History-making music group for UMM - morris mn

History-making music group for UMM - morris mn
The UMM men's chorus opened the Minnesota Day program at the 1962 Seattle World's Fair (Century 21 Exposition).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

There are two Carringtons again in MACA cross country

Conference meet
Hooray! Maddie Carrington is back in action for MACA cross country! Let's say hooray also for Meredith Carrington's high-caliber running. Having the two Carringtons in the MACA lineup is a most encouraging thing to see. Meredith and Maddie excelled in the conference race which was held Monday, Oct. 16, at Olivia.
Meredith took first place with her time of 21:09.20. Maddie took second with her 21:43.60 clocking. The sisters pushed their team to a first place team finish among the six teams. The other MACA runners were: Malory Anderson (12th place, 22:00.80), Kaylie Raths (14th, 23:16.90), Madelyn Siegel (15th, 23:18.10), Caryn Marty (20th, 23:54.40) and Isabel Fynboh (24:58.90). The runner-up team behind MACA was Sauk Centre.
Our MACA boys team topped the standings too. Benson-KMS took runner-up. Jonathan Tostenson of Benson-KMS was the boys champion, time of 17:16.37. Our Tate Nelson arrived at the finish chute No. 3 with his time of 17:57.90. Noah Stewart was No. 5 to the finish line with his time of 18:10.40. The rest of the MACA lineup: Solomon Johnson (10th place, 18:20.71), Ben Hernandez (11th, 18:26.78), Thomas Tiernan (22nd, 19:14.27)., Tyler Reimers (27th, 19:36.21) and Bradley Rohloff (31st, 19:57.55).

Volleyball: Tigers 3, Sauk Centre 2
Karly Fehr worked proficiently as setter, getting the ball to the hitters in a way the hitters could really finish off. She distributed the ball in deft fashion, and this was an ingredient in a 3-2 MACA win over the Streeters of Sauk Centre.
The October 12 home action had these scores: 25-23, 25-21, 18-25, 22-25 and 15-12.
Karly Fehr is making inroads in the record books. Against Sauk Centre in this marathon match, she performed 62 set assists. Kenzie Hockel and Jenna Howden each had one serving ace. Howden was a force in hitting as she so often is, on this night getting 30 kills. No. 2 on the list was Bailey Marty with 14 kills. Jenna Larsen pounded down ten kills and Lexi Pew had nine. Hockel came through with four kills and Fehr had two.
Three Tigers each had one ace block: Fehr, Howden and Pew. Riley Decker maneuvered to accumulate 39 digs. Marty performed 27 digs. The list continues with Fehr (19), Larsen (9), Hockel (6) and Howden (6).

