Knights going dancing in the Barn with the big win over Vikings, 71-69

March 22, 2018

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Jonah Johnson launches the 71st point of RTR’s 71-69 win over Minneota with 7.7 seconds remaining.
By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Some things just never get old. I have been around the sports arena of the Tyler and RTR scene for 52 years. In that time I have witnessed many out­standing sporting events. The game with the Min­neota Vikings last Thurs­day ranked right up there with the top events. This is also the first time both the football team and the bas­ketball team played in the state tournament the same school year. Yes, most of the fans were completely drained at games’ end. One person even blamed me for the poor first half the Knights played. He felt that using a red pen to keep the book was a bad thing to do in such an important game.
The start of the game last Thursday was not a thing of beauty for the Knights. The Vikings shot over 60 percent the first half and the Knights did not play their normal tough defense, giving the Vikings some easy baskets…

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The madness of March

March 22, 2018

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Jonah Johnson cuts down the net at the SMSU RA Facility after the win.

 

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RTR students celebrate a win.

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7th grade champions

March 22, 2018

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The RTR 7th grade boys basketball team finished their season by taking first place in the Marshall tournament on Saturday, defeating Tri City, Marshall and Fairmont. Pictured left to right in front are Teagan Weime, Dawson Bloom, Chase Christianson, Brady Arens and Xavier Koenig; in back are Coach Tony Dybdahl, Tucker Haroldson, Hayden Gravley, Cody Wichmann, Matt Weber, Aiden Wichmann and Camden Hansen.

Basketball leaderboard for girls and boys are listed for nine teams

March 22, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The annual leaderboard for girls and boys for teams in the Marshall In­dependent coverage area was recently published. Nine teams have their stats listed for this year. TMB, Wabasso and YME are not listed for the girls while Dawson-Boyd and WWG are not given for the boys.
Mya Christensen made the list for the girls with a scoring average of 9.7. Westin Kirk and Garrett Kern both hit the scoring list for the boys with 18.6 and 15.0 ppg, respectively…

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RTR high school baseball and softball squads ready to go

March 22, 2018

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

Head Coaches Josh Fre­drickson and Granger Ma­ranell of the baseball and softball teams, respective­ly, are getting their teams ready for the upcoming seasons.
Coach Fredrickson and his assistant Shay Wabeke have 14 kids out for base­ball. The only loss from last year is Cameron Jor­gensen. The key returning players this coming sea­son are Jake Fischer, Jared Baartman and Hunter Vanlerberghe. All of these players have been pitch­ers in previous seasons, so one of the strengths of the team might be the pitch­ing.

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Knights shine with 76-63 victory over Eagles to move on

March 16, 2018

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Pictures left: Carter Hansen scores on a fast-break layup during Saturday’s Section 3A playoff win over Southwest Christian at SMSU in Marshall. Above: The RTR Knights sporting their Section 3A South medals after Saturday’s win against Southwest Christian. Pictured front: (l.-r.) Myles Williams, Carter Hansen, Corbyn Sitzmann, Brett Kelley, Payton Hess, Jared Hauswedell, Cooper Hansen. Back: Asst. Coach Shay Wabeke, Westin Kirk, Jack Kerr, Tucker Baune, Jonah Johnson, Garrett Kern, Jared Baartma, Head Coach Ted Kern, Asst. Coach Daren Gravley.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

It was five years ago when the RTR Knights and the SWC Eagles played for the South Section Cham­pionship. That game was not very enjoyable for RTR players, coaches and fans. This year the Knights turned the tables on the Eagles by playing some solid basketball to move on and play for the right to go the State Basketball Tournament next week in the Cities.
With a packed house on both sides of the SMSU gym this past Saturday, the game started with both teams taking turns having the lead…

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RTR Head Coach Ted Kern was announced as the Section 3A Coach of the Year after Saturday’s playoff game.

Lady Knights have Awards Night

March 16, 2018

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The 2017-18 Awards Banquet for the RTR girls basketball team was held Sunday evening at the high school. Pictured from left are the student managers for girls’ basketball, Collin Wells, Cody Gifford and Jared Christensen.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Lady Knights had their annual Awards Night this past Sunday. There was plenty of food to go around. Coach Mik­kelsen had his share, but left plenty for everyone.
After everyone had eat­en the coaches gave out the awards.
Head Coach Steve Krause thanked everyone for their hard work during the bas­ketball season. The team won 12 games this past season, over twice as many as last year. He thanked the three statisticians who did another outstanding job of finding some stats for ev­ery game.

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Senior Chloe Hess thanked parents, coaches and fans for their support of the team at Sunday’s banquet.

Knights advance to SMSU with win over MCC 59 to 40

March 16, 2018

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Carter Hansen goes up for a shot against MCC Thursday night .

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Knights kept their hopes alive, last Thursday in Worthington, of moving to the section south final in basketball by beating the MCC Rebels 59-40. A very large RTR crowd was behind their Knights the whole way.
It was not an easy start for the team as foul trou­ble early and some missed shots close to the basket gained a hole for the team. The Rebels would jump to a 5-0 start in this one be­fore the Knights scored. A Westin Kirk basket fol­lowed by a Garrett Kern 3-pointer tied the game at five.

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JO volleyball season begins

March 16, 2018

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The RTR J.O. 10s grade volleyball team placed first in the Silver division of the Princeton Spiketacular Tournament on Saturday, March 10. Pictured left to right in front are Adrienna Arens, Summer LaBrune, Brezlyn Buchert, Teigyn O’Leary and Taya Christensen; in back are Ava Karbo, Jilian Schoenfeld, Clara Pagel, Kamryn Novak, Ava Guida and Coach Brittany Moser.

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The RTR JO 12-2s volleyball team took home first place in the Gold division at the Saints Rumble Tournament in Kerkhoven on Saturday. Pictured left to right in front are Avery Schreurs, Addisyn Serreyn and Trinity Bloom; in back are Coach LaTessa Laney, Kylie Kerkaert, Morgan Tommerasson, Kylie Reber, Kelsey Vanderplaats and Coach Bonnie Haroldson.

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The RTR J.O. 13s grade volleyball team placed second in the Gold division of the Princeton Spiketacular Tournament on Saturday, March 10. Pictured left to right in front are Ainsley Novak, Whitney Bruns and Ella Hesse; in back are Coach Katlyne Anderson, Lexi Schreurs, Halle Gravley, Rylie Serreyn, Madison Lawrence and Kyah Ellefson.

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The RTR JO 14s volleyball team took first place in Silver at the Saints Rumble Tournament in Kerkhoven on Saturday. Pictured left to right in front are Makenna Greenfield, Katelyn Cowell, Abby Stanek and Casey Swanson; in back are Coach Kenzie Goodmund, Kassidy Louwagie, Madison Wells, Faith Thomsen and Ragan Mitchell.

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The RTR JO 16s volleyball team took second place in the Silver division at the Pipestone tournament on Sunday, March 11. Pictured left to right in front are Emma Althoff, Ragan Mitchell, Skylar Borresen and Casey Swanson; in back are Rylie Hess, Madison Witte, Allie Christianson and McKinley Schreurs.

Knights move on with 76-58 win over Fulda Raiders

March 8, 2018

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Brett Kelley takes the ball to the hoop during Saturday’s win over Fulda.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

 
The RTR Knights poured in 29 points the first nine minutes of play as they would advance to second round action this Thursday in Worthington.
A very nice RTR crowd was on hand as Garrett Kern hit three 3-pointers in those opening minutes and Jonah Johnson scored seven points as the score after the first quarter of ball was 29-14.

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