Volume 8, Number 11
November 7, 2005

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Up This Week

The Blue Devils (6-3, 3-3 WIAC) will wrap up the season this weekend when they travel to UW-Stevens Point (3-6, 2-4), Saturday, Nov. 12. Last week: The Blue Devils were downed 32-10 by No. 2 ranked UW-Whitewater, Nov. 5. Offensive player of the week: Keldric Stokes, Sr, Benton Harbor, Mich.; Defensive player of the week: Rob Weinstein, Jr, Racine, Wis. (Horlick) Special teams player of the week: Brandon Olson, Sr, Eleva, Wis. (Eleva-Strum)

The Blue Devils (17-18, 3-5) finished the season with a 3-0 loss to UW-Eau Claire, Nov. 1 in the WIAC quarterfinals.

The Blue Devils (10-3-5, 4-1-3) put the wraps on the season by advancing to the semi-finals of the WIAC tournament with a 2-1 win over UW-La Crosse, Nov. 1. Stout finished the season with a 2-1 loss to UW-Oshkosh in the semi-finals, Nov. 4.

The Blue Devil women will participate in the NCAA Division III Regionals, Saturday, Nov. 12 in Peoria, Ill. The top five teams and the top nine individuals from teams that do not qualify advance to the NCAA Division III championships, Nov. 19 at Ohio Wesleyan. Last week: Stout was off last week.

The Blue Devil men will participate in the NCAA Division III Regionals, Saturday, Nov. 12 in Peoria, Ill. The top five teams and the top seven individuals from teams that do not qualify advance to the NCAA Division III championships, Nov. 19 at Ohio Wesleyan. Last week: Stout was off last week.

The Blue Devils, who were ranked sixth in the D3hoops.com poll and picked to repeat as WIAC champions in a WIAC preseason poll, will be at Marquette University, Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Stout will open the 2005-06 campaign, Friday, Nov. 18 when they play at NCAA Division II Minnesota State, Mankato.

The Blue Devils, who have received votes in D3hoops.com Top 25 poll and were picked to finish fourth in a WIAC preseason poll, will be at UW-Green Bay, Wednesday, Nov. 9, in an exhibition game. The game will be available on the internet at the UWGB website at: http://www.uwgb.edu/athletics/mbb/index.asp Stout will open the season for real, Friday, Nov. 18 by traveling to the Wooster, Ohio, Tournament where they will face St. Thomas.

The Blue Devils (2-2-0, 0-0-0 NCHA, 0-0-0 WIAC) are in the midst of a four game homestand and will host Augsburg College (2-0-0), Friday, Nov. 11, and St.John's (1-1-0), Saturday, Nov. 12. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. Last week: Stout lost, 7-4, to Gustavus Adolphus, Nov. 4, and 5-2 to St. Olaf, Nov. 5. Player of the week: Andy Wiesner, Jr, Rochester, Minn. (Marshall)

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UW-Stout Blue Devils (6-3, 3-3) at UW-Stevens Point (3-7, 2-4)
Saturday, Nov. 12, 1 p.m.
Goerke Field, Stevens Point, Wis.

ON THE LINE: Eliminated from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) title race via UW-Whitewater's 32-10 victory over the Blue Devils last week, UW-Stout and UW-Stevens Point will look to end their 2005 campaigns on a winning note.

LAST TIME OUT: Stout: Stout limited undefeated UW-Whitewater (9-0, 3-0) to 342 yards of total offense, 207 below Whitewater's WIAC-best season average, but just couldn't stop the Warhawks' Justin Beaver. Beaver totaled 207 rushing yards and two TDs on 47 carries to lead Whitewater to a WIAC-title-clinching, 32-10 victory. Stout led 10-0 in the first quarter after a field goal by Evan Larsen (Sr, River Falls) and 42-yard aerial connection between Tanner Kattre (So, Abbotsford) and Jesse Wendt (Jr, Chetek) but couldn't bury the Warhawks. Andy Reese (So, Lodi) led Stout's rushing attack with 44 yards on 20 carries, while Kattre completed 6-of-12 passes for 70 yards and Keldric Stokes (Sr, Benton Harbor, Mich) completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards. Wendt caught five passes for 72 yards. Tony Fitts (Jr, Kewaskum) and Rob Weinstein (Jr, Racine) intercepted passes for the Blue Devils. With his field goal and PAT, Larsen increased his career scoring total at Stout to 179 points, leap-frogging him past Scott Frederickson (1986-89, 178 points) into second place on the Blue Devils' all-time scoring list.

