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Earth Week celebrates sustainable choices for UWL By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

Earth Week at UW-La Crosse was held from Monday, April 18 to Friday, April 22. Several different organizations on campus worked to showcase the messages behind Earth Week by holding earth-themed events during the week. Organizations such as Students for Sustainability (SFS) held a “Make Your Own Toothpaste” event at Hoeschler Tower

“Our goal for earth week was to not only promote sustainability, but to have an event scheduled for each day that would help to promote more sustainable choices.” Judith Arney, Sophomore Chartwell’s Sustainability Intern on Wednesday, April 15. This was held to promote not only saving money, but also more importantly, reducing the amount of chemicals that are ingested from our personal care products on a daily basis. In addition, Chartwell’s Dining Service and their sustainability intern for the semester, sophomore Judith Arney, worked collaboratively in the weeks preceding Earth

week to discuss and plan events centered around earth day and advocacy for more sustainable living. Arney is pursuing a major in biology and a minor in environmental studies, and this is her first semester interning with Chartwell’s. “Our goal for earth week was to not only promote sustainability, but to have an event scheduled for each day that would help to promote more sustainable choices,” said Arney. After a lot of thought, time and collaboration with Chartwell’s, the following sustainable activities and events were selected to be held during Earth Week: • Monday: “Meatless Monday” – meatless menu options available in both Cartwright and Whitney to celebrate the positive health and environmental benefits of going meatless one day a week, and Free Movie Night in The Cellar – WALL-E • Tuesday: “Love Food Not Waste” campaign in Whitney – weighing all of the food that is thrown away during certain dining periods in Whitney Center to showcase how much waste is generated by students • Wednesday: Special Earth Week menu in The Cellar, featuring walnut burgers and dirt cups • Thursday: Free Reusable Mug Giveaway in Murphy’s Mug and Starbucks – lucky customers win a reusable mug filled with a

complimentary drink; Street Fair in Drake Field from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm • Friday: Earth Day! Reusable mug giveaway continues! Earth-friendly Hampton Creek cookies given away with every meal purchase in The Galley! Arney also commented that these are just the events occurring during the week of Earth Week itself, but there is also much discussion and planning going into how some of the practices in Chartwell’s can be redesigned to promote sustainability. “Right now we’re talking about possibly getting rid of the bags for subs in Mondo’s

“I would also suggest that everyone pick one or two things that are simple to do and easy to integrate into your current lifestyles, and just do it! The opportunities to be more eco-friendly are endless, and it becomes easier to adopt new behaviors as you get used to the changes.” Dr. Shannon Amberg Professor of Environmental Studies and also getting rid of the plastic wrap on a lot of food items. There is also talk of replacing the individual sugar packets at the coffee shops on campus with a large container of

sugar. Although these ideas seem like very minimal changes, they could potentially have some decent effects in terms of waste minimization,” said Arney. Arney also remarked that each and every student plays a role in both generating waste and minimizing waste production. “Everything adds up. Each napkin, each fork, each piece of food that is thrown away. Every student has an impact, which means that even just one student can make an impact on decreasing food waste. It’s so easy to just throw something away and remove yourself from it, but everyone can make a huge difference by simple, easy lifestyle changes,” said Arney. Dr. Shannon Amberg, Professor of Environmental Studies, provided some advice for people who want to convert to healthier, more sustainable lifestyles. “Read and learn as much as you can about the environment and how it connects to us and the Earth. I would also suggest that everyone pick one or two things that are simple to do and easy to integrate into your current lifestyles, and just do it! The opportunities to be more eco-friendly are endless, and it becomes easier to adopt new behaviors as you get used to the changes,” said Amberg.

Bystander sexual assault intervention training teaches students to be safe By Stephanie Koss Senior Reporter

The Uplifting UPstanders program was held in Centennial Hall on April 14 and seeks to educate students on sexual assault intervention and prevention. The goal of the program includes engaging student leaders on the topic and allowing a space for peer education. Student-led, Uplifting UPstanders molds to the UW-La Crosse campus in order to best serve the community’s needs in terms of sexual assault prevention efforts.

