By: Jared Hines
In the chaos of the winter sports season, milestones can sometimes come and go without being celebrated as well as they should be. There’s always another game, another meet, another invite to look forward to.
This week, we look back on four Monticello student-athletes who reached a milestone in the past week. Their hard work and dedication to their sport is shown every day at practice and translate well on the mat, the court, and the pool.
On Friday afternoon in Zimmerman, senior Jesse Midas notched his 100th career win. A two-time state qualifier, Midas is currently 23-2 on the season after winning the East Ridge Ruckus in the 220-weight class over the weekend. Midas got a bye in the first round before winning by fall in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, he won 6-5 before pinning his final opponent in the championship round. Midas is looking to return to the MSHSL State Wrestling Tournament for the third straight season.
In the first half of the Magic’s loss to Becker, Olson’s drop-step into the lane gave her an easy basket for her ninth point of the game. The basket pushed her over 1500 points, making her just the second Magic girls basketball player to reach the milestone alongside Grace Sawatzke (2014). The Magic are 8-6 after a 35-32 weekend win vs. Willmar. This week, the Magic play home games on Jan. 28 and Jan. 31 before playing Minnehaha Academy in St. Michael on Feb. 1.
Dakotah shattered the 6-dive pool record on Jan. 23, scoring 298.15 points and breaking the record by almost 16 points. His last dive brought the crowd to their feet at the Monticello Middle School pool. Two days later, Parker broke his 11-dive record by 14 points, becoming a Class A True Team Diving State Champion in the process. His score of 455.80 breaks the record Dakotah set a couple of weeks ago at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School.
In front of a full crowd at Monticello High School on Friday night, Wetter became the seventh player in Monticello Boys Basketball history to reach the 1000-point milestone. At first, it looked like Wetter’s 1000th point wouldn’t come until the team’s Jan. 28 game at North Branch. Wetter was determined to get the job done at home, scoring 22 second-half points and hitting a 3-point basket late in the game to hit the 1000-point mark. Wetter joins Nate Holmstadt, Joel Przybilla, Cory Laugen, Robbie Fedor, Tom Sawatzke and Matt Todd in the 1000-point club and will look to continue helping the Magic in his senior season. Four of the next seven games are home for the Magic who are trying to improve on their 7-6 record.