13 Years Ago – Boys tennis captures first NSC crown
The Magic boys tennis team entered the spring of 2000 with an empty section its trophy case. That spot belonged to North Suburban Conference Championship trophies. But by the end of the regular season, the Magic would fill this gap. And they would do it with ease.
When Monticello squared off agaainst Totino Grace during the first week of May, they entered a game shy of clinching a share of the conference championship. They left with that mission accomplished. Eddy Hultgren cruised to a win at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1, moving his record to 15-1 on the season to that point. And in doubles, Monticello earned victories with their top two pairs. Adam Briner and David Warner won 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) and Borja Campo and Todd Goudy cruised to a two-set win, 6-3, 6-5.
Still, that left the Magic needing one more victory. Paula Drayna would get it for them. Despite dropping the first set, Drayna battled back with wins of 6-4 and 6-2 to earn the decisive point in the 4-3 Monticello victory.
“He came back big,” said Coach Jeff Bordwell. “As a senior, he knows what it means.”
With a share of the title already locked up, some pressure was off as the Magic hosted Spring Lake Park later in the week. The Magic played with the confidence of conference champions as they swept through singles on their way to a 5-2 win over their conference foe, and their first-ever North Suburban Conference Championship.
Andreas Ferhm won 6-1, 6-2, Drayna won 6-2, 6-1, Jeff Goudy bounced back from a first-set loss with 6-3, 6-2 wins and Hultgren cruised again, 6-1, 6-0. Todd Goudy and Campo picked up 6-0, 6-2 win for Monticello’s final victory of the day.
The Magic would go on to secure two more regular season wins, a 7-0 crushing of St. Michael-Albertville, and a 5-2 win over NSC foe Irondale, to complete their dominant regular season.
20 Years Ago – Magic girls track earns True Team bid
Coach Bob Schneider told his girls track team that heading into the True Team section meet, he figured they had less than a 50 percent chance of winning. They left him rechecking his math.
Monticello scored 525 points at the track meet, finishing 61 points ahead of second-place Fridley in the 11-team field.
The Magic accomplished the feat thanks to a lot of girls reaching new heights, especially in the field events. In high jump, Katie Kolles went 5’ and teammate Karla Norris went 4’10”, making an event that had been a weakness all season into a strength in the season’s biggest meet. In the long jump, Becky Norton continued to push the Magic forward. Her jump of 29’7” was a full foot better than her previous career best.
And while some areas were better than ever, others remained as good as they’d always been. Kolles ran to first-place finishes in both the 1,600-meter (5:29.17) and 3,200-meter (12:15.73) races, while Tina St. Hilaire finished fifth in each race.
The 3,200-meter relay team, consisting of Jen Schmidt, Jessica Jordan, Meghan Lovegren and Kelly Anderson were able to pick up another big win for the Magic, finishing in a time of 10:10.6.
Rounding out the top performers for the Magic were two throwers. Chanteil Walter took second in the shotput and fourth in the discus, while Stacey White reversed those positions, finishing second in the discus and fourth in the shotput.
Monticello would go on to finish in eighth place out of nine teams at the True Team State Meet.
30 Years Ago – Redmen boys win third straight WCC title
In May of 1983, for the fourth time in five years, the Monticello Redmen boys track and field team was crowned champions of the Wright County Conference. Monticello scored 166 points, distancing themselves from St. Michael-Albertville (129) as they earned the victory.
Monticello earned five first place finishes at the meet.
In the pole vault, Chris Oveson set a school and conference record as he cleared 12’7.25” to earn top honors. Tom Johnson meanwhile picked up two victories for the Redmen. His time of 15.6 was good enough for first in the 110 high hurdles, and he continued that success in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 42.2. Teammate Steve Payson was close behind Johnson, finishing third in each hurdle event.
Dave McConnon picked up Monticello’s fourth and final individual first, as he stretched out to 19’10.5” in the long jump.
The last team victory came in the medley relay, as Oveson, Chip Bauer, Rich Rowland and Mark Johnson finished first with a time of 3:49.5.
Other top performers for the Redmen included McConnon earning three second place finishes (100 and 200-meter dashes and triple jump, where he set a school record at 41 feet, eight inches), Mark Johnson finishing second in the 800, Tim Juntunen taking second in the shotput and the discus (new school record in shotput of 46’8”) and a second-place finish for the 1,600 relay team of Tom Johnson, Mark Johnson, Tom Brion and Payson.
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