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Friday State Sports Briefs: UW-Whitewater lone state softball team to win regional game

WHITEWATER - UW-Whitewater was the only Wisconsin team to win its opening game at the NCAA Division III softball tournament.

The top-seeded Warhawks beat Finlandia 6-1 in the eight-team, double-elimination regional that Whitewater is hosting. Fourth-seeded Carthage of Kenosha fell to Luther College, 6-4. Alyse Mikolas belted a three-run homer for Carthage, which plays an elimination game against Finlandia today. Third-seeded UW-Eau Claire lost its opener North Central 12-10. North Central scored five runs in the seventh inning to win it. Yesterday's fourth game between Illinois Wesleyan and Benedictine was rained out. It will be played this morning. The loser of that game will play Eau Claire in an elimination contest. The tournament runs through at least Sunday.


Two Wisconsin teams both lost their opening games yesterday in the Northern Athletics Conference baseball tournament. Concordia-Mequon, which is hosting the tournament, lost to second-seeded Benedictine 7-5. A two-run double by Mike Luschen put Benedictine in front for good. Also, Wisconsin Lutheran dropped a 6-to-3 decision to top-seeded Concordia-Chicago. Dan Kluss had a tournament record 14 strikeouts for Chicago in that game. Also, third-seeded Aurora took a 1-nothing game over Rockford. A fourth game scheduled for last night was rained out. It's one of four contests on the docket for today. The double-elimination tournament will now run through Sunday.


The Midwest Conference baseball tournament begins this morning, with four teams duking it out in a double-elimination format. Ripon, which won the North Division regular season title for the first time since 2006, is hosting the tourney. Ripon will open against Grinnell this morning, and defending champion Saint Norbert will take on Knox College. The tournament runs through tomorrow.


The WIAC baseball tourney is scheduled for tomorrow and Sunday at Whitewater. The top-seeded Warhawks will open against La Crosse. Number-Stevens Point opens against Oshkosh.


University of Wisconsin women's tennis coach Brian Fleishman has resigned after six seasons. The UW said Fleishmann would pursue other opportunities, after the Badgers went 5-18 this season with a loss to Indiana in their only match at the Big Ten Tournament last month. Fleishmann called his tenure at the UW an "amazing time" for him and his family. Also yesterday, Wisconsin said men's hockey assistant Matt Walsh would stay on as an assistant to coach Mike Eaves. He's been with the Badgers since last November. Walsh will keep coaching the defensemen, as the team enters play this fall in their new Big Ten Conference. Walsh will also be more involved with recruiting.


The Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly interviewed two people for their vacant coaching job. Houston assistant Kelvin Sampson and former Seattle and Portland coach Nate McMillan were both said to have talked with Bucks' officials. According to media reports, general manager John Hammond is also recruiting ex-Orlando and Wisconsin Badger coach Stan Van Gundy, and Los Angeles Lakers' assistant Steve Clifford. Meanwhile, Hammond says a reported confrontation between Bucks' center Larry Sanders and guard Monta Ellis is an "internal team matter," and he won't say any more about it. According to, Sanders took aim at possible free agents Ellis and Brandon Jennings in a locker room speech after Milwaukee's Game 3 playoff loss to Miami 15 days ago. Sanders reportedly said quote, "We need to start playing together as a team and stop worrying about next year ... We need to stop being selfish, and start worrying about right now." Ellis took issue, and reportedly was about to come to blows with Sanders until a teammate broke them up. Ellis has an $11-million player option for next season, and he has until June 20th to decide if he wants to stay. Jennings is a restricted free agent.