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Sports from the week of October 5, 2006



Mistakes snowball into 32-8 loss

By Dick Donaldson

The Dawson-Boyd Blackjacks dominated the Panthers Friday night 32-8 at Dawson. The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton record to 3-2 and tied for third place in the Little Sioux Conference. The Blackjacks improved to 2-3.

“It was very disappointing,” said Panther Co-Coach Derek Flann. “The way we lost was more depressing than that we lost.”

It was a game in which everything worked for DB while nothing went right for TMB.

The Blackjacks scored on four out of their first five possessions. With their fourth score (late in the second period) particularly damaging to the Panther’s fortunes.

The Blackjacks had just scored their third touchdown of the game with 2:09 left in the first half and missed the conversion try to bring about a 20-0 lead. TMB returned the kickoff to their own 35-yard line. With Sophomore Quarterback Isaac Dolan rushing for two first downs and passing for two more, the Panthers moved to a first and goal at the DB seven-yard line. A Panther score, with a two-point conversion, would cut the lead to 12 points, where two touchdowns could put them in the lead. But on the second play, the Panthers fumbled to the Blackjacks. DB then completely deflated the Panther’s hopes when QB Josh Aakre, on the following play, hit Joe Anderson with a pass and Anderson took it the length of the field for the Blackjack’s fourth touchdown just before the half for a 26-0 lead.

The Panthers drove 62 yards on their final possession of the game with their second-team offense.

“They stopped our running game by packing the line of scrimmage and messing up our blocking assignments,” said Flann. “They were very quick up front.”


First half

The Panthers kicked off. DB returned the kick to the 31-yard line and marched 69 yards to a touchdown in 11 plays. The score came on a 28-yard pass play. The conversion attempt was not good and DB led 6-0 with 8:04 remaining in the first period.

David Schmidt returned the kickoff 18 yards to the 38 but three rushing plays gained only 1 yard and TMB had to punt. The pass from center was fumbled and DB took possession at the Panther 20. . In 5 plays DB scored. The pass for the two-point conversion was good and DB led 14-0 with 3:17 left in the first period.

Following the kickoff return to the 38-yard line the Panthers were penalized 5 yards and failed to move the ball. Zwaschka’s punt was returned to the DB 42 and with second and six the Blackjacks fumbled to the Panthers at the TMB 40. A Panther holding penalty forced another punt and DB returned it to their 44. The teams exchanged punts, before the Panthers recovered a Blackjack punt near mid-field.

The Panthers drove 33 yards in 7 plays before giving up the ball on downs at the DB 13-yard line. DB then moved 87 yards in 8 plays (assisted by 2-15 yard Panther penalties) to a touchdown with the score coming on a 40-yard pass play. The conversion failed and DB led 20-0 with 2:09 left in the first half.

TMB then moved to the DB 7 yard line before losing a fumble back to the DB 31 yard line. On the next play the Blackjacks passed for their fourth touchdown and, when the conversion failed, led 26-0 at the half.


Second half

TMB opened the second half by driving to the DB 41 where, with fourth and 2 the Panthers elected to pass and it was picked off and returned 57 yards to the TMB three-yard line. In three plays the Blackjacks scored their final touchdown. The conversion attempt failed and the score mounted to 32-0 with 6:33 left in the third period.

Both teams played their reserves for the final 8 minutes of the game. The Panthers completed the scoring with a 57-yard touchdown drive on their final possession.

Considering the final score, the offensive stats were close. The Panthers rushed 36 times for 163 yards and were 9 of 21 passing for 103 yards giving them 266 yards of total offense. DB rushed 37 times for 146 yards and were 8 of 18 passing for 157 yards giving the winners 303 yards of total offense.

Sophomore Chris Hansen led the Panther defense with 16 tackle points (2 points for each unassisted tackle and 1 point for each assist). Pheng Her followed with 11 points, Chris Swenson 10, Seth Swan, Dan Dieter and John Gervais 9 each, Kyle McIntire and David Schmidt 8 each, Tyler Bauer 7, Travis Apperson 6, Andrew Prairie 5, Drew Nelson, Jordan Rolling and Steve Paradis 4 each, Spencer Zwaschka 3, Tyler Bauer, Taylor Rignell and Adam LeClaire 2 each. Brady Jackson, Matt Hagberg and Matt Dieter all had 1 tackle point.

Dan Dieter, Pheng Her and Tyler Bauer each recovered a fumble.

Isaac Dolan led in rushing with 8 carries for 51 yards and he was 7 of 19 passing for 85 yards, David Schmidt had 3 catches for 26 yards.


