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Panthers start with wins

Posted April 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm

PHOTO: Ben Bollwitt hits a fairway shot April 7 against North Cedar at the Monticello Golf Club. (Photo by Pete Temple)


By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

Just two meets into the Monticello High School boys golf season, the Panthers already have a tournament championship and a dual meet victory under their belts.

The tourney title came Saturday, April 12 at Lone Pine Golf Course in Colesburg, where the Panthers won Edgewood-Colesburg’s Viking Invitational.

Monticello shot 330 as a team, five strokes ahead of Marion.

The Panthers had three of the top five individual finishers in the eight-team tournament, led by Marcus Norton, who was meet

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    MHS to be solid despite numbers


    By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

    Despite low numbers, the Monticello High School girls golf team has much to look forward to this season.

    “We still have a strong nucleus to build around,” 13th-year coach Joe Steen said. “I also think we will get more consistent scores than we have in the past, and these kids seem willing to work hard to

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    Panthers, Ries open with victory


    Allison Ries picked up where she left off last year, shooting a 45 to win medalist honors as the Monticello High School girls golf team opened its season with a 210 to 257 victory over North Cedar April 7 in Lowden.

    Ries, Monticello’s state meet qualifier from a year ago, edged teammate Darby Kramer by three strokes. Kramer finished with a 48.

    Rounding out the team scoring were Sonya Sperfslage with a 53, and Dani Isaac with a 64.

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    Panthers carry heavy meet load


    By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

    Monticello had plenty of opportunities to enter athletes in a variety of spots last week.

    The Panthers had three meets in just five days. While that was quite a workload, Monticello handled it well, winning the Ken Fearing Relays April 8 in Anamosa, and finishing second in the Tipton Tiger Relays April 10.

    Several individuals stood

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    Another season of high expectations for MHS


    By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

    The kind of goals set each year by the Monticello High School boys track and field team would probably seem lofty and unattainable to 95 percent of the teams across the state.

    For the Panthers, it’s business as usual.

    “We want to have some Drake champs, and win State,” said Isaac Holtz, a Panther senior.

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    Panthers open at Camanche, Beckman


    By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

    Monticello overcame its low numbers for a season-opening meet to post 54 points and finish fifth in the 12-team Indian Relays girls track and field meet April 8 at Camanche.

    “We were really low on the amount of girls who were able to participate at 100 percent of their abilities due to injuries and illnesses,” Monticello coach Darren Reade said, adding that 13 girls participated.

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    Boston fundraising takes off for Giegerich


    It’s amazing how fundraisers can take off.

    Dominic Giegerich, originally from Monticello and now principal of the CAM school district in Anita, learned that while training for the April 21 Boston Marathon.

    Giegerich has joined Team Rett Fundraisers, a group of 26 runners raising money for research through the Rett Syndrome Association of Massachusetts (RSAM). He is doing this for Kate Kauffman, a first-grader from Anita, Iowa who has Rett Syndrome,

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    Staying ahead of the (city government) curve


    A few editions ago Express editor Kim Brooks wrote an editorial concerning the development of the Welter property and some of the perceived oddness, in our opinion, to the no vote(s) that took place not only on this issue but some before it.

    The following week, Councilman Bill Meyer responded with a letter explaining his reason for voting no against the proposal. I did a little investigating on the facts that Bill provided and from what I can

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    Panthers take Northeast to shootout, fall

    PHOTO: Megan Prull of Monticello (right) scores a goal during the shootout against Northeast. (Photo by Pete Temple)


    By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

    Monticello lost a girls soccer heartbreaker to Northeast of Goose Lake April 7 at MHS, with an official final score of 2-1.

    The match was tied 1-1 after regulation time and two overtime periods, which sent it into a penalty kick shootout. Northeast outscored the

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    Monti optimistic about improvement


    By Pete Temple, Express Sports Editor

    With 10 letter-winners back, the Monticello High School boys soccer team is hoping for a stronger season than the one it posted in 2013.

    Last year, the Panthers were 4-6-1, including a first round post-season loss to Anamosa.

    “Our goal is to go undefeated at home this season and do well in the post-season,” third-year head coach Phil Gilkerson said. “We have

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