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Sports from the week of December 11, 2002

Cooreman is triple winner in opening home quadrangular

The Panther wrestling team went 1-2 in their own quadrangular in Tracy Thursday night. Minneota was 3-0, Wabasso 2-1 and Marshall 0-3.

The Panther's Cole Cooreman continued his winning ways with a 3-0 record in the meet which included 3 pins in 1:04, 1:10 and :27.

TMB lost to Wabasso 50-18, lost to Minneota 61-9 and won over Marshall 39-30.

Falcons beat girls at at own game, 45-27

An aggressive and athletic Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City topped the Panther girls at Tracy Friday night 45-27.

The Panthers are now 1-2 for the season and 1-1 in the 212 Conference. The Falcons are now 2-1 and 1-1 in the conference.

The Falcons used a stifling full-court defense to dominate TMB. ACGC scored the first 9 points of the game and led 10-3 after 1 quarter of play.

"This is a wake-up call for us," said Panther Coach Paul Soupir. "We will find the players who can handle the pressure and we will get better."

"We played very well tonight," said Falcon Coach Terry Karlsgodt. "However we played very poorly in our loss to YME."

Overtime thriller stirs fans

Late surge lifts favored BOLD, 72-59

The Panther boys basketball team came ooooh-so close to their first win of the season Tuesday night at Tracy before losing to BOLD 72-59 in overtime. The loss dropped their season record to 0-2 and t 0-2 in the 212 Conference.

"The kids played hard, they did everything we asked them to do," said first year coach Nat Boyer. "I am proud of them."

"Your kids did a great job, they played very hard," said BOLD assistant coach Steve Solem.

The Panthers came out and played with great intensity right from the first whistle. When a team comes out with that kind of intensity the great concern is if it can last and, in the Panthers' case, it did. They played with great purpose and tenacity for the whole game, right up to the start of the overtime period.

"We put ourselves in a position to win but we just ran out of gas," said Boyer. "The fan support was great, much more than I expected."

The BOLD Warriors came into the game heavily favored and are expected to contend for the Conference championship. But Tracy/Milroy/Balaton forged to a 15-7 lead. That surge prompted a rally by the Warriors and they came back to score the last five points of the first period to bring the score to 15-12 in favor of TMB. Panther junior guard Ross Ladehoff scored the first seven Panther points and hit the nets for 11 points in the period.

BOLD scored to start the overtime period and Rodel got a steal and converted it to give BOLD a four point margin. At that point the Panthers had to become more aggressive and the parade to the free throw line started with the Warriors converting to bring about the final score of 72-59.

"All of our kids played well but I was particularly pleased with the defensive effort by Eric (Peterson) and Ross (Ladehoff)," said Boyer. We had our scouts at the Redwood Valley vs. Marshall game and we will do everything possible to get a win Thursday night at Redwood Falls."