Morris Area 54, Montevideo 22
The Morris Area football Tigers have been scoring so many points lately, it makes you want to look for the three-point shot statistics in the game summary. On the heels of putting up 73 points against Paynesville, the Tigers engaged in another Arena League type of game (i.e. with nonstop offense) Friday at Montevideo.
The Tigers got through the Monte defense as if that defense were a cheesecloth curtain. The Tigers amassed nearly 300 rushing yards in the first half alone.
Coach Jerry Witt's orange and black crew defeated the Thunder Hawks 54-22. It was their fifth win of the season, and they're tied with Lac qui Parle Valley for No. 1 in conference.
The type of running game exhibited by Morris Area Friday showed this is a team that could go far in the playoffs. To the Metrodome? Coach Witt would chuckle at such a suggestion because it's premature.
But Witt had to watch spellbound along with MAHS fans as Tyler Hansen rushed for 173 yards in the first half while Eric Riley plowed forward for 100-plus (in the half). Superlative.
One can presume the Tigers' offensive line earned an 'A' grade for its work (or A+). The Tigers finished the game with 389 rushing yards. Hansen accounted for 193 on just nine carries of the football, plus he scored four touchdowns. Riley had 116 total rushing yards on eleven carries, and this Tiger reached the end zone twice.
The Tiger defense limited Monte's capable passer Brett Bergeson to 18 passing yards.
The Tigers scored in every quarter and it all began with a Tyler Hansen four-yard run. Following a Monte score, the Tigers put together three straight touchdowns beginning with Hansen sprinting 50 yards into the end zone. Riley carried for the next two scores from 21 and 40 yards.
Monte answered with an 86-yard kick return by Joe Bednar for a score. But Hansen answered that by finding his own daylight to score on a kick return - a thriller covering 89 yards.
The points kept accumulating as Hansen carried for a 21-yard TD. Then it was Tim Ostby's turn as this Tiger scored on an 18-yard run.
Montevideo scored on a one-yard touchdown pass, after which the Tigers recorded the last score on this offense-flavored night. Jacob Torgerson, the Tigers' understudy quarterback, connected with Logan Manska on a ten-yard touchdown pass.
Hansen, Jordan Fletcher and Tim Ostby had their turns kicking for the PATs. Ostby rushed for 43 yards on six carries and Ethan Bruer carried twice for 18 yards.
Ryan Beyer completed four passes in eight attempts for 76 yards and had none picked off. Torgerson completed two of his four attempts for 34 yards with no INTs.
Bruer was on the receiving end of four passes for 76 yards. Manska had his touchdown grab, and Ostby had a catch covering 24 yards.
Cody Hickman intercepted a Thunder Hawk pass.
Next for MAHS: at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Bump, set, spike!
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers of volleyball began a very busy week with sweep victories on Monday and Tuesday, before getting humbled with a 1-3 loss Thursday.
The Monday story was a 3-0 home win over West Central Area by scores of 25-9, 25-14 and 25-13. Erin Schieler was her usual force at the net and on this night she contributed 13 kills and six ace blocks to the winning mix. Mackenzie Weatherly was in the groove at the serving line, coming through with nine ace serves to join that mix in a high-profile way.
That mix was enhanced by Terianne Itzen with her eight kills, Dani Schultz with four ace serves and Carrie Roske with 18 digs. Tigers with ace blocks, in addition to Schieler, were Itzen and Sydney Engebretson each with two, and Kelsey Loew and Schultz each with one.
The Tigers didn't miss a beat as they charged into Tuesday action, again at home, and this time the opponent was Benson. Again the Tigers won by sweep, this time with scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-11.
The Monday and Tuesday wins pushed the Tigers' overall record to 16-7. Beating Benson also put Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta in a deadlock for second in conference, with those Benson Braves.
Erin Schieler came at the Braves with 21 kills. She surged to the net to execute six ace blocks. Another cog in the sweep momentum was Mackenzie Weatherly who turned in 18 assists and four ace serves. Carrie Roske was busy in the digs department with her 20. Schieler was followed in total blocks by Shadow Olson with three, Terianne Itzen and Sydney Engebretson each with two, and Kelsey Loew with one.
Braves who had their moments in the losing cause included Ashley Landmark, Natalie Mikkelson and Emily Auch.
The MA-CA girls entered Thursday knowing they couldn't count on the kind of success that marked the start of the week. They visited Olivia to face a highly-touted BOLD Warrior team that could taste the WCC-South title.
Erin Schieler pounded down 17 kills but it wasn't enough as BOLD had a group of spikers that spelled victory for them. BOLD had to work through four games to get that win, but when all the bumping, setting and spiking were done, BOLD volleyball could savor that conference championship.
The Warriors won with scores of 28-26, 24-26, 25-22 and 25-22. It was the Warriors' tenth conference win against no losses, and 18th win overall against four setbacks. Quite a campaign for the Warriors.
Carrie Roske racked up 35 digs for MA-CA Thursday. Mackenzie Weatherly executed four ace serves.
The 7-4 conference won-lost numbers owned by MA-CA coming out of the night were good for fourth place.
Dan Tiernan runs to No. 1 in invite
The runners of Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta cross country were in action Tuesday for the Benson/KMS Invite. Tiger Dan Tiernan was the individual champion in the boys race with his time of 17:29.17.
The MA-CA boys as a team finished second behind Sauk Centre. Roy Reese finished fourth, Aaron Goulet fifth, Gage Anderson 14th and Matt Cotter 17th.
The Streeters were lifted by having the #2 and #3 individuals behind the champ Tiernan.
Mackenzie Smith led the MA-CA girls' effort, reaching the finish line No. 10. She was joined by Rachel Rausch, Jana Loher, Julia Sauder and Sarah Kuhn.
Sauk Centre won the girls division too.
Matthews-Saugstad wins at #3 singles
Turning to tennis, Krista Matthews-Saugstad defeated Morgan Jaenisch 6-2 and 6-3 at third singles to pick up the lone Tiger victory in a recent dual vs. MACCRAY. Krista's fellow Tigers in the singles division were Rory Anderson, Jenny Hennen and Marlee Morton. The Tiger doubles teams were Ranae Mullin and Kelsey Schreifels, Megan Wagner and Darcey Aronson, and Kendra Buro and Kjerson Anderson.
The weather has stayed mighty cooperative for late-season fall sports.
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