Morning State Sports Briefs: Dates and Times stil not set for many prep playoff gamesWisconsin Sports
-- The state high school football playoffs begin on Friday and Saturday – and game dates have yet to be set for some of the contests in Divisions-One-and-Two. That’s because those pairings were not released until yesterday, after a judge in Milwaukee approved Messmer-Shorewood’s request to be included in the playoffs.
The state high school football playoffs begin on Friday and Saturday – and game dates have yet to be set for some of the contests in Divisions-One-and-Two. That’s because those pairings were not released until yesterday, after a judge in Milwaukee approved Messmer-Shorewood’s request to be included in the playoffs.
The WIAA contended that the team needed to sit out of the post-season for one final year, after it changed conferences without the association’s approval. But Messmer-Shorewood said it deserved to make the playoffs by virtue of its 4-and-2 record in the Midwest Classic North division. Circuit Judge Kevin Martens sided with the team. WIAA attorney Franklyn Gimbel said the ruling went beyond the scope of a normal injunction hearing – but at this late date, the group had no choice but to admit Messmer-Shorewood. It will be their first playoff game since the two schools combined their football programs – and they’ll face Milwaukee Riverside on Friday night in Division-One.
The World Series begins tonight – and some of the Milwaukee Brewers say they won’t root for anyone, after they fell two victories short of making their own appearance in the Fall Classic. The Saint Louis Cardinals will host the Texas Rangers for the first two games of the best-of-seven Series. The Cards steamrolled the Brewers four-games-to-two in the National League title series, as Milwaukee’s pitching faltered in a 12-6 loss in Sunday night’s final game. Brewers’ left-fielder Ryan Braun says he probably won’t even watch the World Series. He says he’d like to get away from the game for a little while. Texas has several Brewer connections. The most notable one is outfielder Nelson Cruz, who was traded away in 2006 while he was on Milwaukee’s Triple-“A” farm club. Cruz broke the Major League playoff record for homers in a series with six against Detroit. Rangers’ pitching coach Mike Maddux used to hold the same job in Milwaukee, and Texas reliever Mike Adams pitched for the Brew Crew from 2004-to-’06. The Cardinals have no Brewer connections in the Fall Classic. They did have outfielder Corey Patterson, but he’s no longer on the Cards’ active roster. Patterson played 11 games for Milwaukee in 2009.
NBA owners and players were heading back to the bargaining table today. That’s after a 16-hour session yesterday. Federal mediator George Cohen stepped in for the first time, to see if he could get the two sides to reach an agreement. He asked both sides not to comment at the end of last night’s talks about one a.m. Commissioner David Stern has said that if an agreement is not reached now, the entire NBA season could be in jeopardy. The Milwaukee Bucks have already lost seven regular season contests, after the first two weeks of the season were canceled earlier this month.
Bert Hertrampf of UW-La Crosse and David Goodman of Eau Claire made the national small college Team-of-the-Week from D3Footbll.com. Hertrampf, a sophomore running back, had a career-high 206 rushing yards and three touchdowns for La Crosse in a 10-point loss to Eau Claire last Saturday. Goodman, a senior, blocked a punt for Eau Claire – and he caught a pass on a fake punt.
The UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball team is expected to finish fourth in the Horizon League this season. And UW-Green Bay is projected to take sixth among the 10 teams in the league. That’s according to a pre-season poll by the league’s coaches, media, and sports information directors. Butler, which made the final game of the NCAA Tournament the past two years, is again the favorite to win the Horizon League’s regular season crown. Detroit is expected take second. Milwaukee received one of the 50 first-place votes. Panthers’ point guard Kaylon Williams was named to the all-conference pre-season first team. He averaged almost five-and-a-half points a game last season. UWM forward Tony Meier and Green Bay center Alec Brown were both named to the second team. Meier hit 44-percent of his three-point attempts last year, while Brown averaged over two blocked shots per game. Ray McCallum Jr. of Detroit is the Horizon League’s pre-season player-of-the-year.
Sarah Wardecke of UW-Milwaukee is the Horizon League’s female swimmer-of-the-week. Wardecke, a senior, won the 50-and-100-freestyle events in a UWM victory over Division-Two Grand Valley State. Justin Hill of Cleveland State was the league’s top male swimmer. UW-Green Bay athletes swept the Horizon League’s diving honors for the week. Senior Daniel Pogue swept his one-and-three-meter events in a Green Bay win over South Dakota State. And UWGB senior Kacey Cummings swept her diving events in a dual meet at Niagara.
Michelle Eberhardy of Carroll University in Waukesha has been named the Midwest Conference defensive volleyball player-of-the-week. Eberhardy, a junior libero, had 40 of her team’s 99 digs in a victory over Beloit in four sets. Michelle Briggs of Grinnell was the top player on offense. Also, Sam Stevens of Lawrence in Appleton is the Midwest male cross country runner-of-the-week. The junior Stevens was the league’s top finisher at the Brooks Invitational at U-W Oshkosh, with a time of 26:02-point-29. Rachel Bowden of Monmouth was the top female runner.