Banquet ends strong season

The Monticello High School baseball team held its annual awards event Aug. 3 in the MHS Commons. All-Conference players honored were, from left: Dylan Roher, Caleb Sauser, Connor Lambert and Preston Ries. (Photos by Pete Temple)

Panthers receiving team awards, from left: Dylan Roher, Justin Recker, Caleb Sauser, Connor Lambert and Preston Ries.

     It was a shortened season, but in many ways a successful one for the Monticello High School baseball team.

     The Panthers held their awards ceremony Aug. 3 in the MHS Commons, honoring players for their achievements.

     Monticello finished 7-8 under head coach Kolby Harms, playing an abbreviated schedule affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Panthers knocked off Cascade and Dyersville Beckman to reach the sub-state game for the first time since 1992.

     A list of Panther awards follows.





     Caleb Sauser, sophomore pitcher.


     North Division: Connor Lambert, junior utility; Dylan Roher, freshman pitcher; Caleb Sauser, sophomore infielder.

     Honorable Mention: Preston Ries, eighth-grader.

Team Awards

     Most Valuable Player: Caleb Sauser, sophomore.

     Most Improved: Connor Lambert, junior.

     Cy Young: Dylan Roher, freshman.

     Gold Glove: Caleb Sauser, sophomore.

     Rookie of the Year: Preston Ries, eighth-grader.

     Silver Slugger: Justin Recker, junior.



     Senior: Jeff Carlson.

     Juniors: Chesney Capron, Brady Cleeton, Caleb Gillmore, Tyler Luensman, Justin Recker, Grahm Schneiter.

     Freshmen: Dylan Roher, Tate Petersen.

JV Awards

     Most Valuable Player: Dylan Monk, eighth-grader.

     Best Defensive Player: Cael Sampson, eighth-grader.   

     Cy Young: Tate Petersen, freshman.

     Silver Slugger: Dylan Monk, eighth-grader.

     Web Gem of the Year: Ty Jesenovec, sophomore.



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