The program consists of “un-learning,” according to Sanchez, and believes people need to deconstruct myths they’ve been taught in order to better prevent sexual assault. One of the program’s organizers, Maricruz Sanchez, considers herself a survivor and “wanted to empower the UWL community and fight against the issue.”

Maricruz Sanchez and Libbie Millers, creators of the program, came up with the idea for Uplifting UPstanders when talking about their own experiences and frustrations with the issue of sexual assault, and didn’t believe it was traditionally discussed in an effective way to combat it. Afterward, they decided they wanted to do more and began to do research on prevention programs. Uplifting UPstanders was inspired by a program from the University of New Hampshire’s Bringing in the Bystander, which the Office of Violence Prevention supplied for the creators to work from, but has evolved in order to better serve the UW-L community. “It’s been a group effort,” says Sanchez of creating Uplifting UPstanders. Although the program itself is studentled peer education, it is also backed by individuals across campus. Apart from the two students generating the idea, the program has also gained support and development from graduate students like AJ Clauss, Libby Thorson, Roi Kawai, Kallen Anderson and Andrew Ives. UWL professors, the Office of Violence Prevention, and Campus Climate have also

helped this program grow. The program consists of “un-learning,” according to Sanchez, and believes people need to deconstruct myths they’ve been taught in order to better prevent sexual

The goal of the program includes engaging student leaders on the topic and allowing a space for peer education. Student-led, Uplifting UPstanders molds to the UW-La Crosse campus in order to best serve the community’s needs in terms of sexual assault prevention efforts.

assault. Another segment of the program focuses on the “Three Ds”: direct, delegate and distract. These terms all denote ways in which individuals can intervene. ‘Direct’ refers to an approach in which one would directly express they’re concerned and offer help. However, ‘delegate’ would mean that perhaps a person is too uncertain to approach a situation and would try to find the individual’s friends to help. ‘Distract’ refers

to asking or saying something seemingly random to those involved, throwing them off-guard and diffusing the situation. Uplifting UPstanders seeks to encourage students to lead sexual assault prevention efforts. Although the program hopes to educate as many students as they can, they also hope to find student leaders willing to facilitate the program itself. So far, over forty five students have been trained through Uplifting UPstanders over the span of three trainings. Student-led efforts can prove to be very effective in terms of prevention, and the program would also be more inclined to evolve along with the UWL community. Joining Uplifting UPstanders teaches students to recognize and respond to situations, interrupt sexist behaviors and become part of the solution. To receive more information about the program, students should contact sanchez. mari@uwlax.edu, check out the Uplifting UPstanders Facebook page, or the Campus Climate website to learn more.

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Common Core Conundrum

There is a new method of teaching out there for students and teachers alike: The Common Core Learning System. This system is a federally organized education system that basically creates a universal outline of what students will learn and when. The idea behind this system is to have every school and every student be on exactly the same page at exactly the same time. Because of this “universal” outlook, programs such as Advanced Placement and Special Education will be removed from all publically funded schools from around the country. There is much debate on whether or not this will be helpful for students or not. Here are the pros to the Common Core program: it provides national continuity between schools and will increase the education nationally. This is a great theory on paper, but when applied, I fear that the results will be catastrophic. The cons are as such: Students who learn at a pace different from the national standard, whether that be faster or slower, will be left out and become frustrated with their learning environment. While the theory behind this method is to make sure no one is left behind, it is actually going to be creating an even larger gap for students whose needs are not being met. Another con is that every state will be learning exactly the same history lesson when in some cases, one area’s history may be particularly more important than other. For example, it makes sense that students living in New Orleans would learn extensively about the social, political, and economic tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina, while it might not make sense for them to be learning about what Native American tribes generally used to inhabit most of Minnesota. With the Common Core, important regional

