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Hancock track and field saw one of its most successful subsection meets on Thursday, May 25 in Wheaton. The Owls had six personal bests and three participants advanced to the Section 6A meet, including senior Charlie Marczak, who will advance in two events. It was the best subsection meet in the two years Casey Skalbeck has been the head coach. “We only have one move on to sections last year,” Skalbeck said.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger girls track and field had seven first place finishes, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Minnewaska, who won the Subsection 21 meet on Thursday, May 25 in Wheaton. The Lakers defeated second place Morris/C-A 171 to 158.5.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger boys track and field team claimed the Subsection 21 title on Thursday, May 25 in Wheaton. The Tigers beat out second place Minnewaska 139.5 to 122. The Tigers placed in the top five in 19 and those will be moving on to the Section 6A meet, which will be held in Fergus Falls next Thursday, June 1. Morris/C-A rode seven first place finishes to victory, including all four relays.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys golf team ended its season run at the first day of the Section 3AA meet on Thursday, May 25 at Oakdale Golf Course in Buffalo Lake. Senior Jacob Zosel is the lone Morris/C-A golfer moving on to the second day of the 3AA meet. After a rough start bogeying his first four holes, Zosel turned things around to golf a solid 77 round, which was five over par for the course. Head coach Joey Fragodt hopes the fire he saw in Zosel carries into next Tuesday's round.
A four-run fifth inning and solid pitching helped Minnewaska defeat Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday, May 23 in Glenwood. Lakers' starter Colin Richards, winning pitcher Matthew Gruber and Shawn Stumpf combined to allow just one run on five hits while striking out seven. Gruber worked a perfect three innings, striking out three.
The No. 1-seeded Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers took control early with seven first inning runs and carried that lead to an 11-2 victory over Montevideo in the second round of the Section 3AA playoffs Tuesday, May 23 in Morris. Brooke Gillespie helped get that offense going with a two-run single in the first inning. She finished the game 2-for-4 with three RBI and teammate Piper Gibson also had a pair of hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger trapshooting team finished up week four of competition on Saturday, May 20. Morgan Kirwin led the Tigers week with two 24 rounds for a week total of 48. She jumped up to second in the conference among female members with a season average 21. Tied for first is Madeline Meuwissen of Jordan and Morgan Miller of Watertown-Mayer with season averages of 21.13.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls golf team golfed one of its better meets of the season at the Section 3AA opener on Wednesday, May 24 at Oakdale Golf Course in Buffalo Lake. Head coach Austen Miller was not surprised. “The girls have been on the verge of something like this for a while,” Miller said. “I have been telling them all year that they are more than capable of keeping up with the top teams, and that they just need to all play well on the same day. That happened today, finally!”
Hancock junior Noah Kannegiesser has been named to a list of Minnesota's Top 100 players in the state from Minnesota Basketball News. With the honor, Kannegiesser has been invited to attend the Minnesota Basketball News Top 100 Expo at the College of St. Benedict on Thursday, July 6 in St. Joseph. Players are also encouraged to attend the College Prep Camp, conducted by nine-coach college coaching staff on Wednesday, July 5.
On Monday, May 15, the Hancock School Board accepted resignations of two Hancock teachers, phy ed and health teacher Ryan Petersen and band director Casey Skalbeck. With the two resignations, the athletic department also lost two head coaches. Petersen was the head coach of the girls basketball program for two years. Though his time at Hancock was short, Petersen said he would always remember the girls he had the privilege in coaching and the lessons he learned in his first varsity coaching role.