Morning State Sports Briefs: First state AP prep football poll outWisconsin Sports
-- The season’s first AP state high school football poll is out – and Waunakee is the leader among large schools with enrollments of 900-and-up.
The season’s first AP state high school football poll is out – and Waunakee is the leader among large schools with enrollments of 900-and-up.
Waunakee won the Division-Two state title a year ago, and it won its opener last weekend. Defending Division-One champion Waukesha West is second in the large school poll. Mequon Homestead is third, followed by Kenosha Bradford and Monona Grove. West De Pere, which won the Division-Three crown last year, is the AP’s Number-One in the middle school group with enrollments of 350-to-899. Division-Four champ Kewaunee is ranked second. Waukesha Catholic Memorial is third, followed by Walworth Big Foot and Appleton Xavier. Fond du Lac St. Mary's Springs is the Week-One leader for small schools with enrollments of 349-or-less. Division-Six champion Edgar is second, followed by Division-Five titlist Gilman. Colby is fourth in the small schools, and Bangor is fifth.
University of Wisconsin quarterback Jon Budmayr might be out for the season, if he decides to have surgery on his right elbow. Budmayr, a sophomore, will see a specialist on Thursday – and a decision will then be made on a possible operation. Budmayr has missed most of the Badgers’ preseason camp with problems in the ulnar nerve of his right throwing arm. He had been listed as the team’s Number-One quarterback until Russell Wilson came in. Redshirt freshman Joe Brennan is now the Number-two quarterback, and true freshman Joel Stave is the Number-three signal caller. The Badgers are getting ready for their season opener a week from Thursday night at home against Nevada-Las Vegas.
Soccer is underway at Wisconsin’s Division-One universities. The UW-Green Bay women played their second game yesterday, falling at Drake 3-1. Green Bay freshman Hannah Kernen scored just 32 seconds into the match – the Phoenix were shut out the rest of the way despite out-shooting Drake 16-14. Both teams are now 1-1. The UW-Milwaukee women are 2-0, after shutting out DePaul 1-0 at home. Kelly Lewers scored 40 seconds into the game, and Milwaukee’s lead held up. The Panthers dedicated their field at halftime in honor of former coach Laura Moynihan.
Former University of Wisconsin athlete Gwen Jorgensen was part of a U.S. team that took fifth place yesterday at the World Triathlon Championships in Switzerland. Jorgensen had a time of 18-minutes and 20-seconds in the mixed U.S. squad. She also placed sixth in the individual triathlon competition during the weekend. Jorgensen had a time of 59-minutes and two-seconds in a short race – about 30 seconds behind first-place Barbara Riveros Diaz. Earlier this month, Jorgensen punched her ticket to the Olympics in London next year as part of the U-S triathlon team.