Morning State Sports Briefs: Admirals advance to AHL finalsWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Admirals advanced to the second round of the American Hockey League playoffs with a 3-2 double-overtime home victory over Texas.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Admirals advanced to the second round of the American Hockey League playoffs with a 3-2 double-overtime home victory over Texas.
Mark Van Guilder scored on a rebound with 9:18 left in the second extra period. Jeremy Smith had a career-high 52 saves, including 19 in each overtime. And Milwaukee eliminated Texas four-games-to-two to make the Western Conference Finals for the second time in three years. The Admirals will play the Houston Aeros, the minor league affiliate of the Minnesota Wild, who swept their first round series. Game-One is on Friday night at the Bradley Center.
The UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team is all set for next season, after getting national letters-of-intent yesterday from their top two recruits. Center-and-power forward Demetrius Harris of Mineral Area College in Missouri signed with the Panthers. And so did shooting guard Paris Gulley from Southeastern Community College in Iowa. UWM coach Rob Jeter says he’s excited to have both players, and they excel on both ends of the floor. Harris was an all-regional junior college selection, averaging 11-and-a-half points and eight rebounds a game this past season. Gulley made the All-American junior college third team this year, averaging almost 13-and-a-half points while shooting 46-percent from three-point range.
The University of Wisconsin women’s golf team will play in an NCAA regional for the first time in eight years. The Badgers were among 24 teams selected last night to the Central Regional, to be played May 5-7 at Notre Dame. Wisconsin coach Todd Oehrlein will be taking part in his first regional – and he calls a great step for the program. The Badgers placed 12th in their last NCAA appearance in 2003. The current squad is ranked 51st in the latest Golf-Week and Sagarin ratings. The top eight teams and two individuals in the Central Regional will advance to the national finals May 18-21 in Bryan, Texas.
Two boxers from Milwaukee will compete in the second round of the National Golden Gloves tournament in Indianapolis. Luis Arias and Tommy Hill both won their first-round bouts yesterday. Luis Feliciano of Milwaukee was eliminated by a decision. Hill competes in the 141-pound weight class. Arias is a two-time national champion at 165.