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Sports for the week of December 22, 2004

Canby rallies, wins 41-18

Panther wrestlers put up a battle before falling to Canby 41-18

Things were looking good for Tracy/Milroy/Balaton when they led 15-6 after Cody Arnold won a 5-3 decision at 135-pounds. But Paul Carlson’s 7-3 win at 189 pounds was the Panthers only other win.

“We wrestled hard,” said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. “But so did Canby.”

The Panther individual results were:

103-Luke Prairie won, fall, 1:23, Long;

112- Chia Thao, lost, dec., 9-4, DesLauries;

119-Cole Cooreman, won, dec., 6-5, Verhelst;

125-Adam Snyder, won dec., 6-1, Jelen;

130-Derek Evans, lost, dec., 5-1, Kontz;

135- Cody Arnold, won, dec., 5-3, Olsen;

140-Ross Ryan, lost, dec., 6-1, Full; 1

145-Chad Cooreman, lost, fall, 1:34, Merritt;

152-James Prairie, lost, dec., 11-10, Citrowski;

160-Dan Dieter, lost, fall, 3:54, Oellien;

171- Andy Nelson, lost, t. fall, 4:05, Snortum;

189- Paul Carlson, won, dec., 7-3, Verhelst;

215-Mike Schreier, lost, fall, Fokken;

Hwt-Nathan Jacob, lost, fall, :56, Hacher.

Girls upend tough JCC cagers

The Panther girls’ basketball team improved to 5-1 with a 66-56 non-conference win at Jackson.

“It was a great team effort and we played unbelievably well in the last few minutes,” said Panther Co-Coach Ric Haberman. “Jackson County Central controlled the game all but the last few minutes and we had to play through foul trouble. JCC is a very good team.”

The Huskies led almost the whole game as they jumped off to a 17-10 lead in the first period and led 32-29 at the half. At the end of the third quarter it was 44-40 and JCC led by six midway in the last period. The Panthers came alive in that last period to out-score the Huskies 26-12 and win the game.

Tessa Nelson led Tracy/Milroy/Balaton with 20 points, seven rebounds and all 10 of the Panther blocked shots. Alyssa Kirk put up 19 points, including three field goals from three-point range while Emily Miller added 12 points.

The Panthers pulled down 29 rebounds to 30 for the Huskies, had 9 steals to 8, 15 assists to 11, 10 blocks to none and tuned the ball over 13 times to 15 for JCC.

TMB 10 19 11 26 66

JCC 17 15 12 12 56

TMB-Schaar, 1,2/2,4; Nelson, 7,6/11,20; Tholen, 1,2/2,5; Kirk, 5,6/7,19; Domine, 2,2/3,6; Miller, 2,8/9,12. Totals, 18,26/34,66.

Sting prevail in 212 showdown

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton girls’ basketball team lost their first 212 Conference game to rival Yellow Medicine East at Tracy Friday, 66-62. The unbeaten Sting improved to 5-0 in conference.

“YME played a near perfect game,” said Panther Co-Coach Ric Haberman. “They had balanced scoring with 34 points from their post players and they hit 7 three pointers from outside. We dug a hole early and spent all of our energy trying to catch up. The 20 offensive rebounds by YME made it very difficult to catch up.”

The Sting got off to an 8-0 lead in the first few minutes of play. It was a lead the Panthers were never able to completely overcome. T/M/B closed to a 13-11 score as the first period was running out. However two three’s by the Sting in the closing minutes of the first quarter and another as the second period began expanded that lead to 22-11.

By the intermission the score was 35-27 in favor of YME and the Sting expanded that to 49-37 by the three-quarter mark. A three pointer and a free throw by YME as the last period opened gave them their biggest lead at 54-39.

At that point T/M/B went on a 11-0 run to close to 54-50 with about 4 minutes left. Two field goals by the Sting were matched by a three pointer by Alyssa Kirk and a field goal by Jenna Schaar to bring about a 58-55 YME lead. Two field goals by the Sting were again matched by a three pointer and a field goal by Kirk to bring the score to 64-62 with less than a minute to play. In the last 16.3 seconds the Sting made 2 out of 4 free throws to seal the win.

