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Sports from the week of May 23, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

TMB enters baseball tourney as top seed, hosts games Saturday

The Panther baseball team brings a 15-2 record and a No. 1 seed into Section 3AA tournament, which begins Saturday.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton opens the double-elimination tournament with two home games on the Milroy field Saturday. The Panthers face 16th seeded Pipestone-Jasper at 11 a.m. If the Panthers win their first game, they'd play a second game Saturday at 6:30 p.m. against either Red Rock Central or Redwood Valley, the eighth and ninth seeded teams.

"Since we have received the top seed I suppose you have to say that we are the favorites to win the section tournament," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "However Windom and Jackson County Central have very good teams and I am impressed with Walnut Grove-Westbrook/Red Rock Central. They are very deep in pitching and that is particularly important in a tournament."

The Panther enter the tournament with a question mark on the pitching staff. Adam Schmidt, the team's second ranked pitcher, has been resting a sore shoulder since last week. The soreness has limited Schmidt's action to designated hitter.

TMB softball team opens tourney play Saturday

The Panther softball team has been seeded seventh in the north half of the double elimination section tournament.

YME was the top seed, Lac Qui Parle Valley second, Canby-Minneota third, Renville County West fourth, Benson-Hanska, fifth, BOLD sixth, T/M/B seventh and Montevideo eighth.

The Panther girls will open section play at Montevideo at 11:30 a.m. on May 26 against the second-seeded Lac Qui Parle Valley team.

In the south half of the section Jackson County Central was the top seed with Pipestone-Jasper second, Springfield-Comfrey, third, RRC fourth, Luverne fifth, Windom sixth, Redwood Valley seventh and Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster eighth.

The opening games will be played at Montevideo and at Pipestone but the May 28, 30 & 31 games will all be played at Redwood Falls.

Trackster made good showing at True Team, 212 Conference

The Panther girls' track team placed third in the 212 Conference meet held in Tracy Thursday while the boys' team finished fourth.

The girls team scores were: Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 153; Renville County West, 138; Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 118; BOLD, 98; Yellow Medicine East, 39; MACCRAY, 4.

Tholen finished strong to win the 3200 meters, but was disqualified. An official ruled that the seventh-grader momentarily ran off the track after passing another runner on the inside.

The boys team scores were: ACGC, 193; RCW, 98; YME, 93; T/M/B, 61; BOLD, 58; MACCRAY, 48.

The Panther Girls' Track Team was a "wild card" selection to the State True Team Track Meet held in Blaine last Saturday, finishing a respectable fifth place ahead of four of the section champions. The format, which gave the Panthers the opportunity to compete, is to have all of the section champions participate plus the runner-up team with the best qualifying times and distances.

The team scores were: Southwest Star Concept/Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster, 478; Chatfield, 447.5; Hayfield, 429; Mayer Lutheran, 345; Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 332.5; Tri County, 236; Hinckely-Finlayson, 233.5; Chisholm, 225; Hawley-Ulen-Hitterdal, 201.

"We feel really great about the good showing the girls made," said Panther Coach Steve Jones.