This past week closed out with success for the Tigers on the volleyball court but disappointment on the football field.
Girls defeat the Eagles
The Tigers of volleyball not only won, they won in sweep fashion over Lac qui Parle Valley. They downed the Eagles by scores of 25-17, 25-8 and 25-7, delighting the home crowd.
Erin Schieler pounded the ball down for 14 kills. This Tiger showed her prowess at the net with ten ace blocks too. These teammates of Erin's also recorded ace blocks: Terianne Itzen, Sydney Engebretson, Shadow Olson, Kelsey Loew and Dani Schultz.
In the category of digs, it was Carrie Roske setting the pace with 25.
The win lifted the MA-CA girls' confidence in conference play, which had not been their strong suit going in. Their Thursday win was their second in WCC-South play, which still leaves them (just) shy of .500. Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball sports a 7-4 mark overall.
The Eagles, who were led Thursday by Amanda Broin (five kills), are having a struggling season to date with but one win overall.
Boys defeated 9-7 on the road
The football story wasn't so rosy as the Tigers lost their share of the conference lead. The Tiger gridiron crew was stopped by the host Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles in a 9-7 final.
The Tigers had shared the WCC-South lead with ACGC. They aim on roaring back in front of their supportive home crowd this coming Friday at Big Cat Stadium. Kickoff time is 7 p.m. for the contest with Benson which marks Homecoming 2010. Tiger spirit will reign. Will the football team?
Friday night's scoring began with one of those relatively rare field goals in prep play. It was by Eagle Brandon Bornhorst and it proved vital to his team's winning outcome. Bornhorst got the ball through the uprights in the first quarter. It was a 33-yarder.
Morris Area football took the lead in the second quarter on an eight-yard run by quarterback Ryan Beyer. Jordan Fletcher kicked the point-after.
There would be only one score in the second half and it was a touchdown that delighted the Eagles' home crowd. Sam Haas found the end zone on a run from the three. The extra point kick attempt was blocked but it wouldn't matter. The Eagles could savor this 9-7 win while coach Jerry Witt's Tigers were left to regroup for week #5.
Beyer had a rough night throwing the football as he got picked off three times, and only hooked up for five completions in 16 attempts. The quarterback did better running with the football as he led the team with 66 rushing yards on 14 carries. Tyler Hansen carried eleven times for 30 yards and Tim Ostby three times for 25.
Eric Riley was the only receiver with multiple catches. Ethan Bruer and Cody Cannon each had one catch.
On defense Hansen had a fumble recovery. This Tiger also handled the team's punting.
The Eagles had just one yard passing and gained 111 on the ground. The Tigers outdid the Eagles in rushing with 125 yards.
Turnovers were a bugaboo for the orange and black crew.
In other WCC-South action Friday, BOLD trampled a struggling Minnewaska Area team 35-0, Montevideo dominated YME 21-0 and Benson took command in a 38-8 triumph over LP-GE.
Enthusiasm for Tiger athletics is reaching a mid-season crescendo!
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