AFTERNOON SPORTS ROUNDUP: Elk Mound beaten in the state boys' semifinals
MADISON -- Lodi and Brown Deer will square off tomorrow for the state boys' high school Division 3 basketball title. Both teams advanced after this morning's semi-finals at the Kohl Center in Madison.
Lodi won its semi-final over Elk Mound 50-47 early this afternoon. Brown Deer won the day's first semi, 48-45 over Manitowoc Roncalli. Jordan Shea had 22 points, nine rebounds, and three assists for Lodi, which improved to 26-1. Elk Mound got 21 points and 19 rebounds from Dexter Curry -- but it wasn't enough, as Elk Mound ended its season at 25-2. The Division 2 semifinals are being played this afternoon. Wisconsin Lutheran was facing West De Pere, and Rice Lake was to go up against Greendale. Tonight, Germantown continues its quest for a third straight Division 1 title as it takes on Milwaukee Rufus King. Neenah and Mukwonago close out the evening in the other D-1 semi. Title games in all five divisions are set for tomorrow at Madison's Kohl Center.
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed forward Chris Wright to a ten-day contract. The 6-8 Wright has played for Maine of the NBA's Developmental League in the past two seasons. Bucks' general manager John Hammond said Wright went undrafted in 2011, and was signed by Maine. He played in 24 games with the NBA's Golden State Warriors in his rookie season, and scored 25 in the Warriors' regular season finale that year. With the Maine Red Claws this season, Wright averaged 19-and-a-half points and eight rebounds per game. He had six double-doubles in his last eight contests.
UW-Stevens Point and Saint Norbert of De Pere will open their NCAA Division III men's hockey tournament runs tomorrow night. The Green Knights, champions of the NCHA, will play Adrian of Michigan in the quarter-finals. UW-Stevens Point, an at-large pick in the Field-of-11, will host Saint Thomas of Saint Paul. Tomorrow's winners will advance to the men's D-III Frozen Four next Friday and Saturday in Lewiston Maine. In the Division III women's tournament, only eight teams were selected -- two of them from Wisconsin. Stevens Point plays its quarter-final tonight at home against Saint Thomas. UW-River Falls entertains Lake Forest tomorrow afternoon. The winners move on to the women's Frozen Four next weekend.
Wisconsin NASCAR drivers are in Bristol Tennessee for a pair of races this weekend. Paul Menard of Eau Claire, who finished third at Las Vegas last Sunday, is part of the entry list for Sunday's Food City-500. Qualifying takes place late this afternoon. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is entered along with Beloit-born Danica Patrick and Travis Kvapil of Janesville. The Nationwide Series' drivers are also at Bristol for the Drive to Stop Diabetes-300 on Saturday. Kenseth is part of the field for that event. The Camping World Truck Series is off again.
Two Wisconsin men's basketball teams and three women's teams resume their quests for a national championship tonight. UW-Stevens Point is hosting a four-team men's sectional, after the field was narrowed down to the Sweet-16 last weekend. The top-ranked Pointers play Emory of Atlanta, and UW-Whitewater takes on Texas-Dallas. The winners will face each other tomorrow night for a spot in the men's Final Four. On the women's side, all three Wisconsin survivors are in the same sectional at DePauw of Greencastle, Indiana. Carthage of Kenosha is playing the host DePauw, and UW-Oshkosh faces Whitewater. The winners will compete in tomorrow night's sectional final. Meanwhile, the NCAA Division II men's basketball tourney opens tomorrow for one Wisconsin school. Eighth-seeded U-W Parkside plays Number-One Drury at Springfield Missouri. The winner will play either Lake Superior State or Findlay on Sunday night for a shot at that Sweet-16.
Wily Peralta will start this afternoon for the Milwaukee Brewers when they play Arizona at the Brewers' spring complex in the Diamondbacks' home town of Phoenix. The right-hander Peralta is 0-1 this spring with an ERA of just under three and a quarter. The D-Backs will send right-hander Randall Delgado to the hill. He has no record and a 6.14 ERA. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez will return to the Milwaukee lineup after a day off. He's 3-for-7 in his first two Cactus League games, after he had colon surgery a couple months ago to remove a non-cancerous polyp. The Brewers are 7-9 this spring, after crushing San Diego 8-0 yesterday.
