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The Hancock Owl baseball team looks to improve on its 6-13 season in 2016. After graduating three players defensively, the Owls will need some athletes to step up and fill those roles, according to fifth year head coach Chad Christianson. “We knew that we would need to fill first, second and an outfield position this year. We are looking to be a little inexperienced there as we will be starting two players that have seen little varsity experience,” Christianson said.
On Thursday, April 6, the Owls had two participate in Glenwood for the Minnewaska Invitational. John Kellenberger recorded a personal best on the day. RELATED: Two Owls PR and two place at Marv Meyer , prep track and field , Hancock athletics
The Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tiger track and field teams continued its success at the Lac qui Parle Valley Invite on Thursday, April 6 in Madison.
Emma Bowman singled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth inning and Brooke Gillespie and Liz Dietz made the lead stand in a West Central Conference game against Montevideo on Thursday, April 6 in Morris. The Tigers came back from being down 6-2 to hand the T-Hawks their second straight loss on the season.
Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta baseball opens up the season next week under new management. The Tigers begin a rebuilding phase after graduating eight of nine defensive starters along with the retirement of head coach Mark Torgerson and longtime JV and assistant coach Jim Greenwaldt.
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.