Afternoon State Sports Briefs: Packers announcing enhanced security for Sunday's gameWisconsin Sports
-- The Green Bay Packers have announced their enhanced security procedures starting with Sunday’s game against Denver at Lambeau Field.
GREEN BAY - The Green Bay Packers have announced their enhanced security procedures starting with Sunday’s game against Denver at Lambeau Field.
Security personnel will use hand-held metal-detecting wands, similar to what’s used at airports. The Packers say pat-downs could still be used. The NFL recommended the extra security, which also includes wands and pats from the head to the ankles. Previously, only the upper body was checked. Packers’ security director Doug Collins urged fans to enter the stadium earlier than in the past. They warn the added security will take extra time. The league announced the new procedures a couple weeks ago, but the Packers have not had a home game since September 8th. Sunday’s kickoff is at 3:15 p.m. at Lambeau.
Green Bay Packers’ defensive coordinator Dom Capers says he still has confidence in safety Charlie Peprah, despite his lackluster performance last Sunday. He was beat on at least four plays in Green Bay’s victory over the Chicago Bears, including a 32-yard touchdown to tight end Kellen Davis. Peprah made a poor effort at a tackle, which allowed Davis to score after catching the ball at the Green Bay-20. This was Peprah’s first major action of the season, as he fills in for the injured Nick Collins who’s out for the year. Capers said Peprah appears to be the type of player who needs a couple games to get settled in. That was the case a year ago, when he gave up a touchdown against Washington and then allowed no more scores for the rest of the year. That was when Peprah was filling in for rookie Morgan Burnett, who tore a knee in the fifth week of last season. Peprah is a sixth-year pro. Capers said he performed well last year – and he’ll only get better with more playing time. The Packers will start practicing tomorrow for their next game on Sunday at home against the Denver Broncos.
University of Nebraska star defensive tackle Jared Crick returned to practice yesterday, after missing last Saturday’s Cornhusker win over Wyoming with a head injury. Defensive coordinator Carl Pelini said Crick looked like his old self, after concerns that he suffered a concussion. Head coach Bo Pelini said Crick was merely quote, “dinged up.” Nebraska will play its first-ever Big Ten Conference game on Saturday night at Wisconsin – and it could be the first time the defense will have all three of its pre-season All-American candidates. Besides Crick, the group includes corner Alfonzo Dennard and linebacker Lavonte David. Both the sixth-ranked Badgers and No.8 Cornhuskers won their four non-conference games this season.
University of Wisconsin women’s soccer forward Cara Wells has been named the Big Ten’s freshman-of-the-week for the second time this season. Wells scored both goals in a 2-1 Badger victory at Michigan State that ended the Spartans’ eight-game winning streak. Wells also had two shots in a scoreless tie with Michigan on Sunday.
Brittany Groth of UW Green Bay is the Horizon League volleyball defensive player-of-the-week. Groth, a junior libero, had just under seven digs per set when Green Bay swept Valparaiso. The next day, she had a career-high 37 digs when the Phoenix lost in five sets to Illinois-Chicago. Chicago freshman Sara Stenard won the weekly volleyball honors on offense.
Sarah Hagen of UW-Milwaukee and Maddie Drusch of Green Bay have been named to the Horizon League co-women’s soccer players-of-the-week. Hagen, a senior forward, scored the game-winning goal in both games for UWM last weekend. She totaled six points as the Panthers got past Detroit and Western Illinois. Drusch, a senior goalkeeper, set a new Green Bay school record for career saves. She had five saves on Sunday for a career total of 355, which surpasses Phoenix stand-out Laura Sandt in the 1990’s.
Tyler Raymaker of Carroll University in Waukesha is the Midwest Conference football special teams’ player-of-the-week. Raymaker, a freshman kicker, booted field goals of 18-and-25-yards to help Carroll defeat Ripon 21-14. Quarterback Mike McCabe of Grinnell is the league’s top offensive player. Monmouth linebacker Adam Hoste won the weekly honors on defense. The Midwest Conference also recognized Lexi Soich and Brandi Peltier, both of Ripon College, in women’s soccer.
Sophomore quarterback Dylan Van Straten of Lakeland College in Sheboygan was named the offensive player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Conference. Van Straten threw for 114 yards and ran for 57 more with two rushing touchdowns. Matt Rolf of Concordia-Chicago is the honored player on defense. Also, Jessica Axt of the Milwaukee School of Engineering was named the NAC women’s soccer player-of-the-week. Axt scored a school-record seven goals in a 17-0 rout of Rockford. Lio Tovar of Dominican received men’s soccer honors. The NAC also recognized Jessi Ditzler of Madison Edgewood in women’s tennis – Muriel McIntyre of Concordia-Mequon in women’s golf – and Torey DeLozier of Maranatha Baptist in women’s volleyball. DeLozier won her third straight weekly award.
The WIAC’s football players-of-the-week are Nate Wara and Taylor Goodman, both of UW-Oshkosh, and Zach Litchfield of Platteville. Wara, a junior quarterback, threw for 172 yards and two touchdowns in a 56-10 pasting of UW-Stout. And he ran for 185 yards and two more scores. Goodman, a junior linebacker, had 10 tackles for Oshkosh in the win over Stout. Litchfield, a sophomore kicker, won the special teams’ award. His 42-yard field goal was the difference in a 17-14 Platteville win over La Crosse. The WIAC also recognized Nate Stymiest and Christy Cazzola, both of Oshkosh, in cross country – Logan George of Superior and James Pike of Oshkosh in men’s soccer – Becca Blue of Oshkosh and Courtney Tideman of Stout in women’s soccer – Catherine Wagner of Eau Claire in women’s golf – Katie Schaefer of Whitewater in women’s singles tennis – and Schaefer and Alexandra Bayliss of Whitewater in doubles’ tennis.