UWS students lend helping hand; teams in action
A number of University of Wisconsin-Superior students, as part of Residence Hall Weekend, crossed the bridge to Duluth on Sept. 10 to take part in the latest project of Habitat for Humanity. Among the students volunteering their time for the caus...
A number of University of Wisconsin-Superior students, as part of Residence Hall Weekend, crossed the bridge to Duluth on Sept. 10 to take part in the latest project of Habitat for Humanity. Among the students volunteering their time for the cause were six members of the Yellowjacket track and field teams.
Juniors Kevin Griepentrog (Tigerton, Wis.) and Alyssa Breu (Faribault, Minn.) as well as freshmen Traelynn Lewis (Camino, Calif.), Kate Vomhof (Hutchinson, Minn.), Ryan Guthrie (Esko, Minn.) and Tony Willete (Wells, Minn.) ditched the track uniforms in favor of tool belts, doing their part to help Habitat for Humanity perform repairs on a person's home.
"Our student-athletes are smart and they understand that even though they are students they can make a difference for someone who isn't as fortunate," UWS coach Glen Drexler said. "When the opportunity came up to help out they got really excited about it and couldn't wait to be a part of it."
Things were also busy around the athletic fields as the men's and women's soccer teams were in action as well as the Yellowjacket volleyball team.
The Yellowjackets rebounded from a 2-0 loss on Saturday to UW-Oshkosh with a 1-0 win over St. Olaf on Sunday. Both games were played at Duluth East.
Alberto Rivero scored the lone goal against St. Olaf early in the second half.
Entering the match, St. Olaf was unbeaten and ranked No. 5 in the NCAA North Region. The Yellowjackets moved up to No. 6 after being ranked No. 8 last week.
It's the highest ranking the men's soccer program has ever achieved.
Logan George assist on Rivero's goal as UWS (4-2) outshot St. Olaf 16-14.
Winning goalie Matt Elder made five saves. The Oles, from Northfield, Minn., are 6-1.
The loss to UWO was the WIAC opener for both teams.
UWS plays at Hamline at 4 p.m. Wednesday. The game was originally scheduled for Superior, but due to the lack of a home field, the game was moved to St. Paul.
The Yellowjackets took part in the Macalester College Tournament in St. Paul over the weekend and for the fourth straight tournament the came home with a split.
UWS defeated Grinnel 3-1 and lost to Carleton 3-1 on Sunday, one day after beating Grinnell (Iowa) 3-1 and losing to Carleton College of Northfield, Minn., 3-1.
Big weekends were had by Solon Springs native Salann Gilbert as well as Esko natives Keely Deadrick and Farrah Wirtz.
Superior also defeated Lakehead (Thunder Bay) 3-1 in an exhibition match on Sunday. UWS won by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 14-25, 25-16.
In Saturday's win over Grinnell, UWS was led by Kitty Tynen with 12 kills and Wirtz with 22 digs. In the loss, Gilbert contributed nine kills, while Deadrick and Emily Cole combined for 39.
The UWS spikers are at UW-Whitewater at 7 p.m. Friday and UW-Stevens Point at noon Saturday.
The Yellowjackets were defeated by UW-Stout Saturday at the Superior High School soccer fields. In action last Wednesday, they lost at UW-Eau Claire 5-0.
The Blugolds scored three goals in the opening half and followed with two in the second half.
Eau Claire is now 20-0 all-time against Superior and has shutout the Yellowjackets 13 straight times.
Alexandra Paige had seven saves for UWS, which plays at Finlandia at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The Yellowjacket alumni game will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at Ted Whereatt Field. The event is part of UW-Superior Weekend.
There is no cost to attend the game and the public is invited.
For more information, call UWS baseball coach Eddy Morgan at 715-395-4671.