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Sports from the week of April 23, 2003

Track girls have strong showing

The Panther girls' track team placed first and the boys were eighth in the Panther Invitational Track Meet held in Tracy Tuesday.

The girls used wins in all four relays plus first place finishes from Melissa Luckhardt (400), Nicole Haecherl (100 hurdles), Cassie Willard (discus), Laura Zwach (800).

The girls team scores were: 1)Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 148.3; 2) Canby/Minneota, 68; 3)Comfrey-Springfield, 66.3; 4) Red Rock Central/W-WG, 57; 5) RTR/Lake Benton, 46.3; 6)YME, 43; 7) Wabasso, 40; 8)Hills-Beaver Creek/Ellsworth, 36; 9)Fulda, 18; 10)Lincoln H.I., 0.

The team scores for the boys were: 1) Fulda, 121; 2) Hills-Beaver Creek/Ellsworth, 92; 3) Comfrey/Springfield, 75; 4) Canby/Minneota, 71; 5) RTR/Lake Benton, 42; 6) RRC/W-WG, 39; 7) Wabasso, 30; 8) TMB, 25;9) Lincoln H.I., 18;10) YME, 10.

Redwood humbles TMB, 17-0

The Panther boys' baseball team was lambasted Tuesday by the Redwood Valley Cardinals 17-0 in a non-conference game at Tracy. The Cardinal's efforts were aided by 2 home runs, 8 walks and 2 hit batsmen. The loss dropped the Panther's season record to 2-6 and they are 2-2 in the 212 conference.

Pat Spielman started on the mound for the Panthers, pitched 2 innings and gave up 9 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3 and walking 4. He was relieved by Brett Jackson who pitched the final 3 innings, giving up 8 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4.

The Panther attack was silenced by the tantalizing slow curve of the Cardinal's left handed pitcher Sam Hansen. Hansen gave up no runs on no hits in five innings of play.

Panthers gain split with Central

The Panther baseball team split a double header with Central Minnesota Christian at Prinsburg Monday. The Panthers lost the first game 7-2 and won the nitecap 9-8. "We ran into a very good pitcher in the first game," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "However we just can't seem to get past that fourth inning without giving up a bunch of runs. We haven't started to hit, like I am sure we will, either."

Softball team wins

The Panther girls softball team edged Minneota /Canby 7-5 in a make-up softball game at Homera Field in Tracy Tuesday.

Behind the pitching of Megan Anderson the Panthers put up 2 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and 1 in the fourth and held on for the win as their opponents scored 2 runs in each of the last 2 innings.

Emily Miller and Lindsay Erickson led the 9 hit Panther attack with 2 hits each.