Football: Sauk Centre 39, Tigers 8
We're coming down the stretch of the fall sports schedule. As I write this post on Tuesday, the weather is summer-like. Sure doesn't feel like typical conditions for the MEA week game. Do people still call it that? The MEA week game?
The October 13 assignment for our MACA football Tigers was to play at Sauk Centre. There weren't a lot of smiles on the way home. We were humbled by the Streeters: a 39-8 final. Our only touchdown came in the second quarter. Camden Arndt got into the end zone from the two. Connor Koebernick ran for two on the conversion. However, futility would characterize the MACA offense on this night, a night when the host Streeters scored in each of the four quarters.
Hunter Fletcher scored the first Sauk Centre touchdown: a big play run of 58 yards. The score became 8-0 when Dylan Haskamp ran for two. The score was 8-0 at the end of one quarter. Sauk Centre scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Casey Schirmers ran the ball into the end zone from the one. Haskamp again carried for two on the conversion. MACA got on the board with the Arndt run but the Streeters answered with a big play pass. Casey Schirmers passed to Royal Weber on a play covering 54 yards. The Schirmers-to-Weber combo worked again on the conversion.
Sauk Centre created some distance on the scoreboard with two second half scores. Fletcher turned on the jets for a scoring run from 16 yards out. Haskamp ran successfully on the conversion. Haskamp then went to work on a one-yard run to polish off Sauk Centre's offensive fireworks on the night. This time the Streeters kicked and Fletcher's toe was true. The Sauk fans could savor this 39-8 triumph.
The stat report shows Arndt of the Tigers creeping over 100 rushing yards to finish at 101, achieved on 23 carries. Connor Koebernick rolled up 44 yards on 13 carries. Also on the ballcarrying list: Nathan Beyer (eight carries, 24 yards), Joel Ruiz (3-18), Parker Dierks (1-2) and Austin Berlinger (2-0). True to form, the Tigers passed very little. It was really negligible. Not only did we have just one completion, we also threw two interceptions! Groan. I'll omit the names. Parker Dierks had the only reception. On defense, Dierks had an interception.
Hunter Fletcher of the Streeters rolled up 136 rushing yards on 15 carries. He was part of a 1-2 punch that also included Dylan Haskamp (22 carries for 124 yards). The Sauk passing game had only slightly more impact than MACA's. Sauk had two pass completions for 61 yards. The pass catchers were Royal Weber and Cade Neubert. Schirmers and Weber made the Sauk Centre interceptions.
The Streeters upped their won-lost mark to 5-2 while Morris Area Chokio Alberta slipped to 3-4.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Saturday, October 14, 2017

A $ commitment to help UMM's aspirations

We were pleased to get a thank you card from Stacey Aronson and Bradley Miller the other day. Mom and I are pleased to have made a financial infusion to UMM Humanities. We made a financial infusion to the music department, quite logical since my late father Ralph founded the music department. I wrote up some background material on our whole family's background with UMM. I submitted this to the appropriate department within UMM which requested it. I have learned that this has been edited down quite a bit. As a journalist I fully understand this. Nevertheless I wish to share the entire text, which I am doing with this post today. I have my own communications platforms. I guess I don't even care if UMM publishes anything I submitted. I am my own journalist. The image you see with this post is of mom Martha H. Williams in her well-known "gait" across the UMM campus, in her role as post office supervisor. Many years have passed since our direct involvement with UMM. Employees there are less and less aware. Knowledge of the past enriches our present. Maybe we can even hear Dad's "UMM Hymn" again someday. But that decision lies in someone else's hands. If you read what I present below, you'll note that I affirm UMM's historic core mission. In the past I have shared a little skepticism of that - the pure liberal arts commitment - but in the spirit of wanting to show faith in UMM's leadership, in rooting for their goals, I do in fact affirm the mission. Good luck on that. - B.W.

