Saturday State Sports Briefs: Finals set for state prep softball tourney
MADISON - Wausau Newman will play Algoma today for the Division 4 title at the girls' state high school softball tournament in Madison. Newman defeated New Lisbon 4-1, and Algoma eliminated Shell Lake 5-1 in 8 innings during Friday's divisional semifinals at Goodman Field.
The Division 3 semifinal winners were Mineral Point and Kenosha St. Joseph. The Pointers beat defending champ Stevens Point Pacelli 2-1 and St. Joseph's beat Grantsburg by the same score. In Division 1, Kenosha Bradford edged Stevens Point 1-0 while Westosha Central topped Menomonee Falls 2-1. Title games in all four divisions are set for today with defending champ Baldwin-Woodville facing New London in Division 2.
Brett Favre continues to warm up to the idea of getting his No. 4 retired by the Green Bay Packers. After his 2008 blow-up with the team, and his subsequent indifference to being honored in Titletown, Favre now tells a Buffalo radio station he's "honored" by the thought of being a Green Bay immortal. Favre says it will happen - though he's not sure when. He said Packers' president Mark Murphy has talked with him on numerous occasions. Murphy says he wants to honor the future Hall-of-Fame quarterback when he's ready - although Favre says he would never tell the Packers what to do in that regard. The three-time league MVP said time heals a lot of wounds. He said all sides, including himself, were to blame for what happened in 2008 when he retired, decided he wanted to come back, and was rejected after Aaron Rodgers was named the Pack's starting quarterback. Favre ended up playing three more seasons with the New York Jets and Minnesota before retiring two years ago. Favre made his latest remarks while in Buffalo for a charity auction put on by former Bills' quarterback Jim Kelly.
Milwaukee Marquette will go for its seventh consecutive title, as the state high school boys' team tennis tournament is underway at the Nielsen Tennis Center in Madison. Marquette has won seven-of-the-last-10 Division 1 championships, and was the runner-up in 2004. Green Bay Notre Dame is back to defend its Division 2 crown. Last year, Notre Dame ended six straight titles by the University School of Milwaukee. The Division 1 quarterfinals were played yesterday. Hartland Arrowhead defeated Waukesha West 4-3. Undefeated Neenah beat Madison West 6-1. Wausau East was blanked by Brookfield East 7-0. And Marquette opens its defense against Eau Claire Memorial also with a 7-0 win. In Division 2, starting today, Notre Dame plays Eau Claire Regis, and the University School takes on Madison Edgewood. Semifinals and finals in both divisions will be played today.
It's been all pitchers during day number two of the MLB draft for the Milwaukee Brewers. Brewers started the day, drafting RHP Barrett Astin from Arkansas. As a closer, Astin helped lead the Razorbacks to the College World Series last season. Astin was picked 90th overall by the Brewers, followed by pitchers Taylor Williams from Kent State (122nd overall) and Joshua Uhen from UW-Milwaukee (152nd overall).
Dayton 10, Bowling Green 10 (after 9 innings)
Great Lakes 10, West Michigan 4
Fort Wayne 10, Lansing 6
Kane County 3, Burlington 2
South bend 7, Lake County 4
Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 1
Clinton 12, Peoria 4
Beloit 3, Wisconsin 2
Battle Creek 11, Wisconsin Rapid Rafters 9
Eau 11, Green Bay 7
Lakeshore 5, La Crosse 3
Rochester 9, Thunder Bay 0
Mankato 4, Alexandria 3
Wisconsin Woodchucks 8, Madison 5
Willmar 9, Duluth 6
Waterloo 6, St. Cloud 3
STATE SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
DIVISION 1 - SEMIFINALS
Kenosha Bradford 1, Stevens Point 0
Westosha Central 2, Menomonee Falls 1
DIVISION 3 - SEMIFINALS
Mineral Point 2, Stevens Point Pacelli 1
Kenosha St. Joseph 2, Grantsburg 1
DIVISION 4 - SEMIFINALS
Newman Catholic 4, New Lisbon 1
Algoma 5, Shell Lake 1
STATE TEAM TENNIS TOURNAMENT
DIVISION 1 - QUARTEFINALS
Hartland Arrowhead 4, Waukesha West 3
Neenah 6, Madison West 1
Brookfield East 7, Wausau East 0
Milwaukee Marquette 7, Eau Claire Memorial 0