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Morning State Sports Briefs: UWSP ousted from World Series

APPLETON - UW-Stevens Point finished in fourth place in the NCAA Division III baseball World Series near Appleton. The Pointers were eliminated yesterday, after falling to Southern Maine 8-1 at Fox Cities Stadium.

Freshman left-hander Tyler Leavitt tossed a four-hitter, to advance Southern Maine to today's championship round against Ithaca. The winner of that game will face Linfield of Oregon later this afternoon in a winner-take-all contest for the D-III title. The Pointers took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning of their final game, on a run-scoring single by Jimmy Coady. Southern Maine scored five times in the bottom of the fourth to pull away. Stevens Point used four pitchers, in losing their second straight game in the tournament. Point finished its season at 41-11.


Arike Ogunbowale of Milwaukee was one of 12 players named yesterday to the U.S. Under-16 girls' basketball team for a tournament-of-the-Americas next month in Cancun. The 5-9 Ogunbowale averaged 20 points in her sophomore season at Milwaukee's Divine Savior Holy Angels High School with almost 10 rebounds, four-and-a-half assists, and three steals per game. She was named both the AP and the Gatorade state high school player-of-the-year, as she led Divine Savior to a sectional semi-final berth. Ogunbowale was among 124 players who took part in a Team USA try-out camp during the weekend in Colorado Springs.


Wisconsin's two teams in the Class-"A" Midwest League will open a series against each other tonight. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers travel to Beloit to play the Snappers. Both teams are coming off losses. The Timber Rattlers fell to Peoria, 4-3 in 12 innings on Memorial Day. Beloit was doubled up by Kane County, 8-4. Also tonight, Peoria plays a double-header at Burlington. Clinton is at Cedar Rapids. Kane County plays at Quad Cities. Fort Wayne hosts Lansing. South Bend plays at Dayton. West Michigan entertains Great Lakes. And Bowling Green is at Lake County. Beloit remains second in the Western Division at 29-21. The Snappers are one-and-a-half games behind front-running Cedar Rapids. Wisconsin is second-to-last among the eight teams in the West. The Rattlers are at 22-24. South Bend still leads the East by four games over Bowling Green.


It's back to the practice field today for the Green Bay Packers, as they resume their organized team activities. Fans can look on unless it's raining. If that happens, the workout will move inside the Don Hutson Center, where the general public is not allowed. The OTA's are not a time for a lot of personnel questions to be answered, although the Packers have their share of issues. Among them is the depth chart at wide receiver, where a band of four veterans was broken up during the off-season. Donald Driver retired and Greg Jennings bolted for Minnesota, leaving James Jones and Jordy Nelson as the most experienced hold-overs. Jones is the dean of the group at age 29. Third-year pro Randall Cobb also figures to be in the mix. There are no fewer than 11 receivers vying for jobs, most of them rookies and first-year free agents.


Dave Wodka of Henderson Nevada won yesterday's qualifying round at the Professional Bowlers' Association's Bear Open near Milwaukee. Wodka averaged 223-and-a-half over 10 games, to become one of 24 players to advance to today's round-robin match play at AMF Bowlero in Wauwatosa. The 42-year-old Wodka is going for his second PBA Tour victory, and his first since 1999. Chris Barnes of Texas finished second in the qualifying by 27 pins, and Hall-of-Famer Pete Weber was third. The highest Wisconsin finisher was Kenneth Kempf of Appleton, who was 26th and failed to qualify by just 17 pins. The Bear Open is the last of three Milwaukee area tournaments in the PBA's Summer Swing. Five finalists have been picked for the other two events. Step-ladder finals for all three are scheduled for this weekend at AMF Bowlero.



In the Midwest League...

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 3 in 12 innings

Kane County 8, Beloit 4

Burlington 10, Cedar Rapids 3 in Game-One

Burlington 6, Cedar Rapids 3 in Game-Two

Quad Cities 11, Clinton 4

Dayton 4, Great Lakes 1

Fort Wayne 5, Bowling Green 4

South Bend 2, Lansing 1

West Michigan 5, Lake County 3


At the NCAA Division III Baseball World Series near Appleton...

Southern Maine 8, U-W Stevens Point 1 (Point eliminated)

Ithaca 6, Linfield 4