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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)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Grove and Staebler stoke offense in road win

Tigers 68, 'Waska 57
The Tigers came on strong to turn back the Lakers of Minnewaska Area Tuesday night (12/9).
The orange and black built a 26-18 advantage by halftime. The scoring pace quickened in the second half. MACA surged to score 42 second half points, putting their game total at 68. We won this conference contest by a score of 68-57 at 'Waska. We put in 24 field goals and made 17 of 27 freethrow attempts.
MACA takes a 2-2 record into tomorrow's (Thursday) home game against Montevideo. The Lakers of 'Waska have a 1-3 record in conference and overall.
Noah Grove had a hot hand for the Tigers Tuesday. Noah made three shots from beyond the 3-point arc. He finished with a team-best 28 points. Right on his heels on the scoring list was the always-productive Eric Staebler. Grove and Staebler were quite the 1-2 punch with 28 and 27 points respectively. These two were complemented by: Sean Amundson (five points), C.J. Nagel (4), Ian Howden (3) and Jacob Zosel (1).
Minnewaska made 19 of 68 field goal tries and was a proficient 10/12 in freethrows. Austin VerSteeg led 'Waska in rebounds with 12 and assists with three. Michael Gruber stole the ball five times. Matt McIver was an imposing presence on the court with his 27 points.
The remainder of the 'Waska scoring list includes: Riley Thompson (8), Michael Gruber (7), VerSteeg (5), Jackson Hendrickson (3), Thorin Erickson (3), Justin Amundson (2) and Greg Helander (2).
Hancock boys 87, RCW 75
This game had a complexion of potent offense. Hancock's proved to be superior. Their foe was Renville County West. Noah Kannegiesser had the hot hand for Hancock, scoring 35 points in this 87-75 triumph. It was Hancock's second triumph of the young season.
Kannegiesser also contributed nine assists. Collin Brown paced the Owls in rebounds with ten and in steals with six. The Owls made 34 of 57 field goal tries and were sharp at the freethrow line with their 10 of 12 numbers.
Long-range shooting was a forte shown by Kannegiesser: five 3-pointers made. Let's review the whole scoring list: Kannegiesser (35), Logan Kisgen (19), Brown (17), Chandler Gramm (6), Tyler Reese (4), Andrew Shaw (2), Brandon Shaw (2) and Bryce Schmidgall (2).
The Owls outscored RCW 40-36 in the first half and 47-39 in the second.
Three RCW players scored in double figures: Ian Engstrom (25), Colin Thompson (18) and Brady Holwerda (16). Four RCW players each made one '3'.
Boys hockey: River Lakes 4, MBA 3
MBA took the ice on Tuesday to vie with River Lakes on the River Lakes ice. The ice is on neither a river or lake, of course. This puck action was in Paynesville and required overtime.
Regulation ended with the score deadlocked three-all. MBA had a 1-0 lead after one period. Brennden DeHaan scored that initial MBA goal. Assists came from Colden Helberg and Corey Goff. Alas, River Lakes owned the second period. Grant Thompson scored with an assist from Cody Pulsifer; and Hunter Sjoberg put the puck in the net assisted by Ethan Parsons and Jake Jenson. The Sjoberg goal came on a power play.
MBA fought back, scoring the first two goals of the third period. First it was Kevin Meixel with an unassisted job. Then came a goal by Tyler Bergman with assists from Helberg and DeHaan. River Lakes answered with a goal by Matt Prozinski, assisted by Connor Beltz and Jake Kuhlman.
The OT story had Grant Thompson scoring at 6:43, bringing jubilation among the home team fans. Beltz and Prozinski supplied assists on the game-winner. River Lakes could savor their 4-3 win.
Tony Bruns worked in goal for MBA and had 48 saves. Nick Skluzacek had 23 saves as the River Lakes goaltender.
A thank you
Thanks to Wanda Dagen, MAHS band director, for sending me a personal email saying the upcoming Monday (12/15) band concert had been changed from 8 p.m. to 7:30. The school calendar had 8 p.m.
In recent weeks I have expressed consternation at so many events in Morris having details changed from what was originally announced (starting time and even the date in one instance).
A couple months ago there was an event at Federated Church where the posters around town said "coffee and rolls in the morning," so, we show up at about 8:30 a.m. and were told the serving wouldn't begin until 9. In fact, we found the tone of the clarification to be a little rude. One person said "that door is supposed to be locked," as if I were personally responsible for the door being locked. The posters around town should have made clear the serving would begin at 9 a.m.
Thanks to Wanda I know the upcoming concert at MAHS will be at 7:30, so I won't have steam coming out of my ears that night if we arrive at the wrong time.
The worst part of being corrected in this situation is sometimes being scolded as follows: "Don't you listen to the Morris radio station?" Well, I only rarely listen to the radio. If I were to state this, I'd be scolded: "Well, then it's your problem."
Sometimes as when bad weather is approaching, I'll turn on the Morris radio and within a couple minutes, I'm forced to listen to a rock 'n' roll song from the 1950s. I'm irritated by that, blaring as it does from a cheap radio's speakers. "Well, get a better radio." Sorry.
I have a better idea: Maybe the school calendar should be online-only, then any changes can get typed immediately onto the calendar and the calendar will be correct and accurate at all times. How about that?
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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