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Sports from the week of December 27, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Kris DeRuyck is back in starting line-up at SDSU

Kris DeRuyck scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for South Dakota State University in a 95-62 victory over Metropolitan State last week.

The Dec. 19 victory left the Jackrabbits with a 6-4 non-conference record heading into their holiday break. SDSU begins the North Central Conference schedule with a Dec. 29 game with Morningside.

The game against Metropolitan State was DeRuyck's first start since her sophomore season, when she started 12 games.

Slowed by a knee injury last season, DeRuyck saw action in 15 varsity games last season, pulling down 21 rebounds and scoring 38 points.

The senior forward from Milroy is a 1997 graduate of Tracy Area High School.

Native prairie grasses provide good habitat for pheasants

Shades of the 1930's! There are folks dwelling along Bluestem Road and Owanka Lane, at Lake Shetek, who see pheasants in numbers remindful of the 1930's.

Dr. Jack Von Bokern owns 233 acres of land bordering Lake Shetek to the north and east. The land is marginal (not highly productive) farm land and Von Bokern has placed it in the Conservation Reserve Program for a ten-year period.

Jack is a wildlife enthusiast (he has four deer and two male cardinals that frequent his lawn area) with an interest in the history of the local area. Because of these interests he has chosen to plant native prairie grasses that make good winter protective cover for pheasants on his acreage and to make the area look somewhat like it did in pre-agricultural time.

He turned to Prairie Land Management Co., out of Glenwood, to do the planting for him. Among the various grasses planted were big bluestem, indian grass, switch grass and side oats.

Basketball teams travel to tourneys this week

The Panther girls basketball team tip-off in the Stearns County Holiday tournament at Cold Spring/Rocori Wednesday through Friday, Dec 27-29. There are eight teams participating. The Panthers start at 1pm Wednesday.

The boys basketball team will participtae in a holiday tournament in Wabasso on Thursday, Dec 28 and 29. This is a four team tourney. The B-squad opens at 2:30pm on December 28 against Wabasso and the varsity will play R-T-R at 6pm the same day.