NCAA dreams crushed for Badgers’ fans in the second round

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor

Many brackets were ruined after the 5th-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (23-12) loss to 12th-seeded Mississippi (27-8) on Friday, Mar. 22, 57-46, in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.
The Badgers could not get much going offensively, shooting a season low 25.4 percent from the field. Besides an extremely low shooting percentage, the Badgers also turned the ball over 11 times, which is three more than their season average of eight. Going into halftime, Wisconsin had a 25-22 lead.
However, their offensive shooting struggles carried over to their 3-point field goal attempts as well. Wisconsin, typically known for their power game inside, shot 23.3 percent on 7 for 30 shooting.
Scoring droughts have plagued the Badgers all season. The Badgers only scored one field goal in the last 6:52 of the game. Freshman guard Sam Dekker led the way for Wisconsin with 14 points and three rebounds.
Besides their offensive struggles, Wisconsin’s defense broke down multiple times in the second half, especially in the critical last three minutes of the game. They held Old Miss stand-out guard Marshall Henderson to just 1 for 11 scoring in the first half, allowing two points total. In the second half, that was not the case.
Henderson went on in the second half to go 5 for 10, including three key 3-pointers in the second half: one with under three minutes left in the game, which extended the Mississippi lead to six. Henderson led the Rebels with a game high 19 points.
The win for the Old Miss Rebels was their first NCAA tournament win since 2002. The upset loss for the Badgers marks their first loss in six straight first-game NCAA tounament victories. Old Miss moved onto the round of 32 to play 13th-seeded La Salle on Sunday, Mar. 24.


Spring sports bogged down by late winter weather

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor

Although the snow is still on the ground, the spring sports season has started. By traveling to warmer places like Arizona and Florida dur¬ing spring break, Viterbo’s baseball and softball teams have been able to squeeze in a few games.
Lady V-Hawk Softball
So far this season, the V-Hawk softball team has a record of 2-11, with all of their games being played in Tucson, Ariz. While in Arizona, the V-Hawks played 13 games in 7 days.
The V-Hawks are led by sophomore outfielder Maddy Podmolik who is batting .400 and leading the team in hits (16), homeruns (1) and RBIs (7). The sophomore is also leading the team in slugging percentage at .550. Last season as a freshman, Podmolik was a Midwest Collegiate Conference First Team All-Conference selection, and led the V-Hawks with 42 hits, 12 doubles and 26 RBIs, while starting in all 39 games.
Just as Podmolik is putting up impressive statistics early in the season, junior catcher Amanda Berg is also leading the V-Hawks. Berg is second on the team in batting average (.353) and hits (6), while also playing in 11 of the 13 games for the V-Hawks.
Junior Allison Van Haveremaet has led the V-Hawks on the mound with an ERA of 2.03 and 23 strike¬outs, while walking only five batters. Freshman Kristen Tomlinson and sophomore Justine Emerson will continue to back up Van Haveremaet on the mound. The two have combined for 18 strikeouts and 30 earned runs and have walked 12 batters this season.
With snow still covering the ground, the team has had to cancel their last four games, including the Ashford University Spring Bash, which was to take place March 22-23. The V-Hawks are scheduled to open up conference play on March 24 at Grand View University. The V-Hawks’ first home games are planned for March 26, and will host Clarke University with game one beginning at 3:00 p.m.
V-Hawk Baseball
Unlike the Viterbo softball team, the Viterbo baseball team has been busy playing their early season games in Miami and West Palm Beach, Fla. The team has also made two trips to Minneapolis, Minn. to play a series of games in the Metrodome.
With a season record of 10-8, the V-Hawk men opened up their season Feb. 13 against Morningside College where they ended up with a 2-2 split in the series.
The Hawks then travelled to Florida over spring break where they compiled an 8-6 record in the sunshine state. The team’s most recent series in the Metrodome produced a 4-0 sweep against former MCC team Waldorf College.
Thus far, sophomore outfielder Brandon Breech and senior outfielder and pitcher Blake Shepherd, have led the V-Hawks. In 14 games played, Breech is among the top players in hits (16), batting average (.381) and runs scored (14). Shepherd is leading the team in other statistical categories such as RBIs (10), slugging percentage (.469) and stolen bases (4).
Shepherd has been an MCC First Team All-Conference selection his last two years and last season was Viterbo University’s Male Athlete of the Year. As well as playing outfield, Shepherd has also pitched in three games for the V-Hawks, giving up a 4.32 ERA.
The V-Hawks’ top pitcher this year is senior lefty Chris Dunn. Dunn leads the V-Hawk pitchers in innings pitched (29.2), batters struck out (35) and earned runs average (1.52). Junior right-handed pitcher Taylor Erwin will back up Dunn for the season on the mound. Erwin has two wins this season and has an ERA of 1.12.
The V-Hawk men planned to open conference play on March 23 but the game was cancelled because of bad weather. The team was scheduled to play Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa. The V-Hawk men will open up at home on April 6-7, when they host Mount Mercy University, with game one beginning at 1 p.m., followed by game two. April 7 start time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Badgers excel in Big Ten Conference

