Morning State Sports Briefs: MU confirmed to play Ohio State on USS YorktownWisconsin Sports
-- Organizers have finalized their plans to have the Marquette University men’s basketball team play on a battleship in November.
MILWAUKEE - Organizers have finalized their plans to have the Marquette University men’s basketball team play on a battleship in November.
The Golden Eagles will play Ohio State in what’s being billed as the second annual “Carrier Classic.” The game will be played November ninth on the USS Yorktown, stationed off Charleston, South Carolina. Also that night, the Ohio State women will play national runner-up Notre Dame.
Last year’s Carrier Classic was held on the USS Carl Vinson when North Carolina beat Michigan State in San Diego. President Obama attended that game. Michael Whalen of the Morale Entertainment Foundation says about four-thousand seats should be available for the Marquette game. He said fire marshals would determine the final capacity. The Yorktown served during World War II and Vietnam. It’s now a museum, docked in the Charleston Harbor.
A defensive back from Minnesota has decided to play his college football at the University of Wisconsin instead of with the University of Minnesota. Keelon Brookins was the first player to commit for Minnesota’s 2013 recruiting class – but he withdrew that commitment and told the Badgers he’d play for them instead. The 5-11 Brookins, who is from St. Paul, will be a senior this fall at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minnesota. He missed most of his junior year, after he tore an ACL knee ligament. But he’s still considered one of the Gopher State’s top prospects.
This is the final day of the All-Star break in the Northwoods League. That’s after the South Division edged the North 4-3 last night on Madison, on a tie-breaking homer by Madison’s Tyler Marincov in the eighth inning. Tyler Podratz of Rochester won the Home Run Derby that was held right before the All-Star contest. Podratz beat out Casey Gillaspie of Eau Claire in the final round. The league will resume its second half tomorrow night. The regular season will then continue for about two-and-a-half weeks before the playoffs begin the week of August 13th.
The University of Wisconsin football team confirmed today that BYU will be on the Badgers’ home schedule next fall. That game will be played November ninth of 2013, which was originally supposed to be a bye week. But the Badgers were able to have a second bye week in October, by working with Purdue to move their scheduled Big Ten Conference matchup to September 21st. As a result, the Badgers and Boilermakers will start their league schedules a week ahead of everybody else. But coach Bret Bielema said it would give the Badgers an extra October breather when they’ll really need it. Wisconsin will open its 2013 season at home on August 31st against Massachusetts. Tennessee Tech and Arizona State will also be on next year’s Wisconsin non-conference football schedule.
A proposal to end the current limits on the re-sale of Green Bay Packers’ tickets in Ashwaubenon has been referred back to a committee. The Village Board failed to vote on the measure last night, saying it needs more discussion. For 15 years, Ashwaubenon has limited the ability of scalpers to sell Packers’ tickets just east and south of the stadium where the village has jurisdiction. But Public Safety Chief Eric Dunning now says the law is too hard to enforce, and it’s getting less relevant because more fans are buying their seats on-line. Under the current ordinance, sellers must register with the village of Ashwaubenon and pay an $800 licensing fee. They must also pass background checks, wear ID tags, and sell only in designated areas.
In the Midwest League…
Wisconsin 5, Kane County 2
Beloit 4, Burlington 1
Clinton 1, Quad Cities 0
Peoria 8, Cedar Rapids 6
Bowling Green 15, Lansing 13 in 13 innings
West Michigan 8, Lake County 1
Great Lakes 9, Dayton 7
Fort Wayne 5, South Bend 1