From pitching ace to home run king, recent Coon Rapids graduates are making a difference in college baseball.

Junior righthanded pitcher Logan Shore started the season 9-0 on the mound for the Florida Gators. He posted 70 strikeouts, just 12 walks and an ERA of 2.32. Earlier this spring he set a school record by winning his 13th consecutive game.

Farther north, Minnesota Duluth senior catcher/first baseman Alex Wojciechowski has turned heads by clubbing 31 home runs in just 48 games. His Bulldogs teammates include Coon Rapids products Grant Farley (outfield) and younger brother Tyler (third base). Both have started the majority of the Bulldogs’ games and boast batting averages above .300.

Minnesota sophomore outfielder Alex Boxwell is making contributions to the Gophers’ lineup, starting in 19 of the first 36 games this season.

Like father, like son

Maple Grove senior Jordan Markuson shared top honors in the high jump competition at the recent Joe Lane Invite in Minnetonka. Historical significance made his leap, measured at 5 feet, 10 inches, stand apart. His father, Jon, still holds the meet record with a mark of 6-10 set in 1993.

Jon Markuson, who competed for Chaska, jumped 7-1 that spring and joined Rochester John Marshall’s Rod Raver atop state annals.

Soaring to rare heights

Mounds View sophomore pole vaulter Calvin Ciganik won the Hamline Elite Meet with a height of 15-6. The mark is the highest in state history recorded by a 10th-grader.

David La Vaque