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A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn

A historic building on our U of M-Morris campus - morris mn
The multi-ethnic building was the original home of the music department at UMM. (B.W. photo)

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tigers stunned by BOLD in section semis

Ethan Bruer of the Tigers (black uniform) breaks up a BOLD pass play during the Saturday semis game at Big Cat. (Photos by B.W.)
Cody Cannon looks for room to advance after making a pass reception against the BOLD Warriors.
Ryan Beyer, the Tigers' quarterback, passes the football during the MAHS vs. BOLD game Saturday at Big Cat Stadium.

BOLD 35, Morris Area 24
This isn't how the script was supposed to go. Is it possible the wind of Tuesday, harsh beyond description, swept away some of the Tigers' feeling of momentum?
Action resumed Saturday at the friendly (supposedly) confines of our Big Cat Stadium, where anticipation was high among the Tiger faithful who envisioned a win.
Might it even be a routine win? The 2010 Tigers played a brand of football that spelled as many as 70-plus points in a game. (Unfortunately we're now referring to the season in the past tense.)
The Tigers were matched against the BOLD Warriors Saturday in a Section 5AA semis game.
The orange and black faithful could embrace optimism based on how their team cruised when last it faced BOLD. The Tigers beat the Warriors 28-0 in the home opener.
In the Saturday rematch with a post-season atmosphere, one might have expected the Tigers to look quite at home at their magnificent football facility of Big Cat.
But as Chris Berman of ESPN would say (with gusto): "That's why. . .they play. . .the game!"
A rejuvenated crew of Warriors pounded through the Tigers' line regularly. There appeared to be a wear-down effect as the game progressed. And in major contrast to when BOLD put up that goose egg previously, BOLD scored often.
Coach Jerry Witt's gallant Tigers, who were the on-paper favorite as owner of the No. 2 seed, were dealt disappointment and a premature end to the 2010 gridiron fortunes.
The season takes on a bittersweet tone in fans' memory as certainly there were frequent crowd-pleasing moments, what with all those points scored. But in the end there was a thud.
BOLD defeated the Morris Area football Tigers 35-24. Those Warriors have the privilege of moving on and getting to play again at Big Cat.
BOLD will seek the Section 5AA title at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, against an awesome Eden Valley Watkins unit, the No. 1 seed and with no blemishes on its record.
EV-W cruised past YME 48-6 in the other semis game.
Morris Area fans were hardy once again amidst a chill in the air. But after the supreme test of nasty weather Tuesday, weather could hardly have crossed anyone's mind.
No doubt some MAHS fans will re-visit Big Cat to see how BOLD fares against EV-W. But oh how they'd like to be rooting for MAHS in the game to determine No. 1 in section.
Here's a reminder to check the Morris Area football page on Maxpreps:


And, here's a reminder also to check the Morris Area football page on Facebook:
Those indefatigable Tiger fans can continue to root for the Tigers of other fall sports. Thursday and Friday had highlights.
Reese, Tiernan pace the MA-CA runners
Cross country took centerstage Thursday and the site was Spicer for section racing. Anticipation is always high for section cross country because the caliber is high and state meet qualification is at stake.
Runners strive to enter this race with all their reserve strength (and stamina) available. It's a spectacle.
Tigers Roy Reese and Dan Tiernan were in the groove, each finishing in the top ten to get the coveted state nod.
It's never certain in what order these two accomplished Tigers will finish. They are always in the top tier and on the day of sections it was Reese getting the team's bragging rights with his fourth place showing. Tiernan earned his state nod by placing eighth.
The fleet Tiger duo are preparing for the state meet which is set for November 6 in Northfield. In what order will they finish there? Flip a coin? The proud Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta cross country coach is Dale Henrich.
Reese achieved fourth in section with a time of 17:27.82. Tiernan arrived in the finish chute eighth at 17:31.65. Other Tigers were Aaron Goulet (19th), Gage Anderson (25th) and Brody Bahr (49th).
The MA-CA boys as a team finished fourth among 15 teams.
Albany took first, Sauk Centre was runner-up and LP-GE was No. 3. The individual champion was Kyle Toms of West Central Area whose time was 16:54.68.
Makenzie Smith led the MA-CA girls with her 15th place showing achieved with a time of 16:28.25. Makenzie was joined in the MA-CA effort by Jana Loher, Becca Holland, Sarah Kuhn and Julia Sauder.
As in the boys race it was Albany taking top team honors in girls. Albany runner Madi Sachs was individual champion with her 15:17.06 time.
MA-CA girls sweep Lac qui Parle
The Friday story for Tiger athletics had its share of highlights too, on the volleyball court, as MA-CA swept its foe. The Tigers succeeded in crisp and efficient style to advance in Section 3AA-North.
The bumping, setting and spiking went the Tigers' way in the sweep by scores of 25-14, 25-16 and 25-12. The foe: Lac qui Parle Valley.
Other quarter-final round action had BOLD beating Montevideo (a sweep), YME prevailing vs. Redwood Valley (a 3-2 squeaker) and Benson thumping Minnewaska Area (3-0).
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta volleyball will face Benson at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the semis, and this is set for a neutral court: Montevideo.
But MA-CA fans will try to make it as non-neutral as possible!
BOLD will clash with YME in the 6 p.m. semis match at Monte.
The MA-CA girls will enter Monday with a sparkling season record of 17-8.
Erin Schieler contributed eleven kills and eight ace blocks in the sweep over the Eagles. Carrie Roske came through with 21 digs.
The "ace blocks brigade" included, in addition to Schieler: Shadow Olson with three and Terianne Itzen, Sydney Engebretson and Dani Schultz each with one.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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