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KELLEN came away with fourth place in the heavyweight class, as the Trojan wrestlers traveled to for the 212 tournament. Wave Cutters swimming team preparing for another season By Andrea Johnson The Milan Standard Many people may not realize it, but students in the LqPVHS School District can participate in a competi- tive swim team. The Wave Cutters Swim Team meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:15- 6:15 p.m. at the high school swim- ming pool. They practice from November through February for meets in late January and February. The local swimming team is still looking for members - students 6 years and older can join. Structured locally through Community Education, the Wave Cutters gives young people an oppor- tunity to swim for fun and competi- tion. The Wave Cutters does not com- pete against high school affiliated teams the local team is a member of the organization that selects the U.S. Olympic swim team USA Swimming. USA Swimming, formed in 1978, is the national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States. Headquarters are located at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Every Olympic star has to start somewhere, and even though the Wave Cutters has yet to have someone swim at that level, the program has been successful over the past nine years. That's how long Justin Moen, 18, has participated. He joined the Wave Cutters when he was in third grade, and he's competed every year in free style and the breaststroke races. "It's my winter sport," said Justin. "This year I'm in cross country and track too." You don't have to be a great swim- mer to join the Wave Cutters, he said with help from the coach and practice time most people advance very quick- ly. Every year he's participated, Justin has improved his abilities and times. "It's a great way to get into shape, to stay in shape," said Justin. The Wave Cutters participate in the Northern Lights Swimming Association that has two meets in Detroit Lakes and one in Alexandria this year. Invitationals will also be held in Minnetonka, West Fargo and Maple Grove. Coach Kendra Hicks said students have to realize the swim club is about building endurance to compete in the swim meets. "People ask if we play games, and we're not about that - once in a while we'll play games, but mostly this is about building up endurance," said Kendra. "Basically, they swim laps." At each practice, the students swim laps based on their level of fitness and expertise. Students complete strokes at their own pace - breaststroke, front crawl, backstroke, butterfly, freestyle. The students also talk and laugh as they rest at the end of the pool under- neath the starting blocks. There's camaraderie here - young people who enjoy swimming and getting stronger. "I think it's good for the kids," said Kendra. "I can tell a lot of them have come a long ways, the younger ones especially." This year's youngest swimmer is J.J. Tilima, 9, of Milan. "He's advanced so fast, I can't believe it," said Sue Tillma. "When he started last year, he couldn't make it from one end of the pool to the other, and now he is way better. Then when he took swimming lessons this last year, it was pretty easy." For young people who just want to swim with the Wave Cutters, fees are $50. For those who want to compete, the cost is $65 to pay for registration fees. Wave Cutters pays for their coach, but the school assists by not charging for use of the pool. The members are also covered under school insurance while swimming at LqPVHS, and USA Swimming covers the swimmers at meets. Sylvia Moen wants to encourage students to join. "The kids improve so quickly when they are doing this," said Sylvia. "They advance so fast, they learn the strokes, they build up their endurance, and they have a good time." Chris Kleven currently serves as president of Wave Cutters, and Sylvia is treasurer and registrar for the orga- nization. Both Chris and Sylvia encourage parents who have an inter- est in helping with the club to talk with them, and they would also be happy to talk with any students inter- ested in the Wave Cutters. "No one has to sit out. In competi- tion, you compete with people with similar times," said Sylvia. "The kids better their times quickly. That's what makes this so self-motivating." Contacts for questions are Chris Kieven at 734-4411 or 734-4952, as well as Sylvia Moen at 734-4272. Bellingham school news STUART STONE ' show n atfar right, received third place in the 160 pound division at the 212 men compete in tough 2 Conference tournament Ortonville Wrestling Team to KMS Saturday to wrestle 212 Conference Tournament. 161 g: BOLD 251 RCW 173, ACGC 117 5' YME 91 .RAY 83.5 " :FxA A' ILLE 36 :['his ,a." "''  a very tournament with many state wrestlers competing. .eport from Coach Joe Eustice I|OWs; wa Mat Men were plagued with S and sickness going in to the ent. Joe Karels was out with a m_urx, Blake Schmieg was sick, .,gan Croatt hurl her back. We ,'*'m many matches but it was ve at a good tough tournament. : winners for the Trojans were: nick 140 pounds at sixth, Eric $145 at sixth, Stuart Stone 160 for third, and Hwt. Jason .,,fourth.  Stone was seeded first in his H e had a bye the first round. mi-finals h'e could never get l, and lost 9-5 to Mike Johnson . In the 3rd place match Stone Jon Floehlich of KMS. Stuart ind 4-0 in the middle of the riod when with time running gained a reversal and near fall a 5-4 lead. He was reversed .c. ond to go to fall behind 6 - 5. ird period Stone worked very score some points but could m to get anything going. A of times it looked like he _'S-.,ore only to be sto d Wi s.H_ s .  