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Boys basketball team suffers two close losses last week The Trojan boys basketball team suffered two tough losses last week, on Monday against Canby and Friday at Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley. Coach Roger Sandberg said about the Canby game, "Our guys hustled the entire game and we played excellent defense, but were unable to find a rhythm and consistency on the offensive end of the court." The Trojans were 15 of 47 from the field and nine of 18 from the line. "We had our chances, and eventually the shots will start to fall," Sandberg said. Canby went on to win the game 42-45. Leaders in Monday's game included Ryan Longhenry with 13 points and Dan Ross with 12. On Friday in Graceville, the boys dug themselves one huge hole in the first quarter, getting behind 17-2. Sandberg said, "Again we showed the qualities that this team is made of by chipping away on the lead and shutting the Wolverine attack down almost completely to stand still. The guys held the Wolverines to 13 points from the end of the first quarter to the halfway point in the fourth quarter." The Trojans' offensive attack struggled, going ll of 36 from the field, but the team's free throw shooting showed what they can do as the team knocked down 15 in 19 attempts. In another close game, the end result was a win for CGB, with a final score of 39-42. This was the Trojans' first conference loss of the year, and Sandberg said the team is looking forward to the return match with CGB later this season. Mickey Rademacher and Ryan Longhenry led the scoring with 11 each. The Ortonville team's record stands to date at 2-2 with two three point losses. The team's defense and rebounding have been rock solid, but Sandberg says the team needs one good offensive night to get their shooting confidence back. This week the team hosts Montevideo on Thursday "Monte is a team not to be taken lightly, even though they are winless," Sandberg I JUNIO R DAN ROSS looks to pass as the Trojan boys hosted Canby ast Monday. Ross scored 12 points on the night, and went four for six from the free throw line. The Trojans wnl host Montevideo this Thursday at 6:15 p.m. stated. "They were impressive in press, and jump the dribbler any losing to section favorite Morris by place on the court; this will be a wide only five points last week. They will open game." Trojan girls come away with two big victories last week Margo Reiffenberger scored five of her l0 points in the overtime. She contributed four assists altig with her scoring. Finke had three assists and five steals. Ruth had four steals, and Amanda Hillman pulled down nine rebounds. Last year the Trojans lost to Canby in an overtime game so the Lancers have proved to be a tough opponent. The ninth grade and B-squad teams also brought home victories Monday, with scores of 34-19 and 26-16 respectively. Next, the Trojan girls traveled-to Hancock Thursday night and came away with their second conference victory. The lady Trojans haven't had much success against the Owls, so this was a good victory for them. Hancock had the better of the first half by leading at both quarter stops 10-6 and 32-24. The third quarter proved to be the difference as the lady Trojans came out and totally The Ortonville Trojan girls Iasketbal teaa came away with two. big wn l"'eek;rav'eli ng f61 (Tanonday flighi altd Hancock ell Thursday. The first.win came against Canby as the Trojan girls escaped with a 71- 60 overtime victory over the Lancers. The Trojans jumped out early and led at the first two quarter stops 14-8 and 28-19. The going was very tough in the second half, though, as the Lady Trojans were outscored 36- 27. It took a huge three pointer by Heidi Wittnebel to force the OT. In the overtime it was all Ortonville as the Trojans outscored Canby 16-5. "In- -, 10 rebounds. the four minute extra session the lady more in ght iflOle quarters. Ruth Goergen and Laura Lantis came in and had huge contributions during the fourth quarter and the overtime. Laura had six rebounds and ten points on five for seven from the floor. Ruth had eight points and a couple of free throws. The team was led by Tiffany Finke with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Tiffany went three for four on free throws in the extra session. Heidi Wittnebel had 12 points and WARNING Aeration Systems Starting on or after Dec. 28, 1998. Will cause thin ice conditions. Artichoke Lake / Long Tom Lake / Lake Hattie SAVE-A-LAKE AERATION OHS GYMNAST OF THE WEEK is sophomore Hillary Wiese. She placed second on floor, third on all around and fifth on beam at the Milbank Quadrangular last Thursday. 