Why give to UMM music? Our family wants to be sure to have a connection to UMM's present as well as its past. We are inspired to give to UMM based on our conviction that UMM's mission will remain as viable as ever. Our family's background is inextricably tied to the University of Minnesota. The late Ralph Williams was a founding faculty member of UMM. He had a background with the U before we came here. He was a graduate of the U and taught at the U's St. Paul School of Agriculture in the 1950s. Ag schools were heading toward obsolescence. Morris had this nice if challenging transition from the WCSA to the pioneering UMM: a small public liberal arts college. The grand experiment would seem to have turned out quite nicely! Students have been happy here even when the campus had fewer amenities. 
We give to music at present because this was my father's life. He invested a big part of this life here in Morris. He directed the band in its debut performance on November 5 of 1960, at the old armory where the public library is now. That concert represented the kind of campus/community bond that has always been held up as an ideal. The concert was for an audience of about 1000 composed of Stevens County 4-Hers and their parents. There were 50 band members. "A band of this size was not anticipated the first year," the Morris paper reported. 
My Mom Martha Williams was UMM post office supervisor and worked at the bookstore before that. She was known for her "gait" across campus as she handled chores for the post office. She was very thoughtful toward her student workers. She played violin in the original UMM orchestra which was directed by my father. That group along with the men's chorus put out a vinyl record album.
What about me? I came to campus often on behalf of the Morris newspaper. I  wrote many sports articles in the days when UMM sports information had more limited resources than today. We're talking pre-Internet! I enjoyed writing about UMM soccer in its debut year.
I played trumpet in the West Central All-Stars in the early days of Jim Carlson's fabulous Jazz Festival. Jim had been a member of my father's men's chorus. I was recruited to fill out the concert band's french horn section for a short time in the late 1960s when I was merely junior high age. It was interesting because I soaked in the feeling of campus turbulence in the Viet Nam war era. I showed up for rehearsal one day when rehearsal was canceled due to a Viet Nam "moratorium" - remember those? - at Edson Auditorium. Rather than just leave I grabbed a chair and listened. I was in the band for graduation that year, very memorable. We are blessed not having a war tearing apart our society today.
How do we want to see out gift applied? We defer to the department chairman in this regard. We may pick up a British accent yet! We hope the gift furthers the spirit of networking that friends of the campus feel. It's all about community. In music this is easy to appreciate because of the regular music concerts. Music enriches, entertains and serves a public relations purpose for the institution. All that was borne out when my father took the UMM men's chorus to the Seattle and New York World's Fairs. The chorus opened the Minnesota Day program at the Seattle event. 
The Williams family is delighted to make a contribution ($10,000) that will help ensure that UMM music keeps its exciting and enriching quality. We have fond memories of UMM Founders Day events where we'd get to hear students sing my father's "UMM Hymn" which he wrote for UMM's inception. We are giving in the spirit of "giving back."

- Brian R. Williams

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tigers sweep to win No. 14 at ACGC court

Tigers 3, ACGC 0
The MACA volleyball Tigers surged to a 14-3 season record with a sweep win on October 5. This road contest brought scores of 25-18, 25-20 and 25-19. The host team was the Falcons of ACGC.
Karly Fehr facilitated the most effective MACA offense with her 33 assists. Riley Decker contributed two assists. Kenzie Hockel and Jenna Howden each batted two serving aces while Fehr had one. Howden slammed hard in the hitting department, on this night accumulating 15 kills. Jenna Larsen impressed with her eleven kills. Bailry Marty had five kills, Fehr four, Lexi Pew three and Hockel two.
Pew came at the Falcons with two ace blocks. Fehr, Howden and Larsen each had one ace block. Riley Decker was proficient in her specialty of digs, accumulating 21. Marty had eleven digs while Fehr had eight and Larsen six.
For ACGC, Rachel Wilner had 21 set assists. Addison Bernstein had the team-best seven kills. Wilner and Brenna Anderson each had an ace block. Bernstein led the Falcons in digs with 12. Falcons with serving aces were Anderson (3), Lindsay Minnick (2), Madison Denton (1) and Pailey Wilner (1). ACGC's won-lost numbers are the reverse of MACA's.
I have to plead some ignorance here, perhaps. The Willmar newspaper reported that setter Fehr of the Tigers got her 3,000th career "save" in the match. I have written countless volleyball articles through the years but I am unfamiliar with the term "save." I associate that term with hockey goalies. Sorry, it's hard to be a master of all the details in all these sports, but "save" eludes my understanding in volleyball. At least I am showing some humility regarding this. I hope my critics will understand.
Coach Kristi Fehr was quoted saying of her team "It wasn't our best match, but to their credit they played hard."
Football: Homecoming win
I have been unable to find a Homecoming game review of our Friday win. It wasn't in Saturday's Willmar paper. Then I hoped there would be a belated summary in the Monday paper. This happened the week previous with the game versus Minnewaska. It was in Monday. So I stopped at Casey's early this morning (Monday) to buy the Willmar paper, with darkness still prevailing outside. Got home, opened the paper with the hope of learning of the game's highlights which I assumed would be substantial. Nada.
I checked the Morris paper website on Saturday and found only 2-3 token sentences about the game. I seem to recall the score was 21-20 over Osakis.
I was disappointed during the radio broadcast to hear an announcer speak for several minutes about the upcoming referendum for high school improvements. There was really no place for this on the broadcast. It's a politically charged topic. The announcer complimented his boss, the superintendent, for being just "informational" on the referendum topic and not crossing the line into advocacy. Does anyone think that school officials have really been neutral on this? Did you get that flyer in the mail? That flyer screamed "vote yes" without saying so in a direct, explicit manner, although some might say it was explicit. I assume the law prohibits that.
I don't want to see the expected upcoming library referendum endangered. I don't want people to tire of referendums to the extent they turn down a really bona fide one, which would be our library proposal. As for the school, it always has such an insatiable appetite for money, I tire of it. I think we have allowed our school campus to expand too far. We can be gleeful about this until we realize that all that infrastructure demands maintenance. These buildings need to be built in a more sound and durable fashion in the first place.
A friend said to me "I wouldn't allow these problems in my home."
I would love to have an extensive blog post put up today reviewing the MACA Homecoming football win. I would love to have put up this post on Saturday. Nada. I rely on the Willmar paper for rough information. I feel bad about this shortcoming.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Gruber & Lakers surge late to 35-7 win over MACA

