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Athletics and Activities Update December 4th

Girls’ Basketball

Coach Bryan Backes
Assistant Coach Henry Smith, Jr.

The Johnnies opened their season with a come-from-behind 31-28 victory over the Saint Cloud Christian School ‘Warriors’ on Friday night.

Captain A’ishah Smith ’18 made 4 crucial second half free throws-while grabbing 6 rebounds, 2 steals and handing 2 assists. Reid Nydeen started the comeback-hitting a key 3 point shot before the end of the first and then 3 more ‘3’ pointers in the second half and, finally, her driving lay-up with 25 seconds left broke the tie score giving leading to the win. Justine Meyer ’20 controlled the inside with 12 rebounds, 13 points and 5 blocked shots.

It was a very impressive debut for several girls playing their first varsity game: Lailah Corrigan ’22 played a key role defensively in the second half -grabbing an important rebound; Hana May ’21, Irene Jiang ’21 and Yadi Garcia ’21 all played valuable minutes-with Hana grabbing 7 rebounds. Jaedyn Nydeen ’22 had 3 rebounds and a steal and played great defense on the top of the Johnnie zone.

The girls are so appreciative for the awesome support at Friday’s game-thanks to all those who came and cheered! Please note -the girls play at home this coming Friday at 6:00 p.m. at the Guild Hall Gym.

Math Team

Coache Mary Rueter

The Math Team competed in the second meet of the season on Monday, November 27, 2017. After the first 2 individual events we were in 2nd place. The team’s strong showing in the last 2 individual events gave us a 7 point lead going into the team event. The Varsity team answered 5 of the 6 team questions correctly for 20 points! The Varsity team finished 1st in the meet bettering Tech’s score by 15 points and Sartell’s score by 21 points.

We have 3 junior varsity teams and the JV 1 team tied for 1st place in the JV contest.

High individual scores for the meet were earned by: Calvin Xia ’21 (Event A), Emily Huang ’20 (Event B), Matt Ham ’19 (Event C), Toto Chen ’18 and Christine Xu ’19 (Event D).

There are 177 Minnesota High schools who compete in the Math League. After 2 meets SJP’s Varsity team is in 9th place in the team standings. Toto Chen is in the top 50 individual students.

Middle School Boys’ Basketball

Coaches JJ Roske and Billy Borgerding

The Middle School Boys’ Basketball teams had a home game on November 28 against Upsala.

The eighth graders lost to a tough Upsala eighth grade team while the seventh graders couldn’t quite dig themselves out of an early hole – despite double digit rebounding from Charlie Wang ’24 and scoring efforts from Eli Perry ’23, Wally Wenner ’23, Josh Scepaniak ’23, and Owen Anderson ’24 – ultimately losing a hard-fought match.

We ended our week with a tournament in Royalton. Our seventh-grade team, made up mostly of sixth graders, almost stole a win against Browerville behind 17 points from the unstoppable Wally ’23, a key three pointer from Raj Johnson ’24, and some lockdown defense from Henry Buehrer ’24.

The eighth graders beat their opponents from Long Prairie/Gray Eagle and lost a close match to a very tough Swanville team, thanks in part to the sharp shooting of Anson Mies ’22 and strong post play of Luke Meyer ’22.

The middle schoolers finish off their season this week with games at Kimball on Monday, home against Swanville on Thursday, and at Royalton on Friday.

Boys’ Basketball

Coach Michael Moen

The High School Boys’ basketball teams start their seasons this week. They play Pillager High School at home in the Guild Hall Gym on Tuesday, December 5.

Game times are:
‘C’ squad-500pm; jv -6:00pm varsity-7:30pm.

On Friday the teams play Long Prairie High School at Long Prairie.

Game times are:
‘C’ squad-5:45; jv-6:00pm; varsity-7:30pm

Knowledge Bowl

Coaches Charles Miller and Jen Daiker

The high school Knowledge Bowl season kicked off early this year, as we attended the pre-season Cosmic Bowl at Chaska High School. It was a tough meet with over 80 schools, mostly from the Metro region. Our team of 30 students willing to give up a Friday night for Knowledge Bowl represented Saint John’s Prep well.

In addition to the high schoolers, we took along seven 8th graders to form 2 of the junior varsity teams, competing against teams of 9th – 12th graders. The 8th grade teams put on quite the show. One team, with Clare Duffy ’22, Annika Fines ’22, Olivia Osmundson ’22, Will Taf ’22t and Lukas Uhlenkamp ’22, spent half of the night in 1st place in JV, but slipped back to 7th in the last 2 rounds. In the end, the top team, made up of Matthew Bolton ’22, Sam Hoover ’22, Libby Pfanenstein ’22 and Avanthi Wijetonga ’22 (pictured), took home the bowling pin for 3rd place in JV, just 4 points behind the Tartan High School and Prior Lake sophomores.

The high school JV had a great showing as well, finishing in 4th place, one point back from the youngsters, and . In varsity, we had two teams crack the top 20, with the top team, (Tina Chen ’18, Cullin Egge ’18, Hanna Haeg ’19, Zander Haws ’18, and Caitlin Skahen ’19) finishing in 13th. It was a tight tough meet, but we are ready for the challenge ahead!

Boys’ Soccer

Coach Dan Stark

Congratulations to Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 for being named to the All Area Soccer Team by the St. Cloud Times.

Stark-Haws has been a key varsity player for the Johnnies for four seasons, earning All-Granite Ridge Conference honors three times. He led the Johnnies in assists each of the last two seasons from his center midfield position. He has 17 career goals and 32 career assists. He is in his third season as a team captain and is a two-time all-state nominee.

Kevin is the son of Dan Stark and Kelly Haws and the brother of  Connor Stark-Haws ’13. They live in Cold Spring.

Girls’ Soccer

Coach Eric Yanke

Congratulations to Reid Nydeen ’19 for being named an honorable mention for the All Area Soccer Team by the St. Cloud Times.

Reid plays offense for the Johnnies. She’s a strong leader on the field and leads strong offensive attacks throughout each game.

Reid is the daughter of Lance and Pam Nydeen. She is the sister of Taylor ’17 and Jaedyn ’22.  They live in St. Joseph.