Stevens Point: The Pointers extinguished a two-game WIAC losing streak with a convincing, 31-3 defeat of UW-Platteville (1-8, 0-6). Quarterback Brett Borchart led Stevens Point, which led 14-3 at halftime, by completing 14-of-21 passes for 230 yards and one TD. Borchart also added one TD via the ground. Eric Reible, who totaled 45 yards on 11 carries, pitched in two rushing scores for the Pointers. Jacob Dickert hauled in seven of Borchart's passes for 132 yards. Stevens Point outgained the Pioneers, 394-328 in total offense and won the turnover battle, 5-0.

LAST SEASON: Both Stout and Stevens Point are members of the eight-team WIAC and are affiliated with the NCAA Division III. Last season, the Blue Devils were 5-5, 3-4 (tied for fifth). The Pointers went 6-4, 4-3 (tied for second).

THE SERIES: The Pointers lead the teams' series, 41-16-2. After Stevens Point downed the Blue Devils six straight times between 1991 and 1996, the teams have split in eight contests. Stout upended the Pointers in 2002 (37-13) and 2003 (37-27) before losing by 16 points a year ago. In the teams' 2004 match-up, won, 23-7, by Stevens Point, the Pointers led 7-0 at the half and outscored the Blue Devils 13-0 in the third frame, Stout broke its scoring ice in the fourth quarter. Wendt caught a five-yard scoring pass from Nick Ohman with four seconds elapsed in the fourth stanza to prevent the goose-egg. The Pointers outgained Stout, 446-406, in total offense and won the turnover battle, 2-1. Ohman led Stout, picking up 163 yards on 22 carries and completing 10-of-34 aerial attempts for 167 yards. Cody Childs played well for Point, totaling 71 yards and one score on 23 rushes. Meanwhile, Borchart completed 24-of-38 passes for 358 yards and a TD.

STOUT PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Andy Reese (So, Lodi) 180 car, 841 yds, 4 TDs/10 rec, 104 yds; WR Jesse Wendt (Jr, Chetek) 46 rec, 583 yds, 12.7 ypr, 9 TDs; QB Tanner Kattre (So, Abbotsford) 30 comp, 54 att, 255 yds, 3 TDs, 3 INTs, 102.44 pass effic/61 car, 213 yds; DB Joe Seep (Sr, Reedsburg) 36 tackles, 23 solo, 4 TFL, sack, 4 int, 3 pass break-ups, fumble recovery/18 pret, 297 yds, 16.5 ypret, 2 TDs/10 kr, 197 yds, 19.7 avg; S Rob Weinstein (Jr, Racine) 72 tackles, 29 solo, 1.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 4 interceptions, pass break-up, forced fumble; LB Stephen Schils (So, Green Bay) 55 tackles, 23 solo, 9 TFL, 4 sacks, int, interception return TD, forced fumble, 2 fumble recoveries, fumble recovery TD; K Evan Larsen (Sr, River Falls) 9 FGM, 12 FGA, 4-for-4 20-29, 3-for-4 30-39, 2-for-4 40-49, long of 48 yards, 55 points; LB Luke Steffen (Jr, Greenwood) 65 tackles, 32 solo, 8 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 pass break-ups, fumble recovery; DL Travis Hoffmann (Jr, Schofield) 55 tackles, 28 solo, 8.5 TFL, 3 sacks, fumble recovery; DB Tony Fitts (Jr, Kewaskum) 24 tackles, 11 solo, 1.5 TFL, 5 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles, 3 pass break-ups; QB Keldric Stokes (Sr, Benton Harbor, Mich) 71 comp, 140 att, 953 yds, 10 TDs, 8 int, 120.04 pass effic/39 car, 53 yds, 2 TDs; RB Coty Watkins (Fr, Bloomington) 80 car, 430 yds, 5 TDs/7 rec, 110 yds, TD; DB Cory Brown (Sr, Milwaukee) 17 tackles, 10 solo, 4 int, 4 pass break-ups; Blue Devils avg 324.6 total ypg, 188.4 rushing, 136.1 passing; give up 253.1 ypg, 128.0 passing, 125.1 rushing. Stout has outscored its opponents, 249-135 (27.7-15.0).

