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'- Sports mm The Tyler Tribute, Thursday, September 12, 2002 - Page ! 1 Knights Fall To TMB In Three Games Monday The RTR Knights, fresh off some good volleyball playing in the Luverne Tournament, fell to the Tracy-Milroy-Balaton Panthers on Monday in Tyler. TMB won it in three games by scores of 15-9, 15-8, 15-11. "We didn't execute the way we needed to," Coach Nell Witte said. "We were tentative and didn't play very aggressively until the end of the last game." The Knights had played well in Luverne in a weekend tourney, but couldn't get that back on Monday night. The Knights led game one 2-1, but TMB scored four for a 5-2 lead. They kept it at 6-3 and 8-4 as well. But the Knights roared back and tied it at 8-8, but only man- aged one more point before the Panthers took the game 15-9. Again in game two RTR got an early quick lead at 2-0. But TMB tied it at two each, then led 6-2, and then 9-3. The Knights got a couple to cut the lead to 9-5, but the Panthers got up 13-6. That's when RTR started a rally and got two more points, for a 13- 8 score. But it was too late and TMB got two more for the win at 15-8. The score might not reflect it well, but game three was a battle. TMB got a huge 9-I lead after RTR got the first point of the last game. But the Knights didn't roll over and play dead, but battled all the way. They cut the lead to 9-4. Then TMB increased it to 12-5. RTR came back, fighting all the way, to make it 12-6, then 13-7, 14-9. A couple more points by RTR got them close at 14-11, but a missed serve receive gave TMB the game at 15-11 and the match 34). Coach Witte substituted a lot in game three and was happy with the way everyone contributed - and the way the girls fought hard at the end. Crystal Keifer led RTR in serv- ing going a perfect 12 for 12 and had seven kills. Julie Wyatt was 13 for 14 with one ace, and she had 23 set assists. Kristi Thooft led with 10 kills. Kayla Petersen had 14 digs. The Knights record went to 5- 5 for the season. They will host the Lake Benton Bobcats in Tyler on Thursday. Julie Wyatt keeps her.eyes on the ball as she gets ready for another nice serve. 2002-03 RTR Volleyball Schedule Sept. 12 Lake Benton H 5 p.m. Sept. 14 Camden "B" Tour. H 9 am. Sept. 16 SWChristian Th 5p.m. Sept. 19 Lakeview H 5p.m. Sept. 21 Tracy 9th Tour. Th 8 am Sept. 26 EIIsworth H 5 p.m. Oct. 1 Luverne H 5p.m. Oct. 3 Lincoln HI H 5 p.m. Oct, 5 Minneota 9th Tour.Th9 a.m. RTR Varsity Tour. H 9 a.m. Oct. 7 Adrian Th 5pro. Oct. 8 Dawson/Boyd Th 5 p.m. Oct. 11 SSU Subway Tr. Th 5 p.m. Oct. 12 SSU Subway Tr. Th 5p.m. Oct. 15 Canby Th5pm. 2002-03 RTR Football Schedule VARSITY Sept. 13 DfB There 7pro. Sept. 20 Minneota Home 7 p.m. Sept. 27 MC_,C There 7p.m. * Oct. 4 Ortonville Home 7p.m. Oct. 1t Fulda There 7 p.m. Oct. 16 Canby Home 7p.m. * Denotes Homecoming JV FOOTBALL Sept. 16 D/B Home 4:30p.m. Sept. 23 Minneota There 4:30 p.m. Oct. 7 Fulda There 5 p.m. Oct. 8 Canby There 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 T/M/B There 4:30p.m. Knights 4th At Luveme Volleyball Tournament The RTR volleyball team fin- ished fourth at the Luverne tour- nament Saturday. RTR (5-4) beat Blue Earth Area by total points, 15-11, 14-16, and followed that up with wins over Southwest Christian (15-17, 15-6) and Worthington (15-9, 16-14). The team lost to Pipestone Area, 15-9, 15-13 and lost to Sioux Falls Lincoln, 15-12, 15-10 in the third- place match. : Julie Wyatt had 81 set assists and went 52 for 55 serving with five aces for the Knights. Kristi Thoofl added 28 kills and five ace blocksl while Kayla Thooft added 27 kills and 29 digs. BOX SCORE RTR scores/stats beat Blue Earth Area 15-11, 14-16 (won by points) beat SW Christian 17-15, 15-6 beat Worthington, 15-9, 16-14 lost to Pipestone Area, 9-15, 13-15 lost to Sioux Falls Lincoln, 12-15, 10-15 Serving leaders (good-att-aces): Julie Wyatt 52-55-5, Kayla Petersen 34-37-5, Kayla Thooft 20-23-3. Kill leaders: Kristi Thooft 28, Kayla Thooft 27, Crystal Keifer 23, Heidi Thooft t2. Blocks: Kristi Thooft 5, Kayla Petersen 5. Set assists: Julie Wyatt 81 Digs: Kayla Thooft 29 Knights Lose Conference ()pener To Adrian 33-20 by Jim Kopel The RTR football Knights trav- eled to Adrian to take on the Drag- ons in a