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Tiger boys look to rebound after bitter ending last year 2018-19 MACA boys basketball schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com.

► November Friday, Nov. 30 @ Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.

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The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys basketball team includes (front, left to right) Trey Hunt,Cole Wente, Andrew Olson, Riley Reimers, Bradley Rohloff, Dalton Koehler, Cameron Koebernick, Brandon Jergenson, Asher Malek, Parker Bartels, Cody Hockel, Zach Hughes, Mace Yellow, Hondo Luna, Thomas Tiernan, Cade Fehr, Jaden Maanum, Kevin Asfeld, Micah Aanerud, Durgin Decker, Joseph Kleinwolterink, Ayden Schmidgall, Brenden Hardy, (back, left to right) Evan Oberg, Flynn McNally, Noah Wulff, Jackson Loge, Jaret Johnson, Eli Grove, Camden Arndt, Brock Peterson, Samuel Kleinwolterink, Mason Lesmeister, and Evan Wilts. By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The season ended with frustration at the free throw line last year and this year, the Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta Tiger boys basketball team wants to change that ending. Last year, the Tigers appeared to have a clear path to the Section 3AA-North championship game until a tough Section 3AA-North semifinal loss, in overtime, to rival Minnewaska sent MACA packing. The Tigers went 9-for-26 from the free throw line in the game, and the Lakers ended up advancing to the Class AA State Tournament.

“We look to compete for the conference and section titles this season,” MACA head coach Mark Torgerson said of the 2018-2019 team goals. “We again have a very tough schedule that should test us early and often. We lost most of our guards to graduation, so if we can find some depth there, we should be a quality team.” The Tigers return several key players from last years team, including starters Jaret Johnson, Jackson Loge and Camden Arndt, who is ranked as one of the top 50 best players in Minnesota according to Prep Hoops.

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► December Tuesday, Dec. 4 vs ACGC, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 @ BOLD, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 vs NL-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 vs Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 @ Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 @ Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 @ Perham tourney, TBD Friday, Dec. 28 @ Perham tourney, TBD ► January Thursday, Jan. 3 @ Breckenridge, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 vs Melrose, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 @ Benson, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 vs LQPV, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 @ ACGC, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan 17 vs BOLD, 7:30 p.m Friday, Jan. 25 @ Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 vs Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. ► February Saturday, Feb. 2 vs WCA, UMM 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 vs Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m Friday, Feb. 8 @ Melrose, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 @ Hancock, UMM 12 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 @ Milbank, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 vs Benson, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 vs Sisseton, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 vs Paynesville, 7:30 p.m

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Owl boys look to repeat success from last year By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Hancock Owl boys basketball team comes off a perfect 12-0 Pheasant Conference championship season where the Owls went 25-3 overall, won the Section 6A-South title and took runner-up in Section 6A. Can they repeat their success this season? That’s the goal. “We want to compete for the conference, subsection and section titles again this year,” Hancock head coach Cory Bedel said. The Owls will have to do it without guard Noah Kannegiesser, who tallied more than 1,000 points last season for Hancock. Kannegiesser graduated last spring and is currently on the roster for NCAA Division II Concordia St. Paul. Despite graduating their most prolific scorer, the Owls do return four starters to the court. Bennett Nienhaus is the top returning scorer for the Owls, averaging 14 points per game. He scored nearly 400 points last season and returns as a senior.

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The Hancock boys basketball team includes (front, left to right) Manager Preston Feuchts, Adam Shaw, Devon Schroeder, Aiden Schmidgall, Cole Reese, Brandon Kellenberger, Connor Reese, Luke Joos, David Milander, (middle, left to right) Zach Carter, Kody Berget, Preston Rohloff, Taylor Hanson, Isaac Nienhaus, Bennett Nienhaus, Colton Crowell, Daniel Milander, Zachary Koehl, (back, left to right) Parker Schmidgall, John Kellenberger, Matthew Thompson , Tanner Pahl, Montana Molden, Peyton Rohloff, Harrison Zeltwanger, Colton Hensinger, and not pictured Tyler Timmerman, Sebastian Felix and manager Dane Dodds.


