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Sports from the week of June 7, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Six thinclads are headed to state

Six Panther track athletes are headed to the State Class A track meet in Blaine Friday and Saturday.

Julie Gifford, unbeaten all year, advanced in two events, the 3200 meters and the 1600 meters. She won Section 3A titles in both events at Luverne.

Running mate Jenna Boerboom also qualified in the 3200 by finishing second to Gifford.

The girls 3200 meter relay team of Boerboom, Laura Zwach, Kristen Sweetman and Melissa Sweetman also advanced to state. The team won the Section 3A title in school record time of 9:50.4, beating a team from BDRSH that had beaten them twice earlier in the season.

Chris Gervais qualified for state by placing second in the triple jump. Although he set a school record, he failed to win the Section 3A title by only 1/4 of an inch with a leap of 41-2 1/4.

Terry Schaar's track records have stood for nearly 20 years

While writing a colmn two weeks ago about the Tracy track stars listed in the Worthington Globe's all-time all-area records the name of Terry Schaar kept coming up. Many fans are more familiar with the athletic exploits of his father, Gary Schaar than Terry's.

Who could forget the Tracy vs. Lamberton football game when Gary was a senior in high school. He, virtually all by himself, beat Tracy that night. In spite of a bad knee he kept Lamberton in the game and finally won the close contest.

Terry, who owns and operates Tracy Lanes, still owns many track records at the high school. He participated at the time the events were changing from yards to meters and the old record in yards will likely stand forever. He holds the record in the 100 yard dash at 10.0 and the 220 at 22.8.

Baseball road ends short of state

The Panther baseball season ended abruptly Saturday.

A 7-4 loss to Windom ended Tracy-Milroy/Balaton's hopes of returning to the state baseball tournament for the third-straight year. Two days earlier, the Panthers were trounced 13-3 by No 1 seeded Jackson County Central.

The week had started out on a hopeful note for the Panthers, who notched one-sided victories over Montevideo on Monday and Benson on Wednesday.

Against Jackson and Windom, the teams fortunes shifted. The Panthers hurt themselves by failing to make key plays in the field and coming up with big hits with runners on base.

The win by the Eagles, a team that had come into the tournament with a losing record, was a mild upset over the fourth-seeded Panthers.