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Athletics and Activities Update May 21st

Boys’ Tennis

Mark Muntifering

The tennis team earned an exciting victory in round 1 of the section 5A tournament; defeating New London-Spicer 4-3. The dynamic duo of Christian Brenny ’18 and Jack Rogers ’18 won at number 3 doubles in straight sets 6-4, 7-6 (winning the tie breaker 8-6). The entire match came down to Tony Lui ’20 at number 2 singles. He and his NL-S opponent had a back and forth three-hour match; Tony won the first set 7-5 but lost the second set 4-6. Set three came down to a tie breaker which Tony won 7-5. In celebration-the team carried Tony off the court!

Earlier in the week the JV team fell to Becker 2-5.

Boys’ Baseball

Dan Stark

The Johnnies started last week’s games with a 0-13 loss to undefeated Osakis. But this did not deter the Johnnies later in the week. On Thursday, the team traveled to Isle, where Nick Foss ’18 tossed a complete game and the Johnnies won 7-2. Nick’s curve ball baffled the opposition as the Huskies struck out 10 times. Nick also led the team with three hits. Drew Richter ’18, Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 and Nick McGee ’18 added two hits a piece and Ben McGee ’19 and Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 each had 2 RBI.

Friday’s game at SJU vs Kimball was a barn burner. The Cubs jumped out to a commanding 11-0 lead but the Johnnies’ bats came alive in the third, fourth and fifth inning as the Johnnies scored 6, 4 and 5 runs to tie the game, 15-15 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Unfortunately Kimball scored 2 in the top of the sixth and 2 in the top of the seventh and the Johnnies scored once more in the bottom of the seventh to make the final 16-19. Nick Foss ’18 kept a hot bat belting a deep home run over the left field fence after following a triple by Kevin Stark-Haws ’18. Doubles were also hit by Kye Hyun Jo ’18, Ben McGee ’19 and John Martone ’18. John went 4-4 to lead the team.

The Johnnies are in action Monday vs Ogilvie and Wednesday vs Royalton.

Track & Field

Lance Nydeen & Bob Ellenbecker

Track and Field ended its regular season with an impressive performance at the Prairie Conference Championship at SJU Clemens Stadium on a bright, sunny, and incredibly warm Wednesday!

Highlights: Girls: Justine Meyer ’20 – 1st in High Jump (a New Top-Five Record: 2nd ALL-TIME Best Jump at 5’0″), 2nd in 300 Hurdles, earning All-Conference in both Events!
Girls 4×400 m relay also earned All-Conference with a first-place finish (Sonja Johnson ’18, Lizzy Kolb ’19, Adrienne Gefre ’21, and Justine Meyer ’20) and the Girls 4×800 earned 2nd place (Sonja Johnson ’18, Lizzy Kolb ’19, Magali Seymour ’18, Adrienne Gefre ’21). The Boys had a great showing with Andrew Wenner ’20 placing 2nd in the 400 m earning All-Conference Honors, Luc Westling ’20 placing 2nd in the 3200 m also earning All-Conference honors, and the Saint John’s Prep 4×800 m (Luc Westling’20 , Jeremiah Weber ’20, Ben Jokovsky ’18, Patrick Montoya ’18) and 4×400 m (Alton Mies ’21, Christian Garcia ’19, Drew Richter ’18, Andrew Wenner ’20) relays placed 1st also earning All-Conference Honors for all participating relay athletes! On Thursday we held our end-of-the-year Ice Cream Social and awarded this years’ Awards to Justine Meyer ’20 and Andrew Wenner ’20 for Most Valuable Athlete; Sichi Onyemeh ’19 and Sophie Hwang ’22 for Most Improved Athlete; Nate Salzl ’18 and Ari Denning ’18 for Most Dedicated; and finally, Andy Moen ’18and Sonja Johnson ’18 for Leadership Award! Congratulations to all our athletes this year!

Our next meet is our Sub-Section 19 meet in Pierz scheduled for 3:30 on Tuesday May 22, this is the first qualifier on the road to Sections (May 30th at SJU Clemens Stadium) and then to the State Track Meet scheduled for June 8 and 9 at Hamline University. Thank you all for your support and encouragement of your child’s participation in SJP Athletics!

Pete Cheeley Honor Athlete Award

The ‘Pete Cheeley’ Honor Athlete is awarded annually to the female and male athlete who has distinguished her/himself in athletics over their careers at Saint John’s Prep. Criteria include but are not limited to: number of activities participated in, attitude, leadership, coachability, awards and recognitions earned and the way they represented Saint John’s Prep while competing. Award winners are determined by a vote of the on-staff coaches.

It is with great pleasure that we announced this year’s winners:

Female: Sonja Johnson ’18
She is the daughter of Whitney and Stephanie Johnson, Cold Spring

Male (tie vote): Nick Foss ’18
He is the son of Justin and Lisa Foss, Foley

Kevin Stark-Haws ’18
He is the son of Dan Stark and Kelly Haws, Cold Spring

Congratulations Sonja, Nick and Kevin!

Minnesota High School Coaches Association Scholarship

Each year the Minnesota High School Coaches’ Association awards a scholarship to one Minnesota High School senior athlete. Athletes apply for the award through the association. This year Kevin Stark-Haws ’18 was chosen to receive the scholarship!

Congratulations Kevin!