By PATRICK COOLEY, SPORTS EDITOR
Softball stays hot, sweeps awards
The UNO softball team extended its winning streak to 11 games with a 6-0 record last week. The Mavs (29-5, 6-0 MIAA) swept conference series against Missouri Southern (12-0, 11-4 MIAA) and Pittsburg State (12-0, 7-5 MIAA) over the weekend.
The No. 21 Mavs have won 19 of their last 20 games and stand as the only unbeaten team in the MIAA.
Senior Beth Haley threw 19 shutout innings last week and won three games to improve to 12-3 on the season. The Highland, Ind., native’s performance earned her MIAA Pitcher of the Week.
Teammate Molly Feichtinger hit a team-best .526 average in UNO’s six wins to earn MIAA Hitter of the Week.
Minssen earns weekly Track and Field honor
Senior thrower Heather Minssen was named MIAA Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the field events on Monday.
The Underwood, Iowa native set a new school record in the shot put with a throw of 49-5 at the Northwest Student Body Open last weekend. The old-record of 47-11 had stood since 1997.
Minssen’s mark was more than six feet farther than the second-place mark at the open and ranks second in the nation. She also set a personal best in the discus with a toss of 147-0. Her 18 points led the Mavericks in scoring at the event.
The Mavs compete this weekend at the Emporia State Relays.
Soper paces golf team
Senior Ricca Soper shot a team-best 76 in the final round of the Drury University Spring Shootout this weekend to lead the UNO golf team. Soper’s score helped the Mavs tie for second place, their best finish of the spring season.
The Estherville, Iowa native finished with a two-day score of 160, good for fifth place in the field of 78 golfers.
UNO’s Armana Christanson and Dani Suponchick posted two-day totals of 162 each, while Rebecca Pollock and Amy Powell each finished with 164.
The Mavs return to action April 11-12 at the Tarleton State Invitational in Granbury, Texas.