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IIL00' = OHS Trojans let o == ne sgp through in 40-29 loss Call it too much too soon. That's what haFpened to the OHS football team Friday, when they scored on their first two possessions, only to fall at th"-ends of Red Rock Central 40- 29. Troika The . scored on their open- Mickey Rademacher scoring on a one yard plunge. A Dan Ross extra point helped put the Trojans back on top 21- 14. The third Falcon TD came on a one yard run by Pack. The Falcon extra point again knotted the score at 21 apiece. the collapse of the mance. "I take total the loss," he said. "It's my we were prepared. But, I kept the players up, so have finished them blow a lead like that, the FISHING HAS CERTAINLY PICKED UP IN THE ORTONVILLE AREA, as shown by these lucky anglers. At left, Gary Rauscher of Big Stone City, SD dBplays his massive 18 pound 2 ounce northern which measured 44 inches in length. Gary reeled in the fish on a spinner Friday. In middle, Ron Wester of Ortonville netted this 14 pound 2 ounce catfish Saturday. At right, a 9 pound 3 ounce walleye was reeled in by Bryan Kuefler of Big Stone City on a Rapala. The walleye measured more than 28 inches in length. (Photos by Bud's Bait) Volleyball team picks up one win but drops two last week The Trojan volleyball team played three matches last week, picking up a win against Campbell-Tintah- Fairmount and dropping two to Kcrkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. In the first match, Ortonville took on conference opponent CTF at home. The Trojans took control of the match and never looked back as they defeated CTF 3-0 to remain in a _three-way tie for second place in the conference. "The key for us is solid defense and consistent serve receive with the former taking precedence," stated Coach Shawnda Johnson. "We don't necessarily have to serve receive well, but we do have to make the effort on defense. If we are receiving the ball well, then we have a greater chance of setting up our offense and getting the sideouts. It creates opportunities - the rest we have to earn by making the effort on defense and for that everyone has to get into it." On Tuesday, the Trojans took on KMS, a hard hitting team that would test the Ortonville team's defense. "Here is a situation where we received the ball very well," stated Johnson. "Our percentage to our target (which is the setter) was 68 percent. However, we were not making the effort on defense." The team had six digs total, and committed 14 defensive errors. "What we have proved throughout the season is that if we can get a touch on the ball at least 30 times with us at least breaking even in digs and errors, we are in the ball game," she said. "In fact, in almost every case we have done that we have won. Every time we didn't, we've lost, and often times it's three to zero, too." The netters lost the match to KMS 0- 3. Such was the case Thursday night against CGB. The team had 10 digs versus 17 "errors. Add I1 serving errors plus seven net violations which take points away from the Trojans and it gets very tough to win. Johnson stated, "The serving and violations are very uncommon for us. We are not going to get too overly excited about those, it's just one of those things that happen. Taking center stage, though, is playing better defense. We need to get more touches on the ball, period. Right now, we feel we are playing very well offensively, but everyone needs to get into playing defense." What was great to see is that at Friday's practice the Trojans weren't hanging their heads after the loss. Instead, the players were fired up and ready to work on improving their defense. Johnson stated the team feels good about where they are at, and so does she. She said the defense is something they can control and improve when they set their minds to it. The Trojans have three matches left, plus a tournament to prove to themselves they are ready for sub- section action, which begins a week from Saturday. Trolan runners test skills at Montevideo meet Thurs. sixtieth in 19:40, and John Thomas Nicole Kuzina, the number six rated runner in the state, won the race. Bridget continues to lower her times and the Montevideo course is the toughest the Trojans have run on. The boys ran a competitive 5,000 meters. Terance Heirigs finished sixteenth in 17:31. Dan Rausch was thirty-second in 18:03, David Heirigs forty-first in 18:28, Brian Hasslen