Welcome to another weekly recap of the Monticello Spring sports!
The Magic athletic teams had another successful week in multiple sports, including yet another athlete up for Player of the Week in boys lacrosse. Scroll down for more information on how to vote! We also had girls track participate in their fourth year of May Day relays (pictures below), boys golf post their lowest score of the season, and multiple other sports beginning or extending winning streaks. Overall, it was a fantastic week for Monticello athletics.
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Head coach Cole Deibele and the boys kept their hot streak alive over the last week defeating Sauk Rapids-Rice and Cambridge-Isanti, both by wide margins.
Against Sauk Rapids-Rice, the team didn’t need much offense as starting pitcher Nick Zwack led the team to a victory with his arm on the mound. Nick threw 104 pitches–67 strikes and 37 balls– while facing 26 batters. 15 of those batters struck out while facing Zwack as he allowed just three hits and one run over six innings. Alex Otto finished the game with a scoreless seventh, striking out the Storm’s Logan Siemers for the game’s final out.
On offense, Mitchell Bjellos scored two runs, including one in the first inning after a one-out triple. Tommy Blackstone scored twice as well while RBI’s came from Zwack (2) and Bjellos (1).
Win No. 5 in a row came on May 2nd up in at Cambridge-Isanti High School. The Magic bats were slow to get started with the first two runs coming in the top of the third. From there, the Magic would score 11 more runs, defeating the Bluejackets 13-3. Nine of the 11 hits came from the 2-4 spot in the lineup where Bjellos, Ethan Bosacker, and Zwack all had great hitting performances. Zwack had five runs batted in, while Bosacker had two and five other Monticello batters all contributed one.
On the mound, Alex Otto went six innings, striking out three and allowing just four hits. All three runs came with Otto on the mound with none of them being charged to him due to four errors in the field. Hunter Kisner finished the game, striking out two of the five batters that he faced in the seventh inning.
The Magic are back in action on May 4th where they have an away game against St. Michael-Albertville. The Knights are 9-0 this season.
The girls golf team competed in the Mississippi 8 conference tournament on May 2nd at Bulrush Golf Course in Rush City. The Magic finished in the middle of the pack, finishing in fifth place out of ten total M8 teams with a team score of 396.
Ali Meierhofer led the way for the Magic as the senior shot a 97 on the day. Junior Natalie Swanson and eighth grader Lauren Dahl both shot a 99 and freshman Grace Farnsworth shot a 101 to compile the top four scores. Ellie Anselment and Grace Kuta also competed, shooting 118 and 125 respectively.
The girls travel to Brainerd on May 4th to play The Preserve at Grandview. They are set to tee off at 2 p.m.
Like the girls, the boys also competed in the M8 Conference championship tournament on May 2nd at Bulrush, putting together one of the best team scores in school history en route to a second place finish.
With just eight strokes separating 2nd-6th place, the consistent play was key to the Magic taking the second place spot behind STMA who shot a 293. The Magic shot a 313, led by Luke Frucci and his round of 76. Right behind Luke were teammates Alex Allen and Alex Shaw each shooting a 78 and Keith Holme rounded out the scoring, shooting an 81. The team score of 313 was the lowest that head coach Brian Hoffman has seen in his seven years of coaching.
The boys team travels to Brainerd as well on May 4th, playing the Grandview course before the girls tee off later in the afternoon. The boys also have an invitational on Monday, May 8th. Thursday’s tee-off is set for 9 a.m.
The girls lacrosse team suffered their first loss of the season last Friday when St. Cloud came to town and walked away with a one-goal victory. The girls celebrated Parent’s night that same night, giving support to the parents/guardians that have supported the LAX girls over the years.
Monticello bounced back on Tuesday evening, defeating Mound Westonka 13-2 to improve to 4-1 on the season. In the win, Kenzie Kitzman and Ord Johnson had four goals a piece while Alicia Wood received the win, stopping eight shots on the night.
The Magic look for win No. 5 on May 5th when the team travels to Buffalo to take on the Bison. Follow Rob LaPlante on Twitter for live scores and updates during Friday’s game. The game is set to begin at 6:30 p.m.
The boys were busy in the last week going 2-1 to improve to 4-3 on the season. On April 28th, the Magic defeated Sartell/Sauk Rapids 19-5 in a game that Monticello controlled from the opening whistle. Casey Chiodo had four goals and four assists in the game while Riley McAlpine added four goals as well. Maverick Wools had three goals while Jacob Johnson, Gabe Severson, and Josh Young all tallied two a piece. Carter Hanson scored a goal as well.
After a weekend loss to Providence by a score of 16-10, the boys made things interesting on May 2nd, playing against the Becker Bulldogs in a fun, physical game that was played by both teams until the end. After regulation, Becker and Monticello were tied, forcing overtime and a chance to steal a win away from the enemies to the north. Freshman Jared Pearson was the hero of the night, securing the victory with the game-winning goal to cause the celebration to ensue. Jacob Johnson led the Magic with three goals while McAlpine and Pearson each had two. Young, Chiodo, and Severson each had a goal in the victory as well.