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Tiger swim team returns to pool 2018-19 MACA boys swim and dive schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com

► November Friday, Nov. 30 @ Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. ► December Saturday, Dec. 8 @ Fergus Falls invite, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 13 vs Montevideo, 6 p.m. ► January Tuesday, Jan. 8 @ Detroit Lakes, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 vs Perham & SC/M, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 @ Section 5A True Team, TBD Tuesday, Jan. 22 vs Perham, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 @ Montevideo tri, 6p.m Thursday, Jan. 31 vs Detroit Lakes, 6 p.m.

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► February Thursday, Feb. 7 @ SC/Melrose tri, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 @ Sartell, Section 5A 5 p.m Saturday, Feb. 23 @ Sartell, Section 5A 10 a.m.

The MACA boys swim and dive team includes (front, left to right) David Varga, Reid Tolifson, Angel Gallegos, Hunter VanEps, Paxton VanEps, Barron Schneider, Karen Burns, Matt Gomer, Daytona Hoberg, Sam Just, (back, left to right) Abe Schmidgall, Christopher Just, Ryan Dingman, Mason Dougherty, Joseph Goulet, Solomon Johnson, and Levi Schmidgall. By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta boys swim and dive team was the last winter sports team to begin practicing as the Tigers started just Monday, Nov. 26. The Tigers started the season with 17 showing up at practice on the first day, including several point-scorers from last season. Christopher Just is the Tigers’ lead freestyler and top point-scorer from last season, head coach Anita Nelson said.

Joseph Goulet, Solomon Johnson and Angel Gallegos also helped the Tigers record team points last season. “Joseph Goulet can swim most things… he can pull in some breaststroke points for us and is always in distance freestyle events as well,” Nelson said. “Solomon grew into my distance swimmer last season… Angel will be our top returning diver.” Melrose / Sauk Centre is always a conference favorite because of the Fusion’s large program numbers. Because the Tigers have lower program numbers

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Last season, Johnson recorded 16 points per game, most on the team, and six rebounds per game, second most on the team. Loge pulled down nearly seven rebounds per game, most on the team last season, to go with almost 10 points per game (9.8). Arndt recorded 11.4 points per game, five rebounds, three assists and nearly two steals (1.7) per game last season. He also led MACA in turnovers per game by almost double than any other person on the team (3.5). The Tigers will look to some newcomers to help round out the starting five and fill reserve spots this season. One newcomer that will be interesting to watch is senior Zach Hughes, Torgerson said. “Zach missed all of last year with a knee injury. He was our top scorer as a sophomore on B squad,” Torgerson said. Other players with limited to no varsity experience that will look to compete for roles on the varsity team include: Jaden Maanum, Cameron Koebernick, Bradley Rohloff, Eli Grove, Micah Aanerud, Joseph Kleinwolterink, Kevin Asfeld and Mace Yellow. Morris/C-A should be a contender for both the West Central Conference and Section 3AA-North titles, but competition for the titles won’t be easy. New London-Spicer and Minnewaska are always a strong favorite for the Section 3AA-North, and Melrose and BOLD will be looked at as conference favorites this season, Torgerson said. The Tigers opened the season Friday, Nov. 30, at Ortonville. They next host ACGC Tuesday, Dec. 4, before playing BOLD Friday, Dec. 7, in Olivia.

than most of their opponents, the win and loss ratio is not a point of emphasis for the season. “We just have to work hard as a team to improve our swims and achieve our goals. We are a small group and we struggle against big teams, so we want focus on personal and continuous improvement each day,” Nelson said. The Tigers open the 2018-2018 season at the Fergus Falls Invitational Saturday, Dec. 8, in Fergus Falls.

