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ORTONVILLE TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYERS display their Section 3A runner-up trophy after losing a hard fought contest to the EIIsworth Panthers last Thursday at SMSU in Marshall 67-66. Ortonville finished their season at 22-5. The atmosphere was set for a great game last Thursday at SMSU in Marshall as the Ortonville Trojans battled the defending Class A Charapions, the Ellsworth Panthers. From the opening tip won by the Trojans, Ortonville set the tone by getting off to a quick 9-0 lead. You could tell that the Trojans did not want this to be their last game. "Before we left the locker room, I asked the players to leave every ounce of their athletic talent and abil- ity on the floor, Said Coach Jay Orvik. "And they did just that." After the teams traded baskets in the first half, Ellsworth was able to battle back and take a one point lead, 31-30 into halftime. The second half was played the same way, as both teams would not give in, but in the end the Panthers win, and a trip to the State high School Basketball Tournament. "It was a great game played by two very good teams," said Orvik. "I did think we were the more aggressive team at both ends of the court. It was to bad that someone had to go home with a loss." Ellsworth shot an unheard of 11 of t5 from the three point line for 73 percent, while the Trojans were six of 16 for 38 percent. Overall, the Trojans were 26 of 49 from the field for 53 percent, while Ellsworth was 26 of 43 for 60 percent. Bryant Zahrbock led the Trojans 'with 25 points. He was followed by Fellows each had two assists and both led in steals with five and four respec- tively. The Trojans committed just eight turnovers in the game compared to Ellsworth which committed 16. The Trojans end their season with a 22-5 record and Coach Orvik was very happy with the season. "I was pleased with the teams per- formance even 'though it ended up being our last game of a great sea- son," said Orvik. "I couldn't be more proud of this group of young men. I feel very lucky to have had the oppor- tunity of coaching this great group of High School athletes." Five seniors finished their career Jesse Roscoewith 18,Nathan Scherer ' with the Trojans. They are Eric had nine, Jacob Berger with eight and Carlson, Nathan Scherer, Jacob Matt Fellows with six. Berger, Matt Fellows and Bryant Scherer was the leading rebounder Zahrbock. All were a huge part of the with five, with Zahrbock and Roscoe Trojans success this season. were able to come awaY with a 67-66 each adding four. Zahrbock and ( Check out our web site at ) I N DN E P.E N D E NTI i i :l,"Io ~ ill E'rl'll illl~ Illl,llLli II By Mike Swenson Going into last Thursday's Section 3A Championship game, the Ortonville Trojan boys basketball team knew all about the Ellsworth Panthers. They are the two-time defending Class A Champions, return a fairly veteran squad and are a good shooting team. But that didn't seem to bother the Trojans. They went right after +the Panthers, getting off to a 9-0 start and playing what many feel was one of the best games of the year. Even though it went right down to the wire and Ellsworth winning the game 67- 66, those in attendance got their money's worth. Both teams wouldn't give in. It had everything you want in a game. Players diving for loose balls, teams matching shot for shot, and the fans screaming and hollering until they were hoarse. Ortonville finished their season at 22-5. We were able to witness history, with senior Bryant Zahrbock joining the 1,000 point club. But most impor- tantly, a group of young men who brought it to the court every night. And if you watched the awards cere- mony following the game, the Ortonville players were very gracious in wishing the Panthers good luck at the State Tournament. GREAT SPORTSMANSHIP! Congratulations to Coach Jay Orvik and his staff and to the players for an enjoyable and memorable sea- son. The spring sports season now gets underway in full swing. I've always felt that the spring sports get some- what slighted. Not what you call the "Glamour" sports. But nonetheless, many athletes participate in baseball, golf, softball and track. And over the years, these athletes have had great success. Get out this spring and show your support for these teams. TROJAN SENIOR GUARD BRYANT ZAHRBOCK goes in for two of his game high 25 points against the EIIsworth Panthers last Thursday in the Section 3A Championship game at SMSU in Marshall. Ortonville lost the game to the Panthers 67-66. fJ WE'RE BRINGING YOU A SPRING ORTONVILLE ALL CATS AND DOGS ARE WELCOME! New and Existing Clients! Past Records Helpful! All vaccines, heartworm tests, heartworm preventative, flea and tick preventatives will be available at discounted rates! Vaccines for rabies, distemper, Lyme's disease, kennel cough and more. