Yellowjackets report: UWS men win league titles in tennis, track and field
The UMAC tennis final went down to the last of nine matches.
By the narrowest of margins, Wisconsin-Superior claimed its first Upper Midwest Athletic Conference men's tennis title in school history, defeating Northwestern 5-4 in the tournament final on Saturday, May 7 at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
UWS trailed 2-1 after the doubles, but drew even after No. 2 Andre Luiz won his match 6-1, 6-5 and No. 1 Michael Janes prevailed 10-1 in a tiebreaker. The decision went down to No. 6 singles, where UWS's Jacob Zacharias outlasted Northwestern's Tyrus Studer 6-2, 7-5 for the decisive win.
UWS (16-5) earned the UMAC's automatic qualification into NCAA tournament play and will find out about its next opponent on Monday.
Northwestern sweeps Yellowjackets
UWS lost to Northwestern for the third time in eight days, this time for the UMAC women's tennis tournament title. In their regular-season meetings on April 27 in Superior and May 1 in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, UWS claimed two points, but this one was a clean sweep.
The closest outcome was probably at No. 1 doubles where Annie Orvis and Belinda Weddle of Northwestern topped Chiyono Owa and Megan Dulong (Grand Rapids) 8-6.
It was UWS's (8-15) first appearance in the league championship match.
TRACK AND FIELD
UWS men regain UMAC title
Wisconsin-Superior regained the UMAC men's outdoor track and field championship for the first time since 2019 after a clear victory in the conference meet Friday and Saturday in Morris, Minnesota.
The Yellowjackets had 248.5 points, followed by Martin Luther (182.5), Minnesota Morris (96), Bethany Lutheran (86.5), Northwestern (69.5), North Central (60) and Crown (31).
UWS won 11 of the 20 events over the two days. Gage Stankiewicz (Esko) was one of the top point-getters, claiming top honors in the shot put (15.59 meters) and discus (42.42m). He also finished second in the hammer throw. Tyler Finger collected a middle-distance double, winning the 800 in 2 minutes, .73 seconds and the 1,500 in 4:21.12. Earl Foster won an unusual double. He finished first in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.75 and also won the javelin throw, marking at 49.15 meters. The Yellowjackets also won the 4x100 and 4x400 relays and finished second in the 4x800.
Other individual winners for UWS were Ethan Westimayer (400), Greenway alum Michael Butterfield (3,000-meter steeplechase) and Garrett Lynch (pole vault).
Since joining the UMAC in the 2015-16 school year, UWS has only been denied the conference title by St. Scholastica in 2021, before the Saints left for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.
In the women's meet, UWS finished third behind host Minnesota Morris (216) and Bethany Lutheran (149). The Yellowjackets scored 144 points, followed by Martin Luther (140), Crown (35), Northwestern (33) and North Central (30).
LeAnn Gow (Two Harbors) had a huge day for the Yellowjackets, sweeping the conference titles in the 100 (12.40), 200 (25.78) and 400 (1:00.94) for the second consecutive year. Her time in the 100 was lower than the conference record, but won't count as a record due to it being wind-aided.
UMM, which won all four throwing events, claimed the league championship for the third season in a row.
Crown trips up UWS postseason bid
Wisconsin-Superior's stumbles in a doubleheader sweep by Crown on Saturday in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota have sent the Yellowjackets into a winner-take-all doubleheader today vs. Minnesota Morris for the last spot in the UMAC Tournament.
The Storm won 10-6 and 10-9. In game one, Crown scored nine times in innings two through four and 9-6 was as close as the Yellowjackets could get.
Nick Fredrikson (2-for-5) doubled and was the only Yellowjacket with multiple hits. Matt Tappe allowed 10 runs on 13 hits in a complete game. He struck out six and walked one.
In game two, UWS led 5-0 going to the bottom of the fifth inning, gave up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth to fall behind, recovered to take a 9-8 lead and then lost on a two-run walkoff single in the gap from Crown's Bailey Sarto.
Payton Steiner and Isaac Fugere had three hits apiece, with Fugere hitting a home run and driving in three runs.
Ethan Coady pitched 8 1/3 innings and allowed 10 runs on 13 hits. He struck out nine and walked five.
UWS and Minnesota Morris, which has won its last 10 games, are both 12-7 in league play going into Sunday's doubleheader at NBC Spartan Sports Complex at 3 p.m.