As the temperatures are starting to rise in Monticello, so too are the stakes in each athletic event. The regular season is coming to an end and the postseason begins in the upcoming week for many of the Magic sports teams.
Read below to find out how each team is closing out the regular season as we move closer and closer to the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Monticello is sending SIXTEEN bowlers to the MSHSL State Adapted Bowling Tournament this year after a fantastic performance last week to qualify for the tournament. The state tournament will be held on May 19th at Brunswick Zone in Brooklyn Park. The Magic bowlers will compete in both singles and doubles competition.
The bowlers competing are Jeremiah Dumpprope, Lucas Rowan, Gavin DesMarais, Ben Scherber, Aaron Johnson, Ciara Aydt, Brandon Saldana, Zachary Taylor-Thelen, Jackson Hoefling, Hunter Shankle, Emily Miller, Lily Schriefels, Carson Dehmer, Lisa Bondhus, Lynzie Hendricks, and Justin Garaghty.
Track & Field:
The boys and girls track teams competed in the “Last Chance Meet” at Buffalo High School on May 16th, gearing up towards next weekend’s Mississippi 8 Conference Championship meet on May 24th.
Both the boys and the girls took second in the meet, with Rogers winning on the boys side and St. Michael-Albertville winning for the girls. Big Lake and Buffalo rounded out the five competing schools in Wednesday’s event.
The girls started off the meet strong, winning the 4×800 Meter Relay by over 25 seconds in the first event of the day. In the 100-Meter Hurdles Mara Docherty and Abigail Lewis took second and third while Lauran Zwack and Madison McDermott took second and third in the 800-Meter Run. Zwack’s time of 2:21.52 helped her in making the state honor roll.
“Girls track has had a fun year,” girls track head coach Kim Nygaard said. “The upperclassman have done their part to lead, teach, motivate and set positive examples on the track and outside of track. The “new recruits” have been a sheer delight with their determination, their desire to be the best, and respectful to the older girls leading the way.”
Other notable results for girls track in Tuesday’s meet included Elise Yeager taking first in the 3200-Meter Run and Gabriella Witschen taking third in the same race. Olivia Kanzler took second in the long jump and Sophia Carson took second place in the high jump. In the pole vault, Kennedy Bican and Camille Ashfeld took second and third respectively.
“This season our team has carried the rich tradition girls track and CC have stood for,” Nygaard said. “Family, fun, and always giving your best in practice and at meets.”
The boys also did well at the meet, beginning with a first place finish by Mikhale Maier in the 110-Meter Hurdles event. Kalvin Beal and Charlie Voller took second and third in the 100-Meter Dash and the 4×200 Meter Relay team took second place. The 4×100 Meter Relay team edged out Rogers by .20 to take first in event No. 12 on the day. Their time of 43.70 was a season best and one of the top-10 performances in the state this season.
Other notable first-place finishes from the boys include Maier winning the 300-Meter Hurdles event and Ryder Beckman taking first in the long jump. Noah Lanka also tied for first in pole vaulting.
The M8 Conference Championship takes place at Chisago Lakes High School and begins at 11 a.m. on May 24th. Sections follow the week after for both the boys and the girls.
The boys tennis team finished out the regular season last Saturday, facing off against Forest Lake and Elk River.
While Elk River got the best of the Magic–defeating them 7-0– the Magic performed well against Forest Lake, winning 5-2. Cade Boraas, Tyler Rousslang, and Zack Revenig won in singles, while Manny Dominguez/Zac Schapekahm and Quinten Bianchi/Bobby Kasper won their matches in doubles. The 1-1 finish on the day kept the Magic above .500 in the regular season with a 10-9 record.
The Section 8AA tournament is set to begin next week in both individuals and team competition. Seeding for the team tournament will be selected on May 19th. Follow @MonticelloMagic on Twitter for updates on the seeds for both the team and individual tournament in the coming days.
The Magic softball team fell 5-0 to Zimmerman on Tuesday to start the last week of the regular season. Wednesday’s game against Buffalo was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on May 18th. The Magic will play both Rogers and Buffalo– the two teams currently on top of the Mississippi 8 blue division– on Thursday to close out the regular season.
