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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)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Share-the-wealth scoring spells hoops win

Boys basketball: Tigers 68, LQPV 36
Scoring was a truly share-the-wealth proposition for the MACA boys hoops squad Tuesday (1/31).
How much so? All 15 of coach Mark Torgerson's student athletes put in points. Wow! This interesting feature complemented the winning outcome.
The scoreboard showed the Tigers with 68 points, the visiting Lac qui Parle Valley Eagles with 36.
The share-the-wealth "system" kept all the Tigers under double figures in scoring. The team-best total was eight, recorded by two Tigers: Chandler Erickson and Tom Holland.
Note from your site host: I have a Flickr album assembled of MACA boys basketball photos. Click on the link below to view the album. Special note: When the Flickr page comes up, you might want to consider the "sideshow" feature. It's neat!

The game became a blow-out in the first half. The Eagles, having the look of a rebuilding team, managed just 13 points in the half. The MACA total: 39. Again, wow!
For the night, MACA made five of 17 tries from beyond the three-point line. Even this had a "share-the-wealth" look. Brody Bahr made two 3-pointers followed by three of his mates each with one: Holland, Jake Torgerson and Logan Manska.
In total field goals the Morris Area Chokio Alberta numbers were 27 of 66. The freethrow stats were a sharp nine of eleven.
Sam Mattson and Lincoln Berget led in rebounds, each snaring four. Mattson led in assists with three. The steal leaders were Bahr with five and Manska with four.
Here we go with that extended scoring list - a pleasure to report: Holland 8, Erickson 8, Riley Arndt 7, Austin Dierks 6, Bahr 6, Manska 5, Berget 5, Marcus Cannon 4, Mattson 4, Daniel Nelson 4, Torgerson 3, Nic Vipond 2, Tyler Henrichs 2, Dillon McNally 2, John Tiernan 2.
Eric Smith scored eight points to lead the offense-deprived Eagles, who'll need to regroup for another night.
The Tigers obviously experienced no letdown or drain from their weekend that included a Friday home game and a Saturday trip to the Twin Cities to play at Target Center.
Perhaps the Twin Cities experience was an inspiration!

Wrestling: conference tournament
A champion heavyweight or super-heavyweight is an exciting athlete to watch. Zach Gibson occupies the heaviest weight slot for MAHACA. The initials stand for "Morris Area Hancock Chokio Alberta."
Gibson bore down to take top honors in the West Central Conference Tournament. Wrestlers from around the West Central gathered in New London on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Gibson at 285 pounds was super, winning by major decision to put finishing touches on his climb to No. 1 at his weight. His last foe was Tyler Jenson of Benson. Gibson beat Jenson 9-1.
Joel Harrison was the other Tiger making the prestigious championship round. Harrison didn't fare as well at the end so he came away with runner-up honors. Harrison lost by fall to J.D. Struxness of DBL in 1:20.
The Tigers may have had only two in the championship round but they placed in the top half of the teams: fifth among 12. ACGC took first place and the host Wildcats of New London-Spicer took second. ACGC had two more champions than NL-Spicer.
Connor Metzger came on strong to win three matches and lose one - a showing good for third at 170 pounds.
Evan Nelson had a 2-2 showing at 120 pounds and placed fourth. Travis Ostby (113) had a 1-2 day which put this Tiger at No. 5. Dillan Johnson also placed fifth with his 3-2 showing on the mat at 126 pounds.
Here's a list of the other Tigers who gamely stepped onto the mat in the 1/28 conference showcase: Mitch Ascheman (1-2 at 106 pounds), Myles Smith (0-2 at 132), Jerid Berning (0-1 at 138), Seth Nelson (1-2 at 145), Jordan Thooft (1-2 at 152), Aaron Nelson (0-1 at 160), Wade Ehlers (1-2 at 182) and Tyler Moser (0-2 at 195).
Note on all-conference: The matmen earning all-conference are the first through third place winners, while the No. 4 achievers are honorable mention.
Hayden Rouser of ACGC won Most Valuable Wrestler.

Boys basketball: Litchfield 45, Tigers 37
The Tigers had their stamina tested last weekend, playing in Minneapolis on the day after hosting and defeating the YME Sting.
It was a privilege to play at Saturday's (1/28) venue: Target Center, home of the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Tigers vied with Litchfield there.
The Tigers summoned a strong challenge vs. a red-hot Litchfield Dragon unit that had won nine straight.
The Tigers enjoyed the upper hand in the first half. They in fact led throughout that half. The horn sounded for halftime with coach Torgerson's crew up by two, 20-18.
Is it possible some fatigue crept in for the second half? Whatever the explanation, Morris Area Chokio Alberta couldn't parlay their first half advantage.
This was a truly top-notch foe the Tigers were facing. The Dragons own the No. 8 ranking in Minnesota AA. They began showing that state-ranked sheen midway in the second half, led by Zach Whitchurch who made two 3-pointers.
When the final horn sounded, Litch had expanded its win streak to ten at the expense of MACA, 45-37.
The Tigers came out of the night at 11-5. Litchfield emerged with stellar 14-2 W/L numbers.
No one stood out in the scoring column for Litch. Whitchurch supplied pivotal baskets but his point total was a modest eight. Teammate Mitch Wollin scored eleven. Wollin actually had game-high honors with this modest total.
The Tigers' point total of 37 was a season-low.
It would have been better to win, but the orange and black crew can tuck away some nice memories from this experience.
Yours truly wonders if a hamburger costs as much there as when I last attended. I went a couple times with the late Rick Lucken. (We dined at Rudolph's Bar-b-que pregame.)
The Tigers looked at home in the "big city" Saturday despite coming out on the short end. They weren't particularly sharp shooting threes, though, as shown in the three of 15 numbers. Three different Tigers made those long-rangers: Logan Manska, Sam Mattson and Jacob Torgerson.
In total field goals the Tigers were 16 of 40. In freethrows: two of eight.
Austin Dierks led in rebounds with eight and also scored eight points. Riley Arndt led the Tigers in scoring with ten points. Chandler Erickson supplied three assists.
Here's the complete scoring list: Arndt 10, Dierks 8, Manska 5, Mattson 5, Torgerson 3, Erickson 2, Tyler Henrichs 2 and Lincoln Berget 2.
Click on the link below to reach the MACA boys basketball Maxpreps page:
Click on the link below to reach the Tigers' schedule page on Pheasant Country Sports. We must optimize our web resources! It's the wave of the future.

- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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