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Sports from the week of November 16, 2005


Girls begin workouts

The Panther girls’ basketball team has begun preparations for their season opener against Jackson County Central at Tracy on Dec. 2.

Asked about his expectations for the upcoming season Panther Coach Ric Haberman responded, “We will see as we go. The Camden Conference will be tough, Minneota and Lincoln HI are coming off successful seasons and we know that MACCRAY, Lakeview and Renville County West will be hard to beat. In our section, Pipestone was a state tournament team last year and returns everyone.”

The girls’ basketball program has seven seniors, ten sophomores, 13 eighth graders, 18 seventh graders but only two juniors and three freshmen.

Seniors are Ashlei Carpenter, Jackie Coulter, Ashlee Domine, Alyssa Kirk, Emily Miller, Krysta Tholen and Sarah Fritz.

Ashley Kirk and Jackie Haecherl are the juniors. Becki Towne, Jen Vroman, Mallory Fultz, Molly Miller, Lindsey Daniels, Michele Lanoue, Bailey Lackie, Cheri Willard, Lisa Bauer and Shelbie Jones are the sophomores.

Ninth graders are Zer Moua, Bridgit Kirsh and Roxy Ryan.

Eighth grade athletes include Malinda Her, Adria Dolan, Brittany Larson, Haley Hebig, Monica Przbilla, Michelle Lenertz, Jesi Noakes, Shea Lanoue, Anna Snyder, M’Hesi Haugen, Ashley Kolander, Amanda Goblish and Nicole Pool.

Seventh graders are Alenae Rooney, Rachel Wilking, Teryn Courtney, Leah Lambertus, Lexi Beierman, Katie LeClaire, Brittany Hanson, Michaela Miller, Jasmine Miller, Taylor Welu, Brianne Parker, Kelly Donner, Kayla Daniels, Alyssa Anderson, Kelsey Hoek, Morgan Holm, Stacy Luckhardt and Danielle Sherman.

“We are somewhat lacking in height this year and we definitely will miss Paul Soupir on the coaching staff and everything he brings to the table,” said Haberman.


Nine lettermen to return for BB boys

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton boys’ basketball team will begin workouts Monday for the 2005-06 season.

The Panthers have nine returning lettermen.

This year’s team will be led by senior co-captains Gary Knott and Derek Radke. Chad Stibbe is the third senior on the team.

Juniors include Kyle McIntire, Taylor Rignell, Nick Soupir and Cory Warner.

Sophomores are Mitch Bot, Anthony Dolan, John Gervais, Ryan Kaup, Drew Nelson, Steve Paradis, Andrew Prairie, Matt Rosa, Brian Schlager, David Schmidt and Spencer Zwaschka. Of this group, Nelson and Prairie were starters most of last season and Zwaschka lettered.

Freshmen are Travis Apperson, Austin Butman, Issac Dolan, Aaron Frisvold, Adam Haecherl, Chris Hansen, Josh Hook, Brandon Kirk, Walker Schaar, Jonathon Vang and Kayne Zwaschka. Dolan is one of the returning letter winners.

“I look for great leadership from the captains,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. “They both will be playing in their final season and want to win. Gary is only about 6-4 but plays like he is 6-9. I am sure we will have good competition among all of these candidates for playing time.”

Boyer expects Russell-Tyler-Ruthton and Ellsworth to be the teams to beat in the Camden Conference, with the other teams being fairly even. St James and Martin County West are two new teams in the Panthers’ section. Murray County Central and Renville County West have dropped down one class and will not be in TMB’s section.

The Panthers will start the season with nine games in December.

“Right now our goals are to be ready for our first scrimmage, at Windom on Nov. 26 against Adrian, Jackson County Central and Windom, and for our opening game at Slayton against Murray County Central on Dec. 3,” said Boyer.

Donald Strand leads conference in punt returns

Donald Strand, freshman at Dakota State University, Madison, SD was named to the Dakota Athletic Conference’s All- Conference team as a punt returner.

Strand led the DAC conference in punt returns with 162 yards. The 2005 Tracy Area High School graduate averaged 9.5 yards on 17 returns.

The Trojans were 4-6 for the season and 3-4 in the conference.