Bonding with the bunny

April 5, 2018

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RTR National Honor Society students help the Tyler Kiwanis Club with the annual Easter Egg Hunt Saturday at The Rock in downtown Tyler. Pictured above, clockwise from front right, are Mya Christensen, The Rabbit, Gabby Thooft, Jocelyn Klein, Westin Kirk, Jonah Johnson, Jack Kerr, Jared Hauswedell and Graham Petersen.

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Addison and Micah Garbe pose with the main attraction.

RTR dominates Camden Conference team in basketball

April 5, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The State Champion RTR Knights placed four mem­bers of its team on the first squad of the south part of the Camden Conference. Westin Kirk, Garrett Kern, Carter Hansen and Cooper Hansen all were so hon­ored. Jonah Johnson was named to the Honorable Mention list.
Westin Kirk was the cen­terpiece of the Knights, as a majority of the offense went through him before anything good happened. He scored at 18.2 points per game in leading the Knights in scoring. Westin was also their top board player…

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

Athlete of the Week

April 5, 2018

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RTR senior basketball player Westin Kirk was named as a Hardware Hank “Nuts and Bolts” Athlete of the Week last week, along with Wendell Matthews, senior, Columbia Heights’ boys basketball. They’re being recognized on their website, www.Minnesota-Scores.net, along with a mention on their daily radio show, the Minnesota Sports Prep Update, which airs on 65 stations throughout Minnesota every Monday through Friday.

Caps on for a cure…

April 5, 2018

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RTR Elementary students posed with their favorite caps last Thursday during the Caps On For Cancer event. Students in the three RTR Schools raised over $300 for Relay For Life of Lincoln County by paying $1 to wear a cap for the day at school. The event is sponsored by the CUREious George/Cancermals Relay team of Tyler.

For more photos, read this week’s Tyler Tribute.

Knights earn Class A crown-CHAMPS!

March 29, 2018

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The Knights raise their state championship trophy for a large contingent of RTR fans who were on hand at the Target Center in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Welcome Home held for Knights

March 29, 2018

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Pictured at Sunday’s Welome Home event: (l.-r.) Jared Hauswedell, Myles Williams, Payton Hess, Corbyn Sitzmann, Manager Mason Brust, Manager Riley Muenchow, Manager Chris Cauwels and Brett Kelley; in back are Asst. Coach Shay Wabeke, Westin Kirk, Head Coach Ted Kern, Garret Kern, Jonah Johnson, Jack Kerr, Tucker Baune, Jared Baartman, Cooper Hansen, Carter Hansen and Asst. Coach Daren Gravley.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

A Welcome Home event was held at the RTR High School gym­nasium on Sunday afternoon to put the finishing touches on the Knights’ Minnesota State Class A Boys Basketball Championship. A big crowd showed up to hear speeches from Coach Ted Kern and some of the team members.
Kern thanked the crowd for supporting the team and com­plimented his players on their drive to win…

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

RTR downs North Woods

March 29, 2018

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KSTC-TV reporter Allie Arlt interviews Westin Kirk and Coach Ted Kern after the final game.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys played one ex­citing basketball game to get to the state basketball tournament. Yes, there was a full house at SMSU when the Knights pulled out a victory over the Minneota Vikings when they were down by 14 points in the second half. Could the Knights do that magic again if it was necessary? Could the Knight fans hold together for another one of those come­backs? Well, the answers to both questions, I think, is yes. I know the Knights did just that, but I don’t know if every fan held to­gether…

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

Knights move to 32-1 as they gain berth in State Championship finals

March 29, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The outstanding bas­ketball season for the RTR boys keeps going as the Knights rode a great defensive effort in beating the number one seeded Mayer Lutheran Crusaders 49-38 last Friday at Target Center. Both teams had trouble finding the center of the hoop to start the game. The Knights made enough shots to own a rather comfortable mar­gin when the score was 19-3, the biggest lead of the first half. Carter Hansen had eight of the points while brother Cooper had four points. Garrett Kern nailed two 3-pointers in the first half as the intermission score was 30-15 for the RTR Knights…

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

Knights shine in The Barn as 87-70 win over H-F moves team forward

March 29, 2018

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Garrett Kern on a fast break basket against Hinckley-Finlayson at Williams Arena on Thursday.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Williams Arena, also called The Barn by many people, could have just as well been called RTR Land last Thursday in the Cit­ies. The RTR fans were in full force as their favorite team, the Knights, took the floor against the fourth-seeded team in the state tournament, the Jaguars of Hinckley-Finlayson. The Knights were handed the fourth seed by the com­puter.
The game started with both teams scoring fast and furious. There were eight lead changes and two ties in the first nine minutes of play. Garrett Kern and Carter Hansen each scored six points during this time as the Knights finally post­ed a 24-18 advantage after that hectic first quarter of play. Both teams were up and down the floor at a re­cord pace…

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

Scholarship building

March 29, 2018

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The RTR Scholarship Fund sponsored a spaghetti supper on Monday evening at the high school cafeteria. Pictured top, left to right, are Boone VanOverbeke, Gabby Thooft, Lacey Barke, Mya Christensen and Westin Kirk serving customers. Below— Tina Haroldson, Jackie Dressen and Ashley Borchert helped with desserts and beverages.

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