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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)

Monday, December 14, 2015

Boys beat BOLD, girls fall to Litchfield

The MACA boys prevailed 57-42 in Friday, Dec. 11, action at BOLD. The MACA girls, playing on Saturday, were defeated by Litchfield 57-52 at the home court.
Other recent hoops action is summed up in a post on my companion website, "Morris of Course." You may read about these three girls games: the win over BOLD (60-46), the loss to Minnewaska Area (55-43) and the loss to New London-Spicer (61-38). Please click on link, and thanks for reading. - B.W.
Boys: Tigers 57, BOLD 42
MACA picked up win No. 4 with this triumph at Bird Island over the Warriors of BOLD. We worked to a five-point edge at halftime, 27-22, and outscored the Warriors by ten points in the second half.
Eric Staebler was a major force with his 26 points. Sean Amundson put in 12 points. Robert Rohloff and Jacob Zosel each contributed eight. Ryan Dietz added two points to the mix, and Philip Anderson one. Zosel made both of the team's three-pointers.
Staebler led in rebounds with eight followed by Anderson with six. Three Tigers each had three assists: Zosel, Rohloff and Lukus Manska. Zosel stole the ball twice.
Two BOLD players each scored eleven points: Thomas Meyers and Mason Mages. Mages connected for three 3-pointers. Thomas Meyers had the team-best six rebounds. Ethan Weis had two assists, and he was one of three Warriors with a steal. Ryan Snow and Meyers each had a steal.
BOLD came out of the night still in search of its first win. MACA owned a 4-1 mark, 2-1 in conference.
Girls: Litchfield 57, Tigers 52
Halftime was a stalemate when the MACA Tigers hosted Litchfield on Saturday, Dec. 12. Each team had 26 points at halftime. But it was Litchfield who pulled away in the second half to defeat our Tigers 57-52. Litch got its fourth win.
Three Tigers each made two 3-point shots: Riley Decker, Becca Holland and Correy Hickman. Hickman topped the scoring list with her 12 points. Riley Decker made double figures with her ten. Then we have Holland (9), Nicole Solvie (8), Moira McNally (6), Ashley Solvie (5) and Jenna Howden (2).
The West Central Tribune did not specify which Solvie - Ashley or Nicole - led in rebounds with eight. Holland collected five rebounds and Hickman had four. Hickman produced six assists followed by Holland with four. Hickman stole the ball three times.
For Litchfield, three players scored in double figures: Haley Euerle and Macy Huhner each with 13 points and Savanna Pater with 12. Huhner made two 3-pointers while Kayla Peterson made one.
Wrestling: a Saturday invite
The MAHACA wrestlers traveled for the West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville Invite on Saturday (12/12). Why don't we straighten out some of these name issues? Why can't we simply call our team "Morris Area?" This would do a tremendous service to people outside our area who may not know what "MAHACA" is.
We may think it's cute to just say "mahaca," pronounced phonetically. I think it's odd. The name ought to be helpful in understanding where this team comes from, seriously. The Saturday meet should be named for the town where it was held, rather than having a strung-out list of town names. I'm surprised this practice has lasted as long as it has.
"Towns" and their names don't have the significance in our society that they once did, not in our highly mobile, interconnected world.
West Central was the top team in the Saturday wrestling affair. "United" was second. We should all be so lucky as to be "united." The Tigers were eighth among the eleven teams.
Dalton Rose went 0-2 at 106 pounds. Ben Travis had a 2-1 afternoon at 113 pounds. Gideon Joos went 0-2 as the 120-pounder. Jared Rohloff took sixth place at 138 pounds with his 1-3 showing. Trenton Nelson took third as he won three matches and lost one at 145.
Travis Ostby went 2-1 for second place at 152. Philip Messner had a 1-2 showing at 160 pounds. At 170 it was Matt McNeil with one win and two losses. Toby Sayles placed fifth with his 2-2 record at 182 pounds. Steven Koehl placed fourth, winning one match and dropping two at 195 pounds.
Gage Wevley as the 220-pounder was able to place sixth despite not winning a match. And at 285, Toby Zeltwanger won three matches and dropped one to place third.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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