September 16, 2014

Report says Wisconsin worst state in nation to be a black child

Photo: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

Photo: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families

A new report says Wisconsin is the worst place in the entire United States to be a black child.

The study, released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families, found the Badger State ranks overall last in the nation, based on 12 measures for the well-being of African American children. Those include poverty, parental support, and performance in school.

The Council said four out of every five Wisconsin black children live in low-income families, 70 percent live in single parent homes, and just 10 percent of black eighth graders are proficient in math.

Council executive director Ken Taylor says one of the biggest problems is a general indifference toward the plight of African American youth, which he calls “one of the core challenges we need to face.” Taylor says the lag among black children hurts the state’s economy and quality of life. It also makes Wisconsin “less competitive and less desirable.”

The Council’s report was an extension of the annual Kids Count survey by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which was released earlier this spring. It showed that Wisconsin was the 13th-best overall for children’s well-being.

Brewers win in New York; head back for home

Jonathan Lucroy, having the best year of his career, was 0-for-5 with a strikeout on a lousy weather day in New York.

But, in a dramatic turn of events, Lucroy stepped up in the top of he thirteenth inning at Citi Field, Lucroy crushed a hanging Carlos Torres curveball; the ball landed almost 10 rows back for the eventual game-winning margin.

Brewers righthander Kyle Lohse and Mets southpaw Jon Niese were both brilliant; Lohse went 8 innings of 4-hit ball, Niese went 6 2/3 innings, scattering just 6 hits and only one earned run.

The Brewers are back home Friday night, opening up a three-game circus against Cincinnati.

The Ice is Heating Up

Today the puck will drop for the Wisconsin Men’s hockey team (22-10-2, 13-6-1 Big Ten). Earning a first round bye with their 2nd-seed, Wisconsin will face Penn State in the second round. The 6th seeded Nittany Lions won their opening match against 3rd-seeded Michigan 2-1 in double overtime.

Wisconsin is undefeated (4-0-0) against Penn State this season.

The NCAA Division 3 Frozen Four Ice Hockey Championships are on tap this weekend.  Semi-final action this afternoon has top ranked St. Norbert College facing Geneseo State at 3pm. St. Norbert has been to the Frozen Four 8 times and won 3 National titles.

UW-Stevens Point faces Oswego State in the other semi-final.

 

Bucks fall short

Former Marquette and Madison Memorial star Wesley Matthews had a game-high 26 points, as the Portland Trailblazers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night in overtime, 120-115.

Despite the two team’s opposite trajectories this season, Portland had its hands full with Milwaukee. The lead changed hands 23 times and neither club ever had a double-digit lead.

Portland (44-24), currently the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoff standings, led 52-47 at halftime. But after an 0-7 start from the floor in the first two quarters, Milwaukee forward Khris Middleton got hot in the third quarter, hitting three of his four shots en route to an 18-point game.

Milwaukee (13-55) was led by Brandon Knight’s 24 points and eight rebounds. Guard Ramon Sessions chipped in 23 points off the bench.

The Bucks will play at Golden State Thursday night.

Green Bay upset in NIT

Missing Horizon League Player of the Year Keifer Sykes with a left ankle injury, it was one-and -done for the Green Bay Phoenix in the NIT at the Resch Center on Tuesday night.

For the Bruins, Craig Bradshaw scored a career-high 25 points and Drew Winkler added 15 as Belmont won going away 80-65.

Without Sykes handling the ball, the Phoenix coughed up a season-high 21 turnovers.

Greg Mays scored 15 points to lead Green Bay.

Belmont will host Robert Morris University in the second round of the NIT.