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Sports from the week of April 3, 2002

Brandt ends Division I cage career with many laurels

By Dick Donaldson

Nadine Brandt, one of the greatest of many good athletes to come out of the Panther girl's volleyball and basketball programs, has graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and is currently seeking a job. She would like a position in her major field of early childhood/elementary education and she would like to coach.

Brandt was a major contributor in an unprecedented run in which the Panther girls won three basketball and six volleyball state championships.

Nadine and her parents, Ed and Cathy Brandt, moved to Tracy in the fall of 1994 and Nadine made an immediate impact. The Panthers won state championships in volleyball in all three years, 1994-95-96, of Brandt's career and she was selected to the all-tournament team in her junior and senior seasons.

Despite breaking a bone in her hand in pre-season practice in 1995 and missing every match except for the tournaments that year, Brandt put up some spectacular career numbers in volleyball. She totaled 1115 kills, had a 90% serving percentage, was 82% passing, had 613 digs and 78 blocks.

Josh Lubben places first in South Dakota archery tourney

Joshua Lubben placed first in the Cub Male Freestyle division age 9-12 at the South Dakota State Archery Championship. The tournament was held on March 23-24 in Sioux Falls, SD.

Lubben shot a 294 out of a possible 300 on the first day and 290 out of 300 on the second day.

Joe Pallansch and Todd Nelson were other local shooters who placed first in their divisions. All are members of the Saratoga Archery Club.

Youth wrestlers advance to state competition

The Tracy-Milroy-Balaton youth wrestling program had 31 wrestlers compete in Windom on March 23 at a Northland Youth Wrestling Association (NYWA) Section tournament. Those advancing to the State competition this weekend in Rochester were Josh Coyle, Bradley Schmidt, Zach Campbell, Alex Blegen, Jordy Rolling, Raymond Hagberg, James Prairie, Paul Carlson, Derek Vosberg, Andrew Dieter, Chris Hansen, Cole Cooreman and Andy Nelson.

First place finishers were: Josh Coyle, Bradley Schmidt, Andrew Dieter, Cole Cooreman, Andy Nelson and Paul Carlson.

Second place: Raymond Hagberg and Derek Vosberg.

Third place: Zach Campbell, Alex Blegen, Jordy Rolling, Chris Hansen, James Prairie.

Fourth place: Brandon Engelkes, Chad Cooreman, Cody Arnold.

Fifth place: J.C. Dewitte and Dan Dieter.

Sixth place: Kody Kirsh, Erik Cooreman, Keith Engelkes.

Those also competing, but not placing were: Austin Peterson, Ian Mariner, Brian Hagberg, Brandon Schroeder, Alex Soupir, Jared Towne, Luke Prairie, Colton Evans, Derek Evans and Drew Hebig.