STEVENS POINT PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Brett Borchart (Jr, Huntley, Ill) 142 comp, 269 att, 1773 yds, 7 TDs, 13 INTs, 107.08 pass effic/62 car, 108 yds, 4 TDs; RB Cody Childs (Jr, Poynette) 57 car, 200 yds, 3 TDs/42 rec, 413 yds, 3 TDs/4 pret, 39 yds, 9.8 avg; RB Eric Reible (Jr, Waunakee) 63 car, 335 yds, 3 TDs/6 rec, 37 yds; RB Dustin Robinson (So, Florence) 73 car, 258 yds/12 rec, 168 yds; WR Jason Dickert (Jr, Koehler) 41 rec, 660 yds, 3 TDs; WR Brad Kalsow (Fr, Huntley, Ill) 12 rec, 177 yds; WR Jeremie Schwartz (Fr, Watertown) 8 pret, 61, 7.6 avg/7 rec, 60 yds; DB Kasey Morgan (So, Iola) 20 kr, 419 yds, 21.0 avg/47 tackles, 34 solo, 1.5 TFL, 2 interceptions, 2 pass break-ups, fumble recovery, forced fumble; LB Brandon Czys (Jr, Mauston) 81 tackles, 33 solo, 3.5 TFL, 2 interceptions, 3 pass break-ups, fumble recovery, 2 forced fumbles; DL Dan Robinson (Jr, Florence) 79 tackles, 50 solo, 13.5 TFL, 7.0 sacks, pass break-up, 2 forced fumbles; DB Jared Flesch (Sr, Pulaski) 73 tackles, 50 solo, 0.5 TFL, 3 interceptions, 5 pass break-ups, forced fumble; DL Mike Hayes (Jr, Beaver Dam) 43 tackles, 23 solo, 7.5 TFL, sack, 2 pass break-ups, forced fumble; Pointers avg 341.9 total ypg, 202.4 passing, 139.4 rushing; give up 449.2 ypg, 254.8 passing, 194.4 rushing. Stevens Point has been outscored, 150-223 (16.7-24.8).

OFFENSIVE LOOK: Stevens Point: multiple; Stout: multi-pro set. DEFENSIVE LOOK: Stevens Point: 4-4; Stout: 3-4.

COACHES: Stout coach Todd Strop (11-7 career) is in his second year as the Blue Devil head coach. Strop currently ranks No. 11 on the program's all-time coaching wins list and needs two victories to move up to No. 10. Stevens Point coach John Miech, in his 18th season with the Pointers, possesses a 113-56-2 record at Stevens Point.

STOUT COACH TODD STROP SAYS: "We have one thing we can do with the rest of they year and that is get ourselves to 7-3. Our kids will practice hard Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and go give Stevens Point a heckuva game (Saturday)."

RADIO: WMEQ 880 AM, Jake Bostrom, Steve Schrantz; All games are broadcast live over the Internet at www.wmeq.com


MENOMONIE (November 5, 2005) - In a game featuring the top two offenses and top two defenses in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC), the defenses won out - for the most part - Saturday at Don & Nona Williams Stadium.

Unfortunately for UW-Stout and its Hall of Fame Game/Senior Day faithful who endured the cool and rainy elements, an individual in a UW-Whitewater uniform proved to be the sole exception to the defensive rule in the Warhawks' 32-10 victory.

Although it limited Whitewater (ranked No. 1 offensively and No. 2 defensively in the WIAC entering the game) to 342 net offensive (207 below its season average), Stout (ranked No. 1 defensively and No. 2 offensively in the WIAC entering the game) simply couldn't effectively counter Warhawk running back Justin Beaver.

Beaver amassed 207 yards and two touchdowns on 47 carries to up his WIAC-leading rushing total to 1,418 yards and help the Warhawks remain unbeaten, at 9-0 overall and 6-0 in league action.

"No matter what year it is, Whitewater is going to have one of the best offensive lines in Division III," Stout coach Todd Strop said. "They also happen to have one of the best running backs in Division III this year."

With their victory over Stout and UW-Oshkosh's (6-2, 4-2) 24-18 overtime victory over UW-Eau Claire (6-3, 4-2), the Warhawks clinched an outright WIAC crown and the league's automatic berth to the 2005 NCAA Division III playoffs.

Stout - which totaled 163 offensive yards (181.8 below its season average), 72 in the second half - jumped out to a 10-0 first-half lead but left the door open for Beaver to run through.

The Blue Devils wasted little time in drawing first blood, as Blue Devil safety Rob Weinstein (Jr, Racine) picked off an errant Justin Jacobs pass on Whitewater's fourth play from scimmage in the game. Six plays later - with 3 minutes, 58 seconds elapsed - Stout kicker Evan Larsen (Sr, River Falls) booted a 40-yard field goal to give Stout a 3-0 edge and up his career points total to 178, which brought him to a second-place tie with Scott Frederickson (1986-89) on the program's all-time scoring list.

With 4:51 to go in the first quarter, Jesse Wendt (Jr, Chetek) outjumped a pair of Warhawk defenders to catch a scoring strike from Tanner Kattre (So, Abbotsford) to put Stout up, 9-0. The connection increased Wendt's team-leading TD reception total to nine and represented Kattre's third TD pass of the year.

