WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: Worthy trade to New England held up by physical
FOXBORO, Mass. - Apparently, Green Bay Packers' defensive lineman Jerel Worthy had not passed his physical with New England by mid-afternoon. So neither the Patriots nor the Pack have confirmed what Worthy's agent repeated again today -- that his client will be traded to Foxboro once he passes his physical.
Agent Chafie Fields first tweeted about the possible deal last night and saying Worthy will help the Patriots' defensive line "right away." Worthy was part of an eight-member Green Bay draft class from 2012 in which only three are still around. Worthy spent two injury-filled seasons with the Pack, and he has not practiced at Training Camp this year. General manager Ted Thompson said he couldn't discuss the matter because of "agreements with other teams." Thompson also said he would watch Saturday afternoon's exhibition game at Saint Louis from the sidelines instead of the press box. The GM said it would give him a better feel for the personnel decisions he'll have to make in getting the Packers down to their regular season roster limit of 53. In two-and-a-half weeks.
The Green Bay Packers held another public training camp practice today, as they get ready for Exhibition Game No. 2 on Saturday at Saint Louis. The Packers have had to sign some reinforcements -- including Chicago free agent Julius Peppers -- as the crop of six defensive players from the 2012 draft keeps dwindling. With defensive lineman Jerel Worthy heading to New England in a trade, the Packers are left with just three players from that 2012 group. Corner Casey Hayward remains the best of the bunch, even after missing much of last season with a bad hamstring. He led the Packers with six interceptions as a rookie. Defensive end Mike Daniels also turned out to be a solid performer, and has become the unit's verbal leader. Green Bay drafted linebacker Nick Perry with its first-round pick in 2012, but the jury's still out on that one. He has only played a dozen games in two years due to injuries -- and while he's shown occasional flashes of brilliance, Perry has just six sacks to his NFL name, along with three forced fumbles. Two other defenders in the Packers' '12 draft are now with other teams. Safety Jerron McMillian is with Kansas City. Linebacker Terrell Manning is with the New York Giants.
Saint Norbert College of De Pere is the pre-season favorite to win the North Division football title in the Midwest Conference, while Illinois College is picked to take the South. The Midwest will have divisional play for the first time since 1997. Saint Norbert, with its new coach Steve Opgenorth, received eight first-place votes. Ripon College is projected to take second in the North, and Carroll third. The divisional winners will square off in the first-ever Midwest Conference title game on November 15th. The winner will get the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Division III playoffs.
The men's-and-women's cross country and track coach at UW-Stevens Point will have his father helping him out this school year. The Pointers are hiring Brett Witt as an assistant to his son Rick. Rick Witt recently moved into the top spot in the women's program after former coach Megan Woloszyn left. Brett was an All-American distance runner with Stevens Point. He then became an assistant at Carthage College in Kenosha for 15 years, before heading the track programs at Tennessee -- where he attended graduate school.
Four athletes will be the first inductees into the Wisconsin Lutheran College Hall-of-Fame, along with four coaches-and-administrators. The group is headlined by Roger Fleming, who started the Warriors' athletic program in 1977. He stayed with the Milwaukee school for 31 years as a men's golf coach and other administrative and teaching roles. Also to be honored are Wisconsin Lutheran's first full-time athletic director, Paul Knueppel -- former top women's athletic official Cheryl Pasbrig Iwinski -- and the late baseball coach Joel Mischke. The athletes to be inducted are basketball, softball, and volleyball standout Renee Kietzmann -- four-time men's basketball all-conference selections Kon Knueppel and Josh Metzger -- and women's basketball standout Sara Zondag. The eight new Hall of Famers will be saluted at a Wisconsin Lutheran home football game on October 11th. Meanwhile, Marian University in Fond du Lac will induct four new members of its Hall-of-Fame on October fourth. They are Jenn Stolte Vojta in soccer, Brian Miller in baseball, Kyle Seyfert in basketball, and ex-volleyball coach and administrator Doug Hammonds.
Concordia University in Mequon is the pre-season favorite to defend its football title in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. The Falcons won all six of their league games a year ago, on their way to an 8-3 overall record. Concordia won the NACC crown for the first time, and a dozen first-place voters believe the Falcons will repeat. Benedictine is second in the pre-season poll of the league's coaches and sports information directors. Wisconsin Lutheran is third, followed by Lakeland of Plymouth.
UW-Oshkosh is projected to win the WIAC men's soccer title. The Titans are ranked 20th in the national coaches' poll, and has had 29 straight winning seasons. Whitewater is picked to take second. Superior, which won the crown last season, is projected to finish third with Platteville fourth and Finlandia of Upper Michigan fifth. In the Midwest Conference, Carroll of Waukesha is the pre-season favorite to take the men's soccer championship. The Pioneers placed second a year ago. Saint Norbert is second in the pre-season poll, and two-time defending champion Lake Forest is picked to finish third this time.
Beloit College has a new women's tennis coach. Donald Metz replaces Kara Amundson, who left after two seasons with the Buccaneers. Metz has been a tennis, basketball, and softball coach for 11 seasons at Rock Valley College and Rockford University in northern Illinois. He's currently a professor at Rock Valley.
Victories have been hard to come by lately for Milwaukee Brewers' starter Kyle Lohse. He'lll try again for a win tonight, when the Crew plays the Cubs in Chicago. The veteran right-hander is 11-6 on the year, with a 3.33 ERA. However, Lohse is 2-4 in his last six decisions -- and he had a no-decision last Friday night in a 9-3 Milwaukee victory over the LA Dodgers. Rookie Tsuyoshi Wada will start for the Cubs this evening. He's 1-1 in five starts with a 3.25 ERA. Wada has had no-decisions in his last two outings. He went six innings last Friday against Tampa Bay, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out six. The Cubs are 14 games behind first-place Milwaukee in the National League Central -- so they're getting a look at their younger talent while trying to be a spoiler where possible. The Brewers are holding onto a one-and-a-half game lead in the National League Central Division.
Brewers' minor league right-hander Tyler Wagner has been named the pitcher-of-the-month in the upper Class-"A" Florida State League. Wagner, a right-hander, went 4-0 in five starts during July, with a very stingy ERA of 0.51 It was the lowest among all qualifying pitchers in the entire upper Class-"A" level of the minors. Wagner had 25 strikeouts last month, while holding opposing batters to a .153 average.
Brewers' Hall-of-Famers Robin Yount and Bob Uecker could soon be getting another championship under their belt. They're among 16 owners of the Lakeshore Chinooks, the Northwoods League team in Mequon that just advanced to the league's championship series. Milwaukee Bucks' general manager John Hammond is also part of the ownership group, along with Milwaukee area business executives and sports fans. The Chinooks, in just their third season, put a feather in their cap by hosting the Northwoods All-Star Game last month. It featured some of the nation's top college players during their eligibility -- including league MVP Pete Alonzo of Madison. Starting tomorrow, the Chinooks will play at either Mankato or Willmar in Game-One of the Summer Collegiate World Series. The best-of-three set will run through either Friday or Saturday nights. Kapco Park in Mequon will host Game-Two, and the third-and-deciding contest if necessary. Lakeshore won the South Division finals last night in a two-game sweep of Wisconsin. Willmar and Mankato play tonight in the deciding contest of the North finals.
Wisconsin's two teams in the Class-"A" Midwest League are both hoping to bounce back from losses this evening. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host Clinton again, after falling to the Lumberkings 4-2 last night. The Beloit Snappers host Cedar Rapids, on the heels of a 12-5 Snappers loss to the Kernels.