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Sports 1 The Tyler Tribute, Thursday, September 26, 2002 - Pa Knights Sweep Lakeview By Three Identical Sco Heidi Thooft keeps her eye on the ball as she passes to a team- mate. The RTR Knights swept the Lakeview Lakers in three games Thursday night, and all the three games had the identical score; 15- 9, 15-9, 15-9. The three games were also simi- lar in how they developed. In all three RTR had an early lead, and in all three the Knights fell behind a little midway, before finishing strong. In game RTR was up 3-0, then 5-3, before falling behind at 8-6. The Knights then tied it at 8-8, and then shifted into high gear to go up 14-8 and finish at 15-9. Game two was similar. The Knights jumped out to another 3-0 lead, but then the Lakers came back to tie it at 4-4. Lakeview had their one and only lead of the game at 6- 5. The game was quite a battle for a while, with RTR tying it at 6-6, then slowly going up to 10-6. Then RTR went up by a big 14-7 lead. The Lakers got two more before the Knights finished it at 15-9. Crystal Keifer nailed at least four kills in that second game. in game three both teams struggled to get their serves in. But RTR was up 2-1 before Lakeview got a rally going and went ahead 6- 2. The Knights started to bear down and tied it at 6-6, then went on to score six more unanswered points (ten total) to take a 12-6 lead. The score was at 13-9 when the Knights got two to put it away at 15-9 and take the win in three straight games. RTR Coach Neil Witte was pleased with the overall play of his team. "We did well," he said. "We didn'.t play that good the previous game, so it was nice to step it up a biI." The Knights were led by Crys- tal Kei(er who had a great game, going 14 for 14 in serves with two aces, and getting 14 kills. Julie Wyatt was 23 of 23 serving with three aces and had 26 set assists. Kristi Thooft added seven kills. Next up for the Knights, now 7-6 for the season, is a game this Thursday at home against Ellsworth. RTR vs. Luverne Volleyball Game Location Changed RTR - The RTR vs. Luverne Tuesday, Oct. 1 will now be held volleyball game scheduled for at Luverne. ii iili  ..... i  ! Kristi Thooft goes high for one of her seven Lakeview. - Photos by Knights ',00tumble Against Tough Minneota Team, Lose 36-6 .The RTR Knights couldn't stop the Minneota Vikings last Friday night in Tyler, and lost 36-6 to the speedy Vikings. A long run, a long drive and two big punt returns were too much for the Knights, who drop to 2-2 on the season (1-2 in conference). Actually RTR played a pretty tough first half. But Minneota's, big plays in the second half sunk RTR's hopes for any comeback. After an RTR punt, Minneota marched down the field and scored on a nine yard run with 5:10 left in the first quarter, and made the two- point conversion, for an 8-0 lead. After another RTR punt the Vi- kings started to march but RTR's defense got tougher and held them on a fourth down try. In the second quarter, after yet another RTR punt, the Vikings scored on an 80 yard run from scrimmage, after it looked like the Knights had the Minneota runner stopped at the line of scrimmage. ; The point-after-touchdown kick was good, and at 8:52 left in -the half, Minneota was up 15-0. But RTR showed they weren't done yet. They made a nice march down the field and got to the 11 yard line. The drive came to a halt, however, when a pass was picked off in the end zone by the Vikings. RTR's Joel Wiering returned the favor when he intercepted a Viking pass at Minneota's 45 yard line. This time RTR marched down the field and got to the 11 yard line again and a Reed Burckhardt to Josh Hook pass was good. The try for two point conversion failed, however, and with 1:44 left in the half the score was 15-6 Minneota. In the second half, the Vikings tried a 26 yard field goal - after be- ing stopped by the Knights defense - and missed it. The Viking's next drive was stopped with Adam Lingen recov- ering a Minneota fumble. But then, with RTR's next punt, disaster struck. The Vikings re- turned the punt 55 yards for a score, even though the ball had been fumbled and the Knights had three players on the Viking punt returner. Josh Rasmussen hauls in one of his 15 catches and eludes the Minneota pur- suit. RTR Quarterback Reed Burckhardt takes off for a big gain against the Minneota Vikings. - Photos by The score at the end of the third quarter was then 22-6 Minneota. Minneota got another score af- ter a march down field on an eight yard run, and with the kick the score became 29-6 with 9:21 left in the game. The Knights again had to punt and RTR punter Jarod Hansen got off a tremendous punt that sailed over the returner's head. But the Knights over pursued, and the Vi- kings got a 90 yard punt return for a touchdown. The kick was good and with 6:21 left in the game the score was 36-6 Minneota - and that is what the final score was. RTR had 98 yards rushing to 187 yards for Minneota. Shaun Mitchell had 20 carries for 82 yards on the ground. Reed Burckhardt passing for 119 Rasmussen had 58 on five catches. yards through the air. On defense, Todd' had 14 tackles, and Zac had 13. Next up, RTR travels l on Friday to take on County Central Rebels. Brooks Newton (21) and Karl Jorgensen (47) take down a Minneota ball carrier.