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Trojans bring community,o00L;,:220000:00e together like nothing else This year's Trojan basketball team could pull a community together like or*orange. The whole atmosphe-',was enough to give goose bumps. "-.. achieved a lot more than a second place title at the state basketball tour- nament. We saw the 'best' team in the tournament, unarguably by mar@, not get the championship title, but, we saw them play one beck of a game ... at the end of one heck of a season! These kids brought out the best in us. They brought our town closer together than anything else could. Like a family, Ortonville area citizens embraced this team and we all felt as if we were winners because of them. We set down our differences and united in support. Few other events this. This is a happy time which will stay with us for many years. Fans followed these ball players throughout the years traveling to games both home and away. More than 1,200 Trojan followers filled the stands at Concordia college in Moorhead for the first state game and more than 2,200 fans cheered for the OHS ball players at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. It was amazing to hear the crowd roar and chant "OHS, OHS," over and over again at the Xcel center. L(king up into the stands, it looked like a sea Fans followed the other teams too, but in comparison to the communi- ties" populations and the numbers they had in attendance, we had to have one of the largest percentage of the population turnout for the tourna- ment games. Though the outcome of the final game was not what it should have been, the OHS Trojans have absolute- ly nothing to feel bad about. They are winners in the eyes of this communi- ty and have make us all very proud to be from Ortonville. All-Tournament Team bank THE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM picked in this year's Class 1A state tourney sponsored by U.S. Bank, is pictured above, which includes three Ortonville Tr()jans. Front, left to right, are Nate Thompson, Ortonville, Lee Roberts and Adam Brown, Pillager, Derek Swedberg, and Brad Wynnemer, HLWW. Back row, left to right, Dan DeWitt, Jeff Schaap, and Ross Reitsma, SMC, and Ross Wiegman and Tanner Radermacher, both of Ortonville. .. ..... i ! :i LONGTIME TROJAN SUPPORTER, FORMER COACH, PARENT AND VIDEOGRAPHER Bob Ross spoke to the crowd which gathered in the OHS gym Saturday night, flanked by the team's Section and State Second Place trophies. SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS. Trojan fans were honored with a sportsmanship award from the Minnesota State High School League. Above, Ortonville cheerleaders Samantha Strege, left and Jessica Tollefson display the banner at the team's welcome home cele- bration Saturday night. STARTING THE CELEBRATION late in the fourth quarter aainst Pillager Friday were Assistant Coaches Tim Giese, left and Dave Dmnel. The SUZETTE Editor Computer and $30.00 per Parle, Minnesota, n South counties All others, The Grant al J .............. ALL J .............. February ......... omissions tisement is e Classified A Monday :I Letters PETE FOR TWO. Through the double team, Pete Ross puts up a shot at Concordia Tuesday against Red Lake. Brian Basham photo. PUTTING THE MOVES ON a Red Lake defender is OHS' Tanner Radermacher. Brian Basham photo. Independent Ads I Get Noticed. (You re reading this one aren t you?) ., TUCKER HEADS INSIDE. All alone,Tanner Radermacher drives inside Tuesday against Red Lake. Brian Basham photo. NATE THOMPSON, whose 19 points led the team against Red Lake, looks to pass inside during the quarterfinal game last Yuesday. Brian Basham photo. address Page 2  INDEPENDENT