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r 77 STANDING OVATIONS for this year&apos;s Trojan boys basketball team and its coaches, players spoke to the hundreds of fans gathered gym Saturday night for a welcome home celebration. Above, players and fans listen as Coach Kyle Kffkebv doles out "thank-yous" be the best season finish in school history. ifinal win over Pillager nt best OHS finish ever 61-52 win over the Friday afternoon Xcel Energ) Center. [ans advanced to the A final game. Pete Ross son each scored 15 the number the matchup, coming take down ninth rated 14 was Ross trailed 37-36 after three quarters, but a 12-2 run helped Ortonville take control of the game. Wiegman's tip-in score and four straight free throws helped get things going for the team. and pumped up Trojan fans. too. FPe throws helped determine the outcome of the fourth quarter, as OHS sunk nine of 14. For the game, the team went 24 of 38 at the line. The HusMes shot 21 for 41 from the floor but committed 23 turnovers and only attempted eight free throws. Ortonville won the rebounding battle 30-22. Wiegman as the leading Trojan defender, contributing 14 rebounds. Pete Ross blocked tv,,o Pillager shots and Derek Rieck rejected one. The win Friday meant the best fin- ish ever for a Trojan boys team, though the)' weren't finished yet. With the win. Orton+ille would take on Southwest Christian's Eagles the following da? for the Class A Championship game. COACH KYLE KIRKEBY received congratulations from his mother Cathy Kirkeby of Alexandria after the Red Lake game. Y CONSIDERING HIS NEXT MOVE is Trojan Coach Kyle Kirkeby, at the Red Lake ame last AI Westermeyer, Joe Fuller and Derek Rieck, Astant Coach Tml Giese, Dave Dinnel. CONFETTI RAINED DOWN UPON THE SEA OF ORANGE as 1,900 Ortonville fans made the trip to Moorhead to watch the Trojans take down Red Lake last Tuesday. Trojans take down Red Lake, advance to Class A Semifinal Nineteen hundred Trojan tans made the trip t Concordia College in Moorhead laq "luesda 3 t<J aatch their beloved Ortonvillc bo,,s lace off against the Red l+akc Warrior,+ m the Class A quarterfinal game. Pounding drums and the pounding offense of Red Lake c(>uld both be heard clearl 5, a, the Warriors opened the game b taking the lead 1%14 alter >nu martcr ,",t the half, f)HS bad hur+g .+,i, +. iu q,u g '.:u at 2: After three, the Trojans held just a two lx;int lead, but turned up the heat m the final quarter to outscore Red l+ake 24- 15, f;rr a final margin of 65- 54. Scoring in the double digits lLr Ortonville were Nate Thompson with 19, Pete Ross with 16 points. Ross Wicgman with 14, and Tanner Radermacher, who conmbuted If)+ Wicgman had lhrec assists to lead that category, and Thompson and Radermachcr each added two +I I+v m-Jp>' Jrl - bupcn,I pcH+)rtnati, u from the three point arc helped in the team's victory, as he buried three of his four three p(>int attempts. Nate also went a flawless six fin six at the charity stripe. Wiegman handled the Trojans' boards, with a team-leading 14 reh(mnds. Pete Ross added nine and Radermachcr live Motel rooms in the Twin Cities v, cre filling up l"aq +rl the ride h(>rllc fr, Jni (7oncorclia. a,> 'lr>ian lans htlr- r+c'd t find a place t+) <-t't\\; tit,.'+, watch. ltlg ttlCiI tCalli ill" 1}iC, (, '+, \\;.> +\\; Semifinals thal Friday aflcrnoon. BOTH YOUNG AND OLD made the trips to Concordia and St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center right, are James Knoll Elementary students Casey Amdt, Rachel Gruenwald, Candice 5 DEREK RIECK concentrates on accepting a pass at Concordia College Tuesday alainst Red Lake. Brian Basham photo. ;.A PASS just in time to escape the grasp of a Red Lake Ross Wiegman. Loo=,ing on at left is Derek Rieck. FIRE UP! Plenty happy about his team's Friday was senior Derek Rieck. soon-to-be win over Pillager DECISIONS, DECISIONS. Pete Ross weighs his options to drive or pass as OHS faced Red Lake's Warriors last Tuesday, winning 65-54. 26, 2002 "-:- UaU IN D E PEN D E N T Page 3 I