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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, January 28, 2015

Reimers reaches career 1000-point milestone

 WHN 60, Tigers 58
Tuesday brought a milestone for MACA Tiger Lauren Reimers. This spring she'll be pounding softballs. At present she puts in points for the Morris Area Chokio Alberta hoopsters. Coach Dale Henrich had his orange and black squad square-off vs. Wheaton-Herman-Norcross on Tuesday (1/27). Reimers reached the 1,000-point milestone for her career. She scored 12 points on the night.
(Today, Wednesday, Jan. 28, is a milestone for me as it's my 60th birthday. I'll quote my high school graduating class motto, Class of '73: "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!")
Becca Holland topped the MACA scoring list with her 15 points.
The game's outcome put a damper on the otherwise celebratory night. OT was required. The score was tied 54-all at the end of regulation. The powerful WHN team, owner of a 15-2 record coming in, found the tools to edge the Tigers. Four freethrows did the trick for the visiting Warriors. Those shots elevated WHN to a 60-58 win in this non-conference game.
MACA and WHN are old rivals from the District 21 days.
There was an element of heartbreak in this loss for the orange and black. We had a chance to win in regulation. The clock showed zero time remaining when a Tiger had a chance at the freethrow line. Oh no, a miss! That's the way it goes.
We'll be hosting Benson on Friday night. We'll enter that contest with a 7-7 record.
WHN had the 33-30 advantage at halftime Tuesday. The Tigers had the scoring edge in the second half, 24-21. In overtime the story was a 6-4 scoring edge for those Warriors.
Becca Holland built her team-best total partly on the strength of 3-pointers. Becca put in three long-rangers. Liz Tiernan sank two from long range.
Tracy Meichsner with her nine rebounds led in that category. In assists it was Correy Hickman and Meichsner setting the pace, each with four. Reimers stole the ball six times.
The Tigers made 23 of 66 field goal tries and were seven of 13 in freethrows.
Four Tigers scored in double figures. Holland with her 15 points was followed by Tiernan and Reimers each with 12, and Piper Gibson with ten. Courtney Storck and Hickman each put in four points, and Moira McNally scored one.
Samantha Lupkes was quite the cog for WHN, putting in 28 points. Jordan Stafford made an offensive statement with her 17 points. Hannah Gail scored six points, Emma Schmidt three and Scout Cronen one. These totals add up to 55 points, not 60, but that's how it was reported in the very fallible Willmar newspaper. Stafford hit a pair of 3's. Lupkes grabbed ten rebounds. Schmidt contributed two assists and three steals.
  
Boys: Sauk Centre 58, Tigers 54
The MACA boys like the girls were on the short end of a close score Tuesday. In the boys' case, the score was 58-54 and the opponent was Sauk Centre, at Sauk. This was West Central Conference hoops action.
Three-pointers were a department that smiled on the Streeters. Matthew Moritz sank three 3's and Shariff Silas two. Austin Nelson and Carter Kranz each made one '3'. The Streeters were 19 of 49 in total field goals.
The Tigers also made 19 field goals, in 56 attempts. We were 15 of 23 at the freethrow line. We're still over .500 on the heels of this loss, barely.
Eric Staebler was the dominating scoring force for MACA, pouring in 31 points. Maybe a little more balance would be nice to see. Sean Amundson put in seven points. Noah Grove was pretty quiet on this night with four points. Riley Biesterfeld and Jacob Zosel also scored four points, and Andrew Goulet had three. Robert Rohloff added a point to the mix.
Staebler had the only MACA three-pointer. Staebler led MACA in rebounds with 18, in assists with one and in steals with two.
Sauk Centre sails along with a 12-4 record coming out of Tuesday (8-2 in conference). Morris and Sauk Centre were intense rivals when I was in high school.
Cole Neubert led Sauk Centre in rebounds with seven, in assists with three and in steals with three. Silas paced the Streeters in scoring with 17 points. Moritz put in ten points. Tanner Schmiesing scored seven points followed by Neubert and Nelson each with six, Kranz with five, Nick Wanderscheid with four and Jay Friedrichs with three.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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