Thursday, December 31, 2009

Live Blog - Milwaukee at Valparaiso

Looking Back On A Great Decade

The decade of the 2000's was a great time to be a fan of Panther men's basketball.

Over the next six weeks or so, I'll take a look back at some of the great moments of the last 10 years. Some of the best moments are obvious, with a Sweet 16 appearance in 2005 and a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2006 no doubt topping the list.

But there are a lot of other great moments that have marked the last decade of Panther basketball. There have been some not-so-great moments, too, and at some point I will recount some of those, also. This Indiana trip to Butler and Valpo brings up some of those thoughts ... do you remember the Sweet 16 team lost to a winless Valpo team here in December of 2004?

But let me start with some numbers and notes ... things I'll be including in the game notes on Saturday.

Record In This Decade … (Jan. 1, 2000-Dec. 31, 2009)
180-124 overall entering Thursday
103-59 in league play entering Thursday
UWM and Butler are the only two league schools with 100 or more league wins in the 2000's

Notable Accomplishments In This Decade
- Three regular season league titles
- Three league tournament titles
- Three NCAA Tournaments
- NIT appearance
- Four postseason wins (three NCAA, one NIT)
- Four 20-win seasons

Now compare that to the decade of the 1990s (Jan. 1, 1990-Dec. 31, 1999)
108-149 overall
25-68 in league play (not always in a league)

In short, UWM has taken amazing strides in men's basketball in the last 10 years. Those accomplishments listed above were almost all firsts, and you can add the Panthers' first (of many) national TV appearances to that list, as well.

So, it will be fun to look back at some of the great highlights from the last 10 years, while thinking ahead to what we have to look forward to over the next 10 years.

All-Decade Voting Underway

As the decade ends tonight, we are officially launching voting for the UWM All-Decade Team for both men's and women's basketball.

All-decade teams already exist for every decade until now, and we'll add a five-person team for both the men and the women to this list.

If you want to vote and read more about the all-decade team for men, click here. For the women, click here.

As part of this voting, we'll be reviewing some of the best moments from Panther basketball over this past decade. All of those entries will be posted here in the Verizon Wireless Panther BlogZone, and I'll have a more generic entry to get things started posted shortly.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Live Blog - Milwaukee at Wisconsin

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Big James The Blogger

So the Horizon League Network asked about having James Eayrs contribute a blog to their website. Just one entry every couple of weeks is all that was required, and big James decided to play along.

Now, truth be told, I know he is soliciting help from behind the scenes, but maybe we'll get into that down the road.

Anyway, here is his first entry ... an ode to his true love.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Live Blog - Milwaukee at Marquette

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Live MBB Blog - Milwaukee vs. Loyola

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Live Blog - NCAA Volleyball - Milwaukee vs. Dayton

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Milwaukee vs. South Alabama Live Blog

Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Bowling Green

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Colgate

Gameday #2 In Fort Worth

The Panthers are set for their final game in the NIT Season Tipoff Tournament, as UWM will square off with Colgate today at 5:30. I will again have a live blog during the contest, and you can listen to Bill Johnson's call on WISN (AM 1130) or online through WISN's website.

Here are some other notes as we look toward the game ...

• The Panthers claimed a 96-77 win over Texas State Monday night. UWM led by 26 points at halftime and by as many as 32 points early in the second half in cruising to the win.

• It is still early, but UWM posted season-highs in points (96), shooting percentage (52.1) and three-pointers (12).

• UWM’s 96 points are the most by the Panthers since Milwaukee claimed a 98-57 win over Youngstown State in 2006.

• Milwaukee made 34 free throws and had 43 free-throw attempts. Those are the exact numbers the Panthers had in their league tournament first round win over Loyola a season ago. It is the fifth time in UWM’s Division I history that it has made 34 free throws in a game.

• Meanwhile, UWM was called for 33 fouls in the game - tied for the third-most in the school’s Division I history.

• The two teams combined for 47 turnovers in the contest, with UWM committing 24. That is the most since the Panthers committed 25 in a loss at Drake in 2007.

• The Panthers had 10 turnovers in the win over Texas State, the most since UWM collected 11 in a win over Upper Iowa in November of last year.

• Milwaukee reached double digits in three-pointers made for the first time this season in Monday’s victory. UWM hit double figures in the category 10 times a season ago.

• James Eayrs scored a collegiate-best 28 points, with 22 of his points coming in the first half. He also made a collegiate-high six 3-pointers and played just 19 minutes.

• After going 0-for-5 in the season opener against Concordia, Eayrs has made 13 of his last 26 three-pointers.

• The Panthers got a number of big contributions from freshmen in the win Monday. Lonnie Boga played a season-high 20 minutes and had four points and seven rebounds. Patrick Souter played 26 minutes and had six points while Ja’Rob McCallum came on late and scored eight points in six minutes.

• Ricky Franklin fouled out after playing just 17 minutes Monday but still had 12 points and five rebounds.

• Colgate fell to the hosts from TCU, 76-63, Monday night. The Raiders are now 0-3 this season.

• UWM and Colgate have never met.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Men's Basketball Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Texas State

Gameday In Fort Worth

Week two of the NIT Season Tipoff has sent the Milwaukee Panthers to the state of Texas for matchups with Texas State and Colgate. Monday's game comes against TSU.

First of all, I'm not sure who we paid off at the NIT, but they sure are getting us good weather on these road trips. Sunny and 70 today in Fort Worth - another welcome respite with snow showers in Milwaukee forecasts for later this week.

Secondly, two thumbs up for downtown Fort Worth. I'm sure it seems even nicer with the weather being what it is, but it is a nice downtown with plenty of restaurants and such. The hotel downtown is beautiful and the team enjoyed a little Texas barbeque at Risky's last night just across from the hotel. That followed practice on the TCU campus after the trip down in the late morning. Today included some film work from Saturday's game against Hillsdale and the scouting report on Texas State.

On the court, the Panthers are looking for their second win in a row while Texas State is trying to snap a three-game losing streak. I talked a little bit to Daron Sutton - who as you know lives in Phoenix and works some Arizona State games during the season - and he had the chance to see Texas State in person when the Bobcats faced Arizona State in an earlier NIT game. His general report was that TSU struggled against Arizona State - no surprise - but that they did have some individually talented players. Scoring doesn't seem like it has been a big problem for TSU until Saturday's loss at New Orleans, when the Bobcats scored just 55 points. They put up 102 against Howard Payne and 82 against Cal State Northridge. And, reasonably, with the defense Arizona State plays, the 62 points in that contest wasn't all bad, either.

I will have a live blog rolling shortly, plus you can catch Bill Johnson's call on WISN (AM 11300) online through WISN's website. I am not sure yet about live stats, but I'll put an update on the live blog if I get one.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Recapping The Title Match

Where to even begin in trying to put together a notebook and summary of this weekend’s Horizon League Volleyball Tournament in Cleveland? The Panthers completed a stunning turnaround by winning three matches this weekend to claim the league title and return to the NCAA Tournament.

