This Week In Sports: 3/3/23

This Week In Sports: 3/3/23

Noah Riccardi, Sports Editor

Women’s tennis takes down Luther Norse

  • On Feb. 25, womens’ tennis defeated Luther College in a match in Rochester, Minn., 6-3, behind victories in all three doubles matches, moving to 4-0 on the young season.
  • Amalin Sorajja ’23 took two victories — an 8-7 win on second doubles alongside Amanye Reynolds ’24 and a dominant 6-2 6-1 display on fourth singles, playing a huge part in the team’s victory.
  • Elizabeth Trevathan ’26 and Meg Ulrich ’24 were the Scots’ other double winners. Trevathan won 8-4 on third doubles alongside Avery Munster ’23, then took a straight sets victory 6-1 7-5, on fifth singles. Ulrich, for her part, also took an 8-4 pro set win with Sydney Ellison ’24 on first doubles, then handled the Norse on third singles with a 6-1 7-6 win.
  • The Scots remain undefeated so far in the young season. Next on the menu are a couple of MIAC tests in St. Catherine University and Concordia College (Minn.).

Men’s Track finishes indoor season strong at home.

  • In the MIAC indoor track and field championships at the Leonard Center fieldhouse beginning on Feb. 24 and ending on Feb. 26, the men’s track and field team put on a strong performance to close out the indoor season, finishing 7th with 36 points, the best finish for the Scots since 2006.
  • Tor Olsson ’25, Ben Crotteau ’25, Ryan Kinnucan ’22 and Henry Schonebaum ’26 combined for the Scots’ best finish of the meet, a second place in the distance medley that also ranked second all-time in Scots history.
  • Max Menache ’25 finished a record-breaking weight throw campaign with a 4th place that earned him an All-MIAC honorable mention, and Arlo Heitler ’25 earned the same with a fourth place in the 400m dash.
  • Olsson’s run in the 3000m was also a highlight of the meet for the Scots. Olsson placed fifth and earned an All-MIAC honorable mention. His time was also the second best mark in Macalester history and a personal record.
  • Also earning honorable mentions were Schonebaum, Kinnucan, Jeff Wang ’25 and Kalid Ali ’25 in the 4x400m run where they finished 5th and set the 10th best time in Macalester history. 

Women’s track lands podium finishes in MIAC indoor championship meet

  • The women’s track and field squad finished up their indoor campaign at home in the MIAC indoor track and field championship meet beginning on Feb. 24 and ending on Feb. 26, where they finished seventh of 12 teams, the best showing for the program since 2017.
  • Two Scots, Journey Amundson ’23 and Maria Blaesing ’24, earned three sets of All-MIAC honors in the championship meet.
  • Amundson took home third in the long jump and 2nd in the triple jump, while Blaesing finished second in the 1000m and third in the mile, putting up the second best time in Macalester history in the latter event.
  • Amundson and Blaesing also competed in the distance medley relay race alongside Mara Pirone ’26 and Hadley Wilkins ’26, coming in second, good for another set of MIAC honors.

Men’s tennis falls to Luther College Norse

  • On Feb. 25, men’s tennis faced off against Luther College, and fell 2-7.
  • Standing out for the Scots was the pairing of Jordan Doi ’25 and Anton Korolev ’23. Doi and Korolev won 8-5 on second doubles, and Doi went on to win on third singles, 6-3 6-3. Korolev nearly matched the feat, recovering from a 1-6 first set to force a 10-point superset tiebreaker, but fell short in the end, 1-6 6-4 10-5.

Softball splits doubleheader with Bethany Win and Luther Loss.

  • The Scots played and split a doubleheader on Feb. 26, winning against Bethany Lutheran College, and falling to Luther College.
  • Against Bethany Lutheran, the Scots traded runs with the Vikings, going back and forth in the early part of the game. In the bottom of the 4th inning, with a runner on third, third baseman Jessica Katzin ’23 launched a 2-run homer to make it 5-3, and opened the floodgates for a Scot rally where they eventually dropped six runs on the Vikings and batted around the order.
  • From that point onward, a dominant, one-hit four-K outing in three innings by Maddie Molay ’26 kept the Bethany Lutheran offense silent, earning her the save and the Scots a statement win.
  • Alongside big days from Molay and Katzin, the Scots also depended on the production of right fielder Sophie Futchko ’25 with two hits and a walk.
  • Against Luther, the Scots opened the scoring in the top of the first on a Futchko solo shot, but the Luther offense responded quickly with three runs in the bottom of the first and five in the bottom of the second, with the Scots eventually falling 3-11.