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Mental health is a hot topic regarding college students. Depression and anxiety are among the numerous mental illnesses that commonly affect college-aged students. Though these illnesses can affect all ages, these specific mental illnesses commonly surface in college students who are under extreme amounts of stress. According to a study from adaa. org, “Forty million U.S. adults suffer from an anxiety disorder, and 75 percent of them experience their first episode of anxiety by age 22.” There are also six types of major anxiety disorders. These six disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorders, phobias, social anxiety disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders. All of these anxiety disorders are common among college campuses. According to adaa.org, generalized anxiety disorders are described much like a day-to-day fear, where anxiety attacks are unexpected panic attacks that make you worry about everyday activities. OCD is acting out unwanted thoughts or behaviors that are triggered by obsessions. Phobia is fear of specific objects or activities that normally don’t pose danger, where social anxiety disorder is similar to a social phobia where individuals often avoid others and show extreme shyness. PTSD is also considered an anxiety order where individuals struggle with anxiety because of a traumatic experience or life-threatening events. To be completely honest, I believed

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Are you really an athlete?

history is lost on students, and may become irrelevant all together.

By Megan Poczos Staff Reporter

“There is one subject that debaters are having a tough time with: math. Within the Common Core program, basic math is going to start being taught in a vastly different way.” There is one subject that debaters are having a tough time with: math. Within the Common Core program, basic math is going to start being taught in a vastly different way than it has previously been taught. For example, instead of teaching lengthy multiplication in a vertical formation, students will now be taught multiplication through a “boxes” system. This could be beneficial for students in some instances. It will make learning multiplication easier and more structured. However, there are reasons that this could be a huge drawback for students as well. Parents would not be able to help their children understand this system because they themselves will not have learned it. Also, when it comes time for a higherlevel application of multiplication, among other mathematic processes, how will students be able to use these new and inverted ways for, let’s say, calculus? It may be helpful to students in the short term, but in the long run, it may end up hindering their mathematic abilities. While those who support the Common Core claim it has been tested and applied in the field, many who oppose the system argue that the supporters have chosen to ignore the negative reviews and affects the program has clearly laid out. So, will this new system be just what the American education system needs? Or will it end in complete failure?

The six different forms of anxiety

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sport was actually was pretty spot on.

As a cross country and track runner throughout high school, I got to hear from all the football, basketball and baseball players that my sport wasn’t a sport enough, along with the dancers, golfers, bowlers and a fair number of other kids that put a lot of effort into their activities. But who gave them the right to judge whether I was an athlete or not? And who says that their “sports” are even sports in the first place? These questions and more drove me to figure out whether I was justified in my belief that I was an athlete, or if I had a false belief of bringing athletic pride to my school over all of the years. In my opinion, a sport has always been some sort of competition that takes some physical skill that can be improved upon with training. However, when I was being told that I wasn’t an actual athlete and I brought this argument up, I was told that since there was no physical interaction between opposing teams, that it wasn’t a sport. I generally didn’t give those arguments much credibility, but the kids making those “points” where fairly convinced that they were correct. So I went to the internet to see what I could find. According to Dictionary.com, a sport is “an activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature.” Right after the definition, running was mentioned as a sport, as well as several other activities that people don’t consider sports, like dance, golf and bowling. This proved that my opinion on what a

“He told me that dance wasn’t a sport because it was more of an art.” After finding what I thought would close the argument for good, I was talking with some of my friends about how easy it was to find the conclusion. Unfortunately, a few of my friends did not have the same opinion. He told me that dance wasn’t a sport because it was more of an art. I tried to argue to him that the amount of training that goes into dancing makes it a sport, but he responded with the fact that it takes a lot of training and practice to become skilled in any form of art. We debated it a bit more, and eventually came to the conclusion that activities like dance and synchronized swimming are artistic sports, due to the fact that they require a large amount of physical ability, but can also be seen as an art form. Many sports don’t get the respect they deserve from people who think that other sports have more of the right to bear the title. However, to go and tell the athletes that put in hours of effort into something they love that what they’re doing isn’t at the same level as another sport is disrespectful, and immature. No matter what someone’s hobby is, whether it is participating in a sport, playing music, creating art or playing strategic games, they deserve to be respected for the amount of time and effort they put into being the best they can at what they love.


