As part of its 2018-19 "10-Year Celebration," the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference named University of Wisconsin-Superior catcher Cory Albertson to the All-Decade Team in baseball.

In just two seasons, Albertson, a junior from Stillwater, Minn., has become one of the top players in the UMAC over the last decade.

As a sophomore, Albertson was named First Team All-UMAC and the 2018 Player of the Year after leading all of Division III in home runs per game (0.38). He also led the conference in RBI (42) and slugging (0.847). Albertson was also an ABCA First Team All-Region selection and D3Baseball.com Third Team honoree last spring.

Prior to Wednesday’s doubleheader with Northland College, Albertson was tied for the league lead with a .447 batting average, is first in on-base percentage (.538), second in slugging percentage (.745), third in hits (42), tied for third in RBIs (29), fourth in doubles (12) and sixth in home runs (four).

Albertson, the only active UMAC student-athlete to be included on the All-Decade Team, is one 15 total honorees.

Baseball

UWS (11-15, 5-7 UMAC) swept a doubleheader from Northland College by scores of 14-6 and 17-2 at home Wednesday, April 24.

Alex Osness doubled and tripled and drove in four runs to lead UWS in the second game, which saw the Yellowjackets score five runs in the second inning and nine in the third en route to compiling 15 hits.

Albertson was 3-for-4, while Bryce Flanagan had three RBIs and three runs scored.

The Yellowjackets won the opener 14-6, getting hits from eight players and runs driven in by seven. Four players hit doubles in dropping the Lumberjacks to 7-17 and 1-5.

UWS, which hosted Bethel on Thursday, April 25, host North Central at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, then play at Augsburg at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

Softball

With the UMAC regular-season title on the line, the Bethany Lutheran Vikings withstood a four-run rally from the Yellowjackets in the seventh inning of Game 1 to hold on for a 5-4 win Wednesday, April 24, in Mankato, Minn.

Bethany Lutheran then scored twice in the third inning of the nightcap to complete the sweep with a 4-2 win, giving the Vikings their first regular-season conference championship.

The Yellowjackets (15-17 overall, 12-2 UMAC) were led by Bailey Kinnunen’s three RBIs in the first game.

Kinnunen and Ashley Taipale each had two hits in game two, when Bethany Lutheran (24-9, 14-0) snapped a 2-2 tie via a two-run third.

UWS wraps up the regular season with two games at Minnesota Morris a 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Hoops camps

The UWS men’s basketball team will be holding number of basketball camps this summer.

The Yellowjacket Basketball Camp runs from June 24-27 and is boys entering grades 3-12. The cost is $130.

Fundamental Skills Camp runs from July 9-11 is for boys entering grades 3-13. The cost is $100.

The Overnight Skills Camp runs from July 22-24 and is for boys entering grades 6-12. The cost is $130 or $175 for those that elect to spend the night on campus in the residence halls.

Yellowjacket Shooting Camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and costs $60. This camp is four boys entering grades 3-12. Campers will also be provided lunch at this camp at the Yellowjacket Union.

All campers will receive a T-shirt.

UMAC honors

Three UWS student athletes received weekly UMAC honors for their performances last week.

Bailey Artstrong is the softball player of the week after recording three multi-hit games and leading the Yellowjackets to a 6-0 record. The junior batted .632 (12-of-19) with a home run, double, eight RBIs and three runs scored.

Ashley Taipale, the UMAC Softball Pitcher of the Week, recorded two complete-game wins last week, finishing with a 0.62 ERA and allowing just four hits in 11.1 innings. The junior from Duluth also recorded 14 strikeouts and held opponents to a .108 batting average.

Carson Haase is the women’s outdoor field athlete of the week after recording three personal records at the UW-La Crosse meet. The sophomore from Brandon, S.D., placed 11th in the hammer throw with a mark of 149-feet-4, which is the second best UMAC this season.

She also threw a personal best in the in the discus, placing her third in the UMAC with a toss of 112-11. She also threw an outdoor personal best in the shot put with a 10.34-meter (33 feet, 11.25 inches) mark.

The UWS track team returns to action at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Open.