Sports : Wednesday, 11/9/16

A number of Fond du Lac High School athletes have earned All-Conference honors from the Fox Valley Association and the Valley Football Association – South Division. In football the Cardinals placed three players the first team offense and three on the first team defense in the VFA-South. Cardinals defensive lineman Donte Johnson was named the South Division’s Defensive Lineman of the Year and the South’s Defensive Player of the Year. Linebacker Devon Krzanowski was named the South Division’s Linebacker of the Year. To see the full football all-conference list and other athletes who earned recognition, including Cross Country, Swimming, Tennis, Boys Soccer and others, visit the Sports section of

The Badgers football team climbs a spot to number 7 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings that were announced Tuesday night. Alabama, Clemson, Michigan and Washington are the top four, with Ohio State and Louisville just behind at number five and number six. Below the Badgers are Texas A&M, Auburn and Penn State.  

The Big Ten Conference has announced the schedule of Friday night primetime football games for the 2017 season, and the Wisconsin Badgers will be playing in one of those games. The Badgers will host Utah State on Friday, September 1st of next year. Other Friday primetime games include Washington at Rutgers on September 1st, Ohio at Purdue on September 8th, Nebraska at Illinois on September 29th, Northwestern at Maryland on October 29th and Michigan State at Northwestern on October 27th.

The Wisconsin Football Coaches Association released a statement on Tuesday on the Big Ten’s plan for Friday night games and the Badgers playing a game on a Friday, which would be week three of next year’s High School Football Season. WFCA Executive Director Dan Brunner says “The WFCA has always supported reserving Friday night for HS Football”. He adds that the Big Ten televising six games next year is “disturbing” and the thought that the Badgers being involved in one of those games is “especially upsetting”. Brunner adds that “Many of our coaches and their players look forward to attending or viewing Badger games on Saturdays. A lot of them have former players playing for the Badgers. It would also have a negative effect on attendance at high school games, especially in Madison, when the Badgers are playing”.