The No. 5 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team posted its 15th consecutive win, the second-longest active streak in NCAA Division III, Saturday in with a 59-7 victory over UW-Stevens Point in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest at Perkins Stadium.
With the win, the Warhawks (9-0 overall, 6-0 WIAC) claimed sole possession of their conference championship, the program’s league-leading 36th in its history.
The Warhawks, who have already clinched the WIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs, visit UW-Platteville next Saturday, Nov. 10, at 1 p.m. for the annual George Chryst Memorial Bowl for the Miner’s Axe.
Photos by Bob Mischka
From Coach Carstens:
Another WIAA State CC meet is in the books as senior Nicole Tomomitsu and sophomore Trenten Zahn wrapped up their final races of the season at the Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.
Trenten raced first with the rain finally letting up making for a fun, yet slippery, race course in Division 2. He started out in 58th at the first mile and was looking good. While negotiating a sharp turn that was all mud he went down for the first time but bounced right back up and kept charging ahead. By the second mile, he moved up to 55th and was poised to make a strong final push but had another setback as he slipped again and went down a second time. Trenten used his skills as a multi-sport athlete from wrestling and knew that being on his knees he needed to get up as fast as possible and it was impressive to see! He raced his guts out and passed 8 more runners by the finish line to cross in 47th overall with a finish time of 17:19.2 with 151 runners in his race. Trenten gained invaluable experience in this race as an underclassman and was part of the Rock Valley’s strong showing of incredible strength at the state level. Three teams from the RVC finished in the top 6 (out of 16 teams) and four of the possible 10 medaling positions went to an RVC athlete.
Nicole followed in the final race of the day. As she passed by the coaching staff before the first mile she looked as though she had a grimace on her face. She passed by the first mile mark in 122nd and faded to 130th as the course got hillier in the second mile but got it together and moved up to 121st by the finish out of 152 runners. Nicole stopped the clock at 21:54.0. No matter the race or season that Nicole has worn the word ‘Whitewater’ across her chest, she has proudly found a way to honor it and the word quit is not in her vocabulary. Nicole was able to wear the jersey at the state meet three times and perhaps the most impressive part is how she found a way to make it happen after a less than ideal junior year. Most athletes would have packed it in and decided that is just the way it needs to be. Nicole didn’t mail it in. Nicole races with heart, guts and passion. She finished her career with two honorable mentions, one second team and as a senior earned her first, 1st team all-conference honor in the Rock Valley Conference.
Additionally, both Trenten and Nicole can be proud of their academic accomplishments, as both will be earning academic all-state honors. Academic all-state honors are given out annually by the Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association. In order to earn academic all-state, a student-athlete must be earning at least a 3.5 GPA. This will be Trenten’s first and Nicole’s third honor. Trenten and Nicole clearly define what it means to be a student athlete in the Whippet Cross Country program.
The No. 5 ranked University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team rolled up more than 550 yards of offense and forced three turnovers defensively Saturday in a 40-10 triumph at UW-Stout in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest in Menomonie, Wis.
The Warhawks’ win, coupled with UW-Oshkosh’s loss at UW-Stevens Point, clinched the program’s league record 36th WIAC championship and sealed the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Playoffs, which begin Nov. 17.
UW-Whitewater hosts UW-Stevens Point next Saturday, Nov. 3, for Senior Day, Shriners Day and Military Appreciation Day at Perkins Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater women’s tennis team tallied its 12th consecutive Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship and 19th overall Sunday as they finished the two-day WIAC Championship (Presented by Culver’s) at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
The Warhawks swept the six singles positions and earned two of the three doubles titles to finish with 62 points, 10 more than runner-up UW-La Crosse and 15 ahead of third-place UW-Eau Claire.
The WIAC Championship accounts for two-thirds of the conference title. UW-Whitewater won all six of its league dual meets during the regular season to secure all seven points in the remaining third.
By claiming the conference championship, the Warhawks earned the right to host the four-team WIAC Team Tournament, which is scheduled for April 27. The winner of the tournament will earn the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship, which begins May 10.