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was a key big down low for Hancock and finished last season with 129 points and 119 rebounds. From Page 1 Key newcomers include Preston Rohloff and John Nienhaus also led the team in rebounds last season and Brandon Kellenberger. “Preston saw the floor a little bit last year and is a with 156. Brothers Cole and Connor Reese also return as smart player overall,” Bedel said. “John and Brandon seniors. Last season they combined for 339 points, bring a lot of height to the team and are very athletic.” 171 rebounds, 151 assists, and 68 steals. The Owls began the 2018-2019 season at Parkers “Cole is a great defender and Connor is a great shooter,” Bedel said of how the two complement each Prairie Friday, Nov. 30 and next play host to Wheaton other. Cole is the top returning assist disher while / Herman-Norcross at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Hancock. Connor returns as the second highest scorer. Another starter last season was Peyton Rohloff, who returns as another senior for the Owls. Rohloff

2018-19 Hancock boys basketball schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.pheasantconference.org.

► November Friday, Nov. 30 @ Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m. ► December Friday, Dec. 7 vs Wheaton/H-N, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 @ Underwood, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 @ Benson tourney, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 @ Benson tourney, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18 @ WCA, 7:30 p.m. ► January Thursday, Jan. 3 vs BBE, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4 vs Battle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7 vs Rothsay, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 @ Brandon-E, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 vs Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14 @ Benson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 vs CGB, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 @ CMCS, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 @ Wheaton/H-N, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 vs LQPV, 7:30 p.m. ► February Saturday, Feb. 2 vs KMS, UMM 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 vs Brandon-E, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 vs WCA, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 vs MACA, 12 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 @ Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 vs Dawson-B, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ Ashby, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 @ CGB, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22 @ RCW, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 vs Hillcrest, 7:30 p.m.


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MACA girls want steady improvement Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

The 2018 MACA girls basketball team includes (front, left to right) Sophia Carlsen, Riley Decker, Emma Bowman, Jordann Baier, Liz Dietz, Malory Anderson, Maddie Carrington, (middle, left to right) Lexi Pew, Jackie Hardy, Kaylie Raths, Sydney Dietz, Shannon Dougherty, Emma Furhman, Caryn Marty, Lakia Manska, Cortney Hickman, (back, left to right) Destiny Pollard, Kylie Swanson, Mackenna Kehoe, Katelyn Wehking, LaRae Kram, Brienna Dybdahl, Bailey Hottovy, Isabelle Fynboh, and Meredith Carrington.

By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta girls basketball program returns its top four scorers this year as Tigers look to improve on a 15-11 record in the 2017-2018 season. “Get better as the season progresses,” MACA head coach Dale Henrich said of the goals for the 2018-2019 season. Leading scorer Malory Anderson averaged a double-double last season with 17 points and 10 rebounds per game. She returns to the court as a junior. Maddie Carrington was the second leading scorer last season, averaging 13 points per game. Carrington, also a junior, added 79 rebounds, 61 assists and 84 steals last season. Riley Decker and Liz Dietz return as seniors. Decker averaged nine points per game and finished with 235 on the season last year. Dietz had 100 points (3.8 per game average) and 112 rebounds (4.3 per game average) last season. Anderson, Carrington and Decker were named all-conference by the West Central Conference last season. Dietz was named honorable mention. Decker, Dietz and Jordann Baier will be captains for the 2018-2019 season. The team has no newcomers this season, but several players that suit-

ed up but didn’t get much playing time on varsity will add depth to the roster. “We have a lot of girls that played B-squad last year that are ready to step up and get some playing time this year,” Henrich said.

The Tigers opened the regular season at the Benson tournament Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, in Benson. They continue their road season Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Litchfield, and at Minnewaska Friday, Dec. 7, in Glenwood.

2018-19 MACA girls basketball schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com.

► November Friday, Nov. 30 @ Benson invite, 6 p.m ► December Saturday, Dec. 1 @ Benson invite, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 @ Litchfield, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 @ Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 vs ACGC, 7:30 p.m Friday, Dec. 14 vs Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 18 @ NL-Spicer, 7 p.m Friday, Dec. 21 @ BOLD, 6 p.m ► January Thursday, Jan. 3 @ Breckenridge, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 vs Melrose, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 @ Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 vs LQPV, 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 vs Wheaton/H-N, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 @ Montevideo, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 vs Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 @ ACGC, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 @ Sauk Centre, 7:30 p.m. ► February Friday, Feb. 1 vs BOLD, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 vs WCA, 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4 @ Sisseton, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 @ Melrose, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 vs Milbank, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 vs Benson, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 @ Osakis, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 vs Montevideo, 7:30 p.m.


