Winter Sports off to a Great Start

Katie Schulzetenberg-

The transition from fall to winter sports has been a good one. The Stout winter sports schedule includes men’s hockey, men’s and women’s basketball and gymnastics.

Men’s hockey opened the season with a 5-1 win over Finlandia University. However, after nine other games, the hockey team’s overall record is now 5-5 (.500). Conference play has barely kicked off, but as with the team’s overall record, the team’s conference record is also (.500) at 1-1.  The team has proven that their strong suit is playing at home, where they have only lost one game. The Blue Devil’s next game is against Concordia College in Minnesota on Friday, Dec. 9, and they will be back home facing off against St. Olaf College on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Jenna Goldsmith (Sr, St. Anthony, Min) battling for the ball during the exhibition that UW-Stout played against UW-Madison at the Kohl Center on November 8th.
Jenna Goldsmith (Sr, St. Anthony, Min) battling for the ball during the exhibition that UW-Stout played against UW-Madison at the Kohl Center on November 8th.

Men’s basketball is also doing well to start the year. Their overall record so far is 4-1 (.800), winning two of three home games and winning both games on the road. The team has currently won three games in a row. They hope this streak will continue when they play the University of Northwestern Minn. in St. Paul on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The women’s basketball team started off 2-4 (.333). So far, it has not been quite the start they were looking for. The team started the year off in an exhibition against the Badgers in Madison. For the last 11 years, the Badgers have played schools in the WIAC as exhibition games. This year, the Stout women were slated to take on the challenge. Unfortunately, Stout lost the game 103-45. The team’s next game will be on Saturday, Dec. 10 against the University of Dubuque at home in Menomonie.

Adam Kresl (Fr, Eagle River, Wis) takes a shot on goal during their game against Finlandia.
Adam Kresl (Fr, Eagle River, Wis) takes a shot on goal during their game against Finlandia.

Lastly, Gymnastics is beginning to get underway as the roster has been finalized. Currently, the team has not competed yet and will not actually begin competing until January 13 when they host UWWhitewater.  Last year, the lady Blue Devils sent three gymnasts to the national meet and all three competed very well. This year, Stout has two of those gymnasts returning: Kaylee Jondahl (Sr, Elk River, Min) and Kelly Huseman (Sr, Tampa, Flo).