Wheelin’ With WEB By Bill Bentson

Wheelin’ With WEB

            By Bill Bentson                                                                         Jan. 23, 2020

                                                                                                                        Vol. 5, No. 14

            As you probably know by now, one of my favorite stops when I drive back to the southeast part of the state (or Pillager, or St. Michael), is the McDonald’s (you’re welcome for the ‘plug’) in Detroit Lakes.  I always take a survey, no matter how ‘unscientific’ it may be; who is your favorite Viking?  The #1 response has always been the same, Adam Thielen.  And most of the time, the response has always been 100%, AT.

            Most of the time I get my ‘order’, to-go.  But a couple weeks ago I had a little more time, so I got it ‘for here’, meaning, I was going to sit down and eat it in the restaurant.  I also usually like something to read.  As I approached the newspaper rack, I saw a familiar face on one of the papers, ‘Old Times-Vintage, Collectible and Antique Treasures’; Donald-Brian Johnson.  Yes, Chatfield’s Donald-Brian Johnson!  He had an article, and pictures; Lovin’ Lladro, porcelain perfection for the holidays. Design trends of the mid-20th century.  The article, with the pictures, covered about eight pages.  Congratulations Mr. Johnson, nice work.

            My travels the past couple of weeks have included a couple college games, men/women double-headers at UM-Crookston and Concordia (Moorhead).

            I go up to watch the teams at UM-Crookston because I’ve known Mike Roysland (women’s coach), and his assistant, Nate Mahlen (Fosston), for many years and the guys’ team has an excellent, and exciting, player in Harrison Cleary.  This particular game, UMC is playing Moorhead State (now Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MSUM). 

            Moorhead has a couple of players that I am familiar with, notably because I saw them play during their high school careers.  Most of you are probably not familiar with Mariah McKeever.  She played for Ada-Borup West, and had a great career for the Lady Cougars.  Mariah is a reserve for the Lady Dragons, and saw limited action in this game.

            The other player, that all basketball fans in southeast Minnesota would know, is Megan Hintz.  Megan was a super-star at Dover-Eyota, and has the same notoriety at Moorhead State.  At halftime of the women’s game, I ventured into the MSUM ‘fan-base’ to see if mom and dad were in attendance.  And they were.  Tom and Lori had also made the trip to Bemidji State the day before for that game, too.  We visited for a few minutes and then talked some more after the game.

            While we were visiting after the game, another lady, Traci Green, overheard some of our conversation, namely that I had been at Fillmore Central, and Preston-Fountain.  Come to find out, she graduated from Preston-Fountain in 1986, and was the daughter of the principal, Russ Haeffner. I’m sure that many of you remember Traci, and her dad.  Small world isn’t it?

            By the way, Megan had a great game in their 95-59 win; 17 points, shooting eight for 11 from the field and 1/2 from the free throw line, along with seven rebounds.  She leads the team in scoring, over 15 points per game, and rebounds, 7.5/game.  MSUM was just ½ game behind UM-Duluth in the north division of the NSIC.

            Last night (Wednesday) I went down to Concordia (Moorhead), to watch the Cobbers take on St. John’s (men) and St. Benedict’s (women). 

            So why am I going to a Concordia vs St. John’s/St. Ben’s game?  Well, I happen to know Jerry Fogarty, longtime assistant coach for the Johnnies (20 seasons) and one of the St. John’s players, Kyle Sorenson (Caledonia).  And besides, I kinda like basketball.

            I think Jerry spent some time at Rochester Lourdes, back ‘in the day’.  And Kyle, he was a star at Caledonia.  I had a great visit with Mr. Fogarty before the game.  We also ‘get together’ at the state tournament, ‘Sweet 16’ and other summer-time tournaments.

            Kyle had a pretty good game, scoring seven points on 3/6 shooting, 1/2 from three-point range.  Based on the stats given in the game program, Sorenson probably had as much time in this game, as he’s had in all the previous ‘Johnny’ games.  Way to show your stuff, Kyle!  He also appears to be a ‘motivational leader’ for the team too.

            Interestingly, all 16 players listed on the St. John’s roster are from Minnesota.  Small towns are well represented on the roster too; St. Joseph, Geneva, Gaylord, Dundas, Caledonia and Elko.  Add to that, from the Concordia men’s roster; Proctor, Lake Park, Milan, Hermantown, Perham, Morris, Turtle River, Starbuck and Hayti, S.D.

            The Concordia women’s team also has a player from Ada-Borup, Elizabeth Birkemeyer.  Elizabeth is a starter for the Lady Cobbers, and is a very instrumental player on the team. 

            And just to ‘throw in’ a few more small towns from the women’s squads; St. Martin, Argyle, Canby, Euclid, Swanville, Ortonville and Lamberton.  I love small towns, can you tell?

