Sports from the week of September 13, 2000 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880
No. 1 Central Christian can't escape battle in Panther den
The defending state Class A volleyball champions, Central Minnesota Christian School, came to Tracy last Thursday night. They were riding the wave of a generous amount of publicity in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune proclaiming them as possibly the best volleyball team in the state.
"There is a rumor that the article somehow found it's way to the locker room door," said Panther Coach Katie Gervais with a twinkle in her eye.
The Panthers stunned the champs 3-2 to serve notice that they will contend for the 212 Conference championship. The game scores were 11-15, 15-5, 14-16, 17-15 and 16-14.
"It was a big win for us," said Gervais. "Most of the match was decided in the last five points of each game. All of the girls played well. Our serve receive graded out at 2.46 (out of a possible 0-3) and our passing was very good."
Rested gridders travel to Fulda Friday night
The Tracy-Milroy-Balaton football team travels to Fulda Friday night for a 7 p.m. game.
The Panthers, 2-0 on the season, have had extra time to recover from injuries sustained in the 28-14 win over Lennox a week ago Sept. 5.
"The game against Lennox was a very hard-hitting game," said Panther Coach Gale Otto. "Most of the bumps and bruises will be healed by Friday night.
The Panther coaching staff had the opportunity of watching the Fulda vs. Ortonville game last Friday won by Ortonville 24-8.
"They are very quick and athletic," said Otto. "The score was not a good indication of the capabilities of the two teams. Fulda has a sophomore quarterback and a receiver who is 6-4 or 6-5 and were very good against the run. They were very quick from sideline to sideline."
Harriers narrow gap from top Section 3A teams
The young Panther girls' cross country team continues to make strides.
Monday, the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton squad positioned itself within striking distance of several top Section 3A rivals. The defending Section 3A champion Panthers finished fourth in a 14 team field at Marshall.
"They're doing awesome," said Coach Brian Michelson of the young T-M-B runners. The Panther varsity has three sophomores, two freshmen, an eighth grader and one seventh grader. Only two runners had any significant varsity running experience coming into this season.
"Everybody really seemed to give it 110% today," the coach said.