VanNevel, lost, fall, 2:31, Heitkamp;

152- Andrew Dieter, lost, fall, 1:41, Reker;

160- Dan Dieter, injury default;

171- James Prairie, lost, dec., 8-2, Wagner;

189- Colton Evans, lost, M.dec., 11-2, Loosbrock;

215- Tyler Bauer, lost, dec., 10-5, Kruger;

Hwt- Nate Jacob, lost, dec., 8-2, Witmer.

Minneota 39, TMB 25

103- Zach Campbell, lost, dec., 4-3, Skillings;

112- Mike Anderson, lost, fall, 1:48, Josephson;

119- Erik Cooreman, lost, M.dec., 13-4, Buysse;

125- Kong Meng Thao, lost, fall, 1:10, Longtin;

130- Luke Prairie, won, fall, :45, Derynck;

135- Chad Cooreman, lost, dec., 4-2, T. Skillings;

140- Derek Evans, won, M.dec., 9-1, Bueltel;

145-Noah Van Nevel, lost, T.fall, 15-0, C. Buysse;

152- Andrew Dieter, lost, dec., 10-3, Hammer;

160- Dan Dieter, lost, fall, 3:32, M, Buysse;

171- James Prairie, won, fall, 1:13, Vick;

189- Colton Evans, lost, dec., 10-8, Peterson;

215- Tyler Bauer, won, dec., 8-4, Amthamatten;

Hwt- Nathan Jacob, won,fall, :50, Morse.

Twisters look to next year

10th-ranked team falls 4 points short of state

The tears and disappointed faces told the story in the Montevideo High School gym Saturday.

The Twister dance team had fallen short in their dream to qualify for the Minnesota Class A dance tournament in St. Paul.

But the Tracy/Milroy/Balaton girls—as they watched rival teams receive their trophies and medals—didn’t realize how close they’d come.

“We were just four points out,” said Coach Lynn Carlson.

The Twisters placed fourth in the Section 3A jazz-funk competition Saturday at Montevideo, four points behind third-place New Ulm Cathedral, nine points behind second-place Yellow Medicine East, and 12 points behind the championship BOLD Divas. Only the top three teams advanced to state.

“This was their best performance of the year. They really did a great job,” said Carlson of the Twisters.

The team, she said, made great strides this year is getting close to the top dance teams in Section 3A. At the end of the season, the Twisters were ranked as the No. 10 jazz funk Class A team in the state.

“We had a really good team this year,” she said. “But we’ve got a really tough section. Some of the best teams in the state are from right around here.”

Judges rated the Twisters highly for the technical quality and difficulty of their leaps and jumps, as well as visual effectiveness and creativity. How some of their combinations were put together got lower scores.

The Twisters placed eighth out of 13 teams in high-kick competition.

“Towards the end of the season we really focused on our jazz routine because we knew our chances for state were a lot stronger in jazz funk.” Nonetheless, Carlson said the girls in the high kick also “did a great job.” We were very happy with their performance.”

New Ulm Cathedral won the Section 3A high kick competition, followed by YME and Montevideo. Lac Qui Parle Valley finished fourth, just four points behind Montevideo.

Smaller dance teams have a difficult time competing with the top teams in high kick, which often can put 30 to 35 girls on the floor. The Twister had 18 dancers in high kick Saturday.

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Carlson is already looking forward to next year.

“We definitely have a strong team next year. We have a lot of strong dancers coming back.”

This year’s Twister varsity had three seniors (Elizabeth Rayman, Ann Byrne, Allison Rasmussen), four juniors, five sophomores, five freshmen, and two eighth graders. A number of eighth graders who were on junior varsity this season have good potential for varsity next year, Carlson said.

“If we can keep getting some new seventh graders each year, we are going to be strong for many years to come.”

The goal for the Twisters to reach the elite level and quality for state next year is achievable, Carlson feels.

“If you look at the scores, the top four or five teams (in our section) are really close. There were a lot of people this year who said they really didn’t know how the placings were going to turn out. We improved immensely from the beginning of the year.”