Fall athletic wrap-up

Fall athletic wrap-up

Record-wise, the Blue Devil football team took a step backward, falling to 3-7 overall, but third-year coach Ed Meierkort was ready to get out of the blocks for the 1996 season a day after the 1995 season ended.

"Record-wise, obviously we are disappointed, but we are not disappointed in the direction of our program because all of our young players are coming back," Meierkort said.

Injuries played a big part in the Blue Devils' struggles as several starters went down throughout the year.

Offensive guard Lewis Lindner (Sr, Loyal, Wis.) and defensive lineman Mike Olson (Farmington, Minn.) were named as WSUC second team picks. Receiver Matt Doke (Jr, Bruce, Wis.), running back Mike Bechtel (Jr, Augusta, Wis.), linebacker Nick Kaiser (Sr, Menomonie, Wis.), linebacker LaRue Pierce (Jr, Reddick, Fla.), cornerback Tony Aizupura (Jr, Reddick, Fla.), and offensive linemen Saxon Feeney (Sr, Plymouth, Minn.) and Joe Kanupke (Sr, Oak Lawn, Ill.) were named honorable mention. Kaiser was a GTE/CoSIDA District V Academic All-American selection

Bechtel was the team's leading rusher with 682 yards and returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. He also led the team in scoring with 56 points. Quarterback Forrest Schneider (Sr, Red Wing, Minn.) completed his career by becoming the second ranked passer in Stout history with 4992 total passing yards.

It was the year of the blocks for the Stout volleyball team as Cassie Buxton (Sr, Edina, Minn.) shattered five individual blocking records as the Blue Devils finished the season at 13-22. Stacy Stoddard (Fr, St. Paul, Minn.) also tied an individual match blocking record.

"It was a rebuilding year," third-year coach Jill Jolliff said, "but it gave us the chance for some of the players to get some playing time under their belts."

Megan Frazier (Jr, Red Wing, Minn.) was Stout's most effective offensive weapon, leading the team in kills, hitting percentage and digs as she was named to the WWIAC honorable mention squad as was Jenny Kelley (Sr, Bloomington, Minn.). Kelley was a hitter that moved to setter after the starting setter was lost to a knee injury.

Women's soccer made its first appearance as a varsity sport, and coach Lisa Petruccelli was pleased with the Blue Devils' 4-12-1 record.

"It was an extraordinary season," Petruccelli said. "No one expected us to win a game."

Kari Stapleton (Jr, Hartford, Wis.) scored the Blue Devils' first-ever goal in a 2-1 loss to UW-Platteville and the Devils recorded their first win by downing Martin Luther, 3-1 on Sept. 23. Stout's first win over a conference opponent came in the WWIAC tournament when they downed UW-Superior, 2-1.

Joann Sognesand (Sr, New Hope, Minn.) was the Blue Devils leading scorer with four goals and Jenny Tyson (Sr, Apple Valley, Minn.) finished with three goals and two assists.

Andrea Schroeder (Sr, New Berlin, Wis.) was named to the WWIAC second team and played all positions for Stout throughout the season.

With a new coach, the Stout women's tennis team made some noise on the tennis scene as first-year coach Cyndi Raymond's team finished with a 9-2 overall record and placed fourth in the WWIAC.

Tami Weiss (So, Cottage Grove, Minn.) and Kristine Erdtmann (So, Jesteburg, Germany) took undefeated records into the conference meet before finishing third. Weiss finished at 13-1 and Erdtmann at 12-1.

The No. 3 doubles team of Weiss and Jessica Pfeiffer (So, Woodbury, Minn.) was second at the conference meet and the No. 1 doubles team of Amy Jamieson (So, Dayton, Minn.) and Carrie Kish (So, Anoka, Minn.) placed third.

The men's cross country team placed sixth at the WSUC meet and the women finished eighth. Paul Gilles (So, Plum City, Wis.) earned all-conference honors by placing 18th at the conference meet.

Craig Sandbulte (Jr, Willmar, Minn.), Jason Petersohn (So, Manitowoc, Wis.) and Jason Waldvogel (Jr, Wausau, Wis.) were other team leaders.

Katy Olson (Fr, Rice Lake, Wis.) and Lisa Radosevich (So, Tomahawk, Wis.) paced the women's team all season.

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