ppe. ,th 1 , to go atuart gained a rever- .e the lead 7 - 6 and han n  g on to get the 3rd place medal. Stuart real- ly wrestled well in this match and was able to find a way to win. Hwt. Jason Kelten was the number four seed. He opened the tournament with a 21 sec fall over Josh Davis of RCW. In the semi-finals Kellen was up against undefeated number one seed Chris Adams of ACGC. Jason was the aggressor but could not stay with Adams and was pinned in 1:08. In the wrestle backs Kellen picked up a second period fall over Nathan Wentzel of KMS to make it to the 3rd place match. Kellen wrestled very well vs. Jordon Keltgen of BOLD. Jason was behind 10 - 3 going into the third period. Kellen out scored Keltgen 5 -1 in the third to come up on the short end of an 11- 8 decision. Jason wrestled well in one of the .toughest weights of the tournament. Eric Collins opened the tournament with a second period fall over Matt Prairie of TM to reach the semifinals. Collins then lost to Brad Gruhlke of BOLD 12 - 2. In the wrestled backs Collins lost a heart breaker 3-2 to Tyler Santier of YME. In the fifth place match Eric lost 9-0 to Dan Evenson of ACGC. Things just did not come easy all day for Eric, In places he wrestled very well, and in other place he just could not get anything to work. Ben Rudnick lost by fall to Jason Litzay from ACGC. In the wrestle backs Ben put together a good match vs. Paul Carson of TM and picked up a 12-2 win. In his next match Rudnick lost by fall to David Arnold of RCW. In the fifth place match Ben was doing well when he was reversed to his back and pinned. JV place winners: Patrick Eustice third, Dylan Mclain third, Dustin Roggenbuck first, Clay Plemmons fourth, Matt Koval fourth, Matt Athey fourth, and Keith Haggerty third. We had a number of the JV kids that wrestled very well all day. Dustin Roggenbuck had a first period fall over Jake Aalderks (MAC) in the first round. In the finals He won 13 - 7 over Jose Solis of KMS. Roggenbuck did a nice job in both of his matches. It was nice to see him get two wins on the day. We had three wrestlers that lost close matches in the first round and "on to win their second match and place 3rd. Patrick Eustice opened with a 4 - 0 lose to Cole Cooreman of TM. In the third place match Eustice won by fall over Mike Madsen of KMS in: 37. Dylan Mclain lost 6-5 to Eric Dubbelde of YME. In the third place match Dylan controlled Chia Thae of TMB and won 7-0. Keith Hagger y opened up with a 4-0 lose to Ryan Pettit of MAC. In his third place match Keith went out and took charge at the start and came away with a: 36 fall over James Westerlund of YME. Team leaders at this point of the season: Team points: Blake Schmieg leads with 120. Jason Kellen is second with 105. Stuart Stone and Eric Collins are third with 97. Wins: Eric Collins leads the team with 19. Blake Schmieg and Joe Karels are second with 18 each. Stuart Stone is third with 15. Fall: Blake Schmieg, Eric Collins, and Jason Kellen lead the 100% Customer Satisfaction team with 12 each. Stuart Stone is sec- ond with 11. Cory Schmieg is third with 9. We are on pace to have five wrestlers with well over 20 wins this year. We also have five wrestlers on pace to score over 100 points. JV leaders: Team Points: Patrick Eustice leads with 45. Dustin Roggenbuck is second with 39. Keith Haggerty is third with 27. Wins: Patrick Eustice leads the team with 8 wins. Dustin Roggenbuck is second with 7 wins. Keith Haggerty is third with 5 wins. Falls: Patrick Eustice leads the team with 7 pins. Dustin Roggenbuck is second with 6 pines. Keith Haggerty is third with four pins. The next action for the Mat Men will be Tuesday when they travel to Eagle Valley to take on CACGB and Browerviile/Eagle Valley." Dn your part to help ' up Big Stone LakelJ Guess What.'? Yes, it's time to start thinking of those Science Fair projects. We have set April 8 as the big day. As in the past two years, all 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will be participating. Since this is the third science fair for the 6th grade students, we are giving them the option of doing a project with another student or doing a project alone. I will start next week with a booklet guide to help move your project right along. Sister Kay Just a reminder ...... Second semester lunch money is due. Please pay in the office. Thanks. The first graders are in need of 20 oz. clear pop bottles, along with laundry detergent caps, for an upcoming art project. Please send them to school if you have some to donate. Thanks. Calendar Tuesday, 1-22 3:00 GBB, No cheerleading pr. Thursday, 1-2,4 3:00 BBB and GBB, No 3rd grade BBB, No cheerleading pr. Friday, 1-25 Special Interest "Snowball Dance" Breald'ast Tuesday--grapple juice, grilled cheese, strawberry yogurt and milk. Wednesday--apple juice, assorted cold cereals, cinnamon toast and milk. Thursday--orange juice, fried egg on toast, cheese slices and milk. Friday--apple juice, breakfast pizza and milk. Lunch Tuesday--hotdog on bun, oven fries, cookie salad, pineapple tidbits and milk Wednesday--Bearcat burgers, french fries fruit salad, peanut butter cookie, milk. Thursday--steak nuggets, seasoned fries, sliced pears, chocolate pudding, PBJ sandwiches and milk. Friday--Italian cheese bread with dip, veggie sticks with dip, bananas, PBJ sandwiches and milk. CLASSIFIED ADS BRING QUICK RESULTS Here's the scoop... Progressive Collision & Glass is the best body shop! PROGRESSIVE COLLISION & GLASS CENTER, INC. 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