First, it probably should be noted one more time that the fact UWM got to this weekend - and into the third seed no less - did seem light-years away after the five-match losing streak that was early October. But, in some ways, that accomplishment might pale in comparison to how well the Panthers played the last two days when it really mattered. Not only did UWM beat both Valpo and Cleveland State, but it had some immensely dominating stretches.

This means UWM has now won either the league regular season or tournament title for 13-straight years. That is an amazing run of supremacy. Milwaukee is also in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth time. The Panthers will undoubtedly get a difficult first-round foe – UWM will have one of the lowest RPI’s in the field this year – but not only get more practice time but a chance to test how far they have come against one of the best teams in the nation.

Some other notes and thoughts on the way to Texas for two men’s basketball games in the NIT …

- UWM is now 23-8 all-time in the Horizon League Tournament. The Panthers' sixth title is the most in league history, breaking a tie with Loyola (five titles).

- Lauren Felsing was named the tournament’s most valuable player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Maddie Sueppel and Natalie Schmitting.

- Felsing now has 1,905 career digs – the only Panther to ever go over 1,900. She also finishes off her matchups with league opponents having reached double figures in digs in 55-straight contests against the league.

- She also has 548 digs this season, second on UWM's single-season list to the 645 she tallied last season.

- Lauren Hintze had a collegiate-best 20 digs in today’s match. Once again, UWM put five players in double digits for digs. Morgan Potter was in double figures in digs twice on the weekend – including against CSU - joining regulars Kellye Zaporski, Jena Berg, Hintze and Felsing Sunday.

- How good was UWM’s defense on the weekend – particularly Saturday and Sunday – and just how important was it? Milwaukee’s opponents tallied 10 more kills than the Panthers did in the three matches, but UWM had 10 more blocks and 18 more digs. The Panthers forced 61 hitting errors Saturday and Sunday.

- Natalie Schmitting was a huge part of that defense at the net. The junior now has 376 total blocks, putting her fifth on UWM's all-time list and within 43 of the top spot in school history.

- Zaporski now has 2,313 career assists, up to fourth on UWM's all-time list.

- UWM has now beaten Cleveland State 31 of the last 34 meetings between the two teams, including in the last two league title matches. A Valpo upset of Milwaukee two seasons ago at the Klotsche Center is the only thing that kept today’s match from marking the third-straight year of a UWM/CSU final.

Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Cleveland State - Horizon League Championship

Previewing The Final

UWM will look to continue its amazing run through the second half of the season when it squares off with Cleveland State in the Horizon League Tournament title match here in Cleveland this afternoon. The match will get underway at 1 p.m. EST/12 p.m. CST.

I will again have a live blog – internet connection permitting! – and you can follow via both gametracker and live video on the Horizon League Network.

This should be a very entertaining match between what have proven to be the two best teams in the league. Both teams have followed a similar path a year apart. CSU was the big favorite last year, only to stumble during the regular season but come on during the tournament. UWM was the big favorite this year but had to dig out of a big hole at the midway point of the season to get to this point.

Now, a few additional pregame (and postmatch from yesterday) notes …

- Milwaukee is seeking its sixth league tournament title and its eighth NCAA Tournament berth.

- The Panthers are making their eighth appearance in the tournament title match.

- UWM enters the contest with a 10-match winning streak. The Panthers have had a winning streak of seven or more matches in 13-straight season.

- UWM and Cleveland State split their two regular season matches, with each team winning on its homecourt. The Panthers were swept in Cleveland before claiming a four-set win at the Klotsche Center.

- Overall, UWM owns a 34-7 edge in the series with wins in 30 of the last 33 meetings between the two teams.

- Lauren Felsing had 15 digs to move past Becky Peters atop UWM’s all-time digs list. Felsing now has 1,889 digs, giving her a great chance to become the first-ever Panther to collect 1,900 digs in a Division I career.

- Natalie Schmitting’s 11 blocks Saturday marked a collegiate-high.

- The 17 total blocks were the best in a three-set match this season for the Panthers. UWM actually had 16 blocks in a four-set win over Valpo a week ago and 15 in the five-set loss at Valpo in October.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Live Volleyball Blog - Milwaukee vs. Valparaiso

Semifinal Showdown

The UWM volleyball team looks to keep its hopes alive for another Horizon League title and NCAA Tournament berth when it takes on Valparaiso this afternoon in Cleveland in the league tournament semifinals.

As I write, the hosts from Cleveland State have jumped all over UIC in the first semifinal, winning 25-11. UWM's match will follow, with the start time set for 3:30 pm EST/2:30 pm CST.

I will have another live blog for the match today, and you can follow stats via gametracker and live video through the Horizon League Network. But, first, some prematch notes ...

- Jena Berg's 21 kills and 24 digs yesterday made Berg the first Panther player to collect a 20-20 effort since Jamie Gabrielsen did it in the 2007 season. Berg's 21 kills marked a collegiate high.

- Lauren Felsing had 26 digs yesterday and now has 1,874 career digs. That is just one away from tying and two away from overtaking Becky Peters at the top of UWM's all-time list.

- The Panthers had five players reach double figures in kills yesterday and have now hit better than .200 in six-straight matches.

- Milwaukee had 105 digs, the fifth time this season the Panthers have tallied 100 or more digs. UWM also winds up with 308 digs in three matches against Green Bay this season.

- UWM is now 3-4 in five-set matches this season. It's actually three wins in a row in five-setters after the Panthers dropped their first four extended matches of the season.

- The Panthers have now reached the semifinals of the league tournament in all 14 of their tournament appearances.

- UWM and Valpo split during the regular season, with each team winning on its homecourt. UWM's win came just last weekend, while its loss came in five sets in the middle of its five-match losing skid.

- Milwaukee and Valpo have met once before in the league tournament, with Valpo winning in four sets at the Klotsche Center two years ago.

- UWM has now won nine-straight matches overall.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Green Bay

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Live Blog - Milwaukee vs. Indiana State

Gameday #2 In Baton Rouge

Normally I post the full set of game notes on the main site, but in these two-games-in-two-days scenarios, it is more common to just do some quick updates on key things. So, here are a few of those things of note heading into today's matchup with Indiana State ...

• A.J. Slaughter’s 30 points in Monday's game marked the first performance of 30-or-more points against UWM since November of 2006, when Giordan Watson of Central Michigan scored 30 in a win over the Panthers.

• Milwaukee placed five players in double figures in the contest with Western Kentucky, paced by 13 points from James Eayrs. UWM last had five players reach double figures in a loss to North Dakota State in February.

• UWM made 9-of-26 from three-point range in the loss. The Panthers are now 12-of-50 from distance over the first two games of the season.