Subsequently, Larsen booted the PAT to give Stout a 10-0 advantage and take over sole possession of the No. 2 spot on the Blue Devils' all-time scoring list.

Stout securely possessed the momentum at that point but with 9:05 remaining before intermission, Whitewater embarked on a game-changing drive. Marching 59 yards in 10 plays and using up 4:48, the Warhawks drew to within 10-7 thanks to a 16-yards scoring pass to a wide-open Pete Schmitt with 4:17 to go in the second frame.

"Whitewater responded well (after being down, 10-0)," Strop said. "Our biggest problem was simple. We had two or three chances to add to our lead. We had given them our best punch, so to speak and were only up 10-7 at the half."

Up 10-7 at the half, Stout still possessed an incredible opportunity to bump off the No. 2-ranked team in Division III. It didn't take long, however, for Beaver and the Warhawks to steal that momentum away for good.

On the third-quarter's opening possession, Whitewater's Kyle Johnson picked off a Kattre pass and returned it 35 yards deep into Blue Devil territory.

Whitewater capitalized, using a Beaver-fueled drive to go up, 13-10. Beaver, who carried the pigskin four times on the five-play possession, capped a 27-yard drive with a two-yard scoring plunge just over three minutes into the second half.

Beaver added a 10-yard TD scamper late in the third quarter for a 19-10 Whitewater lead, then played an absolutely huge role in a 17-play, 80-yard fourth quarter drive that erased 8:25 from the game clock, put the Warhawks up 25-10 and essentially took all of the wind out of the home team's sails.

Beaver totaled 57 yards on 15 carries for the drive, which was capped by a 1-yard TD plunge courtesy of Travis Reuland.

Whitewater's defense iced the Warhawks' WIAC title cake when Derek Brown intercepted a pass by Stout's Keldric Stokes (Sr, Benton Harbor, Mich) and tip-toed down the Blue Devil sideline for a 70-yard TD return.

The Blue Devils netted 119 passing yards (19 below their season average) and 44 rushing yards (162.5 below their season average). Andy Reese (So, Lodi) produced a team-high 44 yards on 20 carries, while Kattre completed 6-of-12 passes for a team-high 70 yards. Stokes completed 6-of-13 passes for 49 yards. Wendt caught five passes for 72 yards, while Dan Lytle (Fr, Darien)picked up 27 yards on two catches.

Aside from Beaver, Whitewater managed 135 yards on 28 plays. Reuland pitched in 33 yards on nine carries, while Jacobs completed 8-of-17 passes for 103 yards. Jim Leszczynski led the Warhawks in receiving with three catches for 66 yards.

Both teams committed two turnovers, while the Blue Devils were penalized 55 yards and Whitewater 95. Tony Fitts (Jr, Kewaskum) also intercepted a pass for Stout.

The Blue Devils will return to action Saturday, Nov. 12, when they travel to UW-Stevens Point for their final regular season game.


MENOMONIE — UW-Stout senior punter Brandon Olson (Sr, Eleva) was awarded the Burger King/Warren Bowlus Academic Achievement Award during halftime of the Stout-Whitewater football game Saturday, Nov. 5.

Olson, a three-year player for the Blue Devils, is a business administration major, and holds a 3.32 grade point average. Olson is a four-time recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence and has been named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll.

This season, Olson is averaging 35.4 yards per punt with a long punt of 64 yards. He has placed the ball inside the 20-yard line 14 times and has had 10 of his punts fair caught. The holder for field goal and extra points, Olson has completed a 17 yard pass out of field goal formation.

Gene Hatfield, of the Menomonie Burger King, presented the $500 award, which will be presented to the UW-Stout Foundation in Olson's name, to Olson and his parents.


(November 1, 2005) - Evan Larsen moved to No. 3 on UW-Stout's all-time scoring list by making a field goal and three extra points in the Blue Devils' 24-6 win over No. 24 UW-La Crosse, Saturday.

Larsen made a 21 yard field goal with nine seconds remaining in the first half to give Stout a 10-6 halftime lead. Larsen was perfect on three PAT attempts. For his efforts, Larsen was named the WIAC special teams player of the week.

On five kickoffs, both into and with the wind, Larsen had three kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks, averaged 60.4 yards per kick and had a net of 55.5 yards.

Larsen currently has 175 career points and is well within range of finishing his career as the No. 2 scorer, needing to surpass 178 points to move up and surpass Scott Fredrickson.

