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Sports from the week of May 29, 2002

Panther girls regain Sub-Section track title

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton dominated the Sub-Section 11 track meet at Tracy Thursday, qualifying 20 individuals and four relay teams to the Section 3A meet at Pipestone Thursday.

The Panther boys qualified eight individuals and one relay team to the section meet.

"It was a very solid day for us in both the boys and girls meets," said Panther Coach Steve Jones. The third place finish by the boys is phenomenal considering the size of the team and the depth of the competition.

“The girls were exceptional--TMB won 13 of 18 events which was a little bit of revenge for last year's loss to Redwood Valley. If the girls perform on Thursday like they did at the sub-sections we have a legitimate chance to win the section championship."

Eighth-grader Bobbi Jo Buyck set a new school record in the girls' pole vault by clearing 9'6".

Girls' results

TMB, 251; Canby/Minneota, 103; Redwood Valley, 83; R-T-R/LB, 62; Lincoln H.I., 46; Lakeview, 7.

Boys' results

Redwood Valley, 152; Canby/Minneota, 121; TMB, 100; R-T-R/LB, 97; Lincoln H.I., 60; Lakeview, 22.

Panther nine eliminated

Benson beat the Panthers 8-4 Monday at Sacred Heart to knock Tracy/Milroy/Balaton from the double-elimination Section 3A tourney. The Panthers ended their season with a 10-13 record.

The Panthers lost to Windom 7-1 and beat Yellow Medicine East 6-0 on Saturday.

Benson 8, TMB 4

The Panthers trailed 8-0 before they mustered a run in the fifth inning and then 3 more in the sixth

Adam Schmidt took the mound for TMB and pitched 3 2/3 innings before giving way to Erik Kathman. Schmidt gave up 8 runs on 7 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4. Kathman pitched shut out ball for the last 2 1/3 innings and registered 3 strikeouts while allowing only 1 hit.

Kathman led the nine-hit Panther attack with a home run. Scott LaVoy, Clay Caron and Greg Carlson had 2 hits each.

Windom 7, TMB 1

The game was scoreless until the last of the third inning. The Eagles first hitter opened with a double and a fielders choice and a hit batter filled the bases with no one out. With a bright sun and a "high" sky two routine fly ball to the outfield scored five runs.

With Windom's Zimmerman, the Panthers had few scoring chances. Zimmerman struck out 9 hitters for the Eagles, many of them with the Panthers "fishing" on bad balls with a three and two count, and held TMB to one run on 5 hits.

Schmidt went all the way on the mound for the Panthers and gave up 7 runs on 8 hits while walking none and striking out 6. Schmidt was 3 for 3 day at the plate including 2 doubles. LaVoy had the only other 2 hits for TMB.

Panthers 6, YME 0

Kathman shutout the Sting on 4 hits while striking out 8 and walking 2. Caron and Tim Byrne each had two hits.

TMB scored one run in the second inning and put the game away by adding five more runs in the fourth inning.

Arrows take advantage of seven Panther errors

The Panther softball team was eliminated in the first round of the section tournament at Windom Saturday.

Pipestone-Jasper beat the Panther 10-0 in five innings of play. Tracy/Milroy/Balaton ended their season with a 4-14 record.

"The same old thing gave us problems today," said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "We didn't catch the ball. Megan gave up one earned run. We gave them seven extra outs---made seven errors. Pipestone is far too good a team to do that against."

On the bright side, Sogge said the team has “proven this year what we can do when we play good defense. We beat the first and second place teams in the 212 Conference when we played errorless ball. We needed to do that today and we didn't."

Kami Skoglund, Lindsay Erickson and JaRae Kathman collected the three Panther hits. Megan Anderson, the Panther pitcher, only allowed seven hits.