By Janelle Mathews
With March Madness quickly approaching, the Badgers men’s basketball team has put themselves in a winning position in the Big Ten conference with only three games left in the regular season. The Badgers are currently ranked No. 19 in the AP Top 25 Poll, making them the lowest-ranked Big Ten team that is actually ranked; however, they are third in the Big Ten with a better record than seventh-ranked Michi¬gan and No. 18 Ohio State.
As of Sunday, Feb. 24, the Badgers are two games behind No. 1 Indi¬ana and one game behind fourth-ranked Michigan State in the Big Ten with a record of 10-4 and 19-8 overall.
Earlier in the season, the Badgers defeated the Hoosiers in a thriller 64-59, making Indiana their second home.
According to The Associated Press, “The Badgers are the first team since 1923 to win a fifth consecutive game in Bloomington, matching a record achieved only three other times…and they still have not lost to Indiana coach Tom Crean since he arrived in Blooming¬ton in 2008.”
On the other hand, the Badgers lost to No. 4 Michigan State earlier this season in a closely contested game, 49-47. They will have a chance to revenge this loss when they travel to East Lansing, Mich. on March 7.
The Badgers finish up their regular season playing Purdue on March 3, Michigan State on March 7 and Penn State on March 10.

Men’s bowling season comes to an end

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor
The V-Hawk men’s bowling team has been consistent this year, plac¬ing in the middle of the pack at var-ious tournaments this season. The V-Hawks’ best team performance this year came at home when they hosted the V-Hawk Invitational at Pla-Mor Lanes on Jan. 27, capturing the title.
Among the top performers at the invitational was senior Matt Krueger, who finished fourth and also made the all-tournament team with a score of 656. Fellow team¬mates, T.J. York and Rob Warren also made the all-tournament team.
Krueger believes the team this year has had one of their best sea¬sons in the program’s short history.
“I believe that our team has ac¬complished a lot this year,” Krueger stated. “We won the first tourna-ment in program history (at our home tournament) in a dominating fashion, and we have come close at a few more tournaments.”
One of the close tournaments the V-Hawks had was when they com¬peted in the Midwest Collegiate Conference on Feb. 9-10. It was the second straight year in which the V-Hawks lost in the conference final to St. Ambrose University.
At the tournament, Krueger took home more honors and was named to the MCC All-Conference First Team.
Krueger admits his success didn’t begin just this season. Last spring Krueger found his stride.
“I worked on my game with my dad a lot over winter break last year and came out very confident,” Krueger told Lumen.
Krueger’s confidence carried into the final tournaments of last season, where he qualified for the national tournament.
“Being one of the final 24 men left in the nation, competing for a championship feels great,” Krueger stated. “It felt even better when I made it to the top eight. I know what that feels like and I want the team to feel that as well as myself again.”
Krueger also worked on his bowl¬ing game in the offseason, bowling in various tournaments within his hometown of Green Bay. As well as working on his game and work¬ing with one of the best bowling coaches in the country, Krueger consulted a sports psychologist to help him make some changes.
As well as being one of the top performers on the team, the senior has taken on a leadership role with fellow senior Greg Pizl.
“The experience from the seniors, especially Greg and I, really help the underclassmen,” Krueger said. “Greg and I have lots of experi¬ence on the lanes, and it shows in this year’s team with the two of us coaching and giving tips in practice and at tournaments.”
Although Krueger has accumu¬lated many individual awards and has been successful this season, he hopes to improve at the sectional tournament and qualify for the national tournament in his final season.
“I want to go out with a bang in both team and singles competition,” Krueger stated. “I want to leave it all on the lanes with no regrets. I owe my success to the hard work that I have put into my game over the last year. There is also that fact that I want to go back to nationals and make up for what I did not accomplish last year, to win an indi¬vidual championship for Viterbo.”
The V-Hawks will compete in the sectional tournament in Allentown, Penn. Mar. 9-10 as one of 20 teams. If the team finishes in the top four, they will advance to the national tournament in April in Lincoln, Neb. Many of the teams competing at the tournament are ranked in the top 25 nationally.

