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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.
Ryan Snyder and the Hancock Owl softball team saw its inaugural season come to an end on Tuesday, May 23 in Brandon. The Owls were the No. 8 seed in Section 6A-West and faced No. 1 Brandon-Evansville. The Chargers won 12-0 in five innings to advance in the postseason.
The Hancock High School trapshooting team continues to fall in the Class A – Conference 6 standings. After a 565 in week 1, the Owls have continuously hit less and less targets each week, totaling a season low 425.5 season score in week four. Despite a sixth place conference performance in week four, Hancock remains in third in the overall standings.
Two sides of the game combined for a dominant 7-1 win for Hancock on Monday, May 22 in Chokio. The Owl had 14 hits, but it was Chandler Gramm and the defense behind him that secured the win over Hillcrest. Gramm earned the complete game win, giving up just two hits and one earned run. He walked two and struck out eight.
Some local wrestlers have been participating in the Thor Wrestling Club in Minneota. Morris Area / Hancock / Chokio-Alberta wrestlers that participated included Hunter Gibson, Caden Rose, Carter Gibson, Davin Rose, Tyce Anderson, Ethan Lebrija, and Dalton Rose. Club members wrestled two nights a week starting in the middle of March and wrestled at 7-10 tournaments across the state.