Sports from the week of August 16, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880
Spikers hope to surpass `99 section runner-up trophy
The Panther volleyball team began two-a-day workouts Monday preparing for this year's schedule.
"We have a big job finding replacements for last year's seniors," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "Steph Welvaert handled 80% of our passes so we have to work hard on our passing."
The Panthers were the Section 3A runner-up last fall, finish second to Jackson County Central.
"One of the things that bothered me last year was that many of our players seemed to be very happy with that second-place finish," said Assistant Coach Paul Soupir.
Young runners begin defense 99 Section 3A championship
The Panther cross-country team began workouts Monday in preparation for defending their Section 3A championship. The team finished third in the 1999 State Class A meet.
"This will have to be a rebuilding year," said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. "We have only three runners who have ever participated in a varsity meet prior to this year."
Lost from last year's squad are Julie Gifford, Debbie Gabel, Jenna Boerboom and DeAnn Johnson. Additionally, one of the team's captains-elect, Laura Miller, has decided not to compete this year.
57 report for opening Panther football practice
The Panther football team opened practice Monday under the direction of Coach Gale Otto.
The squad has a good number of returning veterans from last year's very successful team, that finished second in the 212 Conference, giving rise to optimism from fans for an even better record this year.
Graduating seniors from last year's team were: Jeremy Goltz; Peter Jacobsen; Cory Schmidt; Justin Morin; Ben Lightfoot; James Evans; John Rialson; Matt Jones; Pat Coquyt.