The season is over for
Wisconsin's two teams in the Class-"A" Midwest League. The Beloit
Snappers won their finale yesterday, four-to-three at home over Quad Cities.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were shut out in their final game, four-nothing
at Burlington. Beloit, an affiliate of the Oakland A's, placed fifth in the
Western Division in the season's second half at 29-and-40. Wisconsin,
affiliated with the Brewers, was second-to-last in the eight-team West at
27-and-42. Kane County won the second-half West title, and Fort Wayne claimed
the East. They're among eight teams continuing on in the post-season, which
begins tomorrow night with best-of-three first-round series. Kane County plays
Peoria. Cedar Rapids takes on Quad Cities. Fort Wayne goes against West
Michigan. And Lansing faces Great Lakes.
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Aug 7, 2015
Wisconsin's Jordan Niebrugge and Charlie
Danielson have advanced to the match play finals at the Western Amateur in
Sugar Grove Illinois. Both made the Top-16 after four rounds of stroke play,
including two rounds yesterday. Niebrugge, of Mequon, tied for third at
seven-under-281. That's four strokes behind first-place Robby Shelton.
Danielson finished his four rounds in seventh place at six-under-282. He shot
four-over in his final stroke round yesterday at Rich Harvest Farms.
Aug 6, 2015
Still In Top 5
Charlie Danielson and Jordan Niebrugge are both in the Top-Five after two
rounds of the Western Amateur in Sugar Grove Illinois. Danielson, an Osceola
native and college standout at Illinois, shot a seven-under-par 65 yesterday.
He's tied for second at nine-under-135. Danielson and Taylor Funk are two
strokes off the lead. Niebrugge, a
Mequon native who was sixth at the British Open, shot a 66 in his second round.
He moved up from 18th place to fourth. Niebrugge won the Western Amateur in
2013. Sam Madsen of Madison also made the 36-hole cut. He's tied for 37th at
144. Marquette golfers Patrick Sanchez and Nick Nelson missed the cut. There
will be another cut after 72 holes, when the Top-16 square off in match play.
Aug 4, 2015
Today is the first day
Wisconsin high school football players can start practicing. The season begins
August 16th for full 11-player squads, and August 21st for the smaller schools
with eight-player lineups. Many teams will already have three games in before
their schools open on September first. The playoffs are due to begin October
23rd. The state finals are always held on the Thursday and Friday before
Thanksgiving and the start of the gun deer hunting season. This year, the seven
title games will be played November 19th-and-20th in Madison.
Tickets to the 2015 Big
Ten Championship Football Game in Indianapolis are now on sale. The December 5th game will be played at Lucas
Oil Stadium and feature the Big Ten West Division Champions against the Big Ten
East Division Champs. Tickets range from
50-dollars each to 90-dollars apiece.
Fans from each Big Ten school can reserve tickets with a contingency
plan that they purchase them only if their favorite team makes the game. For information log on to the Big Ten's
webpage or call 1-800-745-3000.
U Of M
The University of
Minnesota football team will begin fall camp this Friday on campus with a
mid-morning workout. The Golden Gophers have held player-only practices all
summer long and senior defensive end Theiren Cockran (thee-AIR-in COCK-rin) of
Homestead, Florida, says the team is especially intense heading into this fall
camp because of the looming prime time season opener against No. 2 T-C-U on
September 3rd at T-C-F Bank Stadium.
Minnesota was 8-and-5 last season and Cockran thinks they will be better
July 29, 2015
Arrowhead High School quarterback Ryan Saeger will start for the University of
South Dakota this fall. Coyotes' coach Joe Glenn says Saeger will replace
senior Kevin Earl, who's out for the year with a lingering back injury. Saeger
led South Dakota to its only two wins last year with 660 passing yards, three
touchdowns, and three interceptions. He made four starts while Earl was out
with a broken thumb.
now 8 & 6
For the first time in
three years, Central Wisconsin native Jordan Zimmermann is not having an
All-Star season with the Washington Nationals. The former U-W Stevens Point
right-hander is now 8-and-6, after a 4-to-1 loss at Miami last night.
