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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 28, 2013

Larson's TD spells defeat for MACA boys

ACGC 7, Tigers 0
The MACA Tigers found points elusive Friday night in Falcon country of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.
The Tigers went from scoring 41 points in week #4 to being held scoreless in the week #5 affair.
ACGC's offense was hardly humming either. Or, let's say the two defenses put on a fine exhibition. Whatever the explanation, there was only one touchdown scored. Taylor Larson found the end zone for the host Falcons. He crossed the end zone stripe in the third quarter on a big run of 36 yards. Colton Minnick kicked the point-after.
ACGC upped its season record to 3-2 with a 7-0 win over our Tigers. The string of zeroes looks depressing in the game's boxscore. It was a far cry from the frequent scoring that marked the Morris Area Homecoming game the previous week.
Click on the permalink below to view a Flickr photo album of MACA Tiger football, 2013. I took these photos at three games at our Big Cat Stadium. - B.W.
The numbers were down for the Tigers including passing where Bryce Jergenson had three completions in eleven attempts for 28 yards and an interception. Bo Olson had two of the catches and Corey Storck the other. Corey's catch covered 20 yards.
Isaac Wente was slowed in his rushing yardage, accumulating just 37 yards on this night in 18 carries. Nathan Anderson had 24 rushing yards in nine carries, Olson 18 yards in three carries and Trent Wulf 15 yards in seven.
Noah Grove punted the ball five times for an average of 30.4 yards.
The Tigers had ten first downs and were called for seven penalties setting them back 35 yards. They recovered a fumble.
There just weren't enough pluses there to translate into points.
ACGC had ten first downs like the Tigers. Taylor Larson passed the football sparingly but most efficiently. The stats show him completing four passes in four attempts for 48 yards and no interceptions. All four catches were made by Maverick Whitcomb. (I like that name.)
Larson also had an interception on defense. Larson carried the football eleven times for 57 yards. The other significant ballcarrier for the Falcons was Jordan Nelson with 13 carries for 54 yards. David Kinzler did the Falcons' punting.
The Tigers' Wente, while slowed on this night, advanced his season rushing total to 558 yards.
We're past the halfway point in the regular season schedule. Alas, the Tigers don't look so good in won-lost, sitting at 1-4. They'll play another road contest this Friday vs. Montevideo. Monte is coming off a 34-6 loss to Minnewaska Area.
Runners in mass competition
The big running event at Milaca has won the name "mega." The description is most apt. A sea of runners vies in prep cross country.
You can look for some orange and black there. Morris Area Chokio Alberta is in the running.
The 2013 edition of the "Mega Meet" was held on Saturday, Sept. 21. A runner familiar to our Tigers, Alaysia Freetly of Lac qui Parle/Dawson-Doyd, was No. 1 in the AA girls race, covering the 4K in 14:56. The AA boys winner was Ephram Bird of Minnehaha Academy (15:55 in the 5K).
Minnehaha Academy was the boys team winner in AA, while LQPV-DB was No. 2 in the girls, trailing only Perham.
The MACA runners vied in the Class A competition. The Class A winning teams were Long Prairie-Grey Eagle in the boys and Trinity River Ridge in the girls.
Here's a listing of the Morris Area Chokio Alberta boys who covered that 5K: Aaron Goulet (17:33), Ryan Gray (18:45), Jon Jerke (19:14), Eric Staebler (20:41) and Travis Ostby (21:37).
Here's a listing of the girls running under coach Dale Henrich: Savannah Aanerud (17:20), Lauren Reimers (17:44), Becca Holland (18:15), Kindra Cannon (19:06) and Anna Grove (19:18).
The individual winners in Class A were both from Redwood Valley: Ryan Phillips (16:23) and Kayla Huhnerkoch (14:46).
Tennis: loss to 'Waska
Minnewaska Area's rackets were potent and precise against the Tigers in Tuesday (9/24) girls tennis action. The Lakers prevailed in all the categories.
MACA first singles player Abbie Olson was defeated by Ellen Stensrud. Kaitlin Vogel bowed at second singles vs. Jada Hoffman. Katie Cannon came out on the short end at third singles against Hannah Freske. Maddie Hennen was defeated at fourth singles by Myranda Thoen.
On to doubles: The No. 1 MACA team of Carly Gullickson and Kjersa Anderson fell vs. Rachel Riley and Makenna Hanson. Brittany Cardwell and Hannah Brueggemann wielded the rackets at No. 2 doubles and they fell vs. Joelle Thorfinnson and Annika Pederson. At No. 3 doubles it was Annie Brandt and Jessica Burks vying for MACA, and they were defeated by Sarah Freske and Karissa LaMont of the Lakers.
Quick question: Why do so many sports summaries in the Willmar newspaper appear with no mention of where the game/match was held?
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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