The Struggles Continue for Men’s Basketball
Busy Weekend in Yellowjacket Athletics
The Struggles Continue for Men’s Basketball
The Yellowjackets were at home this weekend with a game Friday night against Northland College, and Saturday against Finlandia University. Both ended in losses but were well-fought.
Northland College was another worthy conference opponent for the Yellowjackets. The game opened up with a dominant start by the Jackets, but the Lumberjacks were just behind them. The first half was played evenly by each team. The half ended with Northland up 36-35. Competitive shooting, rebounding and a fair amount of turnovers from both sides kept the majority of the game close until the closing seconds. Nate Kalien led the Jackets with 18 points, and freshman Rafael Monteiro had 17 points and also lead the team in rebounds with eight.
Though the Jackets were in it all game, they would be outscored 37-34 in the second half, and consecutive fouls at the end contributed to their loss of 69-73.
On Saturday the Jackets took on Finlandia University for another close home match-up. Junior, Shaq Coleman had an impressive 31 point night in 36 minutes. Freshman, Rafael Monteiro also contributed to the Jackets’ offense with a double-double including 14 points and 11 rebounds. In the first half, the Yellowjackets came out hot, leaving the Lions scoreless for the first seven minutes. The Jackets led into the second half 42-33.
Unfortunately, it would be another night of lacking defense and too many turnovers. Finlandia had a dominant performance in the second half with a field goal percentage of 57.8. Two of Finlandia’s players scored 20+ points and it would lead to the defeat of the Jackets 87-80.
With Saturday night’s loss to Finlandia University, the Yellowjackets are 1-9 on the season. The men have lost their last nine straight games. Hopefully the Jackets can figure out a way to come out ready to play against Bethany Lutheran on Fri, Dec. 16 in Mankato, MN.
Dominant Weekend at Home for the Jackets
The Women’s Basketball team was nothing but impressive this weekend against both Northland and Finlandia. The Jackets beat Northland College on Friday night with a score of 71-46, and they beat Finlandia 79-43 on Saturday.
Northland was the third conference game that the Jackets have had and they were looking to keep their perfect conference record going. They outscored the Lumberjills in three of four quarters. Northland only scored three points in the second quarter. Though there were many turnovers by both teams (18), the Jackets dominated the boards.
Several Yellowjacket starters had an impressive game. Junior forward Bailee Bartunek and sophomore forward Hannah Norlin lead the team in rebounds. Bartunek with 12, and Norlin with eight. The two leading scorers for the Jackets were Norlin with 18, and Justine Larson with 10. The Yellowjackets coasted into the victory in the last quarter with ease. Northland was no match for the excellent play by the Jackets.
On Saturday against Finlandia, it was another easy win for the ladies. The Jackets scored 20+ points in three of the four quarters, dominated on rebounds 49-33, and limited their turnovers. It was an excellent portrayal of the Yellowjacket offensive ability and stable defense.
Finlandia was no match for the Jackets as there were more impressive nights from more players. Hannah Norlin and Eva Reinertsen lead the team with 10 points each, and Bailee Bartunek lead in Rebounds with seven. This game also created the opportunity for the starters to get some rest and for more players to see playing time. The crowd got to see the potential for this season and display what the future of Yellowjacket Basketball looks like. The youngsters of the team show potential for a strong program for years to come.
The Yellowjackets pumbled the Lions 79-43. Let’s hope the momentum will stick with the team as they head down to Mankato on Fri, Dec. 16 against Bethany Lutheran for more conference play.
Men’s Hockey: Lose Friday, Tie Saturday against Milwaukee School of Engineering
Friday night’s match-up against MSOE ended in a 4-6 loss in a game that lacked defense from both sides. Seven of the 10 goals were all scored in the first period. Defense tightened up in the second period, but the Jackets could not prevent MSOE from scoring in each period of the game. The game consisted of a rather impressive performance from sophomore forward Daniel Litchke who scored a three-goal hat-trick on the night. Jordan Naduzek had one goal in the game. Bruno Birzitis and Matt Audette tied for assists with two each.
Besides consistent defense, the other area of the game that the Jackets struggled to capitalize in was their power-plays. MSOE was 3-8, and the Jackets were only 1-7. Though it was a defense-lacking game, it was a competitive one at the most. It was exciting to see goals scored back and forth, and a game that kept the crowd on their feet until the very end.
With a loss in Friday’s game, the Jackets were compelled to come back on Saturday to get a win from the MSOE Raiders in their second game. It looked as if the two teams woke up their defenses for this game. The end was a 0-0 tie in overtime.
It was an excellent night in net for junior, Kyle Miller. He ended the night with a total of 39 saves. The Raiders outshot the Jackets 39-32 but our lines would not falter. The Jackets were 0-6 on the power-play, and MSOE 0-3. The Jackets did a great job limiting their penalties and playing clean hockey. Neither team could find the back of the net, but played their hearts out until the final buzzer sounded.
The Yellowjackets are off now until Fri, Jan. 6, where they will face Concordia College-Moorhead in Moorhead, MN at 7 p.m.
Women’s Yellowjacket Hockey: Border Battle with Scholastica
The first game of the battle took place Friday night in Duluth at CSS at 7 p.m. The Jackets came out skating hard and their offense took off, scoring three goals right away in the first period. The first goal was scored by junior, Mikayla Goodin, who was assisted by both senior, Hailey Adair, and freshman, Molly Shelton. Emily Heid was unassisted in scoring the second goal of the game, as well as her second goal on the year. Leah Elledge scored the third goal of the period, and it was assisted by Amanda Cooey, who also scored the fourth and final goal for the Jackets. She was assisted by Abby Constant-Bercier.
Scholastica was silenced for almost the entirety of the game. They couldn’t muster a goal from Kim Kobar until the third period. The shots were pretty even sided. UWS with 24, Scholastica with 21. The Jackets were one for two on power-play opportunities. The ladies were dominated in face-offs 17-45, and had their fair share of penalties but it didn’t affect them.
The Yellowjackets would not be beaten. Their stellar defense and aggressive offense paved the way to their 4-1 victory in the first game of the border battle.
Game two was a different story. Unfortunately, the Jackets lost at home 3-0 against the Saints. Though the game was more evenly played than the night before, UWS couldn’t produce any goals.
The Jackets led the shot column 29-18, but were defeated in face-offs and had more penalties in the game. Two of Scholastica’s goals happened during their one-man advantage during the power-play. The saints tallied one goal in each period. The Jackets had the offensive push, they just couldn’t put anything past Saints’ goaltender Lexi Thomeczek.
UWS fought hard in both games against CSS. The offensive and defensive effort were there, it was just the small things that hurt them. All in all, it was still competitive and entertaining hockey.
The Yellowjackets have a break until Fri, Jan. 6 at 1 p.m. against the Korean National Team at Wessman Arena in Superior.