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No experience, no problem. Hancock began its softball program this year after being in a cooperative sponsorship with Benson for more than two decades. The Owls haven't had their own program since the 1992 season. Ryan Snyder was hired to start the program after coaching the Hancock junior high softball team last season. Hancock has 11 varsity girls out for softball, most have no experience. However, some players did play on the junior high team that Snyder coached last year.
The junior varsity girls basketball team posted a record of 11-11 in the 2016-2017 season. After a 1-4 start, the Owls turned things around to go 10-7 to finish out the season. The JV had nearly the same lineup as last season and that benefitted the team, coach Tony Thielke said.
After going 2-2 in 2016, the Hancock C squad boys basketball team finished up the season 8-6. The 2017 portion of the season started off with two losses, a 31-23 loss at Ortonville on Jan. 20 and a 54-25 loss at West Central Area on Jan. 24. Against Ortonville, Preston Rohloff led Hancock with eight points. Sakdhithouch "Guy" Paradeesatanun had five and Gus Schacht finished with four. Against the Knights, Daniel Milander led with nine points. Tyler Timmerman added seven.
After a 5-2 start in 2016, the Hancock JV boys basketball team closed out the season at 16-2 in 2017 to finish with a 21-4 overall record. The Owls added two wins to open 2017, a 38-26 win over Battle Lake on Jan. 5 and a win over Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 53-36 on Jan. 6. Nienhaus had a team high 12 points against Battle Lake and added 13 against KMS. Connor Reese led the Owls against KMS with 15 points.
Four Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers were named All Area honorable mention by the West Central Tribune. RELATED: Two Owls named WCT All Area, Morris/C-A takes second in 3AA , Morris/C-A athletics
Two Hancock Owl boys basketball players found themselves on the All Area team announced by the West Central Tribune on Wednesday, March 22. Noah Kannegiesser was named to the First Team, while senior Tyler Reese earned honorable mention.
Donkey Basketball was played at Morris Area Elementary School gymnasium Monday, March 13. The event was sponsored by Morris FFA, Morris BPA, and MAHS Student Council with the fourth team being Freddy's Force. Just over $4,100 was raised from the event and proceeds will go to support Freddy Hanson, who is ill from cancer, and his family. Facebook flooded with heartfelt thanks, including those from Morris Area High School advisors Peg Rinkenberger and Nick Milbrandt.
Top-seeded Ortonville had the hot hand on Saturday, March 11 at UM-Morris during the Section 6A-South semifinal game to eliminate No. 4-seeded Hancock from the postseason.
Morris Benson Area PeeWee Silver competed at the Minnesota Hockey West Region Tournament March 3-5 in Brainerd. In the opening round, MBA took on Osseo/Maple Grove. The Storm took an early 1-0 lead in the opening minute, but Osseo responded to take a 4-1 lead by the third period. MBA rallied in the third take the lead 5-4. Osseo wasn't going away quietly and forced an overtime session, tying the game at 5-5 at the end of regulation. It took almost the entire 10-minute extra session, but the Storm was able to punch in the winning goal to win 6-5.
The Morris Benson Area Bantam hockey team participated at the regional tournament Friday through Sunday, March 3-5 at the Brainerd Area Civic Center in Brainerd. The Storm went 2-2 in the tournament to finish fourth in the region and 10th in the state according to the March 6 youth hockey hub rankings. MBA defeated Champlin Park 7-1 in the opening round, then fell to Orono 4-3 in OT. The Storm beat Wayzata 4-2 before falling to Elk River 3-2 in OT. Orono and Elk River are both headed to the state tournament next Friday through Sunday, March 17-19 in Prior Lake.