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Sports from the week of September 11, 2002

Runners move up on Canby

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton finished just one point behind Canby/Minneota Monday at Marshall.

Thursday, the Lancers topped the Panther runners by 33 points at the Tracy Invitational.

The team scores were: C/M/LHI 67, TMB 68, Marshall 90, Jackson County Central 97, Luverne 160, Redwood Valley 185, Edgerton/SWC 192, Murray County Central 195, Windom 197, Springfield/ Cedar Mountain 204, Worthington 252. Renville County West, Yellow Medicine East and Adrian had incomplete teams.

Jillian Tholen blamed herself for letting a Canby runner pass her on the home stretch. But Coach Brian Michelson said the Panthers had a number of missed opportunities.

"Jillian is the type to have said that but the truth is that we had our chances to win. Our biggest problem in the race was that we let ourselves get boxed in at the start of the race.”

The Panthers have their next meet at Worthington on Saturday.

Panther runners will compete against the Lancers again Tuesday at the Canby Invitational. The Section 3A meet is at Slayton on October 24.

Saints barely survive, TMB, Panthers 7 yards short

The Panther football team fell just seven yards short of their first victory Friday.

Trailing 13-6 to St. James in the waning minutes of the game, the Panthers had a first and goal from the seven. But two incomplete passes, a sack, and a short quarterback scramble ended the Panthers hopes at the seven-yard line.

Moments earlier, the Panthers had recovered an errant St. James lateral at the 12-yard line. A penalty gave the Panthers and first and goal from the seven.

Tyler Kaus, the Saints speedy 5'-9" 155 pound junior running back, rushed for 24 rushes for 78 yards and the games leading receiver with 7 catches for 98 yards. He had a total of 176 yards of offense and 1 touchdown and proved to be the difference in the game. The Saints, with 13 seniors in the line-up compared to only 5 seniors for the Panthers, made fewer mistakes.

"We are still missing assignments on both offense and defense," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "That is characteristic of freshmen and sophomores."

Thursday is home opener for TMB volleyball team

The Panther volleyball team has their home opener against MACCRAY Wolverines Thursday night.

"Most of these kids are without any varsity experience," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "They have had trouble adjusting to the quick tempo of game experience. When we go against our reserves in practice the tempo is much slower than in a game. However, these kids have some ability and will get better."

Tuesday the Renville County West Jaguars will come to Tracy. RCW won the prestigious Apple Valley Tournament last weekend. Matches begin at 6 p.m. with the C-squad at the Prairie Pavilion and the B-squad at the high school.

Busy spikers gain experience

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton volleyball team improved their season record to 3-5 with sweep of at Tyler Monday, 15-9, 15-8 and 15-11. The Panthers are 5-3 overall and 1-0 in the 212 Conference.

"We played more as a team tonight instead of playing as six individuals," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "We played a solid 2 1/2 games with just a little let down at the end. We played better on offense.”

The victory followed a seventh-place finish in the Columbia Heights Tourney Saturday, and a conference win at Kerkoven Thursday.