• The Panthers have been a very good rebounding team in recent seasons and that trend is continuing early in the 2009-10 campaign. UWM had 13 offensive boards in Monday’s loss, with James Eayrs collecting four and Deonte Roberts grabbing three. Milwaukee has 31 offensive rebounds in its first two games.

• Sophomore Tony Meier scored 10 points Monday night and has now reached double figures in the first two games of the season for the second-straight year. He has 10 double-figure scoring efforts in his career.

• Milwaukee and Indiana State have met seven previous times, with the Sycamores winning five of the seven matchups. The last meeting also came in Louisiana, with UWM claiming a 71-59 victory in the University Hoops Classic in New Orleans in 2002.

• UWM could be getting its only crack of the season at a Missouri Valley Conference foe, with a second matchup still possible in this season’s BracketBusters event. The Panthers snapped a nine-game losing streak to teams from the Valley with an 86-74 win over Bradley last December.

• Regardless of Tuesday’s outcome, the Panthers will play in an NIT consolation bracket at a site to be determined next Monday and Tuesday.

Again today, I'll work on a live blog from the scorers' table, there will be live stats via LSU's website and you can listen to Bill Johnson's call on WISN (AM 1130) or online at newstalk1130.com.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Live MBB Blog - Milwaukee vs. Western Kentucky

Gameday In Baton Rouge

The sun is shining in Louisiana and the Panthers are ready to begin the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tipoff Tournament against Western Kentucky this afternoon. The game tips off at 4:30 p.m. CST.

The Panthers flew down on a charter from Milwaukee to Baton Rouge yesterday, and got a few hours of rest and relaxation in the 78-degree weather before practice last night at the Maravich Center. With that late practice and an early tipoff today, there is no shootaround for the Panthers, who will go through the scouting report and pregame meal here at the hotel before heading over to the arena about 2:30.

Tom Enlund from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is here with us and has a nice preview of today's game in the paper and online here.

If you want to check out a little more on Western Kentucky, you can find a website game preview here or an article in the Louisville Courier Journal here. If you want to read a little more about the hosts from LSU, here is an article from the New Orleans paper this morning. Something on Indiana State from the Terre Haute newspaper is here.

For your gameday enjoyment, Bill Johnson will, of course, have the radio call on WISN (AM 1130) beginning at 4:15. You can also listen to Bill here. It also looks like LSU will have live stats for today's game, with a full list of the live events here.

Finally, I do plan to do a live blog during the game, as well. I'll have it linked from this entry as well as from the main site when we get to the arena.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

What The Magazines Are Saying

As we get set to officially tip off the men's basketball season Friday night, it seems like a good time to review what the various preseason publications have said about the Panthers, the Horizon League and some of this season's opponents.

Now, take a lot of this for what it is worth - speculation compiled in the middle of the summer. Most of these magazines file stories in June or July, and rarely return to check for any sort of update. So, things certainly change for a lot of teams in that time. But, the compilation of predictions still provides a nice snapshot.

The Sporting News has UWM finishing third in the Horizon League, behind Butler and Wright State. Butler is 14th in the country, according to the publication. The magazine also has Tone Boyle on its all-league team.

Athlon Sports also has UWM third, with Butler #1 and Wright State #2. It predicts a Sweet 16 appearance for Butler, which it has ranked 12th in the country. And, the publication has Tone on its all-league team.

Athlon also has Western Kentucky and Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament with Marquette in the NIT. It also says the with the addition of transfer Jake Kelly, Indiana State might have the best backcourt in the Valley.

Finally, there is Yahoo, which actually put out a magazine this season. It ranked every Division I team, putting UWM at #63 in the nation. Butler is 11, Wisconsin 40 and Western Kentucky 52. The next highest Horizon League team is Wright State at 71. Among other non-league opponents, LSU is 65, Marquette is 83, Miami is 133 and Bowling Green is 136.

Yahoo also put two Panthers on its 10-player all-league team, with Tone Boyle on the first team and James Eayrs on the second team.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Catch Some Horizon League Action

If you have the right combination of TV stations, you can check out some of the Horizon League's men's basketball teams in action over the next week.

Tonight, Detroit plays at Cal at 10 pm central on ESPNU. Then Friday, if you have access to a few additional channels, Loyola's game with Kansas State is on ESPN Full Court and Fox Sports Midwest, Youngstown's game with Xavier is on Fox Sports Ohio and Wright State's game at Washington is on Fox Sports Northwest. Sunday, Valpo's game vs. North Carolina is on Fox Sports South. If you want to fast-forward all the way to next Wednesday, Butler's game at Northwestern is on the Big Ten Network.

As always, these TV plans are subject to change ... for example right now my Direct TV guide has an NHL game on FSN Ohio Friday night, but YSU's website notes the telecast on the network.

There is actually plenty of Horizon League basketball on TV throughout the season, especially if you are a subscriber to ESPN Full Court and any sort of satellite sports pack that includes the various FSN affiliates. And, by the way, that ESPN Full Court schedule is far from set or complete, including word on which UWM games the network will pick up for its package.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Rising To The Top...

The NCAA announced its statistical leaders Monday and it is official:
- Sarah Hagen leads the nation with 24 goals and 1.200 per game.
- Kate Megna leads the nation with 16 assists and 0.84 per game.

Hagen is also third in the country with 53 points and with a 2.65 point-per-game average.

As the season progresses, the pair gives Milwaukee a chance at its first national statistical champion in women's soccer.

Hagen has scored one more goal than any other player in Division I, but the NCAA bases champions on per game averages. There, her lead is 0.033 over Portland's Danielle Foxhaven (21 goals, 18 games - 1.167 per game).

For Megna, the gap is wider. She has one more assist than second place, but in two less games. Her average of 0.84 is 0.12 better than that of James Madison's Teresa Rynier (15 assists, 21 games - 0.72 per game).

Since 1998, no team in NCAA Division I women's soccer has had the No. 1 goal scorer and No. 1 assist player in the same season.

The Panthers have posted recent statistical champions in baseball and men's soccer. Mike Goetz led the nation in batting average for the baseball team in 2005, while Grant Fernstrum topped the charts in goals against average in 2005.

Third Coast Digest Piece

Third Coast Digest wrote posted an article on the women's soccer experience at Milwaukee. You can see the article here.

TCD is not a sports website and, from what I can tell, covers little sports. The article is classified as "Sports Aesthetics" and captures the experience of attending a women's soccer game at Engelmann Field.

The Panther women captured their sixth Horizon League Tournament championship over the weekend, capping the title with a 4-0 win over Valparaiso Sunday. The team now awaits word on a first round opponent in its seventh trip to the NCAA Tournament. UWM is gathering to watch the selection show at Harry's Bar and Grill on Oakland Avenue, less than a mile off campus.

