Wednesday State Sports Roundup: Cedarburg, Catholic Memorial and O-F win state golf titles
MADISON - Cedarburg won the Division 1 boys' state high school golf championship yesterday in Madison.
Cedarburg had a 36-hole score of 598, finishing 17 strokes ahead of second-place Brookfield Central. R.J. Budd of Sauk Prairie won the individual crown by three strokes over Eddie Wajda of Brookfield Central and P.J. Clemins of Cedarburg. In Division 2, Waukesha Catholic Memorial edged out Edgerton by 11 strokes to win the team title. Andrew Morris of Edgerton took the individual gold by five strokes over Graham Westley of River Valley. Osseo-Fairchild won the Division 3 championship by 10 strokes over Lancaster. Jake Rogness of Eleva-Strum was the medalist, with a one stroke win over Brady Ohlin of Pardeeville and Joe Markgren of Osseo-Fairchild.
UW-Milwaukee basketball senior Demetrius Harris is getting an audition in the pros this summer - in football. Harris has spent the last month with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs as a candidate at tight end. The Chiefs' new coach, Andy Reid, says Harris has worked hard to make the transition to football. He has become a favorite passing target by the quarterbacks' during Kansas City's off-season practices. The 6-7 Harris averaged 10 points and five rebounds as a senior at Milwaukee. But coach Rob Jeter said that when he recruited Harris, he thought he had the hands and strength of a football player. So Jeter - the son of Packers' All-Pro defensive back Bob Jeter - used his football connections to help Harris get a foot-in-the-door as an undrafted free agent. Reid says Harris is getting better every day, and has worked extremely hard.
Two veteran pitchers who have something to prove will square off this afternoon, when the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A's play the rubber game of their three-game set at Miller Park. Right-hander Yovani Gallardo will start for the crew against 40-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon. Gallardo is trying to maintain his status as the ace of the Milwaukee pitching staff. He had 60 wins and 815 strikeouts in the last four seasons - but this year, Gallardo is giving up over five earned runs every nine innings, with a record of 4-5. He's just 1-5 in his last six starts - and he broke a five-game losing streak last Friday, despite giving up five runs in a Milwaukee win at Philadelphia. Colon is 6-2 with an ERA of three-and-a-third. A's manager Bob Melvin says Colon wants to prove he has something left in his tank - and it shows every time he heads to the mound. Colon has won three consecutive starts, after tossing a five-hit shutout against the Chicago White Sox last Friday. Oakland ended a four-game winning streak with a 4-3, 10 inning loss last night. Milwaukee broke a five-game home losing string. And the last-place Brewers have won three-of-their-last-five - the same number of wins they had in their previous 16 outings. Starting in June, the afternoon home games begin an hour later. Today's first pitch is at 1:10 p.m.
In the Northwoods League, the La Crosse Loggers will play a double-header at Green Bay this evening. That's after the two teams were rained out last night. The Wisconsin Woodchucks will host Battle Creek again in Wausau, following a 6-5 'Chucks victory. Madison is at Wisconsin Rapids, after a rain-shortened slugfest which Madison won 13-6 in seven innings. The Lakeshore Chinooks host Eau Claire in Mequon. Lakeshore's coming off a 3-0 win last evening. Elsewhere, Duluth plays at Waterloo. Rochester is at Mankato. Saint Cloud hosts Alexandria. And Thunder Bay is at Willmar.
The Marquette University men's basketball team will play in a new Thanksgiving holiday tournament which honors the late legendary coach John Wooden. Eight teams will be featured in the Wooden Legacy tournament November 28th-through-December 1st in southern California. Games during the first two days will be played at Cal State-Fullerton. The event then moves to the Honda Center in Anaheim for the final four games on December first. ESPN's networks will broadcast all 12 contests. Pairings and game times will be announced later. Miami of Floria joins Marquette as part of the field along with Fullerton, Arizona State, George Washington, San Diego State, Creighton, and the College of Charleston.
The University of Wisconsin Badgers will have 13 competitors at the NCAA outdoor track meet which starts this afternoon in Eugene, Oregon. Today's Badger contestants include Zack Ziemek in the men's decathlon, Danny Block in the men's shot put, Caitlin Comfort in the 10,000 meters, and Alex Brill in a preliminary heat of the steeplechase. Tomorrow, Wisconsin athletes Deanna Latham and Dorcas Akinniyi will open the heptathlon. Kelsey Card and Taylor Smith will compete in the women's discus - and Smith is in a separate shot-put event. Ashley Beutler is in the women's steeplechase. And Badger teammates Austin Mudd and Alex Hatz are in the men's 1500. Reed Connor and Maverick Darling will be in Saturday's final of the five-thousand meters.