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-- There was one upset last night as the WIAC women’s basketball tournament got underway. Fourth-seeded UW-Eau Claire lost at home to Number-five River Falls, 66-44.
EAU CLAIRE - There was one upset last night as the WIAC women’s basketball tournament got underway. Fourth-seeded UW-Eau Claire lost at home to Number-five River Falls, 66-44.
The Falcons outshot Eau Claire 44-to-31 percent. Maranda Dohrn had 10 points and 12 rebounds for River Falls. In the other first round game, third-seeded La Crosse eliminated Number-six Oshkosh 67-59. Danielle Frank had 18 points and 19 rebounds for the Eagles. River Falls will play at top-seeded Stevens Point in tomorrow night’s semi-finals. La Crosse is at Whitewater in the other semi. The title game will be played on Sunday. The WIAC men’s tournament resumes tonight with the semi-finals.
One upset took place in last night’s quarter-finals of the Northern Athletics Conference men’s tournament. Third-seeded Milwaukee School of Engineering lost at home to number-six Aurora, 72-67. Milwaukee Engineering only shot 32-percent, to 48-percent for Aurora. Top-seeded Concordia-Mequon crushed Wisconsin Lutheran 90-58. Number-two Benedictine eliminated Rockford 91-76. And fourth-seeded Edgewood beat Number-five Lakeland 84-72. Edgewood will play at Concordia-Mequon in the semi-finals tomorrow night, and Aurora travels to Benedictine. The title game is set for Saturday. The NAC women’s tournament will hold its semi-finals tonight.
The state high school individual wrestling tournament begins this afternoon in Madison. 2,024 grapplers will compete in Division-One – and 168 will compete in each of two lower divisions. Germantown senior Jesse Thielke is going for fourth state title. Four others are going for their third state championships – Alex Dieringer of Port Washington, Jarod Donar of Cuba City-Southwestern, Brad Dolezal of Marshfield, and Justin Mudlaff of Random Lake. Eighteen others are competing for a second state crown. The tournament runs through Saturday at Madison’s Kohl Center.
For the second time in his career, former Wisconsin guard Devin Harris was part of a deal at the NBA’s trading deadline. The New Jersey Nets sent Harris to the Utah Jazz yesterday, after the Nets acquired him from Dallas in a deadline deal three years ago that sent Jason Kidd to the Mavericks. The Nets acquired All-Star guard Deron Williams from Utah in exchange for Harris, rookie forward Derrick Favors, and first-round draft picks in each of the next two years. Harris averaged 15 points a game with New Jersey this season, with a career-high seven-point-six assists. The Wauwatosa native has averaged 13 points and five assists in 463 career NBA games. He was an All-Star with the Nets in 2009.
Meanwhile, the Nets pulled off a second deal yesterday in which they acquired former Bucks’ center Dan Gadzuric and forward Brendan Wright from Golden State. The Warriors got forward Troy Murphy. Gadzuric played eight seasons in Milwaukee before being sent to Golden State last summer in the deal that brought Corey Maggette to the Bucks. Gadzuric averaged three points and three rebounds off the bench in 28 games for the Warriors. Also, Milwaukee native Carl Landry was traded yesterday from Sacramento to New Orleans. The Kings received guard Marcus Thornton and cash. Landry averaged 12 points and five rebounds as a forward with the Kings this season. He has also played for Houston in his four-year NBA career, and has averaged 12 points and five boards in 244 games.
The University of Wisconsin football team rounded out its coaching staff by hiring former Badgers’ graduate assistant Thomas Hammock as the new running backs’ coach. He replaces John Settle, who left to take a similar job with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The 30-year-old Hammock was an assistant at Madison in 2003-and-’04. He was the running backs’ coach at Illinois in 2005-and-’06, and he spent the last four seasons in the same post at Minnesota. Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema said he’s seen Hammock grow, and he’s glad to make him part of the Badger staff. He was the only assistant retained at Minnesota when Jerry Kill became the Gophers’ new coach in December.
The Milwaukee Admirals extended their American Hockey League division lead with a 6-1 win at Oklahoma City last night. Grant Lewis had two goals and an assist, as the Admirals took a four-point lead over second-place Houston in the West Division. It was Milwaukee’s second victory in two nights, after they defeated Houston on the road on Tuesday.
In Wisconsin boys’ high school basketball…
Brown Deer 80, Cudahy 50
Living Word Lutheran 55, Beaver Dam Wayland 48
Marshfield Columbus 54, Greenwood 51
Milwaukee Bradley Tech 85, Milwaukee Madison 75
Milwaukee Hamilton 84, Milwaukee North 48
Milwaukee Rufus King 73, Milwaukee Marshall 47
Milwaukee Riverside 59, Milwaukee Washington 56
New Berlin Eisenhower 78, Greenfield 68
Pewaukee 67, Milwaukee Thomas More 49
Wauwatosa West 69, South Milwaukee 64
Whitewater 40, Edgerton 37
Whitnall 75, Greendale 57
In girls’ high school basketball…
Beaver Dam Wayland 40, Milwaukee University School 35
Milwaukee South 34, Milwaukee Bay View 19
Sussex Hamilton 29, Waukesha West 26