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IN.0000o0000e,ewE,,n00PmuEn0000. NDENT est' team takes 2nd at state ADVANCE IN SCHOOL HISTORY, SECOND PLACE IN STATE CLASS A. Members of the 2001-2002 Ortonville Trojan Boys Basketball team pose Saturday afternoon follow- to Southwest Christian, who took first place honors in the tourney for the fourth straight year. In back, left to right, are Assistant coaches Tim Giese and Dave Dinnel, Tony Guse, Riley Sammon, Pete Ross, AI W=stermeyer, Landon Franzky, Matt Pfingsten, Ross Wiegman, Ross Randall, Tanner Radermacher, Nate Thompson and Coach Kyle Kirkeby. Ioe Fuller, Derek Rieck and Jesse Cloos. More tournament highlights inside. 2,200 ORTONVILLE TROJAN FANS traveled to the Twin Cities to support their team Friday and Saturday as the Ortonville boys defeated the Pillager Huskies 61-52 Friday, final round the following afternoon against Southwest Christian. After a hard-fought game, Ortonviile fell to the Eagles 66-56. With its best finish in school histo- ry, Ononville's Trojan boys basketball team returned home Saturday after- noon with a second place State Class A title, following a 66-56 loss to the Southwest Minnesota Christian Eagles in the championship game. The old adage - "Last one out of town, turn out the lights" was true, indeed, as attendance records showed there were in excess of 2,200 Trojan fans in the stands Saturday. Quite a total for a town of 2,100 people. "We were a better team, bottom line," Trojan Coach Kyle Kirkeby told reporters following Saturday's game. "I feel the officials took the game away from us. We got beat up on one end and didn't get fouls called on the other. The best team did not win tcxlay." Ortonville, realizing it was on the verge of winning the school's first state championship, set aside its tradi- tional first half jitters to lead Southwest Christian 16-5 after one quarter. In period two, however, the Eagles had outscored the Trojans two to one, adding 20 points to trail by one point 25-26, at halftime. OHS answered in the third with 24 points, holding their opponents to 15, but the loss of two key players soon after would prove to be too much. The Eagles took advantage of an injury to senior forward Ross Wiegman's knee and the abnce of Pete Ross, who fouled out in the fourth quarter, scoring 26 of the game's final 32 points. Although Wiegman returned to the game for a short time in the fourth quarter, he was in obvious pain and left after one minute in the fourth. Pete was leading the Trojan roster with 19 points, had shot six for six from the field and seven of eight at the line when he fouled out, and Wicgman had already contributed 14 points. Tanner Radermacher, who played 31 of the game's 32 minutes, chipped in 14 points, Nate Thompson added five, and Derek Rieck and Jesse Cloos, who alternated in the fifth spot for Ortonville, had two apiece. Thoinpson dished out nine assists in the game, and Rieck added two more. Defensively, Wiegman and Pete Ross each grabbed nine rebounds, and Radermacber had seven. "This should have been our game," Kirkeby added. "It's frustrating because 1 thought we were the better team, but it wasn't decided on the COUrt." After the game, three Trojans were honored by being named to the All- Tournament team, namely guard Nate Thompson and forwards Tanner Radermacber and Ross Wiegman. The team returned home Saturday evening to hundreds of fans in the OHS gym, as each team member thanked their parents, teammates and coaches, in between standing ovations from those attending. ;UARD NATE THOMPSON assists versus the, four rebounds and aoomg CHIPPING IN 14 POINTS for the OIlS team before a knee injury took him out of the game was Ross Wiegman. SCORING LEADER PETE ROSS added 19 Trojan points against Southwest Christian, before fouling out in the fourth quarter. ALL ALONE FOR THE DUNE is Derek Rieck, who contributed two points for the Trojans Saturday. TANNER RADERMAcHER helped out the Trojans with his 14 points against the Eagles, as well as seven reboun(Is.