The Trojans ran in Montevideo on Thursday in a 15-team meet. It was a good test for the runners as it will be much the same kind of competition in the sub-section Oct. 20. The competition on this particular day was extremely tough. Bridget Athey ran her best time of the year in the 4,000 meters - 16:20, and finished in eighteenth place. DAN RAUSCH SETS THE PACE as the Trojan boys cross country team took second place at the seven team Britton, SD Invitational Saturday. Rausch, sophomore at OHS, led the boys with a third place finish in the race. sixty-fifth in 20:31. This, too, was the toughest course for the 5,000 meters. Jennifer Berning, Alexis Barr, Jennifer Croatt and Jenni Bowen ran in the junior varsity girls' 3,200. Next on the Trojans' schedule will be the sub-sections in New London on Oct. 20. Freshman team ends good season The Ortonville freshman football team ended its season" with a 50-28 loss to Milbank, SD. ...... Doi the scoring for the Trojans  ere'Jler with two touchdown passes and a two point conversion. Andy Ross scored on a nice touch- down pass from brother Peter and Derek Rieck scored on a long semen pass. The freshmen ended the season with a good 2-1 record. They were very consistent with the exception being the first three quarters of the Milbank game. According to Coach Danielson, "The freshmen showed good explo- siveness on offense ad were very physically defensive throughout the season." JV football team evens record Ortonville's junior varsity football team evened out its record at 2-2 on the season with a 24-2 win over Dawson-Boyd. The Ortonville team scored their points on two touchdown passes from Pete Ross to Jordan Botker and on two runs by Pete Ross and Derek Rieck. Dawson's late points came on a safety that shouldn't have happened. The offensive play caller Tim Swenson stated, "I made a mistake on where the ball was placed and made a bad call coming out from our end zone, or else the kids would have got the shutout they deserved." "The team played great defensively and the Trojan offensive line played a whale of a game. Hopefully, it'll con- tinue in our upcoming games," he said. 00zoN00. ..' T@GETHER inn play on a 77 yard TD run by Tommy Inforzato, taking a 6 - 0 lead. On the next series, Grant Botker intercepted a pass that led to another Inforzato TD and two point conver- sion that gave the Trojans a 14 - 0 lead in the first quarter. The Falcons came back with two TDs of their own. The first one on a 30 pass from Casey Pack to Josh Gode, which was set up by a Red Rock inter- ception. The second on a one yard run by Craig Swan, which knotted the game up at 14 - 14. The remainder of the first half saw both the Trojans and Falcons trade touchdowns. First, with Ortonville's The second half was controlled by the Falcons. Though Red Rock scored only once in the third quarter, they were winning the battle up front, where the Trojans had been so domi- nating the past two weeks. This would not be the case tonight, as Falcon running backs Chase Hillesheim along with Craig Swan added the finishing touches. The Trojans would score once more late in the fourth quarter, with Botker hitting Mike Lovgren on a 48 yard TD pass. The two point conversion would make the final score 40-29. Following the game, Trojan Coach Kyle Inforzato accepted the blame for accept the responsibility." On the ni yards, with 179 yards 218 on the ground. 21 passing, hitting seven passes for 68 had two for 75 and Ross 36 yards. Inforzato was leading ball carrier with On the defensive side led the Trojans with 17 was followed by with 11. The Trojans will try t track when they travel Wednesday for a 7 p.m. Trojan cross country. competes in Britton tn The Trojan runners traveled to Britton, SD on Saturday to compete in the seven team invitational. The boys were the defending champions, but this day Sisseton, SD proved to be the better team as Ortonville boys finished second even though every single runner bettered their time from a year ago. Sisseton scored 31 points to Ortonville's 43. Redfield was third with 47 points. Dan Rausch and Terance Heirigs led the boys with a third and fourth place finish. David Heirigs finished fourteenth, Brian Hasslen twenty- second and John Thomas thirtieth. The girls team finished in sixth place with 71 points. led by Bridget Athe3 place finish. Jennifer thirty-second third as the team score places. meet as they have nearly in which