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-- Wisconsin high schools kicked off their 2012 football season last night with five games around the state.
Wisconsin high schools kicked off their 2012 football season last night with five games around the state. Most teams will play tonight, and Week-One will wrap up tomorrow for a number of schools. The schedule is one week shorter this year, to avoid a mid-August start to the season. Teams will play eight regular season games before the playoffs. For the second year in a row, all playoff contests will be held on the weekends, so schools no longer have to play their first three post-season games in as little as 10 days. Also, the WIAA is bringing back eight-player teams for 16 smaller schools, so they can maintain football.
In golf, Steve Stricker of Madison is tied for 26th after his first round in the PGA Playoffs. Stricker shot a two-under-par 69 yesterday, as The Barclays’ tournament opened in Farmingdale New York. It’s the first of four tournaments in the Fed-Ex Cup playoff series. Pewaukee native Mark Wilson is tied for 104th place, after shooting a four-over-par 75 in his first round. Jerry Kelly of Madison – who just barely made the playoff field of 125 – struggled to a five-over-76. He’s tied for 114th. Padraig Harrington is the first-round leader at seven-under. The top 100 in the Fed-Ex point standings after this weekend will advance to next weekend’s tournament.
The Horizon League released its men’s basketball schedule yesterday, the first without perennial powerhouse Butler. The Bulldogs moved to the Atlantic-10 Conference a few months ago, thus leaving title prospects wide open for a number of Horizon League teams. UW-Green Bay will open its conference schedule on January third at Wright State, while UW-Milwaukee opens on the road the same day at Detroit. Each team will play 16 games – home-and-road contests against each school. All five Horizon League first-team players from a year ago are back – including center Alec Brown of Green Bay.