Wednesday State Sports Briefs: Northwoods League touts draft picksThe Northwoods League is touting some of its former players who were picked in the early rounds of this week’s Major League Draft.
The Northwoods League is touting some of its former players who were picked in the early rounds of this week’s Major League Draft.
Former Wisconsin Woodchucks’ pitcher Chris Reed was taken in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Reed, a left-hander from Stanford University, was the 16th overall pick. The Northwoods League features some of the country’s top college players, and several former players were taken in the Draft’s fourth round. They include former Madison catcher John Hicks of Virginia, who went to Seattle – La Crosse pitcher Kyle Simon of Arizona, who went to Kansas City – and Madison pitcher J.R. Graham of Santa Clara, who was drafted by Atlanta. Also, the Milwaukee Brewers drafted a Northwoods player in the fourth round – first baseman Nicholas Ramirez of Cal-State Fullerton, who played for Rochester. Over 60 Northwoods players have made Major League rosters.
In Northwoods League action tonight, Wisconsin Rapids will play again tonight at Waterloo where they crushed the Bucks 13-1 last evening. Eau Claire is at La Crosse, where the host Loggers will try to recover from a 14-3 romp by the Express. The Wisconsin Woodchucks are at Madison again, on the heels of a 7-6 ‘Chucks victory. Green Bay will try to make it two straight at home against Battle Creek, after 9-3 win last night. Also, Duluth hosts Mankato. Rochester is at Thunder Bay. Willmar hosts Alexandria. And Brainerd plays at Saint Cloud.
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will host Lake County this afternoon in a Midwest League game near Appleton. The Rattlers will try to recover from a 9-nothing shellacking by the Captains last night. The Beloit Snappers will host Fort Wayne again tonight, on the heels of a 9-5 Snapper defeat. The loss dropped Beloit two games under .500, and Wisconsin remains two above .500. Great Lakes plays at Cedar Rapids this afternoon. Tonight, Western Division-leader Burlington hosts South Bend. East leader Lansing is at Quad Cities. Kane County entertains Bowling Green. Dayton plays at Clinton. And Peoria plays at home against West Michigan.
University of Wisconsin men’s basketball guard Jordan Taylor and Trevor Mbakwe from Minnesota will try out for Team USA. They were among 22 players invited to a training camp July 29th-through-August seventh in Colorado Springs. Twelve players will be chosen to represent the U.S. at the World University Games August 13th-through-23rd in Shenzhen, China. Purdue’s Matt Painter is the head coach of the U.S. squad.
An 11 a.m. kick-off time has been announced for Wisconsin’s home football game against Oregon State on September 10th. ESPN or ESPN-Two will televise the game. It’s the Badgers’ second contest of the season, and it comes nine days after their Opening Night home tilt against Nevada-Las Vegas. Six of the Badgers’ 12 games now have starting times set.
Former Wisconsin women’s hockey standout Meghan Duggan has been named USA Hockey’s player-of-the-year. She’ll receive the Bob Allen Award at the group’s annual Congress in Colorado Springs this week. Duggan completed her four-year career at Wisconsin as the school’s all-time leader in career points with 238, and she helped the Badgers win their fourth national title this past spring.
Pat Ebel of UW-Oshkosh has been named the women’s outdoor track coach-of-the-year in the NCAA’s Division-Three. The national coaches’ association presented the honor, after Oshkosh won the Division III women’s meet by 21 points over second-place Wartburg. Oshkosh senior Holly Ozanich was named the women’s field athlete-of-the-year in D-III. She won the hammer throw for the second straight year at the national meet with a toss of 200-feet – the second-longest in Division III history. Ozanich placed second in the shot-put.
University of Wisconsin women’s light-weight rowers Jessica Lund and Grace Lautman have been named as All-Americans by the Collegiate Rowing Coaches’ Association. Lund and Lautman helped the Badgers’ varsity eight take third place at the recent national championships on the Cooper River in New Jersey. The boat had been ranked third in the national polls all season. UW women’s open-weight rower Vanessa Kleiss has been named to the coaches’ All-America second team. The junior helped the Badgers’ varsity-eight take ninth place at the recent NCAA Championships. That’s the highest finish in the team’s history.
The Dallas Mavericks evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece, with an 86-83 home victory over Miami last night. Former Milwaukee Bucks’ draft choice Dirk Nowitzki scored 10 of his 21 points in the final quarter, when Dallas erased a nine-point deficit with a 17-4 run. Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade again led the Heat with 32 points, while LeBron James had just eight. Game-Five of the best-of-seven series is tomorrow night in Dallas.