"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)

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Tigers come up short in Dec. 1 basketball

MACA was on the short end in boys and girls hoops on Tuesday night. The boys had the Melrose Dutchmen as their foe. The Tigers were humbled in first half play, falling into a 39-17 hole by halftime. The Tigers got their ship righted in the second half, outscoring Melrose 46-39. But the first half Melrose onslaught was too much, and MACA saw its record get evened to 1-1. The final score: 78-63.
Melrose came out of the night at 2-0. The Dutchmen had a truly big-time player when I was in high school: Mark Olberding. On Tuesday the Tigers faded partly because of the frequent 3-point makes by the Dutchmen: eleven in all. Dylan Haider and Drake Meyer each had four long-range makes, Adam Van Beck had two and Jordan Klaphake one.
Haider was Melrose's top point producer with 25. Meyer was a force, burning the nets for 20 points. Van Beck and Tyler Braegelman each scored 13 for the victor. Brady Birch scored five points, Colton Meyer four and Klaphake three.
But hey, I've just added up the points and I get 83, not 78. Again there's a glitch in the Willmar newspaper's reporting, just like for the Tigers' previous game. This is frustrating. Maybe teams should establish their own home pages and oversee the reporting on their own terms.
Braegalmen collected a team-best six rebounds, and Haider led in both assists (4) and steals (4).
Eric Staebler was the leading force in MACA scoring as he typically is. On this night his 30 points weren't enough to spell victory. Nor were his four 3-point makes enough. He certainly built his reputation another notch. Perhaps Morris Area Chokio Alberta will need to seek a little more scoring balance.
Philip Anderson scored ten points and Sean Amundson nine. The list continues with Robert Rohloff (7), Tim Travis (3), Jacob Zosel (3) and Lukus Manska (1). In three-pointers, Staebler's efforts were complemented by Amundson and Zosel each with one make.
Staebler's six rebounds topped that list. Staebler and Zosel dished out seven and six assists respectively.
 
Girls: Osakis 56, Tigers 45
Osakis has one of my favorite team nicknames: "Silverstreaks." Osakis was the opener opponent for Morris Area Chokio Alberta on Tuesday. Playing here, coach Dale Henrich's squad was dealt a 56-45 defeat by those Silverstreaks. Osakis built a ten-point edge by halftime, 36-26, and cruised in the stalemated second half. The second half had a low-scoring complexion.
Beccca Holland made two 3-pointers and scored 13 points for MACA. Correy Hickman scored 12 points and Moira McNally nine. The list continues with Nicole Solvie (5), Ashley Solvie (4) and Jenna Howden (2). Top rebounders were Holland (9), McNally (6) and Hickman (5). Hickman and Holland each had three assists, and Hickman stole the ball five times.
For Osakis it was Alecia Kaelke topping the scoring list with 16 points. Three Silver Streaks each sank a 3-pointer: Morgan Staloch, Abby Stroup and Lauren Savageau.
 
Christmas season intensifies
Christmas shines with its vitality between Thanksgiving and the magical date itself. When I was a kid, the day after Thanksgiving was considered a decent day to shop and it was just common sense. We saw no need to make a mania out of it: "Black Friday." And now we have "Cyber Monday" and "Small Business Saturday."
There's a person in Fargo leading an effort to get main street stores to be open on Sundays, all the time. It's about time someone made note of this. The big box stores with their substantial hardware departments are open on Sunday, while the traditional little main street hardware stores aren't. It's a head-scratcher. I suppose it's a reflection of blue laws, seen as more and more quaint.
The Morris newspaper prior to Black Friday was loaded with a ridiculous number of those ad circulars. This is a head-scratcher for me. The papers brag about how many circulars they are offering their customers. So I suppose it's good for the papers. But if I'm an individual advertiser, I'd be concerned that my circular would get lost in the shuffle. Who on earth is going to page through all that crap and then drive to Alexandria and spend hundreds of dollars all over the place? And if you did, would all that "stuff" really make you happy?
It's odd because we now live in a time when communications are so easy and economical because of the electronic media. And yet we seem to be showered with those ad circulars more than ever. It seems environmentally stupid.
I suppose people still buy the Morris paper so they can see if anyone they know got a seat belt citation from police. It feeds the gossip mill and isn't good for much else. If enough people stopped buying the Morris paper, maybe it would just disappear.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota -bwilly73@yahoo.com

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