WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Whitewater plays Platteville in an battle of unbeatens
The only two unbeaten football teams in the WIAC will square off tomorrow in Whitewater, when the Warhawks host U-W Platteville. The Warhawks are ranked sixth in Division-Three by D-Three-Football-Dot-Com, and Platteville is ranked eighth. Both are 4-0 in conference play, and 7-0 overall. This is the second week in a row that Whitewater is playing a national Top-10 opponent. The‘Hawks got by ninth-ranked Oshkosh 17-to-14 last Saturday. Oshkosh hosts Stevens Point tomorrow. Eau Claire travels to Menomonie to face U-W Stout. River Falls is at La Crosse.
The Wisconsin high school football playoffs resume tonight. Fifty-six second-round games will be played in seven divisions. Five other contests are set for tomorrow. All seven defending champions from a year ago are still alive. They romped in their Level-One games last weekend by a combined score of 345-to-44. Hartland Arrowhead, Mequon Homestead, Waukesha Catholic Memorial, Somerset, Amherst, Fond du Lac Springs, and Glenwood City remain in the running for repeat titles. Twenty-seven of the 28 Number-One seeds also advanced to Level-Two. Cochrane-Fountain City was the only top seed that didn't survive. Two more rounds of playoffs will take place before the state finals in Madison November 21st and 22nd.
It has basically come down to a three-race season for NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson. Both are tied for first place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup with three events left -- the first of which is the Triple-"A" Texas 500 on Sunday in Fort Worth. Qualifying takes place this afternoon. Kenseth, of Cambridge in southern Wisconsin, is going for his second career title in NASCAR's top circuit -- and his first since 2003. He and Johnson are tied with 22-hundred-94 season points. Jeff Gordon, the winner of last week's race, is 27 points back in third. Kevin Harvick is 28 back in fourth. Kyle Busch is 36 off the pace in fifth. Also entered for the Sprint Cup event is Paul Menard of Eau Claire, Travis Kvapil of Janesville, and Beloit-born Danica Patrick. Also, Kenseth is entered for tomorrow's Nationwide Series race at Fort Worth, the 300-mile O'Reilly Auto Parts Challenge. The Camping World Series' drivers compete tonight in the Win-Star World Casino-350 as the Texas Motor Speedway. Johnny Sauter of Necedah is fifth in the season standings. He was 13th in his latest practice run with a one-lap speed of 179-point-217 miles an hour.
The Marquette men’s basketball team will host an exhibition against Division-Three Whitewater tonight. Buzz Williams’ Golden Eagles are ranked 17th in the N-C-A-A’s Division-One by both the media and the coaches. They’re picked to win the regular season crown in the newly-organized Big East Conference. Whitewater is ranked fourth by D-Three-Hoops-Dot-Com, and they’re picked to finish second in the W-I-A-C this season.
The Milwaukee Admirals will host Rockford tonight. The Admirals swept their two-game home series against Texas last Saturday and Wednesday -- and they undefeated in regulation at 4-0-2-and-0. The Admirals' new goal-tender, Marek Mazanec, made 60 saves in his last two games, a solid performance after Magnus Hellberg was called up to the Admirals' parent N-H-L club at Nashville. Mazanec, a rookie, is 3-and-0. He has not allowed a goal after the first period in any of his games. Rockford leads the American Hockey League's Midwest Division at 7-2-1-and-0. Tonight is the first of two weekend contests for Milwaukee. They'll play at Iowa on Sunday.
The Big East Conference cross country meet will be run in southeast Wisconsin tomorrow. Marquette is hosting the league championship at the Dannehl National Cross Country Course at Somers, near Kenosha. The Golden Eagles have never been a big finisher in the Big East distance running. The Marquette men have never placed higher than seventh since joining the Big East in 2005. The Eagle women's best finish was third in '05.
The Horizon League cross country meet is set for tomorrow at Boardman Ohio. After a realignment, none of the nine remaining means teams have ever won a league title -- including U-W Milwaukee. Detroit is the only current women's team to win a championship, and that was in 1987.
The Big Ten Conference will hold its cross country meet on Sunday at Purdue. The Badger men are going for their 15th straight league crown.
In Division-Three, Lawrence of Appleton will go for its second men’s title in three years at the Midwest Conference cross country meet tomorrow in Grinnell Iowa. Grinnell is the defending champion. Monmouth of Illinois is trying to win back-to-back women’s titles.
Meanwhile, the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference cross country meet is set for tomorrow in West Allis. Aurora won both the men’s-and-women’s team titles a year ago. Josh Williams of Madison Edgewood won his second straight men’s gold medal last year. Marya Haegler of Wisconsin Lutheran is the defending individual women’s champion.