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS CASH, CHECK OR CREDIT CARD SAVE MONEY! SAVE TIME! Substantial Discounts Available ONLY This Day! O. Rachel Bakeberg, DVM 50 Sorenson Ave. W. Appleton, MN 320-289,2484 Sixteen coaches sat at their com- puters Sunday morning (March 22) and voted to determine the top four seeded teams in Class AAA and Class AAAA for the 2009 State Boys' Basketball Tournament. When the tabulation was complete, Mankato West was chosen No. 1 in Class AAA and Hopkins was chosen No. 1 in Class AAAA. The coaches logged" onto a special page of the League Web site. Each coach ranked the other teams 1 through 7. The highest and lowest rankings for each team were discard- ed, leaving five rankings for each team. From those rankings, the top four seeds were selected. In confer- ence calls with all eight head coaches of each class, League Associate DirectorKevin Merkle announced the top four seeds. Coaches association representative Ron Larson then blind- ly drew the names of the four remain- ing teams to establish the opponents for the seeded teams. The quarterfinals of the 2009 Class AAA State Boys' Basketball Tournament are scheduled Wednesday, March 25 at 10 a.m noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Williams Four teams named State Champions in Girls Basketball Four Champions were crowned in the Minnesota State High School Girls State Basketball Tournament last weekend. In. Class A, Ada-Borup defeated Cedar Mountain, 61-31. In Class AA, Caledonia defeated Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted, 54-50. St. Michael-Albertville was the Class AAA Champion with-their win over Minneapolis North 63-50. In Class AAAA, Minneapolis South defeated Centennial, 68-61. The Boys State Basketball Tournament will get underway this Wednesday. Kindergarten registration at Big ,Stone City The Big Stone City School will hold Kindergarten Registration on Tuesday, April 7 from 4-6 p.m in the kindergarten room. No appointments are necessary. Parents should bring a copy of their child's certified birth certificate, updated immunization record, and social security number. Children must be five years old before September 1,2009, to be eligi- ble for the 2009-2010 kindergarten class. Please call the school at 862- 8108 with any questions. If you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, please notify the school as soon as POssible (Adv) Arena 6fi-{he University of Minnesota campus. The opening game features No+ 1 seed Mankato West (27-1) vs. New Prague (21-8). The noon game will have No. 4 seed Spring Lake Park (23-6) vs. Rogers (18-11). At 2 p.m. No. 2 seed Minneapolis Washburn (23-5) takes on Grand Rapids (25-3). The final matchup will pit No. 3 seed St. Paul Johnson (25-4) against Little Falls (18-11). The Class AAAA quarterfinals will also be played that same day on the identical time schedule at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. The opening game has No. I seed Hopkins (28-0) playing Blaine (15- 14). The noon contest has No. 4 seed St. Cloud Tech (29-0) vs. Winona (17- 10). The 2 p.m. game features No. 2 seed Henry Sibley, Mendota Heights (27-2) against Bloomington Jefferson (19-7). The final quarterfinal will have No. 3 seed Osseo (27-2) playing Apple Valley (16-12). The coaches of Class A and Class AA teams chose not to seed their tour- naments. A cyclical pairing schedule is employed to match opponents in those two classes. This year's pairings for Class A: Section 7 Chisholm (29-1) vs. Section 1 Bethlehem Academy, Faribault (28- 2); Section 2 Grenada-Huntley-East Chain (26-0) vs. Section 4 Minnesota Transitions Charter School, Minneapolis (28-2); Section 8 Cass .Lake-Bena (24-6) vs. Section 6 Ada- Borup (25-4); and Section 3 Ellsworth (27-3) vs. Section 5 Sebeka (24-3). All Class A games will be played at Williams Arena at 11 a.m 1 p.m 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the order listed above on Thursday, March 26. This year's pairings for Class AA: Section 7 Virginia (28-2) vs. Section 1 Plainview-Elgin-Millville (29-1); Section 2 Triton, Dodge Center (24-6) vs. Section 4 St. Bernard's, St. Paul (26-3); Section 8 Pelican Rapids (302 0) vs. Section 6 New London-Spicer (23-8); and Section 3 Montevideo (21-7) vs. Section 5 Howard l .ake- Waverly-Winsted (22-7). The first two games listed will be played Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m respectively, at Target Center. The last two games will be played Wednesday, March 25, at 6 p.m. and 8 p,m respectively, at Williams Arena.