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Sports from the week of May 31, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880


Girls' track program wins seventh-straight title

• Gifford, Lanoue set new records, boys runner-up

Record-setting performances by Julie Gifford and Katie Lanoue helped spark the Panther girls to their seventh-straight district-level track championship Thursday.

The Panther girls dominated a seven-school field, winning the Sub-Section 11, Section 3A meet by 71 points. Two of the T-M individual champions—Lanoue in the pole vault and Gifford in the 1600 meters—set new school and Sub-Section records.

“The girls had an impressive day,” said Panther Coach Steve Jones. The Panther girls track program has reigned as district or sub-section track champions since 1994.

Jones was equally complimentary of the Panther boys, who were second in the team competition. The boys finished only 30 points behind Redwood Valley, despite being small in numbers.

“I was extremely proud of the boys. We've got only 16 boys grades 7-12, so to do this well as a team is incredible. Most of the boys were doing four events. They really laid it on the line.”

Peterson, Schmiesing have vexing Section 3A golf meet

Two Panther golfers struggled with the difficult Marshall Country Club course at the Section 3A meet Friday.

Dane Schmiesing and Heidi Peterson fell short of the state Class A golf meet, after shooting below their season averages. Dane shot an 86 and Heidi shot a 95.

Schmiesing said he had a good opening round, but struggled on the back nine. His score was hurt by too many penalty strokes on balls hit out-of-bounds. Ten strokes on No. 11 buried his state hopes.

Peterson started strong, touring the back nine with a 47. But the junior struggled with her short game.

“I had trouble chipping and putting.” Peterson said she had trouble adjusting to the “really fast” greens.

Baseball team advances

Back-to-back games Wednesday and Thursday face the Panther baseball team this week, as the team continues its quest for its third-straight state tournament berth.

The defending Section 3A champions face Benson in a pm game at Granite Falls Wednesday (May 31). Win or lose, the Panthers play again on Thursday at a site and time yet-to-be determined. The Panthers will play either Jackson County Central or MACCRAY Thursday, depending on which teams win Wednesday.

"We would really like to keep winning and stay in the winners bracker," said Coach Bill Tauer.

Thanks to an 8-2 victory over Montevideo Monday afternoon, the Panthers are one of eight teams left in the Section 3AA tournament.