Afternoon State Sports Briefs: WIAC nama all-time footbal squadFifty-three players have been named to the WIAC's all-time football team that was chosen as part of the league's 100th anniversary celebration.
Fifty-three players have been named to the WIAC's all-time football team that was chosen as part of the league's 100th anniversary celebration.
Several honorees have played in the NFL, including UW-La Crosse receiver Bill Schroeder -- a wide-out for the Packers for five years starting in the 1997 Super Bowl season. He also spent two years with Detroit and a season with Tampa Bay. Clint Kriewaldt, formerly of UW-Stevens Point, also made the squad. He had 14 interceptions in nine NFL seasons with Detroit and Pittsburgh. Three-time defending Division-Three champion UW-Whitewater has 18 members -- including current senior Levell Coppage, the school's all-time leading rusher. Also on the all-time team is Whitewater's Justin Beaver, the last WIAC player to win the Gagliardi Trophy, Division-Three's equivalent of the Heisman. The coach for the all-time team is Roger Harring of UW-La Crosse. He coached there from 1969-through-'99.
Three WIAC men's basketball teams have non-conference games today. UW-Oshkosh will play its third-and-final game of a holiday tournament in Las Vegas, as the Titans take on Loras College of Iowa. Tonight, 25th-ranked UW-Stevens Point is at home against No.14 Saint Thomas of Saint Paul. And La Crosse entertains North Park. All of the state's Division-Three women's teams have the night off.
Three players from Wisconsin have made the national small college Teams-of-the-Week from D3hoops.com. Trevor Hass of UW-Stevens Point and Matt Weik of Platteville were named to the men's squad, and Tiffany Gregorich of River Falls was picked to the women's team. Hass, a sophomore guard, averaged 19-and-a-half points and shot 63-percent in a pair of wins over UW-Whitewater and Edgewood. Weik, a senior forward, had career-highs of 13 and 30 points in Platteville's victories over North Central and Oshkosh. He made 17-of-23 shots from the floor, while averaging five-and-a-half rebounds for the weekend. Gregorich, a senior guard, had career-highs of 33 points against Simpson and eight assists against Stout. Both games were victories for her UW-River Falls team.
Governor Scott Walker appears to be ruling out any additional state aid for Milwaukee's Bradley Center. The chairman of the arena's board, Marc Marotta, left open the option of asking the state Legislature for more aid to keep up the 23-year-old building. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie refused comment until a specific proposal is made. But he said that in general, Walker believes the Bradley Center -- as a private institution -- can raise capital "on its own merits." Werwie said the state has a lot more important issues right now than the Bradley Center, and Walker would keep focusing on those. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted that the Bradley Center is not a private institution. State law says it's a non-profit public entity. But the law also says the state is not liable for the building's obligations. The Bradley Center responded today by saying it hopes to create a public-private partnership to improve the building in the future. The Bradley Center -- home to the Milwaukee Bucks and several other teams -- received no state funding until a few years ago, when Democrats kicked in five-million-dollars for maintenance.
Former Notre Dame quarterback Dayne Crist said no today to playing his final year of college eligibility at Wisconsin. He visited Madison and Kansas before deciding on the Jayhawks -- where he'll be re-united with his former coach Charlie Weis. Crist announced his choice on Twitter, saying it was a tough decision but he's "incredibly excited" to join the Kansas team. That's where Weis was hired recently to replace the fired Turner Gill. Crist played for Weis for two years at Notre Dame. But he was benched at halftime of this year's season opener against South Florida -- and he only played a handful of snaps for the rest of the season. Crist has already graduated, so he'll be eligible to play right away for the Jayhawks next fall. For Wisconsin, it's the second major loss in the last two days. Badgers' offensive coordinator Paul Chryst accepted a job last night as the new head football coach at Pittsburgh. That school announced his hiring today.
The UW-Green Bay men's basketball team will try to even its 5-6 record tonight when it hosts Idaho. The Phoenix are 5-0 at the Resch Center. But to stay unbeaten at home, they'll have to cool down Idaho's hot shooting. The Vandals are 10th in the country with an overall shooting percentage of just over 50. And they've made 43-percent from three-point range. By comparison, Green Bay averages a paltry 39-percent from the floor, and just 29-percent from beyond-the-arc. Green Bay tries to run its offense through 7-1 center Alec Brown, who's coming off back-to-back 20-point games against Marquette and Michigan Tech. Idaho is 7-5, and is coming off an 80-78 loss against Wright State. Dazmond Starke put Idaho in front with a lay-up just before Julius Mays won that game with a three-pointer at the buzzer. Also tonight, the Marquette men host UW-Milwaukee.