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August 27, 2015

Bo Ryan continues to waver on retirement

Bo Ryan (Photo by David Stluka)

Bo Ryan (Photo by David Stluka)

Bo Ryan had announced in late June that the 2015-’16 season would be his last as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers.  Since then, he has twice reminded reporters that he has a five-year contract and could change his mind.

Ryan was in the Appleton area for the U.S. Venture Open and he brought up the topic without being asked a direct question about it.

Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez told Ryan that if he changed his mind, the door would be open and it would appear the thought is at least going through Ryan’s mind.

Ryan compiled a record of 357-125 in 14 seasons with the Badgers and is [Read more…]

Badgers open training camp with offensive line uncertainty

Paul Chryst

Paul Chryst

The Wisconsin Badgers and first-year head coach Paul Chryst will open the season less than a month from now against 3rd-ranked Alabama, but the Badgers still aren’t sure who their five starters will be on the offensive line.

The only locks are returning starters Tyler Marz at left tackle and Dan Voltz at center, barring injury of course.

New offensive line coach Joe Rudolph must decide who the other three lineman will be.

The Badgers lost starters Rob Havenstein (42 starts), left guard Kyle Costigan and guard Dallas Lewallen, all fifth year seniors.

“Right now, today, I couldn’t tell you who the starting five are,” Chryst said.  “I think that (in) spring ball, we were able to identify the pool of who the offensive linemen could be.

“But we didn’t solidify who the starting five were, and that’s going to be one of the things that we’ve got to solidify in fall camp.” [Read more…]

Wisconsin’s Pritzl out with broken foot

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin freshman guard Brevin Pritzl is expected to be out for at least a couple of months after he underwent surgery on his broken left foot on Friday.

Pritzl is a 6’3 guard that averaged 20.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game as a senior last season at De Pere High School.

Pritzl is expected to be ready to return to practice sometime in October.

Badgers to participate in 2K Classic

MotionW_2ColorThe 2K Classic announced that the Wisconsin Badger men’s basketball team will face Georgetown in a semifinal game of the tournament’s Championship Rounds, Nov. 20 and 22, at Madison Square Garden in New York.

With Duke facing VCU in the other semifinal game of the Championship Rounds, the stage has been set for a possible rematch of the 2015 national championship game.

The Badgers and Hoyas will play out a rematch of their own after the two played at the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.  Sam Dekker scored 17 points and UW put together a 22-6 run to rally in the second half for a 68-65 win over the Hoyas.

Three Badgers invited to USA Hockey Women’s National Festival

MotionW_2ColorWisconsin senior Courtney Burke, junior Jenny Ryan and sophomore Annie Pankowski are among the 83 players invited to the 2015 USA Hockey Women’s National Festival, which takes place Aug. 11-16 in Lake Placid, New York.

In addition, former Wisconsin stars Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Alex Rigsby, Karley Sylvester and Jessie Vetter will participate in the six-day camp.

The festival is an annual training session that will also be used to select a U-18 team and U-22 team that will compete in a pair of series against Canada, Aug. 19-23, at Lake Placid Olympic Center.

Burke will serve as the Badgers captain this season and has been named the program’s Defensive Player of the Year in each of her three years at Wisconsin.

Ryan is the 2015 Elite 89 winner for women’s hockey.  She appeared in all 40 games for Wisconsin last year, scoring three goals and adding 19 assists.

Pankowski was named the USCHO Rookie of the Year, leading UW with 21 goals and 43 points during her freshman campaign at Wisconsin.  She represented her country at the 2013 and 2014 Four Nations Cup and helped Team USA win gold at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship last April.