Morning State Sports Roundup: Wisconsin receiver returns to practiceWisconsin Sports
-- Wisconsin receiver Isaiah Williams returned to practice yesterday.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin receiver Isaiah Williams returned to practice yesterday.
The sophomore was not listed in the Badgers’ original camp roster of 105 players – and no reason was given for that. Williams caught five passes for 53 yards in the Badgers’ spring game in April. He played in seven games a year ago, but did not have a catch. Meanwhile, one of the Badgers’ top receivers in camp suffered a setback. Redshirt freshman Jordan Fredrick bruised a calf at last night’s practice, and he had to be helped off the field. Head Coach Bret Bielema said X-rays were negative. Freshman linebacker Vince Biegel did not practice yesterday, with an apparent left foot injury. Bielema expects him to be out for about two weeks. Also, two Badger walk-ons have been awarded full scholarships – senior guard Robert Burge and junior linebacker Ethan Armstrong.
The Northwoods League championship series begins tonight in Mankato Minnesota, where the Moondogs will host the La Crosse Loggers in a best-of-three set. Mankato won the North Division title last night with a 7-3 home victory over Willmar. Davis Henderson struck out six in five-and-a-third innings, giving up a run on three hits. Craig Massoni went 2-for-4 and scored twice for Mankato, which defeated Willmar two-games-to-one in the North Division Finals. La Crosse swept a pair from the Wisconsin Woodchucks to win the South title. La Crosse will host tomorrow night’s Game-Two of the Summer Collegiate World Series – and the Loggers a potential third-and-deciding contest if it’s necessary.
Carl Hirsch of Brookfield Central and Molly Seidel of Hartland University Lake School have been named the Wisconsin high school track athletes-of-the-year. The coaches’ association announced the honors when it released its All-State teams. Hirsch, who will be a senior this fall, won the 1600 and 3200-meter races for the Division 1 boys at the state track meet in June. He was also part of a state champion 32-hundred-meter relay team which set a new state record with a time of seven-minutes and :40.09 seconds. Seidel, who graduated in the spring, won her fourth state titles in both the 1600 and 3200 in the girls’ Division 3. Besides Hirsch, only two other athletes received All-State honors in three events. Kat Keller of New Richmond was recognized in the 100, 200, and 400-meter dashes. And Elexis Fuller-Stewart of Milwaukee Bradley Tech took All-State honors in the 100 and 200 races, plus the 100-meter hurdles.
A state champion girls’ high school hockey coach is resigning, to spend more time with his family. Denny Drake is leaving after seven years with the Central Wisconsin Storm, which has players from the Wausau, Schofield D.C. Everest, and Mosinee high schools. Drake led the Storm to five consecutive appearances at the WIAA girls’ state tournament – and his 2008 team won the state title. Drake was 135-34-3 with the Storm. He also coached the Mosinee boys’ team for 13 years, and his career coaching record is 295-164-12. Drake’s daughter Hillary is a sophomore goal-tender at UW-Stevens Point.