Saturday State Sports Briefs: UW's Konz , Wilson chosen in NFL DraftWisconsin Sports
-- Two University of Wisconsin football players were picked on day two fo the 2012 NFL Draft.
NEW YORK CITY - Two University of Wisconsin football players were picked on day two of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Center Peter Konz becomes the second Wisconsin Badger taken in the NFL draft. He was picked by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round, using the 55th overall pick. Konz bypassed his senior year to enter the draft. Some projections had him going as early as late in the first round. He was the second Wisconsin player taken. Lineman Kevin Zeitler went to Cincinnati in the first round on pick number 27. The Seattle Seahawks will have a definite Wisconsin flavor this coming season. Badger quarterback Russell Wilson was taken in the third round of the NFL draft last night. He will compete to back up former Packer quarterback Matt Flynn.
The University of Wisconsin's football teams' spring game is today at 4 p.m. at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Admission is $5 and all proceeds benefitting the UW Center for Nonprofits. There will be a kid's fest from 2-4 p.m. before the game in the McClain Center.
A five-year extension for basketball coach Bo Ryan is one of six contract extensions announced yesterday by the University of Wisconsin. The university’s athletic board approved the extensions yesterday upon the recommendation of the UW athletic department. Ryan’s new deal will run through 2017. Also receiving five-year extensions were mean’s hockey coach Mike Eaves, women’s hockey coach Mark Johnson and women’s basketball coach Bobbie Kelsey. A three-year extension was given to wrestling coach Barry Davis and the coach of the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams, Whitney Hite, was extended through next year.
Marquette University granted sophomore forward Jamail Jones a release from the men’s basketball team. Jones averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 46 career appearances. He played with the Eagles for two seasons and started just once. Coach Buzz Williams says the 6-foot-6 native of Atlanta plans to transfer to another program. Jones played his high school basketball at Green Forest Christian Academy in Decatur, Georgia.
Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles says he plans to meet soon with team owner Senator Herb Kohl. Skiles may find out if he is coming back for a fifth season on the bench. He has coached the Bucks to a 146-166 record and has a year left on his current contract, but the team has missed the playoffs the last two seasons. Bucks general manager John Hammond is considered more secure than Skiles. The Bucks had surged after making a big trade with Golden State, but they lost five of their last seven games to finish just out of the playoff picture.
MIDWEST LEAGUE BASEBALL
Beloit 6, Bowling Green 3
Burlington 10, Fort Wayne 1
Clinton 7, Great Lakes 1
Lansing 4, Kane County 2
Peoria 3, Lake County 0
South Bend 5, Cedar Rapids 3
West Michigan 2, Quad Cities 1
Wisconsin 3, Dayton 0
MEN'S COLLEGE TENNIS
--Midwest Conference Semifinals in Madison
Grinnell 5, St. Norbert 0
Monmouth 5, Carroll 2
--Midwest Conference Championship
Grinnell 5, Monmouth 2 (9th straight men's title for Grinnell)