Pioneers name athletes of the week, LaMere and Williams earn WIAC honors

Pioneers name athletes of the week, LaMere and Williams earn WIAC honors
Men’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Cory Vaassen, Sr. (Cuba City, Wis.) Forward – Vaassen recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in the Pioneers’ narrow 73-70 loss to UW-Stout on January 28.    The senior also notched eight points and six rebounds in Wednesday’s loss at UW-Eau Claire.  

Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week – Kassie Hansen, So. (La Crosse, Wis./Logan) Forward – Hansen’s career-day led the Pioneers to a fourth quarter 20-3 comeback run, but they came up short in an 86-84 loss at UW-Stout on January 28.  The sophomore scored 14 of her career-high 18 points in the second half and grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in the loss.  The sophomore shot 69 percent from the floor connecting on nine-of-13 shots for the week and averaged eight rebounds in a pair of WIAC contests for the Pioneers. 

Indoor Track Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – Matt Dwyer, Sr. (Palos Heights, Ill./St. Laurence) Pole Vault –  Dwyer won the pole vault at the UW-Platteville Select on January 28.  The senior’s vault of 4.91 m (16’, 1.25”) ranks him first in the WIAC and fifth on the NCAA Division III national list.  

Indoor Track Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Ian LaMere, Sr. (Green Bay, Wis./Southwest) 3,000 meter  – LaMere won the 3,000 meter at the UW-Platteville Select on January 28.  The senior’s time of 8:12.06 broke the UW-Platteville school record, previously held by Tyler Sigl, by over five seconds.  That time ranks him first on the Division III national list by over nine seconds.
Indoor Track Women’s Field Athlete of the Week – Amber Williams, Sr. (Milwaukee, Wis./Hamilton) Triple Jump – Williams won the triple jump at the UW-Platteville Select on Saturday, January 28. Her mark of 11.74 m (38’, 6.25”) currently ranks her first in the WIAC and fourth in the NCAA Division III national list.  

Wrestling Athlete of the Week – Jon Goetz, So. (West Bend, Wis.) 174 lbs. – Goetz went 4-1 and finished third at the nationally competitive Pete Willson Invitational at Wheaton College.  The sophomore’s only loss in the event was a 5-2 setback to the defending NCAA Champion Ben Swarr of Messiah College.