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i ::i  i !  ,-,, ............................. "ii"!iii, ii,,;iii  ' ,,,i,:i!,,i:, FIRST PLACE WINNERS in this year's 8th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic, left to right, were Tim and Andrea Gapp and Brett Jacobsen. SECOND PLACE WINNERS in this year's 8th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic left to right, were Gary, Erv and Dean Mikkelson. DAVID RAUSCH KEEPS UP THE PACE as the Trojan cross country team traveled to Milbank last week. David was misidenti- fled as Dan Rausch in last week's issue. JENA TOBIN of Ortonville has been added to the 1999 Concordia Volleyball roster. A 5'6" hitter, Tobin is a sophomore at Concordia. m  - i Our Wik00e aM nsh TM cannot survive unless our .....:.: ::::::::!:!:i::?!!i!!!!!!??i!i?!i!iii!i!i:!::!::::::::.:.:...... . ==========================: :::.:+:.... ,... k. Please do our part. , iii ii ii Ortonville Trojans post second shutout in 7-0 Defense isn't a word that has been part of the Ortonville Trojan football team's vocabulary the past few years. But, 1999 is a different year and the Trojans are speaking a different lan- guage. The Trojans came up with their sec- ond shutout of the 1999 football sea- son in a 7 - 0 victory over the Fulda Raiders in a game played in Fuida last Friday night. The lone score of the night which was all that Ortonville needed came on a 66 yard touchdown pass, with Pete Ross hooking up with Mike Lovgren in the first quarter. "It was a great coming out party for Lovgren, who battled illness during the summer and into the preseason of football," Coach Inforzato stated. Ross added the extra point which capped off the Trojan TD. The Trojan defense came to play with senior captain Ryan Longhenry leading the way with 15 tackles on the night. Longhenry also made his pres- ence known in his first game of the year as he returned from a shoulder injury which sidelined him during the preseason and into last week's first game. The Trojan defense had contribu- tions from every player who was on the field. Following Longhenry came Jordan Botker with eight tackles and a game ending interception, Marty Brown and Tanner six tackles; Dave Kellen had five Though the offense penetrate the end they were able to gain field position. Rieck made his first gaining 112 yards Mickey Rademacher earned yards. Ross was the air hitting Lovgren, and Longhenry. The Trojans will host Friday, September 17, when they face the p.m. contest. OHS volleyball team ends with outstanding performa Wow! What a week for the Trojan Volleyball Team. Last week was full of uncertainty and doubt. The Trojans put those words to bed with outstanding performances vs. Dawson-Boyd, Hancock, and tournament action. The players came out strong against a good Dawson-Boyd team- playing in mid-season form. Coach Shawnda Johnson stated she was impressed with the chemistry exhibited by all players. "Everyone was working for each other," she said. "As a coach I didn't have to do much because the players just took over the game. They had made up their mind how things were going to go and they made it happen." The Trojans took the first two games, dropped the third and came back from a 11-14 deficit in the fourth to overcome the Blackjacks. "Even after the third game - there was no doubt on their faces," stated Johnson. "They were focused and determined. Most of all - they were having fun. I think the adversity this team has had and still faces has forced this team to elevate their game." On Thursday the Trojans faced an always dangerous conference opponent - Hancock. Hancock has dominated OHS for years up until a few years ago. "I think the team is less intimidated by them with each win we take from them," Johnson says. "It is always nice to stick it to them and conquer our fears. The Trojans swept the Owls in three games 15-4, 15-7, 15-10. One of the things we wanted to do is to make sure we finish them off in the third game. We have a tendency to let up and that's where we get into trouble - teams sneak up on us and before you know we are playing a fifth game. The third game did give us trouble in that our serving broke down. We were really struggling. That's were we starting sending players in from the bench to score points. We were looking for points in any way shape or form. Our plan was to show them a bunch of different servers - it gives the opponent