"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)

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Reimers, Holland sisters lead MACA in win

MACA reached the ten-win plateau in girls basketball Friday (1/31). The Tigers entered the weekend at 10-6 overall and 7-2 in conference.
Their Friday foe was ACGC, the Falcons, on the road. The Falcons have had a struggling season. Their struggles continued Friday at the hands of coach Dale Henrich's Tigers. The Tigers won 73-43. They were up 33-22 at halftime.
The decisive win came despite being skunked in three-point shooting. The Tigers really opted not to turn to this tool. They were 0-for-3 in 3's and 29-for-64 in total field goals. In freethrows: 15-for-22.
ACGC made just one 3-pointer in six tries. Jacey Nelson made that '3' for the Falcons.
The Holland sisters combined for 24 points for the surging Tigers. Beth scored 13 points and Becca eleven. But it was Lauren Reimers leading the orange and black in scoring. Lauren poured in 19 points.
Nicole Strobel scored seven points, Liz Tiernan six and Kayla Pring five. Kaitlin Vogel added three points to the mix, while these four Tigers each added two: Sam Henrichs, Lacee Maanum, Abbie Olson and Moira McNally. Rebekah Aanerud put in one point.
Maanum was the MACA rebound leader with eleven. Becca Holland picked up seven rebounds. Beth Holland executed six assists. Reimers led in steals as well as scoring. Lauren's steal total: seven. Beth Holland stole the ball four times. 
Katie Moore was the top ACGC scorer with 14 points. No other Falcon reached double figures. Moore was the top ACGC rebounder with eight. Abbie Halvorson had two assists, and Kendra Miller and Jacey Nelson each had two steals.
The Tigers were stronger in the second half than in the first. They outscored Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 40-21 in the second half.
It's Super Bowl weekend
Marijuana is arguably far safer than playing football, yet marijuana is illegal, and we're surrounded with promotional fluff about the Super Bowl. So, it is a very strange world in which we live.
We as a society are belatedly waking up to the abomination that is football. The players who are young and healthy are under the Klieg lights. Those who have been seriously hurt, whether it's the body or brain, and those who have gotten too old, fade away and we simply don't care about them anymore.
I have written with some regularity about this. So you might wonder: Has yours truly been successful in turning away from football as entertainment? To a large extent I have been (successful), fingers crossed.
It's hard to detach from a longstanding habit. I was on board for the four Super Bowls involving the Vikings, and had my heart broken like everyone else. Today I'm ashamed to realize I ever had an emotional investment in this stuff. How Neanderthal.
So today, while I still have a little curiosity about how certain teams are doing, and certain coaches, I really have withdrawn. It doesn't bother me at all to visit at West Wind Village on a Sunday afternoon, when I might otherwise be watching the Vikings. I don't feel as though I'm making a sacrifice.
The new Vikings stadium is pure folly. It only got approved because it picked up irresistible momentum. Governor Mark Dayton became like a deer in the headlights.
The only hope football has, is to modify itself to eliminate most of the intense contact. Can it evolve into a significantly different game? This is the only dependable path forward.
It's Super Bowl weekend. Who will win? I haven't given it a thought.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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