By Matt Haile —
University of Wisconsin–Stout athletics have had success all across the board throughout their fall, winter and spring seasons.
The Blue Devils women’s golf team was able to recapture the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title, earning them a trip back to the NCAA Division III Women’s Golf Championship in just a few weeks.
The women’s golf team dominated the conference tournament. The Blue Devils had a five stroke lead after the first day, and after the second day their lead shot to 33 strokes. They were able to close out the tournament with a 34-stroke win.
The Stout cross country team was also able to have a successful season, through Patrick Jenkins (Sr, Cambridge, Minn.), Tony Cass (Jr, Hortonville, Wis.) and Devin Sauvola (So, Eagle River, Wis.) who earned men’s All-WIAC honors at the WIAC Cross Country Championships. For women’s cross country, Kathleen Thorn (Jr, West Salem, Wis.) and Jordan Kelch (Sr, Menomonie, Wis.) earned women’s All-WIAC honors.
Blue Devil football had a rocky season, but running back Tanner Kuehn (Sr, Fairchild, Wis.) was a first team All-WIAC selection as an all-purpose player. Linebacker Luke Bakkum (Sr, Oconomowoc, Wis.), defensive lineman Jamie Rohrig (Sr, Owatonna, Minn.) and offensive linemen Kane’ala Atchinson-Keolauni (So, Lodi, Wis.) were second team picks. Tyler Naatz (Sr, Menomonie, Wis.) and Alec Zoern (Sr, Germantown, Wis.) earned honorable mention.
The volleyball team had to deal with a change at the coaching position. For the first time in more than 20 years, the team was coached by someone other than Jill Joliff who stepped down in the offseason. The position was filled by Laura Evans who led the team to a 20-10 season, the Blue Devils first 20 win season since 2004.
The winter sports season was jam packed with actions for all teams.
The Stout men’s basketball team was filled with young talent. The team played seven freshmen regularly. The only senior on the team was Jarvis Ragland (Milwaukee, Wis.) who gained WIAC honorable mention and led the conference in scoring.
On the women’s side of basketball, the team was led by forward Jenna Goldsmith (So, St. Anthony, Minn.) who earned first team all-WIAC honors. Brea Boomer (Sr, Grand Portage, Minn.) and Katelynne Folkers (Sr, Fall Creek, Wis.) earned all-WIAC honorable mention honors.
The gymnastics team finished third at the WIAC Championship, which allowed them to qualify for the National meet in La Crosse for the first time since 2011. Third place was also the highest the team had placed at a conference meet. Kaylee Jondahl (So, Anoka, Minn.) won the floor exercise posting a school record of 9.825. She was also able to finish second on vault.
To cap off an exciting winter sports season, Jondahl won an individual National Championship.
Spring athletics are just now finishing up their season.
The men’s baseball team is posted at 17-18 on the season with the WIAC championship set to start on May 8.
Blue Devil softball is at a 15-25 record; they have the WIAC softball championship on May 1.
Blue Devil athletics are led by devoted coaches and hardworking student athletes. Hats off to another great year!