conference game for both teams. After 48 minutes of play the home team came away with a 33- 20 triumph. The Dragons received the open- ing kickoff and quickly recorded two first downs. However, quar- terback sacks by Brooks Newton and Karl Jorgensen stopped Adrian on its third try for a first down. The Knights quickly added two first downs of its own on a six yard pass to Josh Rasmussen from Reed Burckhardt and a 12 yard pass to Shaun Mitchell. A nine yard run by Jorgensen and another pass to Rasmussen produced the second first down. A great punt by Jarod Hansen pinned the Dragons on its own two yard line. The Dragons, using a big defensive error on the Knights, started moving the ball on the ground. Three first downs later, they had the ball on the Knights 21 yard line. The play ended the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, a 21 yard pass play by the Dragons resulted in a touchdown. The extra point gave the home team a 7-0 lead. On Adrian's kickoff RamseyGravley ran it back 41 yards to the 46 yard line. After a five yard penalty on the Knights, Reed Burckhardt hit Josh Rasmussen for a 60 yard score. Shaun Mitchell kicked the extra point for a 7-7 tie. 'The Knights' kickoff after the touchdown re- sulted in a loose ball and a recov- ery by Todd Meulebroeck for the Knights. The team failed to move the ball. Two more exchanges of possession gave Adrian the ball at the 50 yard line. Two first downs and then a throw back pass back to the quarterback resulted in a 25 yard townchdown for the Dragons. The extra point was no good. The half thus ended on the Knights pos- session with a 13-7 advantage for the home team. The kickoff by Adrian to start the second half landed in the endzone. The Knights went three and out, and Adrian took over in good field position. Three first downs and a two yard quarterback sneak by Levi Bullerman gave the Dragons a 19-7 advantage. The Knights continued to have trouble moving the ball and had to punt. After moving the ball deep in Knight territory, a pass was intercepted by Joel Wiering and returned 22 yards. Good pressure by Matt Erdmann helped the cause. The Knights once again had to give up the ball. After making a first down, quarterback Bullerman went 38 yards for a touchdown and a 27-7 Dragon lead. Josh Hook returned the kickoff 31 yards. Karl Jorgensen plowed four yards for only the Knights third first down of the game to end the third quarter. Another rushing first down by Jorgensen, and a quarterback run of 19 yards by Burckhardt set up the Knights second score of the game. Burckhardt hit Todd Meulebroeck for a 30 yard touch- down. After the extra point was blocked, the score was 27-13. Af- ter holding the Dragons, Reed Burckhardt scrambled 35 yards and then he hit Josh Rasmussen for a 40 yard touchdown pass and run. Mitchell's extra point was good and the score became 27-20. After the Knights kickoff, Dusty Henning went 67 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. The extra point was no good and the score became the final score of the game. The Knights gained a couple more first downs as time ran out with the Dragons picking up the conference victory. The Dragons had a decided edge in first downs with 15 to six for the Knights. Total yards for the game saw the Dragons have the advantage, 417 to 234. Reed Burckhardt led the Knights in rush- ing with 28 yards. Reed hit on nine of 20 passes for 169 yards. Josh Rasmussen caught four passes for l l4 yards. On defense Zac Dubbeldee had 16 tackles. Other defensive leaders were Joel Wiering, Brooks Newton and Josh Rasmussen. Coach Mikkelsen felt the team played a good first half, but incon- sistency on offense in the second half gave the Dragons too many chances to score. "We have to do a better job of balancing our run- ning and passing in our offense," said the coach. Next action for the Knights is this Friday when they travel to Dawson. This will be a conference game. