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2008 Sports highlights


The Morris Area/Hancock wrestling team took two first-place medals and scored 127.5 points to take fifth place at the Royalton Invitational Jan. 5. Tim Ostby and Travis Thooft each had to beat tough wrestlers to win their weight classes.

Morris Area's Stefan Lemke won the 500-yard freestyle event at the Section 3A True Team Championships Jan. 19 at Hutchinson. Lemke's career-best time of 5:14.39 provided a comfortable winning margin in this event.


The Storm girls' hockey team won the first round of the Section 6A playoffs with a 6-3 win over Little Falls in Benson.

Travis Thooft celebrated his 100th win during the Tiger Wrestling Invitational on Feb. 9.

Tim Ostby, Eric Goette, Travis Nohl, and Tanner Berning recorded pins to help Morris Area/Hancock to a 36-33 win over Benson in the first round of the Section 3A team wrestling tournament in Canby.

Morris Benson Area advanced to the quarterfinal round of the Section 6A boys' hockey tournament with a 6-3 play-in win over the Wolverines on Feb. 16 in Wadena, but fell to the top-seeded and state-ranked Flyers in Little Falls.

The Morris Area gymnasts posted their highest score for the year in both vault (32.45) and floor (30.825), to help them post a season-high score of 113.075 at sections in Litchfield.

Stefan Lemke finished first in the 500 and second in the 200-yard freestyle events at sections to earn a trip to the 2008 State Swim and Dive Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.

The Morris Benson Area PeeWees took third place at the District 15 tournament at Pequot Lakes and advanced to the regional tournament.

Eric Goette represented Morris Area/Hancock at the 2008 State Wrestling Tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. He placed second at 125 pounds at the Section 3A individual wrestling tournament at Marshall.

A promising basketball season at the University of Minnesota, Morris ended with both teams dropping their first game at the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference post-season tournament at Northwestern College. The Cougar men failed to advance after dropping a tie-breaking play-in game to Bethany Lutheran 98-87. Seeded No. 3, the women fell to No. 2 seed Northland College 72-49.


Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta was eliminated in round one of the Section 6AA West girls' basketball tournament with a 58-50 loss at Osakis Tuesday.

Morris Benson Area was undefeated at the West Region PeeWee "B" Tournament Feb. 29-March 1 at Wadena to earn the top seed in the region and a trip to the state tournament in New Ulm March 14-16.

The Morris Benson Area girls' hockey team, wearing pink and black jerseys, wrapped up the season with a 9-2 victory over Little Falls Feb. 19 at the Lee Community Center. It was a winning night for both teams, as they were playing for more than a win in the record book. The girls had organized a "Skate for a Cure" game to raise money to fight cancer.

Two names synonymous with wrestling in West Central Minnesota, George Graff and Spencer Yohe, were added to the list of those honored by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Morris Area's boys' basketball season ended Saturday in Osakis with a 53-43 loss in the quarterfinals of the Section 6AA West Tournament.

For the first time in Storm history, Morris Benson Area was represented at the state level by the Pee Wees. The Storm and fellow West Region team Moorhead Black were the only non-metro teams in the line-up. Morris Benson Area was defeated by Edina White in the first round and Lakeville in the consolation bracket to end a successful season.

Brothers Tim and Travis Ostby participated in the Northland Youth Wrestling Association State Tournament held April 3-6 in Rochester. Travis, a fourth grader, brought home the state title and eighth grader, Tim, came home with a medal for third place.


The Morris Area boys' track and field team, with six first-place finishes, won the Pelican Rapids Invitational. The Tigers came in with 124.5 points at the seven-team meet.


Morris Area defeated Lac qui Parle Valley on the road for coach Lyle Rambow's 300th career win.

The Tigers hosted the Sub-Section 6A track and field championships at the University of Minnesota, Morris. The boys' team won the sub-section title, while the girls finished in fifth place of the nine teams competing.

At the Section 6AA-West meet May 20 in St. Cloud, Morris Area's Keli Pry advanced in the qualifying round. Pry posted a 94 on the 18-hole course.

Morris Area started the Section 3A softball tournament Saturday with a 6-1 win over Edgerton, but was eliminated by Adrian in a 5-2 loss later in the day.

