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TOMMY INFORZATO RUSHES THE BALL as the Trojans faced the Fulda Lakers Friday, Sept. 11. The Trojans picked up their first win of the season last week, and will face Dawson-Boyd Friday for OHS Homecoming. Good results for cross country team at Clear Lake The Ortonville Trojan cross country team ran in Clear Lake, SD on Monday in the first cool running weather of the season. The top showing was by the JV boys team with a second place team finish competing against five other teams. . The runners were led by a third place finish by Luke Backstrand. Nick Kriesel finished thirteenth, Dustin Kindelberger fourteenth, and John Thomas seventeenth in a field of 52 runners. These four runners ran a tough 3,000 meter course and all earned medals. Jennifer Croatt earned a medal for a nineteenth place finish in the girls IV race. In the girls varsity race, Bridget Athey led the Trojan team with a fifth place finish as the team finished in fourth place in a six team field. Other runners earning places were Kelsey Henningson in twenty-fourth, Jennifer Berning in thirtieth, Alexis Barr in thirty-fifth, and Jenni Bowen in forty- ninth. There were 51 runners competing. The Trojan boys varsity team was the defending champion of this meet. On this day Sisseton proved to be the better team as the Trojans finished in fourth place in an eight team field. Dan Rausch took seventh and Terance Heirigs took ninth as the two top Trojan runners. David Heirigs got a medal for a twentieth place finish. Brian Hasslen finished thirty-fourth in a 42-runner field. The Trojans next action will be this Thursday,..Oct. 1 against YME- Sisseton in Granite Falls. Mensscramble, Trojans notch first win of meet this Thurs. season in impressive styl Ortonviile Men's Golf Club will have a three man scramble, minimum 55 handicap, this Thursday, Oct. I st. You are asked to register at the clubhouse. A Men's Golf club meeting will follow at about 8 p.m. at the Clubhouse. Hunters safety course to begin A Hunter's Safety Course will be held Sept. 29 thru Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Big Stone City School. George Lieb will be the instructor. Students must be 11 years of age to take the course. School lunch Tuesday, Sept. 29 Breakfast: Apple Wedges, Long Johns, 1/2 Pint Milk Lunch: Italian Spaghetti, Tossed Salad, Choice of Dressing, Frosted Cinnamon Roll, Juice Cup, 1/2 Pint Milk Wednesday, Sept. 30 Breakfast: Pineapple Juice, Ready-to-Eat Cereal, Buttered toast, 1/2 Pint Milk Lunch: Chili, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, Crackers, Vegetable Sticks/Dip, Pear Sauce, 1/2 Pint Milk Behind a defense that pitched a "shutout and an offense that came up with big plays, the Ortonville Trojans defeate'ussell - Tyler - Ruthton 34 - 6 last Frid'ay,n Tyler. The Trojan's-fell behind early in the first quarter, when a Trojan pass was tipped and intercepted by the Knights' Brent Serreyn giving them a 6 - 0 lead. The Trojans came right back on a 61 yard touchdown run by senior run- ning back Tommy Inforzato. Dan Ross added the point after, giving the Trojans a 7-6 lead. In the second quarter senior quar- terback Grant Botker scored on a four yard run and added a two point con- version to increase the Trojan lead to 15 -6. The Trojan defense came away with a shutout on their side of the ball, stopping the Knights in several critical situations. Late in the second quarter, the Trojan defense was faced with a fourth down and inches to go, and stuffed the Knights with great inside play by Jon Marthaler and Ryan Longhenry. This was typical of the defense all night, coming up with big defensive efforts at the right time. In the third quarter, the Trojans came out of the chute scoring in four plays on a drive that was highlighted by a 27 yard Botker to Mike Lovgren pass which set up another Botker score, which now increased the Trojan lead to 21 - 6. On the next OHS drive, Botker found Ryan Longhenry, hitting him on a 16 yard TD pass, that would end the third quarter extending the Trojan lead to 28 - 6. The Trojans put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Tommy Inforzato scored on a one yard run giving the Trojans their final tally at 34 - 6. On the night the Trojan offense amassed 479 yards, gaining 344 on the ground and 135 through the air. Inforzato led the Trojans with 244 yards on 24 carries. Mickey Rademacher had 34 yards on seven carries. But, more importantly was his punishing blocking of Knight defend- ers. Botker also chipped in with 24 yards. Botker was 10 for 19 in the passing department, spreading the ball around to five different receivers, led by Josh Lee with four yards. Longhenry and two apiece. The Trojan offensive again provided the ball moving. Led by Henderson and Jeff Juniors Marry BroWn, Marthaler, Jon Marthaler, end Ryan Longhenry, blocking on the Ross and Josh Lee, able to average nearly rushing attempt and over pass completion. As mentioned, the ( play coming up with eral big plays. Trojans with 15 tackles. lowed by Mike along with Mickey Ryan Schmeichei Rich Raffety and Ben a fumble recovery, and DI