there was only one Offered in La Crosse at Essential Health Clinic: specific anxiety Birth control • STD & HIV testing • Breast & cervical cancer screenings disorder triggered Annual health exams • Pregnancy testing & counseling by stresses. To me, Emergency contraceptives • Education & resources generalized anxiety disorder was the only Call (800) 657-5177 to make an appointment. Visit essentialclinic.org. type of disorder that people experienced. 1201 Caledonia Street, La Crosse, Wis I was surprised to Hours: Monday & Tuesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday 9:30 a.m. to find that students are 5:30 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to noon (closed every 3rd Friday of the month) affected by six different types of anxiety. Also, having experienced this anxiety, I can understand how physically and emotionally wearing it can be. Anxiety can present itself in numerous different ways. You can feel anxious about missing out, anxious about taking too much on, anxious about exams, taking notes, me. One thing goes wrong and my “how can I help you” or “is there meeting new people, first day of entire day is ruined. It makes me feel anything that I can do for you?” classes. The list is endless. really anxious.” When we are eating better, The key fact to remember when sleeping more, and finding outlets with a mental illness is to to keep our minds at ease, we are “‘When I’m in big crowds of struggling take care of yourself. When we take working towards less stress in our people I don’t know how to care of ourselves stress levels start lives. There are also numerous outlets act. I overthink things, I always to decrease. Often times heightened on-campus available for relaxing such levels cause worse anxiety. So, as the Relaxation Room in Centennial thinkg the worst thing will stress staying calmer and more content are Hall and the Zen Den in Cartwright. I happen to me.’” key factors in managing your anxiety. would also encourage you if you have It’s essential to be understanding any doubts or questions to seek help Nora Murguia UW-L Sophomore of those with mental illnesses such through the Counseling and Testing as anxiety as well. Saying things like Center in Room 2106 in Centennial. “calm down” and “it’ll be fine” don’t Sophomore Nora Murguia help anxiety stricken individuals. explains, “When I’m in big crowds Most of the time, their feelings of of people I don’t know how to act. I anxiousness are out of their control. overthink things, I always think the Rather, try asking something like worst possible thing will happen to Classified

Holmen Park & Recreation Dept. is accepting applications for: spring soccer (referees, volunteer coaches), spring & summer track (supervisors, instructors), men’s softball (umpires), aquatics (lifeguards, WSI instructors, admissions/concessions, swim team coaches), basketball (supervisor, instructors), fitness (instructors), girls softball (coaches, umpires), t-ball (supervisor, volunteer coaches), tennis (supervisor, instructors), volleyball (referees, supervisors, coaches), tot sports and youth activity (instructors), Sunday Concerts (supervisor), and summer park maintenance. Applications agailable at the Holmen Village Hall (421 S. Main St., Holmen, WI 54636) or from www.holmenwi.com. Hiring March-April, call (608) 526-2152 for more information.


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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Should I go to graduate school?: UWL Theatre presents a sideImportant questions to answer before splitting British comedy making the commitment By Alexandra Ronnestrand Staff Reporter

