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Sports for the week of May 26, 2004

Girls win 212 track title

The Panther girls' won the 212 Conference track meet at Clara City Thursday, with the Tracy/Milroy/Balaton boys finishing second.

Girls' team scores were: 1) TMB 171; 2) BOLD, 122; 3) ACGC, 111; 4) RCW, 79; 5) YME, 65; 6) MACCRAY, 8.

Boys totals were: 1)ACGC, 213; 2) T/M/B, 116; 3) MACCRAY, 72; 4) BOLD, 69; 5) YME, 56; 6)RCW, 33.

Three TMB entries set new girls' meet records. They were set by Melissa Luckhardt in the 200M dash (25.99), Bobbi Jo Buyck in the pole vault (10-6) and the 4 X 400M relay team of Luckhardt, Jenna Schaar, Becca Gervais and Jillian Tholen (4:14.39).

Other first-place events for the Panther girls' were: Buyck, 100M dash; Jillian Tholen, 800M run and the 1600M run; Luckhardt in the long jump; Tessa Nelson in the high jump and the 4X100M relay and the 4X400M relay.

Registering first place finishes for the boys were: Trevor Morin, 100M dash; 4X 100M relay team.

Softball improves to 18-2

The Panther girls' softball team warmed up for the 3AA South Section Tournament by beating Murray County Central at Slayton Thursday by a score of 4-1.

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton finished their regular season scheduled with a 18-2 record. Their 12-2 record in the 212 Conference won the conference title.

Both teams scored 1 run in the first inning and then played scoreless softball until the Panthers Steph Hebig broke open the tie game with a triple to score the walking Lynn Brockway to break the tie in the eighth inning. The Panthers scored two more runs on Alyssa Kirk's walk and Stacy LaVoy's single. Megan Anderson went all the way on the mound for the Panthers to get the win. Both teams played errorless ball.

"Megan Anderson turned in a gutsy performance to pick up the win," said Panther Coach Dave Sogge. "She had a sore shoulder and had trouble finding the plate but she still had good velocity and was able to keep MCC at bay. She hasn't given up a run since the KMS games. She's just been super."

TMB faces Luverne in crucial first-round game

Tracy/Milroy/Balaton takes an 18-2 record and a third seed into the Section 3AA South fast-pitch softball tournament.

The Panthers will meet Luverne at 11:30 a.m. at Pipestone on Saturday, May 29. The winner of that game will meet the winner of the Jackson County Central vs. Windom game at 1 p.m. the same day.

Pipestone is the No. 1 seed, with Jackson County Central second. Redwood Valley is fourth, BOLD fifth, Luverne sixth, Windom seventh and Renville County West eighth.

The first round losers are eliminated, but the second round winners and losers advance to the finals in Redwood Falls on Monday, May 31 along with the four survivors in the Section 3AA North Tournament held in Montevideo.

Eric Peteson advances to section competition

The Panther golf teams participated in the sub-section meet at Tyler on Monday, May 24. The girls finished sixth out of seven teams and the boys finished sixth out of six teams.

The girls team scores were: 1) Luverne, 380; 2) Pipestone, 396; 3) Fulda, 396; 4) Adrian, 398; 5) MCC, 407; 6) T/M/B, 433; 7) SWC, 470.

Scoring for the Panther girls were: Cassie Bryant, 103; Jenna Fischer, 105; Kayla Lau, 110; Kim Lau, 115.

The boys team scores were: 1)Pipestone, 306; 2)Luverne, 313; 3)SWC, 335; 4) HBC/E, 357; 5)SVRLB, 359; 6)T/M/B, 366.

Scoring for the Panther boys were: Eric Peterson, 80; Sam Lau, 93; Kyle McIntire, 96; Nick Miller, 97.

Eric Peterson's 80 qualified him to participate in the up-coming section meet at Marshall.

"It was a cold, windy day and some of the golfers had their round interrupted by about two hours of rain," said Panther Coach Randy McIntire.