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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wolters to start at point guard for Milwaukee tonight

Rookie point guard Nate Wolters will make his second NBA start tonight, when the Milwaukee Bucks host Cleveland. The former South Dakota State star has averaged almost 32 minutes in his first three games as a pro. That was after starting point guard Brandon Knight went down with a hamstring injury in Milwaukee's season opener a week ago. Backup point guard Luke Ridnour has not played this season with back pain and spasms. In the meantime, coach Larry Drew says Wolters continues to get a "baptism" as he suddenly adjusts to the NBA. Tonight, Wolters will match up with Cavaliers' All-Star Kyrie Irving, the league's Number-One overall draft pick in 2011. Meanwhile, Bucks' center Larry Sanders is expected to play tonight, after he and his wife Brittany became the parents of a baby daughter on Monday.


Former Milwaukee guard Michael Redd will announce his retirement today, and the Bucks will honor him at tonight's home game against Cleveland. Redd is scheduled to speak to the crowd between the first-and-second quarters. He played 11 years in Milwaukee, and was the Bucks' last N-B-A All-Star in 2004. He also won a gold medal with Team U-S-A at the 2008 Olympics in China. Redd is the Bucks' career leader in a number of offensive categories, as averaged 20 points, four rebounds, and almost two-and-a-half assists in 578 games as Milwaukee's shooting guard. He holds the Bucks' single-game scoring mark of 57 points against Utah in 2006. Redd's career was cut short after he tore the same A-C-L knee ligament in back-to-back seasons. He returned briefly with the Bucks, before playing is final season in Phoenix. Redd played in 51 games for the Suns, until he quit playing for good in mid-2012.


Rose Lavelle of Wisconsin has been named the Big Ten women's soccer Freshman-of-the-Year. Lavelle, a Cincinnati native, led all conference freshmen with seven assists. She was also named to the all-conference first team. and the Big Ten all-freshman squad. Kylie Schwarz of the Badgers was also named to the all-rookie team. Wisconsin sophomore Kinley McNicoll was an all-league second-team pick. The sixth-seeded Badgers will open play this morning in the Big Ten Tournament, with a match against third-seeded Penn State in Champaign Illinois.


Top-seeded U-W Milwaukee will host Detroit on Friday night in the semi-finals of the Horizon League women's soccer tournament. Detroit advanced with a 1-nothing double-overtime win over Valparaiso in yesterday's first round. Heather Brown scored the winning goal in the 108th minute. As the regular season champion, Milwaukee received a first-round bye, plus hosting rights for the final two rounds. Second-seeded Wright State will face Number-three Oakland in the other semi-final. Oakland advanced yesterday with a 6-2 win over Youngstown State.


Madison Edgewood has pulled off a second straight upset, to advance to the finals of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference men's soccer tourney. Edgewood, with the sixth-and-final seed, eliminated Number-One Benedictine 2-to-nothing. Stephen Gilbert and Kelmand Isaj scored for Edgewood, which will play for the N-A-C-C title on Saturday at Dominican. Second-seeded Dominican made the finals with a 5-nothing victory yesterday over Concordia-Wisconsin.


There were no surprises in yesterday's opening round of the W-I-A-C women's soccer tournament. Third-seeded U-W Stout blanked Number-six La Crosse 1-nothing, on a goal by Alix Hyduke in the 60th minute. Fourth-seeded Eau Claire defeated third-seeded Platteville 3-to-1. Caroline Henderson scored twice for the Blugolds. Eau Claire now moves to the semi-finals, and a match at top-seeded Whitewater tomorrow night. Stout travels to Number-two Oshkosh tomorrow. Whitewater and Oshkosh were both given first-round byes.


There were no upsets yesterday as the W-I-A-C women's volleyball tournament got underway. Third-seeded U-W Whitewater advanced with a five-set home win over sixth-seeded Platteville. Kelsey Nobilio had 32 digs for the Warhawks. In the other first-round match, fourth-seeded La Crosse eliminated Number-five Oshkosh in the maximum five sets. Crystal Ziegler had 19 kills for La Crosse, which will play at top-seeded Stevens Point on Friday night in the semi-finals. Whitewater is at second-seeded Eau Claire in the other semi. Stevens Point and Eau Claire earned first-round byes.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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