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The Hancock junior high girls basketball team had a 20-5 record in 2016-2017. The second half of the season was highlighted by just one loss. That loss came in early January at the Benson tournament by the hands of Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta. The Hancock junior high girls started out 2017 with a win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, 38-11, on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Tori Pahl had a team high 15 points for the Owls. Jordan Hausmann added 10.
The junior high boys basketball team finished out the season 14-4 overall. After a 3-3 start, the gears turned in 2017 as the Owls lost just a single game to close out the winning season. Hancock defeated C-G-B (32-27) and Browns Valley (48-20) to start 2017. The Owls earned their sixth win of the season over Ortonville, 31-26. Their lone loss was a 37-23 loss at Benson on Jan. 26. After that, the Owls won their last eight games. Hancock beat Wheaton/H-N 36-17 on Jan. 31. On Feb. 7, the Owls took a 38-20 win over Brandon-Evansville.
Mary Holmberg started her 37th season as head coach of the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta softball team. She has been the only head coach Morris/C-A has ever had, starting the program in 1980. "It doesn't seem that long," Holmberg said. "All the relationships you build over the years, it's been a special time." This year, the Morris/C-A softball program has over 70 players out in grades 7-12.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers used three firsts and nine seconds to catapult them to victory at the Marv Meyer Invite Tuesday, April 4 in Morris.
Two Hancock Owls placed in the top five and two more bested their personal records as the season opening track and field meet on Tuesday, April 4 at the Marv Meyer Invitational in Morris.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls track and field team only placed in the top eight in 14 of 18 events in the season opener on Tuesday, April 4 in Morris. Of those 14 events, the Tigers placed in the top three 15 times to edge out a team win over second place Minnewaska by seven points. Morris/C-A finished with 135 points to Minnewaska’s 128 points. Osakis, West Central Area, and Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa rounded out the top five teams at the meet.
The Hancock Owls dropped their softball opener to West Central Area 23-5 on Monday, March 27 in Barrett. The Knights used a 12-run second inning to catapult to the five-inning victory. RELATED: Hancock starts softball program , prep softball , Hancock athletics
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta boys track and field started practice on Monday, March 13. Next week, the Tigers are scheduled to be the hosts of the first competition of the 2017 season: The Marv Meyer Invitational on Tuesday, April 4. The Tigers have 53 athletes out for track in grades 7-12. A good balance, head coach Dale Henrich said of the solid numbers in each grade. "We got outside and ran in the cold and threw in the cold, so that's good. We've been doing some pool workouts, which helps get them off their legs," Henrich said.
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls track and field team is back on track for the 2017 season after an injury-prone 2016 season. "We have a good core back in our eight senior leaders. All great kids, good athletes, very goal-driven," head coach Mark Ekren said. "It's nice to see the seniors helping the younger kids. It's leadership, that's the biggest thing. I hope that trickles down the the younger kids when they get older." The Tigers have roughly 35 out for the girls program in grades 7-12. "About the same as last year," Ekren said.
All-conference and team awards for the 2016-2017 girls basketball season have been announced. For the Hancock Owls, Sabrina Mattson was the lone all-conference recipient. Kassandra Algarate, Ashlyn Mattson, and Tess Steiner all earned honorable mention. Algarate and S. Mattson earned Team MVP. The two combined for 500 points this season. Algarate led the duo attack with 283 points, an average 11.8 points per game. She also grabbed a team high 144 rebounds on the season, a six per game average.