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Sports from the week of March 31, 2004

Softball team hosts Marshall Tuesday

The Panther girls' fast pitch softball team's first game is scheduled for Tuesday, April 6 at Tracy against the Marshall Tigers.

The team returns all but Lindsay Erickson, Katie Bauer and Alicia Brey from last year's team that finished with an 11-9 season record and 8-6 in the 212 Conference.

The team will be deep in pitching with Megan Anderson, 10-8 with an earned run average of 2.46 plus Alyssa Kirk and Ashlei Carpenter. Also returning are Steph Kaup, Emily Miller, Stacy LaVoy, Alissa Lightfoot, Lynn Brockway, Stefanie Hebig, Kasey Loeslie, JeRae Kathman and Andrea VanMoer.

The team will be looking for a new shortstop and help in the outfield.

Golfers hope to see first action at Sanborn Thursday

The Panther boys' and girls' golf teams continue to take advantage of the good weather to prepare for their opening meet with Red Rock Central at Sanborn on Thursday. The first home meet will be against Westbrook/Walnut Grove on Tuesday, April 6. at 4 p.m.

The boys compiled a 19-21 dual meet record, and were fourth in the 212 Conference and third in the Section 3A meet.

Bryan Jackson and Jake Peterreins are lost from last year's boys team. Returning are Eric Peterson, Kyle McIntire, Mark Buysse, Sam Lau, Ted Nilius, Scott Debbaut, Nick Miller and Matt Engesser.

The girls' team had a record of 15 wins and 25 losses and a sixth place finish in the Section meet. The highlight of last season was the girls finishing only one stroke behind BOLD in the 212 Conference meet. No one on the team graduated but Sara Macken has not come out for this year's team. Returning golfers include Kayla Lau, Kim Lau, Shanel Hansen and Casie Miller.

Baseball team travels to Luverne Tuesday

The Tracy/Milroy/Balaton baseball team is coming off a rebuilding season last year in which they won 6 games and lost 16. The 2003 season ended with a 4-3 loss to Renville County West in the section tournament. Greg Carlson, Austin Skoblik, Tim Byrne and Matt Schreier were lost to graduation, but a host of players resturn.

Returning are Brett Jackson, Pat Spielmann, Derek Daniels, Luke Walling, Derek Radke, Eric Fraser, Ross Ladehoff, Matt Persons, Sean Castle, Donald Strand, Jared Wendorff, J. Hamilton, Anders Davidson and Ryan Stobb. Other players gained experience on last year's B squad.

The team looks to improve its defense and ability to deliver clutch hits.

The Panthers are scheduled to travel to Luverne Tuesday, April 6. The Panthers' first scheduled home game will be against Central Minnesota Christian Prinsburg on Monday, April 19. The B-squad game is scheduled at Milroy. Game time is 5 p.m.