Platteville ends La Crosse jinx

La Crosse, Wis., had been a dry town for the
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
football team since 1980.

But Lee Vlasak and a stiff Pioneer defense ended the drought

Vlasak rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns and the Pioneers
held the Eagles without a touchdown for the first time since 1973
while trampling UW-La Crosse, 21-6, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The victory was Platteville’s first in La Crosse in 30 years.

Nick Anderson (a sharp 15-for-21 passing for 154 yards) hit Jeff
Bracken for a 20-yard second-quarter score that gave Platteville a
7-3 lead. Vlasak reached the end zone on TD runs of 45 and 4 yards
in the second half, giving the converted wide receiver seven scores
in the last two weeks.

Nick Snyder sacked La Crosse quarterback Nick Anker three times
as the Pioneers (4-2, 2-1) stayed in WIAC title contention.

La Crosse fell to 1-5, 1-2.

Dubuque 35, Simpson 7 – At Chalmers Field: Wyatt Hanus and
DeMacus Fleming conspired to get the Spartans back on track and
executed the plan to a T.

A terrific Hanus threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns, hitting
Fleming on scores of 32 and 23 yards as the Spartans (3-4, 2-3 Iowa
Conference) routed the Storm (1-6, 1-4) before 2,850 fans on

Hanus connected on 25 of 32 passes, while Fleming caught seven
passes for 146 yards. Albert Hightower got to Storm quarterback
Taylor Nelson for 21/2 sacks.


Dubuque 3, Buena Vista 0 – Nick McDonald banked home a pair of
rebound goals and Cory Winkler found the net as the IIAC co-leading
Spartans (12-2, 5-0) kept rolling.

Loras 2, Coe 0 – At the Rock Bowl: Tom Strumpf and Andy Filipiak
scored as the Duhawks (9-6, 4-1) buried the Kohawks (7-6-1, 2-3).
Coe managed just one shot on goal.

Grand View 2, Clarke 0 – At Wahlert Field: Luis Heiter Piffer
and Noel Medina beat Charlie Fast and a sweltering Grand View
defense held the Crusaders (6-7-1, 3-4-1 Midwest Collegiate
Conference) to one shot on goal in Clarke’s shutout loss.

UW-Platteville 1, UW-Superior 0 – At Platteville, Wis.: Brandon
Chmiel rifled home his fourth goal off a B.J. Gottschlich feed in
the 25th minute, lifting the Pioneers (8-6-1, 2-2 WIAC) to


Loras 1, Coe 0 – At the Rock Bowl: Katie Chambers’ 18th-minute
netter off a Jessica Kern assist was all the offense an unbeatable
Duhawk defense would need to keep NCAA Division III No. 7-ranked
Loras (14-1, 5-0) flying atop the Iowa Conference.

Dubuque 7, Buena Vista 1 – At Storm Lake, Iowa: Not to be
outdone, the Spartans (9-4-2, 5-0) kept pace with the Duhawks
behind an explosive offensive performance anchored by Sara
Fassbinder and Ashly Hamilton, who drilled home two goals

Sidney Rangel scored and set up two scores for Dubuque.

Clarke 1, Grand View 0 – Morgan Sullivan scored at 17:56 and an
untouchable Kaylee Steen (four saves) delivered in net for the
Crusaders (10-4-1, 6-2 MCC).

UW-Platteville 11, UW-Superior 0 – At Platteville, Wis.: Jessica
Butler assaulted the Yellowjacket net for four goals and Anna
Strasser scored twice as the Pioneers (10-6-1, 3-3-1) blitzed the
WIAC last-place Yellowjackets (2-12, 0-5).


Loras wins Rhodes tourney – At Memphis, Tenn.: The Duhawks
(22-7) finished off a 4-0 run to the Rhodes Fall Break Classic with
sweeps of Wisconsin Lutheran and Greensboro.

Clarke splits at Lindenwood Invite – At St. Charles, Mo.: The
Crusaders (18-11) swept Trevecca Nazarene to finish the tourney


UW-Platteville’s Klein runs 2nd at Jim Drews Invite – At West
Salem, Wis.: The Pioneers’ Patrick Klein covered the 8,000-meter
Maple Grove Country Club course in 24:37 to claim victory over the
488-runner field with teammate Jason Garvens (24:38) shadowing him
in the Pioneer men’s solid second-place showing at the 10-team

Only NCAA Division I Minnesota was faster than Platteville.