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Cllnten State Bank 20 4 H & H Car Care 9 19 Memltain Dew 13 !1 HTS: Henrich & Son's 2724; dominated by outscoring the Owls 24-6 to lead at the end of three 48-38 Ortonville was able to hold a six to 10 point lead throughout the fourth quarter to get the victory 66-57. The defense proved to be the catalyst in the third quarter. The intensity resulted in several quick buckets at the start of the quarter. Finke led the team with 22 points, 11 rebounds a"lxseven steals. Wittnebel grabbed 10 retunds tO go with her 15 points, and Rademacher scored 12 points. The inside play of Hillman with six points and six boards, and Lantis with five boards, six points and four assists was a huge factor in the game's action. Margo Reiffenberger led the defensive with six steals and four assists as well as chipping in with five points. Because of the defensive pressure the Trojans were able to get some inside points to help the second half shooting percentage. The half ended with the lady Trojans shooting 45 percent. Ortonville's B-squad fell to the Owls in a 44-31 loss, though the ninth graders pulled off a nail-biter victory with a 19-18 score Thursday night. Next action has the Trojans at home against Montevideo tonight, Tuesday Dec. 15 at 6:15 p.m. Junior varsity Mat Men do well in tourn. Saturday The Trojan IV Mat Men turned in a fine performance on Saturday Dec. 12 at the Herman JV Wrestling Tournament. The Trojans brought home four first place, six second place, one third, and one fourth place finish. Taking top honors were Adam Rademacher, Josh Kellen, Jason Kellen and Cory Schmieg. Runners up were Collin Franzky, Gabe Larson, Eric Collins, Stuart Stone, Ben Rudnick and Jesse Folk. Ion Karels placed third, and Keith Haggerty placed fourth. Coach Karels said everyone wrestled very well and looked good. It was one of the few times that the team was able to get their kids on the mat against people that match up closer to them in age and experience. "It was nice to see all of our kids have some success; keep up the good work men," Karels said. "Our gr, and LAURA LANTIS waits for-the pass as the Trojan girls hosted last Thursday. Lantis had five boards, six points and four game to help the Trojans to a 66-57 win. Freshman boys off to good start this seaso00 The freshman boys basketball team is off to a good start with wins over Benson, Canby and CGB Credit this team with depth, as Ross Wiegman, Nate Thompson and Tanner Radermacher, all freshman, play mostly B-squad. On Dec. 1 the boys opened their season by playing at home against 13 and seven respectively. Reick added six rebounds trey. The Trojans traveled to on Dec 11 to play a CGB team. Ortonville catOC with a 42-29 victory. Pete led the scoring with including three treys. cannot survive unless our ..... :iii::ii 2 ........... !?enson and came out with a 67-4 iiii..il ::ii ,,; ,,.four mgn in double figures, led by : : : : : : : : rw t -:. . . . . v. a ][ a - - -. 2- :ai  !! v& f : : : : Joe Fuller with 14 and Pete Ross, ..... I Tanner Radermacher and Matt :!i ii!i :::i ........ ' I Pfingsten each with l l. Fuller also yot/r/xlrt, | led the defense with six rebounds. I | Dec. 7 brought the Canby Lancers --- | to Ortonville and the locals got their I:ll=.qPt31l_qll:l/l=l / second win 32-17. Pete Ross was the , ,. v -- v, 1.,, == -.- .