Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level
By Paul Lecker
A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing sports collegiately across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ collegiate exploits.
Johnson spreads the wealth for UW-River Falls hockey
Paige Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School and former player for the Marshfield co-op girls hockey team, is a junior on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls women’s hockey team.
Johnson has played in all 19 games this season for the Falcons, scoring three goals and assisting on 10 others. Her 10 assists tie her for third on the team.
River Falls sits at 15-2-2 after splitting a series at UW-Stevens Point on Jan. 22-23 — winning 4-3 last Friday and losing 2-1 the next day — and beating St. Thomas (Minn.) on Wednesday 3-0. Johnson had three assists in the 4-3 victory.
UW-River Falls will play UW-Superior at home on Saturday in a Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference matchup.
Fleischmann plays key role for Viterbo
Jared Fleischmann, who graduated from Columbus Catholic High School in 2014, has started all 21 games this season for the Viterbo University (La Crosse) men’s basketball team.
Fleischmann is averaging 9.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.9 steals per game for the V-Hawks, who are 8-13 overall and 3-4 in the North Star Athletic Association.
Fleischmann had eight points, six rebounds, and 10 assists in an 86-55 win over Martin Luther (Minn.) on Wednesday.
Viterbo will play on Friday and Saturday at the Indiana University Northwest Classic. The V-Hawks play Rochester College on Friday and IU-Northwest on Saturday.
Gilbert competes for Washington and Lee soccer
A 2014 graduate of Marshfield High School, Austin Gilbert completed his sophomore season in November as a member of the Washington and Lee University men’s soccer team in Lexington, Va.
Gilbert started 17 games and played in 22 for the Generals, who finished the season with a 16-4-2 record and reached the second round of the NCAA Division III playoffs before losing to Haverford College (Pa.) 2-1 on Nov. 15. Gilbert played in both playoff games, taking two shots in a first-round win over Methodist University (N.C.). He had three goals and two assists during the season.
Washington and Lee won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with a 10-0-1 record.