Men’s basketball careers come to an end for two seniors

By Dani Templin
Sports Editor
The men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end in the quar¬terfinal round of the Midwest Col-legiate Conference Tournament on Feb. 20 at R.W. Beggs Gymnasium to the hands of conference foe and 5-seed Grand View University. The loss marked the last games for se¬niors, Alex Koeller and Sekou Moore as V-Hawks.
In the 76-72 overtime loss, the V-Hawks were led in scoring by junior Izac Sheforgen who scored a game high 24 points and 8 rebounds. Fel¬low junior, Matt Turba contributed 17 points for the V-Hawks.
In his final game as a V-Hawk, Koeller hit a 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left to force the game into overtime. However, the V-Hawks could not maintain a lead to capture the victory.
The V-Hawks ended their 2012-2013 season with an overall record of 16-15 and a conference record of 6-6. The season saw much progress, as the V-Hawks improved upon their 2011-2012 season, by winning fifth games more than last season and qualifying for the conference tourna¬ment.
Next year, the V-Hawks will welcome 6’1” Jake Bemke, a guard from Neenah, Wis. for the 2013-2014 season. With four starters return¬ing next season for the V-Hawks, the team will look to continue upon their success from this season.

Lyrical routine sets Viterbo dance team apart from the competition

By Jamie Kohl

Contributing Writer

The Viterbo women’s dance team has danced their way to nationals in Minneapolis, Minn. for the second year in a row. They will be com­peting with numerous competitive dance teams in the national compe­tition called DXamericup.

For the dance team to achieve such success, they practice twice a week as well as a few Sundays here and there due to the difficulty of a few scheduling issues.

Co-captain Carlee Brockman stat­ed, “The girls have worked extra hard by adding in practices on the weekends and Friday afternoons.”

The dance team also performs for Viterbo’s men and women’s basketball teams. But in order to impress the judges at nationals once again this year, the V-hawk danc­ers decided to shake things up and take the competition at nationals up a notch by incorporating a lyrical piece for one of their three dances for competition.

Co-captain Rachel Hall discussed the difficulty in a lyrical routine and also the lyrical values in com­petition.

“First, it’s very demanding of emotional expression; a dancer can­not smile through the entire routine and call it good,” Hall told Lu­men. “There must be an emotional connection made and portrayed. Second are the technical aspects of lyrical dance. What I mean is when there are turns, leaps, extensions, etc. they are very precise and typi­cally slow which requires a lot of core strength and control in general. Third, a lot of people aren’t exposed to it so it can be a shocker.”

Lyrical routines are judged im­mensely harder than typical dance routines. Brockman stated, “a lyri­cal piece goes beyond the execu­tion of dance moves and into the execution of emotions. This routine allows both the dancer and viewer to interpret the dance as they wish.”

Typically routines such as hip-hop or jazz are not put on the same judging scale as lyrical routines.

Brockman and Hall stated that lyrical routines apply control and emotion into the routine, making it harder for a large group to be on point with one another. Adding a lyrical dance of emotion and control will be a big step for the V-hawks to take into a competition, Brockman said.

In order to achieve their goals; Hall also stated, “changes include, but are not limited to, adding more difficulty to turns or other techni­cal moves, rearranging formations, and ‘cleaning’ or in other words, repeatedly going over the routines bit by bit to ensure uniformity and clean lines.”