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Hancock girls look to continue upward swing 2018-19 Hancock girls basketball schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.pheasantconference.org.

► November Thursday, Nov. 29 @ Hillcrest, 7:30 p.m. ► December Tuesday, Dec. 11 @ Dawson-B, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17 vs WCA, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 vs Brandon-E, 7:30 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 18 vs MACCRAY, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 vs Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. ► January Thursday, Jan. 3 @ Rothsay, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 vs Benson, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 vs CGB, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 @ Swanville, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 @ Wheaton/H-N, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 @ CMCS, TBD Tuesday, Jan 22 vs RCW, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 @ Underwood, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 28 vs Wheaton/H-N, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 vs Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m.

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The 2018 Hancock girls basketball team includes (front, left to right) Bryn Brown, Jordan Hausmann, Jenna Kannegiesser, Morgan Kisgen, Tori Pahl, (back, left to right) Cora Millette, Carlee Hanson, Alexis Staples, Rylee Hanson, Lindsey Mattson, Haley Mattson, Taylor Wilson, and Alexa Meierding.

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► February Friday, Feb. 1 @ WCA, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 vs Rothsay, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 @ Ortonville, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11 @ Battle Lake, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 @ ACGC, TBD Friday, Feb. 15 @ CGB, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ Ashby, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 vs KMS, 7:30 p.m.

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Head coach Tony Thielke enters his second year at the helm of the Hancock High School girls basketball program. He looks for continued success after the Owls finished 13-11 overall last season. “Have fun, be competitive and improve throughout the season,” Thielke said of the program’s goals for the 2018-2019 season. The Owls return senior Haley Mattson and sophomore Lexi Staples as the lone starters from a year ago. Staples is the top returner in almost every statistical category as she tallied 202 points, 114 rebounds, 47 assists, and 44 steals last season. Mattson scored roughly seven points per game and will be a senior leader this season, Thielke said. Several others will need to step up to fill bigger roles, including Carlee Hanson and Tori Pahl, Thielke said. “Morgan Kisgen and Rylee Hanson both logged significant minutes last season,” Thielke said of two. The two players will be expected to play bigger roles for the Owls this year. The Owls began the 20182019 season at Hillcrest Thursday, Nov. 29, in Fergus Falls. They next play at Dawson-Boyd Tuesday, Dec. 11 before opening the home season against West Central Area at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, in Hancock.


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Talent returns to ice for MBA boys By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Morris Benson Area Storm boys hockey team returns a ton of experience in the 2018-2019 season. Zach Bruns, as a freshman last year, led all of Section 6A in points, tallying 56 in the 2017-2018 season. The rest of the Section 6A top 10 was comprised of sophomores, juniors and seniors. He had a team high 37 goals to go with 15 assists, which was third best on the team. “Zach is a fierce competitor with a great motor and a pure scorer,” MBA head coach Jeremiah Day said. Bruns will start his second varsity season on the injured reserve list, recovering from an upper body injury that he suffered during the football season. Injuries have really plagued the Storm early. The program numbers looked so good before practice started that Day added some B-squad games to the schedule. With injuries, filling a B-squad roster could get stretched thin. “All my guys are out right now,” Jeremiah Day said of players with injuries. Day hopes to move up some players from the Bantam team to help round out the B-squad roster. Returning goalie Chase Engebretson and starting forward Jack Riley are also beginning the season on the injured reserve list. “Chase works as hard as anyone I have seen between the pipes and it shows in his game performance,” Day said of Engebretson. Riley was second highest point scorer and returns to the ice as a junior. He had 37 points in his debut varsity season with 14 goals and 23 assists. The main reason for wanting to add a few B-squad level games is so that MBA’s three goalies can all get playing time. Engebretson and newcomers Brady

