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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, November 14, 2016

MACA volleyball team earns fifth in state AA

The MACA volleyball team is fifth in state. The long climb concluded Saturday when the Tigers met Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and won 3-1.
Click on the link below to read about the win over Holy Angels, and also about the MACA football team's final game of 2016: a loss to the Rebels of DGF. This post is on my companion website, "Morris of Course." Thanks for reading. - B.W.
The volleyball Tigers are most at home in the Class AA state tournament. We made it to that level last year too. Those bright lights are most stimulating. I felt the Saturday match deserved at least a small headline on the front of the Willmar paper sports section. Instead the coverage is buried, appearing under the "prep volleyball" subhead as part of a large spread on Page B2. Our society worships winning so much. Once you fall into the consolation level, I guess your exploits are not as newsworthy. Disappointing.
On Saturday we overcame the hitting of DGF's Faith Anderson. The DGF standout came at the Tigers with 27 kills. But MACA had the weapons to counter any strengths that the Rebels showed. Karly Fehr produced 38 set assists. Setting help came from Cassidy Fehr, Nicole Solvie, Riley Decker and Jenna Larson.
Decker showed dead aim and accomplished a serving ace. The hitting standouts were Jenna Howden with 16 kills and Ashley Solvie with 15. Then came Brooke Gillespie on the list: 11 kills. Nicole Solvie came through with four kills, Karly Fehr with three and Jenna Larsen with two.
Ashley Solvie had two ace blocks and Howden had one. Decker was busy in the defensive phase, accomplishing 38 digs. Here's the rest of the digs list: Karly Fehr (14), Cassidy Fehr (17), Howden (5), Gillespie (24) and Koral Tolifson (6).
Here are the scores by which we accomplished this 3-1 win for fifth: 25-23, 20-25, 26-24, and 25-19.
Faith Anderson had three serving aces. There were two Rebels who balanced the load in setting: Jena Jacobson with 26 assists and Sofia Reno with 25. Anderson's 27 kills spelled quite the force. Grace Steichen and Joeli Kelso each had an ace block. Paige Fabre was busy defensively with 43 digs.
Now it's on to winter sports. The Morris paper ran the winter schedules with a few businesses listed. This type of ad is a "sig ad" or "sucker ad" and I think they're a little sad. What do we learn from seeing a few business names on some spread that merely conveys a little info or has a benevolent message? How do those business names contribute to the quality of that little spread? The newspaper seems to be relying on these more and more.
Once again we had a 20-page paper (small) on Saturday. We have seen some 16-age Canaries too.
Car dealer ads have always been a staple for the Canary. We see Jim Gesswein Motors, as if a whole lot of Morris residents are going to run to Milbank SD to buy a car. The whole notion of car-buying is changing. It's changing for the better. Cars are made so much better than during the days of the Michigan monopoly. Car-makers had better make their cars well or they'll have legal action taken against them.
Why be skeptical of "government regulation?" Fear of lawsuits is the most effective form of regulation. Cars used to be made to last about four years. There was "planned obsolescence." Today you can buy a car that could last the rest of your life. No need to race over to Milbank SD every 3-4 years. It's really a blessing, but we don't need as many car dealers or so much car dealer advertising.
So, less money in the coffers for newspapers. Doesn't bother me. I write about MACA sports because I enjoy it, not because I'm trying to sell something.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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