Girls hockey: Storm 10, LPGE-WDC 2
The MBA girls flew up and down the ice with authority on Tuesday, Jan. 18, taking charge in the first period en route to a 10-2 win.
MBA upped its season record to 13-3 with this success vs. LPGE-WDC. Those initials stand for "Long Prairie Grey Eagle Wadena Deer Creek." Their nickname is "Blue Devils." They have had a rough campaign as they owned but two wins entering mid-week.
The Storm clearly showed an upper hand, out-shooting the foe 41-20.
MBA was out front 4-1 when the first period ended in this game played at Benson. Sam Falk scored the first goal for the confident Morris Benson crew. Sam scored with assists from Monica Lindblad and Sara Rajewsky at 1:58.
It was Dani Schultz who scored next, assisted by Rajewsky, at 6:39. Then Rajewsky took over for a goal that made the score 3-0. This Storm stalwart sent the puck into the net with assists by Schultz and Falk (6:50).
Schultz expanded the cushion by scoring at 11:30 with assists provided by Falk and Rajewsky.
The Blue Devils got on the scoreboard when Katelyn Barthel got the puck into the net assisted by Halley Maas.
The Blue Devils began the second period scoring when Brooke Munland got the puck past the goalie unassisted. So the Blue Devils were able to hold their own through a portion of this game. MBA needed to work to get its superiority established again, and Rajewsky began that process with a goal at :17 of the second. Schultz and Kelly Mahoney assisted.
Then Mahoney scored at 2:36 assisted by Schultz and Falk. Schultz and Rajewsky showed their chemistry for a power play goal at 5:17. Schultz scored that goal with Rajewsky assisting. Then it was Rajewsky, who recently reached the 200-point career plateau, scoring with a Schultz assist at 15:32.
The 8-2 score after two periods pretty much let the Storm go on cruise control. Their fans enjoyed two more Storm goals in the final period.
It was the Schultz-Rajewsky show in the third as each took a turn scoring and assisting. Schultz scored MBA's ninth goal at 4:10 of the third, assisted by Rajewsky. Rajewsky sent the puck into the net at 8:43 with a deft Schultz assist.
This game could be put in the books as a decisive Storm win.
And let's not overlook the work of Brooke Falk in goal! The Morris Benson goalie had 18 saves while her opponent Sarah Holm had 31.
Optimism builds for the post-season.
Viva Morris Benson Storm hockey for 2011!
Girls basketball: Milbank 53, Tigers 38
Morris Chokio Alberta played an opponent from "across the border" Tuesday and came out on the short end. The M-CA girls played solidly in the first half which was a stalemate, but the second half was disappointing. The 23-all halftime stalemate gave way to a 30-15 scoring advantage by Milbank, SD, in the second half.
The final horn sounded with the Tigers on the short end of the 53-38 score. The game was played in Morris.
Katie Holzheimer had an impressive offensive night in the losing cause. Katie put in 14 points and had one of the two successful three-point shots by M-CA. Kelsey Loew had the other long-ranger, a department where the team numbers were two-for-four.
In total field goals, coach Dale Henrich's squad made 13 of 26 attempts to get a good grade in terms of proficiency. But the point total was rather anemic.
The freethrow numbers were ten of 19.
Sarah Kuhn attacked the boards for nine rebounds and she was followed in that department by Erin Schieler (8) and Holly Amundson (6). Beth Holland topped the assists with three. Three Tigers each had two steals: Holland, Hannah Sayles and Schieler.
Holzheimer with her 14 points was the only Tiger scoring in double figures. Sayles contributed eight points, Holland six and Amundson four, and the list is rounded out by Loew (3), Natalie Johnston (1), Erica Domnick (1) and Schieler (1).
Wrestling: Benson 40, Tigers 30
The wrestling Tigers of MAHACA picked up momentum late, but it wasn't enough to overcome the advantage that Benson carved out. In the end it was the Braves prevailing 40-30 in the renewal of this mat rivalry.
The Tigers won five matches among the last seven. That flourish included pins by Tim Ostby and Ryan Beyer. But the Tigers had fallen into too deep a hole in this WCC-South action that unfolded Tuesday at Benson.
Let's review the bouts: Travis Ostby lost by fall in 1:28 to Bryce Goff. Evan Nelson lost by fall in 1:04 to Seth Pillatzki. Dillon Johnson carved out a win for MAHACA at 119 pounds, decisioning Grant Ascheman 3-0.
Aaron Wehking came out on the short end by fall against Matt Plumhoff (4:46). The Tigers forfeited to Morgan Staton at 130 pounds. Seth Nelson lost by fall in 1:25 to Ben Lundebrek. Tony Domnick dropped a hard-fought 3-2 decision to Benson Brave Alessandro Scottini.
Jerid Berning lost by a 4-2 decision to Cody Hammerschmidt. Jordan Thooft was the forfeit winner at 152. Tim Ostby took charge to pin Scott Bridgeland in :27. Connor Metzger dropped a 9-1 major decision to Sam Carruth. Ryan Beyer got Soner Hilal's shoulders pinned to the mat in :36.
Joel Harrison had his arm raised unchallenged (forfeit) at 215 pounds. Big Zach Gibson prevailed in overtime by a 3-1 decision over Tyler Jensen.
Boys hockey: Breckenridge-Wahpeton 5, Storm 4
The January 18 game between the Storm and the B-W Braves went into overtime and it ended with B-W the victor, 5-4. This boys puck action was at our Lee Community Center. Click on the link below to read Gary Hansen's review from the MBA Storm website:
The pro football beat:
Will Mark Sanchez be the next Trent Dilfer? Will he be the next quarterback of pedestrian abilities to win the Super Bowl because of the very polished system around him?
Sanchez left USC early to go to the pros. His USC coach, Pete Carroll, seemed skeptical of that decision but Sanchez has turned out most fortunate in pro ranks. This Sunday he and his New York Jets will play Pittsburgh for the AFC title.
The Jets will have to try to overcome the Pittsburgh crowd that will be raucous. The Jets are to be commended for getting this far, but I don't think they'll overcome the Steelers and their quarterback who is anything but pedestrian: Ben Roethlisberger.
Roethlisberger like John Elway has that intangible called talent, as if he has eyes on the back of his head.
Pittsburgh is coached by former Minnesota Vikings assistant Mike Tomlin. Too bad Tomlin couldn't get the top spot here. Here, the Vikings have no clue when their stadium will be repaired or who their quarterback will be next season.
Roethlisberger and Tomlin will prevail Sunday, I predict, and advance to the glow of the Super Bowl.
The NFC showdown this Sunday will involve the Packers and Bears, two teams from within the Vikings' division. That says a lot for the division but it also says a lot about the mountain the Vikings will have to try to climb, starting this summer.
Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler will duel at the quarterback spot in Chicago Sunday, with Cutler throwing with his usual abandon for the Bears. Cutler has no fear of failure. He can struggle but he can excel.
I think the Packers' Rodgers is more consistent and polished and this will be a factor Sunday. Will it be enough of a factor to neutralize the Bears and their surely-raucous home crowd? My pick is the Packers, so I'm predicting a Super Bowl between the Steelers and Packers, and my pick in the big show would be Pittsburgh.
Roethlisberger has some personal character issues but his feel for the game is unmatched.
I predict an outcome for the Super Bowl as follows: Pittsburgh 27, Green Bay 16.
I couldn't care less about the Super Bowl commercials.
-Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org