WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Brewers put Henderson on DL
In the Midwest League, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will open a home series against Clinton tonight. The Rattlers have had an exhausting past couple days, with back-to-back home double-headers to make up a pair of rain-outs early in the week near Appleton. Wisconsin split two games with Burlington last evening, as they dropped the opener 6-4 and won the nightcap 3-2. Meanwhile, the Beloit Snappers will host Quad Cities tonight. That's after the Snappers lost a 14-to-10 slug-fest against Peoria. Wisconsin enters the weekend in sixth place among eight teams in the Midwest League's Western Division. The Rattlers are 12-and-14, five-and-half games behind front-running Kane County. Beloit remains last in the division at 9-and-17, eight-and-a-half off the pace.
Wisconsin driver Matt Kenseth will try again to move into the top spot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings, when the Aaron's 499 takes place on Sunday at Talladega. Qualifying is scheduled for tomorrow. Kenseth has Top-10 finishes in seven of his nine races this season, and he has 336 points -- five fewer than series-leader Jeff Gordon. Paul Menard of Eau Claire and Beloit-born Danica Patrick are entered for Sunday's event. No Wisconsin drivers are entered for tomorrow's Nationwide Series race at Talladega, the Aaron's 312. The Camping World Truck Series is off again this weekend.
Concordia-Wisconsin is playing for its fourth straight men's tennis title, as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament resumes tomorrow in Madison. Concordia has the No. 3 seed in this year's semi-finals against second-seeded Edgewood. Top-seed Milwaukee School of Engineering plays No. 4 Wisconsin Lutheran. The title match will follow the semis. The NACC women's tennis tourney resumes this afternoon with the completion of a suspended match between Aurora and Benedictine. The winner takes on top-seeded and defending champion Edgewood in tomorrow's semi-finals at Madison. Lakeland plays Concordia-Wisconsin in the other semi, and the title match will be played late tomorrow afternoon.
Wisconsin Lutheran softball first baseman Britney Blazich has been named the position player-of-the-year and the freshman-of-the-year in the NACC. Also, Bill Curtis of Wisconsin Lutheran shares the league's top coaching honors with Mike McKenzie of Aurora. Blazich was the league's top hitter in the regular season with a .507 batting average, eight triples, and 54 runs scored. She hit successfully in all but four games, and committed only four errors at first for a .986 fielding percentage. Blazich also made the all-conference first team along with her Wisconsin Lutheran teammates Kendra Thomas, Jinny Curtis, and Emily Sievert -- Janie Schuh and Mariah Giesseman of Concordia-Wisconsin -- Ashleigh Sagat and Emily Ortner of Alverno -- Sara McConnell of Milwaukee Engineering -- and Sami Jo Williams of Lakeland.
UW-Milwaukee is the ten-time defending men's champion at the Horizon League track meet which began this morning at Youngstown State in Ohio. Loyola won the women's crown a year ago, and the Panthers finished third. The league meet runs through Sunday.
UW-La Crosse is going for its 24th straight men's title, and its third straight women's crown at the WIAC outdoor track meet today and tomorrow at Oshkosh. Thirty-seven defending champions are returning in various events -- 18 men and 19 women. Thurgood Dennis of Eau Claire is back, after being named the men's track performer-of-the-meet the past two years. He's going for three straight gold medals in both the 100-and-200-meter dashes. On the women's side, the most decorated athlete is Christy Cazzola of Oshkosh with seven individual conference crowns and a relay title. She's trying to become only the second athlete to win the 800 and 15-hundred-meter events for four straight years. The Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference track tournament is set for tomorrow in Lisle, Illinois. Host Benedictine is the defending men's champion. Aurora is the returning women's titlist.
UW-Whitewater is going for its second straight WIAC softball title this weekend. The second-seeded Warhawks will play the second game today against No. 5 La Crosse, as the double-elimination tournament gets underway at UW-Stout. Top-seeded Stout is scheduled to open the tourney against No. 6 Platteville. Third-seeded Oshkosh plays No. 4 Eau Claire this afternoon. And then the losers of the first two games will close out the day by starting the consolation bracket. The league tourney runs through Sunday.
Wisconsin Lutheran and Concordia-Wisconsin were facing possible elimination after this morning's play in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference softball tourney. Lutheran fell to Benedictine yesterday 11-1 in the winners' bracket, while the Concordia Falcons of Mequon lost 5-3 to top-seeded Aurora in the same bracket. In the early games yesterday, the Milwaukee School of Engineering dropped its tournament opener, 9-5 to Benedictine. And Concordia-Wisconsin topped Benedictine 10-6. In today's opening games, Dominican is playing Wisconsin Lutheran and MSOE is taking on Concordia-Wisconsin. The losers of both those contests will be heading home. The double-elimination tourney runs through tomorrow at Alverno Field in Milwaukee.
Four teams are in the Midwest Conference softball tournament at Lake Forest, Ill. North Division champion Saint Norbert was playing Monmouth today while Lake Forest, the top seed in the south, was to take on Lawrence. The double-elimination tourney runs through tomorrow.
The University of Wisconsin is competing in the Big Ten tournament which began this morning in French Lick, Indiana. The Badger men finished last a year ago. Senior Robert Jacobsen won the weekly league honors in mid-March and again last fall. Osceola native Charlie Danielson is competing for Illinois.
Carroll University of Waukesha was the leader going into today's second round of the Midwest Conference men's golf tournament. The Pioneers shot a combined 318 after yesterday's first round in Rockford, Illinois. That put Carroll six strokes up on Saint Norbert and Monmouth. Cody Neu of Carroll was the individual first-round leader at even-par 72. Alex Okray of Saint Norbert was three strokes back in second place. The Midwest meet runs through tomorrow at Rockford's Aldeen Golf Club.