Minnewaska Area assumed control late with a 35-7 win over the Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers on September 29. The Lakers notched win No. 4 at their home field. The Tigers slipped to 2-3.
Matthew Gruber was a key contributor for the host as he covered 117 yards on the ground on 18 carries. Gruber scored two rushing touchdowns and one with the aerial attack. 'Waska outdid the Tigers with the ground game, amassing 347 yards to the Tigers' 162. The 'Waska defense held the Tigers scoreless in the first half.
The lone orange and black score came in the third quarter: a one-yard run by Nathan Beyer. Eli Grove kicked the point-after. The rest of the game saw MACA languish in terms of seeking points while 'Waska scored in three of the four quarters. The Lakers poured it on with 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Gruber scored the first 'Waska TD of the night: he was off to the races with a 37-yard run. The PAT kick try failed. The first quarter ended with the score 6-0. The second quarter was scoreless. Each team scored a touchdown in the third quarter. Beyer had that one-yard run for MACA for six. Garrett Jensen scored on a five-yard run for Minnewaska. Jensen also ran for two on the conversion.
The Lakers really got some separation on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter. Here we go: Gruber passed ten yards to Jaeger Jergenson for a score. Drew Nelson kicked the point-after. Gruber built the onslaught with a six-yard TD run, after which Nelson kicked the point-after. The game's final score came on a big play 51-yard run that had Laker Tyson Meyer clutching the football. Again Nelson kicked the point-after.
Turning to stats, Camden Arndt of the Tigers cooled down some from his recent norms, rushing for a still-decent 77 yards on 16 carries. Beyer churned forward for 65 yards on 14 carries. Other Tigers with rushing yards were Kyle Staebler (four yards), Joel Ruiz (3), Connor Koebernick (12) and Jack Riley (1). Once again the Tigers' passing game was minimal: Koebernick had one completion in five attempts for eight yards, and he had one interception. Parker Dierks had the reception. On defense, Gage Wevley had a fumble recovery.
Minnewaska's Gruber rumbled for 117 yards on 18 carries. Ryan Christianson was another force on the ground for the winner: 95 yards on 13 carries. Tyson Meyer charged forward for 53 yards on just two carries of the football. Garrett Jensen had 47 rushing yards on eleven carries. Jack Blevins' numbers were 21 yards on five carries. Jackson Johnsrud added four yards to the mix. Gruber handled the passing game and completed six passes in 14 attempts for 39 yards and no INTs. The pass-catchers were: Johnsrud (two catches, nine yards), Blevins (1-11), Christianson (one for negative yardage) and Jaeger Jergenson (2-29). Gruber was quite opportunistic on defense as he intercepted a pass and recovered two fumbles. John Helander recovered one fumble.
Should MACA try to cultivate more of a passing game? Inquiring minds want to know.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

