RTR Homecoming coronation Sunday

September 19, 2019

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Above: The 2019 Homecoming King candidates, left to right in front, are Cade Jorgensen, Kyle Fischer, Alex Duus, Chris Cauwels and Collin Johnson; the Homecoming Queen candidates are Rylie Hess, Madison Witte, Morgan Bloom, Dajza Gilmore and Ashley Owen. Below: Homecoming candidates were revealed on Monday afternoon with the pop of a balloon. Here Ashley Owen, right, finds out she is a candidate when her explosion revealed multi-colored confetti. Also pictured is Annie Nichols.

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By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Monday afternoon’s candidate reveal set in motion a long list of activities for the 2019 RTR Homecoming Week. The student body assembled in the high school gymnasium at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Each senior was summoned to the gym floor and handed a balloon in groups of four or five students. As the balloons were popped, the students with the multi-colored confetti inside their balloons learned they had been chosen as candidates.

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Groundbreaking scheduled for new school building

September 19, 2019

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Groundbreaking at the new RTR PreK-12 building site will take place on Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
The RTR Board of Education has scheduled an RTR PreK-12 school facility groundbreaking ceremony for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019 at 2 p.m. The event will be held at the new building site at 111 County Road 8 in Tyler.
The event is the beginning of the final phase of a years-long effort to replace the three aging buildings in the district, located in Tyler, Ruthton and Russell. Voters gave final approval to the $35 million project with the passage of the bond election in February 2019. The vote passed by wide margins in Russell and Tyler with only 42% of Ruthton voters in favor. Overall results saw the bond pass with over 63% of the vote.

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Gymnastics gets green light after rental proposal recieved

September 19, 2019

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RTR High School Student Council members Riley Owen and Connor Kremin gave an update on the school year to board members at last week’s meeting.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Principal Dan Bettin spoke to the board about proceeding with an RTR gymnastics program for the 2019-20 school year after developments in the hours leading up to last week’s regular monthly board meeting.
“It’s been a hectic four hours,” Bettin said. “I got a call from (Hendricks Superintendent) Paul Chick. I talked to Steph Ekema this afternoon and then Steph called me later tonight. Hendricks has agreed to rent us The Barn for practices. We would have some minor costs potentially for uniforms, although they have offered for us to wear their green and black that they don’t wear anymore that they bought before they joined with Estelline. We could get by without the purchase of uniforms if we want to for a year or two. We’d have to buy some minor pieces of equipment. I think they have to have their own springboards when they go to meets.”

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Remembering

September 19, 2019

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Above: Area first responders, firemen, EMS technicians and Legion members were Guests of Honor at last week’s Patriot Day event. Below: Legion member Kenton Stanek stood at attention during the “Star Spangled Banner.”

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Lady Knights peel off the Jaguars in three

September 19, 2019

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Allie Christianson gets the ball past a pair of Jaguar defenders during last week’s match against Renville County West.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RCW Jaguars came to town last Tuesday with the idea of beating the RTR volleyball team in Camden Conference action for the first time. The Lady Knights might not have been quite prepared in the first set, as the Jaguars were plenty tough. This reporter was not with it ei­ther, as I showed up when the score was 14-all.
The score became 19-21 when Coach Brown called a timeout. Whatever was said in the timeout worked wonders. Consecutive kills by Rylie Hess, Kylea Baart­man and Madison Witte quickly made the score 22-21 for the home team Knights. Another kill by Baartman and one by Ha­ley Muenchow added two more points. An error on RCW produced the final RTR point to capture the first set by a score of 25- 22.

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Cross country teams compete last week at Marshall Invitational

September 19, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR cross county teams competed at the Marshall Cross Country JV Invitational on Sept. 9. Grace Klumper paced the Knights with a fifth place finish at 24:37.8, less than two minutes off the first place pace…

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McKinley Schreurs gets her 1,000th assist in win over CMCS

September 19, 2019

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RTR volleyball player McKinley Schreurs was honored for her 1,000th set assist last week during the Knights’ match at Central Minnesota Christian. Pictured above, left to right, are Head Coach Daynica Brown, Schreurs, Coach Neil Witte and Coach Lexi Wendland.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Lady Knights of RTR-land traveled to Prinsburg last Thursday to play a little Camden Conference volleyball. It wasn’t just any match for one RTR player. McKinley Schreurs, a junior on the RTR team, recorded her 1,000th set assist in the match. McKin­ley is the daughter of Ryan and Jamie Schreurs. Know­ing Ryan, he is taking full credit for McKinley’s suc­cess. The fact remains that he didn’t even know what a volleyball looked like un­til a few years ago.
The Lady Knights did in fact shut down the Bluejays in three sets. The scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 25- 15…

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Knights almost pull upset of year with 22 to 18 loss to ranked Vikings

September 19, 2019

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Hayden Gravley pulled down a long reception of a Payton Hess pass during Friday’s game against Minneota.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Before a very fine home crowd and a good crowd from visiting Minneota, the two teams did battle last Friday in Tyler. The Minneota Vikings were ranked number four in the Class 1A polls. The Knights were trying to establish some respect after return­ing to 11-man football.
The crowd was enter­tained throughout the game as four lead changes and one tie resulted before the Vikings scored with about two minutes left in the game to pull out the win. Both teams made the usual mistakes to give the other team a chance.

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Nielsen completes Army basic training

September 19, 2019

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Pvt. Harley Nielsen

Pvt. Harley Nielsen, son of Bruce and Dr. Roxanne Nielsen, joined the Army National Guard this past year, on the coldest day in February. He graduated from basic military train­ing at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina on Aug. 15, and will complete his AIT training as a Fire Control Specialist next summer at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. He will graduate from RTR High School in May 2020.

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Donut day

September 19, 2019

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The annual Donut and Athlete event was presented by the RTR volleyball team on Saturday morning at the high school.

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Youth volleyball players from throughout the area were on hand to participate in a scrimmage on Saturday morning at the high school.