As science and technologies have grown and expanded how to get the most of a human body, athletic programs around the country have put an emphasis on such by way of their strength and conditioning programs. Count UW-Eau Claire in on that front. On July 11, the Blugolds announced the hiring of Zac Ruch as the university’s first strength and conditioning specific coach, making him the first person to hold such a title at the university. With more than 12 years of experience in human
Bill Wampler has donned plenty of jerseys over the course of his basketball career. There was the kelly green uniform, one he sported during a historic four years with Eau Claire Regis. Then there was the blue and white of Drake University, a jersey he played in for two years. He swapped that for Wright State’s white, green and yellow a year ago. His next color scheme tops them all: Red, white and blue. Wampler will play for the U.S. team at the FISU America Games in two weeks in Sao
Menomonie graduate and Minnesota junior shortstop Terrin Vavra was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America on Thursday. Vavra, who is also a first-team All-Big Ten pick and a finalist for the Brooks Wallace Award honoring the nation’s best shortstop, leads the Gophers with 77 hits, 10 home runs and 55 RBIs. Minnesota is hosting an NCAA Regional and opens tonight against Canisius.
UW-Stout’s Sam Elsner won the NCAA Division III discus national title Thursday on day one of the outdoor track and field championships in La Crosse. The senior set a school record with a throw of 191 feet, 7 inches on his first attempt. All of his throws would have been good for the national championship. He broke Austin Zett’s record of 185-2, which was set in 2015. UW-Stout’s Kevin Ruechel took 13th in the discus with a 155-11 throw. UW-Eau Claire’s Erica
UW-Eau Claire senior and Memorial grad Ryan Isaacson shot a 78 on the final day of the NCAA Division III men’s golf national championships at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. He finished at 7 over for the tournament and tied for 29th behind winner Logan Young of Concordia (Texas), who was 3-under. After the tournament, Isaacson was named one eight PING First-Team All-Americans. He is just the second Blugold to earn that honor, joining Ryan Quinn (1999-2000 and 2000-01).
UW-Eau Claire senior and Memorial grad Ryan Isaacson shot a 3-over 75 on Wednesday in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s golf championships at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, N.C. Isaacson is even par for the tournament, which wraps up today with the final round. Austin Wells of Otterbein University is the leader at 5-under.
Altoona graduate and Wisconsin senior Gabby Curtis followed up her 5-under 67 on Monday with a 74 on Tuesday and is tied for seventh going into today’s final round of the NCAA women’s golf regional at University Ridge in Madison. Curtis, who was tied for the lead after the first round, is seven shots back of Oregon State’s Nicole Schroeder, but three back of second place. The Badgers are in 10th out of 18 teams.
Eau Claire North graduate Matt Tolan shot a 1-under 70 on Tuesday in a U.S. Open local qualifier Tuesday at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson. Tolan was a second-team All-Summit League selection at South Dakota this spring. The sophomore ranked eighth in the league with a 73.8 average. Tolan, who won the Wisconsin State Amateur and played in the U.S. Amateur last year, now advances to the sectional qualifying for the Open on June 4 at one of eight sectional qualifiers around the country.
UW-Eau Claire freshman centerfielder Mikayla McEnery and sophomore pitcher Sarah Peka were named to the All-WIAC softball team on Tuesday. UW-Stout senior pitcher Beth Wood, who also was one of three Judy Kruckman Tri-Scholar athletes honored, and sophomore centerfielder Mary Iliopoulos were also named to the team. Among the honorable mentions were Chippewa Falls grad and Blugolds sophomore catcher Gretchen Arneson and UW-Eau Claire sophomore pitcher Stephanie Wilczynski, along with UW-Stout
In likely the longest game in UW-Stout baseball history, the Blue Devils fell 3-2 in 17 innings to UW-La Crosse on Tuesday in Menomonie. The Eagles also won a rain-shortened nightcap 8-3 in five innings. Brad Rindfleisch threw nine innings of no-hit ball for the Blue Devils in relief of Jack Donahue. He walked just one hitter during the stretch. Caleb Willems got the win for the Eagles after throwing nine scoreless innings of his own. Kasey Bass and Hunter Merrill hit solo home runs for UW-