This will be the first V-hawk lyrical dance to ever be put to­gether and performed in a national competition. The V-Hawk dance team strives and works toward being in the top five, hopefully first, at nationals and work towards earning enough money to be able to perform their lyrical routine.

So, why bring a lyrical piece to a nationally judged collegiate com­petition? Brockman stated that the lyrical piece will be dedicated to a personal friend of Brockman and Allie Marshall, choreographer, who passed away.

With the help of Marshall the women’s dance team strives and trains to make the perfect routine for nationals. Surpassing the two-time national competitors will be a challenge for other teams at nation­als to contend with and they will be shocked with a lyrical dedication piece.

The competition isn’t the entire thing that the dance girls are look­ing for, they also have a few out­takes in mind. Brockman stated, “This year our goal is to primarily do our best and have fun. It doesn’t matter how cheesy it sounds that is what dance team is all about. And if we place well then that makes the event even better.”

Hall stated that having fun competing and placing in the top five were also goals in mind for the team. Success, work-ethic and a positive experience are the three main goals the Viterbo dance team has as a whole.

The dance team will step up and take the floor by leap, turn and extension during both men and women’s basketball games half-time. The dancers will also be per­forming numerous difficult routines during homecoming games and during their end of the year dance recital.

Brockman stated, “The dance team will be performing at home­coming and at a dance performance called the Blackhawk bleacher Bash in Prairie du Chien on Feb. 17. All pieces from the year will also be performed at our recital April 20 in the Fine Arts Center at 2:00pm.”

Along with their busy schedules of performances, the lady V-hawk dancers will take the stage at DX­americup in Minneapolis, Minneso­ta during the weekend of Feb. 22-24 and will be competing to achieve their own personal goals.

Women’s basketball team optimistic before MCC tournament

By Melissa Freund

Assistant Sports Editor

With the Midwest Collegiate Con­ference tournament right around the corner, the Lady V-Hawks basketball team is optimistic with only two match-ups left before the quarterfinals.

After their nail-biting 66-64 loss to Grand View University on Feb. 9, the V-Hawks are sitting with an overall record of 10-18. Given their overall record of 10-21 last year, the team is looking to finish the 2012-13 season with a better record than 2011-12.

While the Lady V-Hawks are 4-6 in conference play, senior forward Jess Pavlinec is confident in the team’s abilities.

After being named an MCC Aca­demic All-Conference player the past two years, the nutrition and dietetics major from Naperville, Ill., is hoping to clench a few more vic­tories before retiring her uniform.

“Every game that we’ve played in conference has been a battle,” stated Pavlinec. “Any team could be beaten any given day; it’s just a question of who wants it more that day,” which was apparent in their loss to Grand View.

However, Pavlinec is not dis­couraged by these narrow losses. Instead, she sees these challenges as giving the team, “more motivation to continue to get better in practice because we want to have that extra push at the end of the game.”

Averaging 5 rebounds, and 5.1 points per game, Pavlinec is only one of six seniors leading the Lady V-Hawks this season.

Pavlinec is leading the team with a total of 130 rebounds this sea­son, but not far behind are fellow seniors Dani Templin and Laquita Becker, each grabbing 128 rebounds this season. Templin is also the second leading scorer on for the V-Hawks, averaging 10.4 points per game.

In contemplating her graduation along with her five teammates, Pavlinec reflected, “All of my teammates are my sisters and best friends, and I’m thankful that play­ing basketball has led me to them.”

However, it’s hard to think that I won’t be able to play the game that has brought us together and given us so many memories.”

Although they will be losing a number of strong players, Pavlinec foresees the Lady V-Hawks being “very successful” next year because “they all [the underclassmen] have a very hard work ethic.”

The V-Hawks finish their regular season with a home game against William Penn on Feb. 13, followed by Viterbo’s homecoming event, where the V-Hawks will take on Mount Mercy University on Feb. 16.

Lady V-Hawks upset by St. Ambrose at MCC Tournament

By Dani Templin

Sports Editor

After the first day of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament the V-Hawks were in first place with 5712 total pins. Senior Rachel Schalow won the individual title with a 193 average.

