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Sports from the week of June 19, 2002

Legion baseball splits

The Milroy Legion baseball team split four games this week.

"We are playing pretty well," said Coach Chris Miller. "When we get good pitching and play good defense we win ball games."

Milroy 10, Milan 2

Last Tuesday night the Legion beat Milan 10-2.

Erik Kathman missed a no hitter when a Texas league fly-ball hit the ground.

Kathman started on the mound for Milroy and pitched 5 1/3 innings. He gave up 1 run on 1 hit while striking out 12 and walking 4. Austin Skoblik pitched the rest of the sixth inning and gave up no runs on no hits while walking one hitter. Nick Hanson finished the game by pitching the last inning. He gave up 1 run on no hits while striking out 2 and walking 1.

Hanson and Greg Carlson led the Milroy 9 hit attack with 2 hits each.

VFW battles with one-sided losses

The Tracy VFW continued to struggle last week, losing two one-sided games.

Granite Falls beat Tracy 19-8 Tuesday, while Olivia pounded the team 19-3 Friday. Their season record is now 1-11 for the season.

Against Granite Falls on June 11, Tracy managed to score often enough so the game was not stopped by the 10-run rule. The VFW team picked up a run in ech of the second and third innings and added 4 more runs in the fifth and 2 more in the seventh to get their 8 runs. Granite Falls got 2 runs in the second and 4 in the third but it was 6 runs in the fourth inning and 7 more in the sixth that did the most damage.

The Panthers entered the game short several players, forcing the team to use several non-pitchers on the mound.

Jim Campbell honored for coaching at Plainview

A 1966 Tracy High School graduate was inducted into the Plainview High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Jim Campbell, a teacher and coach at Plainview, was one of 12 charter members named to the hall of fame.

“When you have coaches like Mr. learn about a lot more than wrestling,” said Mark Krier, a three-time wrestling champion at Plainview. “I am going to be a father soon and I only hope that I can instill those values into my child.”

Campbell was an assistant wrestling coach at Plainview from 1971-73, before serving as the school's head coach from 1974-85. Under his direction, Plainview won 13 conference championships, six district titles, and wrestled for the regional championship three times. Campbell-coached teams won the region once, and lost to the eventual state champion by two points twice in regional finals.

The Tracy native was named to the Minnesota Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1989. Jim Campbell is the son of Hollie and the late Ida Campbell of rural Tracy.