Zimmermann goes six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits against a
Marlins' team which gave him his only career no-hitter at the end of last
season. Zimmermann was invited to the All-Star Game in both 2013-and-'14, but
he sat out both due to injuries.
July 23, 2015
Zach Gaugert has a
two-stroke lead going into today's final round of the State Amateur golf
tournament. Gaugert, a senior at
Marquette, shot an even-par 72 yesterday at Erin Hills northwest of
Milwaukee. He's the fourth player to
hold the lead at the ends of the tournament's first three days. Gaugert is at four-over-par 220 after 54
holes. His Marquette teammate Patrick
Sanchez is tied for second along with Jake Wisniewski and Charlie Maleki -- who
celebrated his 18th birthday by moving up the leader-board with a two-over-74.
The Wisconsin football
team has received its 15th known commitment for next year's recruiting
class. Safety Patrick Johnson-the-Second
of Potomac Maryland announced his verbal commitment yesterday on Twitter. He was a two-way player during his junior
year at Bullis High School -- safety on defense, and wide receiver on offense. Johnson chose the Badgers over Georgia and
Pittsburgh. He also received offers from a number of other schools including
Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, and North Carolina.
July 21, 2015
6th In Open
Jordan Spieth still has
a chance to make history when he plays at the P-G-A Championship next month
near Sheboygan. He can become the first golfer to win all three majors
played in the U-S in the same year. That's after his bid for a Grand Slam
fell just short at the British Open yesterday. The 21-year-old Spieth
tied for fourth at Saint Andrews, one stroke off the pace. Zach Johnson
won the tournament in a three-way playoff. Wisconsin amateur Jordan
Niebrugge tied for sixth place, four strokes back. He was given the
silver medal as the top-performing amateur in the year's third major. It
finished on a Monday for the first time since 1988. If Speith can win at
Whistling Straits in August, he would become on the third player to win three
majors in a year. The others are Tiger Woods in 2000, and Ben Hogan in 1953.
Two Madison natives
share the first-round lead at the State Amateur golf tournament. Sam
Madsen and Johnny Decker both shot two-under-par 70 yesterday at Erin Hills,
northwest of Milwaukee. Only two others broke par on the course where the
U-S Open will be played two years hence. Ryan Hilton of Burlington shot a
one-under-71, as did Ben Skogen of Onalaska. One of the co-leaders,
Decker, plays for the Wisconsin Badgers. He has already qualified to
compete in next month's U-S Amateur in Normal Illinois. Madsen also plays
in college, at Georgetown.
Stay In Nashville
In hockey, Madison
native Craig Smith will stay with the N-H-L's Nashville Predators. The
team avoided arbitration by signing the 25-year-old Smith to a five-year
contract worth 21-and-a-quarter million dollars. Smith, who was a forward
with the U-W Badgers, has played four seasons in the N-H-L -- all with
Nashville. He has 144 points in 277 games with the Predators, including
July 20, 2015
The 114th men's State
Amateur golf tournament begins today at Erin Hills, northwest of
Milwaukee. One-hundred-56 of the state's
top amateurs will compete on the same course where the U-S Open will be played
in 2017. A record 869 players entered
the State Amateur. Thirty-six were
exempt from qualifying, while 120 others made the field in qualifying events
since the beginning of June. The 72-hole
tournament is scheduled to run through Thursday. Alex Gaugert was last year's champion.
Wisconsin NASCAR driver
Matt Kenseth placed sixth at the Sprint Cup's Five-Hour-Energy-301 in Loudon
New Hampshire. Kenseth, a native of
Cambridge, moved up two places to Number-seven in the Sprint Cup season point standings. Paul Menard of Eau Claire took 25th
yesterday. He dropped one place in the
point totals to 14th. Beloit-born Danica
Patrick remains 22nd for the year, after she placed 24th at Loudon. Kyle Busch won for the third time in four
races. Kevin Harvick still leads NASCAR's
July 17, 2015
8th in the Open
round of the British Open was suspended by heavy rains overnight. Play was
called off after just 14 minutes, as strong winds and downpours hit the Old
Course at Saint Andrews in Scotland.
