"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)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

MACA volleyball rolls over ACGC on road

The Tigers were smooth and powerful in their execution Tuesday, winning in the minimum three games. They took care of business vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City.
Game scores were 25-9, 25-19 and 25-13. The site was the Grove City gym. Coach Kristi Fehr's squad notched win No. 4, climbing over .500 to 4-3.
We don't have a Homecoming week home match. Winning will salve that situation. The Tigers will strive to win again on Thursday (9/19) when they visit Yellow Medicine East.
Five Tigers each had one serving ace in the win over the Falcons of ACGC. Here are the five, with their good/attempts numbers in parenthesis: Hunter Mundal (13-15), Beth Holland (10-11), Haley Erdahl (10-11), Terianne Itzen (7-7) and Sydney Engebretson (14-14). Chelsey Ehleringer added her perfect 14-for-14 numbers to the mix.
Ehleringer had ten set assists, a department where Erdahl led with 15.
Engebretson was poised at the net and executed four ace blocks. Paige Schieler contributed two ace blocks followed by these Tigers each with one: Itzen, Maanum, Tracy Meichsner and Kayla Pring.
Engebretson showed that poise in hitting, leading the charge here with her 11 kills and 26 of 29 good/attempts. Two Tigers each came at the Falcons with eight kills: Lacee Maanum and Schieler. Maanum had 16 of 18 good/attempts stats while Schieler was a flawless 20 of 20. Itzen had 14 good in 14 attempts with six kills. Nicole Strobel went 10-for-12 with three kills.
Itzen was the busiest Tiger in digs with her 17. Beth Holland executed 14 digs and Mundal 12. Continuing with the list we have Ehleringer with eleven, Erdahl with eight and Engebretson with five.
In other West Central Conference action Tuesday, it was BOLD over Montevideo 3-0, Sauk Centre beating Benson 3-1 and Melrose topping Paynesville 3-0.
 
Whither old school property?
The recent suggestion of an outdoor pool for the old school property should have many of us feeling like Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day."
I mean, the proposal has come up with regularity through the years. It's almost embarrassing because we can't seem to realize this goal. We eventually did realize the goal of an indoor ice arena. Perhaps we all take that for granted now. That's fine, but I remember well the days when hockey was kind of a "church mice" sport in Morris - a sandlot type of sport.
It was "mission accomplished" with the ice arena, our Lee Community Center, but the outdoor pool continues as kind of a mirage in our heads. It's a lofty idea or goal, and we have in fact flirted with success.
We had the "earthen pool" out at Pomme de Terre City Park for a time. It was all the rage when it opened but then it faded.
More recently we have gotten the "spray park" built at the city park. I don't know to what extent that has been successful. But I doubt many of us judge that as a substitute for a real outdoor pool. So we hear again that clarion call that a new pool is needed in Morris, an echo of many such cries through the years.
I remember writing a feature article about this for the local print media back in about 1980. I remember two female lobbyists showing up at a city council meeting. They much appreciated the attention I gave the subject. But there was no immediate action.
We eventually got that earthen pool. For some reason that couldn't get established for the long term. So a void is once again seen.
And now we hear the call for a new pool on the old school property. I'm not sure why we had to wait for this property to become available. I'm not even sure why the City of Morris ended up with the property dumped in its lap. But whatever, we're moving forward and now there's the high-profile suggestion of getting this new pool.
A good idea? Naturally, but it's much easier coming up with new ideas than paying for them.
Had the community really wanted this asset, why not initiate it at Green River Park? Green River is quite ideally located in terms of being convenient for residential neighborhoods. The old school property is on the northern end of town.
I'm skeptical about whether there's potential for any kind of development on the old school property. A new outdoor pool? Maybe it's worthy of looking at, but we as a community need to reach a resolution on this. Let's either get one or move on from this dream.
The suggestion has one feeling like Bill Murray (listening to Sonny and Cher at wakeup-time).
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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