Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Marquette

Happy New Year's Eve! I'm kicking off my celebration of the past year at the Al McGuire Center on the Marquette campus, where I will be providing a Live Blog of the Panthers' showdown with the cross-town rival Golden Eagles.

The Live Blog link is here

The tip off is scheduled for 3 p.m. So, you have plenty of time to make it down here for the game. Fifty-six minutes to tip and plenty of seats are still available.

If you don't want to leave your house, but down want to miss a minute of action, you can flip your television over to channel 32 on Time Warner Cable or turn your radio dial to 920 AM and catch all the action with Scott Warras. And, as always, an added bonus, you will be treated to some classic country music after the game (Consider it my New Year's gift to you... or at least Clear Channel's gift).

But, should you like to do all things internet...

Follow Gametracker here

Scott's voice is carried all over the world and back via think link here

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at UIC

The Panthers return from an extended holiday break with a contest at UIC tonight and I'll have a live blog from courtside at the UIC Pavilion.

You can follow the live blog here.

We actually haven't left Milwaukee yet but will be hitting road a little after 1:30. The Panthers have been back at practice since the afternoon of Dec. 26 and are eager to get another game under their belt. While there is a break again until Saturday, that game will kick off an abundantly busy stretch of contests for the Panthers, who will have gone from the current total of 11 games played to a total of 18 games by the time we hit 9 pm or so on Jan. 17 - that's less than three weeks from now.

As always, here are a few links to check out in advance of tonight's game ...

UWM notes here.
UIC notes here.
Journal Sentinel coverage here.
Gametracker here.
Live audio with Bill Johnson here.
Live video here.

I should note that for those of you who are planning to watch the game online or via ESPN Full Court anywhere around the country, the broadcast there will be the UIC TV broadcast courtesy of Lakeshore Public Television. The UWM broadcast with Daron Sutton and Jason Clark will be seen only on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 in Wisconsin.

Plenty more to come once we are in Chicago.

Monday, December 22, 2008

Live Blog: WBB vs. Evansville

One more game, then the holidays. I will be live courtside for Milwaukee's showdown with Evansville tonight at the Klotsche Center. Plenty of seats still available if you have nothing else going on. Otherwise, sit back and wonder at the amazement of modern technology.

Tip-off is 7 p.m.

The blog is available here.

For some fancy internet radio, catch Scott Warras here. For "snail radio" (doesn't have the same ring as "snail mail"), turn your dials to AM 920 The Wolf. Keep it there if you likes you some country music.

Gametracker is here.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Bradley

I will again be courtside at the U.S. Cellular Arena as the Panther men take on Bradley tonight at 7 p.m.

The game is a return contest from last year's BracketBusters matchup in Peoria.

You can view the live blog here.

UWM game notes are here.
Bradley game notes are here.
Additional Bradley coverage from the Peoria Journal Star is here.
Gametracker is here.
Bill Johnson's audio call is here.
Horizon League Network video is here.
The latest North Pole, er, Milwaukee weather is here.
But paradise is just a click away.

I'll have a few additional pregame notes as part of the live blog as we get closer to tipoff, which is set for 7:05 pm.

Live Blog: WBB vs. Central Michigan

I'm courtside once again with a live blog coming to you live from courtside at the Klotsche Center. The Panther women are hosting Central Michigan in the second half of a home-and-home with the Chippewas.

Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Here is the live blog.

If you would like to listen to Scott Warras with the call, and I know you do, click here or tune your radio to The Wolf, 920 AM.

To supplement your blog experience, the Gametracker for today's game is here.

Volleyball: Schedule notes and other items

As the 2008 collegiate volleyball season comes to a close tonight with the national championship match in Omaha, it's a good time to hit on a few UWM volleyball items.

I did post a recap/notes package on the main site here.

As those that follow volleyball are aware, Penn State had amazing streak of more than 100-consecutive sets won snapped in the national semifinals Saturday, but the Nittany Lions still advanced to the title match, where PSU will face Stanford. The streak by the Nittany Lions sent me looking at just how many sets in a row the Panthers have ever won - after all UWM has been awfully dominant in the Horizon League and overall. At a quick glance, I could never find anything over 15.

The final 2008 national stats won't become official until after tonight's championship match, but UWM is set to finish 25th nationally in digs per set and 87th nationally in blocks per set. Individually, Lauren Felsing is 21st in digs per set.

Speaking of Lauren, she will be at the top of the "record-watch" list when we start next season. She already has 1,357 digs, meaning she'll need 519 to pass Becky Peters and move to the top of the list in both UWM and Horizon League history. If she could repeat her 2008 season total of 645, she would pass 2,000 career digs.

Also, Natalie Schmitting already has 250 blocks in just two seasons, placing her ninth of UWM's all-time list entering her junior season.

The 2009 schedule continues to come together. Marquette and South Dakota (coached by former UWM assistant coach Matt Houk) are both in for the Panther Invitational. The third team is expected to be Western Michigan, which reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament this year. Also, UWM will play in tournaments at Iowa State and Mississippi during non-league play. At Iowa State, the Panthers will not only face the Cyclones, who got to the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament, but will also face Arizona State out of the Pac 10. No word yet on who the other team will be. Also, there is no early word on the field in Oxford, Miss. Expect the full schedule to not be set until April or May.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at Miami (Ohio)

I will have a live blog tonight from Millett Hall in Oxford, Ohio, as the Panthers head back outside league play for a battle with the Miami RedHawks. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CST.

You can follow the live blog here

A few links for you ...
UWM game notes are here
Miami game notes are here
Live stats are here
Live audio with Bill Johnson is here
Video from ESPN360 is here

You can also watch the game on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 and on ESPN Full Court.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Live Blog: WBB vs. Illinois

Once again, I will be courtside doing a live blog of Milwaukee women's basketball. Tonight's game is against Illinois and tips off at approximately 7:07 p.m. (No, really, it's on TV, so we are tipping off at 7:07, not 7:06, not 7:08... 7:07).

The blog can be found here.

Tonight's game is a TV game and can be found on TV on Time Warner "Sports 32". If you don't want to deviate your attention from this insightful and riveting blog, you're in luck. The game will also be webcast on the Horizon League Network. It can be found here.

As usual, for you radio people out there, Scott Warras will have the call here. He will be joined by Jesse Niederbaumer.

Lastly, here is the link for Gametracker.

And, tonight's link of the game is this. I put my support behind Tebow, but they annually refuse to let me a vote.

MBB Updates

A few updates for you as we have landed safely in Oxford, Ohio ...

This game is a homecoming of sorts for Bud Haidet, who went to school here at Miami and worked here for quite some time before coming to Milwaukee. He gave us a bit of a tour as we pulled on to campus ... took the microphone and everything. We are also staying on campus at the Miami Inn - the baseball stadium is right out my window. And, Bud has us hooked up at an Italian buffet for dinner tonight.

Tim Van Vooren and Mickey Leach from Fox 6 were out at practice Monday working on a few Panther things, including a feature on James Eayrs. That feature is scheduled to air tonight during the 9 o'clock newscast. I know they have a run a couple of other items already this week, including Rob Jeter's Monday practice plan being written on a paper plate (times really are tough).

Speaking of TV stuff, the Rob Jeter Show is making its December appearance on Sports 32 tonight. It is scheduled to air at 5 tonight, with a re-air later in the evening. Check your local listings, as they say.

Also, our contest here in Oxford is the first game of UWM's Time Warner Cable Sports 32 package for this year. Tipoff is at 6 tomorrow. That means Daron Sutton should be here any moment to pretend he doesn't like winters in Arizona.

Finally, in non-league action tonight, Butler plays at Bradley, so it is a good chance to see how two future Panther opponents look against each other. Bradley, of course, is UWM's next game after the Miami contest.

I will have a live blog tomorrow night in addition to the rest of the regular coverage.

