Cedarblade wins 3-point Challenge
Elk Mound’s Sophie Cedarblade entered the 2019 WIAA girls 3-point Challenge with the lowest shooting percentage of the 10 sharpshooting participants, but she showed her competition she absolutely deserved her spot in Green Bay.
The 5-foot-7 junior won the skill competition Saturday morning at the Resch Center, edging McDonell’s Maggie Craker by two makes in the final.
The two finalists started out hot, with Cedarblade leading all shooters in the first round with 18 baskets and Craker trailing closely behind with 17. Chippewa Falls’ Aaliyah McMillan finished fifth with 15 makes and did not advance.
Craker led the way in the semifinals, connecting for a tournament high 22 threes. Cedarblade hit 13, tying Mineral Point’s Mallory Lindsey, who she defeated in a tiebreaker.
In the finals, Cedarblade outshot Cracker 18 to 16 to clinch the title.
UW-Stout gymnastics wins title
UW-Stout took first place in every event to score a team-record 190.225 points and earn the school’s first WIAC Gymnastics Championship on Saturday.
Brooke Terry won the beam and all-around, Shadae Boone and Mikala Bugge set personal bests while winning the vault and floor exercise, respectively, and Sierra Beaver prevailed in the uneven bars.
The Blue Devils have pulled off a dramatic turnaround. The team finished in last in the event last season. UW-Eau Claire held that spot this year.
Blugolds earn national titles
Three UW-Eau Claire athletes earned national titles at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, including David Kornack, who broke his own school shot put record. He won the event at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center by four feet.
Kyler Lueck prevailed in the 800m with a meet record time of 1:49.60, the fifth fastest time in NCAA Division III history. Erica Oawster earned a sweep in the shot put for the Blugolds with a toss of 48-5.5.
As a team, the Eau Claire men finished fourth and the women placed seventh.
UW-Stout had two earn All-American honors, Kevin Ruechel in the shot put and Stephanie Pladies in the high jump.
Loomis finishes 17th Saturday
After placing 15th on Friday, Flying Eagle Ben Loomis came back to take 17th Saturday in Continental Cup Nordic Combined at Nizhniy Tagil, Russia. In the normal hill, mass start event, Loomis was 21st after the jump and moved up with a ninth best cross country run of 24-minutes, 3-seconds. In four events, he has totaled 76 points. The U.S. was led by Jasper Good, Steamboat Springs, Colo., who was 15th. Jared Shumate was 32nd and Grant Andres 35th in the 52-man field headed by Thomas Joebstl of Austria who had the best cross country run of 23:25.
From staff reports