TMB 0 0 0 8 8

DB 14 12 6 0 32

First quarter

DB- Jurgenson 27 pass from Aakre (PAT failed)

DB- Jurgenson 4 pass from Aakre (pass good)

Second quarter

DB-J. Anderson 41 pass from Aakre (PAT failed)

DB-J.Anderson 70 pass from Aakre (PAT failed)

Third quarter

DB-M.Anderson 4 run (PAT failed)

Fourth quarter

TMB-Dieter 3 run (McIntire run good)

Runners have 'great performances'

The Panther boys were fifth and the girls sixth at the Redwood Invite Thursday.

The boys’ team scores were: 1) Marshall, 45; 2) Redwood Valley, 57; 3) Sleepy Eye St Mary’s, 102; 4) Minnesota Valley Lutheran, 103; 5) T/M/B, 108; 6) JCC, 134;7)C/M/LH/LB, 196; 8) Windom, 203.

The Panther boys’ individual results were: Ryan Tholen 3, 17:07; Alex Jones 6, 18:04; Derek Evans 27, 19:31; Sam VanNevel 32,19:55; Joe Hook,40, 20:27; Dalton Kirk, 46, 21:41; Chad Cooreman, 48, 21:59.

“Ryan Tholen and Alex Jones continue to lead the boys’ team,” said Panther Coach Marie Hanson. Alex finished sixth and Ryan finished third behind some tough state-ranked boys from Redwood Valley. Derek Evans has his best race of the season along with Dalton Kirk and Josh Lubben. Overall, we had all great performances tonight. I’m very pleased with our progress.”

The girls’ team scores were: 1) Marshall, 16; 2) Redwood Valley, 76; 3) Windom, 76; 4) MVL, 94; 5) JCC, 139; 6) T/M/B, 143; 7) CM/LH/LB,191.

The Panther girls’ individual results were: Karli Tholen, 11th, 16:49; Alya Snyder, 28th, 17:51; Jen Vroman, 31st, 18:02; Haley Hebig, 36th, 18:54; Jessica Mason, 19:01; Rachel Stobb, 41st, 19:30; Celia Brockway, 47th,20:12.

“The girls’ team had several personal bests tonight,” said Hanson. “Ayla Snyder was once again our second runner with a sub-eighteen minute race tonight. Jen Vroman and Haley Hebig also had their best times tonight.”

Mac Tiegs placed 20th in the boy’s junior high race, James Prairie was 20th and Josh Lubben 22nd in the boys’ junior varsity race. Tinke Albach was 18th and Rachel Jorde was 20th in the girls’ junior varsity race.

Lakers swamp Spikers

The Panther volleyball team lost to Lakeview at Cottonwood Tuesday night 3-0. The game scores were: 13-25, 19-25 and 22-25. The loss dropped Tracy/Milroy/Balaton’s season record to 5-12 and they are 3-5 in the Camden-South Conference. Lakeview improved to 14-6 and they are 4-3 in the Camden-North Conference.

Shelbie Jones was 11 of 13 serving with 2 aces, Lindsey Daniels was 7 of 7, Jackie Haecherl 10 of 10, Mallory Fultz was 10 of 11 and Molly Miller 9 of 9. Daniels had 20 set assists, Haecherl and Miller led the defense with 5 blocks each and Fultz had 4. Fultz and Michele Lanoue led in hitting with 12 kills each.

The Panthers will host Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thursday night at Tracy.


Penguins have home finale Saturday

Marshall beat the Plum Creek Penguin soccer team 4-0, Monday, leaving the team still searching for its first win.

The Penguins will host Fairmont this Saturday at 11 a.m.. in the last game of the regular season.

“No one kept count of the shots on goal but I would guess they were about 5 for us and about 22 for them,” said Penguin Coach Phil Goetstouwers. “Due to some injuries and a couple of guys missing, we ended up giving opportunities to our younger players, Marco Perez, Kelvin Bautista and David Saldana. Jorge Saldana had some time in net as well, but the game ended before he was able to see any shots.”

The coach felt the Penguins played well against a talented Marshall team.

“Marshall has the best record in the section and all of the Penguin players fought their hardest,” the coach said.

Two penalty kicks given to the Marshall team within a couple of minute’s time. Marshall scored off one of them making the score 3-0. Goetstouwers feels that lthough the Penguins have not won a game yet, they have improved a great deal since the beginning of the season.

“Just because we haven’t won yet, doesn’t make us a threat to other teams. Quite the contrary. We have displayed many talents over the season, playing great for moments, a whole half, and even more. However we haven’t been able to put it all together for 80 minutes. Knowing what we are capable of, makes me feel like we are a tem that could put it all together for 80 minutes and cause some major upsets in sectionals.”