Blast from the past: January 2013

9 Years Ago – Mitchell rewrites record book
For Krysta Mitchell, the last week of January 2003 was a week to remember. To that point, Mitchell was already the owner of an impressive gymnastic career despite her standing as just a junior. But over two meets, Thursday, Jan. 23 and Tuesday, Jan. 28, Mitchell made multiple marks that would leave her name in the record books for years to come.
First, the floor score went down. At Cambridge-Isanti, Mitchell turned in a 9.7, breaking teammate Allyson Thelen’s previous school record of 9.625.
Then things really heated up back home Tuesday, when the Magic took on Buffalo. On the vault, Mitchell scored a 9.6, breaking her own school record of 9.55. Soon after, Mitchell hopped on the balance beam, where she was nearly perfect. Her score of 9.8 broke another record formerly held by Thelen (9.75).
And she wasn’t done quite yet. Three days later, Mitchell again raised one of her own records when she turned in a 9.65 on the vault.
At the meet against Buffalo, Mitchell came up just short of the all-around record. The junior scored 38.15 points, leaving her .1 short of Thelen’s 38.25 mark from the previous year.

17 Years Ago – Holmstadt, hoopers, knock off Saints to extend winning streak
After a 1-4 start to the season, the 1994-95 version of the Monticello Magic basketball team got hot. It started with a holiday tournament win in St. Cloud and it rolled through three more teams in three more gyms, moving Monticello to 7-4 on the eve of a rivalry matchup with a ranked St. Francis squad.
The Saints entered the game ranked sixth in the state, and 4-0 in the North Surburban Conference, keeping them one game clear of Monticello. They’d leave with a blemished record.
Led by strong defense, Monticello got off to a fast start. The home team raced to a 9-1 lead, getting the packed gym into the game earlier. They were able to maintain the lead through the period, holding a 15-8 advantage after a quarter. In the second quarter, St. Francis’ press gave the Magic some troubles, as the visitors climbed to within 27-25 at the half. But in the third quarter Monticello used its fast break to pull away for good, opening up a 13-point lead in the quarter, aided by a 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line.
When the Saints closed the gap slightly down the stretch, sophomore Troy Bigalke salted the game away with four straight made free throws in the final seconds as Monticello knocked off St. Francis, 62-58.
Center Nate Holmstadt continued his dominant season by racking up his fifth triple double in 12 games. The senior finished with 22 points, 21 rebounds and 11 blocks. Offensively he was helped by Bigalke who finished with 16 points and Frie (11 points).
Frie was also valuable on defense, limiting Saints star Brady Larson to 14 points, including an 0-for-8 performance from the three point line.

43 Years Ago – Soltau helps cagers dominate Big Lake
The Monticello Redmen were having a bit of an up-and-down season in 1968-69, but were boosted in January by a couple of big wins over rivals, including a 73-42 blowout of Big Lake.
The Redmen controlled play throughout the game, leading by double digits at each intermission including a 14-4 lead after the first quarter.
Steve Soltau was the catalyst for Monticello. The senior forward turned in his best performance of the season, as he scored 24 points on the strength of 10 field goals and a 4-for-5 performance from the free throw line. Jim Stumbo wasn’t far behind, as he tallied 20 points of his own. Bill Link and Bob Mielke also finished in double figures, scoring 14 and 12 points respectively. The Redmen dominated each phase of the game, including rebounds where they pulled down 37 to just 26 for the Hornets.
Monticello kept the good times going with a 75-70 win over Watertown later in the week. Soltau continued his strong play by scoring 22 points and adding 16 rebounds. Tom Kealy added 22 points and 11 rebounds of his own to help Monticello upset Watertown who was leading the conference coming into the game.

Contact Clay Sawatzke at clay.sawatzke@ecm-inc.com

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