MORRIS – The UMN Morris men’s basketball team (5-12, 2-7 UMAC) came up short against Bethany Lutheran (13-5, 8-1 UMAC) as the Vikings topped the Cougars, 91-77, Saturday afternoon inside the Cougar Sports Center. Sophomore Kenneth Riley tallied a career-best 24 points on the day.

The Vikings jumped out early over the Cougars to take a 12-2 lead.

Despite the 10-point hole, UMN Morris slowly chipped away and ended up taking a 17-15 lead over Bethany Lutheran.

After trailing by eight late in the first half, the Cougars were able to bring the score within three points a few times, but the Vikings took a six-point lead at 38-32 into halftime.

The Vikings used a 10-2 run to build a 14-point lead over the Cougars to open the second half.

With 9:01 to play in regulation, Trent Jerome made a layup to bring the Cougars within five points at 62-57.

Bethany Lutheran then built their lead back to double-digits and never looked back en route to the 91-77 victory.

Freshman Jaret Johnson finished the game with 16 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

Sophomore Zack Bubany recorded a career-best 11 point outing.

After a slow start from 3-point range in the first half going 2-for-8, the Cougars were 8-for-17 from behind the arc in the second half.

The Cougars travel to Ellendale, North Dakota, to take on Trinity Bible College on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m.

MORRIS – Kenlie Pytleski hit a go-ahead, and eventual game-winning, 3-pointer with 12 seconds left in regulation to put the Bethany Lutheran Vikings (15-2, 8-1 UMAC) in front of the UMN Morris women’s basketball team (9-8, 5-4 UMAC), 60-59, Saturday at the Cougar Sports Center. Mia Wassink led the Cougars with 14 points on the day.


The Cougars set the tone early in the game, as they were 11-for-15 from the field in the first quarter.
With the first 10 minutes of play in the books, the Cougars held a 26-13 lead over the Vikings.

UMN Morris continued to find success from the field in the second quarter as the Cougars held a 41-20 lead over the Vikings with 1:42 left in the first half.

After two quarters of action, the Cougars were in front of the Vikings by a score of 41-22.

Similar to the Cougars’ success in the first quarter, the Vikings found their stride in the third quarter as they outscored UMN Morris by a tally of 26 to 11. With one quarter to go, UMN Morris led Bethany Lutheran, 52-48.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Abby Olson scored on a layup to tie the game at 54-all.

Abby Van Kempen then put the Cougars up four on a jumper at 59-55 with 2:19 to go, but two made free throws later and then Pytleski’s 3-pointer, the Vikings were up 60-59 with 12 seconds remaining.

Jadyn Sondrol looked to add to her career-best outing, and the win, but her shot at the buzzer was no good.


Freshman Sondrol scored a career-best 13 points.

Lexus Eagle Chasing was one point shy of her third double-double of the season (nine points & 11 rebounds).

Abby Van Kempen finished the game with nine points. She is now nine points shy of 1,000 career points.

The Cougars travel to Ellendale, North Dakota, to take on Trinity Bible College on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m.

MORRIS, Minn. – On an afternoon the Cougar swimming & diving team honored its four seniors Montana Lawrence, Claire Naslund, Caitlin Papke and Emma Stockinger, the Cougars won 10 of 13 events en route to beating the Concordia Cobbers by a score of 124-69.

The Cougars and Cobbers went back and forth in the first two events with the Cougars winning the 200 medley with a season best time of 2:00.53 out touching the Cobbers by 8.55 seconds. The Cobbers would take 1st and 2nd in the 1650.

The next nine event wins would be on the Cougars’ side with Jalissa Johnson wining the 200 free besting her season-best by three seconds.

Olivia Salzwedel was a double event winner taking the 50 free and the 100 free.

Caitlin Papke would also win two events the 400 IM by over 12 seconds and a much tighter race the 200 backstroke.

The 200 butterfly, 1-Meter diving and 3-Meter diving would be events that only Cougars had athletes in. Carolyn Curtis would win the 200 fly and Olivia Lacher would get top scores on both boards.

Liz Melssen was tested for the first half of the 500 free before pulling away to win the 500 free.

The Cobbers would get wins in the 200 breaststroke and the 800 free relay.

Olivia Lacher jumped into sixth place on the top 20 list in the 3-meter diving and under 2 points behind 2nd place on the 1-meter list.

Taryn Longshore was just 3.88 points off of her lifetime best on 3-meter.

The Cougars next meet will be the Liberal Arts Championship which starts on February 12, at Principia College in Elsah, Illinois.

MOORHEAD – The UMN Morris women’s track & field team opened the 2020 calendar year at the Cobber Open with a pair of individual titles. For the Cougars Saturday, Brooke Lorentz won the 3,000-meters (12:01.34) and McKenna Vininski captured the pole vault title (8-11.75).

McKenna Langerud placed third in the 1,000-meters with her time of 3:17.00, which ranks ninth all-time in school history.

Brooke Lorentz won the 3,000-meters with her time of 12:01.34.

Sierra Walker finished fifth in the high jump with a clearance of 4-5.

The pole vault saw Vininski capture the top spot (8-11.75) and Kaitlyn Ladwig take third (8-0). With her height of 8-11.75, Vininski now ranks eighth all-time at UMN Morris.

Ladwig also ran a time of 2:39.39 to finish third in the 800-meters.

In the shot put, Jessica Bliese and Hailey Gill finished third (39-11.25) and fifth (38-1.25), respectively. Bliese also tallied a fourth-place finish in the weight throw (45-9.25).

Jasmine Terry tallied a fifth-place finish in the 60-meters (8.76).

Senior Trent Merkins tallied a mark of 49-7.75 to break his own school record – which he set earlier this season -, and finish second, in the shot put Saturday at the Cobber Open.

Also in the shot put, freshman Cody Nye placed eighth with his mark of 42-6.75, which ranks ninth all-time at UMN Morris.

Ryan Anderson finished second in the mile with a time of 4:35.59. Along with Anderson in the mile, Rory Shackelford tallied a time of 5:00.43 to place sixth.

Zion Zaloudek took second in the pole vault with a clearance of 12-11.75.

The Cougars are back in action at the Gene Glader Classic hosted by Bethel University. The meet is set to take place on Saturday, Feb. 1, in St. Paul, Minnesota.


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