Multiple Teams · Monticello Sports Recap April 20-26th, 2017

By: Jared Hines 

Rain, rain, go away!


The last week in Monticello sports has been chalk full of postponed events due to Mother Nature and the upcoming week doesn’t look to be much brighter.

That said, we have still been able to participate in a variety of sports in between the rainstorms and those events have been highly successful for many of the MHS Spring sports teams.

Here is a recap of the results of MHS athletics from April 20-26th, 2017. Enjoy!


After starting the season 0-4 and only scoring five total runs in those losses, the Magic baseball team has won its last three straight, thanks in part to a couple great pitching performances as well as clutch hitting.

After defeating Rogers and North Branch (highlighted in last week’s review), the Magic faced off against St. Francis, a team that came into the game against Monticello with a 4-1 record.

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Nick Zwack struck out 15 batters in his last appearance. (Photo by Clay Sawatzke/Monticello Times)

The Magic went down in consecutive order the first two innings before putting together a string of hits in the third inning to score two runs. Nick Zwack started off the fourth inning with a double, scoring the third run on an Alex Otto RBI. The next inning Tommy Blackstone started the inning with a two-bagger, scoring on a Nick Zwack single later in the inning.

On the mound, Zwack went 6 2/3 innings, throwing 72 strikes and 36 balls. Zwack struck out 15 of the 26 batters that he faced, allowing just two hits. He was forced to come out of the game after the 26th out due to the new MSHSL pitch count rules. Alex Otto struck out the 27th batter in four pitches.

Tuesday’s game vs. Princeton was postponed until May 22nd while the April 27th game against Chisago Lakes was also postponed to a later date due to weather.

Boys Golf: 

The boys golf team has traveled the state over the last week, going to Cragun’s Resort in Pequot Lakes for a two-day invitational and adding a Monday trip to Burl Oaks in Mound Westonka as well.

On the first day at Cragun’s (Par 73), the team was led by Alex Allen who shot a fantastic round of 75 to lead the team and put himself in the top-10 overall as an individual. Tyler Anderson shot an 82, Luke Frucci shot an 85 and Keith Holme shot 88 to round out the 330 team score. On day two–this time Par 72– Holme led the team with an 83 while Allen, Frucci, and Alex Shaw shot 87, 87 and 90 respectively. The team score for day two was a 347, good enough for 11th place overall out of 20 teams.

On April 24th, the team was at Burl Oaks Country Club, giving varsity experience to some of the other golfers on the team. At the par 72 course, Jaden Jarmuzek led the team with an 89. Freshman Jacob Pederson shot a 97, Kayle Bocken shot a 99 and Nicholas Foldesi shot a 101 for a team score of 386.

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The Monticello boys golf team continues trying to lower their scores as they look to compete in the M8 conference. (Submitted Photo)

On April 25th, the Magic golfers were back on a course they were more familiar with at Pebble Creek. Allen (77), Keith Holme and Luke Frucci (81) and Alex Shaw (82) led the Magic to a third-place finish in the conference match, narrowing out Buffalo by a single stroke. STMA won the event with a team score of 298. Rogers (311), Monticello (321), Buffalo (322), and Big Lake (359) rounded out the team scores in the M8 conference battle.


The next match for Monticello boys golf is the home M8 conference meet at Monticello Country Club on May 1st. The match is set to tee-off at 3 p.m.

Girls Lacrosse: 

After defeating Rocori 18-6 in the opening game of the season, the Magic girls LAX team headed to Sauk Rapids-Rice High School on April 21 after the rain kept the team away from the originally scheduled April 20th game.

In Friday’s match versus the Storm, the Magic won 13-3 with Ord Johnson leading the team with five goals. Teammate Kenzie Kitzman added four more and goalie Alecia Wood had nine saves in the win that pushed the defending GWMLC champions to 2-0.

On April 24th, the Magic were back on their home field, taking on Buffalo in a rescheduled game from April 18th. The Bison scored quickly to start the game, eventually leading to an 8-4 halftime lead over the Magic. Monticello was looking into the eyes of their first loss of the season, one that could prove costly against a conference opponent.

Back the Magic came as Johnson scored with 8:01 left in the game to put the deficit within one goal. With 7:20 left Kitzman tied the game and with 5:53 remaining Johnson gave the Magic their first lead of the second half. Camryn Wilson scored an insurance goal to make it 11-9 just 33 seconds later.

“I’ve never been more proud,” head coach Jenna Kurka said of the team’s second-half comeback.

The Magic are now 3-0, scoring 10+ goal in each win this season. They are outscoring their opponents 43-19 thus far.

The girls take the field on April 28th in a home game against St. Cloud Tech. The varsity game is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

Boys Lacrosse: 

Head coach Erik Nelson and Co. picked up their first win of the season on April 20th, defeating Hill-Murray 8-7.

The Magic boys LAX team rallied from behind in both wins last week!

The boys trailed 6-1 at halftime, but rallied back in the second half, slowly inching themselves back into the game. Jacob Johnson had three goals and Riley McAlpine added two more. Casey Chiodo, Jared Pearson, and Reece Jacobson also tallied a goal in the win. The defense was spectacular in the second half, giving up just one goal.

On April 25th, the boys added win No. 2 to their resume, again coming from behind in a 10-8 win over St. Cloud Tech. Monticello trailed for the first two and a half quarters before rallying back and taking the lead late in the game.


