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Sports from the week of August 23, 2006


Panther football numbers strong

The Panther football squad will be making final preparations for the controlled scrimmage this Saturday and for the season opener at Canby Thursday, August 31. Sixty-three boys in grades 9-12 have reported for practices. Players are:

Grades 11-12—Daniel Deiter, Mathew Deiter, John Gervais, Mathew Hagberg, Taylor Hagberg, Pheng Her, Brady Jackson, Nathan Jacob, Timothy Jacob, David Jones, Adam LeClaire, Michael Lenertz, Kyle McIntire, Drew Nelson, David Nilius, Steven Paradis, Andrew Prairie, Taylor Rignell, Logan Sanow, David Schmidt, Nicholas Soupir, Seth Swan, Christopher Swenson, Ryan Thooft and Spencer Zwaschka.

Sophomores—Michael Anderson, Travis Apperson, Tyler Bauer, Austin Butman, Tyler Christiansen, Isaac Dolan, Trenton Edwards, Colton Evans, Aaron Frisvold, Adam Haecherl, Christopher Hansen, Michael Kern, Brandon Kirk, Todd Louwagie, Daren Pederson, Jordan Rolling, Walker Schaar, John Swenhaugen, Seth Swenson, Andrew Thooft and Dylan Vandromme.

Freshmen—Edward Anderson, Tyler Bjorklund, Aric Carpenter, Erik Cooreman, Andrew Deiter, Lucas, Dolan, Tylor Hansen, Joshua Jacob, Jordan Johnson, Ronnie Jorgenson, Mark LaVoy, Austin Orran, Luke Prairie, Joshua Soupir, Dylan Townsend and Noah VanNevel.

New volleyball coach brings strong multi-sport background to Panthers

By Dick Donaldson

Cyndi Raymond, the new Panther volleyball coach, has strong roots in Southwest Minnesota.

“I love being back in southern Minnesota where my roots are and I always imagined raising my family here,” she said.

Raymond graduated from Mt. Lake High School where she played volleyball, basketball, track, golf and softball, earning 14 letters and was selected to the Minnesota All-State Basketball Team. She graduated from South Dakota State University with a degree in Physical Education, Health and Recreation. Raymond played volleyball, basketball, track and softball at the college level.

Raymond coached at the college level at the University of Wisconsin at Stout and at the University of Northern Colorado for ten years before returning to Minnesota where she coached volleyball at BOLD and softball at Redwood Valley. She is now teaching careers and health and physical education at Redwood Valley, where her husband is the head high school basketball coach.

“I love teaching and coaching at the high school level and the atmosphere sports bring,” said Raymond. “I hope to be a strong role model for the young ladies I coach and help them become the best they can be on and off the court. I am very excited to be a part of the great TMB volleyball tradition and am looking forward to the volleyball season.”

Raymond’s assistant will be Nicole Hedrick. Hedrick is the new English as a Second Language teacher in Tracy. Hedrick is a graduate of Jackson County High School and Dakota State College in Madison, South Dakota.

Penguins soccer coach is native of Belgium

By Dick Donaldson

Phil Goetstouwers is the coach of the new “Penguin” soccer team representing Tracy/Milroy/Balaton and Walnut Grove Westbrook schools this fall. Jorge Tenurio is the assistant coach.

Goetstouwers was born in Antwerp, Belgium and moved to the United States when he was 9 years old. He played soccer year-round while in high school at Woodbury High School, a St. Paul suburb, until graduation in 1996. He holds undergraduate degrees in psychology and sociology and a Master’s Degree in K-12 school counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is currently the school counselor in Walnut Grove.

Goetstouwers has been coaching soccer as a local club sport associated with the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association for the last several years. After meeting with the school boards and athletic directors of T/M/B and WG-W the sports was approved.

The players chose neutral colors (black and white) and then selected a team name (Penguins) that matched those colors.

Ten boys on cross country roster


The Panther cross-country teams are working hard to prepare for participation in the Mountain Lake Invitational on Wednesday, August 30. Their only home meet of the season is Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Tracy Country Club.

Chad Cooreman, Derek Evans, Joseph Hook, Alexander Jones, Dalton Kirk, Joshua Lubben, James Prairie, Ryan Tholen, Mackenzie Tiegs and Samuel Van Nevel are on the boys’ roster.

The girls’ team includes Celia Brockway, Haley Hebig, Jessica Mason, Carly Miller, Ayla Snyder, Rachel Stobb, Karli Tholen, Jennifer Vroman, Tinka Albach and Rebekah Zens.