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- The entire men’s cross country team at UW-La Crosse has been suspended for three meets because of inappropriate behavior at a school function.
LA CROSSE - The entire men’s cross country team at UW-La Crosse has been suspended for three meets because of inappropriate behavior at a school function.
Athletic director Josh Whitman said some of the runners showed up late at an outside dance last Saturday night and acted in an unacceptable manner. The behavior was not disclosed, but coach Don Fritsch said it was not criminal. Fritsch said the dance was sponsored by a campus dorm, and Whitman said enough athletes were involved to justify a team punishment. The school officially suspended the La Crosse runners for the St. Olaf Invitational Saturday in Northfield, Minnesota, and the Roy Griak Invitational September 25th in Minneapolis. Fritsch said he added a third suspension, the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison on October second. They’ll also have to perform community service. The La Crosse men’s cross country team was ranked ninth this week in an NCAA Division III coaches’ poll.
A former women’s basketball star at Milwaukee Technical High School and the University of Oklahoma was murdered on Wednesday night. Milwaukee Police said 30-year-old Rosalind Ross was shot in a vehicle in the parking lot of a Popeye’s Chicken fast-food restaurant on the city’s northwest side. Investigators said domestic violence led to the murder, and a 27-year-old woman was arrested. Ross’s high school coach, Ken Williams, said she had lots of charisma and almost everybody liked her. She battled knee problems while at Milwaukee Tech, while averaging 16 points and seven rebounds a game in her senior year. Ross was a two-time junior college All-American at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. She then went to Oklahoma and helped the Sooners make the NCAA title game in 2002. Ross was drafted by the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, but knee trouble kept her from playing in the pros. She returned to Milwaukee Tech as an assistant coach for two years. And she then worked for a security company the past two years.
Five WIAC football teams will have non-conference games tomorrow. UW-Whitewater – ranked first in the nation in Division-Three – will play at Campbellsville in Kentucky. Stevens Point hosts Missouri Science-and-Technology. Platteville travels to suburban Chicago to play Wheaton. River Falls hosts Trine of Indiana. And Stout is at home against Eureka of Illinois. 20th-ranked UW-Eau Claire has the weekend off. Meanwhile, the Midwest Conference has a full schedule of league contests. Five teams are 1-0. And four of them will square off when Carroll hosts Beloit, and Ripon plays at Grinnell. The other first-place team, Lawrence, travels to Monmouth. Also, Saint Norbert hosts Knox College. Also, three Wisconsin teams in the Northern Athletics Conference have non-league opponents tomorrow. Concordia-Mequon hosts Carthage of Kenosha. Maranatha Baptist plays at Macalester. And Wisconsin Lutheran entertains Minnesota-Morris.
A new commission will try to bring more large national sporting events to Madison. The Greater Madison Convention-and-Visitors Bureau created the panel, and will supply its funding. Wisconsin’s Capital City has hosted a number of special events including the Ironman Triathlon, this year’s USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships, and the 2010 U.S. Transplant Games put on by the National Kidney Foundation. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk says those events bring millions-of-dollars to Madison’s economy. She says the new commission hopes to attract other similar events.