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Sports from the week of October 11, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Spikers win No. 1 battle

Panthers capture emotional win over Windom

In the battle for the top spot in the state volleyball rankings, Tracy/Milroy/Balaton upended Windom Tuesday night at Tracy 3-1.

Game scores were 10-15, 15-3, 15-12 and 17-15. The Panthers are now 19-1 for the season and 6-0 in the 212 Conference

"We had a real good effort with great intensity," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais. "It was one of our best matches. We were aggressive and we kept the ball alive. It was a fun match and we had great fan support."

"I was impressed with Windom's team," observed Gervais. "They were about on a par with CMCS and a little quicker than Renville County West."

Thriller for Falcons is heart-breaker for Panthers

Two-point conversion is difference

A two-point conversion with just over a minute to play propelled Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City to a 14-13 come-from-behind win over Tracy/Milroy/Balaton Friday night.

The lifted the Falcons into a three-way time for the 212 Conference lead with Yellow Medicine East and BOLD.

For the Panthers, who carried a 13-0 lead into the fourth quarter, the game ended in heartbreak. The Panther's record now stands at 4-2 and 1-2 in the 212 Conference.

"In this game we needed to play to win instead of playing not to lose," said Panther Coach Gale Otto. "We missed some good opportunities and gave them too many chances."

Football team has chance to gain Gold Brick from YME

The Panthers knew at the beginning of the season that the stretch of three games against BOLD, ACGC and YME would be tough and would determine the success of their season and the outcome of the 212 Conference race. So far they have been frustrated in the first two games and are looking to play well against Yellow Medicine East at Tracy Thursday night.

"YME is a big, strong, physical team just like ACGC was," said Panther Coach Gale Otto. "We have the capability of playing with any of those three teams but we need to play up to our ability."

"We need to have a balanced attack, when a team plays nine players in the box we have to be able to throw the ball and complete some passes. Our passing is only 38% successful and we need to be over 50%. The whole passing game needs to be more effective. We also need to execute team defense with each player doing his part in order to stop teams like BOLD, ACGC and YME." he continued.