Women’s hockey opens NCAAs

UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey will make its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament today when it meets top-seeded St. Thomas at 2 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals.

The Blugolds are coming off a decisive 7-3 victory against rival UW-River Falls in the WIAC Championship, an outing that earned Eau Claire a bit of revenge after the Falcons won a winner-take-all regular season finale for the conference’s regular season title.

The Tommies only lost once this season, a Feb. 16 duel with tournament-bound Hamline. The MIAC champions played four games against WIAC competition this season, besting UW-Stevens Point and River Falls twice each.

The Blugolds were given a bye out of the first round this year, a benefit they didn’t have last season. The team prevailed in the first round against Gustavus Adolphus College in 2018 before falling to Hamline in the quarterfinals.

The winner of today’s matchup will meet the winner of Hamline and River Falls on Friday.

Thunder game postponed

Osseo-Fairchild’s Division 4 sectional final game against Clear Lake was postponed due to inclement weather. The matchup, hosted at Hudson High School and originally slated for today, was moved to Sunday at 1 p.m.

UW-Stout gets All-American honors

Three UW-Stout Blue Devils earned All-American honors in the pole vault on Friday during the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship.

Noah Zastrow and Josh Freyholtz tied for fifth with a height of 15-feet, 11-inches, and Heather Beecher finished seventh with a height of 12-feet, 3.5-inches. Beecher was less than three inches short of the Blue Devils’ women’s program record.

The UW-Eau Claire women’s team earned 10 points on the first day of competition thanks to Megan Wallace and Ashley Agrimson. Wallace finished third in the pentathlon, first in the high jump and third in the long jump. Agrimson took fifth in the long jump.

Loomis places 15th in Russia

Flying Eagle Ben Loomis placed 15th to lead Americans in Friday’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup event at Nizhnly Tagil, Russia. Loomis ranked 19th after the jump and advanced with a cross country run of 11-minutes, 22-seconds to finish just 55 seconds behind winner Luis Lehnert of Germany. The other Americans were Jasper Good, 18th, Grant Andrews, 38th and Jared Schumate, 40th.

– In ski jumping at the famed Holmenkollen jump in Oslo, Norway, Flying Eagle Andrew Urlaub was one of three Americans who failed to qualify for the finals in a field of 75 entries. Kevin Bickner was 55th, Urlaub 67th and Casey Larson 69th.

From staff reports