Prep Results: Rivalry Gets Renewed As Tigers Hand Owls Their First Loss 06 Jan 18

Brett Miller, KMRS/KKOK Sports Director

Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta 65, Hancock 56
MORRIS – After two decades a rivalry got renewed on Saturday at the P.E. Center on the University of Minnesota Morris campus when Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta faced the Hancock Owls.
The Tigers used their size advantage to build up an 18-point first half lead and hung on for a 65-56 win, handing the Owls their first loss of the season, and in turn snapping their own five-game losing skid.
Jaret Johnson scored 27 points with 10 rebounds, Jackson Loge had 10 points with 10 rebounds, and Connor Koebernick added 13 points for the Tigers who dominated on the offensive glass early to grab the lead. Hancock’s Noah Kannegiesser was near perfect shooting early in the game keeping the Owls close before the Tigers defense took over, helping them build a 12 point lead going into halftime.
The Owls turned the tables and played suffocating defense in the second half, holding the Tigers to just
5-22 shooting to climb back into the game. Kannegiesser’s three-pointer with 1:20 left completed the comeback, tying the game at 56.
The Tigers were reeling, having missed 10 straight shots when Johnson answered with a three to give the lead right back to the Tigers. From there the Tigers hit free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
Kannegiesser finished with 35 points and seven rebounds, Connor Reese added nine points as the Owls fall to 6-1. The Tigers are now 3-7.

Melrose 55, Braham 16
Minnewaska Area 69, Osakis 62
Lac qui Parle Valley 64, Benson 36
Battle Lake 57, Pelican Rapids 45
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 58, Park Christian 53

Melrose 53, Pierz 44
Pelican Rapids 57, Battle Lake 12
Park Christian 65, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy 27

Morris Benson/Area 4, Worthington 4 / OT
WORTHINGTON – Three goals in the third period helped Morris/Benson Area force overtime and earn a 4-4 tie with Worthington on Saturday.
Trailing 3-1 in the third, Zach Bruns and Kolby Goff scored seconds apart to tie the game, only to have Ryan Newman give the Trojans the lead right back at 14:44. Matt Tolifson responded with the equalizer with just 30 seconds remaining to force overtime, where the teams played to a scoreless tie.
Bruns had a goal and two assists, Tyler Buss tallied two assists, Ashford Swenson scored and Parker Klemm added an assist. Chase Engebretson 39 saves in net and the Storm are 3-5-2.
Colby Nickel had a goal with two assists for the Trojans, Preston Thavixay made made 37 saves, and Worthington is 0-12-1.

Warroad 3, Fergus Falls 2
Virginia/Mt. Iron-Buhl 4, St. Cloud Cathedral 3
River Lakes 10, Breckenridge/Wahpeton 0
Bemidji 7, Sartell-St. Stephen 0

Worthington 3, Morris/Benson Area 1
WORTHINGTON – Ashton Fogelman scored twice and Worthington hung on for a 3-1 win over Morris/Benson Area Storm on Saturday.
Korey Nickel scored at 3:59 of the first to open the scoring, Fogelman added one at 16:33 of the period to take a 2-0 lead into the first intermission.
Taryn Picht cut the deficit in half with a goal at 4:31 of the second, but Fogelman struck again in the third to seal the win.
Abby Hoffmann had 21 saves for the Storm who fall to 1-11. The Trojans got 18 saves from Bailey Kruse who improve to 4-10.

Alexandria 7, Bemidji 0
Willmar 1, Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato 0
CambridgeIsanti/Mora/Pine City 8, Prairie Centre 0

Park Rapids Invitational
PARK RAPIDS – The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers competed at the Park Rapids Invitational on Saturday, taking fourth place.
Olivia Lebrija took seventh on floor and eighth in the all-around, Kate Giese was ninth on vault while Shannon Kill was tenth, and Madelyn Siegel took ninth on beam. 
Alexandria took first with 135.35, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle was second with 128.9, and Park Rapids/Menahga/Nevis finished third was 111.85.