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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)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Girls overcome late Minnewaska surge to win

Tigers 73, 'Waska 64
The Holland sisters were precise with their shooting eye on Thursday (2/6) in the win over the Lakers. Beth Holland scored 23 points and Becca followed up with 17.
The combined 40 points were critical in the Tigers overcoming the host Minnewaska Area Lakers.
The win wasn't as routine as the final score might suggest. Or, as the halftime score of 38-22 might suggest. These Lakers had some fight in them. The Lakers drew cheers from their home fans as they got the score tied 59-all with the clock showing 2:30 remaining. All of a sudden it's anyone's ballgame.
Freethrows were a weapon the Tigers used in re-establishing their edge. The Tigers prevailed 73-64. The game was not a masterpiece as there were frequent fouls. Indeed the blast of the whistle was heard often. In all there were 61 fouls called on the night.
Was it a case of sloppy execution or over-aggressive play? Whatever, MACA was going to summon whatever tools were needed to win. Those fouls opened the door for freethrow opportunities. MACA put up 48 shot tries from the freethrow line, making 30. Meanwhile the Lakers made good on 21 of their 39 tries from the gift stripe.
The Holland sisters produced 18 of their points on freethrows.
Lauren Reimers put in 14 points for coach Dale Henrich's Tigers. Here's the rest of the scoring for the orange and black squad: Lacee Maanum (5), Nicole Strobel (4), Kaitlin Vogel (4), Kayla Pring (2), Correy Hickman (2), Abbie Olson (1) and Piper Gibson (1).
Becca Holland made a pair of three-pointers while Reimers made one. The Tigers were three of eleven in 3-pointers and 20 of 53 in total field goals. Those 30 of 48 freethrow numbers were eye-opening on the stat sheet.
The Lakers made half their total field goal attempts: 20 of 40. They were three of eight in 3's as Bayley Pooler, Madi Phillips and Taylor Amundson each made one.
Ariel Ostrander collected 12 rebounds for 'Waska. Pooler led them in assists with four, and Phillips was the top steal producer with six. Carley Stewart topped the 'Waska scoring list with her 18 points, just ahead of Pooler with her 17.
The MACA record coming out of this game: 13-6.
Boys hockey: Storm 5, Prairie Centre 4
The Storm put up a goose egg in period No. 2 and this proved costly in the Thursday, 2/6, puck action.
MBA scored one goal in the first period and three in the third. This wasn't enough to overtake the host, Prairie Centre, who found the net for two goals in the first period, one in the second and two in the third. Thus the final horn sounded with Prairie Centre up 5-4 on the scoreboard. The action was at Sauk Centre.
That first period MBA goal was scored by Corey Goff at 5:43 with an assist from Corey Storck. The "Coreys" showed good chemistry. Prairie Centre, unfortunately for the Storm, owned the rest of the period. Zach Pierskalla scored with an assist from Kristian Laaksonen (9:07), and Adam Fronseth scored at 11:51, making the score 2-1.
Preston Pung made the score 3-1 at 14:52 of the second period, assisted by Laaksonen.
The Prairie Centre lead kept growing as Fronseth struck with a goal at 4:58 of the third period, assisted by Laaksonen. So the Storm are down 4-1. But they certainly didn't fold. The Storm focused to outscore Prairie Centre 3-1 the rest of the way. It was Tanner Gimberlin scoring with a Lincoln Pahl assist at 9:20 of the third. Then it was Storck getting the puck into the net at 15:05, short-handed.
Alas, Laaksonen scored what would prove to be the game-winner for Prairie Centre at 15:51, assisted by Alexsi Runola. Gimberlin scored MBA's final goal at 16:48.
Tony Bruns was the MBA goalie and he had 32 saves. Clay Deters wore the goalie equipment for Prairie Centre.
Boys basketball: Sauk Centre 64, Tigers 53
The MACA boys visited Sauk Centre Friday (2/7) looking for win No. 8. They didn't get it. The Streeters prevailed in the 64-53 final.
Sauk had the 37-23 advantage at halftime.
Noah Grove was the only Tiger making three-pointers. He was two of four in that department. MACA was two of nine as a team.
Jordan Arbach and Eric Staebler each blocked a shot. Eric pulled down eleven rebounds. Riley Biesterfeld executed three assists and Bryce Jergenson had two. In steals it was Jergenson and Arbach leading with two each, followed by Andrew Goulet and Staebler each with one.
MACA got ample freethrow opportunities and made 25 of 33. But Sauk Centre just had two many weapons on this night.
Eric Staebler put in 20 points to top the Morris Area Chokio Alberta scoring. Grove's total was 18. Jergenson scored seven followed by Goulet (4), Nathan Anderson (2) and Arbach (2).
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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