Lady Knights suffer tough loss to YME by 56-49 score

December 12, 2019

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Shawna Thomsen puts up a shot in traffic during Thursday’s game against the Sting.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Lady Knights con­tinued to suffer a rough time making baskets as they would be on the short end of a Camden Confer­ence game against the YME Sting last Thursday in Ty­ler. The Knights did over­come a seven-point deficit at the break, but at the end the Sting used the 3-point shot to win the game.
The Sting outscored the Lady Knights 15 to 10 the first quarter of the game and continued to score in the second quarter as the halftime score was 28-21 for the visiting team from Granite Falls.

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Knights fall to HBC Patriots 69-49 in opener

December 12, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Boys Basket­ball Team played the HBC Patriots last Monday in non-conference action. The Patriots used their inside size throughout the game and gradually pulled away for a 69-49 victory. The Knights used differ­ent combinations of play­ers throughout the game and played hard. Howev­er, when the final buzzer sounded, the Patriots were the team with more smiles on their faces.
The first nine min­utes of play saw a very close game. The Knights hit some bombs to keep it close…

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Baartman and Muenchow honored

December 12, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The Marshall Indepen­dent has announced its volleyball squad for the past fall season. There were six players on both the first and second team, while 12 players made the honorable mention list.
Kylea Baartman, a senior for the Lady Knights, made the second team with her play this past season… Haley Muenchow, a junior, made the honor­able mention list with her play this year…

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Knights win thriller in Granite Falls by 69-66 score

December 12, 2019

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Photo courtesy of Granite Falls News
Dylan Anderson goes up high to defend against the Sting Friday evening.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys ran into a buzzsaw in Granite Falls against the YME Sting last Friday. The Sting came out hot as they would race to a very impressive 15-point advantage after nine min­utes of play when the score was 24-9 for the Sting. The lead would grow to 17 points before the Knights started to reduce their deficit. Hayden Gravley led the charge to get the half­time deficit to 11 points, a manageable amount for any RTR team. Gravley had 11 first-half points. Payton Hess had nine points in the first half while Myles Williams would chip in with four points on free throws.

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Photo courtesy of Granite Falls News
Corbyn Sitzmann eyes a rebound during last week’s game at Yellow Medicine East.

Knights sweep the Lancers for first conference win

December 12, 2019

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Myles Williams works the ball around a Canby defender.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys won their first Camden Conference win of the year on their home court as they would bounce the Canby Lancers by a score of 55-49. The Knights led at the halftime break by a score of 28-17.
Darrick Baartman got the team started with a field goal. Hayden Gravley nailed a 3-pointer to make the score 7-2. Myles Wil­liams would hit a bomb at the halfway mark of the first half to give the Knights a lead they would never give up when the score became 10-8.

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Darrick Baartman puts up a shot over a Canby defender in last week’s win over the Lancers.

RTR girls get season started early against the Patriots

December 5, 2019

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Allie Christianson puts up a shot during last week’s season opener for the RTR Knights.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR girls played the HBC Patriots last Mon­day, a day early because of pending snow. The Patri­ots had a great year last year, losing in the finals of the section to the Min­neota Vikings, a team that won the state champion­ship a week later.
The Patriots will be a very good squad again this year as they would win their second straight game of the new year with a sound 66-41 victory over the Lady Knights.
Haley Muenchow of the Lady Knights got the first points of the new season as her basket gave the team a quick 2-0 advan­tage…

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RTR Middle School boys start season

December 5, 2019

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Ron Ries is pictured with the seventh and eighth grade basketball squads.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR Middle School seventh and eighth graders played MCC last Monday in the opening games of their season. The coaches of the two teams are Trent Griesse and Tony Dybdahl, respectively.
The coaches are not lacking numbers this year, as there are eight players out in seventh grade and a whopping 15 candidates trying their skills in eighth grade. Both coaches are trying to get the boys to play like they might have to play when they reach the high school level of basket­ball. In other words, they are pressing full court and running whenever the op­portunity presents itself. They do not shy away from shooting. Every chance they get, they will launch from anywhere on the floor.

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RTR Knights boys will work to win some games

November 27, 2019

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Payton Hess (left) and Myles Williams will be returning from last year’s Knights basketball team.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The RTR boys will find the upcoming basketball season challenging as over 80% of the scoring from last year has disappeared due to graduation. Head Coach Ted Kern and his valuable assistants, coach­es Gravley and Wabeke, will have 28 prospects to look at in finding the right combination which could produce some points.
Lost to graduation are the Hansens, Carter and Cooper, Jared Hauswedell, Jack Kerr, Brett Kelley and Tucker Baune. These boys were part of a three-year success that produced over 20 wins each year. There was even one of those years that produced over 30 wins.

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Marshall Independent all-area football teams are announced

November 27, 2019

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The all-area football teams have been an­nounced by the Marshall Independent. Eleven differ­ent schools have players listed on the area teams. There are 11 players on each of the first, second and honorable mention teams.
Payton Hess of the RTR Football Knights, who led his team to a very impres­sive 6-4 record and a win in the postseason, was named to the First Team. Payton was the top QB in passing yards for the season with 1,558 yards among the 10 QBs on the leaderboard…

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Payton Hess named MVP and Offensive Back of Year

November 27, 2019

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RTR Knight quarterback Payton Hess was named MVP of the sub-district, as well as Offensive Back of the Year.

By Jim Kopel
Tribute Sports

The list of all-subdistrict teams in football have been announced for the 2019 season. The list includes players from both the west and east districts.
The RTR Football Knights have five players listed for the west subdistrict. Pay­ton Hess, Collin Johnson, Kyle Fischer and Cade Jor­gensen, the four seniors on the RTR squad, were all named to the team. Tim Gilmore, a junior, was also named to the team….

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