Mequon native Jordan Niebrugge (nee-brew-ge) was originally scheduled to
start his second round at 6:28 this morning, Wisconsin time. Yesterday, he tied an all-time British Open
record for an amateur at the Old Course, by shooting a five-under-par 67. But that was in calm weather and easier
scoring conditions before the winds picked up later in the day. The 21-year-old Niebrugge was tied for eighth
after the first round. And he was tied with Jordan Spieth, who's going for his
third major championship this year.
Dustin Johnson was the first-round leader at seven-under-65.
July 16, 2015
The Vikings made the
Forbes' list of the 50 most valuable sports franchises. They tied for 49th
place with a value of one-point-five-billion-dollars. The most valuable team in
the world is European soccer club Real Madrid, followed by the Dallas Cowboys
and the New York Yankees.
July 15, 2015
In last night's pro
soccer exhibition in Milwaukee, the Mexican team of Atlas F-C edged out
Newcastle United of the English Premier League 2-to-1. Just over 21-thousand fans watched the second
annual soccer match put on by the Brewers at Miller Park. Gonzalo Bergessio scored both goals for Atlas
in tthe first 17 minutes. Moussa Sissoko
had the only score for Newcastle United.
Dennis Prunty put on a
dominating performance to win the Slinger Nationals' stock car race at the
Slinger Speedway. He started fifth in
last night's 199-lap feature, and he led for all but ten laps. Sixty-seven year old Conrad Morgan finished
second. Former NASCAR driver Lowell
Bennett from Neenah placed 13th in a race he won five previous times. NASCAR Truck Series' standout Johnny Sauter
placed 20th with a suspension problem.
Former NASCAR truck racer Rich Bickle of Edgerton placed 22nd, after
getting tangled up with Bennett early. And Ross Kenseth of Appleton, son of NASCAR champion Matt Kenseth, was
24th-and-last. His car had rear-end
Milwaukee gymnast Marvin
Kimble tied for the gold medal in the men's pommel horse at the Pan American
Games in Toronto. He scored 15-point-oh-two-five
yesterday, tying him with Jossimar Calvo Moreno of Colombia for first place.
The 19-year-old Kimble, who trains in West Allis, won the first U-S gold in his
event at the Pan Am Games since 1987.
July 8, 2015
Former U-W Oshkosh
baseball coach Tom Lechnir is still challenging the way he was let go from the
university in 2013. A federal court in Green Bay has taken the case,
after two state courts upheld the school's decision not to renew Lechnir's
contract. Media reports said Lechnir was let go because his program
failed to repay debt toward a new baseball stadium at U-W Oshkosh.
Lechnir said the debt never existed, and the school diverted funds for
the project to another sports complex. The federal case claims that
Lechnir was retaliated against by speaking out about the matter -- and his
First Amendment rights were violated in the process. A scheduling
conference in the case is set for July 29th. Lechnir coached for 25 years
at U-W Oshkosh, with a national Division-Three title in 1994. He's now a
baseball academy director in Wisconsin Dells.
Golfers In Wi
Some of the nation's top
junior golfers are in southeast Wisconsin for a tournament that begins today.
The 54-hole McArthur Towel-and-Sports Future Legends' event begins at the
Brandybrook course in Wales. The American Junior Golf Association is
putting on the event. Harrison Ott of Brookfield won the boys' title a
year ago, and Sienna Chapman of Racine won the girls' tournament.
July 6, 2015
For the second week in a
row, Paul Menard of Eau Claire was Wisconsin's top finisher in the NASCAR
Sprint Cup circuit. He was 16th in the
Coke Zero-400 at Daytona, which did not finish until early today following a
three-hour rain delay. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge led the race for one lap, but
he spun out late and caused an 11-car crash. Kenseth managed to finish, and was 23rd.
