October 30, 2014

Boys State soccer tournament opens today

The 33rd annual WIAA state boys soccer tournament opens today at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee.  Following is the line-up for the 3-day event.

Thursday

Division 4 semifinals

Noon:  Barron (17-4-1) vs. Milwaukee St. Thomas More (14-3-4)

2pm:    Sturgeon Bay (23-3-1) vs. Racine Prairie (18-4-3)

Division 3 semifinals

5pm:    Rice Lake (16-8-2) vs. Delavan-Darien (20-2-1)

7pm:    Luxemburg-Casco (19-4-2) vs. Mount Horeb (13-5-4)

Friday

Division 2 semifinals

Noon:  Pulaski (14-3-5) vs. Brookfield East (18-2-4)

2pm:    Cedarburg (13-5-4) vs. Oregon (17-1-2) [Read more...]

Bucks blow big lead, fall to Hornets in NBA opener

The Milwaukee Bucks are not only looking to improve on a 15-win season from a year ago, but they want to be competitive in every game they play.

The Bucks built a 24-point lead in the 3rd quarter last night, then ended up giving it back, falling to the Charlotte Hornets 108-106 in the regular season opener at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte.

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker scored the game-tying three-pointer with 1.6 seconds left to play in regulation to force overtime.  The Bucks had a chance to win in overtime but Khris Middleton’s wide open three-point shot bounced off the back of the rim.

Brandon Knight had 22 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds as the bucks took a 74-50 lead with 6:43 left in the third quarter.  O.J. Mayo and Khris Middleton added 17 points each and Larry Sanders and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 10 points each for the Bucks.

Rookie first round draft pick Jabari Parker had eight points in 37 minutes in his NBA debut.

Kemba Walker had 26 points, Marvin Williams added 19 and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist 17 to lead the way for the Hornets.  The Bucks held Hornets big man Al Jefferson to 14 points.

The Bucks were out-rebounded 50-35 and the Hornets pulled down 15 offensive rebounds.

The Bucks return to action on Friday night when the face the Philadelphia 76ers in their home opener at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Badger women’s volleyball team extends win streak

Ellen Chapman

Ellen Chapman

The 4th-ranked Wisconsin women’s volleyball team went on the road and extended their Big ten winning streak to 10-straight matches, sweeping 13th-ranked Purdue in 3-sets in West Lafayette, Indiana on Wednesday night.

The 28-26, 25-16, 25-19 victory marks the first time Wisconsin (19-2, 10-1 Big Ten) has defeated Purdue (18-5, 8-3) in West Lafayette since 2007.  The sweep also extends the Badgers’ set win streak to 22, as the team has now claimed its last seven matches by 3-0 scores.

The Badgers have won their last seven matches by 3-0 scores, and extend their set win streak to 22.  The school record is 27 straight conference sets in 2001.

Senior Ellen Chapman led the team with 16 kills,.

Wisconsin hits the road again Saturday as the Badgers take on Big Ten opponent Indiana at University Gym in Bloomington, Indiana.

 

Bucks open NBA regular season tonight

Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd

Ready or not, here they come.  The Milwaukee Bucks, after winning just 15-games a year ago, look to put that nightmare in the rearview mirror as they tip-off the 2014-15 season in Charlotte against the Hornets tonight.

Second-overall pick Jabari Parker gets his NBA career underway and is expected to start for the Bucks at power forward.  His goal isn’t to win the Rookie of the Year award, even though he’s considered a preseason favorite for that honor.  Parker instead has a loftier goal, to make the playoffs.

Jason Kidd takes over on the bench for the Bucks, making his debut against the Bobcats.  And he’ll have Bucks big man Larry Sanders to start the season.

Sanders has had problems on and off the court the past two season, including injury issues.  But he’s ready to go tonight and said the Bucks are ready as well.

AUDIO: Larry Sanders says the Bucks are ready :16

Jason Kidd is looking first and foremost for his team to compete to be in games with a chance to win them.

AUDIO: Jason Kidd says the Bucks want to compete :15

When the New Orleans Hornets went with a new nickname (Pelicans), Charlotte reclaimed the Hornets, after a 12-year absence.

 

Badger rookie, Wellhausen honored by WCHA

For the third time this season, a Wisconsin women’s hockey freshman has earned WCHA Rookie of the Week honors.

Baylee Wellhausen scored the game winning goal in the Badgers 2-1 victory over Bemidji State on Friday night.  Wellhausen also added an assist in the Badgers 4-3 win over Bemidji State on Saturday.

Wellhausen joins fellow freshmen Annie Pankowski and Emily Clark as UW recipients of the award this year.

Wellhausen and the 2nd-ranked Badgers hit the road this weekend to face No. 10 North Dakota on the road this weekend.