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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)

Friday, January 13, 2012

MACA boys roll past Lac qui Parle, WC Area

Boys basketball: Tigers 58, LQPV 36
The MACA boys stayed on a roll with the holidays fading ever further into the past. Rolling into mid-January, the Tigers continued a hectic portion of the schedule by defeating Lac qui Parle Valley.
The score was 58-36. At halftime it was 32-16.
The relative ease of the win was well-timed, as the squad was coming off a rare Saturday contest. The Saturday win over West Central Area is reviewed further down in this post.
Against the Eagles of LQPV, Tuesday (1/10) at LQPV, coach Mark Torgerson's squad efficiently connected on 23 of 54 shots from the field (four of 13 in 3's). In freethrows they were eight of 14.
Logan Manska made two of the three-pointers and he was team-high in scoring with 14 points. Jacob Torgerson and Chandler Erickson made the other 3's. Manska was joined in double figures scoring by Austin Dierks with eleven points and Riley Arndt with ten.
Continuing with the scoring we have John Tiernan (7), Jacob Torgerson (5), Chandler Erickson (4), Brody Bahr (2), Sam Mattson (2), Nick Vipond (2) and Lincoln Berget (1).
Dierks grabbed five rebounds to set the pace there. Bahr raced around the court to get six steals.
No one on the LQPV side scored in double figures. The Eagles are stumbling a little this season and came out of Tuesday winless in conference (and 2-9 overall).
Morris Area Chokio Alberta's win was its eighth overall, continuing a skein of success.

Tigers 62, West Central Area 56
You might think West Central Area is a conference opponent but it isn't. The Tigers made the fairly short trip to Barrett Saturday (1/7) to take on the Knights in non-league hoops.
The Tigers were fresh from Tuesday and Thursday wins and weren't about to relinquish any of their momentum. They notched their seventh win in a 62-56 final. They led 28-23 at halftime.
Lots of Tigers ended up with their names on the scoring list - a pleasing state of affairs. The list was topped by Austin Dierks with his 20 points. Chandler Erickson poured in 14 and Riley Arndt ten.
The list continues with Logan Manska (6), John Tiernan (4), Brody Bahr (3), Jake Torgerson (3), Tyler Henrichs (1) and Lincoln Berget (1).
Coach Mark Torgerson could be very pleased seeing his team exceed 50 percent in field goal shooting. The numbers here: 24 of 46. And in three-pointers alone: seven of 14 (superlative). The successful 3's were launched by Erickson (2), Manska (2), Torgerson (1), Bahr (1) and Dierks (1).
The MACA freethrow stats were seven of 16.
Arndt led in rebounds with seven followed by Dierks and Henrichs each with six. Manska led in assists with four followed by Arndt with three.
Tom Holland and Erickson each had three steals. Arndt had three shot blocks while Dierks swatted aside two shots.
Dakotah Kashmark scored 16 points to lead the Knights.
West Central Area coach Kraig Hunter was quoted saying, on the Craig Olson website: "I had a Morris fan tell me it is not humanly possible to play any harder than our kids played, and I would agree with that. We were giving up a lot of size yet our kids hustled all over the floor and played as well as we could have.
"I cannot ask any more than what they gave. Credit Morris for making some big shots under pressure at the end. They are a solid, deep basketball team."
Thank you, coach Hunter.
Coach Torgerson of the Tigers reported on the Maxpreps site: "The second half was very intense as both teams battled hard. We got into a little foul trouble and the depth we have shown all year was a real asset. The Knights got to the freethrow line 16 times in the half and that kept them in the game. Although they never did take a lead, they got within a single point at 50-49 before Manska hit a key three-pointer.
"Dierks added a two-point basket and then a top-of-the-key three, and we were able to hold off the late run by the Knights. Despite missing several freethrows down the stretch, we won the game by six."
The Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys emerged from the weekend with a 7-2 mark. West Central Area's record: 4-5.

