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Sports from the week of January 22, 2003

MACCRAY is tall order

The Panther boys' basketball team lost to MACCRAY Tuesday night at Tracy 47-37. The loss dropped TMB's season record to 2-11 and they are 2-5 in the 212 Conference.

"We played hard," said Panther coach Nat Boyer. "Sean (Kirk) and Curt (Paradis) did a great job on MACCRAY's 6'-10" Tyler Knott holding him to four field goals and Jake (Peterreins) did a great job of getting us started with 11 first half points."

Indeed Peterreins did help get the Panthers off on the right foot. He opened the game with a nice fake and drive with a reverse lay-up to give TMB the first points on the board. He got another point in the first period and then put up the next eight Panther points on a field goal and two three pointers to help keep Tracy/Milroy/Balaton very much in the game with a 22-21 half-time lead.

Wrestlers are fifth in conference meet

The Panther wrestling team finished fifth in the 212 Conference Wrestling Tournament held at Clara City Saturday. The team scores were: BOLD, 272; KMS, 202; ACGC, 143; YME, 138.5; TMB, 101; MACCRAY, 100; RCW, 75.5.

"We did pretty well, we were short-handed because of injuries to Adam Snyder and Kong Her plus Cody Arnold injured his kneecap and had to default," said Panther Coach Travis Christenson. "BOLD, ranked number 2 in the state really dominated the meet with 10 or 11 champions. Mike ( Schreier) wrestled really very well, he has come a long way since last year."

Cole and Chad Cooreman had second place finishes for TMB while Andy Nelson and Mike Schreier placed third, Scott Torkelson was 4th while Brett Peterson and Andy Lackie finished in 5th place.

Tigers overcome early TMB lead

The Marshall Tigers girls basketball team downed the Panthers in a non-conference match-up at Tracy Monday night 63-45.

The Tigers improved to 8-5 for the season while the Panthers' season record dropped to 4-9 and they are 4-4 in the 212 Conference.

"Their seniors did us in on the inside," said Panther Coach Paul Soupir. "They work hard and handled us physically. We expected them to go to a box and one to defend Laura (Zwach) and they did a good job of it."

"Our kids played well, shooting is a matter of confidence and you have to hit a few to gain it," said Tiger Coach Terry Culhane. "When the kids hit the basket like that it makes the coaches look good."