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EAU CLAIRE (November 1, 2005) - UW-Stout hung tough with higher seeded UW-Eau Claire, but eventually succumbed to the Blugolds, 3-0, and ended the 2005 season in the quarterfinals of the WIAC tournament, Tuesday at Eau Claire.

The Blugolds (27-3) won the contest, 30-28, 30-27, 30-24, but Stout (17-18) made the No. 3 seeded home team work for the win.

The first match proved to be a tight back-and-forth battle with both teams going through some early jitters. The game experienced many ties with the last being 28-28. Point 29 was originally awarded to the Blue Devils, but the call was reversed when the officials ruled a Stout player touched the net. The home team hit .324 in the opening win while the visitors hit .150.

Stout was in the lead for much of the second game and generally was ahead by around two points throughout. Down 19-24, the Blugolds mounted an 11-3 run to claim the three point victory. Eau Claire's percentage in game two was .088 versus the .152 of Stout.

Eau Claire carried the lead through most of the finale as the Blugolds hit .265 and the Blue Devils hit .386, but still put up their lowest point totals of the evening.

Stout got 10 kills from Sarah McElfresh (Jr, Osceola), while Linda Meyer (So, Cedarburg), Natalie Naaktgeboren (So, Maple Lake, Minn) and Jenny McDermid (Jr, Oconto Falls) each put down eight kills. Jenna Welsh (Fr, Abbotsford) recorded 24 assists.

The Blugolds got 16 kills from Molly Menard, 12 from Jenny Wolter and 11 from Jodi Dunbar. Stout his .229 on the evening, while Eau Claire hit .239.

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EAU CLAIRE (November 4, 2005) - For the second consecutive year, UW-Oshkosh booted UW-Stout from the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) tournament in the semi-final round.

The Titans (13-5-1) scored two goals in the second half and held the Stout (10-3-5) offense scoreless in the half to take a 2-1 win. Last season, Oshkosh defeated Stout, 5-3.

The Blue Devils opened the scoring when Shannon Hermes (Jr, Prior Lake, Minn) scored in the 35th minute of the first half.

The Titans put their first goal up via a penalty shot by Amanda Matzke in the 63rd minute, then got the winning goal with two minutes left on a shot by Nicole Kunick.

Blue Devil goalkeeper Charla Buxbaum (Fr, Hermantown, Minn) recorded 15 saves, while her Oshkosh counterpart, Christine Barutha had four saves.


MENOMONIE (November 4, 2005) - UW-Stout midfielder Heidi Schultz was named to CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V first team.

Schultz, a key defensive midfielder and team captain for the Blue Devils, has played a big part in Stout's defensive stance that has allowed only 10 goals and has posted 10 shutouts over the season.

A business administration major with a 3.95 grade point average, Schultz has received the UW-Stout Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence, been named to the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll, is a UW-Stout Foundation scholarship recipient, a member of the National Honor Society and the Students Offering Support (SOS) organization, and is two-time academic all-region recipient.

Schultz, who studied in Mexico for the 2005 spring semester, was a WIAC player of the week, Sept. 20, 2005, and currently has two goals and three assists. She hit the game-winning goal in the WIAC quarterfinals against UW-La Crosse in overtime.

Schultz has started every game since her freshman year, marking 71 consecutive games.


MENOMONIE (November 1, 2005) - In a hard fought battle, it came down to a penalty kick and UW-Stout's Heidi Schultz (Sr, River Falls) had no outward qualms about taking the shot. Schultz calmly set the ball and drilled it home to give Stout a 2-1 overtime win over UW-La Crosse in the quarterfinals of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) soccer tournament.

With the score tied at one goal apiece - Stout had scored in the first half, La Crosse in the second - the Eagles were called for a hand ball in the box with 3:35 off the clock in the first overtime period and Schultz, who had missed a penalty kick earlier in the season, lifted the ball high and to the middle of the net for her second goal of the season.

The Blue Devils (10-2-5) opened the scoring when Shannon Hermes (Jr, Prior Lake, Minn) worked her way through the La Crosse defense 13 minutes into the game to score. Liz Eldred (So, Wentworth) and Michelle Lizotte (So, Racine) were credited with the assists.

The Eagles (9-7-2) knotted the score about 20 minutes into the second half when Mandy Rue scored.

Stout's Charla Buxbaum (Fr, Hermantown, Minn) finished with six saves, while the Eagles' Stephanie Harbaugh had seven saves. The Eagles recorded one team save when Stout was denied by a La Crosse defender in the first half off a corner kick. Stout held a slight 11-9 lead in shots and had a 9-7 lead in shots on goal.

The win also gives Stout their 10th win of the season, their third consecutive and fourth overall 10-win season in a 10 year history.

