Alumni Outlook Magazine


BLUE DEVIL ATHLETIC PROGRAM HAS OUTSTANDING YEAR

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The Blue Devil hockey team and men’s golf team both advanced to NCAA Division III championships for the first time. Both coached by UW-Stout alumnus Terry Watkins, the hockey team finished the 2008-09 season with a best-ever 23-6-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four before falling in overtime, 3-2, to Gustavus Adolphus. The team also won its first league tournament title with a 4-3 win over UW-Superior.  Stout received All-America performances from Derek Hanson, who went on to become the program’s all-time leading scorer, Jack Wolgemuth, Joel Gaulrapp and Matt Morin.

The Blue Devil men’s golf team, led by All-American Derek Holmes, finished 12th in its first trip to the national championships. Individually, Holmes placed 11th.
On the basketball court, Julia Hirssig earned first-team All-America honors. In the classroom, the hospitality and tourism major became the first WIAC women’s basketball player to earn first-team Academic All-America honors.

Naomi DeLara won her second individual national gymnastics title, winning the floor exercise a year after winning the balance beam title. Teammate Meghan Hargens had a near perfect season, hitting 50-of-50 events, winning the WIAC all-around title, finishing second at the NCGA championships in the all-around, becoming the only Division III gymnast to advance to an NCAA Division I Regional and was named the NCGA West Regional gymnast of the year.

In track, Daniel Drewek earned three All-America honors, finishing second in the outdoor pole vault and seventh in indoor pole vault, while taking third place in the outdoor 4x100-meter relay team along with Sam Flood, Dan Strong and Kendall Wade.

The Blue Devil football team finished the season at 8-2 overall, its best overall finish since the 2000 season. Defensive end Marcus Ball lived up to preseason hype by earning first team All-America honors. Defensive back Kendall Wade was an honorable mention choice. Offensive lineman Nate Newholm was a second team all-region selection and 10 players were named to the All-WIAC team. Shay Lehman, a technology education major, received the WIAC’s Max Sparger Scholar Athlete award and was a semi-finalist for the prestigious 2009 William V. Campbell award.

Finally, the Athletics Department was one of nine honored by the NCAA for its diversity efforts. It is the first time Division III universities have received the Diversity in Athletics award.

The UW-Stout athletic Web site www.athletics.uwstout.edu has received a facelift to make the site more attractive and provide more information to Blue Devil fans, recruits, prospective students, media, parents and the public.
The site provides game previews and stories, schedules, links to live Web casts and live statistics, player bios and a location to purchase Blue Devil merchandise.

While the Web site is the major method of information, fans can receive information in a number of methods: The Blue Devil This Week newsletter, RSS feeds, Facebook, Twitter, text messages and YouTube videos.