Riley McAlpine is nominated for MN Lax Hub Player of the Week for his performance in last week’s games. While the team went 2-1, McAlpine scored ten goals. McAlpine is the second Magic boys LAX player to be up for the award (Casey Chiodo).
To vote for Riley, click here. Voting ends on Saturday.
The Monticello girls track team competed in the Monticello invite on May 2nd, one day after their annual May Day relays put on by the track and field coaches.
For the May Day relays, different relay teams come up with themed costumes, creatively coming up with a way that all the runners can match while also hopefully being able to run as well. The outfits this year consisted of pajamas, sports and exercise apparel and even an appearance by some senior citizens. This is the fourth year that coach Kim Nygaard and Co. have participated in the May Day relays.
At the Buffalo invite the next day, the Magic runners were all business taking 2nd place out of nine teams. Minnetonka ran away with first place, but the Magic competed hard, including some first place finishes along the way.
Top-2 finishes for the girls track team at the Buffalo invite include:
1st place: 4×800 Meter Relay (9:54.04)
2nd place: Mara Docherty (100 Meter Hurdles, 17.26)
2nd place: 4×200 Meter Relay (1:53.71)
2nd Place: Olivia Kanzler (400 Meter Dash, 1:02.50)
2nd place: 4×400 Meter Relay (4:19.75)
The girls will participate in a quadrangular with Rogers, Willmar, and Osseo on May 4th.
The Monticello boys track team also competed in the Buffalo invite on May 2nd, taking fifth place but posting some of the best times of the season.
Minnetonka won the invite with a team score of 128, while Irondale (98), Sartell-St. Stephen (97), and Buffalo (91) took second through fourth place. Monticello finished with a team score of 74.66.
Top-2 finishes for the Magic boys include:
1st place: Charlie Voller (400 Meter Dash, 49.77)
1st place: Charlie Voller (Triple Jump, 40-04.00)
1st place: Mikhale Maier (300 Meter Hurdles, 41.92)
2nd place: Mikhale Maier (110-Meter Hurdles, 16.15)
2nd place: 4×200 Meter Relay (Hoaby, Fasen, Voller, Jassman, 1:33.81)
2nd place: 4×100 Meter Relay (Beal, Jassman, Fasen, Hoaby, 45.34)
The boys compete in a weekend invitational on May 6 at Sauk Rapids-Rice Middle School. There they will compete against Sauk Rapids-Rice, Little Falls, Saint Francis, Centennial, St. Cloud Apollo, Litchfield, St. Cloud Tech, St. Cloud Cathedral, Albany, Foley, and North Branch.
The boys tennis team has been extremely busy the last week, trying to get in the matches that Mother Nature did not allow from earlier this season.
On Saturday, coach Bordwell and Co. had three matches against Buffalo, Moorhead, and Brainerd. In the match against Buffalo, the Magic were tested but pulled through, winning 4-3 and getting wins from Nick Roden, Cade Boraas, and Zack Revenig. The No. 1 doubles duo of Manny Dominguez and Albin Biro helped secure the victory winning in three sets.
In the match against Moorhead, the Magic continued its impressive start to the season, winning 6-1, five of the matches in straight sets. Sophomore Zack Revenig went up 6-2 in the first set before falling 6-1 in set No. 2. Revenig bounced back in set No. 3, securing the victory with a 10-5 victory in the tiebreaker.
The Warriors from Brainerd set the Magic back a peg late Saturday morning by defeating Monticello 6-1. Cade Boraas got the lone win for the Magic, defeating Warriors senior Pat Meyer in three sets after losing 6-0 in set No. 1.
The Magic players bounced back from the loss well two days later when they made a trip to Cambridge-Isanti to take on the Bluejackets. Monticello swept the singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory. The win pushed the Magic to 5-0 in the Mississippi 8 conference.
The boys look for conference win No. 6 on May 4th when they host Chisago Lakes. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m.
The Magic softball team has had a disappointing week, playing in three consecutive games this week while looking ahead to four games next week. In game No. 1 of three straight this week, the Magic fell to the Bluejackets 4-3 after a bad inning early in the game. The Magic rallied back late but fell just short.
Game No. 2 was much the same, with the Tigers of Princeton being able to take care of the Magic 5-3 at Mark Park. The win pushed the Tigers back to .500 on the season with a 5-5 record while the Magic fell to 2-9 on the season.
Next up is the 7-3 Knights who defeated the Magic 4-3 back in the opening game of the season. The Magic will look to begin a winning streak on May 4th, before games against Willmar, Becker, Chisago Lakes, and Big Lake next week.