Beloit-born Danica Patrick got into a nine-car wreck earlier which
knocked her out of the race. She placed
35th and dropped one spot in the Sprint Cup point standings to 20th. Kenseth remains in the Top-10 for the year at
Number-nine. Menard, despite his high
finish, dropped one spot in the standings to 13th. Dale Earnhardt Junior won the race, and Kevin
Harvick remains the Sprint Cup leader.
July 2, 2015
C-E-O Mark Miles of
Indy-Car's parent firm gave signs of hope yesterday that racing would continue
at the Milwaukee Mile -- and that Road America near Elkhart Lake could get a
race as well. Andretti Sports Marketing
filled a void at the Milwaukee Mile in 2012 with a weekend festival that
included an Indy-Car event. But not even
half the 37-thousand seats have been filled for the race. In a conference call, Miles said he has
talked with the event's promoter, and both remain committed to keeping
Milwaukee on the schedule. This year's Indy-Fest is set for July 11th-and-12th,
and Miles did not say it would be a make-or-break event. As for Elkhart Lake, Miles said there are
"detailed discussions" about a 2016 event at Road America. The track's president has said there's an
agreement on a date that needs final approval from Indy-Car officials.
Wisconsin will have two
club pros in next month's P-G-A Championship near Sheboygan. Ryan Helminen of Menasha and Brent Snyder of
Hudson both qualified for the year's final major yesterday, when they finished
in the Top-20 at the Professional National Championship near Philadelphia. Helminen tied for 10th place at two-over-par
284 for 72 holes. The teaching pro at
Ridgeway in Neenah will play in his second P-G-A Championship, after he
qualified the same way a year ago. Snyder, who's with the Troy Burne Golf Course, tied for 16th at
three-over-285. He earned his first
P-G-A bid. Joe Leonard of Wisconsin
Rapids, who was in the Top-10 for most of the club-pro tournament, struggled to
a five-over-par 77 in his final round yesterday. He ended up in a tie for 25th.
June 30, 2015
Retiring A Shock
Former Wisconsin men's
basketball forward Sam Dekker said it was "shocking" to learn that
his college coach Bo Ryan will retire after next season. Dekker, who was drafted in the first round
last week by the N-B-A's Houston Rockets, said he knew Ryan would retire at
some point -- but he didn't think it would be this soon. The 67-year-old Ryan announced yesterday that
he'll leave after what will be his 15th season at U-W Madison. Ryan said he would called it a career in
April after the Badgers lost to Duke in the national title game -- but athletic
director Barry Alvarez urged him to think about it a little more. And Ryan said he'd stay around for one more
year in the hopes that the Badgers will replace him with his long-time assistant
Greg Gard. Gard has been with Ryan since
1993 at Division-Three Platteville. Ryan
won four national titles with the Pioneers before spending two seasons at U-W
Milwaukee. He then became the Badgers'
bench leader in 2001, with a record of 357-and-125 in Madison. Ryan's teams
made it to the N-C-A-A Tournament in each of his 14 seasons, advancing to the
Final Four each of the last two years.
In golf, four Wisconsin
players have made the 36-hole cut at the P-G-A's Professional National
Championship near Philadelphia. Joe
Leonard, the head pro at Bull's Eye in Wisconsin Rapids, is tied for fourth
place at two-under-par 140. Brent
Snyder, the head of instruction at Troy Burne Golf Club in Hudson, is tied for
ninth at one-under-141. If they keep
their spots in the Top-20, they'll get to play at the P-G-A Championship in
mid-August at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan. Mark Voeller of Pewaukee, a retail manager at Golf Galaxy in Brookfield,
is tied for 23rd at one-over-143. And
Ryan Helminen, the teaching pro at Ridgeway in Neenah, is tied for 47th at
145. Five other players with ties to the
Badger State missed the cut -- Pat Steffes, Jeff Kaiser, David Tentis, David
Roesch, and Brian Brodell.
