Jessica Petruzates

Jessica Petruzates

Men’s cross country team qualifies to national championship

The UW-Stout men’s cross country team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championship, which is set for Saturday, Nov. 18 in Elsah, Ill.

The Blue Devils’ regional team of Aleksandr Ilyushev, Tyler Ellefson, Joe Van Grinsven, Dan Ressler, Trevor Blum, Nick Zolondek and Michael Fifield finished fifth at the Midwest Regional Nov. 11 in Rock Island, Ill., with Ilyushev, Ellefson and Van Grinsven earning all-region status.

The Blue Devils last qualified as a team to the national championship in 2014, where the team also received an at-large bid after finishing fifth. Previous to the 2014 team, the Blue Devil men’s team had qualified to the NCAA national meet in 1981. Stout had qualified to the NAIA national meet in 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1986.

Blue Devil hockey gets back on winning side, down Gusties 5-3

Five different UW-Stout players scored goals and the Blue Devils went on to a 5-3 win over Gustavus Adolphus College, 5-3, Saturday at Don Roberts Ice Rink.

Stout jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring twice in the first period with Mathias Ahman scoring at 6:01 and Jack Forbort doubled the score at 16:18.

Gustavus answered back, but Connor Chambers countered the goal for Stout, scoring at 10:37 of the second to give Stout a 3-1 lead. The Gusties cut into the lead on a shorthanded goal at 17:59.

Stout stretched the lead to 4-2 on a goal by Evan Butcher at 12:43 in the third and added to the lead at 18:45 when Konnar Dechaine scored an empty net goal.

The Blue Devils’ Hunter Anderson was awarded three assists on the night, helping out Ahman, Chambers and Butcher. Alex Toscano, Kyle Sylvester, Gavin Smith and Joe Kleven each recorded one assist.

Tommi Ahlgren notched his first win of the season, recording 22 saves.

Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play. Stout outshot Gustavus, 30-25. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Blue Devils.

Stout will return home for a pair of games, hosting Lawrence University, Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. and Marian University, Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m.

Petruzates earns all-region honors, Stout 11th

UW-Stout had three runners finish in the top 50 at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional Saturday at Saukie Golf Course and Jessica Petruzates placed 30th to earn all-region honors as the Blue Devils finished 11th overall of 37 teams.

Petruzates paced the Blue Devils in a personal-best time time of 21-minutes, 47.0-seconds on the 6-kilometer course. Katie Repka finished 39th in a personal-best time of 22:04.4 and Rebecca Maxwell was close behind in 44th in a time of 22:09.5, shattering her personal-best mark by more than a minute.

Sylvia Lechnir placed 79th (22:52.0), Alex Ploeger was 114th (23:28.7), Violet Nelson was 159th (24:05.8), and Kate Koster was 182nd (24:36.4).

Titans shut out Blue Devils in season finale

UW-Oshkosh defeated UW-Stout, 31-0, to go undefeated (9-0, 7-0 WIAC) in the WIAC and capture the undisputed conference title. The Titans scored 21 points in the second quarter.

The Titans rolled up 396 yards against the WIAC’s leading defense, getting 197 yards on the ground and 199 in air.

Oshkosh QB Brett Kasper was 18-of-24 for 199 yards and two TDs. Kasper found Sam Mentkowski alone in the end zone for a 39-yard scoring play at 8:15 of the second quarter to take a 14-0 lead. Kasper hit Jacob Grant for a 21-yard TD pass with five seconds left in the first half. Mentkowski had seven receptions for 104 yards.

Mitch Gerhartz, who rushed 15 times for 96 yards, scored the Titans’ final TD, going 30 yards at 9:34 in the fourth quarter.

The Blue Devils (5-4, 3-4 WIAC) finished with 207 total yards of offense, 161 passing, 46 rushing. Jay Alston was 15-of-38 for 161 yards and was intercepted twice. Brian Sandifer caught five passes for 56 yards.

Stout punted nine times, while Oshkosh punted eight times.


Dunn County News reporter

Laura covers local/prep sports as well as school-related and general news in Dunn County. She joined The Dunn County News in October 2016. She can be contacted directly at or (715) 279-6721.

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