Afternoon Sports Briefs: Ramage, U.S. squad take bronze in World JuniorsWisconsin Sports
-- University of Wisconsin hockey defenseman John Ramage is coming home with a bronze medal from the World Junior Championships. The U.S. took third place yesterday with a 4-2 win over Sweden in the consolation game in Buffalo.
BUFFALO - University of Wisconsin hockey defenseman John Ramage is coming home with a bronze medal from the World Junior Championships. The U.S. took third place yesterday with a 4-2 win over Sweden in the consolation game in Buffalo.
Ramage had two shots-on-goal, both in the third period. But he did not figure in the scoring for any of Team USA’s contests – even though he played in all of them. He was the only Wisconsin player in the tournament. The Americans took home back-to-back medals for the first time in the event’s history. They won the gold a year ago.
The University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team plays at Michigan State tonight. The Badgers are 2-0 in the Big Ten, and they’ve won five straight to even their overall record at 7-7. Michigan State is ranked 11th in the country at 13-1. The Spartans are 1-0 in the conference, and they have an 11-game winning streak – the second-longest in the team’s history – and they’ve won 14 straight at home. Alyssa Karel leads the Badgers in scoring with almost 15 points a game. Taylor Wurtz is Wisconsin’s top rebounder, with almost seven-and-a-half boards per contest. Michigan State is off to its best start in the program’s history – but they’ve lost four straight to the Badgers. Lykendra Johnson has averaged 11 points and almost seven rebounds in five career games against Wisconsin.
The UW-Green Bay women’s basketball team will try to go 3-0 in the Horizon League tonight at Youngstown State. The Phoenix have won their last 10 games against the Penguins, most recently an 84-45 rout in March. Youngstown State is 0-2 in the conference and 2-11 overall. They’re led by sophomore forward Brandi Brown, who’s third in the league in scoring with 16 points a game, and third in rebounds with just over nine per contest. This is the seventh straight year that Green Bay is 2-0 in conference play, and they’re 13-1 overall. Part of the reason is that the Phoenix almost 14 steals per game, tops in the Horizon League.
The UW-Milwaukee women will try to end an eight-game losing streak tonight, when they play at Cleveland State. The Panthers are coming off a 14-point loss to Detroit last Sunday. Lindsay Laur had her fourth straight double-double in a losing cause, with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Milwaukee is 3-10 overall, and 0-2 in the Horizon League. Cleveland State has won five straight home games. The Vikings are 8-5 overall, after starting the season at 5-0. They split their opening two conference games last weekend. Shawnita Garland leads Cleveland State with 13 points, four assists, and three steals per game.
There’s only one game on the schedule tonight for Wisconsin’s small college basketball teams. The women of Mount Mary College will travel cross-town in Milwaukee to play Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Milwaukee Brewers invited four minor league players to spring training today. Outfielders Caleb Gindl and Logan Schafer will be non-roster players who will get a shot at making the big club – along with catcher Anderson De La Rosa and infielder Zelous Wheeler. Schafer was the Brewers’ minor league player-of-the-year in 2009. But he missed almost all of last season with a sports hernia and a broken foot. Gindl hit .272 in Double-“A” ball last year with nine homers and 60 RBI’s. Wheeler batted .275 in Double-“A” with 11 homers, 65 RBI’s, and a .382 on-base percentage. De La Rosa batted .203 at Class-“A” Brevard County and .211 at Double-“A” Huntsville. The Brewers now have 11 non-roster invitees to spring training, some of whom have played with Milwaukee. They include catcher Mike Rivera, and relievers Tim Dillard and Mark DiFelice.
Steve Stricker of Madison is playing in the PGA’s first event of 2011 – the Hyundai Tournament-of-Champions in Hawaii. Stricker, who had the PGA’s second-lowest scoring average a year ago, is scheduled to begin his first round at 4:40 Wisconsin time. He’s one of 34 players taking part in the tournament, which is being played at the Kapalua Resort in Maui.
University of Wisconsin quarterback Scott Tolzien will suit up for the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando on January 22nd. The senior ended his collegiate career in the Badgers’ Rose Bowl loss on New Year’s Day, setting new single-season records with a .729 completion percentage and a passer rating of 165.8. Tolzien also set new Wisconsin career records in both those departments. A year ago, former Badger O’Brien Schofield was the defensive MVP of the East-West Shrine Game. This is the eighth year in a row that a Wisconsin player has been invited to that event.
The Milwaukee Admirals will host Grand Rapids, Mich. tonight in the American Hockey League. The Admirals have won four-of-their-last-five, and are coming off a 3-1 victory over San Antonio last Sunday. Grand Rapids is 8-and-7 on the road this season, with an overall record of 16-16-1-4. Milwaukee is 20-11-2-4.