HOUGHTON?- Lake Linden-Hubbell alum Travis Ambuehl was named the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Men’s Track & Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday after he re-broke his own school record in the pole vault.
Ambuehl cleared 14 feet, 10 1/4 inches (4.53 meters) at the Snowshoe Open. He finished fifth in a field that included vaulters from all three divisions. St. Scholastica is Division III.
Calumet native Ben Johnson scored his 16th goal of the season Saturday in a 7-4 loss for his Windsor Spitfires to the Saginaw Spirit in Ontario Hockey League play.
Johnson now has 30 points (including 14 assists), but the Spits are struggling. At 22-28-1 overall, they are 11 points adrift of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 11 games remaining. Windsor hosts Erie (Pa.) Thursday night.
Calumet alum Ben Storm scored his first career United States Hockey League goal Feb. 8. The 1994-born blueliner tallied in the second period for the Muskegon Lumberjacks at the Chicago Steel, the game-winning goal in a 3-1 decision and first game in a four-game win streak for Muskegon.
Storm also had just the third multi-point game of his USHL career in his team’s most recent outing. He notched a pair of assists as the Lumberjacks defeated Youngstown 4-1 at home Saturday.
Storm now has a goal and nine assists in 36 games and is a plus-9.
Muskegon, at 26-14-8, is second in the USHL’s Eastern Conference. The Lumberjacks play Saturday and Sunday at Youngstown, the first two of seven straight on the road.
Hancock alumna Maria Almquist picked up four points and two rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench for the Northern Michigan women’s basketball team in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play at Wayne St. Saturday.
Almquist is averaging 4.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in her sophomore season with the Wildcats.
The Wildcats lost 87-70 Saturday, falling to 11-12 overall and 8-11 in league play, a game out of the last spot in the league tournament.
Houghton’s Taylor Dillinger saw four minutes for Minnesota Duluth in a Friday home loss to Northern (S.D.) State, recording a block, a steal and a rebound.
Dillinger has played in 22 games for the Bulldogs, averaging 1.0 points and 1.0 rebounds per game as a true freshman.
UMD is 12-12 going into the final weekend of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play Friday and Saturday at Bemidji State and Minnesota Crookston.
In warmer news, Houghton alum Samantha Henderson is a sophomore catcher/infielder on the softball team at the University of Detroit Mercy.
Henderson started four of the Titans’ five games at the UNCW Beach Blast in Wilmington, N.C.
She finished 2-for-10 with both hits being solo home runs, one coming in a 10-4 win over UNC Wilmington Feb. 9 and the other coming in a 7-2 loss earlier the same day to Nebraska-Omaha.
The Titans have five games coming up this weekend in Southaven, Miss. at the Blues City Classic.