Morning State Sports Roundup: Sun Prairie, Stoughton to play for Division One state baseball title
APPLETON - Sun Prairie and Stevens Point will play tomorrow for the Division 1 state high school spring baseball crown near Appleton.
Defending champion Sun Prairie advanced to the title game by crushing Stoughton 15-5, in a semi-final ended in five innings by the mercy rule. Connor Funnell was a homer short of the cycle, as Sun Prairie scored in all five innings. Stevens Point made the title game with a 14-5 win over Bay Port. Sterling King and Cal Giese each drove in three runs, and Point starter Austin Schulfer struck out 12 in six innings for the win. In the Division-One quarter-finals earlier in the day, Sun Prairie eliminated Waunakee 4-0. Stoughton edged Neenah 4-3. Bay Port pounded Hartford 14-0. And Stevens Point advanced with a 4-to-2 win over Kenosha Bradford.
Semifinals will be played today in three other divisions, with new champions to be crowned in all three. The Division 4 semis begin at 8 this morning at Fox Cities Stadium. Greenwood plays Wausaukee, and Potosi takes on Lake Country Lutheran. The Division 3 semis are this afternoon. Osseo-Fairchild plays Oconto, and Westby faces Deerfield. In tonight's D-Two semi-finals, Ellsworth goes against Green Bay Notre Dame, and Lodi plays Waupun. Title games are set for tomorrow in all four divisions.
The University of Wisconsin men's basketball team has the highest Academic Progress Rate among the state's four Division-One programs. The NCAA released its scores yesterday for the previous four school years ending in the spring of 2012. Bo Ryan's Badgers had an APR score of 980 compared to 971 for the UW-Green Bay men, 960 for Marquette, and 941 for UW-Milwaukee. The Panthers, coached by Rob Jeter, was the only major Wisconsin men's school below the national Academic Progress Rate for men's basketball of 952. The national figure was up two from year. The state's only Bowl Championship school, Wisconsin, had a 985 APR. To be in next year's post-seasons, teams must have APR's of at least 900 for a four-year period, or 930 for two years.