This past weekend had many victories for Pointers sports, including a regional championship.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s volleyball team won the St. Paul Regional for the second straight year with a victory over Cornell. Middle Emma Brunkhorst led UWSP with 17 kills, while outside hitter Gabby Thomas and Sarah Breuer each had 13 kills. Setter Alexis Hartman was named the Most Valuable Player of the St. Paul Regional with 15 digs and 55 assists in the final match. Both Hartman and Brunkhorst were named to the All-Tournament Team. The Pointers are currently 32-4 and will advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association Quarterfinals in Newport, Virginia on Friday.
On the football field, UWSP finished the season on a high note with a 31-24 victory over UW-Stout. Running back DeJuan Wright ran for the game-winning touchdown in the final minute to seal the win for UWSP who had a 17-0 lead to start the game. Wright finished the game rushing 112 yards on 23 carries with the touchdown. Wide receivers Matt Sosinsky, Jared Pankow, and Alex Wallace had productive games. Sosinsky caught seven passes for 70 yards, Pankow caught five passes for 64 yards, and Alex Wallace had four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in his final game as a Pointer. Quarterback Cody Nuernberg had an up and down game again as he was 22 of 35 for 237 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. On defense, senior safety Zach Vallafskey and linebacker Bo Seibel ended their careers in style as Vallafskey recorded a team-high of 12 tackles and two interceptions, and Seibel had an interception with nine tackles. UWSP finishes the season 7-3.
Basketball season began for both UWSP men and women’s basketball teams. In first game of the season, despite a halftime deficit, the men’s basketball team defeated Saint John’s 70-59. Senior forward Alex Richard scored a career-high 22 points. Along with Richard, guard Austin Ryf tallied 16 points with four assists, guard Stephen Pelkofer had 13 points and team-high seven rebounds.
On the women’s side, UWSP went 1-1 during their Tip-Off Tournament. In the first game, UWSP fell to Luther College 61-56 in a tough loss. The Pointers bounced back in the next game against Ripon with a 68-42 win. 11 players scored for UWSP with forward Joann Wolfenberg leading the way with 11 points, forward Kaitlyn Jacobs tallied 10 points and guard Mickey Roland had nine points.
It was a thrilling weekend on the ice for both hockey teams over the weekend. The men’s team won both games courtesy of two late goals. In the first game on Nov. 14, UWSP defeated St. Thomas 3-1 thanks to forward Andrew Kolb’s goal with 4:52 left in the game to give UWSP the lead. Forward Lawrence Cornellier would add an empty net goal to seal the win. The following night the Pointers won in thrilling fashion as forward Kyle Sharkey scored 46 seconds into overtime to give UWSP a 3-2 win over Saint Mary’s. Forwards Alex Kromm and Jacob Barber each scored goals, while goalie Brandon Jaeger stopped 17 shots. With a 4-1 record UWSP is home again at Willett Arena on Nov. 21-22 against Lake Forest and Adrian College.
The women’s hockey team split a two game series with UW-River Falls, each game ending in a score of 3-2. UWSP lost the first game after giving up a 2-0 courtesy of forward Ali Biagini scoring both. In the second game, forward Meredith Ingbretson scored the game-winning goal with under two minutes left as the Pointers won 3-2. Defenseman Megan Menotti and forward Hannah Smith each added a goal while goaltender recorded 26 saves in the win. With a record of 5-1 the fifth-ranked Pointers travel to UW-Superior for its next games on Nov. 21-22.