"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, January 29, 2014

Win No. 6 for MACA boys, score of 75-63

I'm posting on the MACA vs. YME boys hoops game on a day when there are apparently new developments with the sexual assault charges vs. our high school principal. A person with a background at the school told me last night (Tuesday) that the charges have been "tossed out."
What? How is that possible? Shouldn't our local law enforcement authorities be pretty darn certain about such charges before announcing them to the public, and having them reported all over the Upper Midwest, like in several of the newspapers owned by the Forum Communications chain? Or, having these charges laid out in a story on the KMRS/KKOK website that warranted a "XXX" rating?
These charges are as serious as you can get. A prosecutor should be very careful in making them. If the charges were thrown out because of "new information gained," that information should have been obtained and weighed before the charges were made and announced.
To the official making these charges: Do you know what you have done to this young man's life? Do you realize there is no way this individual can ever escape the specter of those charges? Do you realize all the cost and resources that went into training Mr. Peterson to be a school administrator?
Will we now learn the name of the accuser in this matter? The person who was referred to in media reports as the "victim?"
It's a sordid mess that has hurt the school district in terms of the distraction that was caused, the loss of the professional services of Mr. Peterson, and the unseemly nature of the subject matter.
We will be waiting for an explanation from the prosecuting authorities, and see if there's some sort of apology, or maybe even charges directed at them, or a civil case.
Stevens County, in my opinion, has had a reputation for overzealous law enforcement for some time. Perhaps a town meeting should be planned. I congratulate Robert Dalager for his apparently exemplary work on behalf of the principal.
Tigers 75, YME 63
On to the real business of our public school: enriching kids' lives. Coach Mark Torgerson's Tigers defeated the Sting of Yellow Medicine East on Tuesday night, Jan. 28 (my birthday) at home. I'm glad my birthday was so inspiring (LOL).
Eric Staebler had a super night, pouring in 32 points and vacuuming the boards for eleven rebounds. Noah Grove was a force helping propel the Tigers to victory too. Noah's point total: 22. Plus he dished out five assists and stole the ball four times. He used 3's to build his point total. Four times Noah sent the ball through the twine from three-point range.
The Tigers were able to overcome the 35 points scored by Sting standout Blake Lindstrom.
The Tigers worked to a 39-29 lead at halftime.
Grove had all but one of MACA's five 3-pointers. Staebler had the other, and the MACA team numbers were five of eleven. In total field goals the stats were 28 of 51. In freethrows: 14 of 23.
Here's the complete scoring list: Staebler (32), Grove (22), Nathan Anderson (7), Bryce Jergenson (6), Jacob Zosel (4) and Andrew Goulet (4).
Staebler's eleven rebounds were followed by Jergenson with seven. Grove and Jergenson each had five assists.
Lindstrom made seven 3-pointers for the visiting Sting. Austin Vikander, a Sting player with family connections to Motown, had a cool night with three points. Chase Richter scored 12 points. Lindstrom had seven rebounds and four assists.
The Tigers came out of my birthday with a 6-11 overall record, 4-6 in conference. Last fall, the YME football team ended a long losing streak by upsetting our Tigers. Fans at the MAHS gym were delighted to see a turnaround in fortunes Tuesday.
Click on the link below to read about the MAHACA wrestling team's recent wins over Paynesville and Benson. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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