an interception. This Friday, the Homecoming 1998 as Dawson-Boyd. Kickoff is pm. Junior varsity netters split two against Canby, Exciting volleyball! That's what the crowd was saying after the match against Canby. Ortonville took an early 2-0.1ead which did not last long as Canby came roaring back to take a 7-3 lead after one full rotation. After numerous side outs and many long rallies, the girls regained the lead at 14-13 after three rotations. However, the Lancers scored three straight points to win the first game 16-14. During the second game the Trojans came out fired up and took a 10-8 lead after the first rotation. Three servers later the team fired off four straight points to win game two by a score of 15-10. The third game was a close match with the Trojans leading 9-7 after the first rotation. The score remained close until the Trojans rallied and took the third game 15-12. "This was a typical match for us," stated Coach Strege, "we just can't seem to get on track during the first game. Our second and third games we seem to come alive and play our best. We played some of our best defense all seasonagamst Canby." Alieia Danielson fed tb team in blocking with six, followed by Hillary Wiese and Gayle Gregory. Leading the team in digging was Danielle Beyer and Alicia Danielson with four each, followed by Candice Ninneman and Jill Randall. The team's serving was a big factor in winning this match as they had 74 of 81 serves, with 12 aces. Kassi Karels was tops on the team with 12 points, followed by Hillary Wiese with 11 and Danielle Beyer with 10. The Trojans' overall floor play was much improved with good movement from everyone. Their passing and serve receive got a boost from Stacy Amundson and Cassie Torgerson's accurate passes to their setters Sara Graham and Meghan Riley who combined for more than 70 sets. Next up was a trip to Wheaton to play the Warriors. Things didn't start out well, and the team lost the first game 15-3. Nothing seemed to work in the first game. Things got a little better in the second game, with the passing and serve receive being the only bright spots, but the team lost 15-7. Playing a third game, the girls pulled it all together and brought home a win 15-3. Once again the team had a good night, getting 13 blocks on the night. "We have some in practice before against D night," Strege can get it for homecoming week." Big Stone Bob's i ! i Cellular TV Ortonville, MN Milbank, SD 320-839-3264 605-432-6491 888-839-3265 o,.,c.v.   dk IIK p  ll(h   dP OHS volleyball team drops two games last week The Trojans have seemly hit a snag as they dropped two games this week- first against non-conference Canby and last Thursday night against conference opponent Wheaton. "Monday night versus Canby we just couldn't put it together long enough to pull out a win," stated Coach Shawnda Johnson. "We had a terrific second game, running our offense and passing well, but that was about as far as it went. We did not play good defense and let a lot of balls drop without an effort, which kind of set the tone for the rest of the night." The Trojans lost 13-15, 15-6, 2-15, 11-15. On Thursday, the team traveled to Wheaton to play a conference match. "It was just the opposite up in Wheaton from Monday night," Johnson said. "Defensively, we did evething we could do but our serve recewe passing couldn't get us the side outs we needed to score points. Thus, we have very lopsided games." The final score was 6-15, 2-15, 13-15. By halfway through the third game the Trojans began to come around, but it was a little too late. Johnson stated consistent passing both on serve receive and defense is what keeps the team in the match, and without it they are going to struggle. "The best thing for us to do right now is to take some wisdom out of each loss and that's it - not go into it any further," she said. "Volleyball is a game of trial and error - a lot of times we are going to make mistakes, but if we stop making the effort to try we will sink like the Titanic." This week marks the second half of the season for the Trojans. An opportunity to get back on track will be tonight, Tuesday Sept. 29 With Dawson-Boyd in Dawson. Letters Policy Letters to tb editor discussing community issues are encouraged. Letter writers should be aware that The Independent resexves the fight to edit and-or condense letters for print. The paper also the fight not to publish letters that are unsuitable or for which it might be held legally liable. Leuers should contain the writeCs printed or typed name, signature, address and telephone numbe. Ad&esses and telephone numbers will not be published. Letter writers are asked to limit themselves to one lette per mon. Please keep letter brief, lxeferably not ovm" 350 words and to the IXt. GOING Laura Lantis, Thorn Finke OHS Sports Schedule For e Week VARSITY FOOTBALL [ CROSS COUNTRY GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Dawson-8oyd (Ortonvill.) 7:00 l I Oct. 5 C-T-i= (Ortonville) 6:00 [ Y.M.E.-Sisseton (Granite Falls) S:00 00:oo l "B" SQUAD FOOTBALL i I I Oct. 5 Dawson-Boyd (Dawson) 4:30 [ I SUPPORT THE TROJANS / Page 6 .. INDEPENDENT