Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

Bluejacket softball

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I softball: (front row, from left) Stacy Johnson, Annalise Aboody, Izzy Patchen, Madelyn Strike, (second row) Paige Yurczyk, Jayante Kotila, Olivia Graham, Annie Johnson, Laynie Wood, (back row) coach Brittany Adolphson, Faith Nelson, Ellie Kuznia, Sydney Neubel, Maddie Pynes, Katie Malikowski and assistant coach Jill Matson.

Head coach: Brittany Adolphson

Assistant coaches: Jill Matson, Brittany Lakeberg, Grace Zierden

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Last years record: 2-13

Who are the players to watch this year? We have two returning full-time varsity roster players including senior short stop Jay Kotila and sophomore pitcher Annie Johnson. Annie was a starting pitcher in 9th grade and since last year has gained velocity and pitches, along with confidence on the mound. Other leaders would include senior outfielder Kaia Kirkeide and senior catcher Sydney Neubel. 

All players bring athleticism and grit to their playing performance. Our seniors this year exhibit excellent game knowledge and are some of the fastest players on the roster, who will for sure be big game changers while running the bases. 

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We have an optimistic outlook for this season. We graduated eight seniors last year on our starting roster, so this year will be a change in the whole way the team looks. We have a younger squad, but they are full of raw talent, very quick and have picked up skills and proficiency very well this off-season and pre-season. 

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section?

Some tough match-ups will include Big Lake, North Branch and STMA. We are looking forward to getting into the swing of things and excited to be outside earlier than last year. 

Bluejacket baseball

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I baseball: (front row, from left) Bolby Suchia, Jared Olson, Mitchell Petersen, Cole Vandenheuvel, Jared Bruss, Tyler Gravem, (back row) Seth Leaf, Wilbur Hannan, Jake Semler, Connor Braaten, Austin Greenwood and Ben Schommer.

Head coach: Mike Bergloff

Assistant coaches: Todd Smrekar, Matt Braaten, Dick Humphrey

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Overall record: 2-18; conference: 1-12

Who are the players to watch this year?  Seth Leaf (senior C/P) - 340 batting average and 13 RBIs; Ben Schommer (P/IN) - 353 batting average and 12 RBIs; Austin Greenwood (OF/P) - 952 fielding percentage. 

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? The Cambridge-Isanti Bluejackets baseball team is optimistic going into the 2019 baseball season. We return six starters from last year’s young squad. We anticipate a strong defensive club and will hope to have timely hitting and pitching.  

What challenges will the team face? Challenges will be a very difficult non-conference schedule with the likes of Blaine, Centennial and Grand Rapids. 

What are your goals for the 2018-19 season?  Goals for the 2019 spring will be to continue to develop our young players and to be competitive in the Mississippi 8.  

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section?

Top teams to watch in the Mississippi 8 are St. Michael-Albertville and Buffalo, while Blaine and Forest Lake will be favorites in our playoff section.

Bluejacket boys tennis

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I boys tennis: (front row, from left) managers Natalie Randall, Josie Stylski, Sarah Baker, Shelby Musselman, Lili Marlton, Olivia Yaggy, Ashleigh Ruppert, (second row) Chase Arvidson, Jack Walz, Hayden Kassa, Tristan Day, Carter Slothouber, Cole Olson, assistant coach Jennifer Magnuson, (third row) assistant coach Josh Lowman, head coach Thea Lowman, Kyle Haupert, Brennen Dahlberg, Rigo Mork, Jacob Zacharias, Henry Baxter, Oliver Tang, (back row) Wyatt Jones, Alex Magnuson, Isaac Jarvela, Erik Kindem, Eli Bingham and Reid Stevens.

Head coach: Thea Lowman

Assistant coaches: Jennifer Magnuson, James Sullivan, Josh Lowman, Lee Orvik

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/section? Regular season: 10-7, conference: 6-3; conference finish: 4th place; post-season play: beat Grand Rapids 7-0 in the first round of playoffs; lost 3-4 to Anoka in the section quarterfinals

Who are the players to watch this year? Returning senior letter winners Wyatt Jones (All-Conference 2018, All-Conference Honorable Mention 2017), Kyle Haupert and Ike Jarvela. Returning junior letter winners Jacob Zacharias (All-Conference 2018), Tristan Day (All-Conference 2018) and Carter Slothouber (All-Conference Honorable Mention 2018). Returning sophomore letter winner Rigo Mork (All-Conference Honorable Mention 2018 and 2017). Returning freshman letter winners Erik Kindem and Alex Magnuson. 

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Our team consists of nine players with at least one year of varsity experience. The team is full of athletes who are passionate about the sport and are positive leaders, which is an excellent combination. Utilizing our successes of the past as foundation for match confidence will be key in competing in our tough conference and section. 

What challenges will the team face? Replacing seniors lost to graduation is always one of the challenges of a season. Losing two of four singles players from last year’s line-up means reworking doubles pairings.  

