"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)

Monday, December 22, 2014

Boys defeat Lac qui Parle, fall to Melrose

Tigers 54, LQPV 44
The Tigers worked to a 24-19 halftime lead and went on to defeat the visiting Eagles of Lac qui Parle Valley on Thursday, 12/18. Fans at the MAHS gym enjoyed this 54-44 boys hoops triumph over the Eagles.
MACA drew up to .500 but would lose that standing on the following night at Melrose.
Against the Eagles we made 22 of 46 field goal tries and were seven of 15 in freethrows. Noah Grove made a pair of three-point shots. Grove scored 12 points and was edged on the scoring list by Eric Staebler who scored 13. Andrew Goulet added nine points to the winning mix.
Sean Amundson scored seven followed by Jacob Zosel (5), Riley Biesterfeld (4) and Jordan Arbach (2). I realize these individual totals add up to 52 points, not 54. I got 52 from the West Central Tribune and then just now got the same on the Morris newspaper website. Maybe I'll get coach Torgerson to clarify this.
Sorry to be so pesky adding up the totals all the time. Math isn't even my forte, it's coach Torgerson's forte.
Staebler completed a double-double with his 13 rebounds. He and Zosel each performed three assists, and Goulet stole the ball twice.
LQPV's field goal shooting numbers were 17 of 47. In freethrows: three of six. One Eagle scored in double figures: Lucas Strand with 16 points. Noah Jensen scored seven followed by Garrett Olson (6), Brandon Hill (5), Austin Hass (4), Kellen Kessler (3) and Jon Nielsen (3).
Strand was a deadeye from beyond the 3-point stripe, making four long-rangers for LQPV. Jensen was Lac qui Parle's top rebounnder with seven. Olson and Nielsen each had three assists, and Olson performed two steals.
The Tigers' defense earned kudos. Take a look at the cool 36 percent shooting performance by the Eagles.
 
Melrose 68, Tigers 59
Melrose kept its unbeaten record intact with a win over the MACA boys on Friday (12/19). The Tigers slipped to under .500 with this 68-59 loss at the Melrose gym.
Melrose built a 36-27 advantage by halftime. The Dutchmen enter the new week with a 6-0 overall record, 5-0 in conference. Our Tigers sit at 4-5 with a disappointing 1-5 conference showing. The squad will strive to regroup to show a more competitive stance for the new year.
The Dutchmen had eight more field goals than the Tigers. They were awarded just eight freethrow attempts but made all eight. We had 20 field goals and were 16 of 26 in freethrows.
Three Tigers scored in double figures led by Noah Grove and his 15 points. Eric Staebler put in 13 points and Jacob Zosel had ten. Sean Amundson and Andrew Goulet each scored five. The list continues with Riley Biesterfeld (4), Austin Hills (3), Nic Solvie (2) and Ian Howden (2).
Grove made a pair of 3's while Hills made one. Staebler topped the rebound list with his seven. Zosel had five assists and Grove had two steals.
Dillon Haider made a pair of 3's for the winning Dutchmen. Cesar Cervantes and Drake Meyer each made one. Meyer collected the team-best seven rebounds. Cervantes dished out five assists.
Tyler Braegelmann was the game's scoring standout with 24 points. The balanced Melrose scoring list included Isaac Herkenhoff with eleven points. Meyer scored eight followed by three Dutchmen each with six: Dillon Haider, Zak Luetmer and Blake Gerads. Colton Meyer scored four points and Cesar Cervantes three.
When I was in high school, Melrose had one of the best basketball players in the nation in Mark Olberding. He went on to NCAA Division I and then the pros.
 
The cemetery chimes
Years ago we saw a skirmish in the Morris newspaper's letters section over the cemetery bells or chimes. Apparently we gained no resolution. The matter is erupting again.
Does anyone think it will go away, minus some drastic action to quiet the public? The conflict is unsettling. So is the sheer stupidity. I am angered.
The issue here isn't the merits of the music or whether the U.S. is a Christian nation and must be affirmed as such. There is a fundamental American principle at stake here: "A man's home is his castle." There is something sacred about a person's personal property and personal residence.
Simply put: We are all entitled to peace and quiet around our residence if we want it. It's that simple. Once again, I'm starting to feel like the only sane person in an insane asylum. Maybe I'm in a "Twilight Zone" episode.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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