University of Wisconsin-Superior men’s and women’s basketball teams defeated Northland College; Yellowjacket athletes McKenzie Whalen and Eddie Carlson were named the athletes of the week in their respective sports; and the UWS hockey teams are also receiving national recognition.

Men’s hoops

Eli Vogel and Vid Milenkovic scored 20 points apiece as UWS rolled to an 89-49 UMAC victory over Northland before 308 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

Former Superior Spartan Mason Ackley, the 2019 Superior Telegram Boys Basketball Player of the Year, added 12 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks for the Yellowjackets (12-7, 9-1), who shot 51.7 percent.

Another former Spartan, freshman Xavier Patterson, scored a career-high nine points with three rebounds and two assists.

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Devyn Frye had 16 points off the bench to lead the Lumberjacks (4-15, 1-9).

Former Solon Springs Eagle Jens Gehl, and the 2018 Superior Telegram Boys Basketball Player of the Year, added five points with eight rebounds and two assists.

UWS plays at Minnesota Morris at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1.

UW-Superior’s Colton Williams (12) beats Northland’s Carson Becicka (3) to the ball in the first half of the Yellowjackets’ victory at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
UW-Superior’s Colton Williams (12) beats Northland’s Carson Becicka (3) to the ball in the first half of the Yellowjackets’ victory at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)



Northland...........27-22—49

UW-Superior.......43-46—89

Northland — Devyn Frye 16, Jens Gehl 5, Hunter Moe 5, Jordan Brennan 4, Benny Larry Jr. 1, George Butvilas 6, Carter Cook 6, Diego Carter 4, Harley Shear 2. Totals: 17-52 12-15 49.

3-point goals (3-19) — Moe, Frye, Cook.

UWS — Eli Vogel 20, Vid Milenkovic 20, Mason Ackley 12, Allen Anderson 7, Mac Reykdal 7, Xavier Patterson 9, Enrique Sanchez 4, Thomas Robarge 3, Sam Dettle 3, Joe Kramer 2, Andrew McGill 2. Totals: 30-58 21-23 89.

3-point goals (8-21) — Vogel 4, Ackley, Reykdal, Robarge, Dettle.

UW-Superior’s Eva Reinertsen (23) rips a rebound away from Northland’s Alex Espinoza (34) in the first quarter of the Yellowjackets’ game at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Also in on the play for the Yellowjackets’ is Kaelyn Christian (10).  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
UW-Superior’s Eva Reinertsen (23) rips a rebound away from Northland’s Alex Espinoza (34) in the first quarter of the Yellowjackets’ game at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Also in on the play for the Yellowjackets’ is Kaelyn Christian (10). (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

Women’s hoops

Eva Reinertsen recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds as UWS cruised to a 101-60 UMAC victory over Northland before 200 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym on Wednesday, Jan. 29.

UWS scored a season-high for points. Reinertsen also had six assists and four steals for the Yellowjackets (12-6, 8-2).

Emily Carpenter added 17 points and freshman Kaelyn Christian chipped in with a career-high 16 points, five assists and two steals for UWS, which was 42-for-74 (56.8 percent) from the field and 7-for-13 (53.8 percent) from 3-point range.

Sarah Dunbar was the lone player to score in double figures with 11 points to lead Northland (4-13, 2-8).

UWS plays at Minnesota Morris at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.



Northland.........13-16-21-10—60

UW-Superior........28-24-23-26—101

Northland — Sarah Dunbar 11, Bailey Wynn 9, Aja Gregg 9, Ashley Lopez 6, Miranda Wagner 6, Sarah Houle 2, Bianca Avalos 6, Alex Espinoza 3, Sruti Bhakta 3, Lindsay Bressette 3, Autumn Ninke 2. Totals: 20-60 16-24 60.

3-point goals (4-21) — Wynn 2, Avalos 2.

UWS — Eva Reinertsen 19, Emily Carpenter 17, Marissa Ruiz 11, Ellie Leadstrom 6, Mikayla Koivisto 6, Kaelyn Christian 16, Mady Sanders 8, Paris Kallevig 6, Mackenzie Kmecik 4, Liberty Blaine 4, Destiny Haldeman 4. Totals: 42-74 10-13 101.

3-point goals (7-13) — Carpenter 3, Christian 3, Ruiz.

UW-Superior’s Destiny Haldeman (34) puts up a shot in the first quarter of the Yellowjackets’ game at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29.  (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)
UW-Superior’s Destiny Haldeman (34) puts up a shot in the first quarter of the Yellowjackets’ game at Mertz Mortorelli Gym in Superior on Wednesday, Jan. 29. (Jed Carlson / jcarlson@superiortelegram.com)

WIAC honors

UWS goaltender McKenzie Whalen was named the WIAC Women’s Hockey Athlete of the Week.

The senior from East Grand Forks, Minn., made a season-high 35 saves, helping the Yellowjackets to a 2-1 win over No. 7-ranked UW-River Falls on Jan. 25. She made 15 saves in the third period, including several crucial stops following the go-ahead goal at 12:43 of the third period.

The win ended UWS’s eight-game losing streak against the Falcons.

Whalen is 4-1-0 this season with a 1.60 goals-against average and .939 save percentage. She has one shutout.

The WIAC weekly honor is the first of Whalen's career.

UWS (10-5-1), which is receiving votes in the latest USCHO.com Division III women's hockey poll, next hosts Finlandia at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 31, and at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1.

More honors

Yellowjacket senior distance runner Eddie Carlson was named the UMAC Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Week.

The senior from South St. Paul posted a pair of personal-best times at the BSU Open at Bemidji State on Saturday, Jan. 25. He won the 800 meters in 2:03.40 by one hundredth of a second over a field that included three Division II student-athletes. He also finished third in the mile in 4:31.99, outrunning five competitors from Minnesota-Duluth and Minnesota State Moorhead.

The conference weekly honor is the first of Carlson's career.

The Yellowjackets are back in action at UW-Stout’s Warren Bowlus Open Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, in Menomonie.

Men’s hockey

UWS slipped to No. 12 in the latest USCHO.com Men's Division III Poll.

The Yellowjackets (12-4-3, 5-4 WIAC) earned 66 points in the poll, which now sees Norwich at No. 1 with 295 points, 18 of the 20 first-place votes and a 16-2-2 record.

UWS is coming off a pair of losses at then-No. 4 UW-Eau Claire last weekend. The Blugolds rose to No. 2 this week.

UWS hosts UW-Stevens Point on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Wessman Arena, then plays at K.B. Willett Arena on Saturday, Feb. 1. Both games begin at 7 p.m.



USCHO Division III Men's Poll

1. Norwich (18)................16-2-2
2. UW-Eau Claire (1)..............14-3-2
3. Geneseo.........................13-3-2
4. Trinity..............................12-3-1
5. Utica..............................14-2-2
6. Lake Forest (1).............16-2-1
7. Hobart......................12-4-3
8. New England................13-3-1
9. Babson........................14-3-2
10. Augsburg...................12-5-1
11. Williams.......................11-4-1
12. UW-Superior...............12-4-3
13. Adrian..................................11-5-3
14. Stevenson........................12-4-1
15. Elmira................................12-4-1

Others receiving votes: UW-Stevens Point 20, Wilkes 18, St. Norbert 9, UW-River Falls 9, Aurora 6, Curry 5, Marian 4, New England College 2, Salve Regina 2