Back to the future: MHS grad Schmidt hired to lead boys basketball program

By Clay Sawatzke
Times Reporter

New Magic basketball coach Jason Schmidt talks with his players during the second week of their summer camp on Monday morning. (Photo by Clay Sawatzke)

New Magic basketball coach Jason Schmidt talks with his players during the second week of their summer camp on Monday morning. (Photo by Clay Sawatzke)

The Monticello boys basketball program was a force to be reckoned with over an 11-year span. While they never captured a state title, the Magic were consistently among the state’s best. Starting in 1995, the Magic qualified for eight state tournaments over that 11-year stretch, finishing as high as fourth place three times.

Recent results have left fans and all those surrounding the program yearning for a return to those successful days of the mid-to late-90s and into the new century. The program has been in a slow decline for the past half decade. Where in days past the Magic could be blamed for not winning state championships, the focus now has turned to getting out of the first round of sections.

For years, people have been asking when are the Magic going back to state?”

A new person gets to answer that old question

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