Boys basketball: MA-CA 59, Ortonville 49
The MA-CA boys took care of business on the road Tuesday. In fact, if I'm reading the schedule correctly, there's only one home game in December and that game has already been played. The Tigers are road warriors in December and it's a mantle they wore comfortably Tuesday.
Playing at Ortonville, in non-conference action, coach Mark Torgerson's squad downed the Trojans 59-49. They're now 2-0. It was Ortonville's season opener.
Mac Kampmeier came to the fore with his play as he put in 15 points and collected seven rebounds. Eric Riley was the other double figures scorer with eleven points.
Cole Riley showed a determined brand of play and this Tiger scored eight points while collecting ten rebounds. Alex Erickson and Cody Cannon each put in seven points, Dan Tiernan scored six, Tyler Roske had three and Travis Rinkenberger two.
Shane Lindahl spurred the host Trojans in the losing cause, scoring 15 points.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta took command in the first half, assuming a 33-24 lead.
The MA-CA shooting stats from the field were 21-for-52. From three-point range the numbers were three of seven with the successes by Eric Riley, Roske and Cannon.
Erickson dished out five assists.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys basketball will travel to play Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Friday.
Area hoops fans are noticing that Brooten-Belgrade-Elrosa is getting a reputation as a scoring machine. On Tuesday the BBE boys rolled past Melrose 95-84. In their previous game, the Jaguars crushed KMS 107-22 with the score looking like a typo. They'd better be careful because scores like this can stoke a controversy.
Also Tuesday, Montevideo beat Marshall by a more typical score, 66-62. Hancock was humbled at the hands of Benson 77-41. Minneota beat YME 59-51, Kimball beat ACGC 62-51 and New London-Spicer pounded Paynesville 80-41.
Boys hockey: LDC 9, MBA Storm 3
The MBA boys strapped on the skates for game #2 of the season Saturday. As in the opener, the site was the Benson ice. Morris Benson Area skated into action against Litchfield-Dassel-Cokato.
The Storm was (were?) coming off an encouraging 4-3 win over Willmar. Game #2 would not prove as favorable. The LDC Dragons jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the first period. This set the tone for this humbling night for the Storm as they were dealt a 9-3 loss. It was LDC's second win in as many games.
The game had barely gotten underway when LDC sent the puck into the net. Sixteen seconds had ticked off when Brandon DeWolf scored.
Quinn Impola was an important early contributor for the Dragons too. Quinn chalked up three assists in that first period. The second period saw him come to the fore more as he scored a goal.
The score was 7-2 when two periods were done.
It was Jake Huston scoring the first Storm goal of the night at 6:08 of the first. Tyler Hansen picked up an assist.
Then in the second period, Ethan Ratliff-Crain scored the Storm's second goal, assisted by Luke Schwarz. Hansen scored the Storm's third and last goal at 8:00 of the third. Brody Gimberlin picked up an assist.
The battling goaltenders were Andrew Fath of the Storm and Derek Sherman for the Dragons. Fath's save total was 28. Sherman chalked up 19 saves.
LDC outshot the Storm 37-22.
Morris Benson boys hockey will visit Windom for a 3 p.m. contest Saturday.
The Morris Benson hockey schedules (varsity) are conveniently available on Pheasant Country Sports.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org