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Sports from the week of September 6, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Gridder top hard-hitting Lennox, S.D. team, 28-14

The Panther football team stunned Lennox with two early touchdowns to win an otherwise close, hard-fought game by a score of 28-14 at Tracy Tuesday night.

"You have a very good, hard-nosed football team that loves to hit," said Lennox Coach Kent Anderson. "We have one of the toughest schedules in South Dakota and your team fits right in. You did a good job of making us pay for our mistakes."

"I thought we did a good job of taking control of the line of scrimmage on defense in the second half," said Panther Coach Gale Otto. "That makes the rest of the defense's job easier. Our secondary showed much improvement against the pass tonight. On the whole we played all right."

Panthers look good in season opening win over Redwood

The 2000 Panther football team got their season started on a winning note Thursday with a 35-21 win over Redwood Valley at Redwood Falls.

"We did some good things and some things were not so good," said Panther Coach Gale Otto. "We protected the ball well and we moved the ball until we got conservative in the second half."

New era begins for Panther runners

A new era began for the Panther cross country team last week.

Following in the footsteps of the senior-ladened Panther squad that finished third in state in 1999, a young squad of Panther runners got their first taste of competition at the Mt. Lake Wolverine Invitational.

Tracy-Milroy-Balaton finished six out of 18 teams. about 75 girls ran in the varsity race.

"We did pretty well for our first meet," said a satisfied Coach Brian Michelson.

Grove City trip yields 3-0 victory for spikers

The Panther volleyball team improved their season record to 2-0 with a 3-0 win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Tuesday night at Grove City. The game scores were 15-1, 15-5 and 15-8.

"It was a learning experience that we can build upon," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "And, most importantly, we played well enough to win."

The Panthers had 30 team kills with Jenny Otto leading the way with 12. Rhonda Bitker followed with 8. The team had 13 serving aces with Katie Lanoue leading with 4. The Panthers served 59 of 65 for 90%. Setter Heidi Peterson had 20 set assists and Ankrum followed with 5.

"We have to learn to dictate our own tempo," observed Gervais. "We never really got into a game flow. In order for us to be successful this season we need to play more consistently and to be able to create and maintain our own tempo."