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Sports from the week of August 23, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Volleyball opener is Tuesday

The Panther volleyball team has begun twice-a-day workouts, preparing for their opener at Marshall Tuesday, August 29.

This year's Panther team includes 15 letter winners from last year.

"Things have been going well," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "The Balaton girls are doing well and should be a big help to us this year."

Alarms set early for Saturday a.m. football scrimmage in Sleepy Eye

The Panther football gets its first test of the season Saturday in four-team scrimmage at Sleepy Eye Saturday. Other teams to be involved in the 9 a.m. practice are: Red Rock Central, Windom and Sleepy Eye St. Mary's.

A strong nucleus of upperclassmen are boosting the hopes of the Panther football team this fall.

"A good number of kids have come back with indications of having worked hard in the weight room over the summer," said Panther Coach Gale Otto. "We could put a set of linebackers and defensive backs on the field with all having 4.9 speed or better in the 40-yard dash."

The Panthers are particularly blessed with experience in the backfield, starting with three-year senior starters quarterback Derek Rignell and tailback Aaron Goettig. Other returning senior letterwinners in the backfield are tailback/flanker Brady Schmidt and fullback Eric Jacobson.

Cross country girls return just two letterwinners

Sophomore Kristin Sweetman and freshman Johanna Schmidt are the only letter winners returning to the Panther Cross-country team this season.

"This is going to have to be a rebuilding year," said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. "We have some very large shoes to fill as we prepare for the up-coming season."

Last year, the team finished third in the Class A Cross Country meet. But the squad lost four of its top six runners in graduating seniors Julie Gifford, Jenna Boerboom, DeAnn Johnson and Deb Gabel.