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Sports from the week of February 21, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Twisters qualify for state competition

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton danceline team has qualified for the state tournament to be held February 23, at the Excel Center in St. Paul.

"We have qualified every year since the event started in 1990," said danceline coach Shannon Wendorff.

This year the group qualified by gaining a fourth place finish in the Jazz Funk competition held last Saturday in Granite Falls. Some of the competing teams in the jazz funk and high kick divisions at Granite Falls were: Gibbon/Fairfax/Winthrop, YME, New Ulm Cathedral, Lac Qui Parle Valley, Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, Waterville/Elysian/Morristown, Watertown/Mayer, Canby, BOLD, Renville County West and Jackson County Central.

"We were very pleased with our performance," said Wendorff. "The kids did better than we expected and they are very excited."

Panthers to take on Eden Valley/Watkins

The Panther girls basketball team has filled the open date on their schedule for February 22.

Coach Paul Soupir has wanted to schedule a team that would challenge the Panthers as they prepare for the sub-section tournament that begins for the number one seeded Panthers on February 27 at SSU.

That desire has been more than fulfilled as the number two ranked team in the state in class A, Eden Valley/Watkins with a record of 20-1, has agreed to travel to Tracy and play the Panthers.

The game will have great significance in addition to preparing the teams for post season play. The two teams were both entered in the holiday tournament December 27-29 at Cold Spring and each had earned a place in the championship game on December 29 by defeating two larger schools in the first two rounds of the tournament. The Panthers had defeated Bemidji and St. Cloud Tech.

Grapplers end season with loss to Canby

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton wrestling team saw their season end when they lost to Canby 59-9 in their second meet of the day last Friday in the second round of the section tournament. The Panthers had earlier downed Benson 41-21 to qualify for the chance to meet Canby.

The Panther team ended their season with a dual meet record of 6-12-1.

"Our win over Benson could very easily have been by a much bigger score," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. “All of the kids wrestled very well and those that lost had their chances. In the meet against Canby we were just out-classed."