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NEWTON, Iowa - Tim Schendel of Sparta is entered for today's running of the DuPont Pioneer-250. Meanwhile, NASCAR's top series is in Pocono, Pennsylvania for Sunday's Sprint Cup Party-in-the-Poconos-400. Matt Kenseth of Cambridge is entered along with Travis Kvapil of Janesville, Paul Menard of Eau Claire, and Danica Patrick - who was born in Beloit and raised in nearby Roscoe Illinois.
The St. Croix Valley League has named its first two Players of the Week for the 2013 season. Joel Schaffer, River Falls Fighting Fish. Schaffer went 4-for-5, with two runs, 5 RBIs, and a home run in 10-0 win v. Hager City Skeeters on Sunday, June 2. Brandon Anderson, St. Croix Falls Bandits Anderson pitched a complete game three-hitter with three strikeouts and no earned runs given up vs. Menomonie back on Friday,May 31.
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.
MEMPHIS - Wisconsin natives Mark Wilson and Jerry Kelly made the cut at the FedEx St. Jude Golf Classic. Both Kelly and Wilson shot a 71 in the second round. Kelly is even (tied 50th) in the tournament, while Mark Wilson barely made the cut at one-over par (tied 61). Harris English leads the tournament at 10-under par.
MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that no agreement has been reached between the Milwaukee Bucks and guard Monta Ellis. A reported two-year extension was offered to the 27-year-old. Ellis played in 82 games during the season and was the leading scorer, averaging 19-point-two points per game. He has until June 20 to either opt in or become and unrestricted free agent.
MILWAUKEE - Aramis Ramirez scored an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Milwaukee to a 5-4 win over the Philadelphia Phillies last night. The win also snaps a five-game winning streak by the Phillies. The Brewers rallied from a 4-0 deficit against Cliff Lee, who allowed four runs on eight hits in seven innings. The rally began in the fourth inning, behind a Yuniesky Betancout RBI double and an Alfredo Figaro RBI groundout. Brewers tied the game on a Jean Segura RBI triple, then scored on a throwing error from Phillies Freddy Galvis.
Ellsworth's opponent in the upcoming WIAA State High School Baseball Tournament was finally determined yesterday. The No. 6 ranked Panthers will take on Green Bay Notre Dame at 6 p.m. in the Division 2 state semifinals. No. 2 Lodi and No. 7 Waupun will play in the other semifinal contest, which will start approximately at 8 p.m. at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton. Notre Dame topped defending sectional champion Fox Valley Lutheran in the sectional finals last night by a 5-4 score.
Colleen Raye and her talented family will return to the Pierce County Fair this year. The Colleen Raye Family Show will feature Colleen Raye, Reed Grimm, Jennifer Grimm, Trey Grimm and Sophie Grimm. They will perform on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 11, and will include a large variety of music for all ages. Raye, an Ellsworth native, currently has six different theatrical productions that can be seen in Performing Art Centers, Casinos and Arts Association in the Midwest Region.
The Dunn County Sheriff's Department reported Thursday of another incident in which witnesses provided false information. A male adult reported Saturday, June 1, his 16-year-old step daughter had returned home with her hands bound. She also said she went for a walk the previous afternoon in the town of Tainter and was abducted. She claimed an unknown male had grabbed her from behind and placed a rag over her face/mouth that "smelled like alcohol".
WOODBURY -- Bus passengers were back on their way to Chicago around 2 p.m. Thursday, about a half-hour after a bomb scare led to a temporary evacuation of the vehicle. Minnesota State Patrol Lt. Eric Roeske said the bus was stopped by its driver on Interstate 94 in Woodbury after learning of a passenger's comments about a bomb. The passenger, described only as a man, made reference to a bomb to passengers and the driver, Roeske said, adding that no specific threat was made. "No one said, 'I'm going to blow up a bus,' " Roeske said. The incident occurred just before 1 p.m.