Athletics and Activities Update November 20th
Boys’ Soccer Awards
Granite Ridge All-Conference Honorable Mention
Ben McGee ’19 – Ben’s calm and steady play at the center midfield position resulted in solid control of many matches.
Zander Haws ’18 – Zander often had the unenviable task of defending the opposition’s biggest threat. Zander played consistently tough the entire season.
Nick McGee ’18 – Nick’s ability to read the field and anticipate positioning from a forward position or outside midfield position made it possible for the team to consistently pressure the opposing defense. Nick scored 2 goals and had 7 assists.
Granite Ridge All-Conference
Christian Garcia ’19 – Christian’s ability to set up other goal scorers with quality assists and finish his own chances resulted in the other team often collapsing their defense. Christian scored 10 goals and had 6 assists this season.
Nick Foss ’18 – Nick used his height to great advantage both vertically and horizontally in goal this season. His increased willingness and ability to sacrifice his body to make saves meant that other teams really had trouble putting the ball past Nick. Nick made 133 saves and the defense allowed less than 1.2 goals per match. Nick was also an All-State nominee by the conference coaches.
Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 – Kevin’s ball control, solid challenges and field vision at center mid resulted in a strong offensive output by the team (2.1 goals per game). This is Kevin’s third All-Conference Award for soccer. He led the team with 9 assists and scored 5 goals. He was also an All-State nominee for the second time by conference coaches.
Team Awards are determined by JV and Varsity player ballots after the season.
Kevin-Stark-Haws ’18 – Most Valuable Player
Without this player the team would not have been successful; demonstrated by leadership on and off the field
Henry Chen ’21 – Most Improved Player
This player demonstrated the ability to improve at their position on the field in game situations and/or skills from the previous season or throughout the current season.
Nick McGee ’18 – Most Dedicated Player
This player came to practice every day, often stayed after the official practice had ended in order to improve, and was always prepared mentally and physically for each game both home and away.
Middle School Boys’ Basketball
Coaches JJ Roske and Billy Borgerding
Our Middle School boys’ basketball teams split the season openers. Everything clicked for the opponents in the first half of our seventh-grade game. But the Johnnie seventh grade team fought hard to tie the second half score, led by a one-two scoring punch of Eli Perry ’23 and Wally Wenner ’23. The eighth graders led from the opening tip off and never looked back. Fueled by the ball handling of Anson Mies ’22, the strong post presence of Luke Meyer ’22, and the sharpshooting of Matthew Bolton ’22, almost every player was able to score in a well-earned win.
Amanda Monkman, Coach
The River Lakes Stars girls’ hockey team opened the season last Tuesday against Buffalo and were defeated 6-4 playing without SJP senior goalie Jordyn Tomaszewski ’18. Jordyn returned to the line-up Saturday against powerhouse Roseau. In the game Jordyn had 51 saves and kept the team in the game throughout. One spectacular save even fooled the referee-who initially ruled a goal for Roseau only to be shown the puck in Jordyn’s glove!
The Stars are off this week-returning to action after Thanksgiving.
Middle School Knowledge Bowl
Coaches Charles Miller, Dan Stark and Jen Daiker
The Middle School had another great week this week. We had two meets; Monday was at Sartell Middle School and Thursday was at Big Lake Middle School. We were down players at both meets, but rose to the challenge. At Sartell, all five teams placed, with the 6th grade teams finishing in 1st and 4th, and the middle school teams finishing in 1st, 3rd and 6th.
On Thursday, we did even better, with all four teams in attendance getting medals in their divisions! The 6th grade finished in 1st and 2nd, and the Middle School teams finished in 1st and 3rd! Additionally, one of the coaches who read all night to our teams, stopped to compliment what good sports our team is. Finally, our school won the plaque for “best performance in 7/8” for the combined scores of their teams. It was quite a night! This week, we travel to Saint Francis Xavier – Buffalo on Monday.