"A Bridge Too Far" (1977) a morass of bad news

I had a friend in college who was amused by a review of "A Bridge Too Far." A line stood out for him: " 'A Bridge Too Far' is an hour too long." It was a major motion picture in the 1970s with one of those all-star casts.
War movies can take themselves too seriously. A more recent example is "Gods and Generals" based on the U.S. Civil War. It is very self-consciously an epic. We're supposed to appreciate the weighty subject matter. What could be more weighty than war? No one questions the importance of this stuff. But a movie that elaborately lays out the details of the engagements and skirmishes, as if it all entertains in a movie theater, is depressing.
We know that wars are fought by human beings whose actions result in lives lost and fortunes changed. War is by definition a breakdown in our processes for trying to live in an orderly world. How much more constructive the energies of these people would be, were they chaneled constructively. It has been said that people who have been involved in war don't think about the winning or losing - they just realize all the destruction.
Reflecting the decade when it was made
"A Bridge Too Far" came out in 1977. It was based on a 1974 book. The movie's director was Richard Attenborough. A history-based movie can tell us just as much about the time period in which the movie was made. "A Bridge Too Far" is one of those WWII movies. All the familiar trappings: bombs, tanks, grenades. The movie is distinguished for showing failure by the Allies.
It's understandable that a 1977 movie would be made in such a way: We had reached consensus about our failure in Viet Nam. We were in a funk over that. A movie about the shortcomings of war was understandable. We sure got it in "A Bridge Too Far" and we truly get dragged through it. The length of the movie makes it grate on us. The movie tells the story of "Operation Market Garden." It would be a household name had we succeeded. The operation was intended to allow the Allies to break through German lines and seize several bridges in the occupied Netherlands, such as at Arnhem, with the objective of outflanking German defenses in order to end the war by Christmas of 1944.
The setting is September of 1944. We were supposedly buoyed by our success on D-Day, though I have never accepted that it was a complete success. We were ravaged too much by casualties and we got bogged down quite badly as we sought to advance. Oliver Stone suggests that the Red Army coming from the East was the main source of doom for the Nazis. Germans especially feared being overrun by the Russians who I guess were quite nasty dudes, not like the affable "Hogan" in "Hogan's Heroes."
Field Marshall Montgomery was a primary designer. The plan was to parachute large numbers of troops into occupied Holland. The troops could capture a series of important bridges. Eventually the troops would press on into Germany and destroy the Nazis' munitions plants. Montgomery was supremely confident but things went errant. So we see the unfolding tragedy.
"A Bridge Too Far" has been compared to "The Longest Day" which focused on D-Day. "The Longest Day" came out previously and was rather oddly in black and white. Both movies used subtitles for the bad guys. So many movies gave us a German accent as if that were authentic!
Remember the purpose of movies
"The Longest Day" seems more palatable as a movie, than "Bridge Too Far." I remember a key word in a review of the Civil War movie "Gods and Generals." That word is "turgid." Let's copy and paste that word for "A Bridge Too Far." The moviemakers feel as though the subject material is so epic and important, we need an extremely drawn-out movie to depict it. A movie is not a documentary. It's not a sermon. The movie "Gettysburg" is vastly better than "Gods and Generals" because it seizes the best elements of drama. It depicts a handful of engagements as representing the whole tapestry of a particular chapter of the war. It's not giving a history lesson, rather it uses drama to make us appreciate the Gettysburg campaign. We see a handful of key characters as they behaved over just three days of the war.
A World War II movie can be made in the same way. Guys like me who grew up with the "Combat" TV series (with Vic Morrow) hardly need to see more grenades exploding and tanks getting blown up. We get all that already.
The cynical and defeatist '70s, the Murphy's Law decade, was an apt time for "Bridge Too Far" to come out. It was the decade when Jimmy Carter's attempt to free the hostages failed when our helicopters had mechanical breakdowns. It was the decade of the pet rock and of the Comet Kohoutek which experts said would be so bright, it would make nighttime seem like day. We got disco and the Gong Show, plus Euell Gibbons whose claim to fame was writing about edible plants in the wild.
Attenborough with "Bridge" oversees a WWII movie that seems wrapped in an anti-war subtext. The movie has been praised as being ahead of its time for cinematography. Seeing it today, I see nothing to distinguish it in this regard. Roger Ebert thought the special effects with the planes were laughable. I'll have to watch more carefully next time. I'll also have to watch more carefully in order to spot John Ratzenberger as a lieutenant. So many combat scenes scream "futility" as we see "men die like flies," to borrow a line from Ebert's review of  "Gods and Generals."
Sean Connery played a private in "The Longest Day" and he's back in "Bridge" as a general. There is a cynicism in "Bridge" that we do not sense in "the Longest Day," the latter ending as Robert Mitchum smells and admires a cigar. Eddie Albert is machine-gunned to death at the end and he simply falls into a hole - so typical of traditional war movies where we don't see the blood (or internal organs protruding) or hear the screams.
"A Bridge Too Far" has scenes that show the poor U.S. grunts in a no-win situation, for example getting shot as they were descending in parachutes, or crossing a river in small boats against strong German resistance. Why do we need to see this? Aren't we already quite aware of the scope of tragedy?
A need to distill
"Bridge Too Far" has too many characters in too many locations. The plot developments bleed into each other, so to speak. A model more like "Gettysburg" was needed: seizing on two or three pivotal episodes and developing interesting characters around them. We deduce the big picture: all that battlefield hubris.
"Operation Market Garden" was such a complicated scenario that if one element got screwed up, the whole venture would be endangered. Robert Redford leads that charge across a fortified river in broad daylight. Some critics were hard on Ryan O'Neal. I felt he did as well as anyone, and maybe the problem was that he looked too young for his role. Or maybe the problem was that critics were jealous of O'Neal because he played a heartthrob in "Love Story." Seriously, I subscribe to that theory.
About 3/4 of the way through "Bridge" I got genuinely weary and felt it was all becoming quite redundant. Why do we need to be hit over the head with the message that war is horribly tragic and painful? What possessed mankind in the mid-20th Century to engage in such conflict and to cheapen human life by making it so expendable? "Men died like flies."
And we seek entertainment from this morass of bad news on the movie screen. We are so human an animal.
Addendum: I found one of those lists of "notable lines." I couldn't find the one that I thought was best or at least the most poignant. Sean Connery observes some people who got loose from a "lunatic asylum" due to the fighting. These poor souls are giggling and seem clueless, and Connery says "what do they know that we don't?" Not quite sure what he meant but it seemed clever on the surface, but maybe it's politically incorrect by today's standards. It's politically incorrect to make light of the problems of such people.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Tigers defeat Benson as again Arndt runs with force

