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WISCONSIN SPORTS ROUND-UP: MU hires Nelson as new assistant men's hoops coach

MILWAUKEE - Former Florida men's basketball standout Brett Nelson will become an assistant coach at Marquette University.  

New MU coach Steve Wojciechowski announced Nelson's hiring today.  He's been an assistant at Ball State, Drake, Arkansas, and Marshall over the past seven years.  He has also been a director of basketball operations at Virginia Commonwealth University and Colorado State.  At Drake, Nelson worked for another new Marquette assistant, Mark Phelps.  Nelson played on four NCAA Tournament teams at Florida, where he started for three years and was an All-American in the 2001 season.  He also played pro ball in Sweden before becoming a college assistant.

UW-Oshkosh will step up its football schedule this fall with a game against a school in the NCAA's top division.  The Division III Titans will play South Dakota State of the Football Championship Subdivision on September 20th in Brookings, South Dakota. The Jackrabbit program turned to Oshkosh, after being unable to fill the date with a non-conference game against another FCS or Division II school.  The last time South Dakota State played a Division III team was in 2006, when the Jackrabbits lost to UW-La Crosse.______________________

Spencer Reisbick of Ripon College has been named the men's outdoor field athlete of the week in the Midwest Conference.  Reisbick, a senior, set a new record in the triple jump last weekend with a leap of 44-feet, three-quarter inch.  


UW-Green Bay will play at Notre Dame on May ninth in the opening round of the NCAA Division I women's tennis tournament.  The Phoenix are 18-7 overall, after winning the Horizon League regular season and tournament titles.  Notre Dame is ranked 13th with a mark of 19-9.  The Fighting Irish lost to top seeded Virginia in the semi-finals of the ACC tourney.  Green Bay is in the NCAA's for the second time in three years.


Jordan Greenland of UW-La Crosse and Curtis Morgan of Whitewater are the WIAC baseball players of the week.  Greenland, a senior outfielder, hit .500 in nine games last week with four homers, three doubles, and 21 RBI's.  Morgan, a sophomore right-hander, won the league's pitching honors after he had a stingy ERA of 0.72 in two starts this week, totaling 15-and-two-thirds innings.  In softball, Tess Fadness of Oshkosh is the position player of the week, and Tori Workman of Stout is the top pitcher.  Fadness, a senior first baseman, went 14-for-23 at the plate with a .913 slugging percentage.  Workman, sophomore right-hander, won five games including four starts.  She only gave up two runs all week, while striking out 23.  The WIAC also recognized Matt Scott of Eau Claire in outdoor track, and Zachary Baehman of Oshkosh and Amber Williams of Platteville in field events.  The women's weekly track honors went to the La Crosse 16-hundred-meter relay team of Jenna Halvorson, Claire Gordee, Shannon Klein, and Claire Elliott.


The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are scheduled to host a pair of double-headers against Burlington tonight and tomorrow.  Persistent rain has hit the Fox Valley, and it's expected to continue for most of the week.  For now, though, the Rattlers will start at twin bill at 5:05 this evening, and another at 12:05 tomorrow.  That would make up for the two games that were washed out the previous two nights.  Meanwhile, the Beloit Snappers don't have that problem -- but they are looking to win a game, after they lost a home double-header to Peoria last night 11-6 and 6-3.   The Snappers and Peoria have a single contest on the docket for this evening.