Morning State Sports Briefs: Neenah, Eau Claire North to play for D-1 state title in baseballWisconsin Sports
-- Neenah and Eau Claire North will play for the state high school Division-One spring baseball title tomorrow night. Both won their semi-final games last night at Fox Cities Stadium
GRAND CHUTE - Neenah and Eau Claire North will play for the state high school Division-One spring baseball title tomorrow night. Both won their semi-final games last night at Fox Cities Stadium
Neenah crushed Hartford 10-0 in five innings. Tyler Robers drove in four runs, as Neenah batted around in both the third-and-fourth frames. Eau Claire North advanced with a 5-2 win over Appleton North. Eau Claire North went in front for good on a two-run double by Dean Eisold in the sixth inning. In yesterday’s quarter-finals, Eau Claire North eliminated Reedsburg 11-0 in six innings. Appleton North shut out Wausau West 11-0 in five innings. Neenah blanked Kenosha Bradford 3-0. And Hartford eliminated Verona 4-0.
Semi-finals will be played today in three other divisions. The D-4 semis are up first. Chippewa Falls McDonell plays Barneveld at eight this morning, and defending champion Burlington Catholic Central then faces Rosholt. The Division-Three semi-finals are set for this afternoon. Grantsburg takes on Pardeeville, and Coleman goes against Winnebago Lutheran. Tonight, it’s the Division-Two semis. Madison Edgewood plays Spooner. And Green Bay Notre Dame will close out the evening against Ripon. Title games will be played tomorrow in all four divisions.
At least some progress is being reported in the latest talks aimed at coming up with a new NFL collective bargaining agreement for the players. The league and the union were said to make progress in talks yesterday at an undisclosed location in Maryland. Team owners are scheduled to have a one-day meeting in Chicago next week, and reports say they’ve been told to be ready to make it longer in case a deal is struck. But the AP says it’s doubtful that an agreement can be reached by then. However, the report does say a new union deal could be in place by the July Fourth weekend – raising the possibility that training camps could start on time in late July. There would have to be some time allowed for the signings of free agents and draft choices. Meanwhile, the Green Bay Packers will receive their Super Bowl rings tomorrow night in a private ceremony at Lambeau Field. The team received an exception from the lockout’s rules against management talking to players. But receiver Greg Jennings says the atmosphere remains uneasy, and quote – “Everybody is straddling the fence as far as the communication.”
Sixteen players are still competing in the Wisconsin State Golf Association’s Match Play Championship at Lake Geneva. Yesterday, Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo of Burlington lost to Steve Johnson of Mequon, one-up. Four of the 16 matches in the second-round went to extra holes. Mike McDonald of Germantown needed 20 holes to defeat Joe Stippich. Eight matches will be played in today’s third round.