Multiple Teams · Mid-week Monticello Sports Review!


By: Jared Hines

Time flies when you are having fun!

Although the weather might say otherwise, Spring is here alongside the success of many of the Monticello Spring activities. Read below to find out what has been happening with your favorite Monticello teams.

Boys Tennis: 

The boys Tennis team under head coach Jeff Bordwell is having a great stretch early in the season after starting 0-3. The boys have won three of their last four matches, including Tuesday’s match against Rogers after a close 4-3 loss to Foley the day before.

In the match against Rogers, Cade Boraas defeated Christian Larson of Rogers 6-4, 6-3 in straight sets to pick up a big point. At No. 4 singles, sophomore Zack Revenig defeated Rogers sophomore Justin Grudem 6-3, 6-2. Rogers freshman RJ Griffiths defeated Nick Roden and Reed Kolles defeated Monticello seventh grader Tyler Rousslang in the third set to tie the singles matches at two a piece.

In doubles, the top two duos for the Magic helped lead the team to victory, both in straight sets. The senior tandem of Manny Dominguez and Albin Biro defeated the No. 1 doubles team from Rogers 6-2, 6-4. In No. 2 doubles, Jack Sampson and Kole Stuart teamed up to defeat Kirby Schmalz/Mike Mittelstaedt (Rogers) 6-0, 6-2. No. 3 doubles (Quinten Bianchi/Bobby Kasper) lost in three sets to Nate Wicklund/Sean Maciej.

The win against the Royals brings the Magic’s team record to 3-4 overall on the season. The boys are home against conference opponent St. Francis on April 20. The match will begin at 4 p.m.

Softball: 

The softball team lost 14-4 Tuesday afternoon on a cold and blustery day up in North Branch.

One highlight of the game was Bethel commit Jamie Axelberg making a “SportsCenter Top-10” worthy catch in the outfield. Sadly, no one was filming the game to send the tape into Bristol.

The team looks to get on a winning streak beginning tomorrow in a home game against St. Francis. The game begins at 4:30 p.m.

Baseball: 

Also in North Branch, the Monticello baseball team took on the Vikings and fended off a late rally to win 9-7.

The win was the Magic’s second in a row after a 3-1 victory over Rogers on Saturday at Siebert Field (University of Minnesota).

In the victory over North Branch, Monticello got on the board quickly, scoring two runs in the first and second inning before adding four more in the third inning. Tommy Blackstone had two of the seven hits for the Magic, while Dylan Zetah, Alex Otto, Tanner Mros, Ethan Bosacker, and Isaac Frandsen added a hit each. Frandsen’s hit was a base-clearing double in the fourth inning that blasted through the left-center gap and helped give the Magic an 8-3 lead.

On the mound, Hunter Kisner earned the win, allowing five hits and two earned runs in the game’s last four innings. He struck out two batters. Ethan Bosacker started the game for the Magic, striking out three batters and allowing eight hits and four runs.

Throughout six games, Tommy Blackstone (.313), Alex Otto (.286), and Ethan Bosacker (.278) lead the team in batting average while Hunter Kisner and Nick Zwack have earned the two wins on the mound. Alex Otto has pitched two good games as well, posting a 1.91 ERA in two appearances while striking out 14 batters.

The boys look for win No. 3 on April 20th in a home game against St. Francis. The first pitch is set for 4:30 p.m.

Girls Track: 

The girls track team (109 team points) improved on their already impressive early season resume by defeating Princeton (93.5) and Big Lake (65.5) in the April 19th triangular.

“The girls rocked and rolled,” head coach Kim Nygaard said about the team’s performance.

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Girls T&F team used Monday’s day off for an early morning practice!

The Magic girls started it off from event No. 1, winning the 4×800 Meter Relay by over a minute over the next best time. Mara Docherty took second in the 100-Meter Hurdles and Sophia Carson took third in the 100-Meter Dash. In the 1600-Meter run, Monticello runners–Gabriella Witschen, Elise Yeager, Alexa Yeager, Miah Olson, Baylee Iquanito, and Avy Soucy– took the top-6 positions.

The throwers also had a great night, as Jessica Holker and Jade Kopff took third and fourth respectively in the discus throw. and shot put, Journey Decker, Hope Meiehofer, and Jade Kopff took 2nd-4th in the shot put.

“What a night for them,” Nygaard said about the performance of her throwers in the meet.

