STATE SPORTS ROUNDUP: Zimmerman now with 10 wins for Nats
Former U-W Stevens Point right-hander Jordan Zimmermann is one of just four Major League pitchers to rack up 10 wins so far this season. The Auburndale native hit the milestone last night, as he threw eight solid innings for Washington in a 5-to-1 home victory over Colorado. Zimmermann struck out nine while giving up an unearned run on six hits with a walk. He also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Former Marquette guard Dwayne Wade won his second straight NBA championship ring – and his third overall – after the Miami Heat won Game-Seven of the Finals last night, 95-88 at home over San Antonio. Wade had an up-and-down series before he put in a solid performance in the finale with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Former Milwaukee Bucks’ star Ray Allen went scoreless in almost 20 minutes. He had four rebounds and four assists, as he won his second NBA title – the first being with Boston. LeBron James had 37 points and 12 boards to lead the Heat, and Shane Battier added 18 off the bench with six three-pointers. For Wade, the title put a cap on his 10th NBA season, all with Miami, after he was the main cog in Marquette’s NCAA Final Four team in 2003.
Mukwonago High School linebacker Dominic Cizauskas has accepted a scholarship offer to play at Wisconsin. The offer came earlier this week, at the end of a one-day camp the Badgers held for incoming high school seniors. Cizauskas was also recruited by six other Midwest schools including Minnesota. He had five sacks and three forced fumbles for Mukwonago last year. He also placed third in the 100-meters at the recent state high school track meet, and was eighth in the shot put. Cizauskas also averaged 15 points and 10 rebounds as a starter on the Mukwonago basketball team last winter – a team that reached the state’s Division-One final. Cizauskas said it’s been a dream of his to play for the Badger football team. He’s the sixth in-state recruit by new coach Gary Andersen. The only one he lost was Somerset tight end Gaelin Elmore, who decided to attend Minnesota – which is much closer to his northwest Wisconsin home.
Jordan Niebrugge of Mequon won the State Golf Association’s Match Play Championship yesterday. He beat out Eric Busalacchi (boo-suh-lock’-ee) 4-and-3 in the final contest in Menasha. The 19-year-old Niebrugge was a solid performer in his freshman year at Oklahoma State this spring.
Wisconsin men’s basketball guard Ben Brust will have a role in tomorrow’s NASCAR race at Elkhart Lake. Brust, a long-time NASCAR fan, will be a spotter for Brendan Gaughan during the Johnsonville Sausage-200 in the Nationwide Series. Brust will work on Turn-12 – a prime passing spot on the four-mile Road America road course. It’s the biggest weekend of the year for the Sheboygan County course. A 90-minute Trans-Am race takes place today – and there’s a 160-mile ARCA event early tomorrow afternoon before the Nationwide race begins. There are no Wisconsin drivers entered for the state’s lone NASCAR event. The Sprint Cup drivers are two-thousand miles away in Sonoma California for Sunday’s running of the Save Mart-350. The Camping World Truck Series is off until next weekend.