What are your goals for the 2018-19 season? Overall, our goal is to become a stronger, deeper tennis team by boosting our individual tennis games each time we step on the courts. In doing so, we’re looking to clinch those four team points needed to win each match. 

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Conference: STMA has been undefeated in the conference the last two seasons with Buffalo and Rogers coming in close behind last year. Section: Defending section champions Duluth East and Elk River. 

Bluejacket boys track and field

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I boys track: (front row, from left) instructional assistant Tynaia Otier, Mason Delgadillo, Logan Carlile, Chase Imker, Zander Gallmeier, Braden Kohn, Hunter Carpenter, Devin Larson, Adam Colbert, Alex Thompson, Arthur Zortment, Isaiah Stores, Jaxon Jones, Caleb Herrera-Shanier, Jackson Lindberg, Owen Jarvela, (second row) coach Erica Young, Kaden Slepica, Luke Malamisuro, Grant Somlir, Andre Hall, Ari Sullivan, Joe Stauffer, Will Wessel, Peter Nelson, Tanner Humbert, Bronson Guidice, Josh Provost, Deegan Anderson, Jacob Mauler, Eli Greenberg, Amadeus McElrath, Ethan Hintermeister, (third row) coach Clint Lundeen, coach Linda Droubie, Kat Nelson, Joshua Anderla, Denver Westman, Brennan Kafer, Ethan Hanson, Logan Orr, Jacob Ziebarth, Logan Mulder, Cyrus Mattson, Riley Wilson, Josh Savelkoul, Jackson Koukal, Chase Robideau, Carver Tompkins, Trent Viesselman, (fourth row) Ted Knowlton, Alexander Wimmer, Andrew Head, Gunnar Nelson, Gaven Ziebarth, Dylan Jones, Nick Koukol, Austin Otier, Jacob Steinbring, Aidan Brown, Gabe Zortman, Calixto Larson, Sean Smith, (back row) Kyle Hanson, Ryley Nelson, Jake Schuster, Nick Koshenina, Jack Hennen, Jedidiah Tompkins, Trent Beseth, Bryce Callahan, Blaze Krueger, Simon Spoelstra, Levi Wilson, Marcus Pinto, Michael Terwilliger, Cason Laase and Carter Thompson.

Head coach: Kent D. Viesselman (distance, sprints, hurdles)

Assistant coaches: Mike McDonald (throws), Stacey Nelson (pole vault), Clint Lundeen (high jump), Erica Young (horizontal jumps)

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? 68-5 for varsity; 21-3 for 9/10th grade; Section 5AAA True Team Champions, Section 7AA Champions, Conference runner-up to STMA

Who are the players to watch this year? Levi Wilson (hurdles, long jump), Jack Hennen (hurdles), Michael Terwilliger (hurdles), Josh Anderla (jumps), Blaze Krueger (throws), Ryley Nelson (throws), Kyle Hanson (throws), Marcus Pinto (triple jump), Gaven Ziebarth (long jump, sprints), Dylan Larson (200-800), Dylan Jones (sprints), Jacob Steinbring (sprints), Carter Thompson, Sean Smith, Trent Viesselman, Calixto Larson and Zander Gallmeier (middle distance), Ethan Hintermeister, Joe Stauffer, Jonah Brady (pole vault), Aidan Brown, Nick Koshenina and Amadeus McElrath (high jump).

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Running event development and improvement.

What challenges will the team face? Inexperience and tough competition in our conference and section meets on the boys side.

What are your goals for the 2018-19 season? We want to be competitive in the conference and in both section meets to contend for titles.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? STMA, White Bear Lake, Blaine and Forest Lake

Bluejacket girls track and field

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I girls track: (front row, from left) Emma Barton, Bridget Westarlund, Jazmyn Delgado, Ashley Lawrence, Abigail Semler, Jenna Hari Cece Lero, Emily Haglund, Alexa Oliver, Rachel O’Donovan Melia Spears, Jordyn Theis, Shelby Vanheel, GeAn Merkouris, June Merkouris, (second row) coach Mike McDonald, coach Mike Galligan, Shelby Parent, Grace Picard, Chloe Nelson, Ashleigh Kroschel, Teresa Rodriguez, Kendal Garrett, Elise Hintermeister, Aiyana Knight, Caiya Gibbs, Madison Lawrence, Avari Johnson, Becca Maikkula, Makayla Stromgren, Ashley Ladd, Anika Larson, coach Clint Lundeen, (third row) Kendyl Izzo, Emma Wessel, Jennifer Steinbring, Joselynn Richter, Laurna Arends, Jordan Merwin, Sylvia Bevis, Gabby Foley, Britt Erickson, Emma Hoffmann, Christy Haglund, Bailey Snidarich, Kassie Waldron, Sonja Schlueter, Larissa Block, Gabby Hamvas, coach Erika Young, (fourth row) Zajra Grant, Cierra Karels, Samantha Olson, Abbey Berg, Abby Foss, Jenessa Bliss, Jess Illg, AnnaGrace Nelson, Shelby Orr, Hannah Cahoe, Molly Hennen, Kaylee Clement, Brynna Guimont, Alicia Nelson, Grace Trulson, Riley Henrikson, coach Bailey Hastings, (back row) Shay Zagers, Char Morke, Ellissa Magnuson, Emily Jones, Jackie Olander, Allyson Triechel, Bridget Witzmann, Lisa Weiss, Brooklyn Terwilliger, Jovannah Carlson, Kayley Glass, Ada Schlenker and Victoria Skiba.

