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Trojan gymnasts struggle at Morris Invitational Meet The Trojan gymnastics team strug- gled individually and collectively at the Morris Invitational held on Satur- day, Jan. 15. This is a meet that is re- laxed and smoothly run and allows the athletes to get on the equipment used for Section 6A competition. However, the gymnasts just couldn't get past a combination of anxiety, balks and exe- cution errors. Ortonville had three out of their eight varsity competitors out due to a variety of reasons, so some younger athletes competed at the varsity level. New London-Spicer won the meet with 133.725. They were followed by Benson with 122.625, Long Prairie- Grey Eagle with 115.125, Morris at 108.625 and Ortonville with 95.45. This was a season low score for the Trojans and a little discouraging since the coaches were hoping for a score in the low hundred's. On a good note, Hannah Eustice came away hitting two new tricks she has never made in competition. She had been working a kip on the bars for two years and at this meet she hit it clean. This was a key move she needed to advance her bar routine in the future. She also connected on her first nice backhand spring on the floor exercise. This was another move that will help see her floor scores increase. Hannah scored a 4.5 on bars and 5.425 on floor. Junior Rachel Berger had an oppor- tunity to medal on beam, but a few falls and bobbles kept her score at 6.6. GYMNAST OF THE WEEK goes to Hannah Eustice who hit a first ever k!p in her uneven bar routine and also threw a first clean back handspring ,n her floor routine at the Morris Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 15. Her floor routine is coming along nicely and she scored a 7.725. Her vault score was a 7.7 and her score on bars was down at this meet as she at- tempted a new long hang kip series and missed. Rachel's all around score was 25.625. Senior Mallory Adelman was still nursing a leg injury and wasn't up to par on her events. Her handspring vault was solid to score an 8.1, while her floor score was a 6.2, beam a 5.9, bars a 5.8 and all around a 26. Kirsten Giese had a few falls on beam and only hit a 5.55. She had full difficulty, but the falls pulled down the score quickly. Her vault score was 6.4 and floor was 4.75. Mackenzie Streich attempted a first on varsity vault and had a decent score of 7.2 that counted toward the team total. She was also working on bars and competed there with a 3.1. BRINGING THE BALL UP COURT in their game against the Milbank Rounding out the team at this meet Bulldogs last Thursday is Trojan senior guard Theresa Hoffman. The Lady was seventh grader Kersten Cooper. Trojans lost to the Bulldogs, 48-40. Hoffman scored two points and pulled She was thrown into an all around po- down six rebounds in the contest sition at the last minute and got a little Bowling Monday Nite - 1/10/2010 Won Lost Larry's ...................................... 2,2 6 Precision Glass .......................... 20 8 Minnwest ................................... 14 14 Moose ......................................... 13 15 Otrey Lake ................................ 12 16 Ortonville Independent ............ 12 16 Mt Dew ...................................... 10 18 Pepsi ............................................ 9 19 HTSG: Precision Glass- 1008; HTSS: Precision Glass- 2724; HTHG: Precision Glass- 1214; HTHS: Precision Glass- 3324; HISG: Jared Heck- 266; HISS: Jared Heck- 738; HTHG: Jared Heck- 281; HTHS: Jared Heck-783. nervous but pulled off her skills. Her j i 7.O,andflr scre was 6'25' beam 5'4' vaultbars 3.5. Tro a oys earn two wins This was just a tough day and we plan to move into bigger and better days ahead, said Coach Becky over =lbank, Holtquist. Even though most beam Hancock competitors have full difficulty and l#X#lT $edS# i Fuel Design event requirements, they are still to wobbly and this causes execution er- rors and falls. The floor exercise com- petitors are improving, but still need to polish up the series they execute. Vaulters are planning on adding some twist to the handspring in the next few weeks." The next meet for the Trojan gym- nastics team will be a dual met tonight (Tuesday) at Morris. The Ortonville Trojan boys basket- ball team continued their winning ways this week, posting wins over the Mil- bank Bulldogs and the Hancock Owls. On Thursday, Jan 13 the Trojans hosted the Milbank Bulldogs before a nice crowd at Trojan Gym. In the first half, the Trojans defense held the Bull- dogs to just 12 points to take a 23-12 lead in the locker room. FIVE nt[00itw 2011 CHRYSLER 2OO 2011 JEEP Grand Cherokee Laredo ,o,,..