            I also got to ‘hook up’ with Jason Montonye (Graceville).  Jason is the Compliance director at Concordia, and also on the football staff.  I had both of Jason’s parents, Barb (Stueve) and Tom, as students when I was principal out at Graceville.  Jason played football for Moorhead State and had some tryouts with some NFL teams.  A ‘never stop’ kind of player, just like mom and dad, and sister, Mollie.

            I also want to thank the administrative personnel at both UM-Crookston (didn’t get a name) and Concordia (Jim Cella, SID). 

            I also met the radio broadcaster from WDAY (Larry Knutson), that covers the Concordia games. It seems like ‘old-home week’ at every ballgame, which creates some great memories.  Lots of fun.  Hope you didn’t get too bored?

            Have you noticed that many of the advertisements, on TV and in the newspaper, are promoting ‘multiple purchases’; like ‘two for $6’ and ‘4 for $4’.  It’s a proven fact, that people are willing to pay more, if the particular product is ‘bundled’, rather than a single-item-purchase.

            I did a paper for an ‘econ-class’ when I was in college at General Beadle.  The store manager would display a product at the front of the store and advertise it as ‘3 for $1’.  If you went to the shelf where this product is normally stored, it would show that each item was marked ’32 cents’, or even ’33 cents’.  In either case, you would save money if you bought three of the single item, rather than from the display showing ‘a multiple number of the item for a certain amount’.  It’s just a marketing phenomenon that consumers would rather buy in ‘bunches’ that in single items, even if they’re paying more in the ‘bunch’ purchase.  Check it out, next time you go to the store, and see if your store is trying to ‘ripe you off’. 

2019-20 Three Rivers Conference GBB standings

                                                            …through Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

East division                                                     vs W

Cotter                                      9-1       16-3     4-1

Fillmore Central                        6-3       11-5     2-2

Lewiston-Altura                        3-6       4-11     1-3

Caledonia                                 3-7       5-12     1-4

LaCrescent-Hokah                    2-7       4-11     0-4

Rushford-Peterson                   0-10     2-14     0-5


West division                                                   vs E

Dover-Eyota                             8-1       13-3     4-1

Plainview-Elgin-Millville            7-2       8-8       5-0

Southland                                6-3       10-5     3-2

St. Charles                                5-5       8-10     4-2

Chatfield                                  3-7       7-10     3-3


2019-20 Southeast Conference GBB standing               

                                                            …through Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

East division                 SEC       reg. s

Houston                       7-0       11-4

Mabel-Canton              5-4       7-10

Lanesboro                    5-4       6-10

Schaeffer Academy       3-7       4-14

Spring Grove                1-7       3-14

West division

Kingsland                     8-0       11-7

Grand Meadow             7-2       10-6

Randolph                     5-4       6-10

Lyle/Pacelli                  3-7       4-13

LeRoy-Ostrander          0-9       0-14


2019-20 Southeast Conference BBB standings

                                                            …through Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

East division

Schaeffer Academy       8-1       13-2

Houston                       7-2       10-7

Spring Grove                5-4       7-8

Lanesboro                    2-8       5-10

Mabel-Canton              1-9       2-12

West division

Randolph                     8-1       11-5

Grand Meadow             7-2       11-4

Lyle/Pacelli                  8-3       11-4

LeRoy-Ostrander          5-6       7-9

Kingsland                     3-7       5-11

Glenville-Emmons        0-11     1-14

2019-20 Three Rivers Conference BBB standings and schedule

                                                                                    …through Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

East division                             TRC      reg. s    vs West

Caledonia                                 9-0       15-0     6-0

LaCrescent-Hokah                    8-0       11-3     5-0

Lewiston-Altura                        6-3       14-3     5-1

Rushford-Peterson                   2-7       7-9       1-5

Fillmore Central                        1-7       3-11     0-5

Cotter                                      0-9       1-15     0-6


West division                                                   vs East

St. Charles                                5-3       8-7       4-2

Dover-Eyota                             5-3       7-8       2-3

Plainview-Elgin-Millville            5-4       9-5       3-3

Southland                                4-4       7-6       2-3

Wabasha-Kellogg                      3-5       8-7       3-3

Chatfield                                  3-6       4-10     3-3



            That’s going to do it for another week.  Check out our High School Basketball Hall of Fame for the latest ‘class’, Minnesota-scores.net for the latest scores and QRF rankings.  If you ever want the latest Top 20, compiled by the Minnesota Basketball News, I have it.  Just give me a ‘jingle’. 

            Hey to the Great 8 (congrats Kiel on the new job), my Fab 4, my darling wife Carol, Dave and you guys; you’re all ‘The Greatest’.  Hasta luego my friends.  Have a great week, one day at a time. WEB