The event is open to the public.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Time Warner Playback Updates

Time Warner Cable Sports 32's Dennis Krause sent along more times for the airing of his interview with Rob Jeter as well as some playback times for the volleyball win over Loyola that Time Warner televised Saturday.

The Dennis Krause Show with Rob Jeter
Tues Oct 20 - Noon, 4 pm and 10:30 pm
Wed Oct 21 - 6 pm and 11 pm
Thu Oct 22 - 8:30 am, 4 pm and 10 pm
Fri Oct 23 - 12:30 pm, 5 pm and 10:30 pm
Sat Oct 24 - 9:30 am and 10:30 pm
Sun Oct 25 - 8:30 am and 11:30 pm

Volleyball vs. Loyola
Wednesday - 7:00 pm
Thursday - 9 am
Friday - 1 pm
Sunday - 11:30 am

More Radio Appearances

A few more on-air appearances to take note of as everyone begins to turn attention toward basketball.

First, Rob Jeter and Sandy Botham taped an edition of UWM Today with Tom Luljak on WUWM. The show airs Thursdays at 2:30 pm and Sundays at 7:30 pm.

Also, Rob is slated to be the guest on the "A-List" portion of "The D-List" Tuesday afternoon on Milwaukee's ESPN Radio. The segment will air from 1-1:30 pm, and I'll post a podcast of the show as soon as it is available.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Megna is tops, Hagen not too shabby

In the wake of Sarah Hagen's fifth-straight Horizon League Player of the Week honor, the NCAA has released updated national statistical leaders and both she and Kate Megna factor among the nation's elite.

Megna leads the nation 14 assists, three better than any other player, and is averaging a national-best 0.88 assists per game. Second place on the list, Michelle Enyeart from Portland, is averaging 0.79 per contest. Megna has assisted on goals in her last six games, including on all three scores for Milwaukee in two games last weekend.

Meanwhile, Hagen is fairly comfortable near the top of both the point and goal lists. She has 19 goals and 42 points so far this season, which puts her second in the nation in both. Her per-game goal-scoring average of 1.118 is fourth and her 2.47 points per game are sixth. She has scored goals in a school-record nine-straight games and 13-straight league games with one to play Friday at Green Bay.

In the league, no other player has more than eight goals and Megna is second with 17 points. On the assists leaderboard, another Panther, Keara Thompson, is tied for second with six.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Kulwicki estate gift helps UWM

Here is a note from the athletics world that will benefit UWM's School of Engineering, as the estate of late NASCAR standout Alan Kulwicki is making a large donation to his alma mater.

Kulwicki, a Wisconsin native, died in a plane crash in April 1993. He graduated from UWM in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.

A number of spots on the web have this story, but a good summary is located here.

The estate is also making a donation to UNC Charlotte, which actually has a motorsports engineering program.

Rob Jeter on Sports Central

UWM men's basketball coach Rob Jeter joined Bill Michaels on WTMJ's Sports Central to talk about the upcoming basketball season.

You can listen to the podcast of the interview here.

UWM practice officially gets started Friday.

Monday, October 12, 2009

NCAA Stats Favor Hagen, Megna

According to the NCAA statistics released this afternoon, the Panthers have two of the nation's top offensive players in sophomore Sarah Hagen and senior Kate Megna.

Hagen, on the strength of a seven-game goal-scoring streak, is second in the nation with 16 goals and fifth with 1.067 goals per game. Her 36 points are tied for second, while her 2.40 points per game are tied for fifth.

On the other hand, Megna is tied for the national lead with 11 assists this season. Her average of 0.79 assists per game has her second. Megna tied the school record for career assists with her 26th career helper Oct. 2 at Butler. She has since made the mark all her own with five assists over her last two games.

Weiland Takes A Stand At Al's Run

By all accounts, UWM assistant track & field coach Nate Weiland successfully defended his Al's Run title in Milwaukee on Saturday. But, he made a splash by evading the finish line and the volunteers holding the tape, then refused his award out of protest.

The race was covered by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, complete with quotes from Nate. The story is here.

An alum of the Milwaukee track and cross country program, Nate's protest was over the disqualification of the top two runners in the Lakefront Marathon the week prior.

Also running in the race was former Panther Holly Nearman, who took second. The 2008 women's champion, Nearman finished up her final year of eligibility in 2009.

Nate's winning time was 24:35, 43 seconds better than second place and 23 seconds better than his winning time last season (24:58). Holly, meanwhile, was just nine seconds off the winning time at 28:49 and nearly a minute better than last year (28:45).

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Horizon League People's Choice

Sophomore Sarah Hagen of women's soccer won the People's Choice Award this week by the Horizon League Network. That netted her an appearance on the site. The People's Choice is selected among the league's athletes of the week by fans on the website.

Here is her interview with HLN's Damon Lewis:



"Apple" has been on fire with goals in her last five games, including a school record-tying four goals on Sunday. This week was her third-straight Player of the Week award and she was also named to the Soccer America National Team of the Week.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Jeter On "The Dennis Krause Show"

Rob Jeter taped a preseason episode of "The Dennis Krause Show" that will air over the next two weeks on Sports 32.

Here are the air times for week one ...

Mon. Oct. 12 - 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm

Tues. Oct. 13 - 7:30 am, 12:30 pm, 4:00 pm and 10:30 pm

Wed. Oct. 14 - 6:00 pm, 9:00 pm and 11:00 pm

Thurs. Oct. 15 - 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm and 10:00 pm

Fri. Oct. 16 - 5:00 pm and 10:30 pm

Sat. Oct. 17 - 9:30 am, 6:00 pm and 10:30 pm

Sun. Oct. 18 - 8:30 am, 11:30 am and 11:30 pm

Friday, October 2, 2009

OnMilwaukee.com - The Hill

OnMilwaukee.com was out at "The Hill" a few weeks ago to put together a feature on the preseason conditioning work done by the UWM men.

You can find the video here.

You might note that in a couple of frames of the video, you can see UWM radio play-by-play guy Bill Johnson taking a shot at the hill, as well. That was for a feature that will run on this year's "Rob Jeter Show" on Sports 32.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Full League ESPN Schedule

As noted on the main site yesterday, UWM's men and women will each get at least one national TV slot as part of the Horizon League's ESPNU Game of the Week package. Those are two of at least 21 games involving league teams on the ESPN networks this year. The full list is below, so you can set the DVR and do some scouting on the rest of the league.

