Saint John's Magazine Summer/Fall 2020

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BASKETBALL Saint John’s (27-2, 19-1 MIAC) tied the program record for single-season wins set in 1978-79, won its ninth MIAC regular-season title and seventh MIAC Playoff championship, and made its third consecutive NCAA Division III Tournament appearance. The Johnnies advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before the season abruptly ended due to COVID-19. Wing Jubie Alade ’20 was named to both the and NABC All-West Region first teams. The 2019-20 MIAC Co-Player of the Year ended his career sixth in school history with 1,418 points. BASEBALL The Johnnies jumped out to a 7-1 record before COVID-19 ended the 2020 season. Shortstop Michael Gruber ’20 became the 32nd Johnnie to reach 100 career hits and batted .714 (20-for-28). Outfielder Wyatt Ulrich ’20 broke the program record of former teammate Max Jackson ’19 for runs scored (134) and designated hitter/pitcher Joey Stock ’20 was a Preseason All-American. GOLF David Schneider ’20 was named GCAA All-Region and Division III PING All-America honorable mention for the second consecutive season. Matt Wahl ’20 picked up his second straight All-MIAC distinction as an at-large honoree, and Preston

Kopel ’21 was named to the CoSIDA Academic At-Large District VI team. Kopel, Schneider and Max LaBine ’21 achieved GCAA AllAmerica Scholar distinction. HOCKEY The Johnnies went 8-2 over the final 10 conference games (6-0 on the road) to win their ninth MIAC regularseason championship with a 9-3-4 record (12-9-5 overall) in 2019-20. Defenseman Jake Dittel ’21, forward Brady Heppner ’20, forward Jack Johnson ’23, goaltender Andrew Lindgren ’20, forward Auggie Moore ’23 and forward Kyle Wagner ’20 were named to the AllMIAC first team and Doug Schueller was named the MIAC Coach of the Year for the second time. Johnson and Moore joined defenseman Peter Tabor ’23 on the six-man MIAC AllRookie team. SWIMMING AND DIVING The Johnnies finished third out of eight teams at the 2020 MIAC Championships. Jack Grabinski ’23 won the conference title in the 3-meter dive and took second on the 1-meter board en route to MIAC Co-Diver of the Year honors. He earned a trip to the NCAA Championships with his fourthplace finish in the 3-meter dive, and seventh-place mark on the 1-meter board, at the NCAA Central Regional in Ohio. Grabinski was named a CSCAA All-American.

TENNIS SJU started the 2020 tennis season with seven consecutive wins and finished with a 7-3 (2-0 MIAC) record. INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD The Johnnies hosted the 2020 MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships and finished fourth. Ryan Miller ’21 defended his conference title in the 60-meter dash and Drew Dockendorf ’21 won the pole vault. Both posted school records in their events, as well as Maguire Petersen ’23 in the high jump. SJU qualified a program-record five student-athletes for the NCAA Indoor Championships before the meet was canceled. The five Johnnies (Dockendorf, Miller, Petersen, Collin Trout ’20 and Michael Wallace ’22) were named USTFCCCA Indoor AllAmericans. COVID-19 also canceled the outdoor season, which barred SJU from defending its NCAA Division III title in the 4x100-meter relay. WRESTLING Noah Becker ’20 was set to make his second national tournament appearance as the No. 3 seed at the NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships in March before the COVID-19 pandemic ended his career. He posted a 22-2 record in 2019-20 and a career mark of 93-27. He was named to the NWCA All-America first team. Becker and Jerod Novak ’20 achieved their third NWCA Scholar All-America honor.