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Sports from the week of March 22, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Track teams have several returning letter winners

The Panther boys and girls track teams have been working out in preparation for their upcoming meet at Luverne on April 4.

"The kids have been working hard," said Panther Coach Steve Jones. "We have been very fortunate to have former Coach Al Landa working with our pole vaulters for two weeks."

Landa was coaching track and/or football at Tracy since 1966 and has seen a lot of successful pole vaulters over the years.

"We have had some very good pole vaulters recently," said Landa. "But over the years we have had kids do extremely well in other events also."

T-M baseball and golf teams wind up for conference play

The Panther baseball team, that finished last year's play as the third best team in the class A state tournament, began preparations Monday for this year's season. Their first game is scheduled for April 6 vs. CMCS at Prinsburg with their home opener on April 7 against Murray County Central.

The Panther girls and boys golf teams began preparations Monday for their upcoming season. Their schedule will open with a meet at Red Rock Central at the Sanborn Country Club on April 6.

Gervais blossoms into promising athlete

Chris Gervais was a late blooming basketball player for the Panthers this season. He made tremendous improvement in his senior season to go from a point where he only got occasional playing time to becoming a frequent starter and a player that made a very positive contribution to the team by the end of the season.

"Chris matured late but made tremendous improvement as the season progressed," said Panther Assistant Coach Bob Ladehoff. "We turned him around-from playing facing the basket to where he had his back to the basket and he really took to it. I wish we could have him for one more year. He is very coachable and he always gave 110%."

Chris will now be trading his court shoes for track spikes where Coach Steve Jones is counting on him to be a big point earner for the Panther Track Team.