Snow Week scheduled at RTR

January 10, 2018

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RTR High School’s 2018 Snow Week candidates, from left to right, are Boone Van Overbeke, Hunter Vanlerberghe, Johannah Nielsen, Morgan Johnson, Jackie Dressen, Mya Christensen, Jared Baartman, and Andrew Williams.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
RTR High School Snow Week candidates for 2018 were revealed Friday morning in front of the student body. Queen candidates are Mya Christensen, Jackie Dressen, Morgan Johnson, Johannah Nielsen and Gabby Thooft. King candidates will be Jared Baartman, Boone Van Overbeke, Hunter Vanlerberghe and Andrew Williams.
Coronation is planned for Jan. 12 between games of a boys/girls double header basketball game with Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. The girls’ game will begin at 6 p.m.

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Queen candidate Gabby Thooft.

Superintendent search begins at RTR

January 10, 2018

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Sandy Gundlach, Director of School Board Services for the MSBA.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
On Wednesday, Jan. 3 the RTR School Board held a special reorganizational meeting at the middle school cafeteria in Russell. A work session was also held for the upcoming superintendent search, during which the board met with Sandy Gundlach, Director of School Board Services for the Minnesota School Board Association (MSBA). The MSBA will be advertising for the position on behalf of the RTR School District. Gundlach said applications that come in will be reviewed by a panel of three or four staff members. They will subject each of the applicants to the criteria set by the RTR board and pass on qualifying applicants to the district.

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Lady Knights down Lady Panthers 51-35

January 10, 2018

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Jonni Biren works around Ellsworth’s Lizzie Chapa during Thursday’s game.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Ellsworth Panthers came to Tyler last Thurs­day to battle the Lady Knights in non-conference action. Both teams were like the weather, cold, es­pecially in the first three quarters of the game when it came to making baskets.
The first nine minutes saw the Panthers with a one-point lead. Mya Chris­tensen would give the Lady Knights a lead with a 3-point play to make the score 13-11…

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Let’s shoot some free throws, nine through 14-year-olds

January 10, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The annual Knights of Co­lumbus free throw shoot­ing contest will be held Jan. 19 at the Tyler gym. The shooting will start at 4 p.m. The varsity girls and boys will play MACCRAY in a doubleheader later in the evening.
Any girl or boy, ages nine through 14, may participate in the contest…

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Gymnasts defeat Cardinals

January 10, 2018

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The Hendricks-RTR Grizzly Gymnastics Team defeated the Luverne Car­dinals 134.85-120.45 at The Barn on Jan. 5.
“We probably had our best performances overall this season,” said Coach Sherri Johnson. “We post­ed our second best team score and know that we are capable of great things!”…

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RTR girls and boys use the brooms as they dust off the Bluejays

January 10, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The basketball troops of RTR traveled to Prins­burg last Friday in a dou­bleheader with the CMCS Bluejays. Both teams were highly successful as the RTR girls beat the Bluejays 55-44 while the RTR boys ran to their ninth straight win with a 58-27 victory over the home team.
The RTR girls had a close one with the Lady Bluejays during the first half. The score was tied at 11 at the middle of the first half with neither team making many shots…
The RTR boys used a rapid scoring burst to end the first half as they would rattle off seven quick points in 30 seconds to have a nice 17-point lead at the break when the score was 36 to 19…

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RTR Basketball squads sweep RCW on the road

January 10, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls and boys traveled to Renville to open the 2018 portion of their schedule in basket­ball. Both teams had suc­cess, as the girls beat the Jaguars 66-35 while the boys had their hands full, coming back from a deficit to beat the Jaguar boys by a score of 75 to 63…
The Lady Knights saw their overall record move to 5-7 with an away game against KMS on the 12th of January. On the 15th of January they will play Edg­erton at home.
The Knights, now 8-0 for the year, have three home games against KMS, Edger­ton and LQPV on the 12th, 15th and 16th of January.

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RTR 6th grader completes Avera project

January 4, 2018

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Kai Drake was able to do $500 worth of shopping for the Avera Children’s Ward in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with donations from the FCCLA project he began in November.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Back in November, the Tribute ran a story about Kai Drake, a 6th grader at RTR Middle School, who was doing an FCCLA project to collect donations for the Avera Children’s Ward in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kai’s motive behind the project was to pay back to the regional emergency services facility for the care his brother Juhl received after an accident seven years ago. Kai is the son of Cade and Amanda Drake of Tyler.
“As a family, we saw the need for support to the Children’s Ward treasure chest, library, and group play room,” he said in November. “When visiting my brother, I was able to read books and play with games that had been donated to the Children’s Ward by others…

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With a little help from her friends . . . and family

January 4, 2018

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Tina Haroldson (pictured with teammate Jackie Dressen), injured in a Dec. 18 game against Pipestone, sat with her teammates during last week’s games at SMSU.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

 
Dec. 18, 2017 is a day Russell-Tyler-Ruthton basketball player Tina Haroldson will remember most likely for the rest of her life.
And not in a good way.
That was the day the senior guard on the RTR Knights basketball team saw her high school sports career end with a thud…or more aptly, a pop. The Knights girls basketball team was facing the Pipestone Arrows at home on that Monday evening when Haroldson took a sharp left to drive around an opposing defender and suddenly dropped to the floor in pain.

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Lady Knights split two at SMSU

January 4, 2018

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MCC’s Alyssa Groves gets tangled up with the Knights’ No. 1 Brooke Thomsen and Jackie Dressen on a rebound attempt.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Lady Knights played two games at SMSU in Marshall over the Holi­day period. On Wednesday, Dec. 27, the Lady Knights ended their five-game los­ing streak with a 61-49 win over the Upsala Cardi­nals. On the morning com­mute on Thursday to play the MCC Rebels in a 10 a.m. game, the Rebels once again beat the Knights, 49- 43.
The Lady Knights jumped to a quick 17-2 ad­vantage in the first game of the week. Jackie Dres­sen had seven of the points while Jonni Biren added four points. At the nine-minute mark the score was 19-9…

For the full story and more photos, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.