Nov. 11 - Detroit at California - 10 p.m. - ESPNU
Nov. 26 - Butler vs. Minnesota - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN2
Nov. 27 - Butler vs. TBD – TBD - ESPNU
Nov. 29 - Butler vs. TBD – TBD – ESPN2 or ESPNU
Dec. 3 - Cleveland State at Wright State - 8 p.m. - ESPNU
Dec. 8 - Butler vs. Georgetown - 6 p.m. - ESPN
Dec. 12 - Ohio State at Butler - 11 a.m. – ESPN
Dec. 16 - Wright State at Mississippi State - 6 p.m. – ESPN2
Dec. 19 - Xavier at Butler - 1 p.m. - ESPN2
Jan. 8 - Valparaiso at Detroit - 6 p.m. - ESPNU
Jan. 15 - Loyola at UIC - 8 p.m. - ESPNU
Jan. 22 - Milwaukee at Youngstown State - 6 p.m. – ESPNU
Jan. 29 - Butler at Green Bay - 8 p.m. - ESPNU
Jan. 30 - Youngstown State at Cleveland State – TBD - ESPNU
Feb. 6 - Wildcard Game - 7 p.m. – ESPN2
Feb. 12 - Milwaukee at Green Bay (women’s) - 8 p.m. - ESPNU
Feb. 19-20 – BracketBusters – TBD – ESPN2 and ESPNU
Feb. 26 - Butler at Valparaiso - 8 p.m.- ESPNU
March 6 - Speedway Men’s Basketball Championship Semifinals - 7/9 p.m. – ESPNU
March 9 - Speedway Men’s Basketball Championship Game - 8 p.m. - ESPN
March 14 - Speedway Women’s Basketball Championship Game - 12 p.m. - ESPNU

Thursday, September 24, 2009

More On BracketBusters 2010

ESPN made official the 2010 BracketBusters pool this week. We already knew UWM would get to play a home game in the event, but now we know the full list of possible opponents for that day.

Most UWM fans probably know the drill by now ... ESPN will pick 11 televised matchups and then the rest of the games are set up based on geography, records and other scheduling concerns. So, the road teams that UWM could play, broken down by league, are ...

America East
Boston University; New Hampshire

Big South
Presbyterian; Winthrop

Big West
Cal Poly; Long Beach State; UC Davis; UC Santa Barbara

Colonial Athletic
Drexel; James Madison; UNC Wilmington; Old Dominion; Towson; William & Mary

Metro Atlantic Athletic
Fairfield; Marist; Niagara; Rider; Siena

Mid-American
Akron; Buffalo; Eastern Michigan; Northern Illinois; Toledo; Western Michigan

Missouri Valley
Drake; Indiana State; Wichita State

Mid-Eastern Athletic
Morgan State; South Carolina State

Ohio Valley
Morehead State; Southeast Missouri; Tennessee State; Tennessee Tec; Tennessee-Martin

Southern
College of Charleston; Elon; Western Carolina

Summit League
Oral Roberts

Western Athletic
Louisiana Tech; Nevada; New Mexico State; San Jose State

SIU Edwardsville is also a road team in the event, but since UWM already plays SIUE this January that won't be a matchup. And, it is also possible Indiana State and Milwaukee could play in Baton Rouge in the NIT event, so that would mean the Sycamores would be eliminated from the list for UWM, as well.

As a side note, league schools also playing home games are Butler, Cleveland State, Detroit and Green Bay. Those playing road games are Loyola, UIC, Wright State, Valpo and Youngstown State.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hagen Named A CS360 Primetime Performer

Sarah Hagen was selected as a Primetime Performer of the Week this week by CollegeSoccer360.com. The site's complete list can be found here. Hagen was also named the Horizon League Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

The sophomore from Appleton, Wis., scored goals in both of the Panthers' games last weekend. Most notably, her goal Friday gave Milwaukee a 1-0 lead at No. 11 Purdue. The Boilermakers converted a penalty kick late in the second half, but UWM still came away with a draw against a ranked team--the program's fifth.

For more information on Hagen's weekend, click here for her P.O.W. release.

Monday, September 21, 2009

This Week At UWMPanthers.com

The top stories at uwmpanthers.com are Sarah Hagen earning Horizon League Player of the Week honors and the women's volleyball weekly release. Weekly releases for both soccers will be posted by the end of the day Tuesday.

Podcasts are already posted for men's soccer and volleyball and can be found here. Women's soccer will be posted Tuesday in conjunction with the weekly release. Cross Country has the weekend off, so there will be now preview show this week.

Don't forget to check out the player blogs: "GL's Journal," "The VolleyBlog" and the Women's Soccer Player Blog. As always, GL is right on top of things with his men's soccer blog. Meanwhile volleyball and women's soccer will have their blogs up soon.

A Look Back At The Week That Was
- Women's volleyball went 2-1 last week, opening the league season over the weekend in Chicago. The Panthers beat Loyola, but fell to UIC. This week is a light week for them, with only one match. The team heads to Green Bay Friday to take on the Phoenix.

- Like volleyball, women's soccer has just one game this week, hosting Loyola Friday. It will be the league opener after a rigorous non-league schedule. The Panthers tied No. 11 Purdue on Friday, but fell at Illinois Sunday.

- Men's soccer finally got to play in front of the home crowd last weekend, hosting the annual Panther Invitational--the longest-running Division I tourney in the nation. UWM overcame a 2-0 deficit on Sunday, but lost to Oakland, 3-2, to finish 0-2. The team also faced No. 9 UC Santa Barbrara on the weekend.

- Cross country ran its biggest meet of the season and continues to improve. The men's team took fifth in the 15-team Midwest Open, hosted by UW-Parkside. The women placed eighth among 16 teams. Four men finished among the top 20 to highlight the weekend. As mentioned, both teams have off this weekend.

Remember: For up-to-date information on Milwaukee Panther Athletics, visituwmpanthers.com. To supplement your coverage, be sure to follow the Panthers on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. We'd like to hear your thoughts on our "family of networks"... send any comments our way atuwmathletics(at)gmail.com.

Monday, September 14, 2009

What To Look For At UWMPanthers.com

With the return to the five-day work week, uwmpanthers.com returns to (mostly) Monday postings. Right now, the top story is Maddie Sueppel being named the Horizon league Defensive Player of the Week. The Volleyball team heads to Northern Illinois tomorrow, so a weekly release should follow shortly.

Men's and women's soccer will have weekly releases posted by the end of the day Tuesday. Meanwhile, the coaches' show podcasts will also be there (or more accurately, here). The Jon Coleman Show (men's soccer) is already available for download.

We've added the Cross Country Preview Show with head coach Pete Corfeld. His show is posted every Tuesday in advance of the Panthers in action. That show is available here.

As for the player blogs, "GL's Journal" is already posted, while Sam Trawitzke (The VolleyBlog) and Louise Vraney (women's soccer) are putting finishing touches on their weekly posts.

A Look Back At The Week That Was:
- Cross Country had a triumphant weekend, with senior Abbie Zaspel winning the Huskie Invitational and the men's squad taking first place in the team standings. Sophomore Chris Schuenke led Panthers in the 2-5 positions to seal the victory for UWM. This weekend, bot teams have a home meet of sorts, running close by at the Parkside Invitational in Kenosha.

