15 Years Ago – Wurm wins, Magic take third, at home invite
At any age, Leah Wurm’s start to the 1998 cross country season would have been great. Four wins in four tries is pretty clearly tough to beat.
But as just a freshman, the start was remarkable.
Her fourth straight win came at the 13-team Monticello Invite early in the season of 1998, right on the heels of a win at the Nokomis Invite the week prior.
At the Monti Invite, Wurm led the entire race. By the one-mile mark, the freshman had already opened up a 10-second lead. She was able to maintain that margin, finishing the race with a time of 14:52, ten seconds better than the second-place finisher.
For her work, Wurm was named a Kare-11 athlete of the week in early September.
As for the rest of the team, they finished third out of the thirteen teams at their invite.
Holly Goodwin and Tonya Anderson led the rest of the pack, with both finishing in 16:26. Erica Bollig finished in 16:35, while Cindy Goodwin ran in 16:50. Each team member made significant progress on their times from the Nokomis Invite.
Wurm would go on to win first place at the first six invites of the year, before finally having the streak broken in late September. At the Princeton Invite, Wurm finished second, with a time of 14:32, coming in 14 seconds behind the state’s top-ranked runner, Megan Dayment from Northfield.
20 Years Ago – Scott Schmidt digs a hole, then leads Magic to win
Playing their fourth game of the 1993 season, the Magic football team found itself in a hole early.
Despite having home field advantage against Centennial, the game could not have started much worse for the Magic. Senior Scott Schmidt had trouble handling the first two kickoffs of the game, and those two situations contributed to ten points in the first three minutes of the game for the visitors.
But down 10-0 early, Schmidt and the Magic would bounce back.
Monticello responded quickly, going on a 66-yard scoring drive to pull within 10-7.
Schmidt went 52 yards on a counter play to bring the Magic inside the 10-yard line, and a few players later punched it in from the three-yard line for the touchdown.
The rest of the first half played out without another score, but in the second half the Magic found pay dirt again. With just a minute to play in the third quarter, Schmidt took the ball on the same counter play and scampered 68 yards down the middle of the field for a go-ahead touchdown. With an extra point, the score was pushed to 14-10. That would stand as the final margin, thanks in part, again, to Schmidt.
The senior managed to intercept two Centennial passes during the game, including one in the third quarter that killed a visitor drive that was nearing the Magic red zone.
Clint Link, a defensive end, also had an interception for the Magic. It was one of many big plays by the defensive line, as they held Centennial to just 49 yards rushing during the contest.
30 Years Ago – Redmen top Knights in homecoming battle
Racking up 100 yards in penalties isn’t exactly a winning formula. But when your defense allows just 66 total yards, it is a formula you can get away with now and again.
Despite taking 10 penalties for over 100 yards, the Magic outgained St. Michael-Albertville by nearly 250 yards (300-66) on their way to a 25-22 win on homecoming night at Monticello.
Monticello set the tone early, scoring on their first drive of the game when Dave McConnon reeled in a 20-yard pass from Brad Theisen. An extra point kick from Mark Johnson put the Redmen up 7-0.
After forcing a quick three and out, Monticello lit up the scoreboard once again. Theisen found senior John Muehlbauer with a 12-yard pass into the end zone, giving the home team an early 13-0 lead.
After the Knights pulled to within 13-8, Monticello tacked on its third touchdown of the half. Theisen went deep, finding McConnon again, this time for a 57-yard scoring strike. After a failed conversion, it was 19-8, Redmen.
Late in the third quarter, the Knights returned a fumble 81 yards, pulling back to within three points.
With the Redmen needing a big drive to turn back momentum and save the game, senior Bret Soucy stepped up. Over the course of four plays, Soucy carried the Redmen from the Knights’ 37-yard line all the way to the end zone, giving the Redmen a lead they would not relinquish.