Multiple Teams · Monticello Sports Recap: May 4th-11th, 2017

By: Jared Hines 

Adapted Bowling 

MHS staff and students had a send-off for the Adaptive Bowling team before they headed to the state qualifying meet! (Photo by Mike Carr)

The adapted bowling team at MHS has been doing great this season, including a first-place finish last week. On May 11th, MHS students lined up outside to cheer on the team as they headed to the state qualifying meet! If the team qualifies, they will participate in the state meet on May 19th. The team will know if they qualify when they return to school on Monday.


The trapshooting team is in week No. 3 of competition, holding the lead in the conference while also being ranked No. 1 in Class 7A, Conference 3.

The team for fourth in the trap competition while Dyllan Schultz and Connor Pippert both got their first 25’s of their career in the last week as well.

There are currently over 11,000 shooters in the state of Minnesota. Monticello currently has SEVEN that are ranked in the top-100:

Matt Baloun

Ryder Beckman

Dylan Evans

Aaron Nyberg

Sam Hedtke

Carter Knudson

Bailey Wilkinson


The Monticello baseball team closed out a great week on May 11th with a huge 3-1 win over Big Lake. Big Lake had Monticello’s number over the past couple years, but Alex Otto and Co. shut them down on defense. Otto threw a complete game two-hitter in which he struck out 13 batters. Teammate Dylan Zetah had a pinch hit go ahead single in the top of the seventh that put the Magic up 2-1. Zetah would later score the third run for the Magic before the defense shut the Hornets down in the last half inning of the game.

The win was the Magic’s third of the week, after defeating Becker 10-2 on May 9th and St. Cloud Apollo 10-0 on May 10th. The team has won eight of its last nine games and hopes to continue riding the hot streak on May 12th where the Magic will play its fourth game in as many days. After the May 12th matchup against Willmar, the team plays four more games next week, a couple of them make up games from earlier this season.

Notable season stats (as of May 11th):

  • Mitchell Bjellos leads the team in batting average, currently hitting .385 (15/39) on the season. Tommy Blackstone (.368) and Nick Zwack (.343) are the other Magic players hitting over .300 this year.


  • Nick Zwack had 10 RBI’s this season which narrowly leads the team over Bjellos (9), Ethan Bosacker (8), and Isaac Frandsen (8). Bjellos and Blackstone have each stolen five bases this season while Tanner Mros has stolen four more.


  • Zwack has a 4-2 pitching record this year, while Alex Otto is 2-2. Ethan Bosacker and Hunter Kisner also each have a win on the mound this season. Otto’s ERA of 0.83 is a team low, while Zwack is allowing just 1.96 runs per game. Bosacker’s ERA is also an impressive 2.19.


Girls Golf 

On May 8th the girls golf team hosted the home M8 conference meet at Monticello Country Club, finishing in fourth place on the day. While Buffalo and Rogers continue to sit atop most conference meets, Monticello continues to improve, shooting a 373 on Monday as the team has three conference events left on the season.

Buffalo, Rogers, STMA, Big Lake and the Magic meet again on May 16th at Fox Hollow Golf Club.

Boys Golf 

One of the highlights of the season for the Monticello boys golf team occurred in the last week when the boys won the Daryl Gunnarson Annandale Invitational. The 19th annual invitational took place at Southbrook Golf Course where the boys put together a team score of 330 to bear Annandale by just two strokes. None of the boys had an outstanding day, but the team as a whole all shot well, allowing them to take the victory in the 14-team event. Luke Frucci (80), Tyler Anderson (82), Alex Allen (83) and Jaden Jarmuzek (85) made up the winning four scores on the day.

The boys golf team had a great week, taking first place at Southbrook. (Photo by Greg Allen)

The team makes up their home conference meet from earlier this season on May 15th at Monticello Country Club. The five teams–Big Lake, Buffalo, Monticello, St. Michael-Albertville, and Rogers face off on May 18th as well at Wild Marsh Golf Club in Buffalo.

Girls Lacrosse 

The team fell to 4-3 this week after two well-fought matchups against Buffalo and STMA. The Bison got revenge on the Magic from earlier this season by defeating Monticello 16-9 on May 5th. Kenzie Kitzman and Ord Johnson each had four goals in the loss while Hailey Walker had ten saves in her first varsity start.

Monticello girls LAX looks to stay ahead of .500 on May 12th when they take on Becker. (Photo by Andrea Schaub)

In the game against STMA, the Magic stormed back from down 9-6 late in the game to fall by just one goal.

The Magic girls lax team is back on the field against Becker on May 12th.

Girls LAX player Ord Johnson was featured in this week’s athlete spotlight. While only a junior, Johnson has already committed to play D1 LAX at the University of Hartford in 2018. You can read that story by clicking here! 

Boys Lacrosse 

The team moved to 5-3 on May 5th with an overtime goal to defeat Buffalo 12-11. Riley McAlpine and Jacob Johnson each had four goals in the win while Gabe Severson added three more. Severson also led the team with five ground balls in the game.

Monticello boys LAX defeated Buffalo in overtime last week! (Submitted Photo)

The team dropped to 5-4 on May 9th with a loss to STMA and look to improve to 6-4 on May 12th with a home game against Rogers. The game is set to start at 6 p.m.

For pictures from the Buffalo game, you can click here! 


The Magic got a huge 4-3 win over Big Lake on May 11th, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh to overcome the Hornets attack.

The win is Monticello’s fourth victory in its last five matchups, also defeating Chisago Lakes 2-1 earlier in the week.

The Magic Softball team did some team bonding after a May 11th win vs. Big Lake. Here, they are dancing to the Cupid Shuffle. (Photo by Jared Hines)

The regular season closes at the end of next week with three games awaiting the Magic down the stretch. The team takes on Zimmerman, Buffalo, and Rogers before sections begin the following week.

The Magic currently have a 6-10 record on the season.




Boys Tennis 

The Monticello boys tennis team wrapped up the conference portion of their regular season schedule on May 11th, defeating North Branch 4-3.

The Magic did fantastic in the Mississippi 8 conference, remaining undefeated until losses to STMA and Big Lake in the last week of the conference schedule. Monticello finished with an M8 conference record of 7-2.

In the win against North Branch, Cade Boraas, Tyler Rousslang, and Zack Revenig all got straight set wins on the singles side. Manny Dominguez and Zac Schapekahm secured the match with a 6-2, 6-3 victory in the No. 2 doubles spot.

The Magic close out the regular season with a triangular against Elk River and Forest Lake on May 13th. Team sections begin on May 22nd.


The boys and girls track teams competed in the Section 8AAA True Team meet at Brainerd High School on May 9th.

Both teams performed well with the girls taking fourth place and the boys taking fifth place.

The boys and girls square off against Buffalo, Big Lake, Rogers and STMA on May 16th before the conference championship on May 24th.

Top-2 finishers from the True Team meet include:

Girls 4×800 Meter Relay (1st place with a time of 9:48.50)

Mikhale Maier: 1st place in the 300-Meter Hurdles with a time of 41.34

Boys 4×100 Meter Relay (1st place with a time of 45.18)

Boys 4×200 Meter Relay (2nd place with a time of 1:35.03)

Charlie Voller: 2nd place in the 400-Meter Dash with a time of 50.41

Lauran Zwack: 2nd place in the 800-Meter Run with a time of 2:24.37