Four University of Wisconsin-Superior student-athletes picked up UMAC Athlete of the Week honors for the period ending Feb. 10.
Leading the way was Hannah Norlin, a senior forward on the Yellowjacket women’s basketball team, who was honored for the fifth time this season.
Norlin (Litchfield, Minn.) averaged 24 points and 10.5 rebounds in wins against Northwestern (Feb. 6) and Bethany Lutheran (Feb. 9).
She scored 29 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to help the Yellowjackets claimed at least a share of the regular-season title with a 74-61 victory over the Vikings. Norlin's double-double against BLC was her ninth of the season. She also had 19 points and nine boards against the Eagles.
The UWS women (22-2, 14-1 UMAC) can wrap up the UMAC regular-season title outright with a win at North Central at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16.
’JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS moved up to No. 6 in the latest NCAA Division III West Regional rankings. … St. Thomas (22-1) leads the rankings, followed by Wartburg (20-3), George Fox (20-3), Loras (19-4) and Augsburg (19-4). Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (20-2) and Whitman (18-5) sit behind the 'Jackets in seventh and eighth, respectively.
The Yellowjackets also swept men's indoor track and field awards as junior distance runner Henry Seeb and senior thrower Fauston Wirtz claimed the laurels. UWS junior hurdler Maria Mazo was also tabbed the women's track athlete of the week.
Seeb (Stillwater, Minn.) won the 5,000 meters at the Yellowjacket Open Feb. 9, at Lydia Thering Fieldhouse in 15:57.13. Seeb was also honored Jan. 14.
Wirtz (Esko) won the weight throw at the St. Thomas Showcase Feb. 8 with a personal-best mark of 16.46 meters. He followed it with a 16.37-meter performance at the Yellowjacket Open to finish second. Wirtz was also was seventh in the shot put in the home meet with a toss of 12.45 meters.
Mazo (Hendaye, France) won the 60-meter hurdles in the Yellowjacket Open in a school-record 9.31, topping the previous mark by of 9.40 set by Svenja Ruehl (Kirchvers, Germany) in 2016.
The track and field team returns to action at St. Olaf next weekend. The women will compete in the Ole Women's Invite at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15, while the men will be in the Tostrud Open at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16
The St. Scholastica Saints ran their winning streak to six games with a 2-1 victory over UWS on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Wessman Arena.
The Saints also matched their program record for wins in a season as they improved to 16-6-1. CSS was 16-7-5 last season and can set a new mark with a win over Lake Forest this weekend.
The loss was the sixth straight for the Yellowjackets (7-16-1), who suffered their first season sweep in program history at the hands of the Saints, who defeated UWS 5-2 at home on Dec. 11, 2018.
Both Saints’ goals came in the first period. Giorgia Battisti scored on the power play at 16:16 and Amber Tilander scored a 18:35.
The Yellowjackets cut the lead in half on Kaleigh Martinson’s team-leading 14th goal of the season with 5:24 left in the second period. Martinson is also Superior’s leader in points with 23.
Lexi Thomeczek picked up the win in goal for the Saints with 29 saves. Catherine Johnson stopped 27 saves for the Yellowjackets.
UWS (7-16-1 overall, 0-7-1 WIAC) wraps up the regular season at UW-Stevens Point at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.
The Pointers (1-6-1, 8-13-1) are one game ahead of the Yellowjackets in the WIAC and Friday’s winner will get the No. 3 seed for the playoffs.
‘JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS leads the all-time series with CSS 9-7-1. … First place in the WIAC is also on the line Saturday with UW-River Falls playing at UW-Eau Claire. The teams are tied first first place at 7-1-1. … In earlier action at Wessman Arena, UWSP defeated UWS 5-4 and the teams skated to a 3-3 tie.
St. Scholastica 2-0-0-2
First Period - 1. CSS, Giorgia Battisti (Taylor Thompson, Tilander), 16:16 (pp). 2. CSS, Amber Tilander (Greta Nundahl, Tessa Lowry), 18:35.
Second Period - 3. UWS, Kaleigh Martinson 14 (Amber Heidenreich), 14:36.
Third Period - No scoring.
Saves - Lexi. Thomeczek, CSS, 7-14-8-29. Catherine Johnson UWS, 6-8-13-27.