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Sports from the week of April 25, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Panthers host first girls' softball games

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton played their first home games ever Thursday, losing to Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City e 9-6 and 6-3.

Katie Scharfe pitched the first game and took the loss. She gave up 9 runs on 7 hits while walking 13.

"In game one we just got in too deep a hole in the first inning, giving up 7 runs," said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "We needed to throw strikes and we didn't. Katie (Scharfe) had seven of her thirteen walks in that first inning. Combine seven walks with three base hits-that's trouble. After inning one Katie settled down and held ACGC to 2 runs on no hits the rest of the way."

The Panther attack produced the six runs on only 3 hits with Kara Wichmann's double driving in 3 of the runs.

"I was proud of the way we battled back, pulling to within 7-5 in the fourth inning," commented Sogge. "Kara Wichmann had a big hit in the fourth, driving in three runs with a bases loaded double. Somewhere along the line we needed more of that; we stranded eleven runners, eight of them in scoring position."

Erosion cuts swath at golf course

Because of rapid snow melt and spring rains, the Tracy Country Club has a massive erosion problem.

Rising water in the creek bed has carried away the soil covering the tile by-pass of the holding pond used as a reservoir for fairway watering.

According to Assistant Course Manager Bob O'Donnell the erosion will require the use of a crawler back hoe to fix.

"The question is, can we get one before the road postings go off," he said. "And if we wait too long we will not be able to move it over Fultz's fields to get at the problem area."

The repair work will entail replacing the steel culvert, filling in the massive trench and re-sodding the area.

The course can be played by using a detour between the number two tee and green.

"We are very fortunate that it happened when the course was not in use," commented O'Donnell.

Tracksters wait out storm

In the only varsity track action scheduled for this week the Panthers hosted 11 boys and girls teams in the Panther II Tuesday night. The meet was delayed by the threat of lightning and a short, heavy rain but furnished some excitement.

The Panther boys finished sixth and the girls fought to a tie for second place. The boys team scores were: Canby-Minneota, 95; Fulda, 94; Springfield-Comfrey, 72; Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central, 66; Yellow Medicine East, 64; Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 50; Edgerton, 30; R-T-R-Lake Benton, 22; Wabasso, 16; Lincoln HI, 12; Lakeview, 6; Ellsworth, 0.

No one on the boys team was able to garner a first place finish but Nate Clark finished second in the discus, the shot put and the 800 M run while Jason Morin finished second in the pole vault.

The girls team scores were: Westbrook-Walnut Grove/Red Rock Central, 110; Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 101.3; Springfield-Comfrey, 101.3; Fulda, 55.33; Wabasso, 51; Canby-Minneota, 36; Yellow Medicine East, 28; Edgerton, 26; Lincoln HI, 13; R-T-R-Lake Benton, 5; Lakeview, 0; Ellsworth, 0.

Katie Lanoue and Kristin Sweetman won first place in the pole vault and the 1600M run respectively and the 3200M relay team of Jillian Tholen, Rebecca Gervais, Kristen Sweetman and Laura Zwach finished first. Laura Zwach finished second in the 800M run and Katie Lanoue took second place in the 100M dash.