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Athletics and Activities Update June 4th

Girls’ Soccer

Mr. Larson returns as Head Coach for the girls’ soccer team for the 2018 season. Mr. Larson stepped back in the 2017 season in order to watch his son competing for the Cambridge-Isanti boys’ team. Mr. Yanke filled in very well and will continue to help with the team-when family logistics make it possible. Welcome back Coach Larson and thank you Coach Yanke!

Boys’ Baseball

Dan Stark

Last Tuesday the Johnnies faced Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the first round of the 6A South Subsection tournament. After each team went down 1-2-3 in the first inning, BBE scored three runs in the second. Nick Foss ’18 pitched well for the Johnnies but a pair of errors in the inning contributed to two of the BBE runs. Catcher John Martone ’18 made a good throw to Nick McGee ’18 to get the first out of the inning as the Johnnies caught a BBE runner attempting to steal second and then Nick Foss ’18 struck out the number eight and nine batters for the Jaguars. BBE added two more in the bottom of the third on a walk an error and a double. But the Johnnies came back in the top of the fourth inning. John Martone ’18 worked a lead-off walk and Nick McGee ’18 reached on an error as the pitcher tried to field Nick’s sacrifice bunt. With two runners on and no out, Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 drove a 3-1 pitch to the fence in right center field for a double to drive in John and Nick. A ball and two outs later, Alton Mies ’21 hit one of his two singles in the game to deep short to drive in the Johnnies third run of the inning. When the ball went past the BBE first baseman, Alton attempted to reach second but was tagged out. However, the Johnnies had cut the lead to 5-3. The Jaguars added another insurance run in the bottom of the fifth and brought in a new pitcher to finish the game. Although the Johnnies had base runners in two of the last three innings they were unable to mount a come-back and fell 6-3.

A few regular season stats and accolades.

Ben McGee ’19 led the team in doubles and batted .441 in the regular season. Drew Richter ’18 also hit well with a .333 batting average.

Nick Foss ’18 was the starting pitcher in each of the Johnnie victories this season. He also batted .324, drove in 12 runs and had the Johnnies only regular season home run. Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 also batted .324 for the season and had 11 RBI. Nick McGee ’18 batted .279, led the team in sacrifice bunts and scored 12 runs. All three were named All-Conference Honorable Mention.

John Martone ’18 batted in the lead-off spot, led the team in walks, had 19 hits, a batting average of .542 in the regular season and had an on-base-percentage (OBP) of .613. He scored 13 runs and as the starting catcher, threw out four runners attempting to steal bases. John was selected All-Conference.

Track & Field

Lance Nydeen & Bob Ellenbecker

At the Section 5A Meet, Sophomore Justine Meyer qualified for the Minnesota STATE TRACK AND FIELD MEET with a qualifying jump of 5’2″! (One quarter inch off the school record!) Congratulations Justine! This is an outstanding accomplishment and impressive achievement for Justine and SJP Track and Field. Justine will be competing Friday, June 8, at 3:30 pm at Hamline University for fans to cheer her on. Good luck Justine!

Andrew Wenner ’20 also competed in the Section 5A Meet in the Boys 400m Dash. Andrew posted his second-best time of the season finishing in 6th place. Well done!

Great job this season to all athletes and coaches!

Calculus Showcase Award

Every spring Saint Cloud State University hosts a Calculus Showcase. They invite area high schools to enter an individual or team to give 15-minute original presentations about applications of calculus they see outside of their mathematics classrooms. On Thursday, May 24th. Elizabeth Kolb ’19 gave a presentation based on her IB mathematics internal assessment. Elizabeth’s presentation explained the connection she saw between calculus and ceramics.

Elizabeth’s Abstract: Math and I have always had a solid relationship. From elementary school algebra to college calculus, I have been able to fall back on my math skills, finding solace in quadratics and proofs. While I found delight in solving for variables, art class was a totally different ball game. Discovering inspiration in paint splatters and pencil shadows was virtually impossible for me. I didn’t know if I had a creative bone in my body until I decided to take a ceramics course spring semester of sophomore year. This medium, while also being incredibly functional and practical in my own life, allowed math to be my muse. Learning derivatives in tandem with creating a mug on the wheel helped me to understand my art form from a math perspective. It enabled me to apply more calculus topics within the pottery studio, giving deeper meaning to both my mathematical knowledge and my art.

The Calculus Showcase is judged by three professors who rate the competitors on accuracy, choice of topic, presentation and appropriateness to audience. The judges awarded Elizabeth 1st place for her presentation. Elizabeth also won the crowd’s choice award which was voted on by the audience.

Congratulations Elizabeth!!