Saturday State Sports Briefs: Wells signs with RamsWisconsin Sports
-- Either the Green Bay Packers will have to find their new center among the current free agent class, or they will have to consider players like Wisconsin’s Peter Konz or Kevin Zeitler. Last year’s starter, Scott Wells, has signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams.
GREEN BAY - Either the Green Bay Packers will have to find their new center among the current free agent class, or they will have to consider players like Wisconsin’s Peter Konz or Kevin Zeitler. Last year’s starter, Scott Wells, has signed a contract with the St. Louis Rams.
Wells had played well since he almost lost his starting job two years ago. Since then his coach, Mike McCarthy called him the team’s best offensive lineman as recently as 2010. Veterans still available on the free agent market are Houston’s Chris Myers and New England’s Dan Koppen, Samson Satele of Oakland and Jeff Saturday from Indianapolis.
A 14-0 run by the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater cemented the Warhawks’ spot in tonight’s Division III National Championship game in Salem, Virginia. With Chris Davis scoring 30 points, Whitewater defeated MIT 71-56 in last night’s semifinals. The Warhawks will face Cabrini, which defeated Illinois Wesleyan last night, 81-78, for its 22nd victory in a row. Davis scored of the 14 points in the run that put Whitewater ahead to stay. The Engineers went nearly six and a half minutes without scoring a point.
It will be a road game of sorts for the Marquette Golden Eagles when they take on Murray State University. With Kentucky playing Iowa State in the late game, there will be a lot of people from Kentucky in the stands – and Murray is in western Kentucky. Marquette is actually a pretty good road team, with an 11-6 record away from home, including 5-1 at neutral sites. The Racers were the last undefeated team in the nation and, at 31-1, have the best record in the tournament. A lot of people consider them the Cinderella team in March Madness.
Today’s game at The Pit in Albuquerque “pits” two very similar teams against one another. Both Wisconsin and Vanderbilt have won 25 games heading into the contest and both are noted for a strong defense. The Badgers have all-everything senior guard Jordan Taylor leading the offense, but getting a lot of help from junior center Jared Berggren. For Vandy, John Jenkins may be the best three-point shooter in the nation at 44.6 percent. He averages 20 points per game, while forward Jeffrey Taylor averages 16 and is good from long distance, too.
For the third time this spring the Milwaukee Brewers have lost two on the same day while playing split squads. The Mariners beat a team made up mostly of Milwaukee minor leaguers 6-1, while the starters lost a 9-4 contest against Kansas City. On days when they are splitting the team up Milwaukee is 0-6, but the Brewers have a 6-1-1 record when only playing one game on one day. Maybe that means they win today. Mike Fiers starts for Milwaukee in Tempe today as the Brewers take on the Angels.
BOYS WIAA HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL STATE TOURNAMENT
--Division 1 Semifinals
Germantown 81, Madison Memorial 43
Milwaukee Rufus King 59, Oshkosh North 40
--Division 1 Championship Saturday
Germantown (27-0) v. Milwaukee Rufus King (24-1)
--Division 2 Semifinals
Kaukauna 51, DeForest 31
Onalaska 38, Milwaukee Pius XI 32
--Division 2 Championship Saturday
Kaukauna (25-2) v. Onalaska (26-1)
--Division 3 Semifinals
Brillion 59, Lodi 30
Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 55, MArshall 53
--Division 3 Championship Saturday
Brillion (25-2) v. Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (26-1)
--Division 4 Semifinals
Cuba City 72, Oshkosh Lourdes 27
Whitefish Bay Dominican 67, Colfax 44
--Division 4 Championship Saturday
Cuba City (27-0) v. Whitefish Bay Dominican (26-1)
--Division 5 Semifinals
Sheboygan Lutheran 63, Chippewa Falls McDonell 61
Racine Lutheran 64, Drummond 35
--Division 5 Championship Saturday
Sheboygan Lutheran (24-4) v. Racine Lutheran (26-2)
--NCAA Division III Men Semifinals
St. Norbert 4, Norwich 1
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE
Milwaukee 5, Lake Erie 4 (OT)
MAJOR INDOOR SOCCER LEAGUE PLAYOFFS
Milwaukee 14, Baltimore 2, Wave lead series 1-0