WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Former UWEC wrestling coach Parker named to Hall of Fame
EAU CLAIRE - Former UW-Eau Claire wrestling coach Don Parker will be inducted on Thursday into the national Division III coaches' Hall of Fame.
Parker retired in 2009 after coaching 32 years with the Blugolds. He coached one national champion, 13 All-Americans, and 15 WIAC conference titlists. Parker spent his final 11 seasons in a wheelchair, after he fell from a tree stand and became a quadriplegic.
Former Wisconsin Badgers' tight end Owen Daniels was reportedly released by the NFL's Houston Texans on this first day of the league's free-agent signing period. The Houston Chronicle and ESPN reported the move, saying it comes one day after Daniels agreed to restructure his contract to stay with the Texans. Meanwhile, the team is reportedly working to re-sign another ex-Badgers' tight end -- Garrett Graham -- after Tampa Bay expressed an interest. By cutting the 31-year-old Daniels, Houston saves a reported four-and-a-half million dollars against their salary cap. He was going into the final season of a three-year, $15-million dollar contract. Daniels was a backup quarterback with the Badgers for three seasons, until former coach Barry Alvarez converted him to a tight end. Daniels is an eight-year NFL veteran with 385 career catches for 4,617 yards and 29 touchdowns, all with Houston. Those marks rank second in Texans' history.
Former Milwaukee Admirals' forward Rich Peverley is undergoing hospital tests, to see what caused the cardiac collapse he suffered during an NHL game last night. The 31-year-old Peverley collapsed on the Dallas Stars' bench midway through the first period of a game against Columbus. The game was called off after that happened. Today, Stars' general manager Jim Nill said Peverley has been communicating with his friends and teammates -- and he's extremely grateful for the support and prayers he has received. Peverley skated to the Dallas bench just before he collapsed. He missed a game last week due to an irregular heartbeat, and he had treatment before the season for the same condition. Peverley played for three seasons in Milwaukee, ending in 2008. He helped the Admirals make the league finals as a rookie.
Milwaukee's only American Hockey League All-Star for this season has been recalled by the Admirals' parent NHL club in Nashville. The Predators called up forward Colton Sissons. He has played in four games with Nashville so far this season, with one assist. With the Admirals, Sissons ranks seventh in the league with 24 goals. He's been hot lately, with five goals and two assists in his last four contests.
UW-Milwaukee freshman Diana Tokar is the Horizon League women's tennis player of the week. Tokar went undefeated in the top singles and doubles match-ups against UW-Green Bay and Western Illinois. Tokar went 24-4 in her singles' games, while going a perfect 16-0 in doubles' games with teammate Alysa Straub.
UW-Oshkosh second baseman Lindsey Luedke has been named the WIAC's softball player of the week. Luedke, a sophomore, batted .538 with three homers and eight RBI's as Oshkosh won all four of its games at the recent Finlandia Invitational. Also, Tori Workman of UW-Stout is the league's pitcher of the week. Workman, a sophomore right-hander, struck out 18 batters in a pair of contests against Loras College and Dubuque. She also hit the game-winning double in a victory over Dubuque.