WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Andersen says Badgers have moved on from ASU debacle
MADISON - University of Wisconsin football coach Gary Andersen says his Badgers have moved on from the controversy over Saturday night’s loss at Arizona State.
A different set of reporters asked about it today during the Big Ten coaches’ weekly teleconference. Andersen calls it a learning experience and a teaching moment for his players – and he reminded them that good teams are in tightly-contested games. The Badgers were marching toward Arizona State’s end zone when quarterback Joel Stave took a knee and placed the ball down on the ASU 15 yard line with 13 seconds left. Stave was trying to set up a game-winning field goal, but a Sun Devil defender sat on the ball and the clock kept going until it was too late to run another play. Andersen said today quote, “It is what it is … It’s life lessons.” He believes the 24th-ranked Badgers have moved on. They’re 2-1 going into Saturday’s Big Ten opener in Madison against Purdue. The game will be broadcast on ABC and kick-off is at 2:30 p.m.
Long-time Milwaukee Bucks’ TV broadcaster Jon McGlocklin will cut his workload in half this season. It was announced today that “Johnny Mac” will provide analysis on about 36 Bucks’ telecasts on Fox Sports Wisconsin, mostly at home – and former Bucks’ guard and assistant coach Sidney Moncrief will cover the other 36. McGlocklin is now 70, and he asked for a reduction in his game broadcasts because he’s getting weary from all the travel. McGlocklin joined the Bucks’ TV crew in 1976 after his retirement from the NBA. He played for eight years with the Bucks, and was on Milwaukee’s only championship team in the 1970-71 season. His No. 14 is retired – as is Moncrief’s No. 4. Moncrief is now 55 years old. Jim Paschke returns returns as the Bucks’ TV play-by-play man. He’s in his 28th season with the team.
The record book will say that Aaron Rodgers threw for 480 yards last Sunday in Green Bay's win over Washington. But only 185 of those yards were actually through the air. The Packer receivers ran for the rest after catching those balls. They had 295 YAC, or "yards after catch" against the Redskins. Stats LLC said it was the most for any Packers' game since 1992, and the second-most by any team in that time. Only the former Houston Oilers had more, with 348 yards in November of 1992 against Minnesota. Packers' receiver Jordy Nelson says there's no set recipe for getting yards-after-the-catch. He says the key is to catch the ball and make the first tackler miss. It might mean a stiff-arm to a corner, or dropping a shoulder to known a defender down. Rodgers gives full credit to his receivers, and coach Mike McCarthy says his staff is trying to teach the yards-after-catch concept better. The Packers said Rodgers became only the second quarterback in NFL history to have 480 passing yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions in a game. Y.A. Tittle of the New York Giants was the other, way back in 1952. The Packers are now 1-1, and will play at Cincinnati on Sunday.
Green Bay Packers’ running back DuJuan Harris expects to be ready for all of next year’s off-season workouts and practices. The second-year pro had surgery 11 days ago on a patellar tendon in his right knee. He injured the knee during the off-season – and he aggravated the problem during Green Bay’s third pre-season game last month against Seattle. Harris is on the injured reserve list, and is out for the year. He’s still occasionally walking on crutches, but he says he hopes to get rid of them soon. Harris sparked the Packers’ running game late last season, with touchdowns against Detroit in December and Minnesota in the playoffs.
Marco Estrada won all of his last four starts against the Chicago Cubs -- and he'll go for five in a row tonight, when the Brewers host the Cubbies in Milwaukee. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the seventh inning last Wednesday night, in a game the Brewers ended up losing at Saint Louis. Estrada has gone into the seventh inning in each of his last three starts, going 1-and-0 in that stretch with a 2.18 ERA. He has 23 strikeouts in his last 20-and-two-thirds innings. Estrada is 6-4 on the year with a 4.29 ERA. The Cubs will send right-hander Jeff Samardzija to the mound tonight. He's 8-12 with a 4.44 ERA. He gave up six runs in five-and-two-thirds innings last Wednesday night in a Cubs' loss at Cincinnati. Samardzija could be tired, after throwing a career-high 194 and two-thirds innings this year. That's 20 more innings than a year ago, when he was shut down for the season on September 8th. The Brewers and Cubs are locked into the bottom two spots in the National League Central. The Crew leads the last-place Cubs by three-and-a-half games.
The Brewers' farm system has a chance of picking up a minor league team title tonight. The Helena Brewers will host Idaho Falls in the third-and-deciding game of the Pioneer League finals. The Brewers evened the series last night with a 7-5 victory. Michael Ratterree went 2-for-3 with a walk, two RBI's, and a run scored. Helena scored six times in the first inning and never looked back.
Steve Stricker of Madison has moved up one place to ninth in the new World Golf Rankings. He tied for fourth at the BMW Championship near Chicago -- and he sixth's in the point standings going into the final Fed-Ex Cup tournament which begins on Thursday near Atlanta. Stricker has been on a limited schedule this year to spend more time with family and friends at home. He has played in a dozen tournaments, with seven Top-10 finishes. Stricker was 18th in the World Rankings at the start of the year, and he has risen nine spots from there. The top eight places remain unchanged from a week ago. Tiger Woods, Adam Scott, and Phil Mickelson are in the top three slots.
