Friday State Sports Briefs: Conference play begins in WIACWisconsin Sports
-- Conference play begins tomorrow for most football teams in the WIAC. Top-ranked UW-Whitewater will open its league schedule at home against UW-Platteville – which is 1-0 after beating La Crosse in the only conference match-up so far.
Conference play begins tomorrow for most football teams in the W-I-A-C. Top-ranked UW-Whitewater will open its league schedule at home against UW- Platteville – which is 1-0 after beating La Crosse in the only conference match-up so far.
UW-La Crosse hosts Stevens Point tomorrow. River Falls is at Oshkosh. And Eau Claire makes the short 25-mile trip to Menomonie to play Stout in the I-94 Rivalry.
The two leaders in the Midwest Conference will square off, as Saint Norbert hosts Monmouth. Both are 3-0 in league play while Ripon, Carroll, Illinois College are all a game back at 2-1. Ripon is at home against Knox College. Lawrence hosts Illinois College. Carroll plays at Lake Forest. And Beloit entertains Grinnell.
The Northern Athletics Conference opens its league play tomorrow. Lakeland is at home against Aurora. Maranatha Baptist is at Wisconsin Lutheran. And Concordia-Mequon plays at Rockford. In the CCIW, Carthage hosts ninth-ranked North Central.
The University of Wisconsin women’s soccer team played to a 2-2 tie with Minnesota last night in Madison. The game was played in heavy rains with winds up to 30-miles-an-hour. The Badgers overcame a 2-0 deficit to achieve the first tie in the 22-game history of the Wisconsin-Minnesota rivalry. Lindsey Johnson and Alev Kelter scored for the Badgers, who are now 2-0-and-2 in the Big Ten and 7-3-2 overall.
The Marquette University volleyball team improved to 11-4 last night with a three-games-to-one victory at Sacred Heart in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Golden Eagles ended Sacred Heart’s home winning streak of 22 matches. Danielle Carlson, Ciara Jones, and Ashley Beyer had 13 kills each for Marquette, and Chelsea Heier had 42 assists. The Eagles have won eight of their last nine contests.
The UW-Milwaukee men’s soccer team remains unbeaten in Horizon League play, after a 3-2 double-overtime home victory over UW-Green Bay. Cody Banks scored the game-winning goal with seven seconds left in the second OT. The Phoenix led twice in regulation but could not score at crunch time. Milwaukee is now 2-0 in the conference and 5-4 overall. Green Bay fell to 1-1 in the league, and 4-3-1 overall.
This weekend could be the most nationally-significant sports weekend Wisconsin has ever seen. It all starts Saturday, when the Milwaukee Brewers begin what’s only their third playoff run since 1982. The Brewers will host Arizona just after one p.m. in Game-One of their National League Division Series. Then on Saturday night at seven, the Wisconsin football team will play Nebraska in Madison. It’s the first Big Ten Conference game ever for the nationally-known Cornhuskers, after Nebraska joined the league last year. On Sunday, fans must make some difficult choices – or have a good TV remote in their hands. That’s because the Brewers and Green Bay Packers will play at the same time. The Super Bowl champion Packers will try to go 4-0 when they host Denver at 3:15 p.m at Lambeau Field. And then 22 minutes later and 120 miles to the south, the Brewers will play Game-Two of their series with the Diamondbacks in Milwaukee. If you’re looking for a ticket for any of those four big events, good luck. They’re all sold out – and in Madison, about $250 is the cheapest price from ticket brokers for the historic Badger-Nebraska game. Oh, and you’ll need cable-or-satellite to watch everything on the tube, because the Brewer series will only be on TBS. ABC will show the Badger game nationally, and CBS has the Packer broadcast.
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