Panthers Ranked 24th In Final NSCAA Soccer Poll

In the final NSCAA national poll of the 2008 season, the Panthers found themselves nationally-ranked at season's end for the first time as a Division I program. UWM finished 24th on the strength of an 18-3-2 season. The Panthers won a ninth-straight league title, captured the league tournament title and advanced to a seventh NCAA Tournament.

Milwaukee, which was 16th in the final preseason poll, had previously received votes in the final poll of the 2005 and 2006 seasons. The last time UWM was ranked at season's end was 1989, when records show the Panthers were 19th in the final NCAA Division II ISCAA poll.

The release of the final poll is the latest good news for the Panthers, which saw Sarah Teegarden earn All-America Third Team honors from the NSCAA over the weekend. She was joined by two others on the All-Region First Team in Nicole Sperl and Sarah Hagen. Erin Kane was selected to the second team.

Hagen was selected to the TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Rookie Team earlier this season.

Two more publications have yet to publish their All-Americans in Soccer Buzz and Soccer America. Ginny Graczyk in 2006 was the program's only Soccer Buzz All-America, while the publication honored Teegarden (honorable mention) and Kane (third team) as Freshman All-Americans in 2005. Kane was a first-team All-American according to Soccer America that same year.

Also, with the crowning of a national champion, the NCAA's final statistics report was published with Hagen finishing second in the nation with 24 goals and fourth with 54 points. Two goals by North Carolina's Casey Nogiuera in the title game sealed first place in both categories (25 goals, 58 points). Hagen was also third in goals per game (1.043) and sixth in points per game (2.35). The Panthers as a team also finished seventh in the nation in goals (65) and goals per game (2.83), ninth in winning percentage (.826) and in the top 45 in both GAA and shutout percentage.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Washington State

As usual I will be courtside, providing you with a live "web log", or "blog" as the kids say, of today's women's basketball game against Washington State. The Panthers are coming off a 71-69, double-overtime heartbreaker at Wisconsin their last time out. The Cougars are 4-2 and have won two-straight.

You can find the live blog here

Here is the link for live stats

If you would like to listen to Scott Warras' live account of the game, tune your radio to AM 920 the Wolf or click here. Either way, the game will be followed by classic country music, so it's win-win.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Wright State

After a dicey drive back from Champaign last night, I'll be courtside at the U.S. Cellular Arena today as the Panthers look to make it two-straight in league play when they take on Wright State.

You can follow the live blog here

Some links for you ...
UWM game notes are here
Wright State game notes are here
WSU coverage in the Dayton Daily News is here
Gametracker is here
Bill Johnson on the radio is here
Horizon League Network video is here
Current Milwaukee weather conditions are here
Current Honolulu weather conditions (where the Wright State women's team is this weekend) are here

Friday, December 5, 2008

Live Blog: NCAA Volleyball at Illinois

Good evening from Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois. I'll have a live blog tonight as the Panthers take on the Fighting Illini in a first round NCAA Tournament contest.

You can follow the live blog here.

We'll be off to a late start as the opening match between Western Kentucky and Cincinnati has gone to a fifth set ...

Some links for your viewing pleasure this evening:

UWM NCAA Tournament notes here
Illinois NCAA Tournament notes here
Gametracker here
Live video via NCAA Sports here
Champaign News-Gazette coverage here

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Detroit

I'll have a live blog tonight as the Panthers open Horizon League play against Detroit at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

You can follow the blog here.

The Panthers enter tonight's game at 3-4 while Detroit is 2-3. Both teams have suffered losses to BCS foes, with UWM falling to Wisconsin, Marquette and Iowa State while Detroit has lost to Purdue and DePaul.

As always, here are some links for use before or during tonight's contest.

UWM's game notes are here.
Detroit's game notes are here.
A weekend preview from the Journal Sentinel is here.
You can hear Bill Johnson's audio call here.
You can follow gametracker here.
And, HLN live video is here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Wisconsin

I will be courtside during tonight's women's basketball game against Wisconsin. The Panthers are looking for their fourth-straight win and the first over the Badgers since 1992. That win also came in Madison. Tip off is set for 6 p.m.

I have double and triple-checked, and had Scott Warras re-check, the math and Traci Edwards is 15 points from tying Maria Viall's UWM career scoring mark of 1,867 points.

To find the blog, click here

To listen to Scott live, click here. He may be telling anecdotes about a frazzled SID and some wacky math, so it should be a hoot.

Live stats are available here

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Live Blog: WBB @ Northern Illinois

The Panthers are in DeKalb, Ill., this afternoon taking on the Northern Illinois Huskies. I will be doing a live blog from courtside. Usual rules apply.

To see the live blog, click here

If you would like to listen to Scott Warras live with the call, click here

Live stats are available via gametracker here

Live Blog: MBB at Wisconsin

I am courtside at the Kohl Center and I'll have a live blog for this morning's game between UWM and Wisconsin.

Tipoff is set for 11 a.m.

You can follow the live blog here.

You can watch the game here.

You can listen to the game here.

You can follow live stats for the game here.

There is pregame coverage in the Journal Sentinel here.

And pregame coverage in the Wisconsin State Journal here and in the Capital Times here.

Finally, as reported in the Journal Sentinel this morning, Ricky Franklin has been suspended and will not play in today's game.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Live Blog: WBB vs. SIU Edwardsville

I will be doing a live blog from courtside at the Klotsche Center for our women's basketball game with SIU Edwardsville (no hyphen).

You can find the Live Blog here

Gametracker is available here for live stats

To listen to the game live, click here

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Ball State

I'll have a live blog tonight from the U.S. Cellular Arena as the Panther men return home to take on Ball State.

You can view the live blog here.

UWM claimed a thrilling comeback win in Muncie last season, but Ball State looks like a formidable foe this season. In addition to wins over Eastern Illinois and SIU-Edwardsville, the Cardinals lost by just nine at Butler a week ago.

Some links to check out ...
Read about the game, and UWM's plans for redshirts, in the Journal Sentinel here.
Read about Ball State's hopes for revenge in the Muncie paper here.
UWM game notes are here.
Ball State game notes are here.
Gametracker is here.
Audio with Bill Johnson is here.
HLN live video (still with Bill Johnson) is here.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Live Blog: Volleyball Championship At Cleveland State

I'll have a live blog from today's Horizon League Volleyball Championship match as the Panthers take on Cleveland State in Cleveland.

You can follow the blog here.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at Marquette

I'll have a live blog from courtside at the Bradley Center tonight as the Panthers take on crosstown rival Marquette.

You can follow the live blog here.

I posted a few links yesterday and have collected up a few more interesting things today. So here is a complete list of some online content to check out.

The game is live on Sports 32 in Milwaukee, as well as on ESPN360. You can also hear Bill Johnson's radio call here and follow gametracker here.

Some basic game-preview info …

UWM's game notes are here.
Marquette’s game notes are here
CBS preview is here
Journal Sentinel feature on Wesley Matthews is here

Meanwhile, as was mentioned yesterday, one of the main storylines of this game has become the passing of Rob Jeter’s dad, former Packer Bob Jeter.

The Journal Sentinel article on Bob is here and the Green Bay Press Gazette article is here.

Then there is some addition reaction on Bob’s passing.

Charles Gardner’s nice story on Rob’s reaction is here.
Some perspective from Drew Olson is here.
And, reaction from Bo Ryan is here.

Finally, check out the audio from Friday’s post-practice media gathering. There are even more extended thoughts from Rob and the guys on his dad, as well as some additional stuff about tonight’s matchup.

Pregame audio from Rob Jeter is here.
Pregame audio from Ricky Franklin is here.
Pregame audio from Avery Smith is here.

It Will Be Cleveland State In Title Match

UWM will face Cleveland State in the title match of the 2008 Horizon League Volleyball Tournament.

The Vikings just advanced with a five-set win over Valparaiso, winning 15-11 in the fifth set. Of course earlier today, UWM claimed a five-set win over Butler.

On one hand, seeing the sixth-seeded Vikings advance to the title match is an upset, as they leave third-seeded Wright State and now second-seeded Valpo in their wake. But, CSU is playing at home. And, don't forget, the Vikings were the league preseason favorite before struggling much of the year. They are also the defending league tournament champions and have now ended Valpo's year for the second-straight time.