The Viterbo women’s bowling team, the top seed, was upset on day two of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Tournament, with a 2-1 loss to fifth-seeded St. Ambrose.

The Viterbo University women’s bowling team has had its ups and downs this season, but one thing has remained consistent: the play of senior Rachel Schalow.

The lady V-Hawk bowlers opened up the season with a strong show­ing at the Midwest Bowling Cham­pionships, finishing 9th out of 30 teams. However, in their next tour­nament, the lady V-Hawks failed to place in the top 10, placing 15th out of 30 teams at the Leatherneck Invitational.

Schalow believes the ups and downs earlier in the season came from the pressure and mental as­pect of the sport.

“We always seem to do well during the individual and baker portions, but when it comes down to the match play rounds, we can’t pull it together under the pressure,” said Schalow. “We have struggled with the mental game of bowling. When we get frustrated, we have a hard time letting go of the previous shot or game.”

Over the past four tournaments, the lady V-Hawks have remained steady, with their lowest finish of 9th place at the Eagles Baker Chal­lenge on Jan. 13.

“Lately we have been realizing we need to have fun and not take the sport too seriously,” Schalow stated. “Helping one another to read the lanes and adjust to the changing conditions, as well as building each others’ confidence on and off the lanes has led us to be successful recently.”

In their most recent tournament on Jan. 27, the team hosted and won their tournament, the V-Hawk Invitational.

Schalow considered the V-Hawk Invitational a great opportunity for the team to show their skills to the Viterbo community.

“It gives our team a chance to show our fellow students and fac­ulty how collegiate bowling works, and to show our passion and dedi­cation we have put into this team,” Schalow said.

Schalow believes the atmosphere of a home tournament aided the team in their strong finish.

“The atmosphere was quite dif­ferent because we are not used to students and other faculty coming to our tournaments because the distance is usually too far,” Schalow stated. “It feels great to have a sup­port system cheering us on from be­hind the lanes giving us that extra momentum that we needed.”

Schalow’s individual season has paralleled that of the teams. Open­ing up the season, Schalow aver­aged a 181 and a 185 in the first two tournaments, both personal lows for the season. However, over the past three tournaments Schalow has stepped up. Her best average of a 218 and an individual 3rd place finish took place at the Warhawk Invitational on Dec. 2.

Schalow and the lady V-Hawk bowling team will finish up their regular season competition on Feb. 17 at the Hoosier Classic in India­napolis, in which top teams from all across the country will be compet­ing.

With her senior year coming to an end, Schalow contributes much of her success over the past four years to those around her.

“My success through my col­legiate years has come through the confidence and support of my teammates, coaches and family,” Schalow said. “I will greatly miss college bowling, along with the friendships that I have made, all the trips and places I had the opportu­nity to go on and see.”

Schalow acknowledged she will miss wearing the Viterbo jersey and the bittersweet moments of victory, but bowling will always be a part of her life, even after college.

Big changes on the horizon for Packers’ 2013-2014 team roster

By Melissa Freund

Sports Assistant Editor

After beginning the season with high expectations, the Green Bay Packers’ road to the Super Bowl was cut short after a 45-31 loss to San Francisco in the second round of the play-offs on Jan. 12.

While the loss to the 49ers was a disappointment to the team’s large fan base, the post-season game could be monumental for another reason; it could mark the end of an era.

Recently, there have been many speculations on what Green Bay’s team will look like next season. A number of the Packers’ dependable veterans are questionable about whether or not they will be sporting the classic green and gold uniform next year. One such player is long-time, wide receiver, Donald Driver.

In his 14 seasons playing for the Packers, the Texas native has made a household name of himself, taking hold of nearly every receiving record for the Packers. Over his career, the four-time Pro Bowler has caught 743 passes and scored 61 touchdowns, as reported by USA Today.

While the loss of Driver could be difficult for cheeseheads to come to terms with, he is not the only set of hands that Aaron Rodgers could lose as a target for the 2013 season; wide receiver Greg Jennings joins him on the list of questionable returners.

According to the Packers’ website, Jennings is listed as a free agent for the upcoming season, and his agent reportedly has not been in contact with the Packers in regards to a new contract for 2013.