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Women's Cross Country


SUPERIOR (October 29, 2005) - Running one of its top runners, Steph Nichols (Jr, Chetek) not feeling up to par due to illness, UW-Stout battled its way to a seventh-place showing Saturday at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Championships hosted by UW-Superior.

Bridgette Crozier (So, Winona, Minn) paced Stout, which totaled 144 points, by touring the 6K layout at Namadji Golf Course in 23 minutes, 28.01 seconds to place 15th. UW-La Crosse, led by individual gold medal winner Julia Rudd (21:40.50), claimed the team title with 38 points, 17 fewer than runner-up UW-Stevens Point.

Krista Jahimiak (So, La Crosse) (27th place, 23:55.84), Abbey Ring (So, Manitowoc) (29th, 24:01.70), Christina Anderson (Fr, Crystal, Minn) (36th, 24:17.53) and Katee Rosburg (Fr, Superior) (37th, 24:18.58) also officially scored for the Blue Devils.

"We ran OK as a team," Blue Devil coach Joe Harlan said. "We had some small things go wrong with sickness and stuff. Overall, we ran pretty well. We had a good day, just not a phenomenal day. We missed a couple of small breaks and finished a few places back. I believe we can rebound before regionals.

The Blue Devils will resume their season Saturday, Nov. 12, when they compete in an NCAA Division III Regional held in Peoria, Ill.

2005 WIAC Championships
1. UW-La Crosse 38, 2. UW-Stevens Point 55, 3. UW-Oshkosh 105, 4. UW-Eau Claire 110, 5. UW-Platteville 141, 6. UW-River Falls 142, 7. UW-Stout 144, 8. UW-Whitewater 184, 9. UW-Superior 281.

Individual Results
(First place, Stout finishers)
1. Julia Rudd (LX) 21:40.50, 15. Bridgette Crozier 23:28.01, 27. Krista Jahimiak 23:55.84, 29. Abbey Ring 24:01.70, 36. Christina Anderson 24:17.53, 37. Katee Rosburg 24:18.58, 45. Michelle Lewis 24:45.32, 46. Stephanie Nichols 24:48.30.


MENOMONIE (October 25, 2005) - UW-Stout's Krista Jahimiak (So, La Crosse) turned in an impressive performance at Friday's three-team Lake Wissota 5K, finishing in front of all competitors with a clocking of 18 minutes, 57 seconds.

Jahimiak's performance against her UW-Eau Claire and UW-La Crosse opponents, along with fellow Blue Devils, in the 48-runner field paced the Blue Devils to victory.

For her efforts, Jahimiak was selected as the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women's Runner of the Week for Oct. 17-23.

Jahimiak's previous 5K personal best for 2005 was 20:06, a time she posted Oct. 1 at the Beloit Old English Style.

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Men's Cross Country


SUPERIOR (October 29, 2005) - At least three things transpired as many expected Saturday at the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Men's Cross Country Championships: UW-La Crosse won the team title, UW-Platteville's Tyler Sigl captured the individual crown and Nate Haeny (Jr, Sauk Rapids, Minn) paced the Blue Devils.

Haeny perused the 8K course at Namadji Golf Course in Superior in 26 minutes, 04.56 seconds to place 17th and lead the Blue Devils to a sixth-place finish in the nine-team field. La Crosse netted 25 points, 53 fewer than runner-up Oshkosh. John Maresh (Sr, Bloomington, Minn) (53rd place, 27:17.04), Brett Heimstead (Sr, Savage, Minn) (54th, 27:17.89), (62nd, 27:32.92) and Mark Kempen (Sr, Kaukauna) (76th, 28:17.72) also officially scored for Stout.

"I was very impressed," said Stout coach Josh Buchholz of his team's performance. "They stepped up. They've been building toward the end of the season and they came through when it counted." The Blue Devils will return to action Saturday, Sept. 12, when they participate in an NCAA Division III Regional held in Peoria, Ill.

WIAC Championships
1. UW-La Crosse 25, 2. UW-Oshkosh 78, 3. UW-Platteville 86, 4. UW-Whitewater 87, 5. UW-Stevens Point 112, 6. UW-Stout 197, 7. UW-River Falls 218, 8. UW-Eau Claire 223, 9. UW-Superior 257.

Individual Results (First place, all Stout runners)
1. Tyler Sigl(PV) 25:02; 17. Nate Haeny 26:04.56; 53. John Maresh 27:17.04; 54. Brett Heimstead 27:17.89; 62. Mike Heinen 27:32.92; 76. Mark Kempen 28:17.72; 78. David Schonscheck 28:20.03; 79. Jon Golem 28:20.10; 91. Lukas Kramer 29:33.42; 94. Matt Kennedy 29:42.14; 99. Ryan Tolleck 31:21.46.