something new to deal with. Our hope was that they wouldn't be able to deal with it and give us points just from our serving! It worked, although it doesn't all the time, but that's where everyone gets involved to help the team win. It proves how valuable each member is on the team - even if it is just one serve that we need." Just to prove it wasn't a fluke the Trojan girls faced Hancock again in their first game of tournament action on Saturday. The Trojans hosted a four team tournament that included Hancock, Herman-Norcross, and Lakeview. Hancock would not give up and made Ortonville earn the victory. Says Johnson, "We had our struggles offensively namely serving all day - but our defense held up and we managed to take them in two 15- 13, 15-13. That put the team in the championship m, who had in an earlier match. everybody in the probably the seen which Trojan kill. feet, including both teams for won the rally game - big rally losses  busters." "Game one went to 15 but game two most exciting Ortonville went on to 15-6, however number in game down 3-15 to tournament. LakevieW tall girls who down. They finally we had changed our strongest big hitters. Once they' they went able to put Ortonville play their best to what they did. outstanding week be very proud of their 1  "What more can Johnson. "A those who came cheer the players them and to me. it home court Winther ....... Jaycees to host Punt, Pass and Kick competition Sat. Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Ortonville Area Jaycees host an NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition this Saturday, Sept. 18. The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 8-15. It will be held at 9 a.m. at the Trojan Field. For competition information, call 839- 3300 after 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at the competition or at the Ortonville, Big Stone City, Clinton and Graceville offices. The entry form requires parent or guardian signature. NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick is a football competition that allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and place-kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Age classification is as of December 31, 1999. The top finishers from each of the eight age groups at the local competition will advance to a Sectional competition. The winners at the Sectional competition will have their scores compared with other Sectional champions; the top five scorers from the pool of Sectional champions advance to the Minnesota Vikings Team Championship, to be held at a Minnesota Vikings game. Age group champions at this level will be declared NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick team champions. The top four finishers in the boys and girls division within each age bracket from the pool of 29 Team Champions will qualify for the national finals at an AFC playoff game in January. A number of current NFL players have competed in Punt, pass and Kick, including quarterback Jim Kelly, Minnesota's Randall Cunningham, Bernie Kosar and Dan Marino. The NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition is produced by NFL properties and sponsored by Gatorade. The Ortonville competition is hosted by the Ortonville Area Jaycees. Ninth graders open season with three wins in two weeks The Ortonville ninth grade volleyball team has opened their season with three wins in the past two weeks, as the team opened at Morris with a 15-9, 2-15, 15-11 win, also playing a fourth game in which Morris won 15-13. The Trojans then hosted Dawson- Boyd and Hancock the past week with a 15-2, 15-3 win and played a 10 minute timed game with Dawson ahead 11-8. In the Hancock match, the girls won 15-7, 15-10, with some long games. The team has been serving about 80 percent, and getting quite a few serving aces and holding their own serve receive errors down. The girls have shown their ability to set the ball up but still have some work to do on transition from offense OAK TREE GOLF CLASSIC TROPHY WINNERS, left to right, were Brian Stamp (closest to pin for men), Brenda Christensen (longest drive for women), Lori Larson (longest putt for women), and Joe Berning (closest to " for men). Not present for photo were Brad Welsh (longest driv;tf:r (longest putt for men), Sev Steen men), and Sue Rausch (closest to pin for women). to defense, seeming to play in slow motion compared to junior varsity and varsity