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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)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fall weather grand for MACA Tiger athletes

The weather has stayed pleasant through the early stages of the fall prep sports season.
Cross country is always a fun sport to watch when the weather is fair. Coach Dale Henrich took his MACA Tiger harriers to Spicer for an invite on Thursday, Sept. 15.
The fall weather was magnificent and the Tigers were up for a strong showing.
Makenzie Smith was in a photo finish for first place. She battled against a Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Boyd runner: Alaysia Freetly. They stretched for the finish chute with equal determination. The manual timer wouldn't even be sufficient to make the final determination.
Good news: The eventual judgment was that Smith won.
Smith is putting together some significant accomplishments in early-season running. She must have made a good off-season commitment. She also won the season-opening Morris Invite at our PDT course. Her official time Thursday at Spicer was 15:23.81. And Freetly's: 15:24.06.
Freetly's squad did have the distinction of being #1 as a team. LQPV-DB took first among the seven girls varsity teams. The Tigers settled for No. 6.
Joining Smith in representing the orange and black were: Rachel Rausch (19th place, 17:04), Julia Sauder (27th, 18:07), Becca Holland (42nd, 18:40) and Adrianela Mendez (42nd, 18:59).
The MACA boys topped the team standings (seven teams as with the girls) and they were led by Roy Reese's championship showing.
The finish was close for Reese as with Smith. The advantage went to MACA on this day, and in Reese's case the championship was garnered with a time of 16:50.82. He edged Ben Burgett of Community Christian School whose time was 16:51.28.
Tiger Aaron Goulet arrived at the finish chute third with his time of 17:47.60. Gage Anderson took eighth, timed at 18:29.15.
Beau Keimig placed 12th (18:49.26) and Brody Bahr 18th (19:09.16).

Football: setback in Falcon country
Friday night was a time for coach Jerry Witt's Tigers to get back on the road. They were coming off a disappointing overtime loss to New London-Spicer and wanted to get back to winning ways. But it wasn't to be against ACGC.
The host Falcons notched their first win of the season at MACA's expense, 28-24.
ACGC struck with two really big plays in the fourth quarter to get some scoreboard cushion. Erik Whitcomb broke loose for a 75-yard TD run. Trever Heining picked off a pass and made a 40-yard return that ended in the end zone. On the conversion, Dylan Hoerchler passed successfully to Hayden Rouser.
The Falcons owned a 28-12 lead and clung to it. The Tigers scored two more times but were stung by two failed two-point conversion tries. Making those would have tied the score. But two pass tries ended up incomplete. ACGC could celebrate the win.
Tim Ostby had a 13-yard touchdown run that closed the gap some. Chandler Erickson was off to the races on a 91-yard punt return for six, getting the score closer yet. But those failed conversion plays loomed.
The Tigers had two other touchdowns in this game and they came in the first and third quarters. In the first, Tanner Picht carried the ball in from the 14, putting the Tigers up 6-0. But it stayed 6-0 as the conversion play - a true bugaboo - went awry.
Then in the third quarter, it was Picht again owning the ball in the end zone, this time having received a pass from Jake Torgerson. It was a ten-yard scoring hookup.
Ouch! The two-point conversion try was no good on a pass. The Tigers might have to try something other than passing the football on those conversion plays.
Another down note on the night was running the football. The Tigers were stagnant in this phase.
Quarterback Jake Torgerson rolled up 153 yards through the air but his completion percentage wasn't all that good. And his one INT (for the ACGC score) was costly of course. The receiving list is impressive: Tanner Picht (four catches, 60 yards), Chandler Erickson (3-52), Logan Manska (2-24) and Tom Holland (2-17).
Picht had a fumble recovery and also did the punting.
ACGC got the win despite just five first downs! Their passing was minimal but they rushed 41 times for 170 yards, led by Erik Whitcomb whose 27 carries netted 146 yards.
The Tigers at 1-2 are going to try to turn things around for Homecoming week.

Volleyball and tennis
Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tiger volleyball struck a down note Tuesday with a 1-3 loss at the hands of Yellow Medicine East (the Sting).
The game scores indicate a closer complexion than that. Here they are (MACA numbers first): 19-25, 22-25, 25-20 and 22-25.
So the Tigers battled commendably but just need to pick up the habit of putting an opponent away.
YME carved out an edge partly on the strength of Kylie Jans' hitting and Courtney Hinz's setting.
Individuals of note for the host Tigers were Terianne Itzen with 19 kills and Mikaela Henrichs with five ace serves.
Itzen was followed on the kill list by Sydney Engebretson (6), Jaime Bergerson (5) and Nicole Strobel (4).
Paige Schieler led in ace blocks with five. Mikaela Henrichs was busy with digs, working proficiently to perform 23.
Tiger tennis was humbled Tuesday by LQPV-DB. It was an 0-7 defeat with the following Tigers seeing action: Krista Matthews-Saugstad, Megan Wagner, Renae Mullins, Kjersa Anderson, Darcey Aronson, Carley Gullickson, Shelby Marthaler, Marlee Morton, Kaitlin Vogel and Emily Moser.
Now it's on to Homecoming Week 2011 for all the MACA Tiger student athletes!
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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