Morning State Sports Briefs: WIAA State Golf Meet underwayWisconsin Sports
-- At least one new champion will be crowned at the boys’ state high school golf tournament that begins today at University Ridge Golf Course.
MADISON - At least one new champion will be crowned at the boys’ state high school golf tournament that begins today at University Ridge Golf Course.
Arcadia, which won the Division-Three title a year ago, did not make it back to state. Hartland Arrowhead hopes to become the first in state history to win five straight championships. The Warhawks have taken the last four Division-One crowns. Madison Edgewood is going for its third straight title in Division-Two. Charlie Danielson of Osceola will play for his third consecutive Division-Two individual crown.
About 25 Green Bay Packers got back together yesterday for Donald Driver’s annual Charity Softball Game near Appleton. The event normally takes place around the team’s mandatory mini-camp – but that’s been scrapped this year due to the NFL owners’ lockout. The fans must have been hungry to see the Super Bowl Champions do something on a field, because a sell-out crowd of almost 84-hundred turned out. Driver said it was the first sell-out since he took over the event in 2008. Brett Favre started it when he played for the Packers. The proceeds now go to Driver’s foundation, which helps disadvantaged youth in Wisconsin and Driver’s hometown of Houston. Oh, by the way, the Packer defense broke a long losing streak in the series and beat the offense 18-16 in seven innings. Aaron Rodgers hit two homers, and so did Green Bay punter Tim Masthay. Tackle Bryan Bulaga won a home-run contest before the game. Tight end Jermichael Finley showed up but did not play, as he continues to recover from a torn knee ligament from last season.
Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade is two victories away from winning his second NBA championship. Wade led the Miami Heat with 29 points last night, as the Heat won at Dallas 88-86 to take a two-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven series. Former Milwaukee Bucks’ draft choice Dirk Nowitzki again led Dallas with 34 points, including 12 straight to end the game. But he missed a fade-away jumper at the final buzzer that would have sent the contest into overtime. Game-Four is tomorrow night in Dallas.