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Athletics and Activities Update October 2nd

Girls’ Soccer

Head Coach Eric Yanke

The Johnnies Girls’ Soccer team had three close games this week but came up just short in each of them. On Monday, the girls were away in Zimmerman and had a 1-0 lead at half, but ended up losing 1-2. Jordyn Tomaszewski ’18 had an incredible number of saves throughout the game.

Tuesday, the Johnnies were away again at Cathedral. The defense played well led by Sonja Johnson ’18 and Magali Seymour ’18, but were unable to get the offense in gear versus the Crusaders defense.

Melrose came to Saint John’s campus on Thursday and played a back and forth game. Goals were scored by Valeriya Woodard ’21 and Lizzy Kolb ’19 but Melrose was victorious.

The Johnnies celebrated senior night after the game on Lake Sag field and recognized seven girls who have been pillars of our program over the previous years.



Boys’ Soccer

Head Coach Dan Stark

On Tuesday, the boys’ played Cathedral under the lights at Whitney Park. The Johnnies played hard until the end but CHS proved too much -prevailing 2-0.

On Thursday, the Johnnies traveled to Melrose to take on the Dutchmen. The teams were evenly match in the first half, but goals scored by Ben Jolkovsky ’18 and Christian Garcia ’19 put the Johnnies on top 2-0. Nick Foss ’18 recorded his fifth shutout of the year accompanied by a strong defense.

Next week the Johnnies have three home games and encourage everyone to come and watch.



Girls’ Tennis

Head Coach Mark Muntifering
Assistant Coach Charles Miller

The girls’ tennis team was thrilled to finally take to dry courts this week and battle with some local rivals.

On Tuesday, the team travelled to Apollo to take on the juggernaut of the Apollo-Sauk Rapids-Cathedral-St Cloud Christian-North Middle School Collision. It was an ominous sky and a tempest on the courts as well. Nearly all the matches were one-sided with wins of 6-2, 6-2 and 6-2,6-1 respectively for Anna Zheng ’18 and Regan Mies ’18, and losses with 0’s, 1’s, and 2’s for most of the rest of the team. The standout was Annie Ellis ’18, who battled to back from a big deficit to get to 4-5 in the second set, but hold on, losing 6-2, 6-4.

On Thursday, the team travelled to Sartell with equally sketchy looking skies. After a rainout against Sartell last week, the sprinkles that started this meet made the Johnnies nervous, but the heavy rain held off and it turned into a lovely night. The Sabers took the Johnnies down 1-6 when they met at the beginning of the season, but it was a much closer battle this time with the team showing real improvement. Again winning were Anna Zheng ’18, who improved her season record to 5-4 with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win, and Regan Mies ’18, who improved her record to 5-5 with a gritty 3rd set tiebreaker win: 6-2, 3-6, 12-10. Adding to the win column were Sandra Riedl ’20 and Adrienne Gefre ’21 with an impressive 3rd set tiebreaker win. Down 6-2, 2-6 and 1-5 in the tiebreaker, they rallied to win 10-7.

The JV faced some tough battles but showed improvement. Kelsey Christensen ’21 and Sydnee Wick ’21 fought well but lost 2-8 at exhibition doubles, and Tori Grandy ’23 and Grace Dauer ’23 showed a glimpse of the bright future of Prep tennis with a tough 3-6 loss in JV.

The team has a huge week coming up, with road matches against Crosby-Ironton on Monday and New London – Spicer on Thursday, which is our first round Section match.

The highlight of the week is Tuesday, our Senior Night and Homecoming match on the SJU Courts. We will be taking on the Parkers Prairie Panthers, who topped us in a close 3-4 battle on their courts earlier in the season. The team hopes lots of fans will cheer us on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m.



Cross Country

Head Coach Lance Nydeen

The Saint John’s Prep Cross Country Team hosted 16 teams for The Father Otto Weber Cross Country Invitational.

The Johnnies thank all parent and faculty volunteers who made the event a success. The team would especially like to recognize Bob Ellenbecker who served as our trail follower and cycled 14 kilometers during the three races!

The Boys’ Varsity team did a fantastic job with a placement of Luc Westling ’20 at 10th place and Andy Moen ’18 with a 23rd to round out the top 25 rankings!

The Boys’ JV team placed Jeremiah Weber ’20 at 11th and Patrick Montoya ’18 at 19th to round out the top 25 rankings!

For the Girls’ JV team, Katie John ’19 continues her fine season with an impressive 7th place showing.

The Middle School Girls’ and Boys’ teams also performed with season best performances on our home course. Sam Meyer ’22 led the MS team with an impressive 2nd place, followed closely by 10th place Mathew Bolton ’22 and 6th grader Zack Meyer ’24 placed 10th!

For the MS Girls’ team, Sylvia Johnson ’22 placed 7th. Sophia Kapoor ’24 placed an impressive 10th place!

Each race consisted of more than 50 runners from some very impressive teams.

The coaches are proud of all of the Cross Country runners and all of their hard work.

The next meet will be Tuesday, October 3 at Sauk Centre.

Please wish all of our runners good luck as they are just three weeks away from the conference meet!



Girls’ Swimming and Diving

Head Coach Jen Daiker

The swim and dive team had their 2nd home meet on Thursday, September 28 against conference competitor Albany. Our swimmers and divers took the big lead early in the meet and didn’t look back. The team had fantastic races and great dives.

We finished several of the events in first and second place. Cambel Shephard ’23 had a very strong 200 freestyle coming in at 2:22. Sabrina Wuolu ’20 and Sam Mortenson ’20 continue to make great improvements with their 50 freestyle and start dives! This is the second home meet of the season and the second win for the girls, making them undefeated at home!

Senior night is at home on October 5! It is also the last home meet for the 2017 swim/dive season.



Middle School Soccer

Head Coach Ettien Koffi

The middle school team had two games this week. On Tuesday, the team played Little Falls at home. The Johnnies tied 0-0. It was a hard game with no substitutes due to some injured players. The Johnnies had a strong defense, which held the team together.

On Thursday, the team headed to St. Cloud and played North Junior High. The game ended with the score 2-1. It was the toughest team the team has played so far, and the coaches believe the Johnnies played with their best abilities. The boys and girls all played their hardest and it was the best game so far, even though it was a loss. The Johnnies’ defense kept up in the game, but had a hard time getting past North’s defense. Eli Perry ’23 scored in the second half to get to the final score of 2-1.

The coaches are hoping for a better week of games the first week of October. The coaches are very proud of all of these young players!