By Gene McGivern, sports information director
Basketball: The St. Thomas basketball teams play their final game before the holidays this Saturday at Macalester. The women take on the Lady Scots at 1 p.m. followed by the men’s game at 3 p.m. The women (4-1 overall, 2-0 MIAC) opened the conference slate with a 73-62 win at St. Mary’s last Saturday and won 82-47 Wednesday at Hamline. Molly Hayden and Missy Pederson led the way with 17 points apiece.
The men stand 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the MIAC. Minus star guard Kip Sparby (injured in last Thursday’s 74-49 win over Concordia-St. Paul), the Tommies got a big game from the Buri boys in a 59-53 win at St. Mary’s Saturday. Mark Buri scored 24 while older brother Joe added 13. The Toms rallied from 11 points down to beat Hamline 58-54 Wednesday night. Sparby, who had a streak of 76 consecutive starts severed at St. Mary’s, returned to the lineup and had a game-high 22 points, including five threes. He now has 205 career three-point baskets, three away from setting a school career record.
Swimming: The women’s and men’s swimmers stay home Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m., hosting St. John’s and St. Benedict’s in a dual meet at O’Shaughnessy Pool. Both teams placed second last weekend at the St. Mary’s Invite in Winona.
Drew Skirka won a pair of events as the Tommies bested conference foes St. Mary’s and Hamline for runner-up status behind Luther.
Kathy Vaughn won a pair of races as the women trailed only Concordia in a field of seven.
Men’s hockey: The men’s hockey team takes a trip into the Wisconsin wilderness this weekend. On Friday, the Tommies, off to their best start ever under coach Terry Skrypek at 6-0-1, meet Marian College in Fond du Lac. The next night see the pucksters in Green Bay to take on St. Norbert’s. Skry’s guys upped their conference mark to 3-0-1 with a 5-0, 6-2 sweep of St. John’s last weekend. Goalie Brad Moore was named U.S. College Hockey Online’s Division III Defensive Player of the Week for his 53 saves against the Johnnies. Tony Lawrence, who had three goals and three assists on the weekend, was named MIAC Player of the Week.
Wrestling: The wrestling team heads to Grand Rapids for Saturday’s Itasca Invite. The Tommies went 0-4 last weekend at the Terry Haws Invite in Collegeville. Their best results came in a 28-19 loss to UW-Eau Claire and a 28-21 decision to Southwest State.
Women’s hockey: The women’s hockey team equaled their victory total of the entire 1998-99 MIAC season last weekend. Their 11-1 and 7-0 routs of Bethel upped the overall mark to 3-2 and let them start 2-0 in the MIAC. Heather Martin had the hot stick with two goals and six assists against the Royals. The women are off until they meet UW-River Falls Dec. 17 at Parade Ice Garden in Minneapolis.