The Morris Area baseball team, seeded No. 5, defeated No. 4 Brandon-Evansville 9-2 to take a step forward in the Sub-Section 6A playoffs Tuesday.

Six Morris Area Tigers qualified for the State Track and Field Meet at the Section 6A Championships at Moorhead. The Tiger 4X200 relay team of Lincoln Arnold, Corey Nohl, Taylor Nohl, and Matt Wulf won a trip to state by taking first with a time of 1:32.85. Jackson Henrich placed second in the discus with a distance of 152 feet, 10 inches. Taylor Nohl's took second place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 51.12. Rachel Moser took second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 14.05. She also placed second in the pole vault with a height of 9 feet.


Morris Area was knocked out of the Section 6A baseball tournament by No. 1 seed Wheaton/ Herman-Norcross at Chizek Field.

The Morris 13U baseball team qualified for the state tournament by taking first place at New Ulm.

The Morris 16U fastpitch softball team won the Willmar tournament on June 8.

The Morris VFW Post 5039 took third place at the Hutchinson baseball tournament last weekend. Morris defeated Hutchinson I 5-4 in the first game, lost to Dassel Cokato 4-2 in the semi-finals, and defeated Hutchinson II 16-8 to win the third place trophy.

The Morris 12U baseball team went 3-1 for the weekend and took home the third-place medals at Marshall, which qualified the team for the state tournament.


North Dakota State men's basketball senior and Morris native Brett Winkelman traveled to Taiwan as part of the Athletes in Action team representing the United States in the 30th annual Jones Cup tournament.

The Morris VFW baseball team opened District 5 tournament play with a 9-2 win over Montevideo at Chizek Field in Morris. The VFW team finished the regular season undefeated.

The Morris Eagles amateur baseball team won three straight games to claim the Land O' Ducks - Wood League's top seed in the Region 9C playoffs.

The Morris American Legion Post 290 team won the first Prairie Pioneer Days tournament on July 11-13.


A group of University of Minnesota, Morris soccer players departed for Brazil on a 13-day trip to the country that has won a record five World Cup Soccer Championships.

Chad Braegelmann returned to the UMM community as head women's volleyball coach for the Cougars and campus intramural coordinator.


The University of Minnesota, Morris participated in the University of Wisconsin - Stout volleyball tournament at Menomonie, Wis. where Briana Czer was named to the all-tournament team.

Both Morris Area cross country teams took first place at the Ortonville Invitational.


The University of Minnesota, Morris announced that Elijah Starzl was named the new assistant men's basketball coach for the Cougars.

The Morris Area football team advanced in the play offs with a 12-7 victory over West Central Area in a Section 6AA quarterfinal game at Big Cat Stadium.

The Morris Area/Minnewaska Area Gators defeated Montevideo 98-84 Oct. 14 to close out the 2008 regular swimming and diving season with a victory. It was the first time in 16 years that the girls in either Minnewaska or Morris recorded a team win.

The University of Minnesota, Morris volleyball team hosted a "Dig Pink" event against Bethany Lutheran College.

Junior Stefan Lemke represented the Morris Area cross country team at the Minnesota State High School League's 2008 State Girls' and Boys' Cross Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. He qualified by placing seventh at the Section 6A Cross Country Meet with a time of 17:23.47.


The University of Minnesota, Morris men's soccer team won the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference title with a 1-0 win over St. Scholastica in Duluth.

The University of Minnesota, Morris women's soccer team earned a fourth straight berth in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference post-season tournament by closing out the 2008 schedule with two wins over Presentation, but were defeated by St. Scholastica in the semifinals.

Winners of the 2008-09 Merle Felstul Leadership Award were were seniors Christine Schneider, Kelsey Amundson, Sara Beyer, and Chris Scott.

The 400-yard freestyle relay team broke a Minnewaska-Morris record at the Section 6A girls' swimming and diving meet in Sartell. Tiana Barsness, Kelsey Greenwaldt, Laura Moe and Paige Entzi swam the 400 free in 4:01.73.

Morris Area's Mary Holmberg has been selected as Section 6A Athletic Director of the Year.


University of Minnesota, Morris senior Tynell Kocer scored 13 points for her second-straight game, giving her exactly 1,000 points in her Cougar career, in a 70-63 win over Mayville State.