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Ortonville boys basketball burn the barn; win one, lose one Ortonville Trojan boys basketball season began with a barn burner at LqPV high school on Dec. 3. "We knew they were big going into the game and that we would have our work cut out for us," said Coach Giese. Outmanned at every position, the Trojans were in the game at the end of the first quarter with a score of 24-20. "We hit some key shots and were really hustling. The second quarter found LqPV pounding tile ball inside and they took a 13 point half-time lead. "I told the guys to just hang in there and keep playing defense. We made some adjustment at half-time and went with some zone defense in second halt'. The defense caught them off guard and we shot the ball well. Dan Larson, Riley Sammon and Ben Zahrbock all had three pointers in the third and we outscored LqPV 14- 7. The fourth quarter we scored 17 to their 11 and tied the score at the buzzer. "We had two good looks with three seconds left in the game. to win, but fell short. qn overtime, LqPV came out strong and scored 20 to beat us. Sammon posted 21 points for the night. Ben Zahrbock posted 14, Weber 9, Dan Larson 7, Ryan Clots 4, Matt Grabow and Blayn Ronglien 3, Fransky 2, Cory Stattleman and Guse with one. "If we had made our free throws, we might have won. As it was, 12-22 from the stripe, didn't contribute as much as 1 would have liked" said Coach Giese. Thursday nights game at home against CGB (Clinton Graceville Beardsley) was a similiar type of game. "We used full court pressure defense to rattle the senior dominated team and had some big three pointer in the first period by Riley Sammon and Dan Larson." said Coach Giese. "We executed well on the transition and got some good looks at the bas- ket." Once iagain the score was tied at the end of regulation. In overtime, Tony Weber stepped up and had six points ahmg with Ben Zahrbock who made four clutch free throws. Derek Guse crashed the boards OHS BOYS BASKETBALL TEAM had to play tall against the LqPV team. Riley Sammon, center goes up for a shot against Appleton players with a height advantage. hard and also made two big free before." throws. Top scorers were; Weber 15, According to Coach Giese, "It was Sammon 12, Zahrbock 9, Clots 6, a gutsy performance, since we had Guse and Graybow 4, Larson 3 and just gone through this two nights Ronglien 2. BETTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE PARENTS Veteran and novice Ortonviile- do well at first meets have a lot of success," said Coach Eustice. Eric Croatt at 1 i 9 wrestled his way to a second place finish.In the semi- finals he wrestled very well on his way to a 12-2 major decision to make the finals. In the finals he again wres- tled a very good match. Eric went on to lose 9-3 to Tallen Wald of Montevideo, Drew Johnson was able" to plaee fourth at 125 lbs. Johnson wrestled well in his first match scoring some points before he lost by fall to runner- up Tony Klosterburg of Montevideo. Coach Eustice commented, "This is Drew's first year wrestling and he has to learn some things, but he has already contributed to our team win- ning at the dual meet and placing sec- ond in this tourrnament. If he sticks with the program he will be very good and has the potential to win many matches." David Webster, 130 lbs. was in a three man round robin bracket. Webster, 8th grade, looked good in both of his matches. Dustin Keufler placed fifth. "Kuefler looks very good doing a number of things very well, but at other times his inexperience cost him," according to Coach Eustice. Jon Karels was able to recover from a disappointing first round loss to take third. Coach Eustice said, "It was a great finish by Karels." In his first match, Dustin Roggenbuck lost to the best kid in his weight, but was able to keep his con- fidence and come back and win the remaining matches. Ortonville wrestlers started off the season with a win in their first dual meet last Tuesday, at Eagle Valley. In the first match, Ortonville came away with a 48-34 win over Browerville Eagle Valley, and in the second match the Trojans fell to WHN 63-12. In the Browerville Eagle Valley dual the Ortonville Mat Men came up with'eight wins. Picking up falls