State sports briefs: Brewers look to resign WeeksWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Brewers hope to keep second baseman Rickie Weeks after next season, when his current contract expires.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers hope to keep second baseman Rickie Weeks after next season, when his current contract expires.
The Brewers started negotiating earlier this year with Weeks’ former agent, Lon Babby. But the talks were cut off when Babby was hired as the president of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. Weeks has since hired a new agent, Greg Genske. And today, Brewers’ GM Doug Melvin told the Journal Sentinel he’s still interested in giving Weeks a contract extension. Melvin is at baseball’s general managers’ meetings in Orlando. And Sports-Illustrated-Dot-Com said Melvin was scheduled to meet today with Weeks and his new agent. Weeks lives in Orlando in the off-season. He’s had a number of injury problems but was healthy throughout this past season. Weeks batted .269 with 29 homers, 83 RBI’s, and a .366 on-base percentage. He was among the National League leaders in runs scored with 112. Weeks is eligible for salary arbitration for a final time before becoming a free agent a year from now. He made two-and-three-quarter million dollars in 2010.
University of Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Mike Eaves says he may start a freshman goal-tender next season – something he’s never done in his nine years in Madison. Joel Rumpel is one of five prospects who signed with the Badgers yesterday. The 19-year-old Rumpel is 9-5 at Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League, with a two-point-eight-seven goals-against-average. Eaves says he’s comfortable with Rumpel as his projected starter. Sophomore walk-on Mitch Thompson will be his back-up, and Eaves says he’ll get a chance to play as well. The Badgers have two seniors in goal this year – Scott Gudmandson and Brett Bennett. Madison center Cody Strang, who plays at Youngstown in the U.S. Hockey League, also signed with Wisconsin. The others are wingers who now play in the USHL – Tyler Lapic of Chicago, Brendan Woods of Muskegon, and Matt Paape with Sioux City. Paape is a native of Appleton.
Wisconsin athletes took three-of-the-four weekly swimming-and-diving honors in the Horizon League. Jake Kalinowski of UW-Milwaukee is the league’s top male swimmer. Daniel Pogue of UW-Green Bay was named the men’s diver-of-the-week for the fourth straight time. Diana Diel of UWM is the women’s honored swimmer. And Casey Hill of Youngstown State was given the women’s diving honors. Kalinowski, a senior, won the 50-and-100-yard freestyle events at the Stevens Point Border Battle against the Pointers, Minnesota State-Mankato, and South Dakota. Pogue, a junior, swept both diving events in a pair of meets against Saint Cloud State. Diel, a freshman, won the 100-butterfly, 100-backstroke, and 200-individual medley at the Point Border Battle. And she was a part of two winning relay teams.