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Athletics and Activities Update October 9th

Girls’ Soccer

Head Coach Eric Yanke

After being rained out on Monday, the Johnnies girl soccer team played two games this week. Conditions dried up enough to play at Becker on Tuesday night. The girls played a very competitive first half keeping an impressive Becker team to only one goal. Becker pulled further ahead in the second half to secure the win. Our final home game of the season was on Thursday versus Zimmerman. With the support of an incredible crowd the Johnnies played with intensity. The game ended in a 0-0 tie after going into overtime. The offense was led by Lizzy Kolb ’19, Reid Nydeen ’19, and Jaedyn Nydeen ’22. The Johnnies demonstrated creative and generous play while developing the attack throughout the game and just barely missed finding the back on the net on several occasions. The defense was led by Sonja Johnson ’18 and goalie Jordyn Tomaszewski ’18. The final regular season game will be played at Rocori on Tuesday; followed by a playoff game on Thursday.

Boys’ Soccer

Head Coach Dan Stark


On Thursday, the Johnnies faced Minnewaska in the homecoming game and played strong the entire game against a hardworking Minnewaska team. Even with a wet field, they were able to come away with a win, 3-1. Goals were scored by Christian Garcia ’19, Ben Jolkovsky ’18, and Nick McGee ’18. Rescheduled from earlier in the week, the boys played Rocori on Friday. Because of an unplayable home field, the game was moved to the College of Saint Benedict’s practice field where the Johnnies prevailed 2-0. Goals were scored by Ben Jolkovsky ’18 and Drew Richter ’18. Nick Foss ’18 recorded his sixth shutout of the year. The Johnnies have their first section game on Thursday at home. Thank you to all the fans that have come out to the games.


The Boys’ JV soccer season has been phenomenal from start to finish. We come into our last week of play with a 5-4-2 record. Our season started on the right foot with an away win against section opponent Pelican Rapids. Since that first game we have continued to earn success with season-defining wins against Cathedral and Little Falls. Our achievements on the field can be attributed to hard work in practice every day. The coaches have noticed the willingness to learn and dedication of our athletes. We think the ability to put one’s best effort into athletics and academics at the same time is a skill that should not be overlooked. Our season has been marked by notable goal scoring efforts from Jerry, Cefe, and Carlos. Our keeper, Mitchell, has been a constant, unrelenting force. Our strong defense is thanks to Alton, Harley, and Henry. We see great ball control, passing, and hustle from Isaac, Felix, Nico, Andrew, Max, Jack, Liam, Kevin, Jesús, Cole, Bernardo, Noah, and Jimmy. Importantly, there is great initiative from our freshman: Jack, Liam, Cole, Max, Alton, Henry, and Harley. The boys’ season will conclude against our conference rivals, Cathedral, at 4:30 at Whitney fields on Monday.

Girls’ Tennis

Head Coach Mark Muntifering
Assistant Coach Charles Miller

The Girls’ Tennis team had a run-in with rain again this week, putting an end to their hope of a homecoming match Tuesday. As it was senior night, the celebration had to take place at practice the next day. We ate cake, practiced, and told stories about the seniors. Thursday, we went on the road to New London for our team’s first round playoffs. Unfortunately, they proved too much for us, winning 6-1. The lone win was Anna Zheng, who improved her season win total to 6-4. The team finishes with practice on Monday, and the six individual players move to sections.

Cross Country

Head Coach Lance Nydeen

The Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Team completed their latest meet in Sauk Centre. The competition was fierce and the course was wet and spongy. However, our Boys and Girls laced up their shoes, steeled their minds and ran exceptionally! The Boys were led by Luc Westling ’20 who placed in the top 20 out of over 100 competitors on Varsity. The Girls were led by Katie John ’19 with one of her most powerful finishes this season! The junior high runners also had a great showing, with Sophia Kapoor ’24 leading the girls with a top 25, and we had three boys in the top 25; Sam Meyer ’23 in 8th place, Mathew Bolton ’22 in 18th, and Zach Meyer ’24 placed 25th! Our next meet is on Tuesday October 10th in Royalton. This will be the last meet before our Conference.

Girls’ Swimming and Diving

Head Coach Jen Daiker

The girls’ swim and dive team wrapped up their third and final home meet against Becker on Thursday, Oct 5th. From the first event, the girls took a strong lead and maintained the growing lead throughout the meet. This is the third win for the season; making them undefeated at home. Ari Denning ’18 had an impressive three dives for senior night and Justine Meyer ’20 came in first place in both the 50 and 100 freestyle. Sophie Hwang ’22 took first place in the 100 fly, and Cambel Shepherd ’23 took 3rd place in the 500 freestyle, dropping 5 seconds from her previous time. Mariah Bruner ’18 had some strong dives and took 3rd in 100 breaststroke. Sabrina Wuolu ’20 and Sam Mortenson ’20 continued with strong swims in freestyle and making great improvements on their starts.

Next week the girls head out to Mora/ Oglivie for another Section/Conference match up on Thursday, Oct. 12th, as well as True Team Invite against their section on Saturday, October 14th. This has been the strongest season yet for the swimmers and divers, continue to wish them luck!

Middle School Soccer

Head Coach Ettien Koffi

On Thursday, October 5th the middle school players had a game against Melrose. The final score was 4-2. In the first half, Melrose kicked a goal into their own goal off a corner kick by Eli. From there, Melrose dominated the game for the most part. They brought a lot more skill and energy then the last time the Johnnies played them when the score was 5-1 a few weeks ago. The Johnnies made a goal late in the second half by Cole to make it 4-2. Hoping for a good next two weeks of games, and proud of their hard work!