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The University of Wisconsin-Superior picked up a trio of Upper Midwest Athletic Conference track and field athlete of the week honors.

On the men’s side, C.J. Pillath, a sophomore from Coleman, Wis., earned the field athlete of the week for his performance at Saturday’s ”Opener” meet hosted by the College of St. Scholastica. He finished second overall in the weight throw with a distance of 15.76 meters, which currently ranks seventh in the nation for NCAA Division III.

Pillath also finished third in the shot put, behind teammate Thomas Udenberg, with a personal-best toss of 14.12 meters.

Spencer Sutton, a freshman from Minocqua, earned track athlete of the week honors in his debut performance for UWS by breaking Nathaniel Hargrove’s 10-year program record (2007) in the 200-meter dash with a time of 0:23.18, which ranks 30th in the nation.

On the women’s side, Taylor Phillips was named the UMAC’s field athlete of the week thanks to a pair of personal records in her Yellowjacket debut Saturday at St. Scholastica.

The sophomore from Superior finished third in the shot put, throwing a distance of 12.70 meters, and sixth in the weight throw at 13.45 meters.

She bested her previous personal record in the shot by more than two-thirds of a meter and ranks eighth in all of NCAA Division III.

The Yellowjackets return to competition at Bemidji State’s Super 8 Invite on Jan. 14.

Tennis coach named

Kolin Dean has been hired to serve as the head coach of the men’s and women’s tennis programs at UWS.

The Yellowjackets, members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), will begin playing both men’s and women’s tennis as varsity sports beginning in the 2017-18 season.

Dean, who will be charged with building the programs from scratch, comes to UWS from the College of St. Scholastica, where he was an assistant to head coach Wells Patten the past three seasons.

“We’re very excited to have this search completed and to have Kolin joining our department to lead our men’s and women’s tennis programs,” UWS director of athletics Nick Bursik said. “We feel very fortunate to have found a candidate like Kolin who will be able to step right in and begin the process of building our programs. We like that he has experience with the UMAC, and with his position at St. Scholastica has a good grasp of tennis locally and in the surrounding area. That will help him greatly in the early stages of building his programs.”

Dean helped the St. Scholastica women’s program reach two consecutive NCAA tournaments and assisted in driving the men’s program to their best season ever in 2014 when they finished the year 22-3.

Dean is also the co-head tennis professional at Arrowhead Tennis and Athletic Center in Duluth as well as serving as the head tennis professional at Northland Country Club.

“I’m thrilled to be given this unique opportunity to start a brand new program. I couldn’t ask for a better school to be part of and I can’t wait to get things started,” Dean said.

Collegiately Dean competed at St. Scholastica for four years and owns the highest doubles winning percentage in school history. He was part of four Saints teams that won the UMAC regular season championship and three teams that won the UMAC tournament. Dean was named All-UMAC twice and served as the Saints’ team captain as a senior.

Dean graduated from St. Scholastica in 2013 with a health sciences degree.

Women’s hoops

The UWS women rallied to defeat UW-Stout 68-63 Tuesday night at Johnson Fieldhouse in Menomonie.

Trailing 26-23 at halftime, the Yellowjackets outscored the Blue Devils 45-37 over the final two quarters to pick up their third consecutive win and improve to 4-3.

Hannah Norlin led UWS with a season-high 22 points, while Hailey Kontny added 21 points, including 13 in the first half, and Justine Larson had 10 points. Kontny and Bailee Bartunek shared high-game honors with eight rebounds apiece.

Shannan Watkins had 21 points to lead the Blue Devils (2-5).

UWS hosts Northland College at 5:30 p.m. today and Finlandia at 3 p.m. Saturday.

UW-Superior (4-3)

Hannah Norlin 9-15 4-4 22; Hailey Kontny 7-18 7-13 21; Justine Larson 5-8 0-0 10; Eva Reinertsen 1-4 2-2 5; Bailee Bartunek 2-3 0-2 4; Brittany Laehn 0-6 3-4 3; Jade Tucker 1-3 0-0 2; Amelia Leger 0-2 1-2 1; Emily Carpenter 0-1 0-0 0; Megan Aho 0-0 0-0 0; Etta Sorenson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-60 17-27 68.