Graduate school seems like a natural progression in education. But how beneficial is it when people are doing it for all the wrong reasons? Like any decision made, sound reasoning is important especially when dealing with money, education, and perhaps the future state of your life. Graduate school can be exiting, rewarding and challenging or it can be exhausting, financially draining and ultimately a waste of time. To decide if graduate school is the right decision, there are some questions that are necessary to ask. UW-L Crosse Graduate Admissions Dean and Counselor, Dr. Don Martin, states there are seven questions one should ask before committing to graduate school in her article for USnews.com: 1. Why do I want to go? Maybe the simplest one to ask but the hardest to answer, that is to establish what the right reasons to go are. Is if for family? To gain a better job or salary later in life? Or is it to learn more about something you’re truly passionate about? Once that is established, the process to decide will be easier 2. Why do I want to do this now? Decide if emotionally or financially you are stable enough to go through the program at this time. Do not decide to go because it is only the next step or time is ticking but go because it is feels right. 3. What type of academic or professional degree am I seeking? Graduate school is already a long and testing endeavor so it is important to choose something you are passionate about and not something you only

hope to benefit from in your professional career. 4. In what geographic region do I want to study? There are many places around the United States and even the world that offer the perfect program suited for anyone’s specific needs. Don’t limit yourself and be open to exploring locations. You may find that somewhere across the ocean has everything or perhaps the school next door. 5. What type of learning and student experience am I seeking? There are many flavors that accompany a graduate program. Look at the style of teaching that is provided: lecture, close interaction? Also, whether or not the school is private or public or offers a strong social interactions between peers is another influential point to look at for your overall decision. 6. Will significant others impact my plan? Children, spouses, and other family and friends may play a drastic part in the decision of when, where, and if one goes to graduate school. Discuss with important others and come to an understanding about what everyone is looking for through this decision. 7. Should I consider a full-time or parttime program? Depending on time, money, and other obligations, establishing which is better suited for you will help you in the program. There are many great and fulfilling graduate programs offered here at UW-L, but do not close yourself off to other schools. Follow your passions and dreams, and life will follow.

By Kelsey Norton Guest Reporter

La Crosse, Wis.,—The UW-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts presents the Tony Award-winning comedy, One Man, Two Guvnors, a hilarious blend of satire, slapstick and mistaken identities. It’s 1963 in Brighton, England and Francis Henshall has just been fired from his skiffle band. However, in order to fill his painfully empty stomach, Francis finds himself employed by small-time gangster, Roscoe Crabbe. Except you need to know that Roscoe isn’t Roscoe but Rachel, his twin sister in disguise. The real Roscoe was killed by Rachel’s beloved, Stanley Stubbers, who also decides to hire Francis (unbeknownst to Rachel). Fighting a mountain of confusion and a parade of colorful characters, Francis goes out of his way to secretly serve both bosses in this blissfully funny celebration of British mischief. Junior Theatre Performance major, Maxwell Emmett Ward, stars as the show’s outlandish leading man. You might recognize him as the hilarious sidekick Cosmo Brown in UW-L’s sell-out, Singin’ in the Rain. His current role of Francis was first originated and popularized by the host of the Late Late Show, James Corden, on Broadway in 2011. Ward is one of many characters who are taking on the physical challenges presented in the script such as falling down stairs, tumbling over furniture, and getting a punch straight to the face. “It’s a type of humor that we don’t really get exposed to…it’s slapstick. It’s back to the stuff we found funny as kids.” Ward said. However, physical comedy isn’t the only thing unique to this production. It also involves the use of a live skiffle band and a heck of a lot of audience interaction. Those

in attendance should prepare themselves for a night of entertaining music, larger than life characters, and perhaps an invitation to the stage. In trying to explain why people should buy tickets to this production, Ward puts it simply: “If you want to laugh until you cry at the theatre….this is the show.” Richard Bean’s worldwide smash hit, One Man, Two Guvnors, will play at 7:30 p.m. April 22-23 and April 28-30 with matinee performances at 2:00 p.m. on April 24 and May 1 in Toland Theatre in the Center for the Arts at 16th and Vine streets. Tickets go on sale at 1:00 p.m. Monday, April 18. Box office hours are 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays, and one hour before show times. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior/non UWL students and $5 for UW-L students; call (608) 785-8522.

