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Colfax well represented in college athletics

Several Colfax graduates have been competing at the college level in basketball and indoor track and field this winter.

Junior guard Sam Yolitz finished her third year for the Carroll Pioneers women’s basketball team that finished 16-8 and 13-5 in the Midwest Conference. The Pioneers were the number two seed in the conference tournament but lost 66-65 to Cornell in the semi-final game. Yolitz played in 17 games, scored 11 points including 6 of 10 from the foul line and one triple and a deuce. She gathered in 21 rebounds, added six assists and one steal.

Junior Jared Miller, a 6’6 post player, played in nine games for the UW-Eau Claire men’s basketball team. He came up with 11 points in 55 minutes of play including four field goals and a trio of free throws, grabbed 14 rebounds, blocked three shots and had an assist and a steal. The Blugolds were 11-16 overall and 6-10 in WIAC games.

After transferring from UW-Barron County, 6’2 sophomore guard Cody Zivcic played in 11 games for the UW-Superior Yellowjackets who were 9-16 and 3-13 in WIAC play. Zivcic played 39 minutes for the season and came up with six points on two short range shots and two free throws. He also came up with six rebounds and three steals.

Freshman Mallie Doucette got off to a good start in her college career playing for the Division II Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons. The Dragons finished with a 17-12 record and were 14-8 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division for second place. The team lost in the semi-finals of the conference tournament 81-59 to Wayne State (NE) in Sioux Falls, SD. Doucette played in all 29 games for the team, averaging 14 minutes a game and scored 83 points on the season. The team set a school record with 15 three point shots against Bemidji State back in January with Doucette knocking down two of them. She was 19 for 56 on three point attempts for the year for 33% and hit a phenomenal 93% from the foul line on 14 of 15 shots. She came up with 49 rebounds, 46 assists and 12 steals for the year.

Freshman Braanna Steen competed in 17 of the 26 games played by the University of Dubuque Iowa Spartans which finished 17-9 and 11-3 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Steen averaged five minutes a game and scored 10 points with a pair of three pointers and a couple of free tosses. She pulled down 17 rebounds, added two steals, one assist and one blocked shot. NOTE: Steen’s coach, Mark Noll, a native of Colfax, became the Spartans leader in wins with 118 after this season.

After taking a year off from competition, freshman Ryleigh Prochnow found her way back to the court for UW-La Crosse, playing in six games for the 11-14 (6-10 WIAC) Eagles. In 12 minutes she came up with two assists and a steal.

Sophomore Lachlan Hinwood continues to improve on his times in the long distance events for the Macalester College Scots. Competing in several indoor meets this winter, Hinwood placed third in the 3,000 m run in 9:19 at the UW-River Falls meet, and dropped that time to 9:02 during the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet held at Concordia-Moorhead March 7 for 17th place

After leaving Colfax High School holding the pole vault record, freshman Heidi Leiffort continues to vault for UW-Stout this year. Competing in five meets for the Blue Devils, she had a season best vault of 10-6.25 at the WIAC meet. She also started throwing the 20 pound weight and in three meets, had a 41-1.75 toss at the Stout Open.