The St. Olaf mens basketball team ended its season Wednesday night in the seminfinals of the MIAC playoffs at the hands of St. Thomas, ranked sixth nationally. St. Olaf fell behind by 11 in the first half and could not mount a second half charge, falling 77-61. However, the Oles not only shocked third-seeded Bethel 81-79 in Arden Hills Monday night in overtime, but won their first playoff game in St. Olaf MIAC basketball history.
Those three seniors [Bain, Butala and Bergstrom] have been the heart and soul of St. Olaf's men's basketball team, and Wednesday night in St. Paul, their careers came to an unceremonious end at the hands of a freakishly talented Tommie squad. A small but raucous group of Ole faithful made the trek, hoping to see another improbable upset unfortunately, it simply was not to be.
Last weekend, the St. Olaf men won the MIAC Swimming and Diving conference title by a scant five points over Gustavus Adolphus with an 843.5-point total. On the womens side, Gustavus used a strong third day to distance itself from St. Olaf and Carleton, preventing St. Olaf from its third straight title by a 155-point total.
The St. Olaf women's hockey team clinched a playoff berth last weekend with a series sweep of St. Catherine. With a 4-2 win over the Wildcats in Northfield on Friday and a 5-0 victory in Minneapolis on Saturday, the Oles improved their overall record to 10-5-1 and strengthened their hold on third place in the MIAC.