UWM did sweep the regular season series from Cleveland State. The Panthers had to battle for a four-set win in Cleveland in October before claiming an easier three-set win in Milwaukee earlier this month.

I would expect quite the contest Sunday as the Panthers look for their seventh NCAA Tournament berth while the Vikings look for their second-straight postseason appearance. UWM is certainly playing some of its best volleyball of the season right now, especially on offense. Maddie Sueppel has been tremendous and Kerri Schuh has not looked like a freshman in the two league tournament matches so far. It's hard to believe UWM's two best offensive performers in the tournament thus far are a freshman and a sophomore.

As long as Continental Airlines cooperates, I'll have a live blog from Cleveland tomorrow. The flight is scheduled to get in at 10:30 am ET with the match at noon. Here's hoping the airline industry comes through!

Live Blog: WBB @ Air Force

I will be doing a live blog from courtside at Clune Arena in Colorado Springs. The Panthers take on Air Force at 1 p.m. central time. Milwaukee is in search of its first win of the season.

The live blog can be seen here

Just a reminder, you may need to refresh to see new posts.

The link to live stats via gametracker are here

Listen to Scott Warras live here

Friday, November 21, 2008

Marquette Pregame

We're now less the 24 hours from tipoff between the Milwaukee Panthers and the Marquette Golden Eagles in a men's basketball game at the Bradley Center.
First, some of the basics ...

UWM's game notes are here.
Pregame audio from Rob Jeter is here.
Pregame audio from Ricky Franklin is here.
Pregame audio from Avery Smith is here.

Meanwhile, much of the pregame discussion - including in the above audio files - has surrounded the passing of Rob's father, Bob, a former Packer standout who played on two Super Bowl teams and is in the franchise's hall of fame. So, I thought it was appropriate to link to the articles on Bob from the Journal Sentinel and the Green Bay Press-Gazette.

I can tell you first-hand the outpouring of support for Rob and his family over the last 24 hours has been amazing. Many have inquired about sending flowers and cards, as well as when services would be held. As soon as I have any of that information, I will pass it along here.

As for the game itself, Jim Barbar and Dave Kaplan will have the broadcast on Sports 32, while Bill Johnson's radio call will be on WISN (AM 1130), as always. We will also do a live blog from courtside at the Bradley Center, and then have full postgame coverage on the main site.

Panthers Will Face Butler In Semifinals

Butler has beaten Loyola, 3-1, in the second quarterfinal of the day Friday in Cleveland, meaning UWM will now face the Bulldogs in a semifinal Saturday.

Butler actually dropped the first set to Loyola, 25-7. But the Bulldogs bounced back to win the next three sets - 25-23, 25-15, 25-23.

UWM and Butler split their two regular season meetings, with each team winning on its homecourt. The loss to the Bulldogs in Indianapolis is actually the last time the Panthers suffered a loss.

As always, there is full coverage of the Panthers on the main site.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Volleyball To Play UIC In Quarterfinals

UWM now knows it will face UIC in its quarterfinal match Friday morning at the Horizon League Volleyball Tournament in Cleveland.

The Flames, seeded eighth in the tournament, beat ninth-seeded Youngstown State Thursday night in Cleveland in a first-round contest.

The match begins at 10:30 am central. You can pick up the links for gametracker as well as for live video from the Horizon League Network here.

UWM did beat UIC in both meetings this season, including a three-set sweep in Chicago this past weekend. But, in the matchup in Milwaukee in October, the Flames pushed the Panthers to five sets before UWM came out with the win. The last time the two teams met in the league tournament came in 2006, when the Panthers beat the Flames in the title match.

Meanwhile, there a couple of articles online about the Panthers to check out. You can check Mark Stewart's story from the Journal Sentinel about Becky Peters and the Panthers here. And, you can read about Lauren Hintze and her sister, Nikki, in an article from Menomonee Falls Now here.

We will of course have complete coverage of all of UWM's matches on the main website throughout the weekend. And, if the Panthers advance to the championship match Sunday, I will be in Cleveland for the contest and will do a live blog during the match in addition to the video and stats you can watch all weekend.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Live Blog: MBB Home Opener vs. Upper Iowa

We'll have a live blog during tonight's men's basketball home opener, as the Panthers take on Upper Iowa at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

You can follow the live blog here.

Not much new beyond what was in the regular game notes here. I have added a podcast with Rob Jeter as of last night, so depending on when you checked out the notes you may or may not have heard it. You can also find that podcast here.

Tony Meier seems to be getting back to good health and will play tonight. And, as far as I know for now, the bug hasn't hit anyone else on the team. It did, though, hit Arena event manager Shawn Kison, who reports he's operating at about 70 percent after a bout with the flu over the last few days.

There are a couple of other Horizon League games going on tonight, including an interesting matchup between UIC and Northern Iowa in Chicago.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Live Blog: MBB at Iowa State

We will again have a live blog from courtside at Hilton Coliseum as UWM and Iowa State square off in what amounts to the championship game of the World Vision Classic here in Ames.

You can view the live blog here.

You can also view the live stats for tonight's matchup here and listen to Bill Johnson's game call here. His call is also available on WISN (AM 1130).

A few notes on tonight's opponent. Milwaukee native Diante Garrett runs the offense, collecting 16 assists in the first two games. His main interior weapon is Craig Brackens, who has averaged 16.5 points in his first two outings. The Cyclones have also added a freshman sharpshooter in Wes Eikmeier, who has made 8-of-16 from long range in two games.

The most interesting note, though, is that Iowa State has been outrebounded in the first two games. In fact, Cal Davis and Loyola Marymount have combined for 27 offensive rebounds in two games, with Iowa State at a minus-5 in the rebounding column overall.

On the other hand, the Cyclones have certainly guarded Friday and Saturday, as LMU and Cal Davis combined to shoot just 33.3 percent from the field.

For UWM, Avery Smith will return to the active roster tonight, and will likely come off the bench for his first regular season action in about 20 months. It is safe to say he is VERY excited.

As always, please remember to refresh the screen as you follow along.

Live Blog: Women's Basketball vs. USC

We will be doing a live blog from the consolation championship here at the Wolfpack Invitational. The team has just taken the court and game time is just over 70 minutes away...

Jody Crumble is here, but on crutches and in an immobilizer. Sorry, but I haven't heard the exact diagnosis yet. She was at the hospital until late last night.

The blog is available here.

The Panthers are coming off a loss in the season opener, falling to a hot-shooting NC State team that hit at nearly a 60% clip in yesterday's opener...

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Live Blog: MBB vs. Cal Davis

We'll again have a live blog from courtside at Hilton Coliseum as the Panthers try to make it two in a row at the World Vision Classic in Ames.

Today's opponent is Cal Davis, which by all rights should have beaten Iowa State last night. The Aggies had a double-digit lead in the second half but saw the remainder of that lead slip away in the closing seconds.

The live blog is here.

You can also view today's live stats here and listen to Bill Johnson's radio call here. The game is also on WISN (AM 1130).

The Aggies are clearly a solid team, though, and the addition of Notre Dame transfer Joe Harden should make a big difference for them this season. They'll run the Princeton offense, so look for them to be patient and execute well on offense.

As for the Panthers, it will be interesting to see how they are guarded as teams get more chances to see the makeup of this year's squad. LMU definitely lost the three-point shooter numerous times last night, and UWM now has the personnel to make the opponent pay when that happens.

Tipoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., though it will be the second game of the day as Iowa State and Loyola Marymount play at 12:30.

Live Blog: Women's Basektball Season Opener

We will be doing a live blog from the women's basketball season opener here at the Wolfpack Invitational. The team has just taken the court and game time is just over an hour away...

The blog is available here.