If you goWho: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Department of Theatre Arts What: One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean Where: Toland Theatre, located on 16th and Vine streets. When: April 22-23 & 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. and April 24 & May 1 at 2:00 p.m. Admission: $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens and non-UWL students, $5 UW-L students

Down to Earth: The rise of Earth Day Laura Berry Guest Reporter

In 1970, environmental awareness had hit an all time low. Factories turned the air into smog over cities. Oil spills created a dense scum over ocean waters. Pesticides were dumped on plants as liberally as water. And the worst part? Few people realized the havoc that we were wreaking on the earth. True, there were a few “hippies” out there protesting the rapidly deteriorating environment, but no one seemed to be listening. No one except Gaylord Nelson. Nelson was a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin

who saw what was happening to the natural environment and had the determination to do something about it. In 1970 Nelson proposed an idea for a “national teach-in on the environment.” After getting Congressman Pete McCloskey and Harvard student Denis Hayes on board, the first Earth Day began to take shape. April 22, 1970 was selected as the first official Earth Day because it fell between Spring Break and final exams. This was a movement supported by all ages, but the younger generations truly embraced the idea of Earth Day. These twenty-something’s had so much life ahead of them and wanted to see the environment sustained. These students

Hey UWL! What’s your best advice for incoming freshman? By Miranda Martin Staff Reporter

Aly Mickschl

“Try as many new things as possible, join a club because it seems interesting even if you wouldn’t normally, you would be surprised what you could learn about yourself.” Lucy Eggers

Carly Wagner

Green tip of the week: Celebrate Earth Day by taking a hike in the bluffs and appreciating our regions natural beauty. Don’t forget to bring your garbage bag so you can pick up trash along the way. Improve the view for the next person and do your part to restore the beauty of the area.

Bag lunch 101: Eating healthy on the go By Sarah Busse Staff Reporter

“My best advice for an incoming freshman would be to prioritize their time efficiently. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Make sure that you’re taking the time to study as well as socialize. Otherwise you just end up being overwhelmed.”

“Don’t be afraid to get help when you need it”

also had the energy to organize massive rallies and protests that spread across the U.S. like wildfire. On that first Earth Day, nearly 20 million Americans joined forces to promote creating a healthy sustainable environment. As a result of that historic day, the U.S. Environmental Agency was born and a series of acts were passed to enforce policies that decreased air and water pollution as well as increased protection of endangered species. Earth Day has become not only nationally recognized, but globally recognized, reaching 141 countries. Earth Day is a great reminder of how we should live our life everyday, thinking of how our decisions will impact the natural world and the generations to come.

Figuring out when and what to have for lunch can be trying. Sometimes you just do not want to eat on-campus: not feeling the lines, not enough time, trying to save some money and so on. So this lead to you packing a lunch which can be tricky to figure out what to make that will be satisfying and will not become soggy or unappetizing before it is time to eat it. First, hint to packing a lunch is to invest in a good lunch box to keep your food chill that needs to be. Secondly, be aware of where you are eating (i.e. do not pack soup or something else that needs to be warmed up if you do not have access to a microwave). Third, do not pack something overly messy it always seems to have a way of becoming more a nuance than it is worth. 1. Humus with Veggies and Pita Bread: It is healthy, easy to make and can stay good for hours if stored properly. 2. Pack a Salad: Again it can be healthy as it is not loaded up on dressing, crotons and the likes. It is supper easy to make just throw everything to one Tupperware except the dressing, meat or anything else that will make it soggy. Put those in a spate container until ready to eat. Salads are great because there lots of different options, and they are easy to modify to your exact tastes and

