State sports briefs: Osceola's Danielson helps UW win Badger InviteWisconsin Sports
-- Osceola's Lindsay Danielson tied for fifth with collegiate best score 218 to helped the University of Wisconsin women's golf team win its own Badger Invitational meet Monday at University Ridge Golf Course.
MADISON - Osceola's Lindsay Danielson tied for fifth with collegiate best score 218 to helped the University of Wisconsin women's golf team win its own Badger Invitational meet Monday at University Ridge Golf Course.
Danielson, a sophomore, actually held the lead in the meet with a first-round score of 68 followed by a 76 and 74 over the next two rounds. The Badgers beat out 10 other teams with a three-round score of 879, which was 15-over-par. Augusta State was two strokes back in second. Iowa took third, five strokes off the pace. Badger senior Carly Werwie won the individual title with a school-and-tournament record 213 for 54 holes.
The Marquette men’s golf team finished 17th-and-last at the Windon Memorial Classic in Glenview Illinois. The Golden Eagles shot a combined 908 strokes for three rounds, 54 strokes behind first-place Michigan. Freshman Corey Konieczki was Marquette’s top individual. He shot an even-par 72 in his final round yesterday, and tied for 50th at 224.
Former Wisconsin hockey forward Blake Geoffrion will start his first pro season with the Milwaukee Admirals. He was assigned to the Admirals yesterday by their NHL parent club, the Nashville Predators. Geoffrion won the Hobey Baker Award in the spring as college hockey’s top player. And he joined the Admirals during their playoffs on an amateur try-out contract. He scored two goals in three post-season games.
The Milwaukee Brewers were rained out last night in New York. They’ll play a single game against the Mets tonight, and a twi-night double-header tomorrow that starts at 3:10. Left-hander Randy Wolf will take his scheduled turn for Milwaukee this evening, with Monday’s starter Dave Bush being pushed back to tomorrow’s opener. The Mets will have last night’s scheduled starter Mike Pelfrey go this evening. Meanwhile, Brewers’ prospect Mat Gamel will return to Milwaukee today. He’ll have an operation Thursday to trim a bone in his left big toe that’s been bothering him all year. Gamel played in 12 games since being called up from Triple-“A” earlier this month. He went 3-for-15 with one RBI.
Brewers’ bench coach Willie Randolph says he’d like to return to managing next season. And with a large number of openings expected, the 56-year-old Randolph says he’ll be waiting by the phone. He said he learned a lot during the last two seasons as Ken Macha’s right-hand man in the Brewer dugout. That was after he spent three-and-a-half years as the Mets’ skipper, where he got to within one win of making the World Series in 2006. He then had a monumental collapse in 2007 in which his team missed the playoffs. New York was 34-and-35 in the 2008 season when Randolph got the ax. And he said at the time he might be getting unfair criticism because he’s black. Now, Randolph blames his own growing pains as a young manager in the nation’s largest city. Macha praises Randolph for his loyalty and his communication skills with the Milwaukee players. The skipper also credits Randolph for this year’s improvement by second baseman Rickie Weeks, and the development of shortstop Alcides Escobar. Macha – who may be on the way out himself – says Randolph has a strong desire to manage again, and he hopes he gets an opportunity.
The first class of Wisconsin girls’ high school basketball players will be inducted on Saturday into the coaches’ association’s Hall-of-Fame. They include Sonja Henning, who starred at Racine William Horlick High School before she became the first Wisconsin player to be drafted by the WNBA with Houston in 1999. Also to be enshrined are Heidi Bunek Hamilton of Milwaukee Pius XI, Kelly Byrne Mueller of Brookfield East, and Martha Richards of Hudson. All four received the “Miss Basketball” title as the state’s best player at various times in the 1980’s. Richards later played pro golf, and is now the women’s golf coach at Texas. Also, five former boys’ players will be inducted into the coaches’ Hall-of-Fame – including Lamont Weaver who hit a 55-foot shot at the buzzer to send Beloit Memorial into overtime when they won the state title in 1969. Four college coaches will be enshrined, including the late Al McGuire of Marquette – along with nine high school coaches, an assistant, a referee, and four “friends” of the game. Governor Jim Doyle is among those “friends.”
Kenosha Bradford is still number-one among the large schools in the new AP state high school football poll. Mequon Homestead remains second, and Waunakee moves up one spot to third. The top seven large schools in the poll are all at 5-0. Waukesha Catholic Memorial continues to lead the middle-sized schools. Kewaunee and Maple Northwestern are still second-and-third. Edgar remains at number-one among the small schools. Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs is still second, and Darlington moves up one place to third.