Friday, January 25, 2013
Just one '3' but a romp by MACA boys on the road
The MACA boys stayed on a roll with a Saturday (1/19) win over Ortonville on the road, 57-39. It was the eleventh triumph for coach Mark Torgerson's squad, compared with just two losses. The Tigers rolled up a 26-17 lead by halftime. The second half advantage was by 31 to 22.
Success came despite making just one three-point shot. Logan Manska made the lone '3' which came among nine team attempts. In total field goals the Tigers went 20-for-54. From the freethrow line there were 16 makes in 33 tries.
Austin Dierks vacuumed the boards for ten rebounds followed by Lincoln Berget with seven. Jacob Torgerson and Manska each produced four assists. Dierks was the steal leader with three.
Coach Torgerson liked the caliber of his team's defense in this non-conference game.
Manska's '3' helped elevate him to his team-leading total of 14 points. Dierks was right behind with 13, then we have Nic Vipond with his ten points, making for three Tigers in double figures scoring. Chandler Erickson and Berget each put in six points. John Tiernan scored four followed by Tom Holland with two, and Torgerson and Dylan McNally each with one.
No one reached double figures for the Trojans. James Nitz and Jade Hasslen each put in eight points for the losing team. The Trojans were four of 18 shooting 3's and went 14 of 41 in total field goals. Ortonville came out of the weekend with a 5-7 record.
Boys hockey: Storm 10, Worthington 4
The MBA Storm stormed their way through their Saturday (1/19) road game against Worthington. The final score was 10-4 as the Storm improved to 9-7 on the season. Three goals came in the first period for the visitor. Four came in the second and three more in the third. Worthington kept pace for a while, scoring three goals in the first period, but faded after that with only one more goal scored the rest of the way.
Kyle Kennedy wore the goalie gear for MBA and he accumulated 14 saves.
MBA had to get going after falling into an 0-2 deficit on the scoreboard. Get going they did, indeed! It was Brody Gimberlin getting the Storm on the scoreboard with a goal at 11:47 with assists from Mac Beyer and Tanner Picht. Lincoln Pahl put the puck in the net for score No. 2. Pahl scored with assists coming from Taner Gimberlin and Jordan Staples at 14:48. Tanner Mikkelson scored the Storm's third goal at 16:27 of the first, assisted by Corey Storck.
The score wouldn't stay tied 3-3 for long. Beyer scored with assists from Brody Gimberlin and Picht at 5:16 of the second period. It was Riley Blake scoring the Storm's fifth goal, working well with Storck and Darion Helberg who got assists. That goal came at 6:18 of the second.
Following a Worthington goal, Beyer went to work to guide the puck into the net at 10:38 assisted by Brody Gimberlin and Picht. Then Picht showed his scoring magic with a goal at 16:52 with assists from Brody Gimberlin and Beyer.
The Storm polished things off with a 3-0 scoring advantage in the third period. Brody Gimberlin got the first of those three goals, assisted by Beyer and Staples at 1:24. Then came a goal by Blake with assists from Helberg and Storck at 2:12. MBA got to the ten-goal plateau thanks to a Picht goal at 16:52 with assists by Brody Gimberlin and Beyer.
The Worthington goalie was Ryan Scholtes who had 26 saves but was overwhelmed often by the well-oiled MBA offense.
Girls basketball: Milbank 48, Tigers 47
The MACA girls seemed in command through the first half only to falter in the second, when hosting Milbank SD on Monday, Jan. 21. The Tigers led halfway through this non-conference affair 23-12, and fans at the home gym were content and confident. But Milbank proved to have weapons that could whittle away at that advantage.
The second half was a quite different story as Milbank outscored our Tigers 36-24. Still, the Tigers nearly survived. It took a buzzer-beating shot by McKenzie Mertens to sink the Tigers' victory hopes. Mertens deftly took a pass under the basket and executed in the clutch. That clutch field goal made Milbank the winner 48-47. Milbank denied the Tigers their win No. 11.
The Tigers had to be satisfied with the still-quite-fine season mark of 10-5. Milbank earned its eighth win against five losses.
The Tigers were four of 12 in three-point shooting with Katie Holzheimer having three of the successes. Beth Holland had the other. It was Holzheimer leading in rebounds with eight followed by Tracy Meichsner with seven and Smith and Strobel each with six. Beth Holland was proficient passing the basketball with her six assists. Holzheimer and Meichsner each had two assists. Holzheimer stole the ball twice.
In total field goals the Tigers were 16 of 49. In freethrows the numbers were 11 of 16. Milbank made just one '3' in nine tries and were 20 of 68 in total field goals.
Holzheimer's 15 points led the way for Motown scoring-wise. Beth Holland had double digits with her ten. Meichsner put in seven points followed by Nicole Strobel (5), MaKenzie Smith (4), Abbie Olson (2), Becca Holland (2) and Kaitlyn Vogel (2).
The top Milbank scorer was Kendra Snaza with 19 points.
Girls basketball: BOLD 60, Tigers 35
It was South vs. North in West Central Conference girls basketball on Tuesday night, Jan. 22, in Bird Island. The Morris Area Chokio Alberta Tigers came out of the South and vied with the Warriors of BOLD. It was the home team bringing the North some special pride on this night at the expense of our Tigers.
The outcome was pretty clear at halftime. The orange and black trailed 37-14. The second half was pretty much a stalemate but that still left the Warriors in quite good shape. They won 60-35.
MACA came out of the night with a 10-6 won-lost mark. BOLD is an upper-crust team for whom the Tuesday win was No. 13.
Katie Holzheimer made three 3-point shots for MACA. These were the only MACA long-range successes. She scored a team-best 15 points. Beth Holland scored nine points, MaKenzie Smith 5, Abbie Olson 4 and Kaitlyn Vogel 2.
BOLD was four of 16 in its attempts from beyond the three-point stripe. Taylor Ebnet made two of these and Carly Sigurdson the other two. The Warriors were 24 of 61 in total field goals and eight of 13 in freethrows. Sigurdson was BOLD's top scorer with 21 points.
- Brian Williams - morris mn minnesota - firstname.lastname@example.org