WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: A 50-point second half lifts Wisconsin over Indiana
A defending champion went down to defeat last night in the opening round of the W-I-A-A boys' state high school basketball playoffs. Division-Five titlist Randolph fell to Rio (rye-oh) 44-to-29. Randolph was a Number-three seed this year, after winning state championships in two-of-the-three years that Division-Five has existed. There were a total of 23 upsets among the 160 games played throughout Wisconsin last evening. In Division-Four, 12th-seeded Menasha Saint Mary Central eliminated Number-five Reedsville 64-to-60 in double overtime. Four Number-10 seeds defeated seven-seeds. Those winners were River Ridge, Iowa Grant, Walworth Big Foot, and Wauwatosa East. There were nine mild upsets in which fifth-seeded teams eliminated Number-fours. Randolph was the only one of the five defending champs to play last night. The other four titlists had first-round byes, along with most Number-One seeds. Sixty-four teams are still alive in each division. The regionals resume on Friday night.
___________________ The U-W Milwaukee men's basketball team lost its regular season home finale to Illinois-Chicago last night, 80-to-58. The Flames snapped a 17-game losing streak, the second-longest active futility string in the N-C-A-A's Division-One. Milwaukee never led in this one. Illinois-Chicago jumped out to a 37-to-18 lead in the first half. The Panthers scored nine straight points to trail by 10 at the break, but U-I-C opened the second half with 10-to-1 run. Milwaukee never got closer than 17 after that. Kyle Kelm scored 12 points to lead U-W-M, which dropped to 6-and-9 in the Horizon League and 16-and-13 overall. Kelsey Barlow scored 23 points to give Illinois-Chicago its first conference victory after 14 losses. The Flames are now 6-and-23 overall. Milwaukee will end its regular season tomorrow night at Detroit, still with a chance to host a first-round game in the upcoming Horizon League tournament. Tonight, the Marquette women play at Saint John's.
There was a mild upset last night in the first round of the W-I-A-C women's basketball tournament. Fifth-seeded U-W Superior won at Stout, 86-to-81. Sally Linzmeier had 32 points, seven rebounds, and four steals for the Yellow-jackets. In the other first-round game, third-seeded Stevens Point eliminated Platteville at home, 77-to-61. Five Pointers scored in double figures, led by Alyssa Olp with 18. In tomorrow night's semi-finals, Stevens Point will play at second-seeded Oshkosh. And Superior will travel to Number-One Whitewater. The tournament title game will be on Saturday. The W-I-A-C men's tournament begins tonight with a pair of opening round contests. Third-seeded La Crosse hosts Oshkosh, and Number-four Platteville entertains Stout. _____________________
Wisconsin Lutheran won its 22nd straight women's basketball game last night. The top-seeded Warriors advanced to the championship game of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament with a 72-to-55 win over Madison Edgewood. Kristen Schulz had 19 points and 16 rebounds for Wisconsin Lutheran, which will host third-seeded Alverno in the tournament title game on Saturday. Alverno upset second-seeded Concordia-Wisconsin 74-to-64 in overtime. Jamie Hoernke scored 25 for Alverno. The N-A-C-C men's tournament resumes tonight with the semi-finals. Top-seeded Marian hosts Aurora. Third-seeded Lakeland is at home against Number-seven Madison Edgewood. ______________________
There will be a new champion in the W-I-A-A girls' state high school hockey tournament. Defending titlist Hayward lost in last night's sectionals, 3-to-nothing to River Falls. All three remaining Number-One seeds survived -- Green Bay East, D-C Everest, and Onalaska. Eight teams remain in one division for the girls' sectional finals on Friday and Saturday. In the boys' hockey sectionals, top-seeds Hudson and Wisconsin Rapids lost last night. Defending champion Eau Claire Memorial is still alive, after an 8-to-1 victory over Hayward. Five of the eight Number-One seeds are still competing -- Memorial, Green Bay Notre Dame, Verona, Wausau West, and Waukesha North. Sixteen boys' teams remain alive for the sectional finals on Saturday. ______________________
Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer yesterday to give his team a 4-to-1 victory in the Milwaukee Brewers' intra-squad game at Spring Training in Phoenix. The game lasted three innings. Gomez homered off right-hander Brooks Hall in the opening frame. Also, Mitch Haniger -- a non-roster invitee -- homered in the third inning off David Goforth. Left-handeer Wei-Chung Wang struck out two and walked a pair in one inning of work, and right-hander Kevin Shackelford tossed a scoreless frame. The Brewers will open their Cactus League exhibition season tomorrow against the Oakland A's.