Afternoon State Sports Briefs: UW's Wilson to compete for starting QB role with SeahawksWisconsin Sports
-- Former University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has earned a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job at Seattle this fall.
SEATTLE - Former University of Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson has earned a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job at Seattle this fall.
Head Coach Pete Carroll says Wilson will be in the mix along with last year’s starter Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn – who signed with the Seahawks as a free agent after four years as Aaron Rodgers’ under-study in Green Bay. Carroll said Wilson showed enough at the team’s rookie camp this past weekend to be among the candidates for the starting job. In Carroll’s words, “He did an excellent job of demonstrating that he prepared for this.” Of course, it helped that Wilson played in pro-style offenses for all of his four collegiate seasons – three at North Carolina State and last year with the Badgers. Seattle took Wilson in the third round last month with the 75th overall pick – the highest the Seahawks used on a quarterback since Rick Mirer was chosen second overall in 1993.
Carroll University of Waukesha got off to a strong start today, as the NCAA Division III men’s golf tournament began at Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida. Carroll was tied for 14th at mid-day among the 41 teams in the tournament. Wisconsin’s other entry, Edgewood College, had yet to tee off. The 72-hole national championship continues through Friday.
Brian Tresedder of Concordia-Mequon was named today as the Northern Athletics Conference men’s tennis player-of-the-year. Tresedder, a senior, won the NAC’s individual tournament earlier this month. He went 18-11 overall in the No. 1 singles’ spot, and 16-11 in doubles’ play. Lee Johnson of Wisconsin Lutheran was named the Freshman-of-the-Year. He was 10-3 in the top singles’ spot. Ben Oestreich of Edgewood was named the NAC’s coach-of-the-year. He led the Eagles to a third-place finish this year, the highest in the school’s NAC history. Both Tresedder and Lee Johnson also made the All-Conference singles’ team, along with Russell Johnson, Taylor Shaffer, and Skip Turner of Concordia-Mequon – Eric Klamrowski of Milwaukee Engineering, and Jory Lawson of Marian. Tresedder and Turner also made the All-NAC doubles’ squad, along with Klamrowski and Juan Diego Montenegro of the Milwaukee School of Engineering.
A defenseman from the suburban Twin Cities will join the Wisconsin en’s hockey team this fall. Eddie Wittchow of Burnsville, Minnesota signed a national letter-of-intent today. He’s currently playing for Waterloo against the Green Bay Gamblers in the U.S. junior league Clark Cup Finals. He had a team-best plus-minus rating of plus-22 in the regular season with five goals and 18 points. Wittchow attended the same high school as Badgers’ forward Tyler Barnes. The Badgers now have a four-member recruiting class for the 2012-13 season.
The New York Mets will go for their eighth victory in their last 10 games tonight, when they close out a short two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brew Crew hopes to escape with a split, after losing the opener 3-to-1 last evening. Manager Ron Roenicke admits that his Brewer offense is not very good at the moment – but he expects them to come around. He says the Brewers need to take more advantage of potential scoring opportunities. They went 1-for-9 last night with runners in scoring position, and they did not score until the ninth inning. Milwaukee’s injury replacements are still trying to get their feet wet. Brooks Conrad is 0-for-15, after batting .400 at Triple-“A” Nashville where he started the season. A couple of Brewer regulars also continue to struggle. Second baseman Rickie Weeks is only hitting .158, and he’s due back in the lineup tonight after missing three games with a bruised left hand where he was hit by a pitch last Friday. The Brewers, Houston, and the Chicago Cubs are in a three-way tie for last in the National League Central, all at 15-20. The Brewers have a two-game series at Houston before the weekend.
Fourteen players and three coaches will be inducted into the College Football Hall-of-Fame on December fourth at a banquet in New York. The National Football Foundation announced its Class-of-2012 today. Former Green Bay Packers’ quarterback Ty Detmer was announced last night, and the other enshrinees were unveiled at a news conference today – but none of those players or coaches had Wisconsin ties. Detmer starred at Brigham Young, and he started his pro career as Brett Favre’s under-study with the Packers in the 1990’s. The other players chosen were Charles Alexander of LSU, Otis Armstrong of Purdue, Steve Bartkowski of California, Hal Bedsole of USC, Dave Casper of Notre Dame, Tommy Kramer from Rice, Art Monk of Syracuse, Greg Myers from Colorado State, Jonathan Ogden of UCLA, Gabe Rivera of Texas Tech, Mark Simoneau from Kansas State, Scott Thomas from the Air Force, and John Wooten of Colorado. The coaches to be enshrined in the College Football Hall-of-Fame are Jimmy Johnson from Miami and Oklahoma State, Phillip Fulmer from Tennessee, and R.C. Slocum of Texas A&M. Among those passed over for induction this year were former Wisconsin nose guard Tim Krumrie, and ex-Packers’ receiver Sterling Sharpe.