Morning State Sports Briefs: Packers' Harris had cyst removed from lung
GREEN BAY - Green Bay Packers running back DuJuan Harris revealed on Wednesday he missed mini-camp because he had a fist-sized cyst on his lung.
The Green Bay Press Gazette reports Harris had the cyst surgically removed Tuesday. Harris posted a picture, via Instagram, of himself hooked up to a monitor and flexing his right biceps. A large patch was placed on the right side of his chest. "EVERYTHING IS FINE, dr.s found a fist sized cyst on my lung next to my heart," Harris said via Twitter. "Shows the importance of getting routine check-ups, GET YOURS! It's a blessing!!! Should be 110 percent very soon and back to work. Thanks for the prayers and keeping me lifted!!! MUCH LOVE" Harris' agent, Dave Lee, told the newspaper the cyst wasn't cancerous. Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Harris would miss the remainder of the team's offseason program.
New series begin tonight for teams in the Northwoods League's South Division. The Wisconsin Woodchucks are at home in Wausau, facing the Madison Mallards. Madison edged Wisconsin Rapids 4-2 last night, while rain halted the Woodchucks' game against Battle Creek. Wisconsin had a 2-0 lead in the second inning, and they'll finish it as part of a twin-bill on the Fourth-of-July. Battle Creek moves on to Wisconsin Rapids. Green Bay plays at Eau Claire. Eau Claire lost to the Lakeshore Chinooks 1-to-nothing in 14 innings last night, while Green Bay got swept by La Crosse in a double-header, 5-0 and 13-8. La Crosse plays at Lakeshore tonight in Mequon. Meanwhile, the North Division teams will continue their current series. Duluth is at Waterloo. Willmar hosts Thunder Bay. Mankato is at Rochester. And Saint Cloud plays at Alexandria.
In the Class-"A" Midwest League, at least two Beloit Snappers will start for the Western Division team in league's All-Star Game on June 18th in Dayton Ohio. Catcher Bruce Maxwell and third baseman Renato Nunez are among six Beloit players and two Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were named yesterday to the West roster. As the defending Division champions, Wisconsin manager Matt Erickson gets the honor of leading the West squad. And his entire coaching staff will join him - Dave Chavarria, Dusty Rhodes, Christian Polega, and Jeff Paxson. Beloit is going for a playoff spot during the first half of the season, while Wisconsin is struggling after taking the league title a year ago. Beloit's Matt Olson was named an All-Star as a back-up infielder. Snappers' pitchers Raul Alcantara, Ryan Dull, and Michael Ynoa were also named - along with Timber Rattlers' pitchers Ryan Gibbard and Damien Magnifico. Cedar Rapids has eight starters, the most from the West. Bowling Green has nine starters for the East team.
Two Wisconsin golfers are competing in the PGA's FedEx Saint Jude Classic that's getting underway in Memphis. Jerry Kelly of Madison and Pewaukee native Mark Wilson are part of the field at the TPC Southwind course. Kelly's part of the morning group. Wilson tees off during the lunch hour. On the senior Champions' Tour, the Regions Tradition began this morning in Shoal Creek, Alabama. Rhinelander native Dan Forsman is competing in one of the tour's rare 72-hole events.
There will be at least two new state champions in the WIAA girls' softball tournament that begins this morning in Madison. Last year's Division 1 titlist, Chippewa Falls, did not make it back-to-state. And neither did two-time defending champion Oakfield in Division 4. Baldwin-Woodville is going for back-to-back crowns in Division 2. Ditto for Stevens Point Pacelli in Division 3. The tournament begins at 9:05 this morning with the Division-One quarter-finals. Oshkosh West is up first against Kenosha Bradford. Stevens Point then plays Germantown. Sun Prairie goes against Westosha Central. And Menomonee Falls takes on Appleton East. Tonight, semi-finals are scheduled in Division 2. Monroe plays New London. And then Baldwin-Woodville closes out the night against New Berlin West. Semis will be played tomorrow in Divisions 1,3 & 4. All four title games are set for Saturday at UW-Madison's Goodman Diamond.
The NBA Draft is three weeks from tonight, and the Milwaukee Bucks continue to bring in possible candidates for their two draft slots. Unlike some teams, the Bucks say they do not offer any guarantees to take a player at a certain position. The tactic is used to discourage other teams from auditioning the same players. Bucks' scouting director Billy McKinney said there was speculation that Milwaukee offered guarantees to Larry Sanders and Brandon Jennings in their draft years - but it never happened. Yesterday, the Bucks took a look at Milwaukee native Korey Lucious. He averaged 10 points and six assists for Iowa State last season, after he was dropped from the Michigan State team in 2011 for detrimental conduct. The Bucks also auditioned Marquette senior Trent Lockett yesterday along with D.J. Stephens of Memphis, Jack Cooley of Notre Dame, Dewayne Dedmon of USC, and D.J. Seeley of Cal State-Fullerton.
Wisconsin's new receivers coach will stay where he is. Chris Beatty confirmed today that he interviewed for a head coaching vacancy at East Tennessee State - but he withdrew his name from consideration. It means that new Badgers' coach Gary Andersen will not have to scramble for a second time to hire a new assistant. In March, tight ends and special teams' coach Jay Boulware left to take a post at Oklahoma. Jeff Genyk replaced Boulware just before spring practices began. Beatty tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he decided the timing was not right to take the East Tennessee State job. Beatty was a receiver at that school, which dropped its football program in 2003 due to budget problems. Officials voted this past winter to reinstate the program - and they hope to hire a new coach by June 15th.
In the Midwest League...
Beloit 5, Wisconsin 3
Cedar Rapids 14, Quad Cities 5
Kane County 8, Burlington 6
Peoria 4, Clinton 1
South Bend 6, Lake County 2
Dayton 5, Bowling Green 3
West Michigan 8, Great Lakes 3
Fort Wayne 8, Lansing 5
In the Northwoods League...
La Crosse 5, Green Bay 0 in Game-One
La Crosse 13, Green Bay 8 in Game-Two
Lakeshore 1, Eau Claire 0 in 14 innings
Madison 4, Wisconsin Rapids 2
Wisconsin 2, Battle Creek 0, suspended in the 2nd inning by rain
Mankato 7, Rochester 2
Saint Cloud 7, Alexandria 5
Willmar 4, Thunder Bay 3
Duluth 5, Waterloo 3