Tigers 35, Benson 16
Camden Arndt wasted no time asserting himself again. Arndt broke loose on a 70-yard run on the game's very first play Friday. The orange and black looked robust indeed. Arndt showed the same form that produced monster stats in the ACGC game. The opponent on Friday, Sept. 22, was Benson on the road. I always enjoyed watching games at the Benson stadium.
We won on Friday by a 35-16 score. We were up 29-7 at halftime. "Monster" again describes Arndt's numbers. He carried the football 14 times for 239 yards.
Eli Grove kicked the point-after following Arndt's game-opening score. Benson actually took a temporary lead on a TD and two-point conversion: Aaron Zosel scored the TD on a run from the four, and Hunter Gonnerman passed to Sam Lundebrek for two. Benson's lead faded steadily as MACA scored the next four touchdowns.
Arndt sprinted toward the end zone and scored from 48 yards away. Connor Koebernick carried successfully on the conversion. The Tigers' seldom-used passing game asserted itself on a five-yard scoring toss that had Koebernick passing and Nathan Grunklee catching. Grove kicked the point-after. Koebernick delivered another touchdown throw: a ten-yard hookup with Mace Yellow. The PAT try was no-go. Nathan Beyer scored on a three-yard touchdown run, and Grove kicked the PAT. Zosel of Benson scored the night's final TD on a one-yard run. Zosel also carried successfully on the conversion.
Morris Area Chokio Alberta evened its record at 2-2 with Friday's success. Benson dropped to 0-4.
Yes we generally have a conservative passing game. Koebernick didn't throw a lot but he completed all five of his pass attempts. His yardage was 70 and two of his passes were TDs. He had no interceptions. Arndt was followed on the MACA rushing list by Nathan Beyer who had nine carries for 55 yards. Koebernick charged forward for 16 yards on three carries, and Joel Ruiz had 30 yards on two.  The team numbers were 354 yards on 34 carries.
Alex Daugherty caught two passes for 30 yards. These three Tigers each had one catch: Mace Yellow (ten yards), Nathan Grunklee (five yards) and Jarret Johnson (25 yards). Daugherty picked off a pass. Joseph Kleinwolterink had a quarterback sack.
Aaron Zosel of Benson had 77 rushing yards on 23 carries. He was complemented in the running game by Mason Abner (36 yards on ten carries), Will Enderson (22 yards on five carries) and Hunter Gonnerman (six yards, two carries). Gonnerman completed his only passing attempt for seven yards. The main thrower was Enderson who had 7-for-15 stats, 67 yards and one interception. The Benson pass-catchers were Zosel (three catches, 39 yards), Matt Tolifson (three catches, 16 yards) and Sam Lundebrek (2-19). Lunderbrek alertly pounced on two fumbles. Benson standouts on the defensive side of the ball were Abner (two solo tackles, six assists), Matt Connolly (4-4), Zosel (1-5), Jacob Wolter (2-4), Devin Vergin (2-3) and Alden Syltie (1-4).

