the W-I-A-A state high school football finals...
Division 4 Championship
Somerset 28, Little Chute 16
Division 5 Championship
Lancaster 41, Amherst 21
Division 6 Championship
Fond du Lac Springs 37, Darlington 28
Division 7 Championship
Owen-Withee 17, Pepin-Alma 12
In women's college basketball...
Vanderbilt 67, Wisconsin 58
U-W Parkside 69, Ohio Dominion 59
U-W Stout 77, Saint Catherine 70
Madison Edgewood 59, Alverno 44
Clarke 89, Mount Mary 26
In men's college basketball...
Wisconsin Lutheran 69, Maranatha Baptist 55
Here are the details:
Four state champions were crowned in the opening day of the state high school football finals in Madison. Somerset took the Division-Four title last night with a 28-to-16 victory over Little Chute. Reed Baillargeon threw a touchdown pass and ran for 109 yards, as Somerset completed a 14-and-0 season to win its second title in three years. Lancaster won the Division-Five crown, 41-to-21 over Amherst. Andy Ryan set a new division record for tackles in a state final with 22, as Lancaster earned its seventh overall state title -- tying Stratford for the most of any W-I-A-A school. In Division-Six, Fond du Lac Springs jumped out to an early 21-nothing lead and hung on to beat Darlington 37-28. Blake Bauer threw for two touchdowns, as Springs ended a perfect 14-and-0 campaign to win its third title in four years. In Division-Seven, Owen-Withee took home the gold trophy with a 17-to-12 victory over Pepin-Alma. Austin Milliren ran for 102 yards and a touchdown, as the Blackhawks won their first state crown since 1999. The finals wrap up today with three more championship contests at Camp Randall Stadium. Unbeaten Wisconsin Lutheran plays Rice Lake at 10 this morning for the Division-Three title. This afternoon, Waukesha West faces undefeated Menasha for the D-Two crown. And in the late day finale, two champions from a year ago compete for the Division-One trophy -- Hartland Arrowhead and returning D-Two titlist Kimberly.
Clay Matthews says he feels fine, and he expects to play on Sunday for the Green Bay Packers at Minnesota. The All-Pro linebacker was a limited participant at practice the past two days with a groin injury he aggravated last Sunday against Philadelphia. It first occurred about two months ago in a game against Detroit. Matthews said he felt better yesterday than on Wednesday, and he does not believe he'll have any limitations on the field against the Vikings. Outside linebacker Nick Perry could miss Sunday's contest with a shoulder injury. He missed practice yesterday for the second straight time. There's no practice today, so Perry could get one more chance to make the game's active roster during a final workout tomorrow. Meanwhile, the Green Bay defense could see a new running back on the other side. Ben Tate signed with the Vikings, after he was cut by Cleveland. Minnesota needed a running back after Matt Asiata went out with a concussion.
The Wisconsin football team appears to be healthy going into its battle at Iowa tomorrow. Coach Gary Andersen says running back Corey Clement should be able to go full-tilt, after he injured an A-C joint in his right shoulder last week in the Badgers' win over Nebraska. Senior defensive lineman Konrad Zagzebski is expected to play more, after being limited to ten snaps against the Cornhuskers. He's coming off an ankle injury. And freshman corner Derrick Tindal will play, after attending a funeral in Florida on Monday for his mother who died from cancer. Wisconsin holds sole possession of first in the Big Ten's West Division at 5-and-1, with an 8-and-2 overall mark. Iowa is tied for second in the division at 4-and-2. The Hawkeyes are 7-and-3 overall.
The Wisconsin women's basketball team committed eleven turnovers in the second half last night in losing to Vanderbilt, 67-to-58 in Madison. The Badgers scored 17 straight points early, and led by seven at the half. The Commodores went in front with just over eleven minutes left. Wisconsin went down by eleven just three minutes later, and never caught up. The Badgers shot only 29-percent in the second half, after making more than half its field goal attempts in the opening 20 minutes. Michala Johnson led Wisconsin with 17 points. Rebekah Dahlman had 18 for Vandy, which improved to 3-and-0. The Badgers are now 1-and-1, and will play at Drake on Sunday. The Marquette women play at Wake Forest tonight. The U-W Milwaukee men are at Oklahoma State. And the U-W Parkside men play at Saint Cloud.
Last year, the Milwaukee Bucks did not get their seventh victory until New Year's Eve. This year, they've got seven wins already -- and they'll go for Number-eight tonight at Toronto. The Bucks are 7-and-5 after Wednesday's triple-overtime victory at Brooklyn. Co-owner Marc Lasry says he's impressed at how well the Bucks keep their poise, while winning five of their last seven. Tonight, Milwaukee faces a Toronto team that's off to a hot 9-and-2 start. The Raptors have won five-of-six on their current home-stand, after beating Memphis by four on Wednesday night. Forward Terrence Ross scored all but two of his 16 points in the final period. Toronto has the second-fewest turnovers in the N-B-A with eleven a game. They've had just eight miscues in each of their last two outings.
The Milwaukee Brewers added four minor-leaguers to their 40-man roster yesterday, so they don't get snapped up by another team in next month's Rule-Five Draft. Three pitchers were protected -- right-handers Taylor Jungmann (yung-mann) and David Goforth, and left-hander Michael Strong. Shortstop Yadiel Rivera was also saved. Jungmann was a first-round draft pick in 2011. He went 12-and-10 at Triple-"A" Nashville with a three-point-five seven E-R-A. Goforth was the closer at Double-"A" Huntsville this year, with 27 saves in 33 chances. Strong had a one-point-nine-eight E-R-A in the Arizona Fall League, with 14 strikeouts in 13-and-two-thirds innings of relief. Rivera played at the Single-"A" and Double-"A" levels this year, after the Brewers drafted him in the ninth round in 2010. He batted .258 in 124 total games.
In golf, Beaver Dam native Dan Woltman has earned a spot on next year's European Tour. He tied for 25th in the final six-round stage of a qualifying tournament that ended yesterday in Spain. Woltman, a two-time State Open champion, shot a seven-under-par 421. He was the only American player to qualify. The top 27 players earned cards for the 2015 European Tour.
Fox Point native Skip Kendall is tied for 26th going into today's fourth-and-final round of the P-G-A Champions Tour's qualifying tournament. Kendall shot a two-under-par 70 yesterday at Winter Garden Florida. He's at three-over-219 for 54 holes. After today's final round, the Top-Five players will get full exempt status on next year's senior tour -- and spots six-through-12 will be conditionally-exempt. The Top-30 plus ties will be eligible to compete for open spots at co-sponsored tournaments throughout the year in 2015. Kendall is currently in line for one of those spots.