Wednesday State Sports Briefs: Evason named new head coach of the AdmiralsWisconsin Sports
-- An assistant coach with the NHL’s Washington Capitals will become the new coach of the Milwaukee Admirals.
MILWAUKEE - An assistant coach with the NHL’s Washington Capitals will become the new coach of the Milwaukee Admirals.
Dean Evason was named yesterday to lead the top minor league club of the Nashville Predators. David Poile, Nashville’s G-M, announced the hiring. He said Evason’s 20 years of playing and coaching experience in the NHL will put the Predators’ top prospects in great hands. The 47-year-old Evason replaces Ian Herbers, who recently became the new coach at his college alma mater, the University of Alberta in Canada. Evason has spent the last seven years in Washington as an assistant. He started his coaching career with the Kamloops Blazers from 1999-through-2002. As a player, Evason scored 372 points in 803 NHL games with Washington, Hartford, San Jose, Dallas, and Calgary from 1983 until ’96.
Team USA advanced to the championship game of the Under-18 Americas’ tournament with a 107-72 pounding of Argentina in last night’s semi-finals. All 12 U.S. players scored including Wisconsin recruit Sam Dekker. The former Sheboygan Lutheran High School star had three points and four minutes in nine minutes of play. Six other U.S. players scored in double figures, led by Julius Randle with 15. The U.S. will play the tournament’s host Brazil in the title game tonight. Brazil advanced by edging Canada last night, 66-62. The Americans had a 19-point win over Brazil earlier in the tournament.
Two golfers who won state high school championships earlier this month are in the Sweet-16 round of the state golf association’s match play tournament. Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon Homestead eliminated Daniel Ozga yesterday, 3-and-2 in Germantown. And Charlie Danielson of Osceola topped Keith Buntrock 3-and-1. Niebrugge won the WIAA’s Division-One title, while Danielson took home the Division-Two crown. The match play tournament opened Monday. Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo of Burlington was eliminated in his first match in a field-of-64. He fell to Sam Frank of Oconomowoc, who made today’s Sweet-16 round by beating Eric Schremp 2-and-1 in the Round-of-32.