The Panthers are coming off a 17-14 season in 2007-08 and enter the regular season with a pair of exhibition wins under their belt. They have never played North Carolina State or a team from the state of North Carolina. Today's winner advances to play the winner of USC/Charlotte Sunday.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Live Blog: NCAA Tournament

The Panthers are taking on Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament this evening in South Bend, Ind. I will be doing a live blog throughout the game. A couple notes: There will be more posts than last weekend, as I am in a press box that is warm. For viewing purposes, refresh between posts and you can catch the latest information.

The live blog can be found here

The gametracker is here

Live Blog: MBB vs. Loyola Marymount

We'll have a live blog for today's season opener for the Panther men against Loyola Marymount. Tipoff is set for just after 4:30 p.m.

The live blog is here.

In addition to the blog, you can follow the live stats for today's game here and listen to Bill Johnson's call online here. The game call is also on WISN (AM 1130).

I posted a bunch of links yesterday, but here are a couple more of note.

Today's preview from the Journal Sentinel is here.

A preview of Cal Davis from the Sacramento Bee is here.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Ames, Iowa ... Hello!



The Panthers are on the ground in Ames and are just getting started with practice at State Gym. Actually, we’ve been here since about 12:15 after a flight of a little over an hour.

The first flight of the year is always interesting, as there are typically more than a few who are not thrilled by the thought of flying – especially on our puddle-jumper planes. No stories have yet circulated, but I am sure they will eventually. But, the flight is certainly much better than a seven-hour bus ride, at least from this vantage point. And it was a smooth one today, despite the heavy overcast and rain in Iowa.

Practice is at State Gym because the Iowa State wrestling team has a home meet with Utah Valley this evening. The Panthers will get a shootaround in at Hilton Coliseum Friday morning.

Speaking of State Gym (pictured above ... kind of dark for an amateur photographer), it was built in 1913 and actually became a dining hall for army recruits on campus in 1918 and 1919. A fire in 1962 caused some damage and a loss of equipment, but the gym was then renovated in 1967 and still stands today.

Fifteen players traveled to Ames, with Jerard Ajami (transfer), James Dean (freshman walk-on) and Patrick Souter (freshman walk-on) staying back home in Milwaukee.

In other news, Ja’Rob McCallum did officially return his signed national letter of intent today, so he is in the fold. As many know, we can’t comment on recruits until that letter is signed and returned. Usually we’ll stick to doing just one official release once all letters have been returned, so hopefully we’ll have that for you right after this busy weekend.

Also, Charles Gardner from the Journal Sentinel will be joining us for the weekend in Ames. He’ll have a preview of the weekend’s action in Friday’s paper and then game coverage the next three days.

Finally, in advance of our trip here, everyone who we have had contact with in Ames has talked up Hickory Park as a must-visit restaurant. We’ll find out tonight, as director of operations Chip MacKenzie has reservations for our large group. He is definitely banking on it being good, though, as he has the pregame meals for the weekend scheduled there, as well. You can read more about it online here, and perhaps I can try my hand at restaurant reviews afterward.

And now, a variety of links below to check out in preparation for this weekend’s World Vision Classic.

On the UWM front, our notes are here and the podcast with Rob Jeter is here.

For Iowa State, notes are here. There is also coverage of the Cyclones in the Des Moines Register here and the Ames Tribune here.

On the Loyola Marymount front, notes have been posted here and a local newspaper season preview is here. There is also a preview of the West Coast Conference from The Sports Network here.

And then for Cal Davis, notes are here and a Big West preview from TSN is here.

I do plan a live blog during each game this weekend. Hopefully we will have one for each regular season game, though there are a few spots we go where computer space at the scorers’ table is a little tight. In those cases, I’ll at least post pregame, halftime and postgame updates.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Milwaukee vs. Michigan State

If you've been following the Milwaukee Women's Soccer team, you already know about the matchup within a matchup in its first round NCAA game. If you haven't been following the team and their NCAA Tournament trip, you really should.

ESPN.com's look at the bracket pegs the UWM/MSU showdown as the best first round game in the Notre Dame regional. The reason? Sarah Hagen vs. Laura Heyboer. Milwaukee's freshman Hagen leads the nation with 24 goals. Michigan State's freshman Heyboer is up there with 19 goals.

One of the two rookie scorers has led the nation in goals for much of the season.

Oh, and Hagen's picture accompanies the story.

Here is a link to Graham Hays' look at the brackets.

There is a second Hays' story on the tourney that was posted. I'll just post this sentence from the story and you can decide if you want to head over there:

"No unseeded team had a stronger case for inclusion in the 16 seeds than Milwaukee."

See that story here

Sunday, November 9, 2008

More Air Times For Haidet On The Dennis Krause Show

Dennis Krause sent over a list of the airtimes for his show with Bud Haidet for this week. The shows airs on Time Warner Sports Channel 32.


Mon. Nov. 10 - 5 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm

Tues. Nov. 11 - 7 am and 10 pm

Wed. Nov. 12 - 6:30 am, 6:30 pm and 11:00 pm

Thurs. Nov. 13 - 2:30 pm

Fri. Nov. 14 - 5:00 pm

Sat. Nov. 15 - 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 10:00 pm

Sun. Nov. 16 - 10:30 am and 9:30 pm

Live Blog: W-Soccer Title Game vs. Loyola

I will at Loyola Soccer Park again today, seeing if the Panthers can close out their first league tournament title since 2005 against the host Ramblers. I will start posting around kick-off, which is scheduled for 1 p.m.

Follow the game via the Live Blog here

I should have said this Friday, if you don't already know, you need to refresh the page to see new posts.

Watch the game here

There should be live stats for the game via gametracker. As of 10:48 this morning there is no link. But, when a link becomes available, it will be here

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Parkside Pregame

It's about 45 until tipoff for the Panther men against UW-Parkside. This is the second exhibition game for UWM, which will open the regular season Friday against Loyola Marymount.

As most Panther fans already know, matchups with Parkside have not amounted to typical exhibition blowouts each of the last two seasons. In 2006-07, UWP shot 70 percent in the second half and beat the Panthers, 77-71. Then last season, UWM built a double-digit second-half lead but had to hang for an 86-83 victory.

So, it should be another good test for the Panthers tonight. With the regular season opener just six days away, it appears likely UWM will tighten its rotation - at least somewhat - with a "real" game right around the corner. What exactly that means for who will and won't play more or less remains to be seen, but it is something to keep an eye on tonight.

Also, with a game under their belt, a lot of people will be keeping an eye on the large group of new players for the Panthers. But, it really isn't just the truly new players who are still either kicking off some rust or looking to make large jumps with their first big chance to play in Division I. Anthony Hill only played limited minutes last season and is now in the starting lineup, while Jason Averkamp didn't truly get regular minutes until late in the season. And, Avery Smith hadn't played in a real college game in front of fans in about 20 months when he took the court Wednesday night.

There is also a strong UW-Platteville connection in this matchup, as both Rob Jeter and Luke Reigel are Platteville grads. That is one reason this matchup has become an annual date in the preseason.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Women's Soccer Live Blog

Tonight beginning at 7 p.m., I will be posting a live blog from the 2008 Horizon League Championship. The Panthers are taking on Wright State in the second semifinal match of the day.

The live blog can be found here

Gametracker is also available here

Live Video is available here from the Horizon League Network

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

MSOE Pregame

We're about an hour from the start of the men's basketball season at UWM, as the Panthers will face MSOE in an exhibition game tonight at the U.S. Cellular Arena.

There aren't a ton of notes to pass along that weren't already in the game notes, which you can find on the main site here.

You can list to a pregame podcast with UWM head coach Rob Jeter here. We'll be doing these regularly and posting them on the main site throughout the season. We'll actually do pre and postgame audio and other interviews for both the men and the women.

I did include a little info in the notes but it bears repeating here, because it seems the most popular preseason question always revolves around who will redshirt. True freshman can play in exhibition games and still redshirt. But, anyone else cannot play in an exhibition game if they intend to redshirt. So, that generally means you wind up seeing just about everyone make an appearance in an exhibition game. In UWM's case, there will likely be a few players redshirt this season. Some of those decisions could become more obvious tonight, and some will undoubtedly take another week to come to.