=o s?o9,00o. Big Horn Quad Cab Test Drive Any NEW cHRYSLRR, RAM, JEEP or DODGE at Gesswein Motors And register to win one of $100 Cash Prizes No purchase necessary--Registration ends at close of business Jan. 31, 2011 Test Drive as Many as You Like--Limit One Registration per Person - Gesswein Motors Employees and their Immediate Families not eligible ,o.,s .20/0 Dodge Journeys Chrysler Sebrings Dodge Gr. Caravans Chrysler Town & Countrys % 0019'1 "l was pleased with our defensive effort in that first half," said Coach Jay Orvik, "To give up only 12 points is a great team accomplishment. But I told the team that Milbank would come out very aggressive in the second half and that's exactly what happened." The Bulldogs went on a 12-2 run to the 11 point lead to a one point lead at 25-24 early in the second half. From there both teams would not give in, as they fought back and forth with the Trojans earning the win, 49-46. Junior Trent Kuechenmeister led the Trojans with 24 points, four rebounds and one blocked shot. Tate Messmer scored nine points and pulled down five rebounds with two assists and did a good job defensively on Milbank's 6'8" center Isaac Lindquist holding him to 14 points on the night. Dan Berdan netted six points, grabbed nine rebounds, with three steals and two blocked shots. Shane Lindahl also had six points with four blocked shots, and Tom Rausch and Jacob Meyer each had two points. Neither team shot well from the free throw line as the Trojans made 11 of 23 for 48 percent and Milbank was 7 of 18 for 39 percent. From the field, the Trojans were 16 of 48 for 33 percent and the Bulldogs were 18 of 53 for 34 percent. Or- tonville was also six of 11 from three point range for 55 percent. On Friday, Jan. 14 the Trojans hosted the Hancock Owls in Pheasant Conference play and came away with an 80-51 win. The Trojans started slow in this game but played their best second half of the season scoring 48 points and had a season high 80 points. "We had balanced scoring against Hancock and our reserves were able to play some quality minutes of basket- ball," said Orvik. "They were able to play the final seven minutes of the game and scored the final 15 points." Leading scorer for the Trojans was Shane Lindahl who bad 27 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Dan Berdan had a double-double scor- ing 13 points with 13 rebounds. He also had three assists and one steal. Others scoring were Trent Kuechen- meister with 12, Jacob Meyer with nine, Nick Benck and Austin Schoon each with four, Brandon Nelson and Charlie Taffe each had three, James Nitz and Yannic Graf with two each and Tate Messmer with one. The Trojans were 18 of 27 from the free throw line for 67 percent and Han- cock was 18 of 36 for 50 percent. Or- tonville shot 44 percent from the floor going 27 of 62, while holding the Owls to 25 percent on 15 of 59 shooting. The Trojans (4-5) will travel to Brandon-Evansville tonight (Tuesday) and host the CGB Wolverines this Fri- day. GOING IN FOR TWO OF HIS SIX POINTS is Trojan senior Dan Berdan in the Trojans 49-46 win over the Milbank Bulldogs last Thursday night. Berdan followed that up with 13 points and 13 rebounds in their win over Hancock 80-51 on Friday. 00#'F.4ff Y f # Laar.saz 0 O" O" Improve your golf swing by practicing with special mats and birdie balls that simulate the flight of a real golf ball Use your own clubs[ Four week course. Maximum 12 participants. This class will fill fast so register early/ Contact Community Education to register at 839-6181, ext. 402. 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