It was back to sweep city for MACA volleyball Thursday (10/1), as the Tigers handled Benson quite routinely. Scores were 25-11, 25-12 and 25-14. It was the 12th triumph of the season for Morris Area Chokio Alberta.
Ashley Solvie came at the Braves with eleven kills. Lindsey Dierks, Jenna Howden and Brooke Gillespie each pounded seven kills. Karly Fehr added four kills to the mix, followed by Carly Maanum with three and Haley Erdahl with two. Solvie and Howden each contributed two ace blocks. Fehr went up to execute one ace block.
Riley Decker impressed with her dig total of 19. Gillespie came through with eleven digs followed by Dierks with eight and Fehr with six. And in setting, Fehr raced around the court to contribute 35 assists. Gillespie showed precision at the serving line and produced three serve aces. These Tigers each had one serving ace: Fehr, Dierks, Erdahl, Decker and Koral Tolifson.
Benson's Addie Forbord had two serve aces. She was also the busiest setter for the Braves with 12 set assists. Megan Amundson had eight kills for the host Braves. Sophie Ascheman, Danielle Himley and Amanda Nissen each had one ace block. Amundson dug the ball up eleven times.
This was the second meeting this season of MACA and Melrose. MACA's season opener had the Tigers beating the Dutchmen.
Karly Fehr executed 28 assists in the Tuesday setback. Brooke Gillespie topped the kill list with eight. These Tigers each pounded down seven kills: Lindsey Dierks, Jenna Howden and Carly Maanum. Ashley Solvie had four kills followed by Fehr, Haley Erdahl and Moira McNally each with two. Moira McNally had two ace blocks followed by Gillespie, Fehr, Solvie and Howden.
Riley Decker was busy in digs, posting the team-best total of 24. Gillespie dug up the ball ten times. Erdahl had nine followed by Fehr with seven and Dierks and Tolifson each with six.
The paper should also publish obituaries as news and not try to wring money out of grieving families. But if the paper can get away with it. . .
The fall sports schedule page appeared to have fewer names of businesses than before. An ad like this is called a "sig ad," as a business basically just places its signature on it - the business does not inform about its products and services, which is the purpose of advertising. So, by supporting the sports schedule page, you're really just subsidizing the Fargo-owned Morris newspaper. Please try to employ more brain cells in the future.
Oh, and "sig ads" are referred to in another way by some in the newspaper industry: "sucker ads."
Here's another media observation I've made recently: I noticed that in the Chokio Review, the football game review article had a byline with the name of an assistant coach. Whenever I see this sort of thing, I think "bush league." Isn't there anyone associated with that business who could generate some paragraphs? These activities are fun and important. Let's make them exciting and interesting with the media.
Stevens County appears to have one less print media product now: There's no sign of the controversial "Northstar" on the UMM campus. I strolled through the campus a few days ago and saw no "Northstar" newsstands. It's astonishing that this "shock" publication was allowed to last as long as it did. As I ponder whether to make my annual $ contribution to UMM, I'm weighing how much to consider my anger over the needless distraction that Northstar represented.
Maybe we'll see no "affirmative action bake sales" either.
Northstar was not even a legitimate journalistic product. It was a very oddball attack vehicle mounted by an oddball faction of students. Amazingly, it got inserted with the Morris Sun Tribune paper not once but twice.
The longer the Northstar existed on campus, the greater likelihood that UMM staff members would quietly acquiesce to it. One staffer confronted me over my criticism of it. I imagine this person had adjusted to Northstar as part of UMM's information ecosystem, contradicting logic, i.e. simply because it was permitted. If it was permitted, the staff would begin to shrug and offer no objection, because after all, these staffers had wonderful jobs with wonderful pay and benefits, thanks to the existence of the University of Minnesota-Morris. This is "learned behavior" according to psychology lingo. Well, I'm not the type to be influenced by such a factor - I analyze things objectively.
The First Amendment was never an issue regarding Northstar. UMM has the right to manage the information ecosystem on its campus, as we have finally realized after two years.