OHS SENIOR NATE TREINEN became the eighth boys basketball player and 15th OHS player overall to record 1,000 points in his career. Some of Nate’s family were in attendance to witness the feat that occurred at 5:37 of the first half in their game against Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Tuesday, Feb. 7. Pictured from left to right are Katy Karrer (Nate’s aunt from Sioux City, IA); grandfather, Rollie Karels; brother, Pete Treinen; grandmother, Pat Karels; dad, Paul Treinen; mom, Julie Treinen; and brother, Andrew Treinen. Nate ended the game with 11 points in the Trojans 70-51 win over the Warriors.

    Trojan senior Nate Treinen joins OHS 1,000 point club

Senior Nate Treinen joined the OHS 1,000 point club as he became the 15th basketball player to reach the milestone in the Trojans 70-51 win over the Wheaton-Herman-Norcross Warriors Tuesday, Feb. 7 at Trojan Gym.

Going into the game, Treinen needed five points to reach the 1,000 point mark and he accomplished the feat with 5:37 to play in the first half. The game was stopped, as Trojan and Warrior fans gave Treinen a standing ovation. Trojan coach Tim Giese then presented Treinen with the game ball.

Ortonville athletes who have scored 1,000 points include: Peter Hansen, (1961-64); Darci Trebil (1982-86); Chris Scheff (1985-89); Mindy Petersen (1989-1994); Doug Orvik (1990-94); Tiffany Finke  (1995-2000); Ross Wiegman (1999-2002); Bryant Zahrbock (2006-2009), Trent Kuechenmeister (2009-2012), Morgan Messmer (2009-2013), James Nitz (2011-2014), Brenna Giese (2011-2014), Riley Thompson (2010-2015) and Rachel Hoernemann (2013-2017).

Treinen becomes the eighth boys basketball player to reach this milestone. Ross Wiegman is the boys all-time leading scorer with 1,187 points. The all-time leading scorer in OHS history is Rachel Hoernemann with 1,753 points.

Treinen is the son of Paul and Julie Treinen of Ortonville.

Lightning place third at final regular season meet

The Big Stone Lake Area Lightning gymnastics team honored senior Jessaline Backer and parents during senior and parent’s night Thursday, Feb. 2, at their last home meet against Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta.  Big Stone Lake Area fell to the Tigers, 109.475 to 122.3.

After an emotional farewell, Jessaline Backer showed off her talent one last time at home, leading the Lightning in every event, placing third in the All Around with a 30.15.

“essaline has been consistently scoring in the 30s the last half of the season, which is exactly where she needs to be performing her best.  She has worked very hard in and out of the gym to get where she is at, and the team is grateful for her leadership and dedication to the sport,” said Coach Winter. In addition to her third place in All Around, Jessaline placed fifth on bars, third on Beam, second on Floor, and third on Vault.

Other varsity competitors included Callie Kleindl (fourth place on vault), Sierra Barse (fourthplace on floor; fifth place all around), Lindsey Hartman, Hannah Streich and Mackenzie Stenger.

Mariana Eustice led the junior varsity team with a fourth place showing in the all around earning 20.05 points.  The Lightning did not have a full roster at the meet as the JV teams score was 71.25 to Morris’s 105.75

Thursday, Feb. 9, the Lightning traveled to The Barn near Hendricks, to compete against Hendricks-RTR and Pipestone. This was their last regular season meet. Big Stone Lake Area placed third with a 111, just behind Pipestone at 112.8, and Hendricks-RTR with a 138.7.

Sickness and injury had plagued the team in the days before the meet, so out of the 12 gymnasts on the roster, only seven were able to compete.

Backer again led the squad with her all around score of 30.1, though Sierra Barse wasn’t far behind with a 27.35. Callie Kleindl and Jessaline Backer were the only two to place at this meet against a tough and competitive Hendricks-RTR team. Kleindl received third place on vault with a 8.75; Backer received fourth place on vault with a 8.7, and fifth on the floor exercise with an 8.5.

This was the last meet for the Lightning JV which includes gymnasts Elizabeth Nowacki, Marisa Hynnek, Nicole Anderson and Jasmine Hurlbut.  Nowacki and Hynnek were the only two competitors with Nowacki placing fourth on balance beam and Hynnek placing fifth on the uneven bars.

“This last regular season meet was tough with so many gymnasts unable to compete, but there were leaps and bounds of improvement on all events the team can be proud of. This week we will be entirely focused on the section tournament, with a goal of improving personal best scores and hopefully, another season-high team score,” said Winter.

The Section 8A meet will be  in Perham, Saturday, Feb 18, starting at 1 p.m.

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