Coming off their first All-Sport Jerome Kruse Upper Midwest Athletics Championship trophy for the collective effort our Yellowjacket teams put together in the 2021-2022 athletic seasons. They have sprung right back into the action, getting four first-place regular season finishes and both men’s and women’s soccer squads were the UMAC tournament champions.
For the women’s side, it started with golf finishing fifth in the UMAC championships. The volleyball team was able to finish second in the regular season standings.
The golf team was led by sophomore Bryce Burris, who finished fifth in the UMAC tournament, and was named to the first team. Meanwhile freshman Allie Mashke earned UMAC Honorable Mention to go along with the sportsmanship award for the women’s team.
They also finished second in the tournament beating Minnesota-Morris in a five-set semi-final match, after a split in the regular season. The nationally ranked Northwestern Eagles, undefeated in conference play, defeated UW-Superior in the championship.
For the volleyball team, senior Alexie Pryd led the Yellowjackets with her second highest season kill total, with 343 kills which paced her second first-team All-UMAC season. Another senior, Cassy Teff was named to the second team along with two sophomores Jenna Anderson and Maiana Stark. The awards were rounded out by junior Kaylin Plautz making All-UMAC honorable mention for the first time.
Cross-country finished in third place, falling behind second-place Bethany Lutheran by only 13 points. Junior Meagan Berg and sophomore Halle Barker were named to the 2022 All-UMAC Second Team for cross-country. Berg and Barker finished in the top 15 at the UMAC championships.
Lastly, the soccer team clinched first in the regular season standings with two games remaining before the tournament. In the tournament they backed up the top seed with a 12-0 goal differential in the playoffs. With the help of a hat trick in the championship game, Niya Wilson was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. The women’s team will be facing Loras after earning the NCAA tournament bid for the UMAC conference. The Dubuque regional match is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 1 p.m. in Loras’s Rock Bowl.
For the third year in a row UWS is the home of the Defensive Player of the Year, junior Lindrey Schendel was given the honor two years after her Rookie of the Year award in 2020. Highlighted because of her defense she was still able to score one goal and pass off three assists to her teammates.
Schendel was among the three juniors named to the first team, all of which were from UWS. Niya Wilson and Allison Alessi, for the first time Alessi was able to make the first team after back-to-back seasons on the second team. Sophomore Mya Holmquist was also able to achieve a hat trick in the championship game, along with leading the team in goals (20) she was named to the first team for her first UMAC award. Sophomores Jenna Lang and Halle Carlson brought in two more first team awards for the defensive side. After winning Rookie of the Year last season, Lang was able to finish with a 12-2-2 record with seven shutouts on the season.
Junior Tori Vosburg and Freshman Kamryn Hill gained their first spots on a UMAC team as second team and honorable mention respectively.
The men’s side was a clean sweep, starting off with the golf team gaining a 13-stroke comeback on the final day of the UMAC championship.
Three players earned All-UMAC honors to go along with the team sportsmanship award for UW-Superior’s golf team. Senior Charles Martin was named to the first team with junior Cody Stanisich. Stanisich finished the season with a 79.21 stroke average which was good enough for fifth in the conference. Nate Burke was named to the All-UMAC Honorable Mention as a sophomore.
The momentum continued with men’s cross-country, led by six players earning All-UMAC team honors, winning the head-to-head tiebreaker over Martin Luther for their fifth UMAC title.
The men’s cross-country team had six All-UMAC team spots but only Michael Butterfield made the first team backed up by his three UMAC cross-country athlete of the week awards. Juniors David Collins, Kieran Johnson, and Kei Okamoto joined two sophomores, Aidan Doherty and Zach Reese, on the second team.
Finally, the men’s soccer team won their fifth straight regular season title and went on to defeat Bethany Lutheran in the tournament championship 3-0. Senior Blake Perry had a goal and an assist in both tournament games and earned his fourth UMAC tournament MVP award. The men’s team earned their automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and will be facing North Central out of Illinois in the Naperville regional match. The game is set for Saturday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. They will be playing at Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium.
Perry led the way for the Yellowjackets, winning Offensive Player of the Year in the UMAC. Much like during the season his teammates gave him great support, seven of them receiving UMAC first or second team honors.
Another forward, in Phillip Ericksen, made the first team for his first award since winning Rookie of the Year in the 2020 season. Midfielders Mackie Ringrose and Andy Rowland were able to slot in as first team and second team respectively. On the defensive end Alex Hanson was able to make his first UMAC team named to the first team. Josh Bellamy backed up his Rookie of the Year nod last year by making his second straight UMAC first team as well. For back-to-back seasons Harry Ambler was named to the second team and sophomore goalkeeper Alex Paredes was named to the second team again.
Three coaches for UWS were able to attain coach of the year honors again. Glen Drexler was named UMAC cross-country coach of the year. His fifth time for cross-country and 17th total with indoor and outdoor track combined. Joe Mooney and Allison Degroot were named coach of the year after both of their teams won the regular season and postseason championships. For Mooney this is his fourth coach of the year and Degroot has now won three in a row.