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Sports for the week of June 23, 2004

Softball team celebrates banner year

Following the end of their season, the Panther girls softball team held their annual post-season banquet at the Balaton Community Center. Dave and Gail Kaup, parents of senior catcher Steph Kaup, furnished hot dogs and hamburgers.

Coach Dave Sogge announced awards for the 2004 season. He began by thanking all who had been instrumental in setting up the evening, especially parents for being so supportive of the team throughout the season, He cited Dave Baack for his donation of conference championship T-shirts to all team members and coaches, and Coaches Paul Skoglund and Rick Anderson for their efforts on behalf of the team. Sogge saluted the team for its great efforts over the course of a 21-4 season.

Team letter winners, who were all members of the tournament team, were: sophomores Ashlei Carpenter, Ashley Allard, Alyssa Kirk, Rachel Gervais, Jackie Coulter, Jackie Vroman, Mariah Schelhaas, and Stacy LaVoy; juniors Lynn Brockway, Andrea Van Moeand Alissa Lightfoot; and seniors Sandra Holiffeld, Megan Anderson, Steph Kaup, Stef Hebig, Emily Miller, Kasey Loeslie.

Panthers on the 212 All-Conference team members were seniors Megan Anderson, Steph Kaup,, and Emily Miller, and sophomore Stacy LaVoy. Junior Alissa Lightfoot was an honorable mention selection.

Team awards were: Allisa Lightfoot-most valuable offensive player; Steph Kaup-most valuable defensive player; Megan Anderson-most valuable pitcher; Most improved: Stef Hebig; most inspirational-Stacy LaVoy.

Lynn Brockway, Andrea Van Moer, and Alissa Lightfoot were named tri-captains of next year's team.

It was announced that Sogge and Skoglund had nominated Lynn Brockway, Stef Hebig, Megan Anderson, Steph Kaup, and Alissa Lightfoot to be members of the All-Section 3AA team. Also, it was announced that some team members had been nominated for the All-Area team sponsored by the Marshall Independent. That team has since been announced.

Three Panthers received honorable mention All-Area Awards: Steph Kaup, Emily Miller, and Alyssa Kirk. Three more Panthers were selected first-team All-Area: Stacy LaVoy, Alissa Lightfoot, and Megan Anderson. Megan Anderson was honored as the Marshall Independent softball Player of the Year.

VFW beats Westbrook, falls to Marshall

The Tracy VFW Baseball Team won over Westbrook last Thursday evening by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning giving them a 7-6 margin.

"This was an exciting game with both teams playing well," said Tracy Coach Bill Tauer. "The boys just kept battling and Luke (Walling) came through with the game winning hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. Derek Danniels had a solid outing on the mound and Sean Castle did an outstanding job in the final two innings to earn the victory."

On Monday the Tracy VFW Baseball Team lost both ends of a double header to Marshall Blue at Marshall. The scores were 5-2 and 9-5 bringing the VFW's season record to 3-5 and they are 3-2 in league play.

"Luke (Walling) pitched a good game and defensively we were pretty solid," said Coach Bill Tauer. "However we had only 4 hits. We just couldn't get it going offensively." In the second Marshall game, it was Marshall 9, Tracy 5. "We played well until the fifth inning in the second game and then the wheels fell off," said Tauer. "We walked too many batters, you just cannot give a team like Marshall free bases. Offensively we hit the ball better, collecting 9 hits."

Legion baseball has good week, taking 4 of 7

The Milroy Legion team had a busy week, winning four of seven games.

Milroy 7, Wabasso 1

Matt Bauer getting the win after coming on in relief of starter Derek Radke in a June 15 game.

Radke pitched 5 innings giving up 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 3. Bauer came on and pitched 2 innings giving up 1 run on no hits while walking 4 and striking out 2. Pat Spielmannn and Eric Fraser led the 7 hit attack with a pair of hits each.

Milroy 6, Madison 2

Anthony Rohlik started on the mound, pitched 5 innings and got the win Thursday. He gave up 2 runs on 3 hits while walking 3 and striking out 4. Radke pitched the 6th inning and gave up no runs on no hits, walked no one and struck out nine. Bauer pitched the 7th inning and gave up no runs and no hits while walking 1 and striking out 1.

Donald Strand led the 7-hit attack with 2 hits.

Wooden bat tourney

Over the weekend Milroy participated in a wooden bat tournament in Marshall and split four games.

In the first game Milroy won over Brookings 4-2. Bauer went all the way on the mound and gave up 2 runs on only 1 hit while walking 4 and striking out 5.

Rohlik and Matt Persons led the 9 hit attack with a pair of hits each.

Milroy next took on the team from Shakopee and won 5-4.

Derek Radke started and pitched 5 1/3 innings while giving up 4 runs on 5 hits, walking 5 and striking out 4. Rohlik came on and finished the game while giving up no runs on 2 hits, walking none and striking out 3.

Matt Bauer led the 9 hit attack with 3 hits while Rohlik and Ladehoff added 2 each.

In the next game Milroy lost to Fridley by a score of 5-2 in spite of out hitting them 11-2.

Rohlik started on the mound and pitched 5 innings giving up 4 runs (3 earned) on 2 hits while walking 6 and striking out 3. Derek Daniels came on and pitched the last 2 innings and gave up 1 run on 0 hits while walking 1 and striking out 3.

Spielmannn got 3 hits to lead the offense while Radke and Davidson had 2 each.

In the last tournament game Milroy lost to the Chester Birds of the Twin Cities 15-0.

Injuries and the number of games had decimated the pitching ranks resulting in 10 walks and 4 hit batsmen for the game. Spielmannn started on the mound for Milroy and gave up 10 runs on 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2. Brett Jackson came on and pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up 3 runs on 4 hits while waking 4 and striking out 1. Walling finished the game and gave up 2 runs on 2 hits while walking 2 and striking out none.

Anders Davidson got the lone hit for Milroy.

Granite Falls 12, Milroy 2

On Monday the Milroy Legion team lost to Granite Falls by a score of 12-2 at Granite Falls.

Matt Bauer pitched the first 2 innings and gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 2 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2. He was replaced by Donald Strand who pitched the last 4 innings and gave up 6 runs on 6 hits while walking 4 and striking out 2.

Milroy was held to only 4 hits with Ladehoff, Bauer, Rohlik and Persons getting 1 each.

"Through injuries and the number of games in just a few days, we just ran out of pitching," said Coach Chris Miller. "We had a good come-back going in the Fridley game when we scored our only 2 runs in the last inning and left the bases loaded."