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Sports: Blast from the Past

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50 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 6, 1969

Five Monticello football players – previously named ‘Redmen’ – joined the Wright County All Conference Team. The five players included: Woody Hayes, Joe Fitzgerald, Bill Link, Jim Stumbo, and Bruce Klatt who also received The Most Valuable Player Award. The Redman went undefeated in their conference that year and this was the third time in four years that the Monticello team had a player receive the MVP award.

Deer season was opening on Saturday and there were some changes made in hunting zone boundaries including decreases in the size of zone 1 where firearms were previously permitted for a nine-day period to a five-day period.

The Board of Education of the Dassel-Cokato Public Schools voted to delay the merging of the athletic program until the fall of 1972. Transportation was one of the biggest deciding factors.

25 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 3, 1994

The Magic volleyball team had won their first game in section play against Mankato West and was headed to the semi-finals versus No. 2 seed Chaska. This was the first time that the Monticello team had made it to the semi-finals since 1986. Some of the players on the team were Dara Smida, Heather Kanthank, Michele Dinius, and Chantail Walter. The team had an impressive 21-5-1 record for the season.

The girls swimming and diving team added another win to their record, beating Columbia Heights 105-77.

Girls cross country took fourth place at the Section 2AA meet and the boys cross country team took fifth. Both teams were very young and had many years in the making to be a great team and continue to improve coached by Gail Grieme and Dave Wik who both still coach today.

10 YEARS AGO:

Nov. 5, 2009

The girls cross country team was headed to state for the first time since 1997. Sister duo Erica and Amber Seidenkranz along with Mandy Witschen were among the runners who led the way for their team to make it to state. As for the boys cross country team, Scott Albares was the lone Magic runner to qualify for state.

Senior tennis player Katie Kotschevar was the only individual to make it to state that year. She won her first round in singles play and and was defeated in the quarterfinals by Patty Zhao from Maple Grove.

The Magic swimming and diving team won the conference title and were preparing for the Section 5A Meet Friday, Nov. 13 at Elk River junior high school. Their team had a rough start to the season, but had steadily increased their wins and proved they could beat good teams and it paid off.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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