UW-Stout (2-5)

Shannan Watkins 7-11 6-7 21; Jenna Goldsmith 6-15 2-2 14; Anna Brown 4-10 3-3 11; Rachel Williamson 1-3 2-2 5; Bailey Diersen 1-8 2-4 5; Kyncaide Diedrich 0-9 4-4 4; Becky Fesenmaier 0-4 2-4 2; McKenna McVey 0-0 1-2 1; Kalley Hartmann 0-0 0-2 0; Carolyn Feddema 0-1 0-0 0; Whitney Folkers 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 19-63 22-30 63.

UW-Superior.................. 12     11    22   23    —    68

UW-Stout..................... 13     13    12   25    —    63

3-point goals—Superior 1-12 (Reinertsen 1-2; Kontny 0-4; Larson 0-1; Laehn 0-3; Leger 0-1; Carpenter 0-1), Stout 3-11 (Williamson 1-2; Diersen 1-1; Watkins 1-1; Diedrich 0-3; Folkers 0-2; Goldsmith 0-2). Fouled out—Superior-Hannah Norlin. Rebounds—Superior 45 (Bartunek 8; Kontny 8), Stout 40 (Feddema 6). Assists—Superior 14 (Larson 5), Stout 11 (Diedrich 2; Watkins 2; Brown 2; Fesenmaier 2). Total fouls—Superior 26, Stout 23. Technical fouls—None. A-256.

Men’s hoops

Alex Herink scored 17 of his game-high 20 points in the second half as UW-River Falls pulled away to beat UWS 92-63 Tuesday night at Karges Center in River Falls.

Devin Buckley added 15 points for the Falcons (7-1), who shot 51 percent for the game and 59 percent in the second half.

Freshman forward Rafael Monteiro had 15 points, eight rebounds and two steals to lead UWS (1-7), while Montroy Scott added 14 points and Shaq Coleman of Duluth chipped in 10 points, six rebounds, four assists and two steals.

UWS hosts Northland College at 7:30 p.m. today and Finlandia at 5 p.m. Saturday.

UW-Superior (1-6)

Rafael Monteiro 6-15 1-1 15; Montroy Scott 5-13 2-2 14; Shaq Coleman 4-7 2-4 10; Nate Kalien 2-9 0-0 6; Andreas Preisler 3-7 0-0 6; Rob Lander 3-9 0-0 6; Nik Keller 2-2 0-2 4; Christian Sellers 1-3 0-0 2; Trevor Oswald 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 26-67 5-9 63.

UW-River Falls (6-1)

Alex Herink 8-11 2-3 20; Devin Buckley 5-11 4-5 15; Brennan Witt 5-10 1-2 11; Clay Seifert 4-8 3-3 11; Garret Pearson 4-5 1-2 10; Austin Heidecker 2-3 2-2 6; Grant Erickson 1-4 2-2 4; Matthew Timlin 1-5 0-0 3; Austin Moldenhauer 1-1 0-0 3; Logan Halvorson 1-1 0-0 3; Booker Coplin 1-4 0-0 2; Chris Laymon 1-1 0-0 2; Dillon Harms 0-0 1-2 1; Julian Jackson 0-2 1-2 1; Matt Keller 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-67 17-23 92.

UW-Superior........................... 28    35   —        63

UW-River Falls......................... 38    54   —        92

3-point goals—UWS 6-20 (Kalien 2-7; Scott 2-2; Monteiro 2-7), UWRF 7-23 (Herink 2-4; Buckley 1-5; Halvorson 1-1; Moldenhauer 1-1; Timlin 1-2; Pearson 1-2). Rebounds—UWS 39 (Monteiro 8), UWRF 40 (Coplin 6). Assists—UWS 10 (Coleman 4), UWRF 14 (Erickson 3; Coplin 3). Total fouls—UWS 20, UWRF 16. Technical fouls—None.

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