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Sports from the week of November 29, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

'Simply the Best!'

WWG revels in state 9-man football title

When the Westbrook-Walnut Grove football team claimed the State Nine-Man football trophy at the Metrodome Friday, the Chargers had plenty of backing.

Media pundits observed that the Charger contingent was the Prep Bowl's largest until the final game of the day.

The community didn't forget to say "thank you". There were many displays of appreciation for the players. As Signe Hansen mentions counting the signs of support for the team that were put along the highway. After the team's victory, a welcome home party was given on Sunday evening at the high school.

Now when someone mentions Walnut Grove, chances are they will not only think of Laura Ingalls Wilder, but they will recall that this is where the state nine-man football champions come from too.

TMB athletics will stay with 212 Conference

Panther athletics are staying in the 212 Conference for the foreseeable future

A Tracy/Milroy/Balaton athletic committee recently considered the possibility of joining the Southwest Conference. But the TMB committee recommended that the Panthers stay in the 212 Conference.

“The committee felt we were better off staying where we are,” said Bill Tauer, District 417 activities director, reporting to Tracy school board members last week.

The Panther athletic committee is comprised of two school board members from each of the Balaton, Tracy and Milroy school districts and Tauer, Milroy Principal Mike Coquyt, Tracy Supt. Rick Clark and Dr. Larson, part-time Supt. of Schools in Balaton.

The inquiry about TMB joining the Southwest Conference came from Windom Public Schools, Tauer said.

Wrestlers open with MACCRAY quad

The Panther wrestling team suffered a blow this week when a doctor advised senior Aaron Goettig to undergo an operation on his knee if he wanted to play any college football.

The operation will likely sideline Goettig for the season and he had been expected to be a big point getter and to vie for a state tournament berth.

"Eric Jacobson, at 160, also is injured and will miss the quad this weekend," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp.

"If we can stay healthy I look for good things from this team, we should be able to post points all through the lineup," commented Kemp. "Some of them, Eric Jacobson, Aldon Struchen, Paul Swenson, Mike Kamrud and Erik Kathman have a real shot at making the state tournament."