Russell-Tyler-Ruthton Academic all-stars in conference

March 27, 2020

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Pictured are RTR basketball players named to the 2020 Winter Sports Camden Conference Academic All Conference team. Clockwise from top left are Maddison Wendland, Skylar Borresen, Kalleigh Carr, Allie Christianson, Hailey Muenchow, Ashley Owen, McKinley Schruers, Shawna Thomsen, Cade Jorgensen and Manager Cody Gifford.

RTR awards banquet

March 18, 2020

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Photo courtesy of Tanya Thomsen
RTR Knights letter winners, pictured left to right in front, are Kalleigh Carr, Maddison Wendland, Skylar Borresen, Faith Thomsen and Lexi Schreurs; in back are Hailey Muenchow, McKinley Schreurs, Shawna Thomsen, Ashley Owen and Allie Christianson.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

The RTR girls’ basket­ball awards banquet was held Friday evening at the high school. The following awards were presented to Coach Steve Krause’s team—
Statisticians: Cody Gif­ford, Mason Brust and Madison Wells. Captains: Ashley Owen, Shawna Thomsen and Skylar Bor­resen…

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Lady Knights, Knights make basketball leaderboard

March 12, 2020

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The annual basketball leaderboard for both girls and boys has been an­nounced by the Marshall Independent. Twelve dif­ferent schools have play­ers who were on the board in seven different stat cat­egories. Scoring, 3-point field goals, free throws, rebounding, assists, steals and blocks are the seven stat categories.
The RTR Lady Knights and Knights each had one player in the scoring area. Kalleigh Carr scored points at a rate of 11.7 ppg while Aiden Wichmann scored at a rate of 13.3 ppg. Both of these players will be back next year to help their re­spective teams.

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Steve Krause looks back on 50 years of coaching

March 5, 2020

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RTR Head Coach Steve Krause plots strategy with his team at a recent game.

By Mark Wilmes
tributeeditor@gmail.com

Steve Krause of Lake Benton was recently surprised with a short ceremony before the final RTR girls’ home basketball game. Krause, head coach of the Lady Knights, was presented a plaque for 50 years in coaching by his team. Krause said the award was kept secret and came as a big surprise to him that evening—even after seeing many people from his past in the crowd.
“I sat with an Elkton family, I had both of their daughters,” Krause said. “They said ‘yeah we just came to see your game.’ Everybody came up to me that night and said some nice things. I also got a call from a Verdi coach who has been coaching in Iowa for years who called and congratulated me. Some of my Clear Lake boys came that night. There were more people there that night than I realized.”

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Coach Steve Krause is pictured with his daughters, Heidi (Thoreson), left and Alissa (Christianson) in Lake Benton in the 1990s.

Knights fall short in section quarterfinals to Adrian-Ellsworth

March 5, 2020

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Hayden Gravely launched an acrobatic shot and was fouled in the process during Saturday’s playoff game against Adrian.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys fought the good fight to Num­ber 3 seed, The Adrian- Ellsworth Dragons, last Saturday in Worthington. After the Knights led at the halftime break, the Drag­ons, using free throws and rebounding, managed to score enough points the second half to move on. The final score was 66 to 62.
Coach Kern had his thoughts on the tough loss. “We really gave it all we had the full 36 minutes of play. The rebounding edge hurt us, especially down the stretch when you re­ally notice it. Our seniors will be missed next year. They helped us so much, especially the seniors who probably didn’t play all that much in games, but gave it all they had in practices. Hopefully, the underclass­men took something away from this game to help them in future games.”

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Senior Payton Hess puts up a shot in Saturday’s playoff game in Worthington.

Gymnstics team completes inaugural season

March 5, 2020

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The RTR gymnastics team recently concluded their inaugural season under Head Coach Stephanie Ekema. Pictured from left are Brynn Peterson, Jeyla Kor, Calin Kor, Jacey Jorgensen, Katie Ekema, Emma Althoff, Trinity Hagen and Dajza Gilmore.

On to state

March 5, 2020

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Qualifiers to the State Free Throw contest are, second from left, Blake Christianson, who made 21 of 25 free throws, then winning five tie-breaking shootouts to win the 13-year-old boys division; Laken Baartman, who made 20 of 25 free throws to win the 11-year-old girls division; and Makayla Hesse, who made 16 of 25 free throws, winning the 10-year-old girls division. Chase Christianson, far left, took second place in the 12-year-old boys division, making him runner-up for the State contest.

Facial recognition

February 27, 2020

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RTR Knights player Allie Christianson had fans cheering her on during Saturday’s section playoff game in Montevideo.

Gimme that…

February 27, 2020

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Nobody was giving up during this impromptu struggle for the basketball between RTR and Lakeview on Saturday.

Lady Knights fight the good fight, but come up short against Lakers, 55-52

February 27, 2020

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Shawna Thomsen puts up a shot over Lakeview defenders on Saturday.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Lady Knights of RTR and the Lakeview Lak­ers met for the third time this season and the game was as close as it could be. The Lady Knights missed a chance for the tie and over­time as a 3-point attempt at the buzzer just missed going in.
Coach Krause had his thoughts on the final game for the RTR girls. “We bat­tled the whole way. We were ahead at times in the first and second half. Their post player was just too tough for us. We didn’t help ourselves, especially in the first half, as we had some easy chances for points. We fought back from an 11-point deficit late in the game to almost get the tie at the end.”

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