January 28, 2013

This Week in UW-Platteville Athletics

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – Below are a list of all the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Athletic events taking place for the week of Jan. 28-Feb. 3.

Men’s Basketball (14-6, 7-4 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville men’s basketball team hosts seventh-ranked UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday before traveling to UW-Stout on Saturday. The Pointers are on a eight-game winning streak and are a perfect 11-0 in league play. Two weeks ago when the Pioneers traveled to Stevens Point, UWSP defeated UW-Platteville, 65-60. The Pointers have three players averaging 10 or more points per game and are led by Jo Ritchay with 12.1 ppg. UW-Stout currently sits tied with UW-Whitewater for second in the conference. The Blue Devils beat the Pioneers on Bo Ryan Court in early December, 64-55. Alex Oman leads Stout with 14.6 points per game and ranks third in the conference.

Last week: The Pioneers went 2-0 for the week and are on a three-game winning streak. UW-Platteville defeated UW-Oshkosh, 67-55 with Jim Stocki having a career night. Stocki tallied a career-high five three-pointers on seven attempts for a career-best 19 points. Junior Chas Cross recorded his second straight double-double with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds. Eric Gerber and Cross combined for half of the Pioneers’ points in the 84-71 victory over UW-River Falls on Saturday. Gerber scored 15 points and dished out a game-high six assists while Cross tied a career-best 27 points.

Women’s Basketball (5-15, 1-10 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville women’s basketball team will spend the week on the road, traveling to UW-Stevens Point on Wednesday and to UW-Stout on Saturday. The Pointers beat UW-Superior in an overtime thriller on Saturday, 89-78 and were upset by UW-Whitewater, 65-59 on Wednesday. Sam Barber not only leads the team with 19.0 points per game but also the conference. UW-Stout is on a five-game slide and are eighth in the conference. The Blue Devils are led by Brea Boomer with 11.8 points per game.

Last week: The Pioneers fell to UW-Oshkosh, 62-52, last Wednesday and to UW-River Falls, 61-60, on Saturday. Melissa Carmody led the Pioneers against the Titans with 15 points while Elizabeth Lawinger scored 15 points versus the Falcons.

Wrestling (5-7, 1-4 WIAC)

This week: UW-Platteville wrestling team travels across the might Mississippi River to Dubuque, Iowa on Saturday for the Duhawk Open, hosted by Loras.

Last week: The Pioneers fell to UW-Oshkosh, 30-12, on Friday before defeating Lakeland College, 28-15, and MSOE, 33-14, Saturday. Austin Holland and Cole Ferguson went 3-0 for the Pioneers. Holland pinned UWO’s Ben Frieler, won by decision over Lakeland’s Wesley Colton and won by tech. fall, 16-1, against MSOE’s Kyle Perea. Ferguson beat UWO’s Parker Peterson, 4-3, and Lakeland’s Grant Franson, 17-7, and won by forfeit versus MSOE.

Indoor Track & Field

This week: UW-Platteville track & field teams travel to the Wartburg Select hosted by Wartburg in Waverly, Iowa on Saturday.

Last week: The Pioneers competed at the Jack Jennett Invitational at UNI against Division I talent.

T.J. Valley finished third in the 60-meter hurdles in a time of 8.21 seconds. Valley will most likely move up the national qualifying list from his previous time of 8.28 seconds and current ranking of 6th place. Aaron Hrubes was the sole Pioneer champion today with his 200-meter dash performance of 22.35 seconds. Hrubes is currently ranked 8th in the nation in the 60-meter dash. Chas Spangenberg captured a new personal best in the pole vault with a mark of 16 feet 3/4 inch for third overall, first collegiate finisher.

On the women’s side, Deidre Dillman currently ranked fourth on the national qualifying list in the 800-meter run, led the race from start to finish. She led by three seconds at the 400-meter mark and finished in a time of 2:14.25, easily dominating her competition. Lynea Axelson finished fourth in a time of 2:23.0. In the women's mile, Junior Danielle Kunkel started the mile in a big pack of Division I athletes and proved she belonged there, finishing second with a time of 5:14.03.