- Volleyball, as mentioned, gets its week started early at NIU Tuesday. The team then opens league play this weekend with the two Chicago schools (UIC & Loyola). The Panthers hosted the annual Panther Invitational, posting a 1-3 mark.

- Men's Soccer returned home from California, where it dropped a pair of one-goal decisions at the Matador Challenge. This weekend, Milwaukee hosts the 36th Annual Panther Invitational. The tourney is the longest-running tournament in NCAA Division I soccer.

- Women's Soccer continued its brutal non-conference schedule last weekend, losing games to Minnesota and Iowa. The Panthers closes out non-league play this weekend at Purdue and Illinois. Both teams were ranked in the top 11 in the nation last weekend.

Remember: For up-to-date information on Milwaukee Panther Athletics, visit uwmpanthers.com. To supplement your coverage, be sure to follow the Panthers on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. We'd like to hear your thoughts on our "family of networks"... send any comments our way at uwmathletics(at)gmail.com.

Friday, September 11, 2009

On the road with the men's soccer team...

Former UWM All-American Tony Sanneh, who is now playing for the L.A. Galaxy, stopped by to watch the Panthers take on Cal State Fullerton. He took a few minutes after the game for a quick interview.


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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Madison All-Tournament Team

With UWM playing the early game Sunday, the all-tournament team for the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational in Madison was not named until after the Badgers just got by Western Illinois, winning 1-0 on a goal with three seconds left. That gave the team title to Virginia Tech.

Anyways, congrats to senior Nkuti Ndely and to freshman John Shakon, who were both named to the squad.

All-Tournament Team
Nkuti Ndely, Milwaukee
John Shakon, MNilwaukee
Alexander Baden, Virginia Tech
David Fiorello, Virginia Tech
Koen Oost, Virginia Tech
Greg Cochrane, Virginia Tech
Brandon Miller, Wisconsin
Scott Lorenz, Wisconsin
Mark Roos, Wisconsin
Adam Rappin, WIU
Kooten Johnson, WIU

Monday, September 7, 2009

What To Look For At UWMPanthers.com

With the Labor Day holiday today, a lot of our content at uwmpanthers.com and our network of sites should be posted by the end of the day Tuesday.
Weekly releases for men's and women's soccer and volleyball will be posted, as will the Michael Moynihan (W-Soccer) and Susie Johnson (Volleyball) coaches show podcasts. The Jon Coleman Show (M-Soccer) has already been posted on our podcasts page here.
We'll also be getting our student-athlete blogs posted. As a reminder, you can follow the volleyball team through the eyes of setter Sam Trawitzke with the "VolleyBlog". You can also check out "GL's Journal" (men's soccer) and "The Women's Soccer Player Blog," which will penned by senior Louise Vraney this week.
A Look Back At The Week That Was:
- Men's soccer got the season underway at Marquette and with the Middleton Sports & Fitness Invitational. The Panthers are 1-2 heading into this week after taking third at the tourney with a 1-1 mark. UWM heads to California this weekend for the Big West Challenge.
- Volleyball posted a 1-3 mark at the Magnolia Classic, hosted by Ole Miss. The Panthers will be looking to get back on the winning track this weekend, hosting the Panther Invitational. UWM will play two games at the Klotsche Center both Friday and Saturday.
- The women's soccer played in arguably the top tournament in the nation this weekend, dropping a pair of tough contests at Notre Dame's Inn at St. Mary's Classic. The tourney featured No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Notre Dame, Milwaukee and Marquette, both of which was receiving votes at the beginning of the week. The Panthers host nationally-ranked Minnesota Friday and head to Iowa on Sunday this weekend.
- Cross Country opened the 2009 campaigned and posted a combined six wins at the UIC Home Opener. Senior Abbie Zaspel took second on the women's side, which went 3-0. Meanwhile, for the men, freshman Jake Reilly took second in the first cross country of his life (yeah... LIFE). Milwaukee heads to the Huskie Invitational Saturday in DeKalb, Ill.
Remember: For up-to-date information on Milwaukee Panther Athletics, visit uwmpanthers.com. To supplement your coverage, be sure to follow the Panthers on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. We'd like to hear your thoughts on our "family of networks"... send any comments our way at uwmathletics (at) gmail.com.

Monday, August 31, 2009

This Week At UWMPanthers.com

Here's what to look for at uwmpanthers.com this week:

The volleyball and men's soccer weekly releases will be posted over on uwmpanthers.com today, while women's soccer will follow Tuesday following the release of the NSCAA rankings.

Despite that, new episodes of all three coaches shows will be available on our podcasts page here by the end of the afternoon on Monday. You can also find video quotes for the women's soccer and volleyball matches from last weekend attached to the game stories.

Player blogs should also be updated Monday with the first "VolleyBlog" from Sam Trawitzke and the third installments of "GL's Journal" (men's soccer) and "The Women's Soccer Player Blog," which will come from Nicole Munnelly for the second time.

Here is a quick look at this week for the fall sports:
- The women's soccer team won the Milwaukee Cup over the weekend with a 6-0 win over Michigan and a 1-0 win over Rice. Senior Kate Megna was named tournament MVP. The Panthers are playing in the Inn at St. Mary's Classic, hosted by No. 2 Notre Dame. They actually host Marquette Thursday at Engelmann Field, before heading to South Bend, Ind., Sunday to play the Irish.

- For volleyball, the 2009 season got off to a tough-luck start with 3-0 losses at No. 13 Iowa State last weekend. This week, the Panthers will be looking for their first win of the season at the Magnolia Classic, hosted by Ole' Miss. They play Akron, Ole' Miss, Alcorn State and UAB.

- The men's soccer team gets its season underway Tuesday, playing at Marquette at Valley Fields, starting at 7 p.m.

- Cross country also gets underway this weekend, running at the UIC Home Opener on Saturday. A season preview for will be posted on either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.

Remember: For up-to-date information on Milwaukee Panther Athletics, visit uwmpanthers.com. To supplement your coverage, be sure to follow the Panthers on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Little Volleyball Fun In The Pool



The UWM volleyball team has put in plenty of hard work in getting ready for a 2009 season full of high expectations. But they've had their fun as well. One day last week the Panthers took a brief break from practice and headed to the pool. And, once there, a handful of Panthers put together quite the synchronized swimming routine. Assistant coach Evan Berg was quick with his camera phone and caught the routine on video. Maybe it's not quite Olympic quality, but the Panthers are in the early lead for the Horizon League Synchronized Swimming Championship.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Panthers Step Into The Inferno

A pair of former Panthers have joined the coaching ranks in Milwaukee, doing so at Alverno College.

Sarah Teegarden, an All-American with the women's soccer team, joined the Inferno soccer staff this week. She was hired by head coach Brittany Oliviera-Nikolic, who was a volunteer assistant on the Panthers' staff last season.