games. The team continues to improve, learning to run the offense and getting back on defense. Making up the roster for this years team are: playing outside hitters Jenny Kaye, Megan Strei, Lucinda McMahon, Chelsey Athey, Sarah Swenson, Danielle Athey and Annie Hedge. Setters and outside hitters include Alexis Danielson, Lacy Ronglien, Emily Dragseth and Ashley Thielke. Middle hitters are Laura Brown, Amanda Arndt and Heidi Hanson. This week the girls take on C-G-B and will play C-A, both on the road. Cross country runners finish third in Milbank invitational The Ortonville Trojan cross country teams competed in the six- team Milbank Invitational Thursday evening, with the Milbank girls and boys teams victorious in the meet and both Ortonville teams finishing third. In the one mile IV girls race Lisa Spors finished in second place in 6:51. Kelli Sis finished fifth and Amanda Croatt twelfth of the 20 runners competing. The boys 4,000 meter JV race found Nick Kries! finishing 16th and David Rauseh in 18th place. i    i  ' ,," ?!!!ii'iiii .... /;, i  ii!i , ,,, ii, A DIVING EFFORT. Trojans Tiffany Finke and ly hidden) dive for the return as the team faced Tuesday. The team heads to Clinton tonight, Tuesday C-G-B at 6:15 p.m. The girls varsity team was again led by a second place finish from Bridget Athey. Janelle Volkenant ran a strong race to an eighth place finish. Hilary Libka finished llth, Alexis Barr 13th and Jennifer Croatt 15th. All of them cut a minute or better off their best previous times. The boys varsity was led by Terrance Heirigs in sixth place and Brandon Beachem's seventh place finish. Dan Rauscl Brian Hasslen 15th 16th to round out Heirigs wasn't a because of an it has Kelsey Henn: stress fracture out with a bad knee Next action for Saturday in Independent Ads Get (You're reading this one 0HS Sports Schedule For The Week GIRLS VOLLEYBALL I VARSITY FOOTBALL CROSS COUNTRY Sept 16 C-A (Alberta) 6:30 I I Sept. 17 Minneota (Ortonville) 7:00 9:30 SepL18 MorrisToumey(Mords) 10:00 I """r) SQUAD r'tJ,/ll/'tkklr*''r''' Sept.18 Milbank (El,bank) Sept. 20 Deuel Invitational (Clear Lake) 4:30 Sept. 20 Canby (Canby) 6:15 [ Sept. 20 MACCFIAY (Maynard) S:30 I SUPPORT TIlE TROJANS Page 6 00INDEPENDENT i ::i  i !  ,-,, ............................. "ii"!iii, ii,,;iii  ' ,,,i,:i!,,i:, FIRST PLACE WINNERS in this year's 8th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic, left to right, were Tim and Andrea Gapp and Brett Jacobsen. SECOND PLACE WINNERS in this year's 8th annual Oak Tree Golf Classic left to right, were Gary, Erv and Dean Mikkelson. DAVID RAUSCH KEEPS UP THE PACE as the Trojan cross country team traveled to Milbank last week. David was misidenti- fled as Dan Rausch in last week's issue. JENA TOBIN of Ortonville has been added to the 1999 Concordia Volleyball roster. A 5'6" hitter, Tobin is a sophomore at Concordia. m  - i Our Wik00e aM nsh TM cannot survive unless our .....:.: ::::::::!:!:i::?!!i!!!!!!??i!i?!i!iii!i!i:!::!::::::::.:.:...... . ==========================: :::.:+:.... ,... k. Please do our part. , iii ii ii Ortonville Trojans post second shutout in 7-0 Defense isn't a word that has been part of the Ortonville Trojan football team's vocabulary the past few years. But, 1999 is a different year and the Trojans are speaking a different lan- guage. The Trojans came up with their sec- ond shutout of the 1999 football sea- son in a 7 - 0 victory over the Fulda Raiders in a game played in Fuida last Friday night. The lone score of the night which was all that Ortonville needed came on a 66 yard touchdown pass, with Pete Ross hooking up with Mike Lovgren in the first quarter. "It was a great coming out party for Lovgren, who battled illness during the summer and into the preseason of football," Coach Inforzato stated. Ross added the extra point which capped off the Trojan TD. The Trojan defense came to play with senior captain Ryan Longhenry leading the way with 15 tackles on the night. Longhenry also made his pres- ence known in his first game of the year as he returned from a shoulder injury which sidelined him during the preseason and into last week's first game. The Trojan defense had contribu- tions from every player who was on the field. Following Longhenry came Jordan Botker with eight tackles and a game ending interception, Marty Brown and Tanner six tackles; Dave Kellen had five Though the offense penetrate the end