Sports from the week of November 21, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880
Fall sports banquet
The Panther fall sports banquet was held in the high school gymnasium Monday night. Jim Miller was the master of ceremonies and the meal was catered by the Mediterranean.
First year Panther head football coach Joe Kemp said that although his team posted a 2-7 season record the players always gave 150%.
"Our kids played as hard as any Panther team has," said Kemp. "When I look back I find that we played Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City about as tough as anyone and they are finalists in the Prep Bowl this weekend."
Head Coach Katie Gervais gave thanks to Paul Skoglund, who was responsible for organizing what she called, "A great pepfest prior to our leaving for the state tournament. We were focussed!"
Gervais credited the volleyball team's ability to maintain a high level of intensity for their successful 30-2 season. She lamented losing eight seniors but said, "We are excited about next year."
Cheer team advisor Missy Saxton congratulated the squad on their first-place performance at the Fulda cheer team competition. Shanna Lowe won the award as the best cheerleader and Lowe, Shannon Vylasek and Jonna Grunden won the best small group award.
Coach Brian Michelson noted that the Panthers won the 212 Conference meet for the sixth consecutive year and placed fourth at section.
In addition to the awards to undergraduates, graduated Panther athletes Derek Rignell, Eric Dolan and Heidi Peterson received All-State plaques earned while playing for the Panthers.
Former Panther Football Coach Gale Otto received a standing ovation when he was awarded a plaque for his 28 years of coaching Panther football. Otto was also thanked by Senior football player Bryce Peterson, on behalf of the whole Panther team, for his efforts while giving them their start in football.
Bus trip to see Nadine Brandt play is Wednesday
A chartered bus going to the University of Northern Iowa vs Minnesota Gophers Women's basketball on Wednesday, Nov. 28 will leave at 1:45 p.m. from the north parking lot at Tracy Area High School, near the football field entrance.
Game time is 7 p.m.
Nadine Dino Brandt, who played on five state Tracy-Milroy championship teams during the mid 90s, is a captain and the all-time three-point scorer for UNI. This is her first and only appearance against Minnesota. Four or five seats are still available. Anyone who still wishes to go along should call Bill Bolin at 763-3674.