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


'Best effort of season' topples 212 hoop champs

Friday night, at Tracy, the Panther Boys Basketball Team, unquestionably playing their best basketball of the year, upset Belview-Danube-Renville-Sacred Heart, the leader in the 212 Conference, 65-63. BDRSH had won 24 straight 212 Conference games over the last two seasons prior to this game.

The Jaguars put on an excellent display of passing and ball handling skills as their sharpshooting ace Ryan Hebrink, who is being recruited by the University of Minnesota for baseball, poured in 24 points including 6 three point field goals.

However impressive as BDRSH was the Panthers stayed right with them and out-scored them 20-13 in the last period to win the game. When Derek Rignell, the Panthers leading scorer, found himself in foul trouble and had to sit out a good part of the game, the rest of the Panther squad stepped up magnificently. Jeremy Goltz led the scoring with 18 points, Pat Coquyt added 12, Rignell and Ben Lightfoot 11 each and Nate Clark contributed 6.

"Because of foul trouble we were playing without our leading scorer most of the time and our other kids really stepped up and did a tremendous job," said Panther Coach Jon Barsness. "They did all of the things they have been coached to do and did them very well. If we can maintain our momentum we may see BDRSH again this season in the tournaments."

This is a recording. . .T-M girls beat 212 champions

The Panther Girls Basketball Team continued their domination of MACCRAY by beating them for the second time this season in a close, hard-fought contest. This time the score was 69-68 in a game played at Clara City.

The two losses to Tracy-Milroy represent the only losses in the conference by the Wolverines. T-M is now 14-7for the season and 10-4 in the conference. The Wolverines have clinched the conference championship with a 12-2 record and are16-6 for the season.

Stephanie Welvaert led the Panther scoring with 20 points while Rhonda Bitker added 14. The Wolverines out-rebounded the Panthers 33-25 with Melissa Sweetman pulling down 7. The Panthers committed 16 turnovers and the Wolverines 20. T-M had 12 steals and hit 26 of 62 field goal attempts for 42% and MACCRAY hit 26 of 61 for 43%. The difference in the score was due to the 8 three point field goals made by T-M, four of them by Welvaert. T-M was 8 of 21 from three point range for 38% while the Wolverines were 2 of 5 for 40%.

Wrestlers beat Benson, Adrian ends team hopes

The Panther Wrestling Team saw their season end in the sectional tournament at Adrian Thursday night. They won the first round meet with Benson 39-32 but lost the second to host Adrian by a score of 55-13.

The first round win over Benson found Paul Swenson, Erik Kathman, Kevin Bierbaum and Andy Johnson getting pins while Mike Kamrud, Mike Weedman, Aaron Goettig and Mark Andree registered decisions.

"The kids wrestled very well," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. "Mike Weedman got a win while wrestling his first varsity match."

It was a different story in the Adrian meet. Only Mike Kamrud and Aaron Goettig won by decision. All seven Bullermans won for Adrian plus Peterson and Konz, who won by forfeits, and Justin Wienke, who got a heavyweight decision.

Individual competition commences this coming weekend at SSU in Marshall.