WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Rain pushes back schedule at state baseball tournament
APPLETON - The state high school baseball tournament resumed early this afternoon near Appleton, after it was delayed by rain for just over five hours.
The WIAA still hopes to get all six of its scheduled games in at Fox Cities Stadium, by having one session with 15 minutes between each contest. The Division-Four semi-finals began at 1:15 p.m., when unbeaten Lake Country Lutheran started playing Pittsville. Lutheran pounded the Panthers 13-2. Chippewa Falls McDonell was playing Ithaca in the other D-4 semi as of 4:12 p.m.. In Division 3, Oconto plays Racine Saint Catherine's. And Mondovi goes against Wisconsin Heights. Expect the Division 2 semis to run late tonight, unless more rain puts a damper into that. Green Bay Notre Dame faces Jefferson, and Viroqua takes on Ripon. Title games are still set for tomorrow.
It was raining in Green Bay and throughout the Fox Valley at mid-morning -- and it meant that the Packers would practice indoors today. There's no space for fans in the Don Hutson Center, so they won't get to see what might be Green Bay's final workout before Training Camp begins in late July. Officially, the mini-camp runs through tomorrow -- but coach Mike McCarthy has been known to take players away for a bonding activity on that day. At yesterday's practice, running back DuJuan Harris returned kicks. He hasn't done that with the Packers yet, but he did return 14 kicks for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011 for an average of 22 yards.
The Milwaukee Brewers will try to clinch their third straight road series tonight, when they play the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The Crew won the first two games over the D-Backs -- including a 7-5 come from behind victory last night on the strength of Jonathan Lucroy's grand slam. Carlos Gomez sat out both Arizona contests with a bad hamstring, but he's due back tonight. Right-hander Matt Garza will start for the Crew. He's 4-4 with a 4.17 ERA. Garza is 2-0 in his last five starts, despite giving up five runs to Cincinnati and committing two throwing errors in a no-decision last Friday night. For the second straight night, left-hander Wade Miley is Arizona's scheduled starter. He was moved back after Bronson Arroyo was put on the disabled list yesterday. Miley is 3-and-6 with a 4.71 ERA. He has thrown the second-most home run balls in the National League this season, behind only Marco Estrada of the Brewers. Arizona could have moved out of last place in the NL West, had the D-Backs hung on to win last night. The Brewers maintained a three-and-a-half game lead in the Central over second-place Saint Louis.
A federal sentencing was delayed today for former Milwaukee Bucks' guard Tate George, who was convicted of ripping off investors in a Ponzi scheme. Attorneys on both sides met with the judge in the case, and they decided to wait on a sentencing until August. Prosecutors said it would give both sides more time to file pre-sentencing documents. George was convicted last fall on four counts of wire fraud. Officials said he convinced pro athletes and others to invest in an apparent real estate opportunity. George ended up using the investment proceeds for personal expenses, and to pay back other investors. Former Milwaukee forward Charlie Villanueva of Detroit was among those testifying against George at his trial. George played for one season with Milwaukee in the mid-1990's, and three more years with the NBA's New Jersey Nets. He's best known for making a buzzer-beater to give UConn a win over Cincinnati in the 1990 NCAA tourney.
All nine Midwest League All-Stars from Wisconsin played in their mid-season game last night at West Michigan -- in which the Western Division trounced the East 7-0. Herschel Powell of Beloit was the game's MVP with a two-run double, a pair of stolen bases, and three runs scored. Luis Baez of Beloit went 1-for-2. Clint Coulter of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers walked and went 0-for-1. Taylor Brennan of the Rattlers went 0-for-2. Kyle Finneman of the Beloit Snappers got the win after throwing a perfect first inning with one strikeout. Three other pitchers from the two Wisconsin clubs also helped throw a no-hitter that lasted into the eighth. Preston Gainey of the Timber Rattlers struck out a pair in his inning of work. Wisconsin's Taylor Williams and Barrett Astin of Beloit also got in on the no-hit stretch with a perfect inning apiece. Beloit's Andrew Avila pitched the game's final out. The Midwest League is off for one final day. The season's second half begins tomorrow.
New series begin tonight in the Northwoods League. The Lakeshore Chinooks play at Kenosha. The Chinooks lost a 1-0 game to Madison last night, while Kenosha split a double-header with Mankato. Madison hosts Battle Creek, which is coming off a 4-2 win over the Green Bay Bullfrogs. The 'Frogs entertain the Wisconsin Woodchucks, after the 'Chucks topped Kalamazoo 10-5. Wisconsin Rapids plays at Kalamazoo this evening. Rapids is coming off a 9-4 loss to La Crosse, which hosts Alexandria. The Eau Claire Express hosts Waterloo, after the Express split a pair with Duluth. Wisconsin, La Crosse, and Lakeshore are all tied for the South Division lead by a game over Madison. Willmar continues to lead the North.
You may be turned off by ominous political ads -- but the Milwaukee Brewers hope you'll laugh at theirs. The Brewers have produced campaign-style TV ads, hoping you'll vote for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and center-fielder Carlos Gomez to start for the National League in the All-Star Game in Minneapolis on July 15th. The ads are now on You-Tube. They're complete with slow-motion sleaze and attacks on the players ahead of Lucroy and Gomez in the fan voting. In the latest vote totals this week, Lucroy was a distant third behind front-running Yadier Molina of Saint Louis. His ad asks, quote, "Do you want another Saint Louis Cardinal to star in an All-Star Game?" Gomez is in a close fourth for one of the three starting outfield spots. His ad points out that none of last year's outfield starters were true center-fielders like Gomez. Oh, and you won't have to worry about vote fraud. Each e-mail account lets you vote 25 times at each position - so you can vote early and often at Brewers.com and MLB.com The voting ends July 3rd (http://deadspin.com/brewers-catcher-jonathan-lucroys-anti-cardinals-all-...)