budget. Some only need four or five ingredients or less to be good. For example, just throw some spinach, strawberries, avocado, walnut pieces and some balsamic or honey for dressing and enjoy (chicken could also be added if wanted as well) 3. Pack some Pasta: (obviously not pasta that is better warm, unless you have access to a microwave) Spaghetti cold may not be enjoyable, but there other pastas that are good chilled. One is Pesto pasta. It seems fancy but is very easy to make. First, make some pasta of your choosing, heat up some pesto, pour that over noodles along with some shredded parmesan or mozzarella, tomatoes, (lightly roasted pine nuts if you are feeling supper fancy) and some piece chicken. Chill overnight and it will be ready to take with you in the morning. 4. Pack a Sandwich: They are a pack lunch classic for a reason. Easy to eat on the go and can be as complex or as simple as you want to make it. Just keep in mind if it is going to be sitting for a while depending what is no it the bread can be come soggy so plan ahead by maybe waiting to add things like mayo until you ready to eat. Packing lunch can be tricky but it easy way to make sure that you will have something you will enjoy for lunch with a little effort. It is also easier to a healthier lunch since it requires some planning ahead which can stop you from making on health food choices in the moment.

Sports & Wellness Thursday, April 21, 2016

Justin Nichols Sports Editor editor@theracquet.net

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UW-La Crosse baseball stays hot, sweeps UW-Oshkosh in four game series By Alex VandenHouten Staff Reporter

The 12th ranked UW-La Crosse baseball team got the bats going early and often on Saturday beating the visiting UW-Oshkosh Titans 7-1 and 15-2 to earn a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Atheltic Conference (WIAC) doubleheader sweep of their conference rival. In the first game, the Eagles (16-5, 6-0) jumped out quickly to take control over the Titans (8-11-1, 3-3). Junior Joel Zyhowski doubled to lead off the bottom of the first. Senior Taylor Kohlwey drove him in with a one out double to give UW-L the early lead 1-0 and to also push his hit streak to 23 games dating back to last season. The Eagles pushed across another run in the inning when junior Carter Hoffman drove in Kohlwey with a two-out single. The Eagles tacked on two more in the second on an Alex Cordova tworun homer. UW-L added another run in the fourth and then two more in the eighth for insurance to make it a 7-1 game.

La Crosse scored two more runs in the fourth inning before exploding for ten runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth. Brown and Buxton-Verstegen each had two run singles for the Eagles in the inning. Justin Anderson, Alex Brown, Travis Buxton-Verstegen and Nate Heili each had two hits to lead an offense attack that had 13 hits. Every starter recorded at least one hit. La Crosse starter sophomore Caleb Boushley (4-0) shut down the Titans while going the distance for the Eagles allowing six hits and one earned run and set career high with ten strikeouts. It was Boushley’s second

straight game throwing a complete game and has now pitched at least eight innings in four of his five starts this season. In the nightcap, the Eagles once again jumped out a to quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. Anderson got the scoring started with a two-run single driving in Cordova and Kohlwey. The Titans answered with a run of their own on a Robbie Kleman bases loaded walk to cut it to 2-1. UW-L responded with a run in the third on an Anderson RBI single. The Titans made it 3-2 on a Jack Paulson two-out RBI single in the top of the fourth, but the Titans left a lot of runs on the field, stranding the bases loaded in the third and fourth innings. For the game, the Titans left ten men on base. La Crosse scored two more runs in the fourth before exploding for ten runs on six hits in the bottom of the sixth. Brown and Buxton-Verstegen each had two-run singles for the Eagles in the sixth. Senior Troy Kenkel picked up the win for the Eagles tossing four innings giving up two runs while striking out two and walking three. Senior Logan Mallek earned his first save, pitching three innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three. Offensively the Eagles had 15 runs on 13 hits. Alex Brown led the way going 3-for-4 with three RBI while Anderson went 2-for4 with four RBI and two runs. Kohlwey had two more hits to bring his hit streak up to 24-games. Both teams return to action in another doubleheader on Sunday, April 17 at Copeland Park.

Top Picture: Taylor Kohlwey extends his hit streak to 23 games dating back to last season. Bottom Picture: Jameson Lavery tosses six innings in an Eagles win.

Photos by: Shelby Hanewold

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