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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, February 15, 2017

MACA girls blunt Lakers' momentum

Tigers 60, 'Waska 55
The GBB Tigers' February 9 win vs. Minnewaska gave an encouraging note. The Lakers entered this contest with a five-game winning streak. This WCC hoops showdown ended with a 60-55 score with the orange and black on top. The 'Waska streak was ended and MACA moves forward with renewed confidence. We upped our won-lost record to 11-9. 'Waska was left at 15-7. Action was at our home court in front of appreciative fans.
Riley Decker was key with her dead eye from three-point range. She went on the attack to make all four of her three-point attempts! Her point output was 13. Ashley Solvie was the top point producer for MACA, collecting 23. Correy Hickman put in 14 points and then we have Decker with her 13. Jenna Howden scored five points, Maddie Carrington three and Nicole Solvie two. Decker's four 3-pointers were complemented by Carrington and Hickman each making one from three-point land. 
Ashley Solvie was the top rebounder with eleven. Decker's shooting eye was complemented by a flair with assists - she had five. Hickman stole the ball twice. We led at halftime 29-27. 
We hope this success vs. 'Waska will be parlayed into the post-season if a re-match happens. The Lakers can be kind of a nemesis.
 
Boys: BOLD 59, Tigers 58
Ouch! A loss by one point. The orange and black suffered this fate at the hands of the BOLD Warriors on February 10. We outscored BOLD 34-30 in the second half after trailing by five at halftime. Yes it seemed like anyone's ballgame. In the end it was BOLD's ballgame, and it was win No. 11 for them while MACA was left with a 10-9 record. Game site was Bird Island.
Mason Mages was the Warrior most responsible for keeping the Tigers shy of victory. Mages gunned away to accomplish five 3-point makes. Ryan Snow had BOLD's other three-pointer. 
Mages with his 22 points topped the Warriors in scoring. Snow and Gavin Vosika each put in nine points for BOLD. Thomas Meyers scored six points, Jon Schulte five and Logan Dahlk four. Jordan Sagedahl and Devin Gluesing each contributed two points. Sagedahl and Dahlk each snared five rebounds. Vosika and Snow each dished out two assists. Vosika stole the ball four times.
 
Boys hockey: Prairie Centre 6, Storm 2
"Stars" is the nickname for Prairie Centre hockey. It brings back memories of our old Minnesota North Stars of course. Those Stars are getting more distant in our memory. Today we cheer for the "Wild." I remember the old Met Sports Center located next to the old Met Stadium. What a haven for sports nuts in the old days. I probably hung around there a little too much. I never really liked the multi-colored seats at the Met Sports Center. We had a couple of ABA basketball franchises play there too. Oh, and I heard a Maynard Ferguson jazz concert there!
Let's focus back on the present and the Prairie Centre vs. MBA Storm hockey game on February 9. The puck was dropped in Long Prairie. MBA scored one goal each in the first and third periods. That wasn't enough vs. a pretty smoothly executing Prairie Centre crew. We ended up on the short end of the 6-2 score. 
The Stars scored pretty steadily with two goals in the first period, three in the second and one in the third. The Stars scored the night's first two goals. The Fletchers struck: Noah with a goal assisted by Hunter. Isaac Cebulla put the puck in the net with assists from Daniel Thompson and Will Koetters. 
Dylan DeToy got the Storm on the board with a goal at 16:26, assisted by Logan Smith. 
Unfortunately the Stars owned the second period. Brady Miller scored, assisted by Logan Schmitz and Hunter Fletcher. Then it was Seth Deters scoring with an assist from Peter Erhard. Noah Fletcher scored, assisted by Erhart at 14:21. 
Each team scored a goal in the third period. Daniel Thompson scored with assists from Noah Fletcher and Erhart. The evening's final goal featured the stickwork of our Kolby Goff with assists from DeToy and Smith. 
Tony Bruns worked in goal for our Morris Benson Area Storm. He turned away 49 shots. Isaiah DeFoe racked up 18 saves for the victorious Stars.
 
Yes I'm getting spotty
My blogging activity has slowed of late because of family health issues. I know, I know, nobody cares how often I do this or really if I do it at all. But journalism is in my DNA and I always enjoy writing about our Morris area athletes.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

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