Where are they now: Local athletes making mark on college level
A number of former local high school athletes have moved on to the next level and are playing collegiate sports across the country. Periodically, Hub City Times will publish a college sports roundup, updating readers of some of those athletes’ exploits.
Holbrook off to fast start at La Crosse
2014 Marshfield High School graduate Emma Holbrook is a junior on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse women’s swimming and diving team.
Holbrook started the season strong, taking third in the 200-yard backstroke at the All-Wisconsin Showcase in Brown Deer on Oct. 22 with a team-best time of 2:09.30. She also was 14th in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.77 at the event.
On Oct. 29 Holbrook finished second in both the 100 backstroke (1:01.58) and 200 backstroke (2:11.33) at the Northfield (Minn.) Classic. Holbrook did not swim in a dual meet on Nov. 5 against UW-Eau Claire.
The Eagles will compete at Luther College (Iowa) on Saturday.
Johnson assisting River Falls hockey
Paige Johnson, a 2013 graduate of Spencer High School and former standout for the Marshfield girls hockey team, is a senior for UW-River Falls women’s hockey.
Johnson has yet to score a goal for River Falls, which is off to a 4-0 start (1-0 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference), but has two assists.
Johnson had assists in recent 2-1 wins over St. Thomas on Nov. 5 and UW-Stevens Point on Nov. 11.
Johnson, a defenseman, was a NCAA Division III All-American a year ago and a member of the Division III Frozen Four all-tournament team after River Falls was the runner-up in the national tournament last March.
River Falls will be at UW-Eau Claire on Saturday.
Manlick wraps up fall season at St. Norbert
Elizabeth Manlick, who graduated from Marshfield Columbus Catholic High School in 2013 and is an Auburndale native, is a senior on the St. Norbert College women’s tennis team.
Manlick finished 14-8 at No. 1 singles and 12-9 at No. 1 doubles for the Green Knights, who recently finished their fall season at the Midwest Conference Championships on Oct. 15-16 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.
Manlick and Meg Witt teamed to finish second at the conference tournament at No. 1 doubles, losing to Judith Fan and Amelia Cogan of Grinnell College 8-4 in the championship match. Manlick lost in the No. 1 singles semifinals to Julia Thome of Cornell College 6-2, 6-3.
St. Norbert finished 10-6 overall and 8-1 in Midwest Conference duals and will begin its spring schedule March 13-14 with six matches in Orlando, Florida.