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-- Four state championship games will be played today at the state high school spring baseball tournament at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton.
GRAND CHUTE - Four state championship games will be played today at the state high school spring baseball tournament at Fox Cities Stadium near Appleton.
The Division 4 title game is up first at nine this morning between Coleman and Johnson Creek. Coleman eliminated Pittsville 10-3 in yesterday’s semi-finals, while Johnson Creek topped previously-undefeated Greenwood 8-5. In Division-Three, Lavery Jameson threw a no-hitter for Orfordville Parkview in a 2-0 win over Menasha Saint Mary's Central. Parkview will face Prescott in today’s Division-Three final, after Prescott crushed Oshkosh Lourdes-Valley Christian 16-7 late yesterday. Prescott trailed in the third inning when it scored four runs and rolled from there. Portage plays Ellsworth in the Division-Two title game. Portage advanced with a 7-2 win last night over Fox Valley Lutheran, while Ellsworth earned its spot in the title game with a 5-1 semi-final win over Racine Saint Catherine’s. Bay Port will play Sun Prairie tonight for the Division 1 title, after both teams won their semi-finals on Tuesday.
There will be at least one new champion crowned at the state girls' high school softball tournament that begins today in Madison. The only champ from last year that's not returning is Union Grove in Division 2. The action begins at nine this morning with the Division-One quarter-finals -- and Stevens Point will start playing for its fourth championship in five years. Chippewa Falls opens the tournament against Sussex Hamilton. Then it's Appleton East against Westosha Central. This afternoon, Sun Prairie will take on Franklin. And the D-1 quarters will wrap up with Stevens Point facing Germantown. Tonight, semi-finals will be played in Division 2. Baldwin-Woodville plays West De Pere. And Monroe takes on Plymouth. Semis will be played tomorrow in Divisions Four, Three, and One in that order. Title games are set for Saturday at the UW's Goodman Diamond in Madison.
The state girls' high school soccer tournament begins today in Milwaukee -- and none of last year's three champions will be competing. The Division 1 quarter-finals are up first. Unbeaten Eau Claire Memorial kicks things off at noon against Kenosha Tremper. De Pere then takes on Waukesha West. Madison West plays Milwaukee Divine Savior Holy Angels. And this evening's final contest has Neenah going against Grafton. The other three divisions will play tomorrow, starting with their semi-finals. Title games will be played on Saturday at Milwaukee's Uihlein Soccer Park. New champions will be crowned to replace Appleton North in Division-One, Madison Edgewood in Division 2, and Kettle Moraine Lutheran in D-3.
The Green Bay Packers will hold their final spring practice today. They’ll wrap up their three-day mini-camp after canceling practice yesterday for a team-building activity. Coach Mike McCarthy took the players to a lodge near Suamico for a day of shooting clay pigeons. McCarthy told the Packers’ Web site that a number of players are avid hunters while some have never shot a gun – and he wanted them to do something different and get their minds away from Lambeau Field. Linebacker Frank Zombo said he hunts quite a bit, and normally shoots about 85 percent of his clays. But he only hit 6-for-8 at his first two stations. Linebacker Vic So’oto went 4-for-4 in one of his rounds. But McCarthy said the important thing was to take a step back, get away from the field, and let the players bond while doing something else. Today’s practice is the last one before training camp opens on July 26th.
In the Midwest League…
Wisconsin 4, Clinton 2
Peoria 7, Beloit 1
Quad Cities 6, Kane County 5 in 10 innings
Burlington 14, Cedar Rapids 9
Lansing 7, Fort Wayne 0
South Bend 5, Lake County 4
West Michigan 4, Bowling Green 2
Dayton 8, Great Lakes 7
In the Northwoods League…
La Crosse 6, Eau Claire 5 in 15 innings
Wisconsin Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4
Lakeshore 1, Green Bay 0
Battle Creek 6, Madison 4
Waterloo 7, Rochester 0
Alexandria 6, Mankato 4
Willmar 8, Duluth 3
Waterloo 7, Rochester 0
At the WIAA state high school spring baseball tournament…
Division 2 semi-finals
Portage 7, Fox Valley Lutheran 2
Ellsworth 5, Racine Saint Catherine’s 1
Division 3 semi-finals
Orfordville Parkview 2, Menasha Saint Mary’s Central 0
Prescott 16, Oshkosh Lourdes/Oshkosh Valley Christian 7
Division 4 semi-finals
Coleman 10, Pittsville 3
Johnson Creek 8, Greenwood 5