were Patrick Eustice at 103, Dylan McLain at 122, Cory Schmieg at 171, Eric Collins at 189, and Jason Kellen at 215. In the WHN match, Ortonville for- feited four matches and lost three very close matches. At 103, Patrick Eustice had a back and forth match with Brady Sykora. In the first period he took the lead with a takedown only to be reversed and put on his back to fall behind 4-2 at the end of the period. Eustice gained a 7-4 lead with a rever- sal and a near fall in the second peri- od. In the third period Patrick was caught in a headlock and fell behind 9-7. He scored one more point to make the final score 9-8 in favor of Sykora. At 145, Dustin Roggenbuck wres- tled well but came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision to Jeff Behrens. At 171, Eric Collins fell behind 4-2 in the first period, took the lead 5-4 in the second period, and then gave up two reversals to fall 8-5 to Matt Poole. Picking up wins m the match were Jason Kellen at 2t5, and Ben Rudnick at 152. On the night, Jason Kellen came away with two wins by fall to give him 75 career wins. This puts Jason fifth on the list of wins in school history. On Friday night, the Trojans trav- eled to a seven-team tournament in Melrose. The Trojan Mat Men wres- tled very well and came home with a second place finish. Teams scores were: Montevideo, 185.5; Ortonville, 158.5; Delano, 137; Sartell, 129.5; Upsula, 88; Melrose, 69; and Osakis, 31. The 158.5 points set a new school record for the most points scored in an individual tournament. "We were able to score points in every weight class that we had a wrestler. Our young kids wrestled very well and the tournament was evenly matched," said Coach Eustice. At 103, Patrick Eustice had a great tournament and came away with sec- ond place. In the semi-final he got a fall over Jesse Coffin of Sartell in 4:29 to reach the finals for the first time in his career. In the finals, Eustice lost by fall to junior, Trevor Seek of Delano. Irving Becerril, 7th grade and wrestling at 112 lbs, picked up sixth place points. Irving has never wres- tled before and showed a great deal of heart and desire in all of his matches. His most exciting match came in the fifth place match where he came very close to getting the fall. Irving came out on the short end of a 13-6 deci- sion, but... "for the third match of his career, he did well, and did not give up a pin. As soon as we are able to teach him a few more things, he will OHS TROJAN WRESTLER, Eric Collins at Eagle Bend on Dec. 3 in a match against a Wheaton Bullet Wrestler. School lunch Tuesday, Dec. 10 Breakfast: Cereal Choices OR Cinnamon Wheat Toast, Orange Juice, Mik Lunch:'Fsta Pizza, Salsa. Black Olives, Gard"en, Salad, Diced Pear Sauce, Ice Creafia .Bar, OPTIONAL CHOICE 4-12: Baked Potato/Meat/Cheese Wednesday, Dee. 11 Breakfast: Cereal Choices OR Blueberry Muffins, Orange Smiles, Milk Lunch: Turkey Gravy, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Corn. Pineapple-Orange Sauce. Dinner Rolls Thursday, Dee. 12 Breakfast: Cereal Choices OR Trix Yogurt, Cinnamon Wheat Toast, Mixed Fruit Sauce, Milk Lunch: 4-12 Bacon Cheeseburger, K-3 Cheeseburger, Pickles. French Fries, Juice Choices, OPTIONAL CHOICE 4-12: Baked- Potato/Meat/Cheese Friday, Dec. 13 Breakfast: Cereal Choices OR Cinnamon Roll, Apple Wedges, Milk Lunch: Italian Dunking Sauce, Garlic Breadsticks, Mixed Vegetables, Apple Sauce. Rice Krispy Bar, OPTIONAL CHOICE 4- 12: Baked Potato/MeaffCheese Monday, Dec. 16 Breakfast: Cereal Choices OR Raised Donut, Apple Sauce, Milk Lunch: Chili, Garlic Breadsticks, Fresh Veggies and Dip, Diced Peach Sauce, Fudgecicle, OPTIONAL CHOICE 4-12: Baked Potato/Meat/Cheese . Tuesday, Dee. 17 Breakfast: Cereal Choices OR Eng. Muffin, P. Butter/Jelly, Apple Sauce, Milk Lunch: Build-A-Burger, Pickles. Cheese, Lettuce, Sliced Tomatoes, Tator Tots, Juice Choices, OPTION- AL CHOICE 4-12: Baked Potato/Meat/Cheese PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE It all starts with NewsPapers, Ben Rudnick won two and lost two on his way to a fourth place finish. According to Coach Eustice, he did not make any mistakes and controlled things well in his second and third matches. Cory Schmeig had a great day on his way to winning the first