June 26, 2015
Wisconsin high school
basketball games will be four minutes longer next season. The W-I-A-A Board of
Control voted 7-to-4 yesterday in favor of a one-year trial to have two
18-minute halves for boys' and girls' varsity games instead of four quarters of
eight minutes each. J-V and freshman
games will use 16-minute halves, with the same overall time per game as
before. The two-half format is similar
to what the club levels and college basketball uses. W-I-A-A associate director Deb Hauser said
the two-half format was tested in non-conference games in the 2009-and-'10
season -- and those who tried it liked it. Hauser said she surveyed almost 950 head coaches, and of the nearly 700
who responded, two-thirds favored the change.
Supporters say it will improve the flow of the game, and have fewer
occasions in which teams hold the ball in the final minutes of quarters to set
up final shots. Hauser said coaches
would surveyed during the course of next season, to see if they'd like to
continue the two-half format beyond next year.
The two biggest stars
from Wisconsin's back-to-back Final Fours both went in the first round of last
night's N-B-A Draft. Center Frank
Kaminsky went to the Charlotte Hornets with the ninth overall pick. Small forward Sam Dekker went to the Houston
Rockets in the 18th slot, right after the Milwaukee Bucks passed him over at
Number-17. Dekker was a stand-out at
Sheboygan Lutheran before playing three years in Madison, and he has never
lived anywhere else but Wisconsin. The
21-year-old said it would be nice not to have to deal with heavy winter
coats. And he expects to fit right in
with the Rockets' fast-moving perimeter offense. Kaminsky -- who swept college basketball's
major national awards in April -- said it was "crazy" that Hornets'
owner Michael Jordan thought enough of him to draft him at Number-nine. Charlotte never brought him in for a
pre-draft workout. The seven-foot center
is the Badgers' highest selection since Devin Harris went at the Number-five
spot for Dallas in 2004. Also, Golden
State drafted Milwaukee Hamilton stand-out Kevon Looney from U-C-L-A with the
30th pick. Menomonee Falls native J-P
Tokoto of North Carolina was taken by Philadelphia in the second round with the
58th overall selection.
In golf, Pewaukee native
Mark Wilson is tied for 15th after the opening round of the P-G-A's Travelers
Championship in Cromwell Connecticut.
Wilson shot a four-under-par 66 yesterday at T-P-C River Highlands. He's two strokes behind first-round leader Bubba
Watson. Jerry Kelly of Madison struggled
on the back nine, and shot a five-over 75. That tied him for 148th. At the
U-S Senior Open, Fox Point native Skip Kendall is tied for 128th going into
today's second round. He shot a
seven-over-par 77 yesterday in Sacramento.
Tom Watson has the lead at four-under-66.
June 25, 2015
Former U-W Stevens Point
starter Jordan Zimmermann threw eight scoreless innings for the Washington
Nationals in their 2-to-1 home victory over Atlanta in eleven. The right-hander from Auburndale was hoping
to end a personal three-game losing streak. Zimmermann gave up six hits with three strikeouts. He was in line for the win until closer Drew
Storen blew a save in the ninth by giving up the run which sent the game to
extra innings. Ex-Brewer Dana Eveland
took the loss, by giving up a one-out double to Bryce Harper in the 11th. Ian Desmond hit a sacrifice fly off David
Aardsma to score Harper, and give the Nationals their victory.
Milwaukee prospect Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam to help Oakland win at Texas,
Stop At Erin Hills
Governor Scott Walker is
not a golfer, but he knows what it means to Wisconsin. Walker, a likely
Republican presidential candidate, made a stop yesterday at Erin Hills in
Washington County to promote the 2017 U-S Open which will be played there. Walker released a report from S-R-I International,
which shows that the Wisconsin golf industry created two-point-four million
dollars of direct and indirect economic benefits back in 2008. Almost 38-thousand-500 Wisconsinites work in
the industry, with total wages of 771-and-a-half million dollars. Walker says he admires those who are good at
golf, even though he never plays. He
said the Erin Hills U-S Open would have a regional impact of 140-to-170 million
dollars, based on similar events. In
August, the P-G-A Championship will be played at Whistling Straits near
Sheboygan for the third time in eleven years. The Ryder Cup will be played just across the state line at Chaska
Minnesota in 2016, and will be at Whistling Straits in 2020.
