By Stephen Eibes —
Winter Break Record 5-2
The Stout men’s ice hockey team posted an impressive 5-2 record during winter break. Offensive firepower helped propel them to this record, outscoring their opponents 27-20 in seven games. Three of the five wins came convincingly; Stout beat Concordia University (Wis.) 8-5 and then won two consecutive games against Aurora University 7-2 and then 5-1. In the first game against Aurora, Austin Nelson (Fr, Hastings, Minn.) scored his first collegiate hat trick. In the second game against Aurora, Tate Rusk (So, Brainerd, Minn.) and Joey Haydock (Jr, Junction City, Wis.) both scored two goals for the Blue Devils. This weekend Stout will play University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point at home Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then travel to Stevens Point to play their last road game of the season.
Winter Break Record 2-7
Women’s basketball struggled during winter break, losing seven of nine games, but there were a few bright spots for the Blue Devils. Stout won a close game against University of Wisconsin–Platteville Jan. 3, winning 71-69 on two clutch free throws by Becca Smith (So, Victoria, Minn.). The second win for the Blue Devils also came at home, in a tight game against University of Wisconsin–River Falls. Katelynne Folkers (Sr, Fall Creek, Wis.) scored the final points for Stout on a layup with 57 seconds left; this put the Blue Devils on top 57-55. Stout will play their next home game on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. and will look to even the season series against University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point.
Winter Break Record 1-9
The men’s basketball team posted a sorry 1-9 record over winter break, losing at one point, seven games in a row. It has been a rough season for the men’s team, winning only three games on the season. Over the break, Stout had a few stand out performances. Jalen Peterson (Fr, Lauderdale, Minn.) scored a career high 17 points in a loss against University of Wisconsin–Superior, and Jarvis Ragland (Sr, Milwaukee, Wis.) scored a season high 26 points in another loss against Northwestern University (Minn.). The team looks to rebound and win their next two home games, Wednesday Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. against University of Wisconsin–La Crosse and then the following Wednesday Feb. 11 again at 7 p.m. against the nearby UW–River Falls.