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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)

Friday, January 16, 2015

MACA boys win at YME, girls fall at NL-Spicer

Boys: Tigers 68, YME 58
It was the Tigers who applied the sting in Sting country of Yellow Medicine East Thursday night (1/15). Eric Staebler was an unstoppable force. This rangy and powerful Tiger put in 31 points in MACA's 68-58 win over the YME Sting. He vacuumed the boards for 13 rebounds.
The win was No. 8 overall for coach Mark Torgerson's crew. We're two games over .500. We took charge in the second half Thursday after a halftime situation that was basically stalemated. The halftime score was 28-27 with YME having the edge. MACA outscored the Sting 41-30 in the second half.
YME is having a struggling season: just two wins coming out of Thursday. Their Thursday loss extended their loss skein to eleven.
The Tigers made 21 of 55 field goal attempts and were a precise 19 of 26 in freethrows.
Staebler used three-point shots to boost his point total to over 30. He made four such shots. Noah Grove made two 3-point shots and had a point total of 12. Jacob Zosel made one shot from beyond the 3-point arc. Zosel picked up three assists. Sean Amundson had a steal.
Andrew Goulet added seven points to the winning mix. The list continues with Riley Biesterfeld (six points), C.J. Nagel (5), Amundson (4) and Zosel (3).
Blake Lindstrom was a bright spot for the host Sting, bringing cheers from his home crowd by scoring 24 points. Chase Richter got into double figures with 13. Then came Tyson Velde (7), Garrett Schmitz (6), Grant Lalim (4), Jake Guertin (2) and Ted Sjurseth (2).
Lindstrom connected twice from three-point range while Velde had one '3'. Richter snared six rebounds. Lindstrom had three assists and Velde had two steals. YME did quite fine in freethrows: 17 of 21. They were 19 of 42 in field goals.
Girls hoops: NL-Spicer 59, Tigers 41
It's never a picnic to play New London-Spicer in girls basketball. The Wildcats have an awesome reputation with their program. There was no reason to doubt the resilience of that program on Monday, Jan. 12. MACA girls basketball took the court at NL-Spicer to face those Wildcats.
The game was classified non-conference. NL-Spicer came in on a roll, having won four straight. They made it five at the expense of our Tigers. They shot out to a 12-2 lead. In the end they were the 59-41 winner, thus we slipped under .500 in won-lost, to 5-6. NL-Spicer savored its win No. 8.
Halftime arrived with the score 37-16. Coach Dale Henrich got some momentum established in his team's favor in the second half. MACA outscored the Wildcats 25-22 but the damage had already been done.
I'm very familiar with many of the NL-Spicer names because last year, I "adopted" this team for coverage purposes on my blog sites, after MACA had a quick exit from the tourney in both boys and girls. I enjoyed the experience. NL-Spicer vaulted to state with Taylor Thunstedt at the fore. Maybe MACA can do the trick, if not this year then sometime in the near future.
Becca Holland made a three-point shot on Monday. Moira McNally had six rebounds while Liz Tiernan had five. Lauren Reimers produced four assists while Holland had three. Tracy Meichsner led in steals with three.
The Tigers made 16 of 43 field goal attempts. In freethrows the numbers were eight of 12. Correy Hickman was the only double figures scorer with ten points. Tiernan and Holland each scored five. These four Tigers each scored four points: McNally, Reimers, Meichsner and Ashley Solvie. Lacee Maanum and Kayla Pring each scored two points, and Piper Gibson had one.
Ashlyn Geister - any relation to the former UMM Cougar tight end? - led NL-Spicer in scoring with 12 points. Shea Oman was right behind with eleven, and Alyssa Fredrick was just shy of double figures with her nine. Brooke Beuning had seven points, and Megan Thorson and Erin Tebben six each. Nicole Arnold and Kabrie Weber each put in three points. Lindsay Vagle rounded out the list with her two points.
Oman found the range to make three 3-pointers. Fredrick made two 3-pointers, and these three Wildcats each made one: Beuning, Arnold and Weber. Tebben went up to snare ten rebounds while Geister had eight. In assists it was Fredrick setting the pace with five while Thorson had three. Oman had four steals and Fredrick had three.
Girls hockey: Storm 3, Windom 2
Overtime! That was the setting for MBA Storm girls hockey success on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Saturday matinee had a 3-2 outcome with MBA savoring the win in front of the delighted home rink fans.
The win gave an infusion of optimism for the MBA skaters who have found victory elusive. The matinee win was just our third. Windom similarly has struggled. No one cared about the won-lost record at the end of the Saturday action. Winning was a delight.
We took a 1-0 lead in the first period as Kelsey Rajewsky put the puck in the net. Abby Daly and Nicole Berens assisted. Each team scored one goal in period No. 2. Hannah Lindblad made the score 2-0 with her goal at 3:40. It was an unassisted job. Windom's Molly Boyum scored with assists from Addison Beaty and Jolyssa Higley-Purrington at 9:05.
Beaty's goal at 8:17 of the third tied the score and set the stage for overtime. Abagail Turner assisted on the Beaty goal.
In overtime it was Holli Christians putting the puck in the net as the game-winner. Lindblad assisted. An atmosphere of celebration presided.
The win might have come easier because MBA out-shot Windom 59-17. But a win is a win. Abbey Hoffman had 15 saves as the MBA goalie. Windom's Emily Steen accumulated 56 saves in goal.
Congrats to the smoothly-skating Storm girls.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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