RTR takes first place in one-acts

February 4, 2016

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The RTR Drama students are pictured with their first-place medals from Saturday’s competition in Pipestone. From left to right in front are Ashley Borchert, Emily Kern, Lauren Johnson, Kiele Carlson, Grace Ekema, Amber Houselog and Gwyn Duus; in the second row are Jeremy Alsaker, Katie Petersen, Graham Petersen, Katy Broin, Stephanie Kuhlman and Sydney Johansen; in the third row are Holden Buchert, Max Schardin, Hunter Schouviller, Josh Reese, Nate Duus, Andrea Escher and Coach Neil Witte.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR Drama Department competed Saturday in the subsection one-act play competition in Pipestone with their performance of “Rocky’s Road.” The RTR team placed first, with Pipestone Area taking second place. Both teams will advance to section competition on Saturday, Feb. 6 at Redwood Valley High School in Redwood Falls.
The RTR students are scheduled to perform at 3 p.m. The school that comes out of Saturday with a first place finish will advance to the state competition the following week. The public is invited to attend.

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Buffalo Ridge Newspapers accept three awards at last week’s convention

February 4, 2016

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Buffalo Ridge Newspapers picked up three awards at the 2014-15 Minnesota Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest at the Hilton DoubleTree in Bloomington Thursday evening. Pictured from left are Managing Editor Mark Wilmes, Publisher Chuck Hunt, MNA President and publisher of the Worthington Daily Globe Joni Harms and Lake Benton Valley Journal Editor Steven Hurd.

By Mark Wilmes
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Two Buffalo Ridge Newspapers staff members earned recognition at the 149th annual Minnesota Newspaper Association convention held last week, Jan. 28-29. Awards were handed out to award winners from across the state at the awards banquet held on Thursday evening at the Hilton DoubleTree in Bloomington.
Lake Benton Valley Journal Editor Steven Hurd picked up a third place award for Best Sports Photo. Judges’ comments: “Lots of good action photos in this category, but this one stands out because of the size. Some others came close to recognition, but should have been larger. A very nice action shot.”
This is Steven’s second consecutive year being honored by the MNA.

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Council approves subsidy agreement for THC transition

February 4, 2016

By Mark Wilmes
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Avera Marshall Regional President Mary Maertens was on hand to reiterate commitments that Avera has to the Tyler Healthcare Center prior to the March 1 takeover of the facility. In order to proceed, the council had to approve the Business Subsidy Agreement, which would effectively transfer all property to Avera.
Maertens reminded the council of the many things that made the THC takeover attractive to Avera, including a strong referral system already in place, the number of outreach clinics currently utilized, a loyal patient base and dedicated staff and providers. The advantages to Tyler would be the fact that it would be freed of long term debt obligations and will help assure a long-term presence in the community as a result.

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Knights run to 73-55 win over SWC Eagles

February 4, 2016

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Wyatt Kirk takes the ball to the hoop against Southwest Minnesota Christian last week.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

It isn’t very often when the Southwest Christian Eagles are a rather easy team to beat. Last Tuesday in Tyler, the RTR Knights came away with a 73-55 victory over these Eagles. The Knights jumped to a quick 7-0 advantage, but the Eagles quickly tied the game at 7. Two free throws by Jonah Johnson gave the Knights a 14-9 score after nine minutes of play.
A bucket by Sam Schar­din, five points from Cart­er Hansen and a 3-pointer from Garrett Kern made the score 24-15 with five minutes left in the half. Dain LaRock took over the rest of the half as he would score six points during the five-minute period. A free throw by Johnson made the intermission score 37-24 for the home team Knights.

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Sam Schardin puts up a shot in the lane.

Lady Knights and Sting put up 166 points in 87-79 Sting win

February 4, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The scoring pace was fast and furious as the Lady Knights and YME Sting went at it last Friday in Granite Falls. The score at the quarter mark of the game was 28-27 for the Knights. Yes, both teams were scoring at a 100-point mark for the game. The Knights were getting many of their points on steals that were converted into some easy baskets. The Sting were getting many of their points on offensive rebounds. It took almost nine minutes before the Lady Knights got their first rebound of the game.
The pace slowed up some the second quarter of the game as the Sting continued to use their rebounding strength to outscore the Knights 21 to 17. The score at the break was 48-45 for the home team. Hallie Lingen led the Knights scoring the first half with 12 points. Tina Haroldson and Ashlynn Wabeke had 10 and nine points in that first half. The rebounding edge favored the Sting 20 to 6 in the first half.

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RTR splits two with Vikings

February 4, 2016

The Vikings of Minneota visited Russell on Jan. 19 for basketball action.
RTR’s seventh graders led off the afternoon’s action and struggled to get anything going offensively against the visitors, falling to the Vikings by a score of 23-11.

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RTR teams sweep Fulda in doubleheader at SMSU

February 4, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The RTR basketball teams enjoyed their annual visit to SMSU in Marshall playing the Fulda Raiders last Saturday. The Lady Knights and Knights both came away with wins. The Lady Knights won their contest by a score of 60-40 while the boys from RTR kept the slate perfect for the day with a 73-62 victory. The RTR fans showed up in full force for the games. I’m sure the players are very appreciative of the support by the RTR faithful.
The Lady Knights scored 15 points in the first quarter as they also held the Raiders to only 6 points. Ashlynn Wabeke started the scoring for the team with three free throws. She would score six points in the quarter. Tina Haroldson added four points.

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Knights roll to 14th win with conference victory over Sting

February 4, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The RTR Knights put 22 points on the scoreboard in the first nine minutes of play as they would cruise to a rather easy 72-31 win over the YME Sting last Thursday. Steals played a major role in the win as the Knights got many points on Sting mistakes. The score at the break was 34-10.
The second half saw the Knights score 28 points those first nine minutes of play. Jacob Petersen would nail two 3-pointers for six of the points. The Knights would also make 7 of 10 chances from the free throw line, a rare success ratio for the team.

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Six RTR shooters move on in district free throw competition

February 4, 2016

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District Knights of Columbus Free Throw winners, left to right in front, are Allyson Nielson, Aiden Wichmann and Hayden Gravley; in back are Allie Christianson, Brooke Thomsen and Zach Reese.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The district competition for the Knights of Columbus free throw championships was held in Pipestone last Sunday. Three councils were represented. They were the Tyler-Lake Benton, Slayton and Pipestone councils. The Tyler-Lake Benton council will send six winners to the regional competition in Ellsworth in February.

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Middle school girls

February 4, 2016

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The middle school girls played three games in the last week, against Lakeview, Canby and Minneota. The seventh grade won one of the three games played while the eighth grade won two of the three games.
The teams played Lakeview first. The seventh grade lost to the Lakers 29-22. The game was tied at the half with the score being 14-14. Kalleigh Carr had eight points to lead the Lady Knights. McKinley Schreurs had four points. Allie Christianson scored three points. Skylar Borresen, Maddie Wendland, Haley Muenchow and Jordyn Buchert added two, two, two and one points, respectively. The 8th grade handed the Lakers a 37-17 loss. Kylea Baartman led the Knights with 12 points. Kalleigh Carr added eight points. Rylie Hess, Ashley Owen, Haley Muenchow and Shawna Thomsen each scored four points. Allie Christianson added the final point.

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