June 22, 2015
Son Takes Second
Ross Kenseth of Appleton
took sixth place in his NASCAR debut yesterday.
The son of 2003 Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth of Cambridge started second
in the rain-delayed Xfinity Series' Atti-Cat 300 at the Chicagoland Speedway in
Joliet Illinois. Ross, a standout in the
ARCA circuit, drove his father's Number-20 car for Joe Gibbs Racing. He recovered nicely after spinning out last
Friday in his first practice run at the track. The race was scheduled for Saturday night, but was postponed by a
day. Nineteen year-old Erik Jones was
the winner. He led for 94 of the 200
laps. Ross Kenseth officially led for one lap.
Of Season Ends
The first half of the
Midwest League season came to a merciful end yesterday for the Beloit Snappers
and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Beloit
edged the Rattlers, 3-to-2. Wisconsin
finished last among the eight Western division teams at 23-and-47, while Beloit
finished second-to-last at 26-and-44.
Quad Cities won the West, and Cedar Rapids took the division's second
playoff spot. Lansing claimed the Eastern Division title, with Great Lakes took
the final post-season slot as the runner-up. The Midwest League's All-Star Game will be played tomorrow night in
Peoria Illinois. Sandber Pimentel, Yairo
Munoz, and Brett Graves will represent Beloit. Wisconsin will send Carlos Leal and Cy Sneed.
June 17, 2015
Kimberly will play
Janesville Craig tomorrow for the Division-One championship at the state boys'
high school spring baseball tournament near Appleton. Kimberly advanced with a
6-to-4 semi-final win over River Falls last night in two extra innings.
Kimberly scored three times in the ninth to win it -- including one on a
suicide squeeze from Griffin Hawley.
River Falls rallied to score in its final at-bat, but left runners on
second-and-third to end the game. In the
other Division-One semi, Janesville Craig blanked Oconomowoc 4-nothing. Chase Nyberg threw a five-hitter, allowing
just two runners to reach second base. All four semi-final teams won first-round games earlier in the day.
Today, semi-finals are
scheduled in three other divisions.
Spring Valley and Rio (rye-oh) will open the Division-Four semis at
eight this morning. Rib Lake will then
take on Ithaca. The Division-Three
semi-finals are set for this afternoon. Lake Country Lutheran, which won the
D-Four crown a year ago, faces Chequamegon. And then Marathon plays La Crosse Aquinas. Tonight, the Division-Two semis will close
out the day at Fox Cities Stadium. West
Salem plays Milwaukee Lutheran. And
Green Bay Notre Dame faces River Valley.
June 16, 2015
The Marquette men's
basketball team has added its 13th player for next season. He is Christian Haffner, a walk-on guard from
Gresham High School in Shawano County. The 6-1 Haffner scored just over 17-hundred points in his four varsity
seasons with Gresham. This spring, he
was named to the coaches' Division-Five All-State team. Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski now has
three walk-ons to go with his ten scholarship players.
June 12, 2015
Wisconsin junior Kelsey
Card took second in the shot put last night at the N-C-A-A track-and-field
finals in Eugene Oregon. Card set a Big
Ten record with a throw of 58-feet, 11-and-a-quarter inches. Raven Saunders of Southern Illinois won the
shot put with a toss of 60-feet, two-and-a-half inches. Card's showing was the best by a Badger woman
at the nationals since Erica Palmer placed second in 1999 in the five-thousand
meters. Card will compete in the discus
finals tomorrow. Also, Wisconsin's
Georgia Ellenwood placed 10th in the heptathlon, and her Badger teammate Deanna
Latham finished 12th. Both received
second-team All-American honors.