According to an article on the National Football League’s website, neither Driver nor Jennings expects that he will be returning to the frozen tundra next year.

Another athlete considering retirement is center, Jeff Saturday. Similar to Donald Driver, Saturday will be turning 38 later this year and has played 14 seasons in the NFL.

After playing only one season with the Packers, Saturday announced late last week that he will be retiring after the 2012 season. Saturday capped off his career on Jan. 27, after competing in his sixth Pro Bowl.

There are a number of big name players who could be saying farewell to Green Bay; however, due to his poor performance early on, the most controversial player of the season was Jermichael Finley.

Bob McGinn, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, reported back in December that Finley would not be returning for another year with the Packers.

However, after turning around his performance in the final games of the season, reports now point to Finley being on the Packers’ roster for the 2013 season.

Men’s basketball looks to second half of conference race

By Danielle Templin

Sports Editor

The Viterbo men’s basketball team has been off to a fast start in the Midwest Collegiate Conference this season. At the halfway point in the regular season conference race, the men currently have a 4-2 conference record and an overall record of 13-10.

Last season the V-Hawks struggled, producing an overall record of 11-19 and a 6-12 MCC record, finishing eighth in the conference.

The first conference loss this season for the V-Hawks came Jan. 16 in Oskaloosa, Iowa against top-conference contender, and No. 2 nationally ranked Wiliam Penn University. The V-Hawks dropped their second straight conference game against No. 9 Mount Mercy University in overtime 85-74, also on the road.

Thus far this season the V-Hawks have been led, by junior forward, Cole Lewis, who is averaging 12.3 points per game and 5.9 rebounds per game, both team highs. With a strong supporting cast in the frontcourt, led by juniors Matt Turba and Izac Sheforgen, the V-Hawks look to continue their success in the second half of the conference battle.

Early in the season, the V-Hawks struggled to find their identity as a team.

“We struggled early in the year, partly due to not being as prepared as we should have been,” Sheforgen said. “However, throughout the season we have gotten better and better. We are now starting to recognize our potential and things are starting to click, and we realize that we can compete with any team in our conference on any given night, even on the road.”

Their recent success of the team has been attributed to a variety of circumstances.

“We have not been as successful as we wished to be,” Sheforgen said. “However, our comfort level and depth, along with the ability of people off the bench being able to score has sparked us recently. Everyone on the team wants to be successful and win.”

Along with a balanced attack on  offense, the V-Hawks’ defense has been able to put up impressive numbers. With the number one scoring defense in the conference, only allowing 59.8 points per game, the V-Hawks have been able to rely on both ends of the floor to attribute to their success.

Compared to last season, the V-Hawks confidence this season has developed from experience.

“We have been able to be more successful this season because we have more experience,” said senior center, Alex Koeller. “We have had the same core of guys playing together for the last three years, along with having a sense of camaraderie.”

With possibly their toughest second round conference games the remainder of the season at home, against William Penn University and Mount Mercy University, the V-Hawk men look to be a contender for the top seed in the conference tournament.

The MCC may come down to the final few games of the season, in which the V-Hawk men look to make a few changes.

“We have to be prepared to make changes when they arise because the second time around in conference, teams know our strengths and our offense, along with how to defend them,” Sheforgen said.

Sheforgen also attributes the team’s balanced scoring attack as a strength in the second half of the race.

“We play together as a team, whereas our competitors are more of individuals,” said Sheforgen.     “We have multiple guys that will step into a role because we are such a balanced team.”

Koeller believes for the team to be the top contender at the end of the conference race, the team needs to put together a full game.

“The biggest thing for us is to play a complete 40 minute game,” said Koeller. “We need to finish games, and that is something we have not been able to accomplish the past two games.”

Sheforgen on the other hand, believes establishing the pace of the game early will be the key for additional V-Hawk wins.

“We have to come out and use our home court to our advantage and be the aggressor early to establish a mentality and set a tone for it to be played how we want it to be,” Sheforgen said.

“We were in many close games last year,” said Sheforgen. “We have figured out ways to finish the games, whereas last year we could never finish them.”

With only seven games left in the regular season, the V-Hawks are looking to remain unbeaten and vie for a top seed in the conference tournament.

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