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

Saratoga hosts state shoot

By Eric Nelson

The Minnesota State Field Archery tournament was held at the Saratoga Archery Club Saturday and Sunday. Saratoga, one mile south of Amiret, played host to nearly 100 of Minnesota's best archers.

The two-day shoot consisted of one field round of 28 targets, a hunter round also consisting of 28 targets and a 14-target animal round.

The competition was hampered by rainfall, causing the course's steep hills to became muddy and slippery. Archers had a tough time climbing and descending hills. One competitor even sustained an injury after slipping and falling, puncturing his ear with the end of an arrow.

Archers from the Saratoga Archery Club winning their divisions were Amanda Egenes, Midget Female Freestyle; Joshua Lubben, Cub Male Freestyle; Samantha Hay, Cub Female Freestyle; Eric Nelson, Young Adult Male Freestyle Limited; Elizabeth Halbe, Adult Female Freestyle; Todd Nelson, Adult Male Bowhunter Freestyle Limited; Bob Elton, Adult Male Barebow.

Also placing were: Jacob Elton, 2nd; Ashley Egenes, 2nd; Joe Pallansch, 2nd.

A Saratoga team won the team event. Members were: Steve Bytnar, Elizabeth Halbe, Joe Pallansch and Todd Nelson.

This was the second consecutive year that Saratoga has hosted the state championship.

Young VFW team ends season on positive note

After opening the sub-district playoffs with a 4-3 win over Granite Falls, the Tracy VFW baseball team fell to the Marshall Blue team 17-2 at Marshall last Thursday. The loss dropped them into the loser's bracket in the double elimination tourney.

On Saturday Tracy played one of their better games of the season but lost to Sacred Heart at Bird Island 3-2. The loss ended the season for Tracy with a 3-8-1 record.

"At least we ended the season on a positive note by playing one of our better games," said Coach Bill Tauer. "We have the youngest team in the league and still managed to make a lot of progress during the season. If you saw this game and the opening game of the season you wouldn't believe it was the same team."

The ten-run rule ended the Marshall game after five innings.

"We started off all right and were tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the third inning," said Tauer. "At that point the wheels came off and we did not play well."

Football prospects get news on Coach Joe Kemp's system

Joe Kemp, new head football coach at Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, held the first day of football camp Monday for a total of 66 kids. There were 46 in grades 7-12 and 20 in grades 4-6.

"If you want to work your way up the ladder and play ahead of time, you will need to pay attention and learn the system," he told them. "If you want to take it easy and say you will learn the system when drills start next month you will likely not play much."

The young football players in grades 7-12 will work out four days Monday through Thursday from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Hopefuls in grades 4-6 have had workouts on Monday and Tuesday from 9-11 a.m.

The objectives of the camp workouts are to acquaint the players to the new system and nomenclature plus giving them some work on fundamentals.