The W-I-A-A will try
again this morning to get the state girls' high school softball tournament in
gear. Only two-plus innings of the first
Division-One quarter-final got in yesterday at U-W Madison. The game is scheduled to resume at 8:30 a-m,
weather permitting, with DeForest leading Germantown 2-to-nothing. The winner will play either Watertown or
defending champion Kimberly in the next round. The other D-One quarter-finals will be played early this afternoon.
Chippewa Falls plays Westosha Central, and Bay Port faces Kenosha Bradford. The
Division-One semis are set for 3 today at another diamond -- Country View
Elementary in Verona. The Division-Two
semis are set for mid-afternoon at U-W Madison.
Beloit Turner plays Waupun, and La Crosse Logan goes against New
London. The day wraps up with the
D-Three semis tonight. Poynette faces
Lomira, and Bloomer goes against Laconia. The Division-Four semi-finals are
pushed up to Saturday morning, before all four title contests are played.
In golf, Pewaukee native
Mark Wilson is tied for 13th after the opening round of the P-G-A's Fed-Ex
Saint Jude Classic in Memphis. Wilson
shot a three-under-par 67 yesterday -- three strokes behind leaders Ryan
Palmer, Greg Owen, and Brooks Koepka.
Jerry Kelly of Madison is tied for 32nd at one-under-69.
Rhinelander native Dan
Forsman is tied for 66th after the first round of the Constellation Senior
Players Championship. Forsman shot a
four-over-par 75 yesterday in Belmont Massachusetts. Bernhard Langer is the first-round leader at
June 9, 2015
will not play
Madison golfer Steve
Stricker will not play at the U-S Open for the first time in a decade. Stricker withdrew after the first of
yesterday's two sectional qualifying rounds in Columbus Ohio. Stricker shot a one-under-par 71 -- and he
would have had to shoot at least six-under in the second round to advance. No Wisconsin players will compete in the
Open, which begins a week from Thursday at University Place in Washington
State. Among those failing to advance
yesterday were P-G-A Tour regulars Jerry Kelly of Madison and Pewaukee native
Mark Wilson, Fox Point native and Champions' Tour player Skip Kendall, and
amateurs Jordan Niebrugge (nee-broo-ge) of Mequon and Charlie Danielson of
Osceola. Stricker is in his third year
of a reduced schedule, and he had lower back surgery last December. Those were the biggest reasons the
48-year-old Stricker had to go through qualifying in the first place. He told reporters earlier that endurance
might be an issue for him in yesterday's 36-holes. His father-in-law, Dennis Tiziani, said on a
radio show last night that Stricker was not injured. This was Stricker's first
Open qualifier since 2006.
Hartland Arrowhead is
the Division-One leader at the halfway point of the state boys' high school
golf tournament in Verona. Arrowhead
shot 306 in yesterday's first round at University Ridge, with a three-stroke
lead over second-place Green Bay Notre Dame. Eric Van Tubbergen of Racine Case and Patrick Sicula have the individual
lead at one-under-71. Arrowhead freshman
Alex Yost hit a double-eagle two on the Par-Five second hole, apparently the
first by a high school player in University Ridge history. Yost is among three players who are one
stroke off the pace. In Division-Two,
Lodi has a solid 23-stroke lead over second-place Madison Edgewood. Two-time defending champion Waukesha Catholic
Memorial is in fourth, at 37 back.
Lodi's Adam Miller is the individual leader at one-under-71. His teammate Jacob Michel is one stroke
back. In Division-Three, Fond du Lac
Springs is the leader by ten shots over defending champion Lancaster. Taylor Ryman of Mineral Point is the D-Three
individual leader at three-over-75. Two others are two strokes back.
June 5, 2015
The 120th Wisconsin
boys' high school track meet begins today at U-W La Crosse -- and for the
girls, it will be their 45th renewal.
Eric Brown of Wisconsin Lutheran is competing for his third straight
title in the Division-One 800-meter event. Logan Maurer of Brodhead-Juda is back to defend his championships from
last year in both the discus and the shot-put.
