Wittig named WIAC Player of Year

UW-Eau Claire women’s hockey player Courtney Wittig was named the WIAC Player of the Year on Friday.

Wittig is the first Blugold to win the award, and earned first team All-WIAC recognition for the third straight season. She leads the conference with 24 goals and 36 points.

Joining Wittig on the All-WIAC team are Blugolds Elizabeth Bauer, Erin Connolly, Holly Turnbull and Morgan Zirbel.

Eau Claire’s Sami Meister and Hanna Zavoral were both honorable mentions.

Forster, Laube, Kendzior set for Hall of Fame induction

Bill Forster of River Falls, Terry Laube of Owen-Withee and Don Kendzior of Luck will be inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame March 30 at the Marriott West in Middleton.

Forster, who played football at Elmwood, coached River Falls to a 62-50 record from 1990-2001 that included a Big Rivers championship and three playoff appearances. He served as an assistant to Tom Carroll prior to taking the head job and has continued as an assistant since stepping down as head coach.

Kendzior, a distinguished athlete at Chippewa Falls, has been coaching 31 years, the last 14 at Luck where his teams have posted 13 winning seasons and 13 playoff appearances.

Laube is best known for producing pounding rushing teams and has had numerous 1,000-yard rushers in a successful career. He coached Owen-Withee to Division 6 state championships in 1992 and 1999.

UW-Stout bests UW-Eau Claire

UW-Stout gymnastics earned a 187.525-182.600 against UW-Eau Claire in both teams’ regular season finale on Friday. The Blue Devils won three of four individual events, Mikala Bugge in the floor exercise, Shadae Boone in the vault and Brooke Terry in the balance beam.

From staff reports