With a cold and snowy Monday keeping most sports away from the outdoors, the Magic Spring sports teams were in full force on Tuesday, a day that started with snow and ended with sunshine and weather in the 50’s.
While the baseball team postponed their Monday game against St. Cloud Apollo (PPD to May 1) and boys golf postponed their invitational to the following day, the girls golf team braved the weather for the season-opening home invite. 14 other teams joined the Magic at Monticello Country Club, ready to get the 2017 season started.
The Magic shot 400 as a team, a score they hope to improve on during the season. The score was good enough for 8th place out of 15, led by Natalie Swanson’s score of 92. Ali Meierhofer shot a 101 and Grace Farnsworth shot a 103. Josie Warmka rounded out the qualifying scores with a 104 on the day.
Conference rival Buffalo won the invitational, shooting an impressive 333 as a team. Hanna Morin (81), Jordan Wurm (81), and Sofia Morin (83) had three of the top four scorers overall, while Rogers’ Paetyn Levis was the medalist with a low score of 78. Swanson’s score of 92 was 17th overall on the day.
While coaches kept an eye on the weather for the duration of Tuesday’s school day, the afternoon turned out beautiful for the vast array of Magic athletics that were on the schedule.
Both the baseball and softball teams were up against tough Buffalo teams on the afternoon, with the boys staying at home and the girls traveling to Buffalo.
The Magic baseball team got off to a hot start, scoring in both the first and second innings to take a 2-1 lead. Seniors Tanner Mros and Nick Zwack brought the runners in. The Bison tied the game in the top of the sixth inning and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh for the 3-2 victory. Alex Otto (2), Mitchell Bjellos, Tanner Mros, Tommy Blackstone and Nick Zwack all had hits in the loss.
On the softball diamond, Buffalo’s Morgan DeMarais pitched a perfect game against the Magic, coming off a season where she led the Bison to a second-place finish at the state tournament. DeMarais struck out nine Magic batters, while teammate Katie Carlson gave DeMarais run support with 5 RBIs in the 10-0 final. The girls are back in action on April 12th against Orono.
The Boys tennis team began the Mississippi 8 conference season with a 5-2 win over Princeton. The win brings the team to 2-3 after starting the year with consecutive losses to Alexandria, Becker, and Willmar. The team’s two wins have come against Hutchinson and the Tigers. Cade Boraas, and Tyler Rousslang recorded the wins for the Magic in singles while Manny Dominguez/Albin Biro, Jack Sampson/Kole Stuart and Zac Schapekahm/Bobby Kasper all recorded doubles wins in straight sets!
The Boys golf team headed to Pebble Creek in Becker after not being able to play in the course’s conditions just 24 hours prior. The Magic shot a team score of 343, led by Alex Allen’s score of 83. The Magic took 11th place out of 17 teams. The other qualifying scores for Monticello include Keith Holme’s score of 84, Alex Shaw’s score of 87 and Jaden Jarmuzek’s score of 89. The team has an invitational on Thursday morning (April 13th) at Bunker Hills Golf Course.
The Track and Field team–both boys and girls– continued their early season success, taking first at Big Lake in the triangular with Big Lake and Rogers. The girls took first by a wide margin, defeating Big Lake (39 total points) and Rogers (37) and scoring 109 team points! The boys scored 75.3, around eight points higher than Big Lake’s 67.6 and 35 points higher than Rogers’ final mark of 40. The boys took first place in 10 events, while the girls took first place in 13 events on the day.
The Magic teams look to close out the week strong as we head into the long weekend.