Sadly, spring is still hiding far beneath the snow and frozen from the below zero temperatures. Regardless, the winter sports are coming to an end, and the Saints have had quite a year. As the winter seasons come to a close, I sat down with Jesse Robinson to get this year's highlights.
The ladies of CSS basketball had a good season with a second place regular season finish and having 11 UMAC wins, which is the most for the Saints since entering the UMAC in 1996-97 season. The ladies beat the Northwestern Eagles to be able to play at home in the semifinals, where they just missed winning as Northwestern pulled it out late in the second half.
On the men's side of the ball, the highlight reel has been stolen by Steve Golobich, who became famous for making a ¾ court shot. Golobich also made a 3 point shot with less than 10 seconds on the clock against the Northwestern Eagles to give the Saints a 2-0 road streak to make it into the conference tournament. However, the Eagles came back with a vengeance in tournament playing-ending the CSS men's basketball season.
Going to the ice for women's hockey, we will find the Saints' first Olympian (also the first medalist), Nina Waidacher, who played on the bronze medalist Switzerland team. With Nina and her two sisters-Monika and Isabel Waidacher, the CSS women took 2nd in the regular season, the highest finish in program history. The Saints will play in the NCHA tournament on March 7th.
The men were a dominant force on the ice as well. The manly Saints were unbeaten for the first 7 games. The men even beat the number one seed, St. Norbert, which is the first time under Coach Mark Wick that the men have beaten a first ranked team. They end the regular season with a 15-8-4 record. The men will go for a repeat upset against St. Norbert in the Harris Cup Championship game on Saturday March 8th.
"The Ski team had a tremendous season," according to Jesse Robinson. The men will be sending Paul Schommer to his 2nd NCAA National Championships on March 6th and 8th. The women had their first ever team and individual win at a national qualifying event, when Sarah Allen and Anita Kirvesniemi went one and two at the Mt. Itasca 5k classic. Both men and women made the podium at regions and conference. Women took 2nd at regions and conference, where the men took 3rd at regions and conference.
While the track team waits for the weather to warm, the indoor season comes to a close with the national meet on March 14-15th. So far, the Saints are represented in 8 events, including the women's 3k, 5k, 4x4, high jump, shot put, and weight throw, and the men's weight throw and heptathlon. This season has also brought 9 new men records, and 10 new women records. The men and women both won the UMAC championship meet, and now the team optimistically waits for their first outdoor meet at Hamline April 5th.
As the weather has been making its mark on history, the winter sports at CSS have done the same, so cheer for those Saints at those final winter competitions, and make sure to check out all the latest in the world of Saints' Sports at www.csssaints.com. Don't forget-spring will be here soon.