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Sports from the week of September 5, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Spikers Sweep

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton volleyball team improved their season record to 2-0 with a clean sweep of the atwarter-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons Tuesday night at Tracy. The C squad won 3-0 with game scores of 15-8, 15-5 and 15-5. The B squad won 3-0 with game scores of 19-17, 15-5 and 15-5 and the varsity son 3-0 with game scores of 15-2, 15-4 and 15-5.

"We played with good effort tonight," said Panther coach Katie Gervais. "We had a lot of things to work on and I think we made some progress. If we couldn't show some improvement at this time of the year we would be in deep trouble. We will get a good test Thursday at Prinsburg and this weekend at Columbia Heights."

Cards too much for young Panthers

Too much experience and too much speed enabled the Redwood Valley Cardinals to beat Panthers 33-14 last Thursday night at Tracy.

The Cardinals, possessing great quickness dominated the Panthers in the early going and led 26-0 midway in the second period.

The Panthers played the Cardinals well the rest of the game out-scoring them 14-7.

"They (the Panthers) will be fine," said Redwood Valley Coach Matt Lundeen. “We didn't do a very good job of finishing the game off."

"If you throw out three big plays (a pass interception for a TD, the 50-yard run for a TD and the 74- yard punt return for a TD) it would be a far different game," said first year Panther Coach Joe Kemp. "We did some good things in the game although our tackling wasn't one of them."

"I told the kids at half-time not to be discouraged and to hang in there," said Kemp. "If we could have scored on our opening drive in the second half the game might have become much more interesting."

Runners host home meet Thursday at golf course

Sweetman, Tholen set pace at Mt. Lake

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton opened its cross country season last Wednesday with a fifth-place showing in the large Mt. Lake Invitational.

Kris Sweetman led the Panthers with a time of 16:56 for a 13th place finish. Jillian Tholen placed 16th in 17:08.

Also scoring for the varsity were: Kelly Laleman, 28th, 17:33; Andrea VanMoer, 36th, 18:09; Johanna Schmidt, 40th 18:14.

Other varsity runners were: 45) Dani Jones, 18:33; 46) Megan Pool, 18:46; 55) Jessica Lenertz, 19:22; 56) Rebecca Gervais, 19:28; 69) Jessica Coulter, 20:56.

Team scores were: Blue Earth Area 72, Jackson County Central 78, United South Central 79, Fairmont 107, TMB 133, Murray County Central 185, Mankato East 221, SSC/SVRLB 238, Worthington 253, Lake Crystal/Wellcome Memorial 267, Adrian, Hills-Beaver Creek, Waseca, Maple River, ML/B-O, Martin County West and Windom had incomplete teams.

Mickelson said the team had a good workout Monday.

“ I am looking for good things from these kids.”

The Panthers host the Tracy Invitational Thursday at the Tracy County Club. The meet starts at 4:30 p.m.