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Sports from the week of January 4, 2006


Panthers challenge RTR before falling 75-51

Two-time defending state champion R-T-R proved to be too much for the Panthers as the Knights won the Holiday Hoops Tournament 75-51 Thursday night. But the Panthers gave the Knights a battle until the Knights were able to pull away late in the game.

The teams battled back and forth the whole first half and well into the second. There were five different lead changes and the Panthers were within 9 points with 5 minutes left in the game. However at that point All-State point guard Brett Newton gave a textbook performance on how to play that position and led R-T-R to the win.

“For three fourths of the game we played as even as we could with R-T-R,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. “But in the end they proved to have more firepower tonight. It was a battle, just as we expected and regretfully we came out on the short end of the contest. We look forward to facing this team two more times this season. The only way you can become the best is by beating the best and the boys will give everything they have to accomplish that feat. We have a ways to go and some things we need to work on, but we are headed in the right direction.”

The Panthers were led in scoring by Anthony Dolan with 11 points and 2 blocked shots; Derek Radke added 9 points; Spencer Zwaschka scored 7 points; Gary Knott had 5 points and 9 rebounds; Steven Paradis and Taylor Rignell both scored 5 points; Kyle McIntire had 4 points; Drew Nelson had 4 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists; and Isaac Dolan finished the game with 1 point. The Panthers hit 18 of 50 shots while the Knights hit 29 of 51. T/M/B pulled down 24 rebounds to 30, had 10 assists to 16, 1 steal to 5, 3 blocks to 4 and turned the ball over 11 times to 8 for R-T-R.


T/M/B-McIntire, 2,0-0,4; Knott, 1, 3-6,5; Nelson, 2, 0-1,4; Rignell, 2,0-0,5; I. Dolan, 0,1-2,1; Zwaschka, 3, 1-3,7; Radke, 2,3-4, 9; A. Dolan, 4, 2-2, 11; Paradis, 2, 1-2, 5. Totals, 18,11-20, 51.


Strong second half ends in 81-72 win over Wabasso

The Panther boys’ basketball team opened the Holiday Hoops Tournament with an 81-71 win over Wabasso Wednesday night at Tracy. Wabasso had come into the tournament with a 5-1 record.

The game turned into three-point shooting. Early in the second half Wabasso hit two “threes” to gain the lead at 44-42. But Drew Nelson stole the ball for a lay-up and two “threes” by Anthony Dolan and two more by Taylor Rignell gave the Panthers a 56-48 lead which they never relinquished.

“The boys played well all-around,” said Panther Coach Nat Boyer. “We lacked intensity that we would have liked to have seen in the first half, but coming out of the locker room after the intermission the boys realized it was go time and they took care of business. They realize that we are not a team that can just turn it on and off whenever we want, we need to have the intensity going full blast all the time in order to be successful. We, as a coaching staff, were very impressed at how the team handled the adjustments we made at halftime, and at the boys overall performance.”

Anthony Dolan led the Panthers with 22 points (20 in the second half) and 5 assists; Derek Radke had 20 points (13 in the first half), 6 rebounds and 4 assists; Taylor Rignell contributed 11 points, Drew Nelson chipped in 8 points, 4 rebounds 4 assists and 3 steals; Gary Knott had 7 points and 8 rebounds; Isaac Dolan had 7 points; and Spencer Zwaschka had 6 points for T/M/B. The Panthers hit 20 of 34 from two-point range and were 9 of 18 on threes. Wabasso was 15 of 35 from two-point range and were 8 of 27 on threes. T/M/B had 29 rebounds to 31, 22 assists to 15, 6 steals to 10, 4 blocks to 1 and turned the ball over 16 times to 11 for the Rabbits.


T/M/B- Knott, 3,1-1,7; Nelson, 4,0-0,8; Rignell, 3,0-0,7; I.Dolan, 3,0-0, 7; Zwaschka, 2,2-2,6; Radke, 5,7-7,20; A. Dolan, 9,0-0,22. Totals, 29,10-10, 81.


Panther grapplers take fourth place

‘Meet the Panther Night’is Thursday at home meet

The Panther wrestling team placed fourth in the Montevideo Invitational Friday. The team scores were 1) Canby, 228.5; 2) JCC, 194.5; 3) Fulda/MCC, 171; 4) T/M/B, 150; 5) Montevideo, 138.5; 6) Willmar, 120; 7) Mounds View, 117.5; 8) Pine Island, 116.5; 9) MACCRAY, 76.5; 10) Lakeville South, 74.

“Paul and Cole really did a great job,” said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. “Paul beat the number 1 seed in the finals and Cole just dominated in his weight division. Chad has really worked hard this year and has compiled a very good record against some really good kids. Zach ran into a tough kid in the finals and, according to his Dad, was pinned for the first time.”

The Panthers got championships from Cole Cooreman (125) and Paul Carlson (171). Zach Campbell (103) and Chad Cooreman (145) gained second place finishes.

The Panther individual results were:

103- Zach Campbell (2-1) second;

112-Chia Thao, (2-2) 5th;

119- Cody Schons, (0-2);

125- Cole Cooreman, (3-0) champion;

130- Luke Prairie, (2-2) 5th;

135- Derek Evans, (2-2) 5th;

140- Drew Hebig, (2-2) 4th;

145-Chad Cooreman, (2-1) second;

152- Colton Evans, (0-2);

160- Andy Nelson, (2-2) 5th;

171- Paul Carlson, (3-0) champion;

189- Kyle Lanners, (0-2);

215- no entrant;

275- Jordan Rolling (1-2).


The Panther wrestling team has a season record of 10-0 in dual meets and will be home for the first time this season Thursday evening against Dawson-Boyd. The Panthers will be at full strength and it will be “Meet the Panther Night”.

“Dawson-Boyd will be real solid,” said Michelson.