Morning State Sports Briefs: North tops South in Northwood League All-Star GameWisconsin Sports
-- The North Division beat the South 6-3 last night at the Northwoods League All-Star Game. Just over 2,400 fans filled Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids to see some of the nation’s top college players.
WISCONSIN RAPIDS - The North Division beat the South 6-3 last night at the Northwoods League All-Star Game. Just over 2,400 fans filled Witter Field in Wisconsin Rapids to see some of the nation’s top college players.
Dan Olinger of Brainerd had three hits, an RBI, and two runs for the North – and he was named the “Star of Stars” as the game’s MVP. Nate Theunissen of Madison hit the game’s only homer, a solo shot that put the South on the board in the second inning. Skyler Debilizen of Wisconsin Rapids was the only pitcher to retire the North hitters in order. He had two strikeouts and a groundout in the second – his only inning of work. Jason Forjet of Brainerd got the win. Ben Ballantine of Battle Creek took the loss.
The Northwoods League is now off for a couple days. They’ll resume their schedule on Thursday.
Bobby Lea of Mertztown of Pennsylvania won yesterday’s leg of the International Cycling Classic in Milwaukee. Lea edged Ricardo Van der Velde of the Netherlands in the Wheel-and-Sprocket Whitnall Park Road Race. Cole House of Oneida was the top Wisconsin finisher in fifth. Feng Chun-Kai of Taiwan still holds the yellow jacket as the overall leader in the top pro men’s division. House is 14th after 11 of the 17 Super-week races. Super-week continues today with the Whitnall Park Criterium in Hales Corners.
The new women’s basketball coach at Wisconsin has decided to keep one of her predecessor’s recruits for 2012. Madison East High School guard Makailah Dyer had put her college plans on hold after Lisa Stone was let go. But the 5-9 Dyer was able to renew her commitment during the weekend – and she promises to sign a letter-of-intent in November. Dyer said coach Bobbie Kelsey called her on Saturday with the news – and she’s the only one of Stone’s four recruits to stick around. Center Nicole Smith from Rockton, Illinois ended up committing at Iowa. Eau Claire Regis forward Heather Bowe had her scholarship revoked. And forward Whitney Tinjum from Chisago Lakes, Minnesota withdrew her commitment, and is still looking for another program.
Another University of Wisconsin football player has become a candidate for a national award. Sophomore running back James White was among 40 players named to a watch-list today for the Walter Camp player-of-the-year award. Earlier, White was placed on the watch-list for the Doak Walker Award, which goes to the nation’s top running back. Badgers’ junior Montee Ball is also on the watch-list for the Doak Walker award. White ran for one-thousand-52 yards and 14 touchdowns for Wisconsin last season. Ball ran for 996 yards and 18 scores.
Ten people will be inducted this fall into the UW-Whitewater athletic hall-of-fame. They’ll be honored at the Warhawks’ homecoming football game on October 29th, and at a banquet that evening. The inductees include Allan Wassil, the WIAC men’s basketball player-of-the-year in 1996 – and 1990’s women’s basketball star Jody Landish, who still holds the team’s career scoring mark of 13-hundred-77 points. Others to be enshrined are Jenni Bentheimer Seisser in softball, football and track athlete Jeff Wiessinger, football defensive end Jim Jaworski, Kim Peterson in baseball, and Bill Euler in track. Long-time coach Karl Schneider will also be honored, along with Rollie-and-Nancy Cooper as the winners of the distinguished service award.
Racine County native Tony Romo took second place at the American Century Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe. Eighty-three athletes and entertainers took part in the 22nd annual event. Romo, the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback from Burlington, scored 77 points in three rounds. That was three points behind the winner, actor Jack Wagner. Former Green Bay Packers’ receiver Sterling Sharpe also finished in the Top-20 among the 83 players. Sharpe was 19th with 45 points. Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers tied for 39th with 24 points – and two of his teammates played in the tournament as well. Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby scored 20 and finished 43rd. Linebacker A.J. Hawk was 66th with minus-11 points. And former Milwaukee area speed-skating great Dan Jansen was 59th was minus-one. The Century tournament used a modified Stableford scoring system which awarded points for points for holes under par, and negative points for bogeys and worse.
In the Midwest League…
Wisconsin 9, South Bend 3
Beloit 16, West Michigan 3
Kane County 6, Great Lakes 5
Dayton 6, Cedar Rapids 4
Bowling Green 6, Quad Cities 0
Lake County 10, Burlington 9 in 12 innings
Fort Wayne 5, Peoria 3 in 10 innings
Clinton 11, Lansing 5