they were able to gain field position. Rieck made his first gaining 112 yards Mickey Rademacher earned yards. Ross was the air hitting Lovgren, and Longhenry. The Trojans will host Friday, September 17, when they face the p.m. contest. OHS volleyball team ends with outstanding performa Wow! What a week for the Trojan Volleyball Team. Last week was full of uncertainty and doubt. The Trojans put those words to bed with outstanding performances vs. Dawson-Boyd, Hancock, and tournament action. The players came out strong against a good Dawson-Boyd team- playing in mid-season form. Coach Shawnda Johnson stated she was impressed with the chemistry exhibited by all players. "Everyone was working for each other," she said. "As a coach I didn't have to do much because the players just took over the game. They had made up their mind how things were going to go and they made it happen." The Trojans took the first two games, dropped the third and came back from a 11-14 deficit in the fourth to overcome the Blackjacks. "Even after the third game - there was no doubt on their faces," stated Johnson. "They were focused and determined. Most of all - they were having fun. I think the adversity this team has had and still faces has forced this team to elevate their game." On Thursday the Trojans faced an always dangerous conference opponent - Hancock. Hancock has dominated OHS for years up until a few years ago. "I think the team is less intimidated by them with each win we take from them," Johnson says. "It is always nice to stick it to them and conquer our fears. The Trojans swept the Owls in three games 15-4, 15-7, 15-10. One of the things we wanted to do is to make sure we finish them off in the third game. We have a tendency to let up and that's where we get into trouble - teams sneak up on us and before you know we are playing a fifth game. The third game did give us trouble in that our serving broke down. We were really struggling. That's were we starting sending players in from the bench to score points. We were looking for points in any way shape or form. Our plan was to show them a bunch of different servers - it gives the opponent something new to deal with. Our hope was that they wouldn't be able to deal with it and give us points just from our serving! It worked, although it doesn't all the time, but that's where everyone gets involved to help the team win. It proves how valuable each member is on the team - even if it is just one serve that we need." Just to prove it wasn't a fluke the Trojan girls faced Hancock again in their first game of tournament action on Saturday. The Trojans hosted a four team tournament that included Hancock, Herman-Norcross, and Lakeview. Hancock would not give up and made Ortonville earn the victory. Says Johnson, "We had our struggles offensively namely serving all day - but our defense held up and we managed to take them in two 15- 13, 15-13. That put the team in the championship m, who had in an earlier match. everybody in the probably the seen which Trojan kill. feet, including both teams for won the rally game - big rally losses  busters." "Game one went to 15 but game two most exciting Ortonville went on to 15-6, however number in game down 3-15 to tournament. LakevieW tall girls who down. They finally we had changed our strongest big hitters. Once they' they went able to put Ortonville play their best to what they did. outstanding week be very proud of their 1  "What more can Johnson. "A those who came cheer the players them and to me. it home court Winther ....... Jaycees to host Punt, Pass and Kick competition Sat. Young pro football fans will have the opportunity to exhibit their football skills when the Ortonville Area Jaycees host an NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition this Saturday, Sept. 18. The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 8-15. It will be held at 9 a.m. at the Trojan Field. For competition information, call 839- 3300 after 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at the competition or at the Ortonville, Big Stone City, Clinton and Graceville offices. The entry form requires parent or guardian signature. NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick is a football competition that allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and place-kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy. Age classification is as of December 31, 