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The Morris Babe Ruth League Red team won twice by 10-run margins to improve to its record to 4-0. Here's a recap of the league's second week results: Gray 9, Black 3 A five--run third inning helped Gray pull away from Black. Gray's Jeremy Westerman, Derrick Foss and Matt Fellows all had two hits, and Nate Kleindl, Drew Schmidgall, Brendon Foss, Tyler Hansen, Nate Gibson, Jon Jallo, and Eric Wulf also had hits. Derrick Foss pitched the first four innings to get the win, giving a run on two hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
The Morris 13-U baseball team needed eight innings to maintain its unblemished record. Brady Valnes' bases-loaded single in the eighth inning drove in the winning run and Morris tacked on five more in a 20-14 win over Melrose on Tuesday. Morris needed two runs in the top of the seventh inning to force extra innings. Morris is 10-0 and is host to the Morris Baseball Association State Qualifying Tournament June 24-25 in Morris.
It was past the midway point in June and the NHL and NBA were still playing. Why are their respective seasons so long? I guess the leagues and the owners think they can make more money with a longer season. You have to wonder though, because the league with the shortest season, the NFL, makes by far the most money. Every game means so much in the NFL because of the shorter season. That is one reason why so many people are rabid NFL fans. You also do not see a best-of-seven playoff in the NFL. It is do or die each game.
The Morris VFW team won its first game of the season, 7-3, over Benson Tuesday in Morris. Morris pitcher Luke Claassen allowed all three runs in the first inning, but Morris rebounded with a run in the second, four runs in the third and single runs in the fifth and sixth. After the shaky start, Claassen shored up his game nicely, working all seven innings, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked five and struck out 10. "He had a rocky first inning, but then he got into a pretty good run and settled in pretty good," said VFW coach T.J.
The Morris Legion baseball team again produced big offensively and improved to 2-0 with a win over West Central on Thursday in Barrett. The Legion had 15 hits and took advantage of seven West Central errors in a 16-4 win. Three Morris players had multiple hits and all nine starters hit safely. "We had a solid offensive performance," said Legion coach Brock Paschen. "Everybody reached base at least once." The teams were tied 4-4 after three innings, but Morris' five-run fourth sealed the game. Morris starter Brett Anderson didn't allow an earned run in his four innings of work.
The Morris Tiger Sharks swim team returned to Fergus Falls last week for a A/B/C level weekend invite. It was the third meet in eight days for the Sharks and six swimmers competed in 17 individual events and achieved an impressive 14 A, B and C Minnesota state level times. In the boy's 11 to 12 year old C level category, Thomas Roberts took a first place with a time of 37.02 in the 50 yard freestyle. This was his third C level time in this event this season. Thomas then swam for the first time in the longer 100 yard breaststroke and butterfly events.
Coaches often cite the need to move on as a reason for taking a new job. University of Minnesota, Morris women's basketball coach Randi Peterson wanted to move back. The Iowa native and last season's Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Coach of the Year is leaving UMM to assume the head coaching job at Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Peterson's hiring at Coe was announced Tuesday, and she cited a desire to be closer to her family as the primary reason for accepting the offer to coach the Kohawks women's team. "I wasn't at all looking for a job," Peterson said.
When the 2006 Legislative Session concluded in May, lawmakers left St. Paul knowing the state was in good financial shape, as more Minnesotans were working and the state was collecting more revenues. Two recent reports from St. Paul suggest that we are in even better fiscal condition than previously believed. The first report confirmed that more citizens are finding jobs, as Minnesota's unemployment rate for May hit a five-year low of 3.7 percent. This number is down from 4.1 percent in April, and is also lower than the national average, which has an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent.
By Julie Buntjer Worthington Daily Globe Editor's Note: This is the third story in a series on the renewable fuel industry. LUVERNE -- Amid a family strawberry patch and rows of garden vegetables stand clumps of hardy grass that, come fall, will reach about 10 to 12 feet tall. Most people likely see the clumps for what they are -- plantings of a simple ornamental grass.
Storytelling binds the past and present together, and is as essential to community life as are food and shelter. Many of our poets are masters at reshaping family stories as poetry. Here Lola Haskins retells a haunting tale, cast in the voice of an elder. Like the best stories, there are no inessential details. Every word counts toward the effect. Grandmother Speaks of the Old Country That year there were many deaths in the village. Germs flew like angels from one house to the next and every family gave up its own. Mothers died at their mending. Children fell at school.