One thing that didn't make the notes involves the number of connections there are between MSOE and UWM. MSOE AD Dan Harris is actually in the UWM Athletics Hall of Fame, while MSOE Head Athletic Trainer Dave Beine just left UWM this summer to take the job with the Raiders. Also, MSOE head coach Brian Miller is a UWM grad, as is head soccer coach Jimmy Banks. Plus, the baseball staff includes former UWM standouts Troy Doering (head coach), Steve Sanfilippo (ass't coach) and Rick Caviani (ass't coach). And I am sure that is not even a complete list.

Finally, I did get word from Iowa State just a little bit ago that the UWM game next Saturday against Cal Davis has been set for 3 p.m. That game has been listed as a TBA because of Iowa State's football game that day with Missouri. Well, everything has now been set and the Panthers will play right after Iowa State and Loyola Marymount play at 12:30.

We won't do a live in-game blog tonight, but we do plan to do them throughout the course of the season, and may give it a test run during this weekend's women's soccer championship down in Chicago.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Season Preview Time

Season previews for the UWM men's basketball team are rolling out this week.

Charles Gardner has his season preview in the Journal Sentinel Wednesday. It is online here.

The UWM Post has its special basketball preview issue out this week. The content of the section is online here.

The Associated Press rolled out its season preview this week, as well. It will be in newspapers across the state at different times this week, but it is online here and undoubtedly in other places, too.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Air Times: Krause Show With Haidet

Dennis Krause just sent me a list of air times for his show on Time Warner Sports (TWC Channel 32) featuring Bud Haidet.

Mon. Nov. 3 - 5 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm

Tues. Nov. 4 - Midnight, 7 am, 3 pm, 6:30 pm and 10 pm

Wed. Nov. 5 - Midnight, 6:30 am, 12:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 11 pm

Thurs. Nov. 6 - Midnight, 6:30 am,6:30 pm and 11 pm

Fri. Nov. 7 - 5:30 am, 9 am and 5 pm

Sat. Nov. 8 - 5:30 am, 9:30 am, 1:30 pm and 10 pm

Sun. Nov. 9 - 10:30 am and 10:30 pm

Dennis did note it will run for two weeks, so there should be some air dates for between the 10th and 16th at some point, as well.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Do We Get A Commission?

After working out the kinks in his college basketball broadcast abilities traveling the Midwest and beyond with the Panthers, Daron Sutton has inked a deal to do TV for Arizona State basketball.

As many of you know, Daron - previously the TV voice of the Brewers and now the TV voice of the Diamondbacks - has worked on UWM broadcasts over the past few seasons. He is back for all of the UWM TV games again this year. But, in his spare time, he'll be on Fox Sports Arizona calling Sun Devil action. He did two games on FSAZ last season.

You can read the Arizona Republic's account of this TV news here.

Arizona State's official release is here.

Then there is the coverage from the East Valley Tribune here, with Daron getting billing above the Great Pumpkin Race and Festival.

And, it could be down at any time, but if you go to the men's basketball page of Arizona State's website, you are greeted by a remarkably large photo of Daron looking right back at you.

By the way, while a few details are still being sorted out on the full list of UWM games on Time Warner Sports this year, the first one Daron will be a part of is Dec. 11 at Miami (Ohio). Can't wait to see you in Oxford, Ohio, Daron!

Some Things Slip Through The Cracks

I posted last Thursday on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's article on Sarah Hagen. But, I did not notice that the NCAA News ran its story that it was working on, also on Thursday. Here is a link to the article. It's also on the women's soccer front page of NCAA.com, in the bottom left and complete with a picture of Nicole Sperl.

But, while I got your attention, Hagen scored three more goals last weekend and now has 20 for the season. That tied the Horizon League's freshman record and is one back of its single-season record. I was doing some research on freshmen in NCAA history. If I find anything, it'll be in our weekly release on Tuesday.

In other news, the Panthers jumped to No. 19 in the Soccer America national poll. SA gets a jump on everyone else with a Monday morning release. I don't want to try and forecast, but the NSCAA poll, where UWM is 18th, should see very little movement. There was only one loss by the entire top 25 that was not to a team ranked at least six spots ahead of the losing team (#14 Texas A&M over #15 Colorado, 2-1 in overtime). But, we'll see...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

More Ink On Hagen

The Sarah Hagen publicity machine kept on rolling today as the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published a story on her in this morning's paper. Here is a link to the story.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

More Background On Tonight’s “Milwaukee Cup” Match-up…

The annual battle for the “Milwaukee Cup” between UWM and Marquette has been going on since 1973 – the first season in Milwaukee soccer program history. The Panthers hold a commanding 25-7-3 all-time record in the series and have had possession of the cup since a 3-1 victory in October of 2004. Over the past three years, the team has defended the cup with a 4-0 win in 2005, a 3-2 win in 2006 and a 1-1 tie a year ago.

The last time the game was held at Engelmann Field, the fans jammed the stands to the tune of 3,256 people – breaking the former school attendance record by over 1,000.

That begs the question: Will you be there to see what tonight will bring?

Also, there are plenty of connections between the two current teams:

-The most obvious: MU head coach Louis Bennett coached at UWM from 1996 to 2005
-MU associate head coach Stan Anderson was on Bennett’s staff at UWM for 10 years
-MU assistant coach Steve Bode was a three-time captain and all-conference selection in a very distinguished career as a Panther from 2003-07
-MU starting goalkeeper Matt Pyzdrowski and forward Josh Curry were both redshirt freshmen on the Milwaukee roster during the 2005 season before transferring to Marquette following Bennett’s departure
-Current MU freshman Calum Mallace is the younger brother of UWM alum Craig Mallace, a four-year starter (2003-06) and two-time all-league selection for the Panthers
-Current MU junior Tim Jallow is the younger brother of UWM alum Antou Jallow, one of the most recognized players to ever take to the pitch at UWM from 2001-04, recording 133 points (second all-time) on the strength of a school-record 60 career goals
-UWM assistant coach Jesse Rosen spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach at Marquette before joining Milwaukee this year

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Jeter On The D-List

In case you missed it on the air earlier today, here is a link to the audio of Rob Jeter's appearance on the "D List" today on 540 ESPN. The full audio file is about 27 minutes.

Women's Soccer Continues To Make Noise Nationally

The Milwaukee women's soccer team has made some big waves this week in the national rankings. First, the NCAA released its second installment of the RPI and the Panthers jumped from #34 to 26. That can be seen here.

Milwaukee also has program-high rankings across the board, showing up at No. 18 in the NSCAA Poll, as well as at Soccer Buzz. The team is also No. 22 at Soccer America, which is a high for the publication. Sorry there is no link, you need a subscription, so you just may want to take my word on it.

In the region, UWM is second in the NSCAA and Soccer Buzz polls, trailing only No. 1 in the nation Notre Dame.

Freshman Sarah Hagen continues to make a name for herself. She set a school record with her 17th goal of the season Friday and is tied for first in the nation in goals scored.

UPDATE (12:23 p.m.): ESPN.com just posted a story on Hagen on its ESPNU page. Here is a link to the story by Graham Hays.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Media Appearance Notes

Just a couple of quick media appearance notes ...

Rob Jeter is scheduled to appear on the "D-List" Tuesday morning at 11 on 540 ESPN. Rob's appearance will actually come during a new regular segment for the show called the A-List. The first two guests were John Hammond and Mike Gousha.

Also, Rob's regular weekly appear on 540 ESPN is going to shift to the evenings this year, following Bill Johnson to "The Game," which airs weeknights from 6-8 p.m. It looks like Wednesday night will be the usual day, though that will vary some based on game schedules.

Meanwhile, Bud Haidet will be taping an edition of The Dennis Krause Show, which airs on Time Warner Sports. The taping is Tuesday and this edition of the show will air in early November. Dennis said he'd get me more specific air times soon, and I'll pass those along once I have them.