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Dawson/Boyd Invites RTR to Hog Roast The Dawson/Boyd Quarterback Club will host a Hog Roast at the R.B. Clay Football Field in Dawson, prior to the Dawson/Boyd vs. RTR football game on Friday, Septem- ber 13. The roast will start at 5:30 and last until game time at 7:00 p.m. JV Football Team Wins by Jim Kopel The RTR Junior Varsity foot- ball team played host to the Adrian squad last Tuesday and came away with a 12-0 victory. With 12 minute running quar- ters there is not much time to put points on the board in a JV football game. The Adrian squad had first crack at scoring when they had a first and goal at the one yard line. However, two five yard penalties and some solid defense by the Knights kept them out of the endzone. The Knights scored in the first half on a 20 yard screen pass from quarterback Brett Newton to Adam Lingen. In the second halfRamsey Gravley went about 45 yards for a touchdown. The defensive effort was led by Derek Hook and Kyle Minett. Several key stops by Derek led to losses for the Dragons. Field position was a very key issue in this game. good punting and kick- offs by Travis Schultz kept the Dragons on a long field most of the game. Next action for this squad is a home game against Dawson-Boyd on Monday, September 16 at about 5:30 p.m. Former Knight Does Well! by Jim Kopel Jan Burchkardt, older brother of starting Knight quarterback Reed Burckhardt, had a great start to his senior year at quarterback for the University of Sioux Falls Cougars. Jan; making his first start at quarterback last Thursday, com- pleted nine of 15 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns. The Cougars finished runner- up to Georgetown, KY last Decem- ber in the NAIA title game, and are expected to make another run this year. 11 ,:,>, Crystal Keifer goes low t dig out a Panther serve on Mot night. Knights Get Beat By Minneota In Three The RTR Knights volleyball team knew Minneota was a good team - that went to state last year - but still played them tough in Minneota last Thursday night. In the end, however, the Vi- kings won in three games, 15-I 1, back again and tied it at 11-I led at 14-11. The Knights got two points with Julie Wyatt at th to make it really close at 14- Minneota got their final it 15-13. 15-5, 15-13. After the first game was tied at 1-1, Minneota pulled ahead 5-1. RTR came back close at 5-4, but the Vikings pulled out a big lead at 12-4. Not ready to give up, RTR came close again and made it 13- 10 at one point, before it eventu- ally ended at 15-11. The second game was Minneota most of the way. They got a 10-0 lead to start the game. RTR did get the next four points to make it 10- 4, but only got one more point at 13-5 before it ended 15-5. The Knights did not give up and concede the final game, however. RTR was ahead most of the game, first at 3-0, then 6-3. But Minneota tied it at 6-6 and 7-7. RTR took over again and built a 10-7 lead, but the Vikings came . : ;i Coach Neff Wirte was with the way his team in game three, despite being  two games to none. "We know that you can back at any point," Witte after that bad second gana wanted to play harder and better - and not just give that third game." Crystal Keifer helped lead with five kills and was a nine for nine serving. had four kills and was 10 serving with an ace. Kala Thooft was nine serving and Kayla Petersen for 13. Julie Wyatt had 12 sists. Next up for the Knights home match against Trac' Balaton on Monday night. RTR Com_n0000 8-Hour Defensive Driving/Class " An 8-Hour Defensive Driving class will be offered Monday and Tues- day, September 23 and 24, 5:30-9:30 p.m. This class is for first-time people who are 55 and older, who have not taken a defensive driving class. In- structor: Del Coleman. COST: $12. We need to have 20 people, so bring o friend. Call the R11 High School to register, 247-591 I. 4-Hour Defensive Driving Class A 4-Hour Defensive Driving Class will be offered ThOrS' day, October 3, 5:30-9:30 p,m. This is a refresher class for those people who need to renew every three years. structor: Alan Steinhoff. COST: $12. Call the RTR Higl to register, 247-5911. Elementary Volleyball This is for boys and girls in grades 4, 5 and 6. Datesl Saturday, September 21 and 28, October 5 and 12. Informa- tion sheets will be sent home with stu- dents, or call the Community Educa- tion Office at 507-823-4370 for more details. K-5th Grade Cheering/Dancing Performance Community Education is planning to have a K-5th Grade Cheerin performance at the October 16 game, Information sheets will be s home with tntered students.