2 Years Ago – Paulson and Oquist help make Magic the best “true team”
In October of 2012, the Magic girls swimming and diving team showed one of the strongest combinations of top-end talent and depth that the annually strong program has ever seen.
“That’s the key,” said Coach Tom Cannon at the time. “It’s not about a couple of individuals. It’s about having a solid group from top to bottom. This is a really good group.”
The biggest evidence of that came during the 2010 True Team State Tournament, where the Magic racked up 2,149 points to win the State Championship. Monticello, who finished 88 points better than runner-up Hutchinson, did it with not only the help of their super studs Amanda Paulson and Caley Oquist, but with an entire team effort.
Paulson and Oquist did lead the way of course. Paulson captured the title in the 50-yard freestyle, and the 100-yard freestyle (where she won by a stunning 1.5) seconds, while also anchoring the leg of the championship 200-yard medley relay and swimming the first leg of the championship 400-yard freestyle relay.
Oquist was almost just as good. She joined Paulson on the medley relay, and picked up two titles of her own. In the 200-yard individual medley, Oquist won by nearly three seconds. Then in the 100-yard backstroke, Oquist cruised home for a winning time of 58.6, which was more than four seconds better than her closest competitor, teammate Anna Jensen.
Ashley Drazkowski also provided a big boost to the Magic. She swam on two winning relay teams, and earned silver in two other individual events. Drazkowski finished second to Mankato West swimmer Dani Nack in the 200-yard free, and was runner-up to Nack in the 500-yard freestyle as well.
Other swimmers who turned in big meets for the Magic included Kristina Lindquist, Paige Anderson and Katie Ruff.
19 Years ago – Option attack leads Magic to a homecoming victory
The Magic entered their 1993 homecoming battle against St. Francis having lost their previous four homecoming football games. This one started off like it might follow the same path. On the first drive of the game the Saints marched all the way down the field to take an early 7-0 lead. From there though, the 3-2 Magic took over.
Offensively, they ran the option to perfection. Quarterback John Klippenes made use of all three options, at times handing it to the full back, at times keeping it himself, and occasionally pitching the ball to his running back. The Magic responded on their opening drive, getting a Herb Hoheisel touchdown run to pull within 7-6.
In the second quarter, Monticello got the passing attack going. A 25-yard touchdown strike from Klippenes to Nate Holmstadt, followed by a two-point connection between the two, put Monticello up 14-7 at the half.
The Magic defense wouldn’t need any more scoring. They relied on two factors to keep the pass happy Saints off the scoreboard for the rest of the night. One was a change for the week, they went to five defensive backs to try and match the athletes the Saints have on the field. Two was just an impressive performance by the defensive line. They pressured the Saints all night, and even knocked the starting quarterback out of the game just before halftime.
But just in case that lead didn’t feel big enough, Justin Heying was there to add the insurance. Heying took the ball and went off tackle, breaking a couple of tackles before scampering 70-yards into the end zone. That touchdown would be the final score, giving the Magic a 20-7 homecoming victory, their first in half a decade.
27 Years Ago – Majchrzak, Lundblad and McConnon lead CC to first-ever state tournament
The Monticello boys cross country team capped off one of the top years in program history with a big win at the Region 2AA meet in 1985. Monticello, who had never sent a cross country team to the state tournament, scored just 55 points and beat second-place Mankato by 39 points.
On a warm and windy day in New Ulm, Monticello put three runners in the top ten at the meet. Oliver Majchrzak led the way, finishing second with a time of 16:36, just six seconds behind the meet champion from Hutchinson. Not too far behind were Pete Lundblad, finishing third, and Mark McConnon who placed ninth.
Joe Harrison was Monti’s fourth runner, finishing in 20th place, while Don Holthaus rounded out the scoring with a 30th place finish.
Mankato West and Buffalo were the only two teams that managed to stay within 50 points of Monticello at the meet.
Monticello would go on to place sixth at the state tournament, led by Majchrzak’s 26th-place finish.