"You'll never get ahead if you don't take care of what you have." - Doris Waddell, RIP

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)

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Storm and Tigers wind down January

Boys hockey: Storm 4, Luverne 2
MBA shone in Saturday (1/26) boys hockey action at the Benson Civic Center, led by Tanner Picht. Picht performed a hat trick in the Storm's 4-2 win over Luverne.
Picht's three goals were complemented by one goal by Brody Gimberlin. The 4-2 win kept the feeling of momentum building for the rapid-skating crew. It ended Luverne's win skein of nine. Meanwhile the Storm could savor having won seven of their last eight games - quite the surge. Their stock is rising in the Southwest Conference. Marshall is a high-flying team in that conference.
The Storm limited the Luverne Cardinals to one goal each in the first and third periods. MBA took off with one goal in the first, then added two in the second and one in the third.
Picht began his hat trick by scoring MBA's first goal at 12:06 of the first period, with assists from Mac Beyer and Brody Gimberlin. Picht scored the second MBA goal at 4:31 of the second, assisted by Andrew Rentz. Brody Gimberlin then got his goal scored at 4:58 and with assists by Jordan Staples and Taner Gimberlin.
Picht completed his hat trick at 16:44 of the third in shorthanded style. Staples and Beyer assisted.
Hats off to our winning Storm!
The goalie work was done by stalwart Kyle Kennedy who picked up 19 saves. Kendall Meyer was the Luverne goalie.
 
Boys basketball: Sauk Centre 60, Tigers 52
The tide turned at halftime in the MACA vs. Sauk Centre boys basketball game on Friday, Jan. 25, at Streeter country of Sauk.
The trip home must have seemed long for coach Mark Torgerson's boys. They led at halftime by a margin of ten points, 33-23. The score ended up not representative of the game as a whole. Because, Sauk Centre turned on the jets to outscore the orange and black 37-19 in the second half.
The Tigers were stunned. Whatever seemed to have gone right in the first half dissipated. Still they came out of the night quite fine in terms of won-lost at 12-3 (2-1 in conference). Sauk Centre's record: 9-4 overall, 4-1 conference.
The final horn sounded with the score 60-52.
Are we in the North half of the WCC? We used to be in the South. And is it true there were no divisions in volleyball? I can't keep up with all this. Too many changes. I'll try to refrain from using conference terminology.
Nick Adams helped Sauk Centre surge to the win as he put in 20 points. His team made five of 16 three-point attempts.
The Tigers meanwhile were cool with three of 15 stats from three-point range. Chandler Erickson had two of the makes and Jacob Torgerson the other.
Lincoln Berget led the team in rebounds with five followed by Nic Vipond and Austin Dierks each with three. Torgerson had two assists and Erickson one. Erickson and Dierks each stole the ball three times while Logan Manska had two steals.
On to scoring: Here, Erickson and Dierks each scored 12 points and Nic Vipond had ten. Joining these double figures scorers were: Berget 8, Manska 5, Torgerson 3 and John Tiernan 2.
 
Boys hockey: Storm 6, Northern Lakes 5
The Lee Center was abuzz with overtime hockey action on Thursday, Jan. 24. Our MBA Storm athletes were flying up and down the ice against Northern Lakes.
It was a non-conference battle in which the victor was crowned in that OT extension of play. And it turned out to be MBA!
Fans watched anxiously as the athletes battled around the puck as the first few ticks of overtime elapsed. A total of 17 seconds went by before the decisive moment occurred. Brody Gimberlin scored for the Storm! The MBA fans were ecstatic, savoring this hard-earned tenth win of the season (against seven losses). Northern Lakes came out of the day at 7-10.
Actually the Storm came close to winning this game in regulation. They led 5-4 during the third period before Aspen Florey of Northern Lakes got the puck in the net. The Storm were going to have to work a little harder. Work harder they did, and Gimberlin's goal had assists from Tanner Picht and Jordan Staples.
Kyle Kennedy was the goalie and he accumulated 23 saves on the day. Mitch Stangel guarded the Northern Lakes goal.
Each team scored two goals in the first period. Picht made the score 1-0 in favor of MBA. He scored with an assist from Gimberlin at 3:28. Northern Lakes scored the next two goals. Then it was Mac Beyer scoring with an assist from Picht at 9:27.
The second period was a standoff like the first with each team adding a goal to its total. First it was Jake Hyytinen scoring for the visitor. Picht answered with the MBA goal at 16:58 which had assists from Gimberlin and Staples.
On to the third period: Northern Lakes scored first, then Beyer scored for MBA assisted by Eric Johnson at 4:51. It was Beyer scoring again at 8:46, assisted by Gimberlin and Staples. But Florey got that complicating goal at 12:21 with assists from two of his mates, so MBA was going to have to win this game in overtime. MBA took care of business.
The 6-5 win was savory for the energized Storm.
 
Girls basketball: Sauk Centre 53, Tigers 22
Sauk Centre put on an exhibition with depth at the expense of our Morris Area Chokio Alberta girls hoops squad Thursday (1/24).
There were few highlights for our fans at the home facility to savor. Instead it was the solid Mainstreeter squad from Sauk Centre providing an abundance of highlights, this en route to their 53-22 win over MACA.
How much depth? Twelve players put in points for the smoothly-humming visitor.
Sauk Centre is building a juggernaut reputation. They came out of this late January action with a 14-1 overall record, 6-0 in conference. They took advantage of a somewhat depleted Tiger squad that was without post player MaKenzie Smith. Smith was no-go due to illness. Her height and her basic court presence were missed.
It was a special night for Mainstreeter Macy Weller. She scored just ten points but vaulted past a coveted career plateau: 1000 points. Ali Peterson scored ten points for Sauk Centre and Jena Klaphake eight.
The Streeters were pretty steady, scoring 27 points in the first half and 26 in the second.
Becca Holland made the only three-point shot for MACA. As a team the Tigers were a cold one of six in that category.
Total field goals saw the Tigers cold too: seven of 36. The freethrow stats were seven of nine.
None of the Tigers scored in double figures. Kaitlin Vogel gave some stability with her seven points, a modest total with which to lead the team. Credit the Streeters' defense. Becca Holland's three-pointer was part of five total points scored. Beth Holland put in four points followed by Katie Holzheimer, Tracy Meichsner and Abbie Olson each with two.
Vogel's eight rebounds put her on top of that list. Meichsner collected five boards. Becca Holland came through with an assist. And it was Beth Holland leading in steals with two.
The Streeters made five shots from three-point range. Klaphake and Peterson each had two of those bombs, and Jordan Gamradt had one.
Bring on February! The Tigers and Storm are primed.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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