The League Game Of The Week Release

Here is the full text of the release from the Horizon League on its new game of the week package with ESPNU. As was noted on the main site here, UWM is in the debut game with Green Bay Jan. 9.

The Horizon League’s first national basketball game-of-the-week package highlights the League’s 2008-09 broadcast schedule on ESPN networks, Commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Monday (Oct. 20).

Seven Horizon League match-ups featuring all 10 men’s teams and two women’s on Fridays in January and February on ESPNU are part of 17 games involving League teams scheduled to be shown on ESPN networks during the coming season.

“We are excited to expand our ESPN partnership with our first national basketball game-of-the-week,” said LeCrone. “More fans will now be able to follow our teams on a regular basis during the regular season. This is another important step in the growth of the League.”

The Friday night game-of-the-week schedule will tip-off Jan. 9 with an intrastate battle when the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee plays host to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay at 9 p.m. ET.

“Showcasing the Horizon League in a consistent Friday primetime window is a great addition to ESPN’s college basketball schedule,” said Rosalyn Durant, vice president and general manager, ESPNU. “This agreement also allows us to enhance the number of live events we offer on ESPNU with quality intra-conference competition.”

The following Fridays in January will feature Wright State University at the University of Detroit Mercy on Jan. 16 (9 p.m.), preseason League favorite Cleveland State University at Youngstown State University on Jan. 23 (9 p.m.) and Valparaiso University at defending champion Butler University on Jan. 30 (7 p.m.).

February’s Horizon League game-of-the-week schedule on ESPNU starts with a women’s match-up when Wright State plays at Butler on Feb. 6 (9 p.m.). Men’s action resumes with Butler playing host to the University of Illinois at Chicago on Feb. 13 (7 p.m.), followed by UIC at cross-town rival Loyola University Chicago on Feb. 27 (9 p.m.). There will be no scheduled League game on Feb. 20 due to all 10 teams participating in the annual ESPNU BracketBusters that weekend.

ESPN2 will televise two regular-season men’s games, including Butler at UIC on Saturday, Jan. 17 (2 p.m.). Again this season, the final Saturday of the regular season (Feb. 28, 12 p.m.) will feature a men’s wildcard game that will be selected in early February. Games scheduled that day are Green Bay at Wright State, Milwaukee at Detroit, Cleveland State at Butler and Youngstown State at Valparaiso. Both ESPN2 games also will be streamed live on ESPN360.com.

Two non-conference Horizon League games also will be broadcast on ESPNU this season. Valparaiso will host the University of North Carolina on Dec. 20 (2 p.m.) at the United Center in Chicago, and Butler will play at Xavier University on Dec. 23 (7 p.m.). A third game will be streamed live on ESPN360.com when Detroit opens the season at Purdue University on Nov. 14 (9 p.m.).

ESPNU will air the Horizon League Men’s Basketball Championship semi-finals on March 7 at 7 and 9 p.m. and the Women’s Basketball Championship on March 15 at 1 p.m. The Men’s Basketball Championship remains in its usual spot on Tuesday (March 10) at 9 p.m. on ESPN as part of “Championship Week.” That game also will be available on ESPN360.com.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Basketball Season Is Here

College basketball practice officially kicks off across the country this weekend.

The Panther men will have some 2 1/2 weeks of practice before opening the exhibition season Nov. 5 against MSOE.

To note the start of practice, we'll have a full preview of the men's season on the main site tomorrow. But, a few points of emphasis, if you will, that came out of my conversation with Rob Jeter.

First, there is the lesson of "team" learned a season ago. “When all of the dust settled last year, we had a team” ... that is perhaps my favorite dead-on quote from Rob that came out of our discussion.

Next, there is the hope of a better start. Last season, a 3-7 start overall and an 0-2 start in the league made for a huge early hole. While you can often point to a lot of ifs and buts during a season, just think of what a win over Northern Iowa or Sam Houston and a league win over Loyola - all in the first four weeks - might have meant in the long run. To be sure, the fact nearly every Horizon League team will play two league games on the first weekend of December means teams must find their way to a high level early on.

Rob also made mention of a stronger finish. Certainly, the injury to Marcus Skinner, a general lack of depth by the end and a very, very busy finish to the schedule were all extreme factors a season ago. But, the Panthers want to see the arrow pointing up during February.

Finally, I think everyone knows the Panthers have to shoot the ball better. As Rob notes, they have been able to go out and recruit players specifically to fill needs like shooting, and the hope is that will pay off. While you never really know how a new player will perform in a game, it would be fairly surprising if the Panthers didn't improve their field goal percentage - perhaps even substantially.

Again, the full preview will be on the main site tomorrow. Charles Gardner will also have an early look at the Panthers in Saturday's Journal Sentinel. And, the first public look at the Panthers comes Oct. 28 at the Full Court Club Intrasquad Scrimmage.

More On The GSR

The NCAA made public the latest set of Graduation Success Rate figures earlier this week, and there was plenty in it UWM can be proud of.

First, if you want more of an overview on the GSR, check out an NCAA News article about it here.

Meanwhile, if you missed the summary of local numbers, you can read the article in the Journal Sentinel here.

But at UWM, the overall athletics graduation success rate over the latest period included sits at 81 percent. If you actually go back and include nearly 10 years of athletics - with student-athletes entering from 1992-93 through 2001-02 - UWM's graduation rate for student-athletes is 93 percent.

Much of the focus of these academic numbers nationally tends to shift toward football and men's basketball. Well, the trend line for UWM's men's basketball graduation rate continues to point up. In fact, the GSR for men's basketball is 82 percent. But, when you look only at the most recent class in the stats - those entering in 2001-02 - the men's basketball GSR at UWM is 100. And, knowing a large number of men's basketball student-athletes that entered after 2001-02 have already gone on to graduate, it is safe to say that UWM's men's basketball GSR should remain at a solid level.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Megna's Memoirs - Cleveland and Youngstown

Oct. 10th – Racking up the goals

We had another long road trip this weekend, heading to Cleveland State and then to Youngstown State. We had a nice eight-hour bus ride on Thursday, which can take a toll on the body. When movies, homework, reading and any other activity become boring we attempt to sleep on our two seats that, put together, are about four feet long and two feet wide. Maybe this is comfortable for the shorties, Kreuser and Canada, but not so much for those around average height on the team and taller.

Anyways, we played CSU the next evening. You would think we would be slow to start after the long bus trip but 20 minutes into the game we were up 4-0. It started 13 minutes in, when Kayla Dejardin played a ball from the corner of their left 18 yard box, tipped the bottom of the cross bar and into the goal over the goalie’s head, 1-0. Next was a goal was scored by Canada (Keara Thompson), a ball came across the top of the box, Canada ran onto it finishing it lower left corner, 2-0. Read More.

Kate Megna is a junior on the women’s soccer team and writes a weekly blog post recapping the previous week’s women’s soccer action. To read previous blog posts visit Megna’s Memoirs.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Updating The National Numbers

The NCAA released its new set of national stats for volleyball on Monday afternoon and the Panthers are again near the top of the list for defense.

In fact, UWM is now up to sixth nationally in digs, averaging 17.45 per set. This is after the Panthers finished fifth in the nation last season. Meanwhile, Lauren Felsing is up to 10th nationally in digs, averaging 5.31 digs per set. Felsing remains on course to smash the UWM records for total digs in a season and digs per set.

On the offensive side, Becky Peters is still in the top 50 in kills per set, standing 47th.

The NCAA also released the latest volleyball RPI. UWM is 72nd, one of two Horizon League schools in the top 100 (Valpo is 89). The highest-ranked opponents from the Panthers' non-league schedule are Oregon State (23), Iowa State (35), Michigan State (48), Illinois State (78) and Ole Miss (95). UWM's one remaining non-league opponent - Marquette - ranks 116th.

Pink Out Gets Assist From Qdoba, Noodles

This week's Pink Out involving the UWM women's soccer and volleyball teams is getting a fundraising assist from Qdoba and Noodles.