Riley McAlpine: 3

Jared Pearson: 2

Gabe Severson: 2

Jacob Johnson: 2

Casey Chiodo: 1


Casey Chiodo: 3

Jared Pearson: 1

Jackson Munsterteiger: 1


Cathy Kochmann has provided some fantastic photos of the boys LAX team for us this season. Click the links below to check them out.

Photos vs. Hill-Murray 

Photos vs. St. Cloud Tech 

There is still a couple days to vote for Casey Chiodo as the MNLaxHub Player of the Week. Casey is one of five nominees being recognized as a potential player of the week after his seven-goal performance against Buffalo last week. To vote for him, click here! 

Girls Golf: 

The Monticello girls golf team invitational scheduled for April 26th in Alexandria was cancelled. The girls continue to try to work hard at practice to improve their scores as they work to get better throughout the course of the season.

The girls next meet is the conference championship on May 2nd. There, they will take on all the other Mississippi 8 conference teams for the first time this season. The event will be held at Bulrush Golf Course in Rush City.


The Trapshooting season in underway with the first competition week occurring as this is being typed. The standings and official scores won’t be presented to coaches until Saturday night, but coach Tammy Baloun is already excited about the progress she is seeing.

“We are off to a great start with some of our highest scores ever,” she said.

So far, seven members of the team have had their highest scores ever, something encouraging for the entire team.

Below are the members of the 25-straight club and the 50-straight club, both major accomplishments in the sport of Trapshooting.

50-Straight Club: 

Matt Baloun

Ryder Beckman (twice)

Ben Safar

25-Straight Club: 

Tyler Erdmann

Aaron Nyberg (twice)

Dylan Evans

Cody Hanson

Anthony Brandjord

Ryder Beckman

Matt Baloun (twice)

Mitchell Brastad

Alex Sinclair

Lewis Fearing

Beaux Ye (twice)

Carter Knudson

Girls Track: 

The Monticello girls track team took second at their home meet on April 25th, battling the cold and harsh conditions to battle with Alexandria, Osseo, St. Cloud Tech, Buffalo, and St. Cloud Apollo.

Highlights from the home meet include Gabriella Witschen taking second and Elise Yeager taking third in the 3200-Meter run while teammate Alexa Yeager also took sixth. All three contributed team points with their runs. In the 1600-Meter Run, Alexa took second place, while Miah Olson took fourth and Kaelin McDermott took seventh.

McDermott’s seventh place finish wasn’t the highlight of her day though as the Monticello sophomore took first place in the 800-Meter run with a time of 2:28.87. Freshman Ashanti Guertin took third in the race with a time of 2:34.59 and senior Michaela Swanson took sixth with a time of 2:37.79.

Three relay teams throughout the day took second place with all of them earning the team points late in the meet that the Magic needed to take second place. Alexandria won the event with a team score of 234.25.

The girls next meet is on May 2nd against Buffalo at Buffalo High School. The girls then travel to Rogers High School on May 4th for an invitational against Osseo, Rogers, and Willmar.

Boys Track: 

The boys also hosted the Monticello Invitational on April 25th, taking first place in the six-team invite.

The boys started off earning team points early in the meet with Nate Hoglund (11.28) and Kalvin Beal (11.45) taking first and second respectively in the 100-Meter dash. Ray Fasan also contributed to the team points, earning two of them for the Magic in his seventh place finish.

Charlie Voller had a great day for the Magic, taking second place in the 200-Meter dash and first place in the 400-Meter dash. Charlie was also part of the 4×200 Meter relay team that took first place alongside teammates Jack Hoaby, Ryder Beckman, and Nate Hoglund.

Other highlights for the Magic included Mikhale Maier taking first place in the 110-Meter hurdles and second place in the 300-Meter hurdles. The 4×100 relay team of Beal, Tyler Jassman, Beckman, and Hoglund took first place in that race with a time of 44.24 and Beal also took second in the triple jump.

The team score of 147 for the Magic edged out Alexandria by 14.5 points while Osseo took third with a score of 127. The boys next meet is May 2nd at Buffalo High School.


The softball team picked up a huge win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on April 24th stemming from an incredible pitching performance by freshman Caitlin Hinz. Hinz struck out 13 batters in the 3-0 win, the team’s second win of the season.

The team is now 2-6 with game No. 9 against Princeton postponed to May 1st. The girls next game is that make-up game since the April 27th game against Chisago Lakes has been cancelled.

Boys Tennis: 

Maybe no team has been affected by the weather more than boys Tennis who has only been able to participate in one of its last three matches. On April 21st, the team did get to compete, defeating St. Francis 6-1 to improve to 3-0 in conference play.

Nick Roden, Cade Boraas, Tyler Rousslang, and Zack Revenig led the singles portion of the match, with all four of them winning in straight sets. In those sets, the Magic outscored the Saints 48-8.

In doubles, Manny Dominguez and Albin Biro fell to the No. 1 doubles team from the Saints while the No. 2 and 3 doubles teams for the Magic picked up victories. Jack Sampson and Kole Stuart won their match 6-2, 6-2 while Quinten Bianchi and Zac Schapekahm won their match 6-4, 6-2.

The April 25 and April 27 matches for Monticello boys tennis were both postponed. The Magic host an Invitational on April 29th against Brainerd, Centennial, and Moorhead. The Magic also look to make up one of their postponed matches against Buffalo on Saturday as well for a full day of tennis!


That wraps up this week’s Monticello sports recap. If you ever have questions or think I am missing out on something that should be covered in the MHS sports community, feel free to send an email to I welcome any comments, questions, or concerns.

Thanks for reading!