Wisconsin-Superior concluded its regular season road schedule on Saturday in Mankato, Minn., splitting a UMAC doubleheader with Bethany Lutheran. In the opener, Cindy Pawlitschek hit the game-winning two-run double in the seventh inning of the Vikings' 4-3 victory. The Yellowjackets were held off the scoreboard until the top half of the seventh inning, when Bailey Armstrong belted a two-run homer, and Superior-native Gabby Gidley hit an RBI double. Bethany Lutheran pitcher Anna Pipenhagen struck out 12 and allowed just six hits in the complete-game win.
The Duluth East boys tennis team picked up three wins Saturday at the Longview Tennis Club in Duluth, beating Forest Lake 7-0, Princeton 6-1 and Grand Rapids/Greenway 4-3. No. 1 singles player Elliot Schneider, a senior, went 3-0 on the day, earning a pair of singles victories and a win at No. 1 doubles alongside E.J. Hietala.
Baseball Duluth East 3, Academy of Holy Angels 2 At Richfield. WP: Sam Laakso 7IP, 5H, 2R (1ER), 2BB, 5K. LP: Riley Ahern 6IP, 7H, 3R (1ER), 1BB, 6K. DE: Carter Peterson 2x3 (2B), 2RBIs; Blake Bergquist 2B, RBI, R; Jake Dubla 2B; Nick Swor 2B. AHA: Ahern 2B, RBI. Proctor 15, St. Cloud Cathedral 4 (5 innings)
St. Scholastica extended its winning streak to 15 straight with a pair of seven-inning UMAC shutouts over Martin Luther, 12-0 and 10-0 on Saturday at Wade Stadium. Ben Christofferson started on the mound for the Saints in the opener and allowed only one hit in five innings while striking out three, while Conor Wollenzien had two hits and three RBIs to pace the offense. The Knights committed seven errors, including four in the fourth inning alone.
Minnesota Duluth opened its final homestand of the regular season with a split in a doubleheader against NSIC-foe Southwest Minnesota State on Saturday afternoon at Junction Avenue field in Duluth. In the opener, the Mustangs (18-20, 9-13 NSIC) handed the Bulldogs their eighth shutout loss of the season with a 2-0 loss. UMD senior Sam Hartmann allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings pitched, but the Bulldog batters were unable to solve Mustang ace Alex O'Connor, who allowed five hits while striking out seven.
The Minnesota Duluth track and field teams produced four individual event-winners at the Holst Invitational on Saturday in St. Paul. Senior Drew Johnson won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9 minutes, 34.39 seconds, while junior Austin Carlson took first in the 400-meter with a time of 49.34. Freshman Bradford Owens finished as the top javelin thrower thanks to a 47.82-meter toss. On the women's side, sophomore Danielle Kohlwey won the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.93 seconds. Overall, UMD had 16 different top-3 finishes.
Wisconsin-Superior snapped a four-game skid with a doubleheader sweep of Crown in UMAC play Saturday in Superior. In the opener, the Yellowjackets (9-19, 5-5 UMAC) won by a 7-3 margin. Both teams traded single runs in the early innings, before UWS pulled away with a three-run seventh inning. Rich Vanden Branden earned the win, allowing three runs and seven hits over seven innings, while adding five strikeouts and three walks. Matthew Boyde led UWS with two hits and three RBIs.
In the program's first two games of the season at Bulldog Park, Minnesota Duluth swept Minot State in a pair of NSIC contests 3-1 and 5-4 in extra innings. The Bulldogs (19-18, 14-11 NSIC) took the opener 3-1 thanks to a gem from starting pitcher Marcus Frederickson. The junior struck out 10 batters over six innings of work and allowed just one run — a solo homer in the first — and four total hits. Grant Farley hit a three-run home run in the first inning to lead UMD.
St. Scholastica cruised to a 14-5 victory over Northwestern, but then settled for a split as the Eagles handed the Saints their first UMAC loss of the season with a 4-2 victory on Saturday at Reynolds Field in St. Paul. Chrisi Mizera powered the Saints to their 10th straight victory with a grand slam in the opener. Teammate Olivia Bretting of Ashland scored four runs and Vanessa Kohl of Duluth allowed six hits to earn the complete-game victory.
The Superior Hiking Trail Association has hired a new executive director to lead its work on maintaining, improving and supporting the iconic hiking route along the North Shore. Denny Caneff, who most recently spent 13 years as executive director of the River Alliance of Wisconsin, was hired after a four-month search to replace Gayle Coyer, who stepped down earlier this year after 16 years leading the SHTA. Caneff was selected from more than 70 applicants for the position.