The two restaurants on Oakland near the UWM campus will both be donating a portion of their profits from sales this week to the Pink Out. From 4-9 on Wednesday, Noodles will donate 25 percent of its profits, while all day on Thursday, Qdoba will donate 10 percent of its profits.

Money raised through the Pink Out goes to UWM's Norris Health Center, which will dedicate the funds to women's health issues.

The Pink Out includes the women's soccer match Friday with Butler and the volleyball match Saturday with Wright State.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Pink Out Gets TV Time

UWM Associate Athletics Director Kathy Litzau and volleyball coach Susie Johnson will be on WTMJ-TV's "Morning Blend" Friday to talk about the upcoming Pink Out involving the women's soccer and volleyball teams (women's soccer coach Mike Moynihan will be on the road in Ohio during the interview).

The show airs beginning at 9 a.m.

The Pink Out includes the women's soccer match with Butler Friday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and the volleyball match with Wright State Saturday, Oct. 18 at 4 p.m.

The Pink Out is a joint venture between the UWM community and the athletics department to promote breast cancer awareness, celebrate the survivors and support progress toward a cure.

Each day there will be a pregame youth clinic. Friday's clinic at Engelmann Field runs from 5:30-6:15, while Saturday's clinic at the Klotsche Center goes from 2-3. Free admission is available for those attending the pregame clinics. Participants must register for clinics by Oct. 16 by e-mailing David Nikolic at cosmo@uwm.edu for the soccer clinic and Lindsey Vanden Berg at laspoden@uwm.edu for the volleyball clinic.

For more information on the event, or to buy tickets, call the Panther Ticket Office at 414-229-5886.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Women's Soccer Notes

• Fox 6 in Milwaukee ran a feature story on Sarah Hagen of women's soccer last night. For those of you from out of town, or that just missed it, here is a link to the story on the Fox 6 website.

UPDATE (11:50 a.m.): I just heard from Jen Lada who did the story and it will re-air on Fox 6 tonight during the 5 p.m. newscast.

• The first women's soccer RPI of the season was released this morning and the Panthers are #34. Seven of their 11 non-league opponents also show up in the top-100.

The team has a 4-1-2 record against the top-100 and a 1-0 mark against the top-50.

To see the full RPI, click here.

• The newest post of Megna's Memoirs is up and can be viewed here.

UPDATE (11:50 a.m., Part 2): The NSCAA National Poll was released a short while ago and, while the Panthers did drop after a 1-0 loss to Loyola Friday, they held on in the poll and is #24.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Volleyball RPI

The NCAA has released the women's volleyball RPI for the first time this season, and it confirms just how difficult UWM's early-season schedule has been.

The Panthers have already played seven teams in the top 100 of the RPI, including three teams in the top 30. With a 10-4 mark, and wins over #26 Iowa State, #81 Butler and #91 Valpo, Milwaukee sits 66th entering this week.

Oregon State (24th) is the highest-ranked opponent UWM has faced this season, followed by Iowa State, Michigan State (29th) and Illinois State (61st).

UWM is the top RPI team in the Horizon League, followed by Butler and Valpo. But, no other league school is currently in the top 150 -- Loyola is the next highest-ranked at #151.

The NCAA will update the rankings throughout the rest of the season. As in many sports, it is one of the factors used in determining at-large bids and seedings for the NCAA Tournament.

Hagen Story in Appleton Paper

If you're like me and receive Google Alerts for every variation of "Wisconsin-Milwaukee", "UWM", "UW-Milwaukee", etc., then you undoubtedly saw a story on Sarah Hagen in today's Appleton Post-Crescent.

Ummm... I guess that also applies to those that live in the Appleton area... But, anyway, back to the point...

For those of you that haven't, here is a link to it.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Megna's Memoirs - Northwestern & Green Bay

Sept. 24th- Another Big Ten Team Beat By the Panthers

We started of quickly against Northwestern. I played the ball into Kreuser, who made a run to the outside left, pulling their central defense apart. She laid it back to me, I laid it back to Kayla about 35 yards out on the left side, with their defensive still pulled apart, Kayla served the ball into the box. Talbert, with one of the sweetest flicks I have seen, sent it to Kenzie on the opposite side of the box (right side) who placed the ball far post past their keeper. 1-0. It was a great build up that I am sure I didn’t do justice to.

Our second goal was of a different nature… the crazy nature of Sarah Hagen, that is. Our team has struggled in the past with scoring, that hole has been filled and then some. She has scored 11 goals in 11 games. Sammy Vovos flicked the ball onto Hagen, who dribbled to the left corner of the 18 yard box, then with her left foot, her non-dominant foot, hit a shot line drive, far post and side netting, keeper diving but no chance. 2-0. Read More.

Kate Megna is a junior on the women’s soccer team and writes a weekly blog post recapping the previous week’s women’s soccer action. To read previous blog posts visit Megna’s Memoirs.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Felsing On Active Double-Figure Digs List


Thanks to some research by Matt Shoultz from Iowa State - with assistance from a few of us in the Horizon League and others - a list of active double-figure digs streaks has been compiled.

According to the research - and upon seeing the list a few other schools might discover new entries - Lauren Felsing's streak of 39-straight matches in double figures in digs ranks fifth in the country among active streaks. Brittany Malicoat of Valparaiso actually has the longest active streak in the country, having reached double figures in 63-straight matches. The all-time longest streak is 80 matches, set by Jocelyn Wack of Wisconsin from 2004-2006.

Felsing's streak of 39-straight matches puts her 13th on the all-time list.

Felsing isn't the only Panther with a notable digs streak - in fact Becky Peters has three of them. Twice she has reached double figures in digs in 25-straight matches, a mark that sits 26th all-time. She also has a streak of 31-straight matches, which ranks 16th all-time.

While we're recounting some volleyball stat notes, the new NCAA stats are out. Felsing is 24th nationally in digs per set while Peters is 33rd nationally in kills per set. As a team, UWM ranks 17th nationally in digs per set.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Overseas Updates

A number of former Panther men's basketball players are continuing their careers overseas. While a lot of those seasons are just getting underway, and player moves are still being made, here are where some former Panthers are scheduled to play this year.

Boo Davis - Harem SC (Italy)
Shaun Fountain - Vichy (France)
Paige Paulsen - Huesca (Spain)
Marcus Skinner - Piratas (Columbia)
Joah Tucker - St. Quentin (France)
Clay Tucker - BC Kyiv (Ukraine)

This is still an abbreviated list for now, with a handful of others that will likely sign contracts in the next month or so. Over the last few years, there have typically been a dozen or so former Panthers playing overseas at one time.

If you want to try and keep up yourself on some of the Panthers playing overseas, a great spot to go is Eurobasket. Some information is more consistent than others, and some of the websites require a translation that isn't always clear, but you can still get some stats and news notes.

UWM-Northwestern Post-Game Press

The UWM's 2-1 win over Northwestern was  a well-earned third win over a Big Ten team for the Panthers. They also beat Wisconsin 3-0 and Ohio State 4-3 this season and are unbeaten in their last seven games against Big Ten teams (5-0-2).

• Charles Gardner from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was at the game and had a nice article about it here.

• Soccer America also featured parts of my recap in their "College Soccer Reporter" here. You need a subscription to read it, but you can get a free three-month subscription without a credit card.

For those that don't want to head over, their Morning Briefing is titled "Hagen Is Downright Scary". For my recap, click here.

• In other game news, freshmen Makenzie Gillaspie and Sammy Vovos got their first collegiate points. Kenzie scored the first goal of the game and Sammy picked up an assist on Sarah Hagen's goal just before halftime.

• Erin Kane was featured earlier in the week in the Courier News in the Chicago area. The story discusses local prep athletes playing in college and can be found here.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Catching Up With the Baseball Team...

Now that school is back in session and the baseball team has fall ball underway, it’s time to take a look back at what some of the current players accomplished on the baseball diamond this summer…

Several members of UWM’s roster played this summer in the Wisconsin State League.

Three of those players spent the season with the Sheboygan A’s, leading the team to a 46-20 record.

