Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Details of complaint against UWGB's Wardle released
GREEN BAY - Three weeks after his parents filed a complaint, former UW-Green Bay men's basketball player Ryan Bross has finally said why. Bross, a walk-on center from Menomonee Falls, explained several accusations against Phoenix coach Brian Wardle.
Bross told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that Wardle called him derogatory and homophobic names, interfered with his course selection, and made him lose control of his bowels while running up hills after he complained about being sick. Bross also quoted Wardle as saying he'd be a better basketball player if he had sex. The 33-year-old Wardle said the allegations are false - but he could not talk about specifics because an independent investigator is still looking into the matter. The parents of Green Bay senior forward Brennan Cougill have also filed a complaint against Wardle, saying the coach minimized Cougill's clinical depression as a "distraction" to the team. Others have defended Wardle, including the father of Green Bay center Alec Brown.
The Milwaukee Brewers will go for their ninth straight victory over Pittsburgh tonight at Miller Park - where the Crew has won seven straight overall. With a 10-4 victory last night, the Brewers are now 45-7 against the Pirates at Miller Park since the start of the 2007 season. That's the Majors' best home record against any divisional opponent. Right-hander Marco Estrada will start for the Brewers tonight against right-hander James McDonald. Estrada is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA - but the Milwaukee offense has not given him any run support in two-of-his-last-three starts. Last Wednesday at San Diego, Estrada took the loss after giving up just one earned run in six-and-a-third innings. McDonald is 2-and-2 with a 4.38 ERA. He was solid in his last two outings - including last Thursday at Philadelphia, where he gave up three runs in a 6-4 Pirates' win. The Pirates lead the National League Central by a half-game over Cincinnati and Saint Louis. The Brewers are a game back, and can tie the Pirates with a victory this evening.
The Green Bay Packers will open five of their off-season practices to fans. That includes three Tuesday sessions of the Pack's OTA's, or organized team activities. The open practices will be on May 21st, May 28th, and June 11th, each starting at 11:30 a-m. Also, the Packers will open two of their mandatory mini-camp workouts to fans on June fourth-and-fifth. The off-season practices will be held at Clarke Hinkle Field, across from Lambeau Field along Oneida Street. Ray Nitschke Field is closed while it undergoes preparations for training camp, which begins in late July. After last weekend's draft, the Packer coaching staff will hold an orientation camp for its rookies and first-year free agents May 10th-through-12th. Those sessions will be closed to the public.
Concordia-Mequon and Dominican have advanced to Saturday's semi-finals of the Northern Athletics Conference women's tennis tournament. Third-seeded Concordia shut out No. 6 Aurora, 5-0. Fourth-seeded Dominican eliminated No. 5 Marian by a 5-3 score. The final two rounds will be played on Saturday morning at the Sports-Core in Kohler. Dominican will face top-seeded Edgewood, and Concordia-Mequon goes up against No. 2 Wisconsin Lutheran. Those winners will play for the league title on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Schilter of UW-Stevens Point and Tom Kerndt of Whitewater are the WIAC baseball players-of-the-week. Schilter, a senior catcher, homered in five of the Pointers' eight games last week. He drove in nine runs as he batted .378 for the week. Kerndt, a senior right-hander, won a pair of games for Whitewater. He struck out 10 against Oshkosh, and gave up three runs in eight innings against La Crosse. In softball, Amanda Fischer of Eau Claire and Katie Boyle of Whitewater received the weekly honors. Fischer, a sophomore catcher-and-outfielder, hit a pair of three-run homers in the same game for Eau Claire against Stout. Boyle, a senior right-hander, held her opponents scoreless in 18 straight innings last week. It extended an overall scoreless innings' streak to 26.
The WIAC also recognized the UW-La Crosse women's 400-meter relay team of Jamie Ludwigson, Meg Heafy, Claire Elliott, and Maya Vazquez. Marcus Smith of Whitewater and Vicki Vinokur of Superior received weekly honors in outdoor field events.
Tyler Robers of Carroll University in Waukesha has been named the Midwest Conference baseball pitcher-of-the-week. Robers, a sophomore right-hander, struck out 13 batters in eight innings last Saturday as he threw a six-hit victory against Beloit. Zach Rogers of Cornell College in Iowa was named the league's top position player. In softball, Steph Brunette of Saint Norbert received the weekly hitting honors in the Midwest Conference. She went 14-for-28 last week with a triple, two doubles, five RBI's, and nine runs scored. Brunette also stole four bases. Jackie Sernek of Cornell is the league's honored pitcher.
The University of Wisconsin women's rowing team earned weekly honors today from the Big Ten Conference. The Badgers' varsity four was named the league's Boat-of-the-Week, after defeating No. 4 Virginia during the weekend. The varsity four won both its races at the Monticello Invite, where they out-rowed the defending national champs. The squad is made up of Kaitlin Dunn, Rachel Gendreau, Nicole Hettman, Steph Malchine, and coxswain Marie Hebert.
A goaltender from Quebec will join the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team this fall. The Badgers have announced the signing of Ann-Renee Desbiens, who played with a boys' midget team in Beauport this past season. She was named the league's top goal-tender with a one-point-nine-nine goals-against-average. Badgers' coach Mark Johnson said Desbiens has great size and athletic ability - and he compares her to former Badger Jessie Vetter and current starter Alex Rigsby. Desbiens will join three other net-minders on the Wisconsin roster including Rigsby, who will be a junior in the fall. The others are junior-to-be Ilana Friedman, and incoming freshman Jorie Walters.
For the first time in two years, the University of Wisconsin women's golf team will compete in an NCAA Division I regional tournament. The Badgers were named yesterday to the Central Regional, to be played May 9th-through-11th in Norman, Oklahoma. Wisconsin finished sixth in this spring's Big Ten Tournament, where Alexis Nelson was the team's top individual. Twenty-four teams and six individuals will advance from the regionals to the NCAA finals, to be held May 21st-through-24th in Athens, Georgia. The top eight squads and top two individuals not on a qualifying team will make it to the national meet.