Morning State Sports Briefs: Badgers don't play but move up in polls anywayWisconsin Sports
-- The University of Wisconsin football team is ranked fourth in the country in three major polls after the Badgers’ bye week.
MADISON - The University of Wisconsin football team is ranked fourth in the country in three major polls after the Badgers’ bye week.
Wisconsin held steady at Number-four in the AP media poll. They moved up one place to fourth in the USA Today-ESPN coaches’ survey. And the Badgers opened at Number-four in the first Harris Interactive poll. That’s important because Harris and the coaches’ poll account for two-thirds of the BCS Standings. The first BCS listings will not come out until later this month. Wisconsin is 1-0 in the Big Ten and 5-and-0 overall. They’ll host Indiana on Saturday.
For the first time in a few weeks, Wisconsin has two teams in the national small college Top-25 from D3football.com. UW-Oshkosh is ranked 25th, after a 23-16 victory over Eau Claire on Saturday. Oshkosh is now 4-1 overall. UW-Whitewater continues to hold the top spot in the poll, just like it has all season. At 5-0, the Warhawks picked up 21-of-the-25 first-place votes. They crushed UW-River Falls 42-10 on Saturday to go 2-0 in the WIAC. Mount Union of Ohio remains second in the new poll, and Saint Thomas of Saint Paul is still third. UW-Platteville also received votes.
The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team is now 2-0 in the WCHA, after a 3-2 overtime victory over sixth-ranked North Dakota yesterday in Madison. Hilary Knight scored the game-winning goal midway through the extra period. The top-ranked Badgers came back from a 2-0 deficit. Both teams had 26 shots. Wisconsin improved to 4-0 overall. North Dakota dropped to 0-2 in the conference and 1-3 overall.
UW-Eau Claire won its third straight WIAC women’s golf title yesterday. The Blugolds had a combined 974 strokes during three rounds at the league tournament in Wisconsin Rapids. UW-Stevens Point, 54 strokes off the pace. Stout was third. Mary Welch of Stevens Point won the individual crown by one stroke over Catherine Wagner of Eau Claire.
Carroll University of Waukesha won its third consecutive women’s golf championship in the Midwest Conference. The Pioneers defeated second-place Grinnell by 23 strokes at the conference tournament in Springfield Illinois. Ripon College took third. Angelina Parrinello of Carroll won the individual title at 21-over-par 237. Two of her teammates also finished in the Top-Five. Erin Sullivan placed fourth, and Morgan Zuleger fifth. Mallory Messin of Grinnell took second, and her teammate Elizabeth Burnett was third.
The Milwaukee School of Engineering is in first place going into today’s second-and-final round of the Northern Athletics Conference men’s golf tourney. MSOE shot 27-over-par 315 in yesterday’s first round on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits near Sheboygan. Edgewood is two strokes back in second place. Dane Zachman of Milwaukee Engineering has the individual lead at two-over-par 74. His teammate Colin Winistorfer is second at 76.
Kaitlyn Strehlow of Wisconsin Lutheran won the singles’ title yesterday at the Northern Athletics Conference women’s individual tennis tournament in Madison. She shut out Meagan Harrington of Concordia-Mequon 6-0, 6-0. The doubles’ champion is Harrington and Julie Sprensy. They beat out Shea Beckwith and Laura Olsen of Edgewood in a 9-7 tie-breaker.
Rhinelander native Dan Forsman tied for 27th at the Insperity tournament on the senior PGA Champions’ Tour. Yesterday’s final round was rained out at The Woodlands in Texas. Forsman ended up at one-under-par 143 for two rounds – nine strokes behind the winner, Brad Faxon.