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Sports from the week of March 28, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Weather makes Saturday afternoon baseball scrimmage look doubtful

The Panther baseball team will continue working out at the Prairie Pavilion until weather permits outside practices.

"We have a practice game scheduled with Wabasso for this Saturday at Milroy but it looks like it will be impossible to play," said Coach Bill Tauer. "We will have to stay inside until the weather changes."

The pitchers can work out inside with less difficulty than players can practice hitting and fielding.

"Eric Dolan will be our leading pitcher this year and we should be able to get some innings from Adam Schmidt, Erik Kathman, Scott LaVoy and Derek Rignell also," said Tauer.

Dolan and fellow senior catcher Derek Rignell were all-conference selections last year.

Karate black belts qualify for national competition

Three Tracy Tae Kwon Do students have qualified for national competition. Jason Morin, Shannon Vylasek and Dean Morin qualified by placing high at the USTU Minnesota State Finals in Rochester March 17.

“They did really well,” said instructor Jeff Meyer. The three are now eligible to compete in national USTU competition planned in Cleveland, Ohio, this May.

Jason Morin, a freshman at Tracy Area High School, was second in the 14-17-year-old men's sparring category. Shannon Vylasek, a junior at TAHS, placed second in 16-18-year-old women's forms and sparring. Dean Morin was second in 40-45-year-old men's sparring.

All three have earned black belts.

Golfers keep taking their swings indoors

The Panther golf team will continue to practice inside and hitting into a net until the weather warms up enough to go outside.

"We can practice chipping and iron play and we just might try hitting drivers into the net," said Coach Randy McIntire. "Right now it looks like it might be awhile before we can go outside."

"We have some depth to the boys squad but only time will tell if that depth will turn into good production," observed McIntire. "On the girls side we have Heidi Peterson, Kristen Rokke and Brady Averill returning but after that it is wide open and some of the eighth graders may have an opportunity."

This year the conference golf schedule is different than it has been. Each of the six schools participating in boys and girls golf will host all of the conference varsity girls golf teams on one date and all of the boys varsity teams on another date. It will amount to a conference meet on every conference playing date.