Volleyball: Tigers 3, Minnewaska Area 0
The MACA girls again took care of business in the minimum three games. The opponent was Minnewaska and the date was September 21. The Tigers took this road match by scores of 25-14, 25-11 and 25-23.
Jenna Howden achieved three serving aces. Bailey Marty had two serving aces and Riley Decker one. Karly Fehr was busy in her specialty of setting, on this night picking up 31 set assists. Howden led in hitting with 12 kills. Also on the kill list were Jenna Larsen (8), Marty (7), Fehr (5), Kenzie Hockel (4) and Lexi Pew (2). Howden showed her prowess at the net with two ace blocks. Hockel, Fehr, Larsen and Pew each had one ace block. Decker had impact in digging like always, on this night picking up 18 digs. She was followed by Fehr (8), Larsen (7), Hockel (6) and Marty (5).
For Minnewaska, Kelsey Johnson and Emma Thorfinnson each had two serving aces. Johnson had 13 set assists and Sara Geiser had eight. Ellie Danielson was the top Laker in kills with eleven. Thorfinnson and Alexis Piekarski each had four kills. Geiser had two kills, and Sierra Lindemann and Madisen Hall each had one. Danielson had two ace blocks while Lindemann and Thorfinnson each had one. Bailey Stewart dug up the ball 16 times for the Lakers. Danielson came through with eight digs.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Tigers on short end by one vs. ACGC at Big Cat

