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Sports from the week of August 24, 2005

Mt. Lake Invitational is Wednesday

Jillian Tholen, who sat out of track last spring due to an injury, was asked if she was fully recovered and how the Panther cross-country team will do this season.

“I am fully recovered now but I can’t predict how we will do this season,” she said.

Tholen placed sixth in the state meet a year ago and will be counted on to lead this year’s girls team. On the boys’ team, Alex Jones and Ryan Tholen appear to be in good shape and will get much help from Brad Lanoue. Lanoue has been running distance races in the track season for several years but this is his first experience with the cross-country team.

The Panthers’ first meet of the season will be at Mountain Lake on Wednesday, August 31. Their only home meet will be at the local country club on Thursday, Sept. 8.

This is the first season for some time that the Panthers are not competing in the 212 Conference meet. The Panthers dominated the 212 Conference in cross country. But TMB is now in the Camden Conference for all sports except football.


Yankees outlast Midway,2-1

The Milroy Yankee baseball team opened state tournament play by out-lasting Midway 2-1 in a 14 inning marathon Thursday night at Dassel. The winning run was driven in, in the last of the 14th, by Joe Kemp, former Panther football coach.

Both pitching staffs performed admirably as each team was held to only 7 hit for the 14 innings. Nathan Deutz pitched the first 7 innings, he was relieved by Andrew VanLoy who pitched into the 11th inning when Erik Kathman came on and walked two Midway hitters with 2 out. The next hitter hit a liner to right center where Andy Schmidt fielded the ball and threw the runner out at home plate for the third out. Brady Mertz came on to pitch the 12th and 13th when Ryan Rohlik came on to pitch the last inning and get the win for Milroy.


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The Yankees’ next state tournament game will be against local rival Granite Falls on Saturday, August 27 in Dassel at 11 a.m.

Matt Bauer named all-state in baseball

Matt Bauer has been named to the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association Class AA All-State Team. Bauer is one of only three juniors on the 22-man all-state squad.

“Matt has only been with us for two years and he has performed remarkably well at the plate,” said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. “He is the complete ball player. He can run, field, throw, hit and hit with power plus he has done an outstanding job pitching for us. He works hard, has a batting cage in his basement that he can work in all year around. It is fun to watch him grow and mature as a player, we are expecting great things from him next season.”

Bauer led his team to the 212 Conference in batting and set a new school record for batting average in the process. He had 38 hits in 68 at bats for an astounding .559 average that included 3 home runs. Bauer’s regular position was at third base but he was called upon to help the team by pitching also. Bauer pitched 55 2/3 innings with an earned run average of 3.27 and led the team in wins with a 6-4 record with 1 save.