Head coach: Michael Galligan

Assistant coaches: Mike McDonald (throws), Bailey Hastings (sprints), Rae Larson (hurdles), Erica Young (long/triple jump), Clint Lundeen (high jump), Stacey Nelson (pole vault)

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections?  Conference finish: 2nd of 10, Section finish: 4th of 16

Who are the players to watch this year? Char Morke in the pole vault, AnnaGrace Nelson in the triple jump, high jump and hurdles, Brooklyn Terwilliger in the high jump and hurdles, Shelby Orr in the long jump, Tori Skiba in the discus, Shelby VanHeel in the shot put, Shelby Orr in the long jump, Jackie Olander/Kaylee Clement/Chloe Nelson/Molly Hennen/Larissa Block in the sprints, Jess Illg/Kendyl Izzo in middle distance, Jordyn Merwin/Kendal Garrett in distance. 

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? We have a very strong group of veteran performers with a history of conference, section and state medal performances; a high level of depth in skill, speed and stamina; excellent leadership in our group of captains: Abbey Berg, Jess Illg, Char Morke, AnnaGrace Nelson, Chloe Nelson, Shelby Orr, Tori Skiba. This team is not afraid of hard work.

What challenges will the team face? Staying healthy and avoiding injuries will be the key challenge.

What are your goals for the 2018-19 season? Go after the highest level of performance possible in each individual event. Work as a team to achieve the highest standing possible in conference and section. Take the largest group of entrants possible to the state meet.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section? Conference – STMA; Section – Forest Lake.

Bluejacket girls golf

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I girls golf: (front row, from left) Grace Schoeneck, Jocelyn Irwin, Madeline Droubie, Kasey Catton, Chloe Hajek, Ashton Parnell, Francie Plemon, (middle row) MollyAnn Harvey, Maggie Kurowski, Samantha Titus, Myranda Brogger, Emma Bellows, Riley Parnell, (back row) coach Jim Poppen, Sammy Thomas, Jasmyn Sibell, Ashley Schintz, Brooke Hogie, Rachel Nault-Maurer and head coach Steve Hanson.

Head coach: Steve Hanson

Assistant coach: Jim Poppen

Middle school coach: Mark Rothbauer

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections? Last season we finished fifth in both the conference and the sections

Who are the players to watch this year? Top players for this season: MollyAnn Harvey (12) – 6-year varsity golfer and captain; Jasmyn Sibell (10), Brooke Hogie (11), Maggie Kurowski (10)

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? For our team to be successful this season we need our top golfers to be consistent with their scores, and we need to have some others to step up and contribute.

What challenges will the team face? Challenges will include having MollyAnn healthy for the year and overcoming our inexperience.

What are your goals for the 2018-19 season? We would like to be competitive and enjoy the experience of being on the golf team.

 Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section?

Teams to look out for include Buffalo, St. Francis and STMA in the conference, and Forest Lake, Saint Francis, STMA and Elk River in the sections.

Bluejacket boys golf

Bluejacket Spring Sports Preview

C-I boys golf: (front row, from left) Chase Christensen, Noah Peterson, Ethan Stebbins, Easton Parnell, Lucas Spencer. Middle row: Dylan Zdon, Tristan Jensen, Wade Wallace, Carson Markling, Zachary Oestreich, (back row) Ryan Olsen, Brody Nelson, Nathaniel Bauer, Tucker Kolb. 

Head coach:  Joel Lund

Assistant coaches: Jeff Kurowski

What was last year’s regular-season record, conference record, and finish in the conference/sections?  We finished about middle of the pack or just under

Who are the players to watch this year?  Easton Parnell and Brody Nelson

What will be the keys to the team’s success this year? Finding a way to become more consistent.  

What challenges will the team face?  The team is very young this year with the majority being underclassmen. It will be a year of learning and gaining experience.

What are your goals for the 2018-19 season?  We are very young so in my opinion, it is really important that our boys have a positive experience this season.  They need to build confidence and hopefully find joy in playing the game.  If they enjoy the game, my hope is that they will continue to play all summer and that is how we get better.

Who is the opponent to watch for this year in the conference/section?  Our section is really tough.  Elk River is probably one of the favorites.

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