Boys basketball: MA-CA 79, Osakis 52
The weather outside was frightful, yes, but it wasn't quite bad enough to cause postponement of the MA-CA boys' season opener Friday.
Midday, the smart money would have been on postponement. But the schools showed an intrepid attitude and gave a thumbs-up.
MA-CA was the host school and Osakis was the visitor. Osakis has the quite neat "Silverstreaks" nickname. But they weren't streaking very effectively Friday night here. The MA-CA boys celebrated season opener night with a flourish, winning 79-52.
The fans deserved the "intrepid" description too.
By halftime this game seemed over. Coach Mark Torgerson's Tigers had built a 40-21 lead. Maybe the weather outside wasn't so frightful after all.
Balanced scoring is always a nice thing to see so early in the season. The Tigers definitely had this attribute Friday. There were five in their ranks who broke into double figures scoring. Alex Erickson took team-best honors with his 16 points.
Riley Ahrndt put in 13 points, while ten each were scored by Eric Riley, Dan Tiernan and Brody Bahr. The Tigers shot with an encouraging 59 percent from the field.
Their eye was reliable from three-point range too, where they sank five of 12 tries. Erickson accounted for three of those long-range successes and Tiernan the other two.
The team's freethrow numbers were six of eight.
Mac Kampmeier attacked the boards for eight rebounds, leading the team. Cole Riley snared seven and Riley Ahrndt five.
Three Tigers each dished out four assists: Travis Rinkenberger, Cole Riley and Dan Tiernan. Kampmeier stole the ball twice.
Other Tigers scoring in addition to the five in double figures were: Cody Cannon (3), Sam Mattson (2), Cole Riley (5), Ethan Bruer (2) and Mac Kampmeier (8).
The top Silverstreak scorers were Joe Roggenbuck with 12 points and Mitch Herzog with eleven.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys basketball will play at Ortonville on Tuesday evening, Dec. 7.
On the ice: MBA boys 4, Willmar 3
The MBA Storm boys hockey team was to have opened the new season Tuesday, but even an intrepid spirit wasn't enough to get this game in the books as the weather was just too bad.
If it's this bad at the beginning of December.. .
The game was postponed to Thursday and the Storm was (were?) primed to show a winning flair. Despite getting outshot rather convincingly by Willmar, the Storm had the edge in the numbers category that counted most: the score.
It's always a plum to notch a win over a school the size of Willmar. MBA could savor a 4-3 win over the visiting Cardinals. The game was played on the Benson ice.
The Storm seized the lead and never fell behind. But fans had to wait until the second period to see any goal-scoring.
Tyler Hansen scored at the 3:38 mark of the second period. Then, Willmar got the score knotted as Zach Streed sent the puck into the net at 10:16. Kelly Engquist put the Storm up 2-1 with a goal at 14:21, and the period ended with MBA up 2-1.
Each team scored a pair of goals in the third period. Hansen scored again at 6:56. And Luke Schwarz got the puck in the net unassisted at 14:50.
The dueling goalkeepers were Andrew Fath of the Storm, who finished the night with 42 saves, and Derek Baker of the Cards whose save total was 19. Fath showed special poise in the pivotal closing stages of the game.
Willmar's defense had some turnovers that took a toll for them.
MBA was outshot by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Coming out on top on the scoreboard was most savory for Morris Benson hockey, as this was a renewal of a Section 6A rivalry.
Truth be told, it always feels good beating Willmar.
Morris Benson boys hockey will visit Windom for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday, Dec. 11.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org