1999. The top finishers from each of the eight age groups at the local competition will advance to a Sectional competition. The winners at the Sectional competition will have their scores compared with other Sectional champions; the top five scorers from the pool of Sectional champions advance to the Minnesota Vikings Team Championship, to be held at a Minnesota Vikings game. Age group champions at this level will be declared NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick team champions. The top four finishers in the boys and girls division within each age bracket from the pool of 29 Team Champions will qualify for the national finals at an AFC playoff game in January. A number of current NFL players have competed in Punt, pass and Kick, including quarterback Jim Kelly, Minnesota's Randall Cunningham, Bernie Kosar and Dan Marino. The NFL Gatorade Punt, Pass and Kick competition is produced by NFL properties and sponsored by Gatorade. The Ortonville competition is hosted by the Ortonville Area Jaycees. Ninth graders open season with three wins in two weeks The Ortonville ninth grade volleyball team has opened their season with three wins in the past two weeks, as the team opened at Morris with a 15-9, 2-15, 15-11 win, also playing a fourth game in which Morris won 15-13. The Trojans then hosted Dawson- Boyd and Hancock the past week with a 15-2, 15-3 win and played a 10 minute timed game with Dawson ahead 11-8. In the Hancock match, the girls won 15-7, 15-10, with some long games. The team has been serving about 80 percent, and getting quite a few serving aces and holding their own serve receive errors down. The girls have shown their ability to set the ball up but still have some work to do on transition from offense OAK TREE GOLF CLASSIC TROPHY WINNERS, left to right, were Brian Stamp (closest to pin for men), Brenda Christensen (longest drive for women), Lori Larson (longest putt for women), and Joe Berning (closest to " for men). Not present for photo were Brad Welsh (longest driv;tf:r (longest putt for men), Sev Steen men), and Sue Rausch (closest to pin for women). to defense, seeming to play in slow motion compared to junior varsity and varsity games. The team continues to improve, learning to run the offense and getting back on defense. Making up the roster for this years team are: playing outside hitters Jenny Kaye, Megan Strei, Lucinda McMahon, Chelsey Athey, Sarah Swenson, Danielle Athey and Annie Hedge. Setters and outside hitters include Alexis Danielson, Lacy Ronglien, Emily Dragseth and Ashley Thielke. Middle hitters are Laura Brown, Amanda Arndt and Heidi Hanson. This week the girls take on C-G-B and will play C-A, both on the road. Cross country runners finish third in Milbank invitational The Ortonville Trojan cross country teams competed in the six- team Milbank Invitational Thursday evening, with the Milbank girls and boys teams victorious in the meet and both Ortonville teams finishing third. In the one mile IV girls race Lisa Spors finished in second place in 6:51. Kelli Sis finished fifth and Amanda Croatt twelfth of the 20 runners competing. The boys 4,000 meter JV race found Nick Kries! finishing 16th and David Rauseh in 18th place. i    i  ' ,," ?!!!ii'iiii .... /;, i  ii!i , ,,, ii, A DIVING EFFORT. Trojans Tiffany Finke and ly hidden) dive for the return as the team faced Tuesday. The team heads to Clinton tonight, Tuesday C-G-B at 6:15 p.m. The girls varsity team was again led by a second place finish from Bridget Athey. Janelle Volkenant ran a strong race to an eighth place finish. Hilary Libka finished llth, Alexis Barr 13th and Jennifer Croatt 15th. All of them cut a minute or better off their best previous times. The boys varsity was led by Terrance Heirigs in sixth place and Brandon Beachem's seventh place finish. Dan Rauscl Brian Hasslen 15th 16th to round out Heirigs wasn't a because of an it has Kelsey Henn: stress fracture out with a bad knee Next action for Saturday in Independent Ads Get (You're reading this one 0HS Sports Schedule For The Week GIRLS VOLLEYBALL I VARSITY FOOTBALL CROSS COUNTRY Sept 16 C-A (Alberta) 6:30 I I Sept. 17 Minneota (Ortonville) 7:00 9:30 SepL18 MorrisToumey(Mords) 10:00 I """r) SQUAD r'tJ,/ll/'tkklr*''r''' Sept.18 Milbank (El,bank) Sept. 20 Deuel Invitational (Clear Lake) 4:30 Sept. 20 Canby (Canby) 6:15 [ Sept. 20 MACCFIAY (Maynard) S:30 I SUPPORT TIlE TROJANS Page 6 00INDEPENDENT