WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Badger football lands another in-state recruit
Grafton High School tight end Beau Benzschawel will play his college football at Wisconsin. His coach said Benzschawel was heading to Syracuse next fall, before the Badgers offered him a scholarship. Coach Ben Chossek said the U-W is where Benzschawel wanted to be, and it's the right opportunity for him. The coach said he could play on either the offensive-or-defensive lines. Beau is the son of Scott Benzschawel, a defensive lineman for the Badgers in the mid-'80's. He's the 17th known commitment for coach Gary Andersen's 2014 recruiting class.
Milwaukee Bucks' coach Larry Drew wants to set a rotation before Wednesday night's regular season opener at New York. He'll keep working on that tonight, when the Bucks host Toronto in their seventh-and-final exhibition game. Milwaukee picked up its first pre-season victory in six tries on Wednesday night, with a 10-point win at New York. They did it with a regular season-type rotation in which four starters played at least 29 minutes. Caron Butler was on the floor the longest, with 37 minutes. He, Luke Ridnour, Gary Neal, and O-J Mayo combined for 79 of Milwaukee's 105 points against the Knicks. Ridnour started in place of Brandon Knight, who was out with a bad hamstring. The rotation will also change when starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova returns from an ankle injury. Carlos Delfino and Epke Udoh are expected to miss the start of the regular season with their injuries. Delfino's coming off right foot surgery, while Udoh had arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this month. Drew says he starting to see his team play more cohesively -- no small feat with 11 new players who were not on the Milwaukee roster last season.
Madison golfer Jerry Kelly is tied for 18th at the halfway point of the C-I-M-B Classic in Malaysia. Kelly shot a three-under-par 69 overnight at the P-G-A tournament in Kuala Lumpur. He's at four-under-140 after two rounds, nine strokes behind tournament leader Keegan Bradley.
Mequon Homestead will go for its sixth consecutive girls' state high school team tennis title this weekend. Homestead plays Glendale Nicolet in tonight's first Division-One quarter-final in Madison. Green Bay Southwest takes on Middleton. Neenah plays Eau Claire Memorial. And Burlington will close out the evening against Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels. Homestead is led by senior Elizabeth Konon, who placed second at the state individual tournament last weekend. She lost her first match since she was a freshman. Tonight's winners will advance to the semi-finals tomorrow morning. Division-Two will begin its tournament tomorrow with the semis. The University School of Milwaukee is going for its third straight championship. They'll open against Wausau Newman. Eau Claire Regis will face Madison Edgewood in the other semi. Title matches in both divisions will be played tomorrow afternoon at Nielsen Tennis Stadium at U-W Madison.
In hockey, Nashville Predators' goal-tender Pekka Rinne will be out for at least a month with an infected left hip that will require surgery. He had an arthroscopic procedure on the same part of his body in early May, and it took four months to get rehabilitated. The 30-year-old Rinne played three seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals, which is Nashville's top farm club. He had 81 wins and 49 losses during that stretch, with a save percentage of .909. This season, Rinne has gone 4-4-and-1 with a .931 save percentage and a goals-against-average of two-point-three-one.
The Wisconsin women's soccer team lost a 1-nothing double-overtime match to Minnesota last night in Madison. Haley Helverson scored the game's only goal in the 108th minute. The Badgers out-shot Minnesota 32-to-17, as Wisconsin fell to 4-4-1 in the Big Ten Conference and 9-5--2 overall. Minnesota improved to 3-4-and-2 in league play, and 10-5-and-2 overall.