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Sports from the week of September 12, 2001 Headlight Herald - Serving Tracy, Minnesota, since 1880

Runners find tough competition

The Panther girls' cross country team finished sixth in the Marshall Invitational held Monday.

"Our whole squad was decimated by colds," said Panther Coach Brian Michelson. "We would have been close to Marshall's score if we had been healthy." Right: Jillian Tholen and Kristen Sweetman run with the leaders.

The team scores were: Canby/Minneota/Lincoln HI, 73; Jackson County Central, 95; Marshall, 112; Murray County Central, 120; Redwood Valley, 139; Tracy/Milroy/Balaton, 143; Springfield/ Cedar Mountain/ Comfrey, 165; Windom, 187; Worthington, 203; Southwest Star Concept, 231.

"Things were very disorganized as we left the meet," said Michelson. "The Worthington coach had placed his 6th place finishing girl's score in the team box and Worthington was almost awarded the trophy."

Panthers blank Central Christian

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton volleyball team improved their season record to 3-0 (2-0 in the 212 Conference) with a 3-1 win over the Central Minnesota Christian School at Prinsburg Thursday night. The game scores were 15-7, 15-11, 8-15 and 16-14.

"We didn't serve as aggressively as we did against Atwater/ Cosmos/Grove City," said Panther Assistant Coach LeAnn Thooft. "However, their (CMCS) serve receive was much better than we have seen before this season."

CMCS is the twice-defending state champion and are always tough to beat. The Panthers played very well defensively against them and did a great job of keeping the ball in play.

Marcia Ankrum had 31 set assists and Maria Ankrum led the hitters with 24 kills. Kristin Rokke had 12 kills to go with her three aces.

The Panther B squad lost 2-1 with game scores of 15-9, 9-15 and 14-16.

Gridders get into win column over Fairmont

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton football team broke into the win column with a 12-0 shutout over Fairmont at Fairmont Friday night. They are now 1-1 for the season and will play Fulda at Tracy next week before starting conference play the following week.

"I was extremely pleased with the progress we made this week," said Panther Coach Joe Kemp. "Everyone played with more intensity and had a much better comfort level as far as knowing and carrying out their responsibilities." Right: Bryce Peterson attempts a pass.

The Panthers overcame 11 penalties for 70 yards and used 3 Fairmont turnovers and a stifling defense to hold the Cardinals scoreless and allowed only 58 yards of total offense. Fairmont rushed 25 times for 38 yards and were 3 of 10 passing for 20 yards with 3 interceptions.