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The MBA boys hockey team includes (front, left to right) Michael Halvorson, Parker Klem, Brady Goff, Kellen Erdahl, Jake Riley, Hunter Blume, Kolby Goff, (back, left to right) Zach Bruns, Peyton LeClair, Reece Kuseske, Brady Loge, Zander Hoffman, Tyler Buss, Alexander Perowitz, Matthew Tolifson, Brady Dehaan, Will Breuer, Brady Bachman, and not pictured Jack Riley and Chase Engebretson. Bachman and Peyton LeClair will all be goalies for the Storm this season. “Getting them all ice time throughout the season is the top priority,” Day said of wanting to add a few B-squad games this season. He plans to suit up two varsity goalies per game. Other returners include Kolby Goff, who is a seasoned veteran now entering his final season in a Storm uniform as a senior. He had seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points, third highest on the team last season. Goff is one of four seniors on the roster this season. Other seniors include: Kellen Erdahl, Alexandra Perowitz and Mike Halvorson. Erdahl is just 5-foot-3-inches tall, but plays like he’s a lot bigger, Day said.

“Kellen is fearless and plays like he is 6-foot-4inches 230 pounds,” Day said. As for newcomers, the Storm boys already have seven new sophomores to varsity this season. “We plan to continue to build on the success we started to see last season,” Day said. “Fortunately, we have the majority of the team returning and some newcomers that will be exciting to watch contribute. This team will be fun to watch this season.” The Storm opened the season Tuesday, Nov. 27, against River Lakes, in Morris. MBA next plays Windom at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in Benson then opens the road season at Wadena Deer Creek Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Wadena.

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2018-19 MBA boys hockey schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com

► November Tuesday, Nov. 27 vs River Lakes, Morris 7 p.m. ► December Saturday, Dec. 1 vs Windom, Benson 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 @ WDC, 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 @ Bagley, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 @ RLF, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 vs Willmar, Benson 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 vs Fairmont, Benson 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 vs Prairie Centre, Morris 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27 vs Holiday tourney, Benson 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28 vs Holiday tourney, Benson 1 p.m. ► January Thursday, Jan. 3 vs Redwood, Benson 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 vs Worthington, Benson 3 p.m. Monday, Jan 7 @ Big Lake, 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 @ Wahpeton, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 @ Fairmont, 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15 @ May-Port, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 @ Windom, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26 vs May-Port, Morris 2 p.m. ► February Friday, Feb. 1 vs RLF, Morris 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 @ Worthington 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 vs WDC, Morris 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 @ Prairie Centre, 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 vs Bagley, Morris 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12 vs Wahpeton, Morris 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 @ Marshall, 7 p.m.

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MBA girls continue in the right direction

2018-19 MBA girls hockey schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com

► November Friday, Nov. 9 vs Luverne, L 11-0 Saturday, Nov. 10 @ MN River, L 12-1 Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ River Lakes, L 13-0 Saturday, Nov. 17 @ Park Rapids, W 3-2 Tuesday, Nov. 20 @ Litchfield, L 6-0 Friday, Nov. 23 @ Marshall tourney, L 9-0 Saturday, Nov. 23 @ Marshall tourney, L 11-0 Thursday, Nov. 29 @ Waseca, 6 p.m. ► December Saturday, Dec. 1 vs Windom, Benson 1 p.m Thursday, Dec. 6 vs Park Rapids, Morris 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7 vs Crookston, Morris 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 vs Prairie Centre, Morris 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 vs Fairmont, Benson 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 vs Detroit Lakes, Morris 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 vs MN River, Benson 6 p.m.

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The Morris Benson Area girls hockey team includes (front, left to right) Libbey Pendill, Taryn Picht, Chloe Zimmel, Karlie Bruns, Kortney Sanasack, Hannah Zimmel, Danielle Reuss, (back, left to right) Leah Thompson, Gabby Schneider, Allison Michaelson, Ruby Swenson, Kellie Wilts, Andrea Walz, Isabella Alsaker, and head coach Abby Daly.