Jordan Wesner of Princeton-Green Lake is going for his third straight
gold medal in the D-Three high jump. The defending team champions are Kimberly
in Division-One, Monroe in Division-Two, and Chippewa Falls McDonell in
D-Three. On the girls' side, Neenah is
trying for its fifth straight Division-One title in the 32-hundred meter relay. Cami Davre of Whitefish Bay goes for
back-to-back Division-One golds in both the 800-and-16-hundred meter runs. Amy Davis of Madison Edgewood is also
defending two titles in the Division-Two 16-hundred and 32-hundred meters. In Division-Three, Betsy Schreier of Cashton
is trying to win three straight championships in the triple jump. Brittany Davis of Benton-Scales
Mound-Shullsburg is defending a pair of D-Three titles in the 400-and-800. The state track meet runs through tomorrow.
World Cup Referee
Stevens Point native
Margaret Domka will be one of 29 referees at the Women's World Cup which begins
tomorrow in Canada. The 35-year-old
Domka will be the only field official from the U-S. She was a referee at two Under-20 Women's
World Cups last year in Canada, and in Japan in 2013. Domka said she began officiating during her
high school years for summer jobs -- and as her experience grew, she said it
was a dream to officiate in a World Cup. She played soccer virtually all her life, and was a Division-Three
All-American during her senior year at U-W Stevens Point -- when the Pointers
made the Final Four. In her full-time work, Domka is a Spanish teacher at Union
Grove High School. The Women's World Cup will have 52 matches in six cities
throughout Canada. The title match will be played July 5th in Vancouver.
Tied At 21st
Madison golfer Steve
Stricker is tied for 21st going into today's second round of the P-G-A's
Memorial Tournament. Stricker shot a
three-under-par 69 yesterday on the Jack Nicklaus course at Muirfield Village
in Dublin Ohio. Bo Van Pelt and Hideki
Matsuyama are the first-round leaders at eight-under.
June 3, 2015
Former U-W Stevens Point
star Jordan Zimmermann threw eight scoreless innings yesterday, in Washington's
2-nothing home victory over Toronto in the opener of a double-header. The right-hander from Auburndale had his
longest start of the year, giving up six hits with a walk and four strikeouts.
Zimmermann is now 5-and-2 on the year.
May 29, 2015
Madison golfer Jerry
Kelly is tied for 21st after the first round of the P-G-A's Byron Nelson
Classic in Irving Texas. Kelly shot a
two-under-par 68 yesterday at the T-P-C Four Seasons Resort. Steven Bowditch is the first-round leader at
Wally Ellenson of
Marquette tied for first place in the high jump last night at the N-C-A-A West
Preliminary track-and-field meet in Austin Texas. Ellenson, who plays basketball for the Golden
Eagles, cleared the bar at seven-feet two-and-a-half inches. That tied him with Bryan McBride of Arizona
State for first, as they advanced to next month's N-C-A-A national meet in
Eugene Oregon. Two Wisconsin distance
runners also qualified for the nationals last night in the West
preliminaries. Alex Thompson advanced by
placing fourth in the discus, and Malachy Schrobilgen claimed the
12th-and-final national spot in the 10-thousand meters. The Badgers' Joe Hardy was fifth in his heat
in the three-thousand meters, and will run in the quarter-finals at Austin
tomorrow. In the women's preliminaries,
Wisconsin's Molly Hanson placed second in her heat in the 15-hundred meters, to
advance to tomorrow's quarter-finals.
May 28, 2015
Osecola native Casey
Danielson helped Stanford win its first N-C-A-A women's golf championship. Danielson, a sophomore, went 3-and-0 in match
play during the finals at Bradenton Florida. She defeated Laura Lonardi two-up yesterday, as Stanford edged Baylor
3-to-2 in the final match. The Cardinal
eliminated Arizona in the quarter-finals, and U-S-C in the semis -- and
Danielson won her matches in both rounds. Casey is the brother of Charlie Danielson, who's one of the top players
for the University of Illinois men's golf team. The Illini will play in the N-C-A-A men's finals which begin tomorrow at
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