(Update) Morning State Sports Briefs: Prescott ranked in first state baseball coaches pollWisconsin Sports
-- Prescott High School baseball team is ranked among the state's best in the first statewide coaches poll released this morning.
Prescott High School baseball team is ranked among the state's best in the first statewide coaches poll released this morning.
The Cardinals didn't do anything to hurt their ranking yesterday afternoon as crushed Amery 11-1 at Amery. Billy Brookshaw led PHS at the plate with three hits, three runs and three RBIs. He hit two doubles. Logan Johnson and Bryan Early each had two hits for Prescott with Johnson hitting two RBIs.
Sun Prairie leads Division 1 and is 13-1. Holmen is second and Stevens Point third. Both are tied at 11-1. In Division-Two, the University School of Milwaukee leads the way at 11-0. Freedom is second, and Fox Valley Lutheran third. In Division-Three, unbeaten Fennimore is Number-One, followed by Pardeeville and Prescott. And in Division-Four, undefeated Greenwood leads the coaches’ poll, with Rosholt second and Cashton third.
Three former football players – including Wisconsin Badgers’ star Michael Bennett – have been arrested in an identity theft scheme. The Miami Herald said this morning that the FBI arrested Bennett, former University of Miami star William Joseph, and former Syracuse standout Louis Hachelin. They face charges in a reported scheme to steal people’s identities, and then file false income tax returns in their names to steal thousands-of-dollars in refunds. Bennett is a Milwaukee native. He was the featured running back for the Badgers in 2000, rushing for 1,681 yards. He left college early, and was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2001. Bennett made the Pro Bowl for the Vikes in ’02, when he rushed for 1,296 yards. That was far and away his best season, as Bennett rushed for a career total of 3,638 yards in 10 years. He left in 2010 after playing seven games for Oakland.
Brett Favre might have to testify in court about the suggestive text messages he allegedly sent women who worked for the New York Jets. A Supreme Court judge in Manhattan has refused to drop a lawsuit filed by two massage therapists for the Jets. Shannon O’Toole and Christina Scavo said they lost their part-time jobs with the team, after they complained about sexually suggestive texts. They were reportedly sent by the former Green Bay quarterback when he was with New York in 2008. The women are seeking unspecified damages from Favre, the Jets, and their team massage coordinator. The Jets say the lawsuit is quote, “completely without merit.” And they look forward to defending themselves in court.
The UW-Stevens Point baseball team dropped one place to 14th in this week’s poll from D3baseball.com. The Pointers are 25-9 overall, after losing three-of-four to UW-Whitewater this past weekend. La Crosse rose three spots to 19th in the new poll. Whitewater received votes. Marietta of Ohio is still at No.1.
UW-La Crosse has won the WIAC regular season baseball title, after second-place Stevens Point dropped a pair of games to UW-Whitewater yesterday. The Eagles are 18-2 with a four-game winning streak. The Pointers are at 13-7 as the final week of the season continues. La Crosse won its first season crown since 2000 – and the Eagles have the top-seed in the four-team WIAC baseball tournament which begins May 11th on La Crosse’s home diamond.
Adam Cordova of UW-La Crosse has made the national Division-Three Team-of-the-Week from D3baseball.com. Cordova, a junior designated hitter, batted .417 in six games last week. He had four doubles, a homer, seven RBI’s, and five runs scored. Cordova also had two walks and 17 total bases. He’s currently on a seven-game hitting streak.
Racine native Caron Butler could miss the rest of his team’s NBA playoff run. The Los Angeles Clippers’ forward is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks, after he broke a bone in his left hand in Sunday’s first-round game against Memphis. Butler was hurt during the third quarter of the Clippers’ 99-98 Game-One victory over the Grizzlies. X-rays confirmed a fracture of the fifth metacarpal in his left hand. Butler scored 12 points in 23 minutes before leaving that game. In the regular season, Butler averaged 12 points and four rebounds per night.
