Sports – Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Diener Led Stritch Wins NAIA Title
Cardinal Stritch University won their first ever NAIA Division 2 national men’s basketball championship on Tuesday night with a 73-59 win over #1 ranked William Penn at Point Lookout, Missouri. Laconia graduate Derek Semenas had 11 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Fondy grad Tony Smit chipped in 6 points and 5 rebounds while defending Penn’s top player. Fondy grad Nick Ford had 6 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists on his way to getting the Hustle Award for the Tournament. Head Coach Drew Diener was named the NAIA D2 Coach of the Year. Stritch wraps up the season at 35-3.
Valpo in the Horizon League, South Dakota State in the Summit League, and LIU-Brooklyn in the Northeast all won their league titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night.
Mavs Beat Bucks
Vince Carter scored 23 points as the Dallas Mavericks stopped the Bucks 115-108 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Monta Ellis led Milwaukee with 32 points. Mike Dunleavy added 18 and JJ Reddick 17 in the loss. The Bucks are at Washington tonight. Coverage begins at 5:40pm on News-Talk 1450 KFIZ.
NFL Free Agency
With free agency starting the Packers lost linebacker Erik Walden on Tuesday as he inks a 4-year, $16 million dollar contract with the Colts. The market seems very soft for receiver Greg Jennings. Miami chose to sign Steelers free agent Mike Wallace over Jennings, leaving the Vikings as the only other serious player for him besides returning to the Packers at this time. The Packers also put a 2nd round tender into to DB Sam Shields. The Packers didn’t offer free agent tenders to linebackers Robert Francois, Frank Zombo and tight end Tom Crabtree. That mean’s those guys can sign elsewhere with no compensation to the Packers.
Mark Rogers gave up 6 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in 1 and a third inning of work as the Brewers fell to Texas 12-3 on Tuesday in Cactus League play. The Brewers play the Diamondbacks today.
The United States beat Puerto Rico 7-1 in the 2nd round of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday. David Wright drove in 5 runs and Ryan Braun collected a pair of hits and scored two runs in the win. Brewer catcher Martin Maldonodo went 0x2 with a pair for strikeouts for Puerto Rico. Team USA plays the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Associated Press First Team All-State
LaCrosse Aquinas’s Bronson Koenig has been named the Associate Press boys basketball Player of the Year. He’s joined on the AP All-State First Tema by Germantown’s Luke Fischer, Kevin Looney of Milwaukee Hamilton, Matt Thomas, of Onalaska, and Duane Wilson of Dominican. Laconia’s Tyler Semenas and Oshkosh North’s Cooper Radtke were named Honorable Mention All-State. Rick Schneider of Aquinas was named the Coach of the Year.
Weslyan, CT 15 Marian 10
Ripon College 6 Northwestern, MN 1
Betherl 6 Ripon College 2