UWS track teams shine
University of Wisconsin-Superior’s C.J. Pillath and Svenja Ruehl each earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III All-Central Region honors recently.
Ruehl, a junior from Kirchuers, Germany who Monday learned she had earned a trip to this week’s NCAA Indoor Nationals in the triple jump, landed on the all-region team for the same event. Her top performance of 11.63 meters came at the UMAC Indoor Championships meet on Feb. 24-25 in Duluth.
Pillath, a sophomore from Coleman, Wis., lands on the all-region team for the weight throw. His best throw this season came back in his season debut, throwing 17.78 meters at the Twin Ports Invite in Superior.
Women’s track honors
After a second-place finish at the UMAC Indoor Championships Saturday, UWS placed five athletes on the All-UMAC teams, including five individual event champions and two-time UMAC Field Athlete of the Meet Ruehl.
Ruehl won the 60-meter dash, long jump and triple jump, while also placing second in the 60-meter hurdles. She has now won back-to-back UMAC titles in the two jumping events.
Taylor Phillips and Kelli Praska also repeat as All-UMAC selections.
Phillips, a sophomore from Superior, won the shot put; while Praska, a sophomore from Eagan, Minn., finished second in both the mile and the 800.
Valerie Rowe earned her first All-UMAC selection after winning the pole vault, finishing second in the 200 and third in the 400. Leann Torgerson also earned All-UMAC honors for the first time with second-place finishes in the 60 and 400 and a third-place finish in the 200.
St. Scholastica senior Taylor Gibson is the UMAC Track Athlete of the Year and Saints’ coach Todd Bouchie was named the conference’s coach of the year.
Men’s track honors
After recently winning the UMAC Indoor Championship, the Yellowjackets swept the top awards for the meet including placing 12 on the All-UMAC teams.
Senior Alex Fathie earned the title of Track Athlete of the Meet. After winning the 400-meter dash and running a leg on the winning 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relays. He also finished second in the 200-meter dash.
Joining Fathie on the 4x200 relay were Matt Carlson, Alex Dzikonski and Joe Olinger. Dzikonski, Fathie, Matt Swanson and Noah Potratz made up the 4x400 relay.
Dzikonski finished with three championships, also claiming the long jump, and Swanson won the 800. Both are former Superior Spartans.
For Fathie, Dzikonski and Olinger, it was their second-straight All-UMAC selection.
C.J. Pillath was named the Field Athlete of the Meet after winning the weight throw and finishing second in the shot put. Thomas Udenberg won the shot put, and Tommy Fleming, who finished second in the weight throw, also earned All-UMAC honors among Yellowjacket throwers.
Jordan Koski finished second in the 5,000 and 3,000 to land All-UMAC honors for the first time; Evan Wapole, a senior from Superior, earned his first All-UMAC pick while finishing second in the mile; and Henry Haberman finished second in the high jump, claiming the second UMAC all-conference pick of his indoor career.
UWS’ Glen Drexler was named the league’s coach of the year, and Potratz earned the UMAC Sportsmanship Award.
UWS picked up two Upper Midwest Athletic Conference postseason honors as Shaq Coleman and Rafael Monteiro earned all-conference honorable mention selections.
Monteiro, a freshman forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was just one of two first-year athletes to earn honors, finishing eighth in the league averaging 15.3 points per game while grabbing a conference-best 8.9 rebounds per outing.
Monteiro also blocked 33 shots, had nine double-doubles and posted a season-best 22 points on two occasions.
Coleman, a junior guard from Duluth East, finished 11th in scoring at 14.6 ppg. He averaged 4.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists, which was seventh best in the conference.
Coleman earned a double-double on Dec. 3 at North Central and posted a season-best 31 points against Finlandia on Dec. 10.
Sam Williams, a senior center from Brule, was named the Yellowjacket recipient of the UMAC Sportsmanship Award. He appeared in eight games, including one start for UWS.
UWS placed three athletes on the 2016-17 All-Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s hockey teams.
Senior defender Eric Shand (San Dimas, Calif.) landed on the All-WIAC First Team for the fourth time in his career, while senior Anton Svensson (Sodertalje, Sweden) became a two-time first-team selection. Sophomore Daniel Litchke (Superior) was named All-WIAC honorable mention for the first time in his career.
Litchke’s 15 goals were fifth in the league, and he ranked third on the Yellowjackets with 20 points overall as he added five assists. The former Spartan scored a goal in three-straight games (Nov. 22 to Dec. 2) and 10 goals in nine games (Nov. 22 to Jan. 13). He also notched a hat trick on Dec. 19 at Milwaukee School of Engineering and had a three-point game against Finlandia on Nov. 26.
Senior Owen Stauber (Hermantown) was named to the all-sportsmanship team as the Yellowjackets’ representative. He had a goal and two assists in 28 games played.
UW-Eau Claire’s Patrick Moore was voted the WIAC Player of the Year, and head coach Matt Loen earned the title of WIAC Coach of the Year.
The UWS women had two athletes named to the 2016-17 All-WIAC women’s hockey teams. Junior forward Mikayla Goodin (Andover, Minn.) landed on the first team, while first-year forward Kaleigh Martinson (Dayton, Minn.) was named honorable mention. This is the first All-WIAC honor for each player.
Goodin finished seventh overall and fifth among forwards in the WIAC with her 20 points, and her 13 goals were also the fifth-most among conference competitors. She led the Yellowjackets in goals, points, shots (104) and plus-minus ratio.
Martinson came on late in the season and finished tenth among forwards in the conference with 16 points via nine goals and seven assists. Each of her points came in the second half, and she finished the regular season with points in six-straight games and 7-of-8 overall.
Senior Amanda Coey (Brandon, Manitoba) was the Yellowjacket representative on the all-sportsmanship team. She had four goals and seven assists for 11 points in 27 games played.
Dani Sibley of the UW-River Falls was the Player of the Year, and UWRF head coach Joe Cranston was WIAC Coach of the Year.
Bailey Kinnunen was named the UMAC Softball Player of the Week.
The freshman infielder from Grand Rapids, Minn., opened her career at UWS with a phenomenal weekend at the Finlandia Dome Classic, batting 9-for-13 while three doubles, three RBIs, four runs and just one strikeout.
Kinnunen had two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored in her collegiate debut, a 6-3 victory over UW-Stevens Point. She also scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning of the Yellowjackets’ come-from-behind win over Concordia Wis.