There's nothing like an early-fall trip to New London for a cross country meet. A mass of runners gathered on the glorious green. Competition was at Little Crow Country Club, following a long tradition.
And they're off! This was on Thursday, Sept. 11. A mass of competing prep runners is quite the spectacle. This meet is called the New London-Spicer Invite. The Willmar newspaper described the "rolling, thick green grass." Autumn certainly seems to be setting in, in a hurry. Let's hope summer isn't down for the count.
Over 20 teams had their harriers in action. Some fans had to park way out. The Little Crow venue will be used again for the Section 6A meet on October 23. The Tiger harriers of Morris Area Chokio Alberta were part of the spectacle. What an exhilarating day. It was much more enjoyable, I'm sure, than being at the Friday MACA football game which was pathetic with its one-sidedness.
The MACA girls impressed with their fifth place showing at Little Crow. Savannah Aanerud was No. 11 to the finish line with her time of 16 minutes flat. Maddie Carrington placed 14th, timed at 16:12. Lauren Reimers arrived at the finish line No. 29, clocked at 16:57. Wasn't Lauren the Tiger who was knocking the cover off the ball in softball last spring?
Correy Hickman placed 36th for the Tigers with her 17:15 time. Midori Soderberg was No. 47 with her 17:40 performance.
Lac qui Parle had the top girls team. Alaysia Freetly of the Eagles was the runner-up behind champion Emily Donnay of Eden Valley-Watkins. Jordyn Sterud of LQPV placed sixth with her 15:41 time, and again I see the name of "Ali McGraw" of Litchfield, and I wonder if she's named after the old movie actress (who worked so well with Steve McQueen).
Jon Jerke of the MACA boys team covered the course in 18:28. The only other reported male runner was Travis Ostby (19:53). Glencoe-Silver Lake had the top boys team. Andrew Zachman of Holdingford was the boys champion, timed at 16:10.
Volleyball: Monte 3, Tigers 2
Montevideo got a whole lot of "mo" in game 5 of the Thursday (9/11) match in Montevideo. The Thunder Hawks excited their fans with a string of 14 unanswered points in the deciding game 5, at the expense of our Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers.
Monte gained just its second win of the season. For a time, MACA appeared to have seized the momentum in this match. The orange and black prevailed in games 2 and 3 by scores of 25-17 and 25-14. This was after dropping game 1 in a 25-21 final.
Starting in game 4, Monte really came to the fore with quality play. Monte took game 4 by a 25-15 score, then polished things off with total dominance in game 5.
Karly Fehr put up 28 set assists for the Tigers. Brooke Gillespie produced 12 kills followed by Lacee Maanum (9), Kayla Pring (7), Haley Erdahl (4), Tracy Meichsner (4) and Fehr (3). Pring produced three ace blocks.
Kourtney Giese, the "libero," was at the fore in digs with her 22. (Kourtney does a nice job waiting on us at DeToy's Restaurant. Stop by and dine sometime soon.)
Gillespie had 13 digs followed by Erdahl (11), Fehr (6) and Dierks (5). Three Tigers each had two serving aces: Fehr, Giese and Dierks.
Alyssa Stern had 12 kills for Montevideo, and Abby Olson was right behind with eleven. Grace Sulflow was busy in setting with her 39 set assists. Natalie Feldhake and Alexis Schmitz each had four ace blocks.
Stern led Monte in digs with ten. In serving it was Sulflow leading the way for the victor with her four aces.
I'm not writing about the football game vs. YME. I don't think that game accomplished any purpose for anybody, sorry.
- Brian Williams - morris mn Minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org