The next meet for the girls track team is April 25th where they host an invitational at the Monticello Middle School. Other teams that will be competing that day include Alexandria, Buffalo, Osseo, St. Cloud Apollo, and St. Cloud Tech. The invite is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Boys Golf: 

Not far away at Fox Hollow Golf Club, the boys golf team put together their best team performance this week, shooting a 321 team score to take fourth place in the Mississippi 8 West invite on April 18.

The team was led by Alex Allen, a Magic sophomore who shot a 74 in the 55-degree weather on Tuesday afternoon. The field also battled 15-20 MPH winds, making Allen’s score an even more impressive feat.

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Alex Allen shot an impressive 74 on Tuesday afternoon. (Submitted Photo)

Other scores for the Magic include Tyler Anderson (80), Luke Frucci (83), Keith Holme (84), Alex Shaw (89) and Jaden Jarmuzek (93).

St. Michael-Albertville won the event, shooting a 292 and taking three of the top four individual spots. Brady Groenwold of Rogers was the medalist, shooting a 71 on the Royals home course. Allen’s 74 was tied for fifth place on the day.

The boys next event is April 20-21 in Pequot Lakes. There, the Magic will participate in an invitational at Cragun’s Resort over the course of two days. The team also has an invite on April 24 at Burl Oaks in Mound Westonka.

Girls Lacrosse: 

The girls lacrosse team won the opening game of their season in impressive fashion by defeating Rocori 18-6.

Nine Monticello girls were playing in their first varsity game with many contributing in the win.

Alicia Wood was in net for the Magic while the goal scorers included Kenzie Kitzman, Oriana Johnson, and Brooke Haeg among others.

The team looks to build on the win and improve to 2-0 on April 20 when the girls head to Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.

Boys Track: 

While the girls defeated the Hornets and Tigers during the Princeton triangular, the boys track & field team was doing the same in convincing fashion on April 18.

The boys team took first out of the three teams, scoring 114 team points to beat Big Lake (102) and Princeton (52).

The Magic started off with a win in the 4×800 Meter Relay while Mikhale Maier helped give the team four points in his second place 110-meter hurdles run. From there, Nate Hoglund and Ryder Beckman took first and second place in the 100-meter dash with times of 11.70 and 11.99 respectively.

The boys continued their run of dominance in the longer races as well with Matt Baloun and Marcus LaVallee taking third and fifth in the 1600-meter run and Charlie Voller taking first place in the 400-meter dash. Maier, Robbie Watson, and Baloun also all finished in the top-5 of the 300-meter hurdles with Maier taking first with a 43.91 time.

In the boys long jump, Tyler Jassman and Nate Hoglund tied for first place with a jump of 18-09.25 and Kalvin Beal with fourth with a jump of 18-01.00. In the triple jump, Voller took first with a score of 39-10.50.

In the discus throw and the shot put, the Magic throwers continued improving, scoring many team points in both events.

In the discus throw, Levi Zalomsky (second place), Kyle Downs (fourth place), and Joe Schultz (fifth place) contributed to seven total team points for the Magic. Downs and Zalomsky also scored points in the shot put, with teammate Tyler Gustafson scoring highest in the event with a 39-05.50 final throw.

The boys next varsity event is the home invitational on April 25. Together with the girls track team, the boys will compete against five other schools at Monticello Middle School.

Girls Golf: 

The Magic girls golf team had their first conference meet on April 18th at Pebble Creek golf course in Buffalo, representing one of five teams in the M8 Conference West division.

The girls struggled with the harsh conditions, taking fifth place with a score of 431. Buffalo won the event with a score of 351 with Sophia Morin (Buffalo) and Paetyn Levis (Rogers) being awarded co-medalists for their score of 82.

The same five schools tee off in another conference match on April 21st, this time at Riverwood National Golf Course in Monticello. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse: 

The boys lacrosse team has started off the year 0-2, losing both games by just one goal. In the April 18 loss to Buffalo by a score of 14-13, the Magic took an 8-6 halftime lead and looked to be heading towards their first win. The Bison had other plans, with Devin Huebner tying the score at 13 and Bison teammate Tyler Braccini scoring the game-winner with 2:35 left in the game. Casey Chiodo scored seven goals for the Magic in the loss. The Gopher commit has 11 goals and two assists through two games. Gabe Severson has 12 ground balls.

The boys next game is April 20 at Hill-Murray High School. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.

For pictures from the Buffalo/Monticello LAX game, click here! 

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Casey Chiodo scored seven goals in the Magic’s loss to the Bison. (Photo: Rob LaPlante/Wright County Journal Press)