Afternoon State Sports Briefs: WIAA individual boys' tennis meet underwayWisconsin Sports
-- The boys’ state high school individual tennis tournament opens this afternoon in Madison at the Nielsen Tennis Center on the UW campus.
MADISON - The boys’ state high school individual tennis tournament opens this afternoon in Madison at the Nielsen Tennis Center on the UW campus.
Alex Jesse of Mequon Homestead will defend his Division 1 singles’ title from a year ago. He’s the top seed with a record of 26-1. Michael Roden and Matt Reagan of Eau Claire Memorial have the Number-one seed in the Division-One doubles’ competition. In Division 2, defending singles’ champion James Stark of Racine Prairie has the No. 2 seed this time. Andrew Hwang of Milwaukee University School has the top seed. And in Division 2 doubles, returning champions Cameron Fiebig and Justin Kaiser of Appleton Xavier have the number-seed with a 20-0 record. The tournament runs through Saturday. The boys’ team tennis tournament will be played next week.
University of Wisconsin men’s basketball sophomore Duje Dukan will play for Croatia in the Under-20 European tournament in Spain starting in mid-July. He was born in Croatia and has dual citizenship both there and in the U.S. The Croatian National Team invited Dukan to play last summer, but Badgers’ coach Bo Ryan talked him out of it. He ended up going to summer school and training with his new teammates. Ryan allowed Dukan to go this summer, when the team invited him again. Dukan played in eight games for Wisconsin last season – and he hopes his playing time in Croatia will help him with the Badgers this fall.
The Beloit Snappers will go for their third straight victory at Dayton tonight. The Snappers are coming off a 6-5 victory last evening, and they’re now within a game of .500 at 26-27 for the first half. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will try to salvage a win at Bowling Green, after an 8-6 loss on Wednesday. One game was being played late this morning in the Midwest League. Cedar Rapids and South Bend were scoreless after two innings. In other games tonight, Western Division leader Burlington is at Great Lakes. East leader Lansing hosts Peoria. Kane County plays at Lake County. West Michigan hosts Quad Cities. And Clinton plays at Fort Wayne.
It’s the second night of the Northwoods League season. And the six teams from Wisconsin will play each other again. The defending champion Eau Claire Express will try to go 2-0 when they host the Wisconsin (Wausau) Woodchucks. The ‘Chucks lost their opener to the Express 6-2. La Crosse will again be at Green Bay, where the home team won 2-to-nothing last night. Wisconsin Rapids will against host the Madison Mallards, who won their opener 4-to-2. Also tonight, Duluth hosts Saint Cloud. Rochester is at home against Mankato. Waterloo plays at Battle Creek. Willmar hosts Thunder Bay. And Brainerd is at Alexandria.
The Milwaukee Bucks are getting a look today at UW-Green Bay guard Rahmon Fletcher. He’s one of six players scheduled to audition for the Bucks, as they get ready for the June 23rd NBA Draft. Fletcher is fifth on Green Bay’s career-scoring list with 16-hundred-78 points in his four seasons. He’s also fifth in assists with 438. UCLA forward Tyler Honeycutt was also scheduled to work out for the Bucks today, along with forwards Delvon Johnson of Arkansas, Delroy James of Rhode Island, and Tomislav Zubcic of Croatia. Today’s final candidate is Iowa State guard Diante Garrett. This is the second of four pre-draft workout sessions by Milwaukee. The first was yesterday.