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Men's Ice Hockey


MENOMONIE (November 5, 2005) - UW-Stout scored first, but St. Olaf came out firing in the second and third periods and handed the Blue Devils a 5-2 setback, Saturday, in Stout's home opener.

Andy Wiesner (Jr, Rochester, Minn) put Stout (2-2-0) on the board first four minutes into the game, with assists by Cory Mozak (Fr, Sioux City, Iowa) and Jake Erickson (So, Rochester, Minn).

But St. Olaf (1-0-1) had different ideas for the rest of the game. John Paulson scored six minutes into the second period to knot the score. He added another score with three minutes left in the period to open the nets.

The Blue Devils' Andrew Stearns (Jr, Wadena, Minn) scored a minute later, on assists by Mike Elm (Sr, Falcon Heights, Minn) and Mike Kautz (Sr, Des Plaines, Ill). The Oles put a damper on any Stout enthusiasm by scoring 23 seconds later to take a 3-2 lead.

The Oles added two goals in the third to clinch the game.

Stout outshot St. Olaf, 29-26, with the Oles' Jeff Wilde stopping 27 while the Blue Devils' Mike Stone (So, West St. Paul, Minn) had 21 stops.

Stout will host Augsburg College, Friday, Nov. 11 and St. John's Saturday, Nov. 12.


ST. PETER, Minn (November 4, 2005) - Gustavus Adolphus scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the game and went on to hand UW-Stout their first loss of the season, a 7-4 decision, Friday at Gustavus.

The Gusties, playing their first game of the season, actually scored the first four goals of the game, three of them on the power play, before Stout's Andy Wiesner (Jr, Rochester, Minn) put Stout on the board midway through the second period. Gustavus added another goal in the second before Mike Kautz (Sr, Des Plaines, Ill) scored to close out the second.

Adam Boche (Jr, South St. Paul, Minn) scored Stout's (2-1-0) third goal of the night, getting an unassisted goal midway through the third. Gustavus tacked on two more goals in the period before Luke Schroeder (So, Minneapolis, Minn) closed out the scoring with six minutes remaining.

The Blue Devils outshot Gustavus 32-25, but gave up four power play goals. Mike Koenig (Fr, Lakeland, Minn) started in the goal, recording nine saves, but gave way to Mike Stone (So, West St. Paul, Minn) to start the second. Stone also had nine saves. Koenig surrendered three goals, Stone four.

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Women's Basketball


MADISON, Wis. (November 3, 2005) - Defending conference champion University of Wisconsin-Stout is expected to claim the 2006 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) women’s basketball championship, according to the league’s sports information directors.

The Blue Devils, who claimed their second conference crown in the last four seasons a year ago, received eight first-place votes in the league predictions and are ranked No. 6 nationally in a preseason poll conducted by D3hoops.com. The Blue Devils return 16 letterwinners from last year’s squad that established a school record with 24 victories and went deeper (Sweet 16) into the NCAA Division III Tournament than ever before.

Mark Thomas enters his 19th season as head coach of the Blue Devils and his 310 victories are the most in conference history. UW-Stout could boast three 6-0 players in the front court at one time this year with Kelsey Duoss (6-2), Jenny McDermid (6-1) and Dani Boese (6-1).

UW-Oshkosh claimed the remaining first-place vote and is expected to place second in the conference standings. The Titans last won the WIAC title in 2004 and have fashioned a 234-46 record in the past 10 years. UW-Oshkosh enters the 2005-06 season under first-year head coach Terri Schumacher, who played the 1984 and 1985 seasons for the Titans and claimed NCAA Division III All-America honors in 1985.

-Stevens Point, ranked No. 21 nationally, claimed its second consecutive title last season and is pegged for third in the year’s nine-team league derby. The Pointers have compiled a 121-25 record over the past six years and have qualified for the NCAA Division III final four two of the past four seasons, winning the national title in 2002 and placing fourth in 2004. Shirley Egner enters her 17th year with the Pointers and needs just seven victories to place third on the conference’s all-time wins list.

UW-Eau Claire has compiled a 236-51 record in the last 10 years, including eight seasons of 21 or more victories. The Blugolds return 761 out of 1,770 points from the 2004-05 season. UW-Eau Claire tallied a 32-2 mark during the 2002-03 campaign and a third-place national finish.

UW-River Falls’ 17 victories last season were the most since the 2000-01 team had 18 wins. Head coach Cindy Hovet, who played her college basketball and was inducted into the UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame, Nov. 5, is the only person in conference history to be named player of the year (1994) and coach of the year (2001).