The seeding for the Section 5AAA tournament takes place on May 21st with the first games beginning on May 23rd. The seeding for the tournament will be determined by QRF rankings.
Magic baseball continued their win streak over the last week, beating both Willmar and Buffalo to extend their winning streak to five straight games while defeating 10 of their last 11 opponents.
In the game against Willmar, four different Magic players recorded RBI’s, scoring five runs on nine hits while Tommy Blackstone and Isaac Frandsen combined to complete the game on the mound. Blackstone threw four innings, allowing three runs (two earned), while Frandsen allowed just one hit to close out the game.
In the 3-1 win over Buffalo on May 16, the middle of the lineup contributed big in the win, with Nick Zwack, Frandsen, and Alex Otto (the 4-6 hitters) each knocking in a run. Two of the runs came in the first inning, giving pitcher Alex Otto some breathing room as he pitched five innings, allowing the only Bison run. Otto allowed eight hits, striking out three while Zwack finished the game in relief, throwing two innings and striking out four batters.
Alex Otto is up for MNBaseballHub Player of the Week for his performance last week against Big Lake where he gave up just two hits and struck out 13 batters. Otto was also 7/12 in the batter’s box, closing out his best week of the season. To vote for Alex, click here. Voting ends Monday at noon. You can vote on multiple devices once a day.
Nick Zwack was also featured in an article by MSHSL’s John Millea last week. John talks about Nick playing three sports and succeeding both on and off the field. To read that article about Zwack, you can click here!
The Magic’s game against Chisago Lakes on May 17th was moved to May 20th because of weather. Monticello now closes out the regular season with four home games in its last five games, including games on May 18th, 19th, and 20th. Rogers comes to town on Thursday, while Little Falls and Chisago Lakes head to MHS on Friday and Saturday. The Magic closes out the regular season on May 25th in a game under the lights against Rocori.
The girls lacrosse team welcomed Becker-Big Lake to MHS on May 12th, defeating them 15-10 for their fifth win of the season.
In the win, Kenzie Kitzman led the team with four goals and two assists while Annabelle Ams and Ord Johnson each tallied three goals. Brooke Haag netted two more and Alysha Strickland, Brooke Bechtold, and Camryn Wilson added goals as well. Hailey Walker ended with seven saves.
Magic lost their next game to Hutchinson on May 16th, and look to bounce back against Sauk Rapids-Rice, a team they defeated 13-3 earlier this season. Monticello closes out the regular season next week with three games remaining after their May 19th game against Sauk Rapids-Rice.
After falling to Rogers last week, the Monticello boys team marched back to victory on May 16th, defeating Hutchinson 17-11 in a quality road victory.
Casey Chiodo led the Magic with nine goals, increasing his season total to 32 which is top-10 in the state of Minnesota. Maverick Wools added four goals and Jacob Johnson netted two as well in the win.
Calvin Dahlheimer had five saves in the victory.
The boys have three games left in the regular season, including a Friday night game against Sartell before two games early next week. The Magic are 6-5 this season.
The Monticello girls golf team played in windy conditions at Fox Hollow on May 16th, taking fourth place with a team score of 381 on the day. Buffalo won the event, shooting 318 which is the lowest score of any M8 team this Spring. Hanna Morin (Buffalo) was the medalist with a score of 75.
On May 17th, the girls headed to St. Francis to play the Ponds Golf Course against 14 other schools from around the state. Individual scores from the Monti golfers were not posted as of this article being published but the Magic shot 392 as a team. Chanhassen won the event with a team score of 326.
The Monticello boys golf team made the most of their only meet in the past week, shooting a team score of 310, the lowest score of the season and lowest of head coach Brian Hoffman’s tenure as head coach as well.
Alex Allen led the team with a score of 74 while Keith Holme was right behind him with a 76. Luke Frucci shot a 79 and Tyler Anderson shot an 81 to round out the scores. The Magic were one shot behind Rogers (309) while STMA won the event with a team score of 295. Allen and Holme’s scores were both top-10 on the day.
The Magic are back at it on May 18th, facing off against the other M8 West teams at Wild Marsh Golf Club in Buffalo. Just two matches separate Monticello from the Conference Championship held on May 24th at Monticello Country Club.