they have top seven runners also undefeated basketball Nick Kriesel, just knee injury, ran the race in 12:23 for fourth This meet ended the for the runners. The be in the sub-section in next Tuesday, Oct. 20. BRIDGET ATHEY ran her best time of the year in the irls 4,000 meter race at Montevideo Thursday, and led the Trojan girls cross country team to a sixth place overall finish in Saturday's - Britton, SD Invitational. Athey, ..a . sophomore at OHS, also took sixth in her race at Britton. Winners in men's golf tourney Oct. 8 A two-man, one ball alternate shot golf tournament was held last Thursday, Oct. 8 at the Ortonville Golf Course, with ten teams participating. Winners include Dan Peterson and Tom Grunseth in first with a 64, second place winners Duane and Randy Stock with 65, and in third place with 66, Terry Gere and Glenn Nelson. Morrill. Roll call was pledges were said. members and three present. Old and new discussed, but the was the election of Newly elected are: Morrill; Vice parliamentarian Secretary Sarah Treasurer- Jenna Meghan Smart; Morrill; Song/At Kayla Morrill and Federation youth Jake Heck. The m, adjourned at 8:30 with by the Smart familY. 4-H news ........ , of the .............  ,..,. -, : ,,was.set for November 2, p.m. BEARDSLEY GO-GETTERS Meghan Smart, Reporter The October meeting of the Markets Beardsley Go-Getters 4-H Club was held on Oct. 6 at 7:30 in the Beardsley auditorium. There was an activity led by outgoing song and activity leader Meghan Smart before the election of new officers began. The meeting was officially called to order at 7:50 by vice president Kari No. I Wheat Soybeans.. Corn ....................... Oct. 13, NO. 1 Wheat Soybeans Corn Ninth grade volleyball finishes another busy practiced in it at all. They played very consistent, and communicated better on the court with much better passing to put into a spike. The team won three of the four games 15-7, 8- 15, 15-9 and 15-5. On Thursday, the team went to t21inton for a rematch with Clinton- Graceviile-Beardsley and came up on the short end 8-15, 15-4, 8-15. The Trojans had some good things, particularly in the second game, but overall CGB outplayed them in keeping unforced errors to a minimum, as the Ortonville team had a few too many. Saturday, the team played well at the LqP three team round robin tournament with three out of five games to win the match. They took the full five game s in both matches to win. The tough part is that the team played them back to back, and the Trojans were a little sore after 10 games. In the first match, the Ortonville team defeated LqP. The scores for the game were 15-3, 5-15, 15-7, 12-15, 15-9. Every win. Amy Ashley Zahrbock, Samantha Strege, Mindee Lovgren are the members In the second m faced CGB again. the match they won the and they held on were some lapses didn't give up and overall floor play Since the Trojans CGB on Thursday beaten the year, it was like the the series. The scores 15, 15-13, 8-15, 15-9. Both teams were long volleys- girls passed well good percentages than 80 percent. The team parents for their It has been a busy week for the Trojan ninth grade volleyball team, with three regular matches and a tournament. The team ended up on a high note with the Lac qui Parle Valley Tournament Championship. The week started at home Monday with a match against a good Campbell-Tintah-Fairmount team. The girls started slow and just did not play consistent, particularly on serves. It was the team's first regular season loss and the team was disappointed. The scores for the match were close at 12-15 and 12-15. CTF also played some sophomores, but it was the Trojans' own errors that made the difference. The team passed the ball fairly well and also set-spiked, but they had trouble on transition and little things mentally in a close match made the difference. The team bounced back Tuesday, also at home against Kerkhoven- Murdock-Sunberg. The Trojans played for the first time in the auditorium and it was like a neutral court because the team had not OHS Sports Schedule For The Week " GIRLS VOLLEYBALL ] VARSITY FOOTBALL CROSS COUNTRY ] Oct. 14 Minneota iMinneota) 7:00 Oct. 13 Chokio-Alberta (Alberta) 6:30 Ii Oct. 20 Murray Co. Central (Ortonville) 7:00 Oct. 20 Sub-Section (New London) 4:00 Oo I: UenrndKeTrnT:rn'(FergusFalls)130 I "B" SQUAD FOOTBALL oct. 19 Minneota (Ortonville) 5:30 SUPPORT THE TROJANS TuesdaY, Oct. 1 Page 6  INDEPENDENT