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Sports from the week of June 13, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Luverne ends state quest

Panther nine finish with 20-4 record

Luverne ended the Panther baseball teams state tournament hopes with a 7-4 win over Tracy/Milroy/Balaton in the Section 3AA championship game Thursday.

Luverne plays Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City in the first round of the state tourney in St. Cloud Thursday. ACGC is the team which tied the Panthers for the 212 Conference Championship during the season.

The Panthers ended their season with a 20-4 record. TMB beat Luverne 12-11 earlier this season. The Cardinals, who entered the section tourney as the seventh-seeded team, now has a 16-8 season record.

"Luverne played well and deserved to win this game," said Panther Coach Bill Tauer. "They got good pitching, played good defense and hit the ball well today."

`U' All-Americans lead wrestling camp

Two University of Minnesota wrestlers headlined a Tracy Community Education wrestling camp at the Tracy Prairie Pavilion Monday and Tuesday .

Luke Becker and Jared Lawrence, members of the Gopher team that won the NCAA national wrestling title, led the camp. Both instructors placed in the NCAA national meet and are All-Americans.

The camps were open to wrestling aspirants in grades 4-12

The second camp will be held on June 18 and 19.

Relay teams earn state medals

Two Tracy/Milroy/Balaton girls' relay teams earned medals at the state track meet in Blaine Friday and Saturday.

The 3200-meter relay team of sophomores Kristin Sweetman and Laura Zwach, seventh grader Jillian Tholen and eighth grader Rebecca Gervais finished fifth with a time of 9:48.96.

The 400 meter relay team of freshman Tina McIntire, sophomore Sarah Fritz, junior Katie Lanoue and eighth grader Melissa Luckhardt placed sixth with a time of 51.45. The 4x100 meter team placed second in the section meet but qualified for the state meet by exceeding the state standard.

Freshman Jason Morin vaulted 12-0 but it was only good for 14th place in the boys' meet. That vault matched Jason's best for the season.

Senior Nate Clark came into the state meet with one of the better records in the discus. However on Saturday his best throw in the discus equaled 141 feet, two inches, which was good for 10th place but well behind his personal best.

"We have an extremely young group of athletes on the track teams this year," said Panther Coach Steve Jones. "If the kids can keep improving, we will be back next year and will make an impact."