Morning State Sports Briefs: Eight state schools make D-III top 100 for Learfield CupWisconsin Sports
-- Eight Wisconsin schools made the Top-100 in the NCAA Division-Three’s all-sports rankings.
Eight Wisconsin schools made the Top-100 in the NCAA Division-Three’s all-sports rankings.
UW Whitewater is the top school at No.6 in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings for the past school year. Stevens Point was ninth, Oshkosh 12th, and Eau Claire 14th as the WIAC was the nation’s only conference to have four schools in the Top-14. The institutions are rated according to their national finishes in dozens of sports throughout the year. Whitewater scored a lot of points by winning the Division-Three football title, while Oshkosh earned national titles in both indoor-and-outdoor women’s track. La Crosse placed 32nd in the Director’s Cup. Platteville was 51st. Carthage of the CCIW was 56th, and Saint Norbert of the Midwest Conference was 85th. The listing included 324 small colleges throughout the country. Williams College of Massachusetts has a strong-hold on the Director’s Cup. It won the title for the 13th straight year.
In the Northwoods League, three teams from Wisconsin share the South Division lead as the new week begins. Green Bay, Madison, and Eau Claire are all 11-and-7, a half-game ahead of Battle Creek and Waterloo. Madison defeated Wisconsin Rapids 5-4 in 10 innings on Father’s Day. Green Bay edged La Crosse 3-2, and Eau Claire out-slugged the Wisconsin Woodchucks 11-6. New series begin tonight. Eau Claire hosts Green Bay. Madison is at Waterloo. The Woodchucks are at Wisconsin Rapids. And La Crosse travels to Battle Creek. Elsewhere, North Division leader Mankato hosts Willmar. Rochester plays at Saint Cloud. Duluth is at Brainerd. And Thunder Bay hosts Alexandria. Mankato is 12-5, with a one-game lead in the North over Brainerd.
The first half of the season ended yesterday in the Class-“A” Midwest League. The Beloit Snappers and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers finished in a tie for third in the Western Division. Both went 38-32, seven games behind division champion Burlington. Quad Cities finished second at four-and-a-half back. Beloit defeated Burlington yesterday 5-1, and Wisconsin ended the half with a 4-1 victory over Cedar Rapids. Bowling Green won the East division at 41-29. Lansing and Great Lakes tied for second, a game-and-a-half back. Teams are now off for four days. The league’s All-Star festivities begin today in Davenport Iowa, and the All-Star Game will be played tomorrow night. The second half of the Midwest League season begins Friday night.
Former University of Wisconsin men’s basketball center Larry Petty has been arrested for not following a monitoring program. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the 53-year-old Petty was freed on a signature bond last Friday, after being arrested four days earlier. Online court records did not list his current case. Petty had been charged previously with possessing cocaine and drug paraphernalia – plus battery and strangulation. The State Journal said Petty has fought a drug problem in recent years, and has lived on the streets. Court records showed that his most recent criminal conviction was in 1999 for violating a domestic abuse restraining order. Larry Petty played for the Badgers from 1977-to-’81, and scored 1,066 in his career.