Alyssa Kirk led the Panther offense with 16 points plus 3 steals. Tessa Nelson followed with 15 points to go with her 6 rebounds and 5 blocks while Jenna Schaar and Ashlee Domine added 10 points each.

TMB had 24 rebounds to 31 for YME, had 21 assists to 14, 8 steals to 5 and had 8 blocked shots. The Panthers turned the ball over 14 times to only 7 for the Sting.

YME 19 16 14 17 66

T/M/B 11 16 10 25 62

T/M/B-Tholen,3,0/0,8; Kirk,6,0/1,16; Domine,5,0/2,10; Miller,1,0/0,3; Schaar,3,4/6,10; Nelson, 6, 3/4,,15. Totals, 24,7/13,62.

YME-Hegna,3,0/0,9; Preuss, 3,0/0,8; Formo, 5, 1/2,12; Busak,1 0/0,3; Bennett, 7,5/5,19; Evanstad,5,5/8,15. Totals, 24,11/15,66.

Redwood tops TMB, 64-46

The Panther boys’ basketball team lost a non-conference game to Redwood Valley at Redwood Falls Tuesday nightf 64-46. The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton’s season record to 0-5.

The young Panthers again got off to a slow start and trailed the Cardinals 24-11 at the end of the first period. They played the Cardinals close (35-40) for the remaining three quarters.

John Knott led the Panthers in scoring with 14 points and five rebounds. He was followed by Sean Kirk with 10 points and 3 steals. T/M/B had 21 rebounds to 18 for RV, 8 steals to 10, 5 assists to 9 and 1 block to 3. T/M/B turned the ball over 20 times and the Cardinals turned it over only 9 times in the whole game.

The Panthers were 16 of 34 from two point range for 47 % and 2 of 6 from three point range for 33 %. Redwood Valley hit 23 of 41 2 point attempts for 56 % and 3 of 11 three point attempts for 28 %.

T/M/B 11 12 15 8 46

RV 24 14 14 12 64

T/M/B- J. Knott, 6, 2/2,14; G. Knott, 1, 2/4,4; Nelson, 3, 1/1,7; Dolan, 1,1/2,4; Kirk, 4, 2/4,10; Radke, 3, 0/2,7. Totals, 18, 8/15, 46.

Slow start hobbles boys against YME

Yellow Medicine East beat the Panther boys 66-55 at Granite Falls Thursday.

The Panther’s season record fell to 0-4 and they are 0-4 in the 212 Conference.

“We started the first quarter by falling behind 10-0-it was pretty ugly,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. “Our biggest problems are lack of experience and lack of confidence. A start like that makes it very difficult, but the kids came back and played much better in the last three quarters.”

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton fell behind 23-8 in the first quarter of play and then out-scored the Sting 47-43 in the last three periods. By the end of the second quarter the Panthers had closed to 34-23 and by the three-quarter mark the score was 50-38.

John Knott led the TMB offense with 13 points and 4 blocked shots plus 7 rebounds and 2 steals, he was followed by Sean Kirk with 10 and Andrew Prairie with 8. Spencer Zwaschka and Gary Knott had 5 points each and Knott also had 3 steals. The Panthers hit 17 of 40 two-point field goals for 43 % and were 1 for 4 on three’s for 25 %. YME was 18 of 47 on two point attempts for 38 % and 4 of 9 on three pointers for 64 %. T/M/B had 24 rebounds to 25 for the Sting, had 12 steals to 8, 6 assists to 6, 4 blocks to 1 and each team turned the ball over 18 times.

T/M/B 8 15 15 17 55

YME 23 11 16 16 66

T/M/B-Nelson,1,1/3,3;J.Knott, 5,3/6,13; Kirk, 3, 4/4,10; Heern,1,0/0,2; Radke,1,1/4,3; Prairie,2,3/10,8; Dolan, 1,0/0,2; Zwaschka,1,3/6,5; Warner,2,0/0,4; G.Knott,1,3/6,5. Totals, 18,18/39,55.