Teegarden played for UWM from 2005-08, earning all-league first team honors all four years. She capped her career by leading Milwaukee to a school-record 18 wins and No. 16 national ranking last season. She was rewarded with All-America Third Team honors from the NSCAA.

Alverno also tabbed Erin Felber as its inaugural head tennis coach. Felber played for the Panthers from 2001-05 and had been coaching at her prep alma mater, Nicolet High School, before her current appointment. Her task will be building the program from the ground up.

Here are the official releases for Sarah, Erin and, for good measure, Brittany... though admittedly, Brittany was hired April 21 and I didn't do a blog post.

Alverno is a Division III school located on the south side of Milwaukee. The Inferno play in the Northern Athletics Conference and sponsor six sports. One more tie between UWM and AC is in Panther Hall of Famer Heather Czappa, who is an assistant athletic director and the senior women's administrator.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Women's Soccer Player Blog

The player blog for the Milwaukee women's soccer team is back in 2009. This season, we have given Kate Megna a break and will have players contributing to the blog on a rotating basis. First up is freshman Nicole Munnelly. Nicole will contribute for the first couple weeks of the season, starting with this post.

Nicole is one of three international players on Milwaukee's roster, hailing from Dublin, Ireland. She talks about getting acquainted to the States and going through the preseason in a new country.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Tough Schedule Confirmed

Every time I take another look at the non-league schedule UWM volleyball coach Susie Johnson has put together, it gets even tougher.

At first glance, fans would probably notice two matches against Iowa State and contests against Ole Miss and Ohio State, maybe just because those are BCS schools. And indeed, led by the Cyclones (who are 13th in the nation in the preseason AVCA poll and reached the Elite Eight last season), that group is indeed daunting on its own.

But then as I began to compile information for the opponent section of this year's media guide (now available online at the main site), it became apparent that a number of other Panther opponents were bringing back a large portion of their team from a season ago. In fact, seven of nine UWM non-league opponents have at least three of their starters back from a season ago, with five of them having at least four starters back.

Side note ... This doesn't include Alcorn State, for which I am still seeking information. As you might note in the opponent section of the guide, the info I did find is more than a little thin, and for the first time I can remember I had to say a schedule was "not available" ... ugh!

At the Panther Invite alone, Western Michigan has all of their starters back after going to the Sweet 16 last year. Somehow, WMU didn't crack the preseason top 25, though the Broncos are 30th when you consider where they sit in the "Others Receiving Votes" category. And, Ohio State has all but one of its starters back and looks poised for a major rise up the Big Ten standings.

But don't sleep on the trip to Mississippi, where Ole Miss is on its homecourt and UAB brings a couple of starters back from a team that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year. Throw in a single game at Northern Illinois - a place UWM pulled out a five-setter two years ago - and there's not an easy stretch on the slate.

It all starts in a week at Iowa State ...

Monday, August 10, 2009

10 Reasons To Watch UWM Women's Soccer

The Milwaukee Examiner (www.examiner.com) posted a couple pieces over the weekend leading up to the Milwaukee women's soccer exhibition opener Tuesday night against Illinois State. They counted down "Ten Reasons to Get Excited for UWM Women's Soccer." Here is a link to reasons 6-10 and reasons 1-5.

In light of that, here are the uwmpanthers.com 10 reasons to be excited for the season:

10) Soccer is the World's Sport: Six billion people in this world and the majority of them love soccer. Are they wrong? Nope.

9) 8 Starters Return: The Panthers lost just three starters from last season, bringing back a number of players with starting experience. Granted, two of those starters were Erin Kane and Sarah Teegarden. BUT, a lot of players return from a very good team. That's something to be excited about.

8) More International Flavor: In addition to sophomore Canadian Keara Thompson, Milwaukee has added two more international players in another Calgarian (person from Calgary? Calgarite?) Demi Price and Nicole Munnelly, a lass from the emerald isle Ireland.

7) A Whole Lotta Goals: People who think soccer is boring because of low-scoring games (you know who you are), can find solace at Engelmann Field. UWM scored a school-record 65 goals last season and return the scorers of 56 of those goals in 2009.

6) Home is Where the Heart is...: and the Panthers protect their heart. Milwaukee was 11-0 at home last season and has a 22-game home unbeaten streak entering the season. That streak is tied for the 16th-longest streak in NCAA Division I history.

5) Marquette has to come to Engelmann: UWM hosts its cross-town rival Marquette Sept. 3. The last time the two teams met at Engelmann Field, it was an exciting 0-0 draw (yes, 0-0 draws CAN be exciting... generally not, but sometimes) played in front of a school-record 867 people. The game was also televised live in Milwaukee. The Panthers are 2-0-1 in the last three meetings with the Golden Eagles.

4) National Rankings: The Panthers finished a season ranked for the first time in school history in 2008. No. 24 UWM looks like a strong choice to be ranked in the preseason polls, putting a national spotlight on Engelmann Field

3) Apple: Normally we wouldn't highlight one player, but Sarah Hagen scored 24 goals last season... as a freshman. She's back and likes scoring goals. Oh, and, while the other team is watching her, a lot of other players will be finding the back of the net.

2) Big Ten+1: Milwaukee plays eight Big Ten teams in 2009. EIGHT. Granted, that includes an exhibition match with Michigan State, but UWM plays just eight Horizon League teams by comparison. Come November, when you see the Panthers' record, you'll know they earned it.

No word on Milwaukee's chances for a birth into the Big Ten Tournament.

1) Shooting For 10: The Panthers have won nine-straight Horizon League regular season championships. North Carolina doesn't have a streak that long. IN FACT, only Penn State currently has a longer streak of regular season crowns in the nation (10).

There you have it, 10 reasons you should be at Engelmann Field this season, or at least watching uwmpanthers.com with bated breath every Friday and Sunday after Panther games.

We'll have a good amount of content this week for women's soccer at the main site. I'll have a release Tuesday, the season preview later in the week and recaps of Tuesday and Sunday's exhibition games. The first weekly release will be out next Monday, previewing the season-opening games with Northwestern (Aug. 21) and Wisconsin (Aug. 24).

Thursday, August 6, 2009

LeCrone To Appear On Dennis Krause Show

Horizon League Commissioner Jon LeCrone was in Milwaukee earlier this week and made a stop at the Time Warner Cable studios while in town.

LeCrone taped an edition of the "Dennis Krause Show," which will air a number of times next week.

The air dates are as follows:

Mon. Aug. 10 - 5 pm and 10 pm

Tues. Aug. 11 - 7:30 am, 4 pm and 10:30 pm

Wed. Aug. 12 - 6 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm

Thurs. Aug. 13 - 4 pm and 10 pm

Fri. Aug. 14 - 11:30 am, 5 pm and 11 pm

Sat. Aug. 15 - 9:30 am and 10:30 pm

Sun. Aug. 16 - 8:30 am, 3:30 pm and 11:30 pm

Chambliss Gets Assistant Post At UWP

Former UWM staffer Sharif Chambliss has returned to the state of Wisconsin as an assistant men's basketball coach at UW-Platteville.

