Tyson Kalien, Guard, 6-1, 210, Junior, Chippewa
The Blugolds’ leading scorer, Kalien recorded a career high in points as UW-Eau Claire opened conference play this past week. In a 64-50 loss at 23rd-ranked UW-Stevens Point, Kalien scored nine points making two-of-six field goals including two-of-three three-point field goal attempts and three-of-four free throws. Kalien also recorded three rebounds and two steals. In a 64-59 loss to UW-River Falls Kalien tallied a career-best 22 points converting six-of-16 field goals including four-of-11 three-point field goals and a perfect six-of-six showing at the free throw line. Kalien also recorded two steals and one rebound against the Falcons. For the week Kalien averaged 15.5 points, two rebounds and two steals per game shooting 8-of-22 (36.4%), six-of-14 (42.9%) from the three-point line and nine-of-ten (90%) from the free throw line.
Madison Johnson, Forward, 6-2, Junior, Osceola,
Johnson had a solid week for the Blugolds who split two conference games this past week. In a 59-53 loss to UW-Stevens Point Johnson scored seven points while grabbing three rebounds. Johnson made three-of-eight field goals while going one-for-three from the free throw line. In a 59-36 road victory at UW-River Falls Johnson scored 13 points, hauled in seven rebounds, three coming on the offensive end, and added one assist. Johnson made five-of-10 field goals, two-of-two three-point field goals and made her only free throw attempt. For the week Johnson averaged 10 points and five rebounds per game making eight-of-18 (44.4%), two-of-four (50%) three-point field goals and two-of-four (50%) free throws.
Jay Deo, Goalkeeper, 5-8, 166, Sophomore, Langley,
Deo was impressive in goal as the Blugolds recorded their first conference victory of the season. In a 4-1 victory over UW-Superior Deo played all 60 minutes saving 38-of-39 shots faced. It was the fewest goals allowed by Deo in a game this season and it was also the most saves Deo has recorded in five appearances. Deo is 1-0-1 lifetime against the Yellowjackets allowing 1.5 goals per game in those two contest.
Paige Turner, Goalkeeper, 5-3, Junior, Iron River,
Turner was a key component for the Blugolds who earned their first WIAC conference point in two years in a weekend series with six-ranked UW-Stevens Point. In a 3-3 tie with the Pointers on December 5 Turner saved 37 shots playing all 65 minutes in net. In a 2-1 loss at UW-Stevens Point the following night Turner saved 45-of-47 shots between the pipes. It was the fourth 40-plus save performance for Turner this season.
Justin Karkula, 275 pounds, Sophomore, Oshkosh,
Karkula went 2-1 on the week and helped the Blugolds earn their first two dual meet wins of the season. With the Blugolds down 23-18 entering his match against Brandon Boyle of UW-Platteville, Karkula pinned Boyle at 1:47 giving the Blugolds a 24-23 victory over the Pioneers. It was the first WIAC dual meet victory since the Blugolds defeated UW-Platteville 24-16 on January 12, 2011. At the Candlewood Suites Duals hosted by UW-La Crosse Karkula went 1-1 for the day defeating Matt Kadrlik of St. John’s (MN) by a 13-4 major decision and losing to Cole Wilson of Southwest Minnesota State by fall at 2:23. Wilson is the fourth-ranked wrestler in the nation among Division II wrestlers at heavyweight. As a team the Blugolds defeated St. John’s 25-21. The Johnnies are currently ranked 26th in the nation in the latest Intermat NCAA Division III national poll.