WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: UW's Abbrederis now a Packer
NEWY YORK CITY - Former University of Wisconsin Badgers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis is staying in the state. The Green Bay Packers selected Abbrederis in the 5th round in last night’s NFL Draft, 176th overall.
Abbrederis will be playing not far from his hometown of Wautoma in east-central Wisconsin, less than 100 miles southwest from Green Bay, where he was a football and track star in high school. Surprisingly, it’s the first time the Packers drafted a University of Wisconsin player in the draft since 2001 when lineman Bill Ferrario was chosen. Former UW players Mark Tauscher of Auburndale and Scott Tolzien were picked up as free agents. The Green Bay Packers added five more players to the roster during last night’s NFL draft. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers received two additional weapons in wide receivers Abbrederis and Jeff Janis, while the defense got some help with linebacker Carl Bradford and cornerback Demetri Goodson. The Packers also picked up several priority undrafted free agents. Notables include Missouri quarterback James Franklin and Florida State fullback Chad Abram.
UW's Beau Allen was also drafted in last night’s final round. The defensive tackle is headed to the Eagles (7th round, 224 overall pick). That makes five UW players drafted to the NFL including Dez Southward to Atlanta, Chris Borland to San Francisco, Jared Abbrederis to Green Bay, and James White to New England. The following Badger gridders signed free agent contracts: Ryan Groy to Chicago; Ethan Hemer to Pittsburgh, Jacob Pedersen and Brian Wozniak both to Atlanta.
Milwaukee Brewers’ reliever Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 15th save last night, in a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees yesterday afternoon. With the game tied in the eighth inning, Rickie Weeks came up with a clutch RBI, two out single to seal the victory. Milwaukee wraps-up its series with the Yankees this afternoon, with Matt Garza getting the start.
The University of Wisconsin softball team was beaten by Michigan 3-2 in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament Saturday in Evanston, Ill. UW’s Chloe Miller hit a home run which broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh but the No. 6 ranked Wolverines plated two runs in their last at bats to win the game. The Badgers now wait to see if they get chosen for the NCAA Division I Tournament field this evening.
A bad third round kept the University of Wisconsin women’s golf team from qualifying for the NCAA National Meet. The Badgers came in ninth place in the NCAA Division I West Regional in Washington, just seven strokes away from the eighth place spot needed to qualify as a team. UW shot a third round 315 which set them back several strokes. USC won the regional. UW’s Kris Yoo finished 14th individually.
Steve Stricker shot a one-below par 71 yesterday in the Tournament Players Championship, but it was not enough to move him up the leaderboard. Stricker is at four-under par for the tournament, eight strokes behind leaders Martin Kaymer and Jordan Speith. The TPC concludes today at Sawgrass in Florida.
Even though he is the current points leader, Jeff Gordon all but assured himself of making this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup championship by winning Saturday night's 5-Hour Energy 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. At age 42, Gordon claimed his 89th career victory in the Sprint Cup Series after holding off pole sitter Kevin Harvick in the closing laps. The driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet and four-time series champion became the ninth different winner in the first 11 races this season. State driver results were: Danica Patrick seventh, Matt Kenseth 10th, Paul Menard 17th, and Travis Kvapil 34th.
Longtime Racine St. Catherine’s High School boys’ basketball coach Bob Letsch has been let go by the school, ending a 49-year coaching career. In a statement, the school and Letsch had “parted ways” over the weekend. Letsch became a fixture at the school in 1961, leading the Angels to eight state titles and a 633-230 record, the second winningest coach in state history. Letsch told reporters yesterday he had been recently having “philosophical issues” with school administrators and was written up for the first time by his athletic director Corey Scheel. Letsch said he was given a choice to either retire or not have his contract renewed. Letsch had retired from teaching at the school several years ago. The Angels finished 19-6 last season and were returning four starters from that team. Letsch has coached many Division I college and NBA players like Jim Chones and Jim McIlvaine over his 49 years.
Milwaukee 5, NY Yankees 4
Detroit 9, Minnesota 3
Arizona 4, Chi. White Sox 3
Atlanta 2, Chi. Cubs 0
Wisconsin 6, Cedar Rapids 3
Quad Cities 6, Beloit 2
UW-Whitewater 8, UW-Stevens Point 1