A Fall of Beauty The 2016 UW-Oshkosh fall athletic season was an 'EPIC' one

Women's Cross Country

The Titans women’s cross country team made its second straight and 27th overall appearance in the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship. They earned the at-large berth by placing fourth at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional. At the championship, UWO ranked 16th, claiming its 23rd top 16 national finish.

Junior Cheyenne Moore ran to the individual title at the WIAC Women’s Cross Country Championship as the Titans finished second. Moore became the ninth UWO runner to earn the WIAC individual title and first since 2012. She went on to place 45th at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championship.

Men's Cross Country

The UW-Oshkosh men’s cross country team had yet another strong season. The Titans repeated as the Griak Invitational Champion, with Charlend Howard and Tyler Miletti finishing second and third, respectively. UWO went on to place fourth at the WIAC Men’s Cross Country Championship. Miletti posted a career-best sixth place finish, while Howard finished 14th.

Miletti and Howard finished among the top 25 runners at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, and the Titans placed seventh as a team. Miletti’s 13th place finish at the regional earned him an automatic berth into the Division III Men’s Cross Country Championship. The senior took 114th at the championship.

Howard capped off the great cross country season by being named the 2016 recipient of the WIAC Max Sparger Men’s Cross Country Scholar-Athlete Award.

Football

The Titans football team had an exciting ride in 2016, not soon to be forgotten. UWO reached the NCAA Division III Football Championship for the first time in school history. The Titans, who finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and second in the WIAC, earned their third-ever berth into the football championship as an at-large bid.

UW-Oshkosh rattled off post-season wins over Washington University, Saint John’s University and the University of St. Thomas before hosting John Carroll University in the semifinal round. A hard fought 10-3 victory over the Blue Streaks catapulted the Titans to their inaugural Alonzo Stagg Bowl appearance. The most successful season in UW-Oshkosh football history concluded with a 10-7 setback to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas).

The Titans ended the year with a 13-2 mark. Reese Dziedzic, Johnny Eagan and Vincent Basile were each named All-Americans for the 2016 season by D3football.com.

Team Phoenix

The Titanss football program is a partner with Be the Match, the national bone marrow donor registry. Nearly two years ago, Titan starting quarterback Brett Kasper found out he was a perfect bone marrow match for an 8-year old girl battling acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Kasper donated his marrow and the young girl – named Phoenix Bridegroom – went into remission.

After a special invitation by the Titans and an ‘epic’ response by Phoenix, the Bridegrooms traveled to Oshkosh the weekend of Nov. 5 to meet and thank Kasper for saving Phoenix’s life. The weekend was an extremely special one for the Bridegrooms, Kasper and his family, the Titans football program, UW-Oshkosh and the Oshkosh community.

For his off-the-field efforts, Kasper was named the first-ever Division III captain of the AFCA Good Works Team. He, along with the other members of the team, will be honored at halftime of the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2.

Women's Golf

The UW-Oshkosh women’s golf team played in six tournaments during the 2016 fall season, placing in the top five in all but one. The Titans won the UW-Oshkosh Titan Classic and placed second at the UW-Whitewater Invitational, at the Mad Dawg Invitational and at the WIAC Women’s Golf Championship.

Looking to repeat as the WIAC Women’s Golf Champions, UWO fell just shy, placing second to champion UW-Stout. Kayla Priebe finished third at the championship, with both Micayla Richards and Laura Stair placing fifth.

Priebe earned WIAC Player of the Year honors. She became the second consecutive Titan and third player in program history to claim conference Player of the Year laurels.

Women's Soccer

The Titans women’s soccer team posted their eighth-consecutive winning season, closing out the year with a 10-9-1 record.

UWO finished fourth in the WIAC race and reached the semifinal round of the WIAC Championship. The Titans pulled out an exciting 3-2 overtime win over UW-Stout in the WIAC first round before falling to eventual winner UW-Whitewater in the semifinal.

Senior Robyn Elliott became the first four-time All-WIAC first team selection in the history of the Titans women’s soccer program and the only four-time NCAA Division III All-North Region honoree.

Playing for a Cause

The UW-Oshkosh women’s soccer team put its heart into a special event this fall that supported former player Christine Roehling’s young twin daughters who both were in need of and had heart transplant surgeries. In its ‘Playing for a Cause’ game – played Oct. 15 – the Titans raised money and awareness for pediatric organ donations.

Women's Tennis

Under the direction of first-year head coach Robert Henshaw, the UW-Oshkosh women’s tennis team posted seven wins, including three in WIAC regular-season play.

The Titans went on to capture fourth place at the WIAC Women’s Tennis Championship for the seventh consecutive season. Individually, UWO had fourth place finishers in six of the nine flights of competition. Finishing fourth for UW-Oshkosh in the individual competition were Bailey Sagen, Alyssa Leffler, Hannah Peters and Samantha Koppa.

The Titans overall ranking advances them to the WIAC Team Tournament that will be held next April at UW-Whitewater.

Women's Volleyball

The Titans women’s volleyball team made its 17th appearance in the NCAA Division III Women’s Volleyball Championship after receiving an at-large bid this fall. UW-Oshkosh grabbed the at-large berth after finishing in a three-way tie for first place in the WIAC standings, marking the Titans’ second straight and 12th overall league title.

UWO finished the 2016 campaign with a 28-8 overall mark and was led by All-WIAC first team selections Tina Elstner and Samantha Jaeke and honorable mention all-league performers Carly Lemke, Lexi Thiel and Narissa Voght.

Jaeke also was tabbed the NCAA Division III Midwest Region Freshman of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). She became UWO’s fifth Midwest Region Freshman of the Year and first since 2009.

Feeding America

The Titans fifth-annual Feeding America mobile food drive—held at Kolf Sports Center on Dec. 22—was the largest-ever in Wisconsin with 44,000 pounds of food given away and a record 500-plus families fed. It surpassed the Lambeau Field Mobile Food Drive that gave out 32,000 pounds of food in April.

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