Wrestling: success at BOLD
The Tigers won not one but two duals at Bird Island Tuesday. It was a triangular challenge and it had the BOLD Warriors as one of the teams (the "B" standing for Bird Island).
The Morris Area Hancock Chokio Alberta wrestling athletes took care of business with a 44-23 score vs. BOLD.
Let's acknowledge the individuals, weight class by weight class: At 106 pounds it was Mitchell Ascheman coming out on the short end vs. Brady Zitzmann, 14-4. At 113 it was Travis Ostby getting Lukas Melges' shoulders pinned to the mat in :20.
Devin Robertson didn't fare so well at 120, and this Tiger lost by major decision to Benny Garcia, 17-5. Evan Nelson (126) of the Tigers pinned Derrick Lothert in 1:04. Dillan Johnson (132) came out on the short end vs. Brett Grund in a 6-5 decision.
Myles Smith (138) came on strong to post a major decision win over Scott Rauenhorst, 11-3. Seth Nelson got a forfeit win at 145 pounds.
Jordan Thooft (152) lost by technical fall to Alex Hatch in 4:05. Tim Ostby (160) notched a major decision win over Ben Steffel. Connor Metzger (170) was on the losing end of a major decision vs. Sean Weibel, 10-2.
Wade Ehlers (182) was defeated by Joel Erickson in a 14-9 decision. Tyler Moser at 195 pounds pinned Trevor Nissen in 5:01.
Joel Harrison at 220 pounds won by forfeit. Zach Gibson rolled to a victory by fall over Nick Steffel at 285 pounds, in :49.
That same day, the Tiger wrestlers defeated Tracy Milroy 42-31.

Girls hockey: stalemate vs. Worthington
The rebuilding girls hockey team of Morris Benson Area fought Worthington to a draw on Saturday, Jan. 7, at Worthington. The game extended into overtime but both teams posted a zero in OT. The game went into the books as a 4-4 tie.
The first period ended with Worthington leading 3-2. Kamri Kalthoff scored the fist MBA goal with an assist from Hanna Lindblad. This was a power play goal and it came at 10:27 of the first.
Worthington built a 3-1 lead as the period progressed. MBA fought back as Kelsey Rajewsky scored, assisted by Abby Daly, at 16:52 to close out scoring in the period.
The teams traded goals in period #2, with Lindblad beating the clock to get the puck in with just one second left, shorthanded!
Lindblad scored again in the third to get the score knotted. There would be no further scoring.
Shianne Wold worked in the net for the Storm and her save total was 32. Her goalie rival was Amanda Bristow.

School calendar note
The MACA boys hoops squad is hosting ACGC tonight (Friday the 13th - uh oh). Problem is, this game appears on both Thursday and Friday of our school calendar.
On both Jan. 12 and 13 of the "dead tree" (paper) version of the calendar, you'll see "BBB-ACGC-H-6 p.m." I'm not confusing a junior high game.
The purpose here isn't to point fingers, at least not for the actual booboo. I'd only point fingers in the sense I think the school calendar should be online-only. I realize it is online but in my opinion, it's not in an optimally user-friendly form.
I had a parent demonstrate how to reach it and use it, and in my assessment there are some hoops to jump through. I would normally look for the words "school calendar" to click on, but no, there's a picture. From there you face choices along with figuring out how to get words enlarged on the screen - perhaps easy once you "learn the ropes," but it's got to be easier for a casual or neophyte web user, IMHO.
If this stated ideal were to be realized, I think Supt. Monson could go forward with the goal of having the calendar be online-only. With an online-only approach, any mistake such as the one I cited with the basketball game could be corrected.
Paper is permanent. It's also getting quickly outdated.
Five years ago you'd hear the argument "not everyone is online." In the year 2012 this is a difficult argument to make.
Technically I'm not online but I use computers at our public library and senior community center. And look what I can accomplish here.
People access the Internet at Wi-Fi places. People use the Internet through gadgets that go beyond the old "computers." Someday the word "computers" might even be obsolete. We'll use a variety of terms for the various devices, with the mobile ones gaining increased popularity.
OK, so there might still be a few people who want the paper calendar. Some paper copies could be printed off, stapled together and made available on request at the school. If the school finds there are still lots of people who want it this way, they can go back to having one printed. That costs money of course. Online it costs nothing. So, there's an incentive to more forward.
I can't emphasize enough the "user friendly" angle. You should be able to click on "school calendar," click on a month and then be able to click on a specific day to see an enlargement. Anything is doable with the web.
Have you ever been to a website that seemed great in theory only to get confused when trying to actually use it? It's as if the creators never thought of experimenting by using it themselves. They set it up as fine in theory, only to fail checking it out in raw practice.
We can overcome all this.
Supt. Monson might be hesitant to make the change, but it would be good to think about it. Just like it would be good to think about the myriad ways the school website could be improved to become a full-fledged PR arm of the school. We mustn't underestimate that.
Change lunges forward albeit in fits and starts. Remember, the ice business lasted up through the mid-1960s.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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