Former Wisconsin and UW-Eau Claire women’s basketball coach Lisa Stone could be named this week as the new coach at Saint Louis. But Stone tells the Wisconsin State Journal that nothing’s official yet. She would replace Shimmy Gray-Miller, who was fired in March after she failed to have a winning season in any of her seven years with the Billikens. They went 11-20 last year – and one of their losses was to the Badgers. Stone has not coached since Wisconsin let her go in March of 2011 after a 16-15 season. She had a 128-and-119 record in eight years in Madison, while making one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010. Stone has coached women’s basketball for 26 years, including 12 at Eau Claire. She’s also been at Drake and Cornell College in Iowa, and her career mark is 503-237.
The University of Wisconsin football team picked up three recruits during the weekend. Brookfield Central High School junior Chikwe Obasih gave a verbal commitment last night to play for the Badgers in the fall of 2013. Obasih, a defensive end, had scholarship offers from a dozen schools – and he also thought about going to Yale. Receiver Rob Wheelwright of Columbus Ohio also gave his non-binding verbal commitment to Wisconsin yesterday. He had offers from several schools, including Pittsburgh and some Big Ten programs. On Saturday, George Panos – son of former Badgers’ captain and NFL player Joe Panos – gave his verbal commitment for 2014. George Panos is an sophomore offensive lineman from Hartland Arrowhead.
Steve Stricker of Madison moved up one place to No. 6 in the new World Golf Rankings released this morning. Stricker finished sixth during the weekend at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson skipped the tournament, and he remains 29th in the World. Jerry Kelly of Madison missed the weekend cut at the Big Easy, and he fell five spots to 142nd. Luke Donald regained the top spot in the World Rankings, and Rory McIlroy fell to second. In the Fed-Ex Cup standings, Wilson was ninth last week – and he’s now tied for ninth with Jason Dufner, who won the Zurich Classic in a sudden death playoffs. Stricker held steady at Number-15 in the Fed-Ex totals, and Kelly fell six spots to 110th. Hunter Mahan continues to lead the Fed-Ex point standings.
The University of Wisconsin women’s rowing team took five-of-six races over Minnesota on Lake Phalen in Saint Paul yesterday. The ninth-ranked Badgers kept the Burnin’ Blade Award, which was first presented a year ago to the winner of this border battle. Wisconsin’s first varsity-eight team edged the Gophers by just under eight seconds. Minnesota scored its only victory in the first-varsity-four race.
Both Wisconsin teams in the Class-“A” Midwest League have the day off. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Beloit Snappers both won yesterday, and they remain in a virtual three-way tie for first place in the Western Division. The Snappers and Timber Rattlers are at 14-and-11, five percentage points behind Quad Cities which is 13-10. Lansing still leads the East at 18-6. Only three games are on tap in the Midwest League today. West Michigan plays a matinee at Cedar Rapids. And South Bend plays a double-header at Quad Cities.
Jannelle Schroder of Concordia-Mequon has been named the softball position player-of-the-week in the Northern Athletics Conference. Schroder, a junior, batted .615 in a half-dozen games last week with eight RBI’s and two runs scored. She had a hit in five-of-the-six games. Brittany Adcox of Benedictine was the league’s top pitcher. Also, the NAC named Zakkiyya Jones of Wisconsin Lutheran as the women’s outdoor track athlete-of-the-week. Jones, a freshman, won the 100-and-200 meter dashes at the Wisconsin Private College Championships. And she set a new school record in the 200 of 26.85. Jacob Arnold of Rockford was named the top men’s track athlete.
In the Midwest League…
Beloit 7, Dayton 0
Wisconsin 7, Bowling Green 2
Great Lakes 6, Kane County 1
Fort Wayne 8, Peoria 4
Quad Cities 14, South Bend 3
Cedar Rapids 4, West Michigan 3 in Game-One
West Michigan 10, Cedar Rapids 6 in Game-Two
Clinton at Lansing, rained out
Burlington at Lake County, rained out