A Look into Sports

Women’s Hockey Falls on Senior Day

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point women’s hockey team lost to UW-Eau Claire 2-1 on Feb. 3 as the Pointers finished the weekend with a series record of 0-3 against the Blugolds.

Senior defenseman Ellie Punnett tied the game late in the first period as she was assisted by junior defenseman Lauren Smith and freshman forward Cassie Newcomer.

The Blugolds defense held the Pointers scoreless the rest of the way and Eau Claire’s Mariah Czech scored a late third period goal on a power play to put the game on ice.

Senior goaltender Sydney Conley was credited with 28 saves in the loss and gathered a series total of 116 saves.

Stevens Point will start the front-end of an away series with UW-Superior on Friday, Feb. 9. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.


Roland Lifts Stevens Point Over River Falls with Last Second Basket

Senior guard Mickey Roland sealed the road victory for UWSP as she made a layup with two seconds left in regulation to defeat UW-River Falls 72-70 on Feb. 3.

Roland finished the game with a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) and recorded 2 assists.

The late score by Roland snapped a 9-0 run by the Falcons as the Pointers went cold the prior 4 minutes.

Fellow guard Carly Cerrato led Stevens Point in scoring with a career-high 23 points, while adding an assist, five rebounds and a steal.

The Pointers will look to bring the momentum of the win home when it takes on UW-Platteville on Wednesday, Feb. 7. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


Men Take First at Pointer Invite

A strong showing by men’s track and field helped the team record a first-place finish at the home invitational on Feb. 3 in the Multi-Activity Center with a score of 190 points. The women finished the invite in 4th place with a score of 80.5 points.

Brent Reierson (weight throw, 18.46 meters), Alex Egbert (800-meter run, 1:56.55), Jeremy Lee (long jump, 6.73 meters) and Tom Kohn (60-meter hurdles, 8.51) each finished first in their respective events for the Pointers.

Anna Hogan won the triple jump for the women with a distance of 11.30 meters. Emily Schlebecker (800-meter run, 2:18.83) and Hannah Mertens (200-meter dash, 25.94) took third in each of their respective events.

The Stevens Point track and field teams will head to Whitewater on Saturday, Feb. 10, for the Midwest Invitational. Events are set to begin at 11 a.m.


Nelson Scores Dagger as the Pointers Extend Win Streak to Three

Junior Mark Nelson showed his talent in the clutch as he lifted the men’s basketball team over UW-River Falls with a layup conversion with four seconds remaining in the contest.

Nelson scored six total points and added three rebounds in the victory.

Sophomore forward Brandon Spray led the Pointers with a career-high 13 points and contributed the team’s only block.

Drew Fredrickson, M.J. Delmore and Canon O’Heron each scored 11 points, with O’Heron leading the team in rebounds (5) and Fredrickson leading the team in assists (4).

Stevens Point men’s basketball has now won eight straight home games.

UWSP hits the road to take on UW-Platteville Wednesday, Feb. 7, as the team looks to extend its winning streak to four games. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.


Men’s Hockey Ends Weekend with Narrow Road Victory

The men’s hockey team extended its winning streak to five games with a 4-2 road win over UW-Superior on Feb. 3.

Junior forward Tanner Karty recorded two goals and an assist as he helped lead the Pointers to its triumph.

Freshman forward Colin Raver struck first for Point with a goal during the 12th minute of the first period as he was assisted by Karty and senior forward Willem Nong-Lambert.

Karty then scored later in the first period to take the lead with help from Nong-Lambert and Raver.

Sophomore forward Austin Kelly extended the Pointers lead to two goals when he found the net in the middle of the second period. Kelly was assisted by Raver.

The Yellowjackets drew within one goal with a score late in the third period.

Stevens Point responded with an empty net goal by Karty with one second left to help seal the win.

Senior goalie Max Milosek secured 15 saves in the victory and finished the weekend with 38 saves.

Men’s hockey heads to Menomonie on Friday, Feb. 9, to compete against UW-Stout in the final regular season road contest for the Pointers. Game time is set for 7 p.m.


Swimming and Diving Splits Duel with Milwaukee

UWSP men’s swimming and diving team grabbed another victory with a 144-118 win over UW-Milwaukee at the final regular season home contest on Feb. 2, while the women lost 170-81.

Sam Jekel, Reilly Donnellan, Brandon Richardson and Jack Englehardt formed a team that finished first for the Pointers in both the 200-yard medley relay (1:32.10) and 200-yard freestyle relay (1:22.88).

Englehardt (50-yard freestyle, 20.84 and 100-yard freestyle, 47.32), Jekel (100-yard backstroke, 51.89 and 100-yard butterfly, 50.86) and Zach Ogurek (breaststroke, 58.84) each took first in their respective events.

Anna O’Malley picked up the lone first place finish for the women with a time of 59.11 in the 100-yard butterfly.

Both teams will have two weeks to prepare for the WIAC Championships in Brown Deer. The events run from Thursday, Feb. 15, through Saturday, Feb. 17.


Kevin Bargender
Sports Editor

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Kevin Bargender
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