Tuesday State Sports Briefs: Bucks hire Moncrief as assistantWisconsin Sports
-- The Milwaukee Bucks announced the hiring of Sidney Moncrief yesterday as their newest assistant coach.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Bucks announced the hiring of Sidney Moncrief yesterday as their newest assistant coach.
The move was first reported a few weeks ago. The 53-year-old Moncrief starred for the Bucks for 10 seasons in the late 1970’s-and-80’s – and his Number-four hangs at the top of the Bradley Center after it was retired in 1990. Moncrief replaces former Bucks’ assistant Kelvin Sampson, who left to take a similar job with the Houston Rockets. Moncrief has been an NBA assistant with Dallas from 2000-to-2003, and with Golden State from 2007-to-’09. Both times, Moncrief served under head coach Don Nelson – Moncrief’s coach during his playing days in Milwaukee.
The Green Bay Bullfrogs are down 1-0 in their Northwoods League playoff series against Battle Creek. The Bombers crushed the ‘Frogs 10-3 last night in Green Bay. Jimmy Martinez went 3-for-5 for Battle Creek with a homer, two RBI’s, a walk, and two runs scored. Andy Hunter took the loss, giving up six runs on 11 hits in five-and-two-thirds innings with a pair of walks and five strikeouts. Battle Creek can win the South Division Finals tonight as the series shifts to Lower Michigan. In the North Division series, Mankato took a one-game-to-none lead with a 10-to-4 home romp of Alexandria. Game-Two of that series is tonight in Alexandria.
Eight University of Wisconsin football players returned to practice yesterday from a host of injuries. Some were limited to individual work, while others hit the field. Kicker Philip Welch was back last night after being out since the second day of camp with a right quadriceps injury. He made all three of his field-goal attempts from as far away as 43 yards. Defensive tackle Jordan Kohout returned from an injured hamstring. Also back were safety Michael Trotter, linebackers Ethan Armstrong and A.J. Fenton, corner Peniel Jean, receiver Fred Willis, and tight end Brian Wozniak. Meanwhile, redshirt freshman Joe Brennan has improved over the last few days in the Number-two quarterback spot. Top backup Jon Budmayr is out indefinitely due to swelling in his right elbow.
The UW-Green Bay men’s basketball team will have some tough non-conference games on the road in November. It’s part of an effort to improve the Phoenix’ home non-conference schedule eventually – but to do that, they had to schedule some road games against some powerhouse teams this year. The Phoenix already has a home-and-home series going against Bo Ryan’s University of Wisconsin Badgers. And that continues in Madison on December 10th. Also, Green Bay will have 12 opponents that were in the Top-150 in the RPI Rankings last spring. They include road contests at Virginia on November 25th and Marquette on December 7th. Both those schools will visit Green Bay’s Resch Center in the fall of 2012 along with the Badgers. Also in November, Green Bay will be on the road against Indiana State, North Dakota State, and Duquesne. The Phoenix will have five non-league games at home against the University of Mary, Wyoming, Michigan Tech, Idaho, and an ESPN Bracket Buster game in mid-February.
In the Midwest League…
Wisconsin 7, Quad Cities 5
Burlington 2, Beloit 1
Kane County 7, Cedar Rapids 4
Clinton 9, Peoria 5
Lake County 3, Dayton 2 in 10 innings
Fort Wayne 6, Lansing 5
Great Lakes 1, West Michigan 0
South Bend 4, Bowling Green 3
In the Northwoods League playoffs…
Battle Creek 10, Green Bay 3 (Battle Creek leads Best-of-3 series, 1-0)
Mankato 10, Alexandria 4 (Mankato leads Best-of-3 series, 1-0)