TROJAN BOYS BASKETBALL CAPTAINS for the 2017-2018 season are, left to right, senior Nate Strong and juniors DeVonte Edwards and Tyson Powell. The Trojans will open their season Tuesday, Dec. 5, hosting the Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles starting at 6 p.m.

Lady Trojans open season with win over Benson

The Lady Trojan basketball team opened the 2017-2018 season traveling to Benson Tuesday, Nov. 28, and came away with a 71-48 win.

Ortonville was down 2-0 to start the game, but it would be the only time they would trail the Braves in the game. The Trojans would take control of the game from there.

Trojan senior Madysen Stegner had a solid night both offensively and defensively. She had 25 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, six steals and three blocked shots.

Junior Jaiden Conroy got off to a fast start, scoring both inside and beyond the arch. She netted 20 points with six assists, five rebounds and three steals.

Carissa Vanderwal had seven points, nine steals, three rebounds and two assists. Tyler Peters added five points, three rebounds, three assists and  three steals. Allyssa Kirchberg had nine points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals. Allison Plathe had two rebounds, one assist and three steals. Samantha Erickson had two points, one rebound, two assists and two steals. Emily Ross chipped in with three points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

First year head coach Chris Conroy was happy with the Lady Trojans first night on the court.

“The girls did a great job against the Braves,” said Conroy. “We have not had a lot of time to practice, but this was a good chance to see what our strengths are and what we need to focus on in practice.”

The Lady Trojans will travel to Graceville Friday, Dec, 8, to battle the CGB Wolverines in Pheasant Conference action. The Junior Varsity will start at 6 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

On Tuesday, Dec. 12, the Lady Trojasn will travel to Renville for a game against Renville County West starting at 6 p.m. Ortonville’s first home game will be Thursday, Dec. 14, when the host the Sisseton Redmen starting at 6 p.m.

Mat Men open season placing eighth at BBE Invitational

The Ortonville wrestling team saw their first action of the season Friday, Dec. 1, at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Invitational Wrestling Tournament.  Team scores were: Willmar 276, BBE 177, Redwood-River Valley 164, Annandale/Maple Lake (AMILL) 114, Morris Area/Hancock/Chokio-Alberta (MAHACA) 98.5, New London-Spicer 94, Benson 84, Ortonville 59, Quad County 53, Holdingford 27.

This was a tough tournament with Willmar coming in rated #5 as a team in class AAA.  They have three wrestlers rated #1 in their weight class.  BBE  has four wrestlers rated in the top 10 of their weight class.  Elijah Cloos is currently the 10th rated 170-pound wrestler in class A.

At 120, Deaven Boots entered the tournament as the number three seed.  In the first round he did a nice job getting the first takedown and a fall in 1:07 over Hunter Gibson of MAHACA to advance to the semi-finals.  In the semi-finals Boots took on a tough Jack Roe of Willmar and was pinned in the first period. In the first round of wrestle backs Deaven got back on the winning track against Zach Schmit of AMLL.  Boots did a nice job controlling the action in all three periods scoring a takedown in the first period, an escape and a second takedown in the second period, and a reversal and a three point near-fall in the third to pick up a 10–0 major decision and a spot in the third-place match.  In the third-place match Boots controlled the action most of the match against Luke Ruter of NLS. He scored first with a takedown near the end of the first period, but gave up an escape to close the period. In the second period Boots took down and escaped right away. He gained a takedown to go up 5-1.  Ruter escaped but Deaven was able to get a third takedown.  Ruter was able to gain an escape near the end of the third period to make the final score 7–3 , with Boots placing third.

At 138, Danny Eastman competed well in all his matches and came away with fourth place. He was the third seed and did a nice job in the first round against Matthew Zeug of Redwood-River Valley. In the second period, Danny was up and put Zeug in a double arm bar and got the fall in 2:43 to advance to the semi-finals.  In this match Eastman would take on state ranked Tyler Bents of BBE.  Danny did a good job of competing in the match but could not quite match Bents and lost 14–5.  In the first round of the wrestle backs Danny took on Sam Olinger of Quad County. He did a great job getting the first takedown and put Olinger on his back for a three point near-fall. In the second period, Eastman took down and gained a reversal. He was able to put Olinger on his back and got the fall in 3:44 to advance to the third-place match. In the third-place match Eastman wrestled Dalton Rose of MAHACA. Rose was able to get the first takedown and caught Danny on his back to take a 5–0 lead into the second period. The rest of the match each wrestler would score an escape to end the scoring with Rose picking up the 6-1 win and third place. 

At 160, Benjamin Eustice entered the tournament as the third seed. 

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