Hess, Gravley and Wichmann make Marshall Independent baseball all-area list

July 11, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Marshall Indepen­dent has made their an­nouncement of its all-area baseball squad for the 2019 spring season. Payton Hess of the RTR Baseball Knights made the first team, while Hayden Gravley made the second team. Cody Wich­mann of the Knights made the honorable mention list. There were nine players on both the first and sec­ond teams and five play­ers making the honorable mention squad.

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RTR’s academic all-stars

June 28, 2019

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RTR’s Academic All-State golfers, pictured left to right in front, are Rylie Hess, Shae O’Leary, Skylar Borresen and Allie Christianson; in back are Cooper Hansen, Camden Hansen, Jack Kerr and Carter Hansen. Not pictured is Chase Christensen.

Baartman named to Marshall Independent softball first team

June 28, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Kylea Baartman of the RTR Lady Knights was named to the first team of the area Marshall Indepen­dent softball players. There were nine area girls named to the first team and also nine players named to the second team. There were five girls named to hon­orable mention. Madison Burns of the Lady Knights was one of these girls.

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Camden Conference teams announced for softball and baseball

June 28, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Camden conference has announced its all-conference squads for the 2019 spring seasons for softball and baseball. The RTR softball Lady Knights and the baseball Knights each had two players make the all-conference team and one player make the honorable mention list.
Pitcher Kylea Baartman and shortstop Rhaegyn Pe­tersen of the Lady Knights made the list. Both of these girls were very instrumen­tal in leading the young team to their first ever post-season win. Madison Burns, a seventh grader, was named to the honor­able mention list from the Lady Knights. Sydney Larson of the Minneota Vikings was named MVP while Heidi Boerboom of the Vikings was the coach of the year.

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RTR adds fall activities

June 20, 2019

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board is proceeding with exploring the possibility of adding up to four activities for the new school year. Activities being considered for fall are cheerleading for football with an approximate budget of $5,700; gymnastics ($21,000, not including equipment, if needed); danceline ($10,000); boys and girls cross country ($9,000).
Athletic Director Dan Bettin said he has been in talks with Tracy-Milroy-Balaton about joining with danceline.

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RTR School Board proceeds with new construction bonds

June 20, 2019

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Dr. Kelly Smith was on hand last week to answer board questions on moving forward with the sale of bonds for the new RTR school construction.

By Mark Wilmes
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The RTR School Board approved a resolution to provide the sale of general obligation school building bonds at last week’s regular meeting. Financial consultant Dr. Kelly Smith was on hand to answer any questions.
“The resolution you have before you effectively sets the sale date and sale process for your school building bonds,” Smith told the board. “The sale date is July 10.”
The bids will be collected and presented on the evening of July 10—the evening of the regular July meeting.

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RTR 11U places second in tournament

June 20, 2019

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The RTR 11U Baseball Team took second place in the Marshall Tournament over the weekend. The young Knights beat Marshall Black 11-7, Hutchinson 3-0, and tied Howard Lake 8-8, winning their pool. The team then went into the championship, facing Marshall Orange, losing 11-5. Pictured left to right in front are Isaac Janish, Tyson Burns, Levi Tommeraasen, Levi Schultz, Gavin Schreurs and Dillan Dressen; in back are Coach Tory Schreurs, Jackson Kerkaert, Carson Lensing, Tyler Wichmann, Kolby Louwagie, Colton Thomsen, Brayden Chandler and Coach Grant Wichmann.

Legion baseball comes to Ruthton diamond

June 20, 2019

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Members of the Russell, Tyler and Ruthton Legion posts were on hand for the Presentation of Colors before the first RTR Legion home baseball game last week in Ruthton.

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Pictured above: Hayden Gravley scores the first run of the game.

RTR students raise money for ALS

June 6, 2019

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Students and staff posed for a photo with teacher Ron Ries (center, front) on the last day of school on Friday. Students Ainsley Novak and Eryn Kraft spearheaded a fundraiser in Ries’ honor, raising over $1,200 for ALS through t-shirt sales.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

At the beginning of the 2018- 19 school year, RTR teacher Ron Ries received the devastat­ing news that he had been di­agnosed with amyotrophic lat­eral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. This spring, eighth graders Eryn Kraft and Ainsley Novak decided they needed to do what they could to help out. The girls decided to start a fundraiser to help find a cure, with all the money raised donated to the ALS Association in honor of Mr. Ries.

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Lady Knights suffer tough loss against Wolverines

June 6, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Softball Team, after winning their first game ever in postseason softball, played the MAC­CRAY Wolverines in Mar­shall on Saturday, May 25. It was an elimination game for both teams, mean­ing the loser of the game would be done playing for the year. The Wolverines won the game in 12 in­nings, scoring the winning run in the bottom half of the 12th inning on a foul pop-up. The final score was 5-4.
The Wolverines scored four runs in the first three innings of play as the Lady Knights could not gather enough hits to score. That all changed in the next two innings for the Lady Knights…

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