Afternoon State Sports Briefs: WIAA expects games and meets to go on despite closed schoolsThe WIAA does not expect delays in its high school hockey tournaments, despite the fact that dozens of Wisconsin schools are closed today.
MADISON - The WIAA does not expect delays in its high school hockey tournaments, despite the fact that dozens of Wisconsin schools are closed today.
State union leaders called teachers to Madison to protest against the governor’s budget repair bill. But WIAA assistant director Tom Shafranski said his group has encouraged schools to hold their regional final hockey games tonight as scheduled. There are 25 boys’ regional finals scheduled tonight around the state, and 12 girls’ finals. Seven more boys’ finals are set for tomorrow, along with four girls’ contests. Despite the demonstrations in Madison, Shafranski says the start of the boys’ state high school swim meet will go on as scheduled at the UW Natatorium in Madison this weekend. He said it would be necessary for Division-Two schools to have their competitors in Madison for the start of the meet tomorrow afternoon.
Most college basketball teams in Wisconsin have the night off, including all of the Division-One schools. In Division-Two, the UW-Parkside men and women are both at Illinois-Springfield. And in Division-Three, the only scheduled action is a men’s-and-women’s double-header in the Northern Athletics Conference. Wisconsin Lutheran plays at Maranatha Baptist.
The University of Wisconsin was tied for the lead going into the second day of the Big Ten Conference women’s swim meet at Indiana University in Bloomington. The Badgers and Hoosiers both had 68 points in Day-One. Wisconsin won the 200-yard medley relay, giving a third straight gold medal in the event to senior Maggie Meyer and juniors Beckie Thompson and Ashley Wanland. They and freshman Rebecca Palm set a new record time for the Indiana pool at 1:36:68. Also, the Badgers placed fifth in the 800-freestyle relay.
UW-Stevens Point is going for its 12th straight men’s title and its second straight women’s crown at the WIAC swim meet which is starting today in Brown Deer. The Pointers won their 14th overall men’s trophy a year ago, when La Crosse finished second and Whitewater third. Thirteen defending champions are back, after 18 winning individual titles and 25 relay crowns a year ago. On the women’s side, Stevens Point is going for its sixth overall title. The Pointers beat out second-place La Crosse and third-place Eau Claire in the 2010 conference meet. Sixteen defending champions are competing, after winning 23 individual titles and 23 relay championships the previous year. La Crosse senior Katelyn Hartung will try to become only the third person to win three straight titles in the 100-yard freestyle.
The University of Wisconsin men’s tennis team improved to 3-4 after beating Marquette. The Badgers ended a four-match losing streak with a 6-1 victory in Madison. Marquette’s loss dropped them to 4-and-4.
Joe Pliner of Carroll University in Waukesha has been named the men’s track athlete-of-the-week in the Midwest Conference. Pliner, a junior, took third in the three-thousand meters at last weekend’s Monmouth Fighting Scots’ Invite.