-,  team leader in points and boards with Fullr oh had seven dumped in five and respectively Jesse ClooS another five. Also seeing time in each of the games Henrich, Jake Westermeyer and Andy The schedule will be week as the team traveled to yesterday, Monday Dec. 14 host Monte on Friday. Trojan mat men wrestle fo duals in two days last The Ortonville Trojan wrestling wrestle very well in this match and Schmieg made Luren Mo i d team finished a tough week of won five ofthethirteenmatches, every point in a 9-2 lSi heavyweight, Keith Haggerty " a nice job for the Trojans. all In the last match of ths| Ortonville took on peren,,'i entrant Wheaten The Mat ?"1 '1  69-6 to the Warriors. EusU.  'In this match we did not w'.X, that bad. It was just that W really had much more ext0 then we did and the were able 1 competition. The Mat Men wrestled four dual meets in two days. On Thursday Ortonville wrestled at Breekenridge. On Friday they took on Lac qui Parle Valley, Wheaten, and KMS. "We were not able to get a team win, but were involved in many exciting individual matches. In each of the matches the Mat Men looked very good. In many matches we just made too many mistakes and were not able to overcome that," stated Coach Joe Eustice. Highlights of the Breckenridge match were: At 140 pounds - Jason Kellen turned in a good night's work. Kellen picked up the only win of the night with a fall over Roy Nies in 1:20 of the first period. At 130 pounds Stuart Stone wrestled well in his loss. Josh Sykora was wrestling very well at 171 pounds, but made the mistake of putting his head down and ended up getting pinned. Blake Schmieg turned in a good match at 189 pounds. Schmieg lost a close decision to Ty McKelson 9-5. On Friday the Trojans traveled to Lac qui Parle Valley to take on Lac qui Parle, KMS and Wheaten. In the first match the Mat Men came up short against Lac qui Parle Valley 48- 27 The score may have been different had Ortonville not had to give up three forfeits that were not planned on. "When you give up 18 free points it gets real hard to come back from it," Eustice said. The Trojans did things that we just could not'a,t'4 Even p the loss we did haw ,11 bright spots. Joe Karels at ! 12 picked up his second win of,_ ;, | tl:, l with a fall over Marco srnit ::al of the first period. At 189 l'-wd[ Blake Schmieg turned in s|ll performance in his loss t0.j Jacobs. Everyone else really  hard and gave I00 percent wll'] were on the mat." "I was very proud of the team put forth this weal Eustice. "I used to think worst thing that could hap wrestler was for him to get but this week I learned that worst thing that can a wrestler is that you quit. this past week none of men quit. I can not say the way they have all last year. If the young out stick with the turn around for each never quit." The next action for the will be at home on Tue Wheaten, and at Eagle Thursday. Picking up wins for the Mat Men were: Joe Karels, who worked very hard to get a 6-2 decision at 112 pounds. Jason Kellen wrestled an exciting match at 140 pounds. Kellen went back and forth with Lucas Bjonson before getting the fall in 3:14. James Thompson wrestled a mistake-free match and picked up a fall in 3:34 over Justin Heinrich at 160 pounds. Josh Sykora at 171 pounds, and Blake Schmieg picked up the final two wins for the Mat Men. "Everyone did a great job in the match," Eustice said. "It would have been nice to have a full team to see if the outcome may liave been different." Ortonville wrestled KMS in the second matchand fell 64-6. The score does not show how well the Trojans wrestled. They did have to forfeit three weights again, and most of the other matches went into the second and third periods before they ended up losing. Key matches for the Trojans were: 145 pound Jason Kellen won by fall over Tyson Tafle in 4:34 to put the Mat Men on the board At 152 pounds Chris Lee turned in a great effort. Lee fell behind, in the first period, but kept fighting back and came very close to getting the fall in the second and third periods before losing 19-10. James Thompson also wrestled well in his 11-2 loss to Peter Benson at 160 pounds. At 189 pounds Blake 1998 99 BOYS BASKETBALL GYMNASTICS 33d O DDo.ent .o.,ton00 1998 99 GIRLS BASKETBALL Dec. 17 Marshall (Marshall) 6 25 Dec. 15 Montevideo (Ortonvllle) 6:15- Dec. 17 Montevideo(Ortonville) 6:15 WRESTLING ,:,s oo Dec. 15 Wheaton (Ortonville) Dec. 17 Eagle Valley (Eagle Valley) "rBA wn Page 6 00INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec. 15,