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Sports from the week of May 17, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Panther nine snap four-game loss skid, but fade from 212 race

The Panther baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak Monday with an 11-0 drubbing of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City. The win improved their season record to 10-7. "It was good to get that tenth win before going into the playoffs," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "We have been setting on 9 wins for a long time."

But Tracy-Milroy/Balaton saw their last hopes of repeating as 212 Conference baseball champions slip away. BOLD, who defeated Yellow Medicine East, 5-4 Monday, leads the league with a 10-1 record and three games to play. Kerkoven-Murdock-Sunberg is second with an 8-4 conference record. The Panthers are in fourth place with an 8-5 league record.

T-M/B plays their final 212 Conference game Thursday, traveling to Olivia for a 5 p.m. game.

The Panthers travel to Marshall Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against the Tigers. Their final regular-season game is at Springfield, Monday night at 7 p.m.

Section 3AA baseball playoffs begin Saturday, May 27.

Picking a college was time-consuming process for Julie Gifford

When Julie Gifford winds down her athletic career as a Panther this spring she can look back on some tremendous accomplishments and look forward to many more in the future during her collegiate years.

Julie has achieved all-state status eight times to date in cross-country and track. Her first state meet experience came when she was in seventh grade and the Panthers qualified for the state true-team track meet.

In addition to state meet titles Julie has accumulated nine championships and 5 most valuable titles in the 212 conference.

With all of those athletic accomplishments and also being a top student it is no wonder that Julie could just about name the college that she would like to attend. Following is a chronology of her campus visits to Iowa State University (2), University of Minnesota, Marquette University and Augustana College in Sioux Falls. She has signed a letter of intent to attend Augustana.

Golfers compete in 212 meet

Eric Peterson is all-conference

The Panther boys' golf team finished sixth, and the girls fourth, in the 212 Conference Monday. The boys finished in fourth place in the final standings and the girls were second.

The boys played at Granite Falls with the team breaking 180 for the first time this season. The team scores were: YME,156; ACGC, 162; BOLD, 162; MACCRAY, 175; BDRSH, 176; T-M, 178.

Eric Peterson earned all-conference honors due to his placing among the six best total scores for all six conference meets. He had a total score of 268.

The girls played at Tracy and the team scores were: BOLD, 205; MACCRAY, 229; BDRSH, 237; T-M, 240; YME, 254; ACGC, dq. Scoring for the Panther Girls were: Kristen Rokke, 47; Brady Averill, 54; Dana Verlinde, 66; Sonia Schmiesing, 73.

"Heidi Peterson, our best golfer and one of the best in the conference, was sick and couldn't play," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire. "She would have likely have been all-conference also."

The final standings for the girls was: BOLD, 36; T-M, 27; BDRSH, 18; YME, 15; ACGC, 14; MACCRAY, 11.