Sports from the week of August 1, 2002
Milroy Yankees advance to state
The Milroy Yankees are headed to the State Amateur Baseball Tournament. Saturday the Yankees beat Alexandria 6-1 to qualify for a berth in the class C portion of the state tournament.
On Sunday the Yankees lost to Granite Falls 3-1 in a game for seeding purposes only. Granite Falls and Milroy, both from the 7/75 League, earned the right to represent Region 9 C at the state tournament.
In Saturday's game Ryan Rohlik and Eric Dolan combined to hold Alexandria to only 1 run while scattering 7 hits. Former Panthers had a good day at bat for Milroy as Cory Schmidt had an RBI and Andy Schmidt and Derrick Pinckney both were 3 for 5 at the Plate. Andy Schmidt had a double and Pinckney had 2 RBI's.
Milroy 021 200 010 6 13 0
Alex 100 000 000 1 7 2
Sunday Mark Priegnitz pitched the whole game for Milroy and took the loss while holding the Kilowatts to 3 runs (all in the first inning) on 7 hits.
Andy Schmidt's home run accounted for the only Milroy run while Brian Dolan added a double.
It's a new season for Panther sport teams
Excitement is in the air, as Panther sport teams prepare for their fall seasons. Practice began Monday for football, volleyball, cross country, dance team, and cheer team.
The football team is coming off a 2-7 season. Four of the losses came from teams that played for their respective section championships.
Gone from that team, in addition to a host of graduated seniors, is Head Coach Joe Kemp, recently resigned to take a position on the faculty at Wabasso.
Sean McMenomy of Waterville-ElysianMorristown was the administrative recommended for the coaching position.but McMenomy was unable to secure his release from his current teaching contract.
Randy McIntire, longtime Panther assistant coach, has stepped forward and agreed to take the position.
"We are very young," said McIntire. "We have been left with only six seniors and will have to dig deep into the younger players to fill positions. We will win some games this year but I don't want the expectations to be too high,"
Jason Kainz is the assistant varsity coach, with Bill Tauer serving as the B-squad coach. Other coaches are Derek Jenniges, C-squad; Chris Miller, eighth grade; Bob Grey, seventh grade.
The Panther volleyball team won the Class AA championship and posted a 30-2 record. However, eight of the nine top players on last year's team were seniors.
"We have lost a lot of very talented players," said Coach Gervais. "However, I do not believe these younger players realize how good they can be if they work hard. Our job is to get them to believe in themselves. We have a group down in the eighth and ninth grades that have the potential to be very god by the time they are seniors."
Gone from one of the most dominating teams in Panther history are: Marcia Ankrum, Maria Ankrum, Kami Skoglund, Katie Lanoue, Jenny Otto, Jenna Tholen, Kristen Rokke and Rhonda Bitker.
Last year, the Panther cross country team repeated as 212 Conference champions, were the top academic team in Section 3A, and finished fourth in the section meet.
"We expect to be competitive again," said Panther Coach Brian Michelson.
In the American league portion of the men's league playoffs Milroy Elevator won out over John's Drug while in the National league it was Hubbard Feeds over Knakmuhs Agency.
Milroy Elevator will vie with Hubbard Feeds for the overall men's league championship Wednesday.
The ladies club championship tournament will be held Saturday, August 17 with the final round of the championship flight held on Sunday, August 18.
The Men's Club Tournament will be held this weekend on August 17 and 18. The entry fee is $20.