2012-13 UWEC Athletes of the Week - Week 30 (April 15-21)

April 22, 2013
Men's Outdoor Field - Brandon Zarnoth, Sophomore, Appleton, Wis./North
Zarnoth, who finished eighth in the heptathlon at Indoor Nationals, appeared to have punched his ticket to Outdoor Nationals by finishing first in the decathlon with a total of 6,398 points at the Phil Esten Challenge on Sunday. That puts him atop of the rankings in the NCAA Division III. As a team, the Blugolds finished third at the meet in La Crosse.

April 22, 2013
Men's Outdoor Track - Thurgood Dennis, Sophomore, Allouez, Wis./Green Bay Notre Dame
Dennis, the indoor national champion in the 60-meter dash as well as the 4x400 meter relay, took down 400-meter indoor national champion Aric Hoeschen of UW-La Crosse in Hoeschen's own event, the 400-meter dash this weekend at the Phil Esten Challenge in La Crosse. Dennis beat the conditions and rose to the occasion, winning with a time of 48.10 seconds, the fastest time in the conference and 10th best time in the nation so far this year. As a team, the Blugolds finished third at Sunday’s meet.

April 22, 2013
Men's Tennis - Florent Marco, Senior, Eau Claire, Wis./Memorial
Competing three times this weekend, Marco finished 2-1 in singles and 2-1 in doubles as the Blugolds went 2-1 against other UW opponents. Facing UW-La Crosse on Friday, he won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3 singles and 8-6 at No. 3 doubles with partner Kyle Hoffmann. Against UW-Oshkosh on Saturday, he won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 3 singles and 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. For the season, he is 12-10 in singles and 17-3 with Hoffmann in doubles.

April 22, 2013
Softball - Pitcher: Zana Lorbetske, Righthanded Pitcher, 5-6, Freshman, Rhinelander, Wis./Three Lakes
Lorbetske appeared in two games this weekend and recorded two victories as the Blugolds defeated UW-La Crosse 3-2 in nine innings to open the day and 5-2 later in the day. In the first game with the score tied, she pitched the final four innings and gave up just two hits and no runs while striking out four batters. In game two with the Blugolds leading 4-2, Lorbetske again pitched the final four innings, allowing just one hit and no runs while striking out seven batters. Lorbetske is now 6-1 on the season and has a 1.75 ERA on the season. The two wins this week pushed the Blugolds’ conference winning streak to 17 games, tying a school record.

April 22, 2013
Softball - Position: Nikki Brooks, Leftfield, 5-7, Sophomore, New Richmond, Wis./St. Croix Central
Competing in two games this weekend, Brooks led the Blugolds with a .667 batting average (4-for-6), and helped the team defeat UW-La Crosse 3-2 in nine innings to open the day and 5-2 later in the day. The two wins this week pushed the Blugolds’ conference winning streak to 17 games, tying a school record. In game one, Brooks went 2-for-4 with one RBI while she was 2-for-2 in game two with a sacrifice and one run. She had a slugging percentage of .667, second highest on the team, while leading the Blugolds with a .667 on-base percentage. Starting both games in leftfield, she recorded one putout.

April 22, 2013
Women's Golf - Kate Engler, Sophomore, Beloit, Wis./F.J. Turner
Engler led the Blugolds this weekend at the Wartburg College Spring Invitational, where the Blugolds finished in fourth place out of 10 teams. She completed the event, which was shortened to one round due to rain, tied for eighth place with 79 strokes (+7).

April 22, 2013
Women's Outdoor Track - Kelsey Weigel, Junior, Marshfield, Wis.
Weigel won the heptathlon with a total of 4,443 points at the Phil Esten Challenge on Sunday. She won four of the seven heptathlon events – the javelin, shot put, long jump and 200-meter dash – and is currently ranked eighth in the country and first in the WIAC.

April 22, 2013
Women's Tennis - Maddie Johnson, Sophomore, Lakeville, Minn./South
Competing in one event this weekend, Johnson and the Blugolds defeated Northwestern College (Minn.) 8-1. She won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles and 8-2 at No. 2 doubles along with Gretchen Bachmeier. Johnson is now 13-5 in singles and 14-3 in doubles play with Bachmeier this season.

April 22, 2013
Women's Tennis - Mary Frassetto, Junior, Oshkosh, Wis./West
Competing in one event this weekend, Frassetto and the Blugolds defeated Northwestern College (Minn.) 8-1. She won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles while her and partner Madison Rossebo won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Frassetto is now 17-1 on the season in singles and 6-0 with Rossebo in doubles.