2011-12 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 23 (Feb. 6-12)

February 13, 2012
Men's Basketball - Dustin Kalien, Forward, 6-5, 190, Junior, Chippewa Falls, Wis./Chi-Hi
Kalien recorded a career-high 23 points as the Blugolds battled UW-Stout in overtime Saturday. While the Blugolds fell just short, 67-66, Kalien scored 18 of his 23 points from beyond the arc, where he went 6-for-10. He also finished the game tying with a team-high four rebounds.

February 13, 2012
Men's Hockey - Jordan Singer, Forward, 6-0, 196, Junior, Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial
Singer was an offensive force for the Blugolds as they finished their last weekend of NCHA regular season play. Friday night, Singer scored one of the three goals the Blugolds had in their 3-3 overtime tie with UW-superior. On Saturday night he had a good game for the Blugolds, getting his first hat-trick of the season and second of his career. Singer’s three goals were the only goals the Blugolds put on the board in their 5-3 loss to the No. 13 St. Scholastica Saints.

February 13, 2012
Men's Indoor Field - Tony Sigrist, Senior, Byron, Minn.
At UW-River Falls’ Brooks Classic on Saturday, Sigrist won the weight throw with a distance of 64-10.75, almost four feet better than the rest of the field and just two inches short of a school record. The distance was also the second best in NCAA Division III so far this year. He also placed fifth in the shot put with a toss of 50-6.75.

February 13, 2012
Men's Indoor Track - Thurgood Dennis, Freshman, Allouez, Wis./Green Bay Notre Dame
At UW-River Falls’ Brooks Classic on Saturday, Dennis won two individual events while he was a part of a winning relay team. He finished the 55-meter dash in first place with a time of 6.52 seconds and won the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.28 seconds, less than two-tenths of a second behind a school record. Dennis was also part of the winning 4x200-meter relay team that finished with a time of 1:31.18.

February 13, 2012
Men's Tennis - Joey Minear, Freshman, Oronoco, Minn./Rochester Century
As the Blugolds went 2-1 this weekend, Minear was the lone Blugold to win all three of his singles matches. In the No. 4 spot against Carthage, he won 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Friday. Saturday, he opened with a 6-1, 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot against Northwestern and closed the day at No. 1 with a 7-6, 6-1 victory over his Simpson opponent.

February 13, 2012
Women's Basketball - Ellen Plendl, Center, 6-5, Senior, Chippewa Falls, Wis./McDonell
Plendl recorded her 12th double-double of the season in a 72-40 victory over UW-Stout on Saturday. She finished the game shooting 6-for-8 from the floor and 6-for-8 from the free throw line to score a game-high 18 points. She also came away with a game-high 11 rebounds and five blocks.

February 13, 2012
Gymnastics All-Around - Olivia Aschenbrenner, Sophomore, Cedarburg, Wis./Grafton
At the UW-Whitewater Triangular this weekend, Aschenbrenner had the Blugolds’ best finish as she tied for second in the all-around competition with a season-high score of 37.150, a half-point from her career-best mark. She also led the Blugolds on the vault (fifth place, 9.325), uneven bars (tied for fourth place, 9.300) and on the balance beam (eighth place, 9.150). Her scores on the vault and bars were career-highs. She also just missed her career-best mark of 9.400 in the floor exercise as she came away with a score of 9.375, which was a season-high.

February 13, 2012
Gymnastics Specialist - RachelAnn Anderson, Sophomore, Maple Grove, Minn.
At the UW-Whitewater Triangular on Sunday, Anderson had the Blugolds’ best finish in the floor exercise. She finished the event in third place with a career-high score of 9.575. Anderson also was 13th on the balance beam with a score of 8.850.

February 13, 2012
Women's Hockey - Morgan Pieper, Goalie, 5-2, Senior, Williams, Minn./Warroad
Pieper helped the Blugolds to a weekend split with No. 9 UW-Superior. Friday night, she stopped 21 Yellowjacket shots as the Blugolds went on to defeat UW-Superior 3-2, just the Blugolds’ fifth victory all-time against the Yellowjackets. Saturday afternoon, she had 12 saves in the 4-3 Blugold loss. On the year, Pieper has a .903 save percentage and is fourth in the conference in saves with 389.

February 13, 2012
Women's Indoor Track - Talisa Emberts, Senior, Sussex, Wis./Sussex-Hamilton
At UW-River Falls’ Brooks Classic on Saturday, Emberts won the 400-meter dash and was part of the winning 4x200-meter relay team. She won the 400-meter dash with a time of 58.10 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. The 4x200-meter team won with a time of 1:44.34, less than a second behind a school mark.