Overnight State Sports Briefs: Four state teams in NCAA D-3 baseball tourneyWisconsin Sports
-- Match-ups and starting times were announced Monday for the NCAA Division-Three baseball regionals, in which four Wisconsin schools received bids.
Match-ups and starting times were announced Monday for the NCAA Division-Three baseball regionals, in which four Wisconsin schools received bids.
Top-seeded UW-Stevens Point will open the Midwest Regional at Whitewater on Wednesday morning against No. 6 Aurora. Second-seeded UW-Whitewater follows against No. 5 Saint Thomas of Saint Paul. And then the first round will end with third-seeded Saint Scholastica of Duluth facing No. 4 Hamline of Saint Paul. At the Central Regional in Bloomington, Illinois. Number-six Ripon will play on Wednesday at noon against top-seeded Coe College. Second-seeded Carthage will follow against No. 5 Buena Vista. And Illinois Wesleyan takes on third-seeded Thomas More of Kentucky. Both regionals are double-elimination tournaments which will run into the weekend. Eight regional winners will advance to the national Division-Three baseball finals starting May 27th near Appleton.
The University of Wisconsin softball team has closed out its first 30-win season since 2005. The Badgers went 30-23 overall, and 9-11 in the Big Ten, after crushing Ohio State 8-0 at home over the weekend. Wisconsin went above .500 in four straight months through May – only the second time that’s happened in school history. Jennifer Krueger also set a school record with her 64th base hit of the season in the finale.
A college-and-pro coach for the last 12 years will become the new men’s hockey coach at UW-Stevens Point. Chris Brooks was hired to replace Wil Nichol, who’s taking a front-office post in the National Hockey League. Brooks has coached Rio Grande Valley of the Central Hockey League for the last three years. The Killer Bees went 87-86 when Brooks was there, and they made the playoffs in two of his three seasons. Before that, Brooks spent nine years at Western Michigan as an assistant. Brooks also played at Northern Michigan. Stevens Point has won four national Division-Three titles – but they haven’t made the national tournament since 1998. Pointer officials hope Brooks can lead the school back to the post-season.
Madison native Lindsay Tarpley will miss the Women’s World Cup soccer tournament for Team USA. That’s after she tore an ACL ligament in her right knee during a 2-0 U-S exhibition win over Japan on Saturday. The U.S. Soccer Federation says Tarpley will be out for 6-to-8 months. The 27-year-old Tarpley has 32 goals in 125 international contests. She played for the gold medal-winning Americans in the 2004-and-’08 Olympics, as well as the last World Cup team in 2007. This is the second time Tarpley tore her right ACL. It also happened two years, while playing for Chicago in the World Professional Soccer league.
A runner from Georgetown Texas is taking home the gold medal from the Green Bay Marathon. Peter Omae Ayieni, originally from Kenya, completed the 26-plus miles in two-hours, 26 minutes and 16 seconds on a very windy Sunday in Titletown. The top Wisconsin runner was Zachary Bruns of Madison. He placed fourth in 2:29.19. The top female runner was Katie Howery of Verona. She placed 15th overall in 2:47:12.