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Sports from the week of April 12, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Baseball team opens season with 11-1 win

The 2000 edition of the Tracy-Milroy baseball team got off on a winning note by outscoring Central Minnesota Christian 11-1 at Prinsburg Friday. The game was halted after five innings by the ten run rule.

"We played well," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "We got good pitching from Derek (Rignell) and Jeremy (Goltz) and we hit the ball pretty well."

The Panther baseball team improved their record to 2-0 for the season with a 4-2 win over VDRSH at Sacred Heart Tuesday.

"They are a good team," said Assistant Coach Joe Kemp. "I believe they are rated higher in the state than we are. I thought our rating was too high but we are playing much better than I expected us to play at this point."

Golfers avoid water hazards

The Panther golf teams opened their season Friday with a split against Red Rock Central at Sanborn. The boys won their side of the meet 195- 201 but the girls lost 246-201. The boys B squad lost 222-202.

"The girls team misses Heidi Peterson who is on a language trip," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "Both the boys and the girls were bothered by the water hazards on the Sanborn course."

Golf program attracting waves of new participants

When Randy McIntire, Panther Golf Coach, started coaching golf in the late 1980's there were about 30 kids that signed up for golf each year. In 1995 there were 42 boys and girls out for the sport. In 1996 it slipped back to 31 but 1997 saw 48 sign up. There were 46 in 1998, 47 in 1999 and this year there were 55 aspirants.

"We have had some successes recently and have been very competitive," observed McIntire when asked to explain the increase in popularity. "We have had to expand to 2 coaches recently and this year we have three. The extra coaches really help. It is just impossible for one coach to try to help 25 kids all at once."

Tracy hosts tracksters

The Panther girls were first and the boys second in the Panther INvitational track meet held in Tracy Tuesday.

The girls team scores were: 1-Tracy/Milroy, 185; 2-Wabasso, 116; 3-Cedar Mountain, 91; 4-Pipstone-Jasper, 82; 5-Redwood Valley, 43; 6-Murray County Central, 38.

Boys team scores were: 1-Murray County Central, 143.5; 2-T-M, 112; 3-Redwood Valley, 106; 4-Pipestone-Jasper, 73.5; 5-Wabasso, 62; 6-Cedar Mountain, 51.