champi- onship of his career. In the semi- finals, Cory took an !1-3 lead, then pinned Bobble Roering of Upsula in 3:38 to advance irtto the finals. In the finals Schmieg fell behind 4-1 in the first period before he came back to get the win by fall over Richie Ince of Delano in 1:54 to place first in his weight class in the tournament. Congratulations, Cory ! Eric Collins, despite an injury sus- tained in practice, wrestled well to reach the finals, where he lost to a tough Dusty Bakker of Monetvideo. Jason Kellen clinched the champi- onship. Kellen is undefeated and all wins have come as a reult of pins. Coach Eustice said, "I was very proud of the effort the team put forth, It was nice to be in a tournament where the teams were evenly matched. Our young kids really did a great job." The Mat Men will see action again on Thurs. Dec. 12, 6:00 p.m. at home against CA-CGB. Sat., Dec. 14 the Trojan Mat Men will travel to Eagle Valley for an eight-team tournament beginning at 9:30 a.m. WHY RENT? O Now you can buy a home of your own with No Down Payment. Three great loan programs to choose from, FREE qualification and speedy, automated approvals. Call today, you may be able to buy a lot more home than you expected Midstate Mortgage Page 8 00INDEPENDENT OHS GIRLS BASKETBALL TEAM gain experience in a toutzn two games away and one at home. Emily Sammon, (c erJ iml defense skills against the Morris Tigers on Saturday. Lady Trojans gai experience Ortonville Lady Trojans were hop- ing to pick up their first basketball vicotry this week with games against Canby, Hancock, and Morris, but again they came up on the short end at the final buzzer. Monday night's game was against the Canby Lancers. Defensively, the Trojan Lady's stepped it up, but still needed to get something going on the offensive end. The game was close the entire way with a final score of 42-48. Leading scorer and rebounder for the Trojans was junior Jenna Longhenry pulling down nine rebounds and scor- ing 14 points. Amy Smith contributed 6 points, Lisa Spors and Sarah LaVoi with 5 apiece, and Lindsey Swenson, Amy Speth. Kelli Sis, and Kendra Loeschke all putting in three points. The Hancock Owls were the next opponent for the Lady Trojans on Friday night in Hancock. The full- court press and up-tempo game caused havoc for the Trojans from the start. At half-time the score was 10- 44, but the second half found the Lady Trojans picking it up defensively and getting some good looks at the basket. Senior Sarah LaVoi led the offensive attack with 15 points followed by Lisa Spors with 8, Amy Smith with 5, Caitlin Spors and Emily Sammon with 4, and Lindsey Swenson and Jenna Longhenry with 2 apiece. "'It was a good feeling coming out strong in the second half despite the large margin at half-time. The girls didn't give up and good things started to happen out on the court," said Coach Hoernemann. The final score was 40-79. On Saturday the Morris Area Tigers came to town ready to play. The Trojans once again start due to trouble court press and settling intol fense. At half-time the score 32, but the third quarter Lady Trojans outscoring leaving the score at 32-42 break. In the fourth Trojans pulled within six get any closer despite physical play. "Foul trouble and poor shooting really hurt us in commented the Coach. LaVoi and Jenna Lon out in the fourth quarter were making a run at the Trojans ended up shooting 12 of 32 from the Coach Hoernemann statistic alone shows that have beaten the Tigers shooting from the line." Leading scorer and Longhenry with an im rebounds and I0 points. had 8 points and 10 LaVoi contributed 7 points, 6, Stephanie Schuelke Wiegman with 3 each, Sammon and Lisa Spors and Lindsey Swenson with "Despite the three week, I am optimistic of this week. Our offense and continues to improve, Stephanie and Stacy back out all week with injuries, ous players are contributing floor each game. Now we experience the feeling that with a victory," said The Lady Trojans play 14 at Minneota at 3:30. .... i 2000 Chew Tahoe LS - $26,500 Loaded, Leather, Sunroof, Cassette & CD, 40,000 Miles 1997 Chew Silverado K2500 4x4 - $13, 3/4 Ton Ext Cab, Power Windows & Locks, AM/FM Cassette, 56, PRO flu Kevin Backstmnd MN DLR 22109 Tuesday, Dec. 10,