UW-Whitewater recorded 14 wins a year ago, which were the most since the 1999-2000 club compiled 17 victories and the most in head coach Keri Carollo’s three seasons.

UW-La Crosse has registered double-digit victories in three of the last five years - the best stretch for the program since the 1987-91 seasons. Shawna Koss and Katy Searing were selected to play in the 2005 USA Athletes vs. Europe Basketball Tour.

UW-Platteville has finished .500 or above for four straight years, matching the longest streak in school history.

Craig Morrissey enters his first season as head coach at UW-Superior.

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Men's Basketball


MADISON, Wis- (November 3, 2005) - University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is expected to claim the 2006 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) men’s basketball championship, according to the league’s sports information directors.

UW-Oshkosh, which has posted a 196-79 record over the last 10 seasons, received seven first-place votes in the league predictions. The Titans last secured a conference title in 2002 and are ranked second nationally in the D3hoops.com preseason poll, while placing third in Street & Smith’s.

For the 16th season, the Titans are under the leadership of Ted Van Dellen, who is three wins shy of becoming the sixth-winningest coach in WIAC history. The Titans return 1,563 of their 1,840 points scored and 687 of their 856 rebounds collected from a year ago.

UW-Whitewater received one first-place vote and is expected to place second in the league ledger. The Warhawks recently won conference titles in 2001 and 2002, and are ranked No. 13 nationally by D3hoops.com. UW-Whitewater has recorded 19 or more victories in each of head coach Pat Miller’s four seasons.

UW-Stout, which last claimed a league crown during the 1974-75 campaign, secured the remaining first-place nod and is pegged for fourth in the conference standings. The Blue Devils have finished .500 or better in WIAC contests each of the last three years after not recording a winning mark in league play since the 1994-95 season.

UW-Stevens Point is under the direction of first-year head coach Bob Semling and is expected to finish third in the nine-team league derby. The Pointers became the third school in NCAA Division III history to win back-to-back national championships the last two years, as well as winning five of the last six conference titles.

UW-Stevens Point has won 22 straight home games and 45 consecutive regular season non-conference games.

UW-Platteville, ranked No. 20 nationally by D3hoops.com, claimed its 19th conference title in 2005 and its first since Bo Ryan led the Pioneers to their last of five consecutive outright crowns in 1999. The Pioneers finished third in NCAA Division III in scoring defense at 58.5 points per game last season and their nine game conference winning streak a year ago was the longest of any league team since the Pioneers’ 1998-99 season.

UW-La Crosse returns all-WIAC first team selection Joe Werner, who ranks second on the school’s all-time chart with a 55.9 field goal shooting percentage. The Eagles also boast three NCAA Division I transfers on the roster this season, including Marcus Conigliaro (UW-Milwaukee), Luke Homan (UW-Milwaukee) and Jarrod Pelkofer (UW-Green Bay).

UW-Eau Claire returns 761 out of 1,770 points from last year’s squad. Gone from the team are two-time all-WIAC first team pick Casey Drake, along with four-year starters Dan Archambault and Will Jefferson.

UW-River Falls’ Rick Bowen enters his 20th season with the Falcons and is second among active WIAC coaches with 259 career victories. The Falcons’ Hans Hoeg led all of NCAA Division III with a 93.4 free-throw shooting percentage last year.

UW-Superior welcomes Bill Chambliss as its head coach this year. He played for the Yellowjackets (class of ’71) and also served as an assistant from 1974-78.

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn (October 27, 2005) - Former UW-Stout player, coach and Blue Devil Hall of Famer Joe Vavra was named the hitting coach for the Minnesota Twins. Vavra has been the Twins minor league coordinator for the past four seasons. Prior to coming to the Twins, Vavra coached UW-Stout for the 2001 season, leading the Blue Devils to a 22-101 overall record and producing All-American Brad O'Connell.

Before returning to Stout, Vavra spent five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers organization as a player in the minor league system, then the next 13 as a coach, manager or instructor. Vavra replaced Scott Ullger, who was reassigned as the third base coach. Vavra was inducted into the UW-Stout Hall of Fame in 1995. During his Stout career from 1980-82, the Chippewa Falls native set a school record for highest career batting average (.402) and ranks in the top 10 of six career statistical lists. The Blue Devils' leading hitter in 1980, 81 and 82, Vavra, a shortstop, was an honorable mention All-American in 1982 and was all-WSUC and All-District in 1981 and 1981.

Vavra continues to reside in Menomonie with his wife Lesa and three sons, Tanner, Treysen and Terrin.

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Updated: November 7, 2005