Hunter Breunig of Concordia-Mequon has been named the special teams' football player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference. Breunig, a junior punter, averaged 48 yards per kick in Concordia's 20-to-10 victory over Macalester. His longest punt was 60 yards. Two players from Benedictine, Jarrett Lecas and Michael McNulty, received the weekly honors on offense-and-defense. Also, Meranda Masse of Alverno College in Milwaukee was named the NACC volleyball player-of-the-week. The freshman broke a school single-match record with 44 assists in a win over Finlandia. Masse averaged almost nine-point-four assists per set, as she helped Alverno end a 78-match conference losing streak. The league also recognized Logan Andryk of Milwaukee Engineering and Jennifer Dailey of Madison Edgewood in soccer -- Victoria Powelson of Lakeland in women's tennis -- Kyle Bruce of Edgewood and Nina Puch of Concordia-Mequon in golf -- and Trevor Koziczkowski of Milwaukee Engineering and Julie Favorite of Wisconsin Lutheran in cross country.
The state girls' high school basketball tournament will stay in the Green Bay area for a few years. The WIAA announced yesterday that the Resch Center has been given extensions to host the girls' basketball and volleyball tournaments, both through 2020. After almost four decades in Madison, the girls' basketball tourney was moved to Packerland for a two-year period. Last spring, the tournament attracted its largest paid attendance since 2008, with almost 40,000 people. Also, officials said they volleyball tourney has had 11 of its 13 largest crowds at the Resch Center since the building opened in 2002. The board also said it was influenced by plans for a new scoreboard and sound system in the next couple years. The volleyball tourney will be played at Green Bay again Nov. 7-9, and the girls' basketball tourney is set for March 20-22, a week after the boys' finals in Madison.
Waukesha Catholic Memorial is the new No. 1 in the state coaches' boys high school volleyball poll. Milwaukee Marquette drops to second this week. Burlington is third, followed by Wauwatosa East and Germantown.
University of Wisconsin soccer player Rose Lavelle has been named the Big Ten co-freshman of the week. She had two goals and an assist last Wednesday against Loyola-Chicago. Lavelle also had a pair of assists yesterday against UW-Milwaukee. The Badgers won both those contests.
Ryan Stefaniak, a senior linebacker, returned an interception for a touchdown in a 34-13 Oshkosh win over defending N-AIA champion Marian of Indiana. Ray, a junior kicker, averaged 47 yards on five punts for Oshkosh. He also made four-of-five extra points. The WIAC also recognized Jessop Keene of Stout and Laura Mead of La Crosse in cross country – Faisal Bah of Oshkosh and Ian Christensen of Platteville in men’s soccer – Brianna Reed and Laren Nashleanas of Whitewater in women’s soccer – Emma Brunkhorst of Stevens Point in volleyball – Brittany McNett-Emmerich of Stout in women’s golf – Erika Williams of Whitewater in women’s singles tennis – and Paige Kuepers and Renee Nelson of Eau Claire in doubles’ tennis.
Katie Vanden Avond of Saint Norbert College has been named the Midwest Conference women’s soccer player-of-the-week on offense. Vanden Avond, a junior forward, scored hat tricks in back-to-back Saint Norbert victories over Concordia-Mequon and Lawrence. She has 11 goals in her first six games – including three contests with three goals each.
The University of Wisconsin women's soccer team blanked UW-Milwaukee, 3-0 in Madison Sunday. Kodee Williams and Marisa Kresge scored for the Badgers in the first 15 minutes. Cara Walls added a goal later on, as Wisconsin improved to 5-1-1 overall. UWM fell to 1-6-1. The Badgers will host UW-Green Bay on Wednesday at the McClimon Complex in Madison. A victory would mark the first time Wisconsin will have beaten all three of its in-state Division-One opponents in the six years that coach Paula Wilkins has been in Madison. The Badgers defeated then-15th-ranked Marquette in an exhibition on August 15th. Also on Sunday, the Marquette women lost at Illinois State 3-to-2. Emily Jacobson scored both goals for the No. 22 ranked Golden Eagles, who are now 5-3 on the year.
The UW-Milwaukee men's soccer team remains undefeated, after shutting out Indiana/Purdue University-Indianapolis 3-0 on the road Sunday. Robbie Boyd had a goal and an assist, as the Panthers improved to 4-0-1. The Marquette men are now 3-2-1, after losing at home to Michigan State yesterday 2-0. The Golden Eagles made 21 shots, while ending a three-match winning streak. UW-Green Bay lost to Northern Illinois 2-to-1 in the final game of NIU's weekend tournament in DeKalb, Illinois. Lawrence Talery scored for the Phoenix, before Northern Illinois scored a pair of unanswered goals. Green Bay fell to 3-2-1.