► January Thursday, Jan. 3 @ Prairie Centre, 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5 vs Worthington, Benson 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10 @ Luverne, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 @ Fairmont, 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 @ Windom, 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 @ Willmar, 7:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 @ Crookston, 7 p.m. ► February Saturday, Feb. 2 @ Worthington, 1 p.m.

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By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Morris Benson Area girls hockey team has progressed in the right direction the past few seasons and in the first few games into the 2018-2019 season, third-year head coach Abby Daly said. “Every game we’ve played so far has been better than the last and as a coach, I can’t ask for much more,” Daly said of the Storm, which has played nine games this season including Saturday, Dec. 1. “We have a great group of girls who are eager to learn and grow together.” Taryn Picht is one of the top returners to the Storm this season. She tallied seven goals last season, which was most on the team. “Outstanding work ethic, speed and talent,” Daly said of why she is a top returner for MBA. Karlie Bruns and Chloe Zimmel are newcomers to the varsity team this season and will be the newcomers to watch, Daly said. “Karlie is a great defensive asset and has a good understanding of the gamel. Chloe is more offensive-minded,” Daly said. “Both have a lot of

potential and will be great assets to the team.” The Storm also have a new goalie in Leah Thompson. “Leah has been doing outstanding between the pipes and has a lot of potential as a goalie and leader,” Daly said. MBA hosted Windom Saturday, Dec. 1 and next host Park Rapids at 6 p.m Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Lee Community Center in Morris.


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Youth fills gym for MAHACA gymnastics Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

The MAHACA gymnastics team includes (front, left to right) Charity Johnson, Morgan Ahrenholz, Vanya Figueroa Gonzalez, Ava Kirwin, Kelly Berlinger, Mariel Altamirano, Taylor Kill, Rylee Mattson, (second row, left to right) Laura Beld, McKenna Ahrenholz, Pamela Garcia, Callie Snell, Julia Weyers, Corrie Erdahl, Maggie McCorkel, Haleigh Velde, (third row, left to right) Madelyn Siegel, Tasha Koehl, Anya Eckerle, Abigail Malek, Greta Schaefer, Valerie Messner, Sara Hoffman, Callista Kill, Victoria Vargas, Emily Hamm, (back row, left to right) Julia Gillespie, Whitney Bruns, Ava Boyle, Meghan Goulet, Lydia Fynboh, Faith Butterfass, Raelyn Thompson, and not pictured Gavin Shank and Olivia Lebrija. By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Tiger gymnastics team will be young this season with four juniors, two sophomores and the rest nintheighth-and seventh-graders. There are currently 34 gymnasts on the Minnesota State High School League roster. “We are going to be young, but coaches are excited to see how the season unfolds. The future looks very impressive for the program,” said Morris Area / Hancock / Chokio-Alberta head coach Trent Oberg, who began his 22nd season as head coach Monday, Nov. 12. The Tigers return seven letterwinners from the 2017-2018 season: Sara Hoffman, Greta Schaefer, Tasha Koehl, Olivia Lebrija, Callie Snell, Faith Butterfass and Meghan Goulet.

Lebrija and Snell were two all around gymnasts last season. Lebrija earned all-conference honorable mention. Koehl performed several stuck beam routines for the Tigers. The team has seven new seventh-graders to the program. “Seventh-grader Taylor Kill has a lot of gymnastics background and skills, an all around gymnast. All of the new gymnasts we have this season are bringing in a wide range of skills and abilities,” Oberg said. As far as competition goes, Detroit Lakes is always the section favorite while Melrose is the West Central Conference favorite year-after-year. The Tigers open the season with the MACA Invite Saturday, Dec. 1, in Morris then travel to Fergus Falls Tuesday, Dec. 4.

You Can Do It, Owls and Tigers!

2018-19 MAHACA gymnastics schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com

► December Saturday, Dec. 1 vs Tiger Invite, Morris 12 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 @ Fergus Falls, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 vs Wahpeton, 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 @ Milbank invite, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 @ Milbank invite, 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 @ Benson, 6 p.m.

