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Sports from the week of March 1, 2000Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


T-M seeks to regain winning formula

One the eve of post-season tournament play, the Tracy-Milroy boys are still seeking to regain the magic that enabled the team to upset Belview-Renville-Sacred Heart Feb. 18.

A hot-shooting Russell-Tyler-Ruthton team defeated the Panthers 61-49 at Tyler Tuesday. The loss closed out the Panthers' regular season with a 9-13 record. After upsetting 212 Conference champion BDRSH, Tracy-Milroy ended the year with three-straight losses.

"Shooting was our biggest weakness tonight. We missed many open looks," said Coach Jon Barsness.

A bright-spot for the Panthers was the inside post play of Ben Lightfoot, who contributed 20 points, ten rebounds and stole the ball twice.

Girls bow out
T-M ends year with 15-9 mark

The Panther girls basketball team's season ended with a loss to Martin County West in the Section 3AA Tournament in Worthington Tuesday night. The score was 70-48 and it told the story of the very good Maverick team that has been rated fifth in the state in class AA and was the number one seed in the south half of Section 3AA. The Mavericks are now 23-1 for the season.

The Panther's defense was not successful in taking the Mavericks out of their offense nor could the offense successfully penetrate the MCW 3-2 zone defense. When the Tracy-Milroy Girls can't disrupt their opponent's offense and they are not shooting well, as in this game, they have a difficult time winning.

This was a game of scoring runs and most of them were by Martin County West.

The Panthers can look forward to next season with some anticipation as they lose only Stephanie Welvaert, Melissa Sweetman and Heather Hemmingsen from this year's squad. The three seniors have provided sound play and good leadership but their loss will be minimized by the return of the rest of the squad.

Depleted wrestling squad ends season

The Panther wrestler's season ended last weekend in the Section 4A individual tournament held at Southwest State University Saturday. Heavyweight Mark Andree managed to place third in the section for the highest Panther finish. Paul Swenson placed fourth and Aaron Goettig nailed down a fifth place finish.

"Once again we found ourselves at less than full strength," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. "We did well with what we had. Mark (Andree), Aaron (Goettig) and Paul (Swenson) really did very well.