The University of Wisconsin men's hockey team will close out its regular season at Michigan State tonight and tomorrow afternoon. The fifth-ranked Badgers have a five-game winning streak after a sweep at Penn State, 4-2 last Friday and 3-2 in overtime last Saturday. Wisconsin is five points behind Big Ten-leading Minnesota. The Badgers are 12-5-1 in conference play and 21-9-2 overall. The Spartans come in at 4-8-6-4 in Big Ten play, and 10-16-7 overall. Michigan State is coming off a two-game split at Michigan, including a 4-3 come-from-behind win last Saturday. Meanwhile, the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team is gearing up for its national Division I quarter-final home match against Harvard tomorrow night. The Badgers have the third seed with a mark of 27-7-2. Sixth-seeded Harvard is 23-5-4. Tomorrow's winners will advance to the Women's Frozen Four which starts a week from tonight in Hamden Connecticut.
The Milwaukee Admirals will host Rockford tonight. The Admirals are tied with Oklahoma City for the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the American Hockey League's Western Conference. Milwaukee is 27-20-6-and-6 after a loss to Iowa on Wednesday night which ended a four-game winning streak. New acquisition Calle Jarnkrok has the hot hand for Milwaukee with five points in his last three games, including three goals. The Admirals could gain some ground this evening, since they're only two points behind Rockford -- and Milwaukee has played three fewer games than the Ice-Hogs. Rockford recently had an eleven-game points' streak, and they're 1-and-3 since then. The Ice-Hogs are 4-and-5 against Milwaukee this season.
WIAA Girls' high school basketball sectional semifinals
Stevens Point Sectional
Neenah 52, Oshkosh West 45
Superior 50, Schofield D.C. Everest 46
Sheboygan North Sectional
Hartland Arrowhead 79, Germantown 60
Kimberly 37, Sheboygan North 36
Sun Prairie Sectional
Madison West 36, Sun Prairie 33, OT
Mukwonago 43, Janesville Craig 36
West Allis Central Sectional
Brookfield Central 45, Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels 43
Oak Creek 53, Franklin 28
Division 2 Marshfield Sectional
La Crosse Central 42, Rice Lake 34
New London 29, Merrill 24
Sheboygan South Sectional
Cedarburg 51, Beaver Dam 48
Green Bay Notre Dame 55, Pulaski 37
Janesville Craig Sectional
DeForest 50, Monona Grove 49
Wilmot Union 60, McFarland 58
Brookfield Central Sectional
New Berlin Eisenhower 63, Cudahy 40
Milwaukee Pius XI 62, Whitefish Bay 33
River Falls Sectional
Hayward 51, Baldwin-Woodville 41
Neillsville 45, Arcadia 26
Oconto Falls 43, Fox Valley Lutheran 36
Two Rivers 63, Wrightstown 48
Adams-Friendship 28, Madison Edgewood 26
Brodhead 47, Whitewater 42
Whitefish Bay Sectional
Kettle Moraine Lutheran 57, East Troy 16
Oostburg 51, Waupun 38
Chippewa Falls Sectional
Cameron 69, Athens 54
Eau Claire Regis 46, Mondovi 41
Algoma 51, Amherst 50
Auburndale 48, Bonduel 39
De Forest Sectional
Cuba City 64, Mineral Point 54
Onalaska Luther 60, Markesan 55
Whitefish Bay Dominican 35, Racine Prairie 34
Fond du Lac St. Mary’s Springs 65, Oshkosh Lourdes 50
Owen-Withee 66, Turtle Lake 54
South Shore 41, Siren 32
Schofield D.C. Everest Sectional
Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 52, Wausau Newman Catholic 40
Goodman/Pembine 41, Green Bay NEW Lutheran 29
La Crosse Logan Sectional
Barneveld 52, Belmont 18
Gilmanton 43, Hillsboro 39
Milwaukee Heritage Christian 56, Hilbert 49
Randolph 42, South Wayne Black Hawk 39