► February Tuesday, Feb. 5 vs Marshall, 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 @ Melrose, WCC 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 @ Perham, Section 6A TBD

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► January Saturday, Jan. 5 @ Park Rapids invite, 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8 vs Milbank, 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 @ Moorhead invite, 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 14 @ Benson, 6 p.m Tuesday, Jan. 22 @ Melrose, 6 p.m


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WRESTLING

Tiger wrestling under new yet familiar coach

Brooke Kern / Stevens County Times

The MAHACA wrestling team includes (front, left to right) Carter Gibson, John Kleindl, Casey Nelson, Dallas Walton, Hunter Gibson, Caden Rose, Ethan Lebrija, Tyce Anderson, Brock Marty, (middle, left to right) Jed Feuchtenberger, Dalton Rose, Hunter Massner, Dain Schroeder, Ben Travis, Dylan Rose, Jordan Kill, Toby Messner, Davin Rose, Sawyer Knoblach, (back, left to right) Josh Rohloff, Noah Amundson, Maddix Erickson, Tristan Raths, Dillon Nelson, Brady Cardwell, Jacob Boots, Matt McNeill, Colton Wohlers and Gideon Joos. By Brooke Kern Stevens County Times The Morris Area / Hancock / Chokio-Alberta wrestling program is under new, yet, familiar coaching management. Kyle Rose was named the head coach as his father

Mick Rose resigned in July after two years because of health reasons. The 2018-2019 wrestling team will be similar to last season, very young, and the numbers are limited. “Need to do more recruiting,” Rose said of

getting more guys out for wrestling. The Tigers had 29 boys show up for the first day of practice Monday, Nov. 19, at the Minnesota National Guard Armory in Morris. For a story on the move to the armory, check out the Dec. 1

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sports section of the Stevens County Times. Senior Matt McNeill makes his return to the mat after a knee injury kept him from wrestling last year. As a sophomore, he went 2-2 for eighth place at the Section 8AA individual tournament and took fourth in the West Central Conference. Among the returners to varsity that participated in the Section 3AA individual tournament last season include: seniors Brady Cardwell and Ben Travis, juniors Dalton Rose, Colton Wohlers, and Gideon Joos, sophomores Tristan Raths and Josh Rohloff, freshmen Ethan Lebrija and Jed Feuchtenberger, and eighth-grader Davin Rose. Lebrija, who earned all-conference last season, will seek qualifying for his first-ever state tournament this year after a third place finish in the Section 3AA individual tournament at the end of last season. Feuchtenberger and Cardwell will also look to improve upon their section finishes from a season ago. Both placed fourth in their respective weight classes. Cardwell and Dalton

Rose also earned all-conference announced by the West Central Conference last season. Davin Rose was named honorable mention. The Tigers opened

the season at the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa wrestling invitational Friday, Nov. 30 and open the dual season against United Thursday, Dec. 6, in Hancock.

2018-19 MAHACA wrestling schedule For all up-to-date schedule changes, visit www.westcentralconference.com

► November Friday, Nov. 30 at BBE invite, 2:30 p.m. ► December Thursday, Dec. 6 vs Montevideo, Hancock 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 at WCA invite, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at Ortonville quad, 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14 at Big Bear invite, TBD Saturday, Dec. 15 at Big Bear invite, TBD Friday, Dec. 21 at Minnewaska tri, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 29 at Benson invite, 9 a.m. ► January Friday, Jan. 11 at ACGC tri, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17 at BOLD tri, 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 at TMB invite, 12 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at KMS tri, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 vs SC/Melrose, 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 @ Border West, CGB 6 p.m. ► February Tuesday, Feb. 5 at BOLD, WCC 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 vs Marshall & Minneota, 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 vs Doc Busian invite, 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 @ Section 3AA team Saturday, Feb. 16 @ Section 3AA team Friday, Feb. 22 @ New Ulm, 3AA ind tourney Saturday, Feb. 23 @ New Ulm, 3AA ind tourney

Winter Sports preview  

A look ahead to the 2018-2019 winter sports season for the Hancock Owls and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers.

Winter Sports preview  

A look ahead to the 2018-2019 winter sports season for the Hancock Owls and Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers.

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