Shawn Wozniak topped the team in batting average with a .422 clip, a number that finished third in the league. He appeared in 43 games, scoring 39 runs and driving in 38. His 23 extra-base hits included 16 doubles and a team-high six home runs.

Tim Patzman was second on the list with a .380 batting average, appearing in a team-high 64 games and recording a team-best 250 at bats. He collected a squad-high 28 doubles, drove in 43 runs and went an impressive 19-for-19 in stolen bases.

On the mound, Zach Hoch appeared in 10 games, striking out 21 batters in just 13.1 innings of work while recording a 3.38 ERA.

Cole Kraft played for the Eau Claire Cavaliers, finishing 10th in the league with a .354 batting average and earning the team’s “Key Player Award”. Kraft helped the team to a 33-23 record, starting 51 times in 52 appearances. He scored 37 runs, had 16 doubles and drove in 38.

Wes Munson played for the Oshkosh Giants, finishing fifth in the league with a .391 batting average in 46 games.

Andy Gerhartz played for the Tradewater Pirates in the KIT League (Kentucky/Illinois/Tennessee). In 37 games, he recorded 24 hits, scored 28 runs and stole 23 bases to go along with a .428 on-base percentage.

Doug Dekoning played for the Lannon Stonemen in the Land O’ Lakes League. He was named the Western Division 2008 Rookie of the Year, batting .447, slugging .737 and recording a .512 on-base percentage.

Josh Groves spent the summer with the Madison Mallards in the Northwoods League, appearing in 54 games. He collected 35 hits and scored 33 runs while driving in 16.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Megna's Memoirs - Heading to Minnesota

Thursday the 18th - Heading to Minnesota

We left Milwaukee on Thursday around 10:30 am and headed for Minnesota. After New Mexico last weekend, we were disappointed with our results, and this weekend in Minnesota will be a great opportunity to get back into the national rankings. 

The bus ride went quickly--five hours straight through. Most people slept or tried to get their homework done. Before we knew it, we were at our hotel, checked in and headed back to training. 

Minnesota’s field is off campus, so it doesn’t have that feel that Englemann does, but is good quality and we got a good training in. We, of course, ended with the finishing game I talked about last weekend. The keepers said we could only make five goals this time. After three rounds, the keepers will be getting smoothies and we will be playing this game again... Read More

Kate Megna is a junior on the women’s soccer team and writes a weekly blog post recapping the previous week’s women’s soccer action. To read previous blog posts visit Megna’s Memoirs.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Al's Run Pub...

Nate Weiland and Holly Nearman were featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's story of the run here.

There is also a picture of the two of them after the race here.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Panthers Shine At Al's Run

The Panthers boasted the men's and women's winners of Al's Run, which was Saturday in Milwaukee.

Nate Weiland, a former athlete and current assistant coach, won the men's side, while Holly Nearman won the women's race. Nearman exhausted her cross country eligibility last season and will be a senior with the track and field team this season.

Weiland ran a time of 24:58 to win the men's race by 26 seconds over second place. Another former Panther, Aaron Nodolf, finished fifth with a time of 25:44 and won the 30-34 age group.

Nearman, meanwhile, won by nine seconds with a time of 29:45. She is the reigning Horizon
League Outdoor Athlete of the Year and was a two-time all-league first-team runner in cross
 country.

Al's Run is an 8,000m and featured 1,877 male runners and 1,406 women. Results available here.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Still More Thoughts On Bud

A few additional thoughts on Bud ...

Detroit Director of Athletics Keri Gaither

"Bud Haidet has been a tremendous role model, mentor and friend since I joined the Detroit Titans program. His dedication to the advancement of intercollegiate athletics with a solid focus on academic achievement and student-athlete welfare is evident in everything he's done at Milwaukee. I wish him all the best in his new adventure."

UWM Volleyball Coach Susie Johnson

“Bud has played a very critical role for me, personally. I have been here 13 years and a lot of that has to do with Bud. He gave me an opportunity to be an assistant coach and then saw my development to become a head coach and he didn’t waver at all as soon as the opportunity came. He made me feel like I could do it, he gave me confidence and hired me as the head coach here. I am very grateful to him and I think he has done a great job with the transition into division one. It is really hard to believe that we have only been D-I 20 years with all of the championships and all of the NCAA Tournaments, so he clearly has done a great job hiring good people all-around and making them comfortable and keeping them here.”

UWM Men’s Soccer Coach Jon Coleman

“He has shown a lot of leadership since I was a player here in 1993. The soccer program has grown by leaps and bounds and he has helped guide the way. At the same time, I think he has created an environment for success and it’s great he has been able to hire some significant and quality people – Brian Tompkins and Louis Bennett within the soccer program – to be associated with those types of people and I am glad that he gave me the opportunity. We wish him all the best for whatever the future holds. He leaves a legacy and he has taught me a lot and has been very helpful and influential in the program’s success, my success and the success of UWM as a whole.”

UWM Baseball Coach Scott Doffek

“I think the baseball program is a microcosm of his whole career here. We started from zero … we weren’t even a division one program when he got here. And myself, along with (former UWM baseball coach) Jerry Augustine – who started in 1995 – slowly grew the program under Bud’s leadership. I think we are at the point now where we are a healthy division one program and a lot of that has to do with Bud’s impact.”

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

More Quotes

While waiting for volleyball to start its match vs. Northern Illinois at the Klotsche Center, here are a few more quotes about Bud Haidet.

Wisconsin and former UWM men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan

"I want to thank Bud Haidet for giving me the opportunity to pursue my coaching career on the Division 1 level. He believed in what we could bring to the team and to the program and he gave us a chance to do it. I will forever be indebted to him for that. Without micro-managing, he was able to give coaches a chance to pursue their ideas and do their own thing and for that I am deeply grateful. I wish him the best of luck in his retirement."

Yale and former UWM soccer coach Brian Tompkins

"Bud saw the department through some lean times in the early years but
always held fast to his vision of making UWM a respected Division One
program. By all objective measures he has succeeded admirably. He gave
me and many other coaches the chance to develop our craft and although
things weren't always easy, the experience was invaluable. Bud can
head into retirement with the knowledge that many people, students,
coaches and administrators alike have been indelibly enriched during
his tenure."

UWM Associate AD and former volleyball coach Kathy Litzau

“One of the greatest things about Bud was the leadership he provided for each of us to do our thing. Certainly the thing that I am probably most thankful for was the work and life balance that he allowed us to have. I think I was the first coach to have kids and he allowed me to bring them in or take the time that I needed and still be in a profession that I loved. He made it very easy for that to occur. I think the commissioner said it best when he said Bud really knew how to locate talent [in hiring coaches]. Everybody knows there is more to it than just the sport. The development of the student-athlete and good academics has always been instilled to us by him. Academically and athletically we have always excelled and he certainly had a lot to do with that.”

UWM Track and Field/Cross Country coach Pete Corfeld

“Besides being here about as long as he has been and being one of his first hires as a coach, I have pretty much seen all of the things he talked about [at the press conference]. Going from NAIA to division three, division two, division one … I have lived all of that and it has brought a big difference over the 20, 21 years the changes have happened. It’s pretty impressive and it’s really cool, as an alum of the university, to see those changes as a coach.”

Loyola Director of Athletics John Planek

“Bud's longevity in this business is a testimony to his hard work, knowledge and dedication to intercollegiate athletics. He will be missed."

Also, in case you haven't caught it yet, you can see coverage from Garry Howard in the Journal Sentinel here and coverage from Mike Kennedy in the UWM Post here.

Press Conference Video

video

If you want to watch Monday afternoon's press conference, it has now been uploaded to the blog. We are in the process of adding this video to the main website, too, but it is faster (at least for now) to get it on the blog.

Thanks to Frank Campenni, a producer/director in Video & Multimedia Production at University Information Technology Services for recording the event for us, as well as doing some quick repair of a tape that didn't cooperate.

The full press conference video is a little over 17 minutes. And many apologies that I am the still shot on the image above.