2015 Michigan Tech Magazine: Issue 1

A Banner Year

By Kevin Hodur

On the ice, field, and court, our Huskies athletes gave their all—and Michigan Tech had an incredible season to show for it.

Football

With a 9–1 regular season record, football went into the postseason ranked 18 in the nation. A heartbreaking 42–41 loss in the NCAA Super Region Quarterfinal brought the season to a close, but not before three players—Bruce Tebelman, Frank Vruwink, and Nelson Wienke—earned all-region honors.

Skiing

It was quite a haul on the snow this year, with Alice Flanders claiming an NCAA regional title, Ulrika Axelsson and Deedra Irwin finishing 1–2 at the NCAA regionals classic race, and Haakon Hjelstuen and Axelsson claiming CCSA sprint titles. Irwin and Tom Bye also qualified for World Juniors, competing in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Alice Flanders claiming an NCAA regional title.
Alice Flanders claiming an NCAA regional title.

Soccer

Tech fell to No. 11 Grand Valley State in the GLIAC tournament, but the season wasn't over, earning a bid to the NCAA tournament as the 3 seed in the Midwest Region. Emily Morin and Jacqueline Mielke were both named all-region, and the team, in its fifth year of existence, finished 11–5–2.

Women's Basketball

It has to be a good year when your record reads 28–3, and despite running into a red-hot Ashland team in the NCAAs, the hardware rolled in when they claimed the GLIAC regular season and tournament championships. Danielle Blake earned All- America honors.

Ben Stelzer earned All-America and Academic All- America honors and was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year.
Ben Stelzer earned All-America and Academic All- America honors and was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Men's Basketball

The year of NCAA selection show watch parties continued for men's basketball as the Huskies, who finished the season 19–9, matched up with the No. 15-ranked Indianapolis in the regional quarters. Ben Stelzer earned All-America and Academic All- America honors and was named the Midwest Region Player of the Year.

Hockey

The hockey Huskies announced their arrival on the national stage, claiming their first NCAA bid in 34 years. A tough OT loss to St Cloud State ended a glowing season where they were ranked No. 1 in the nation, racked up 29 wins, and Coach Pearson was named the College Hockey News Coach of the Year. Tanner Kero became one of the most decorated players in school history, being named All-America first team, WCHA Player of the Year, a Hobey Baker Award finalist, and a Senior CLASS Award finalist.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our beautiful campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.