ACGC 26, Tigers 25
A late furious rally wasn't enough for the Morris Area Chokio Alberta football team. The dramatic showdown was with Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at our Big Cat Stadium. Surely it was entertaining. But the MACA fans had to go home disappointed. We were on the short end of the 26-25 score in this September 15 affair.
The situation looked grim entering the fourth quarter. My, we were down 20-7.
We certainly had the weapons to fight back. At the top of that list was Camden Arndt. Arndt had an absolutely monster night. He had a career type of night with 306 rushing yards on 26 carries. He befuddled the Falcons. We outscored the Falcons 18-6 in the fourth quarter but it wasn't quite enough.
Arndt gave us our first half touchdown with a 40-yard run. Eli Grove kicked the point-after. Cullen Lewis of ACGC answered with a two-yard run that was followed by a failed two-point conversion try. The Falcons scored the next two touchdowns. This followed a scoreless second quarter. Jarren Kaddatz hauled in a 29-yard scoring pass from Michael Trebil. Again the Falcons came up shy on a two-point conversion. Jeremy Nelson put another TD on the board for the Falcons, on this night when they'd need every single point. Nelson found the end zone on a run from the eight. Trebil ran for two on the conversion.
The Tigers seized momentum and scored the next two touchdowns, the first coming on a 16-yard Arndt run. The second was a huge 80-yard run that had Arndt clutching the football. It proved costly that the Tigers failed on the PAT after both of those scores.
Lewis of the Falcons helped his team strike back as he scored from the one, but again there was failure on the conversion. Arndt scored the game's final touchdown, covering 49 yards of real estate, but the PAT was no-go. Ouch. We came up shy. Fans were certainly treated to lots of excitement.
Arndt was complemented in our running game by Nathan Beyer (29 yards), Connor Koebernick (18) and Matt McNeill (10). So our rushing yardage was 365. Once again our passing was minimal: one completion for 32 yards by Arndt. Oh, but we had one interception which was credited to Josh Kinzler of the Falcons. Matt McNeill had our only pass catch. We had 14 total first downs.
Arndt had impact defensively with five solo tackles and eight assists. Dylan Gillespie had three solos and seven assists. Continuing with the list we have McNeill (2-6), Parker Dierks (1-8), Gage Wevley (3-3), Koebernick (1-6) and Brady Cardwell (1-6).
ACGC totaled 22 first downs. The Falcons had a real 1-2 punch in the running game: Jeremy Nelson with 24 carries for 127 yards, and Josh Kinzler with 22 carries for 122 yards. Michael Trebil and Cullen Lewis added some rushing yards. Trebil threw the pigskin and this Falcon completed four of nine attempts for 46 yards and no interceptions. Kaddatz had three of the catches for 46 yards. Nelson had the other for no gain. The Falcons had two fumble recoveries. Lewis had three solo tackles and 12 assists.
The Tigers carry a 1-2 record into week #4. ACGC totes a 2-1 record.

Volleyball: Melrose 3, Tigers 0
Oh no! This is unusual. The normally stellar MACA volleyball team was outdone on the court on September 14. Not only that, we lost by sweep. The humbling experience should give insights into areas needing work. We were humbled in the serving department as Melrose really came on strong here. Kiana Wiechmann had two serving aces for the visiting Dutchmen.
Makiya Luetmer had 30 set assists for the victor. The standout Dutchmen in hitting were Mashaya Tschida (ten kills), Mia Meyer (8) and Mallari Funk (7). Meyer and Funk each had three ace blocks. Kelsey Fleischhacker led Melrose in digs with 29. Cassie Klaphake had eleven digs.
For the Tigers, Jenna Larsen batted one serving ace. Karly Fehr executed 27 set assists. Jenna Howden did what she could to keep the MACA attack stable on this night, as she contributed ten kills. Larsen had her moments at the net with nine kills. The list continues with Bailey Marty (4), Kenzie Hockel (3), Fehr (3) and Jen Solvie (1). Howden had two ace blocks and Solvie had one. Riley Decker dug up the ball 21 times. Marty had 12 digs. Howden had ten and Fehr had six.
Oh, the score in all three games was 25-20!
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - bwilly73@yahoo.com