Chambliss served as a student-athlete tutor and mentor for two seasons at UWM, working closely with the men's basketball program. He then spent this past season as an assistant coach at Francis Marion (SC).

You can read about the hiring in the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald here or on UWP's official website here.

UWM Student-Athletes Join Horizon League SAAC At Riley's Children's Hospital

UWM student-athletes Natalie Chery (volleyball) and Emily Budde (track and field) were part of a contingent of Horizon League student-athletes who visited Riley's Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.

Chery and Budde are UWM's representatives on the Horizon League's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

You can read more about the visit here.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Waldhart To Swim In U.S. Open Aug. 5

Jeremy Waldhart of the UWM men's swimming team will look to make a splash at the 2009 U.S. Open Swimming Championships held this week near Seattle, Wash.

Waldhart qualified for both the 400 IM and the 200 backstroke at the USA Swimming championship with his times he recorded at the Horizon League Championships in February. He set school records in each event this past season, touching the wall in 3:58.20 in the IM and 1:47.68 in the backstroke.

The U.S. Open, which runs from the 4th through the 8th, is an opportunity to qualify for the 2009 Youth Team World Cup competition.

Waldhart swims in both events on Wednesday, Aug. 5. He joins over 800 swimmers at the event, including a field of Olympians Margaret Hoelzer, Kate Ziegler and Elaine Breeden.

Click HERE for the link to the USA Swimming website and HERE for the meet psyche sheet.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Edwards Does It Again...

Another big weekend by Traci Edwards netted her a second-straight Queensland Basketball League Player of the Week award.

The Caboolture Suns went 1-1 last week, falling to the second-place Gladstone Port City Power, 103-94, and topping the Bundaberg Bears, 98-66.

Against the Power, Edwards matched her UWM-record 45 points on 9-of-19 shooting and had 17 rebounds. Then, in a decisive win over the Bears, she had 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor and 10-of-11 from the free throw line.

Traci is sixth in the league is scoring (24.3 ppg), ninth in rebounding (10.5 rpg), second in field goal percentage (59.5%), fourth in free throw percentage (80.9%) and seventh in blocks (1.08 bpg).

Here is the link to the release.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Edwards Named QBL Player of the Week

Four months after her last points as a Panthers and I continue to promote Traci Edwards and her player of the week awards. I waited until she got her first Queensland Basketball League (QBL) P.O.W. honor to give you an update on her performance down under.

First, the award. She was the Round 13 Player of the Week after averaging 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in a pair of Caboolture wins last weekend. She was also 20-for-29 from the field in the two games. Against Ipswich Saturday, she had 23 points and eight rebounds. Then, in a 105-60 win over Cairns, she had 24 points and 10 boards in just 18 minutes.

Eleven games into her professional career and she is averaging 21.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She has five double-doubles, including a 26-point, 19-rebound monster vs. Toowoomba (yes, that's the correct spelling) July 11. She is shooting 56.9 percent from the field on the year, including 32-for-46 (.696) over her last three games.

In the league, she is seventh in scoring, eighth in rebounding and second in field goal percentage.

As for Caboolture, the Suns are fourth in the QBL at 10-5 and have won four-straight games.

The release from the QBL is here.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Two Panthers Earn All-Star Honors

Numerous Panthers are in the middle of summer baseball seasons, but we wanted to take a minute to recognize two of them who have been recently named to their respective all-star teams.

Ben Long, a senior in 2009 who will be coming back next year after redshirting following an injury, has been named to the Northwoods League South Division All-Star Team.

An All-Horizon League DH as a junior, Long is in his second stint with the Wisconsin Woodchucks this summer after spending 15 games with the Madison Mallards earlier this season. His combined totals on the year include a .271 batting average, five doubles, six home runs (third in the league) and 18 runs driven in.

The game will take place July 21 in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Click on the Northwoods League website for more information.

Dan Buchholz, a junior in 2009, is playing for the Licking County Settlers in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. He is in his second season with the team and is currently batting .317 in 23 games, with the team at 14-9 overall. He has driven in 11 and has an on-base percentage of .443, with both of those ranking second on the team. He has also thrown out close to 40% of runners trying to steal.

The all-star game was last night, July 15, in Cincinnati, Ohio. His 'Red' squad came up short in the end, falling 5-4. Buchholz started the game and went 0-for-2.
The GLSCL's website is available here.
The box score is here.

Tucker On Board With Pistons In NBA Summer League

Former UWM standout Clay Tucker is playing about 11 minutes per game as part of the Detroit Pistons' NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas this week.

In his relatively brief appearances, his numbers have been solid. He's averaging 7.5 points per game while shooting over 63 percent from the field. He's also made 4-of-7 from three-point range.

His best game was his first, when he scored 11 points in 16 minutes in a win over Sacramento.

Tucker finished last season in top Spanish division at Cajasol Sevilla. He averaged 17.5 points per game in 11 contests. He had played at BC Kyiv in the Ukraine for eight games earlier in the season, averaging over 15 points per game.

The Pistons have one more game remaining, scheduled for Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Jeter Back In States After Bronze Medal Win


Team USA claimed the bronze medal at the World University Games with a 91-80 win over Israel this weekend in Serbia. The US had to settle for an appearance in that contest after a disappointing, two-point loss to Russia in the semifinals.

After that, it was back to the day jobs for the Team USA coaching staff, which included UWM coach Rob Jeter. Jeter returned to the States on Sunday and is already back to work in his regular role as a Panther.

In fact, this is a key recruiting time for college basketball, with open evaluation periods during much of this month.

We'll catch up coach Jeter later this week and get a little more in-depth recap of his Team USA experiences for the main website, while also getting some summer updates on the Panthers.

Former UWM Assistant Now GM Of Golden State Warriors

We're always on the lookout for people in the sports world with a connection to UWM. Sometimes, we're well aware of those connections, especially with alums like with Bill Carollo, Mike Reinfeldt and Tony Sanneh. But every once in a while, one comes out of the blue.

In this case, the person is Larry Riley, the new GM of the Golden State Warriors. He was actually promoted to the position in May as Golden State did not renew the contract of Chris Mullin.

Riley was an assistant coach at UWM from 1970-73, way back at the very early stages of his career.

The article that triggered this discovery in an email from Google Alerts is here, but a more in-depth profile right after he was hired earlier this summer is here.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Jeter Previews Russia Game Today

I just checked in with Rob Jeter in Serbia for a brief overview on today's Team USA game with Russia in the semifinals of the World University Games.

"We take on a tough Russian team in a few hours," Jeter said. "We have come together as a team and as a result are playing better basketball. Our depth, ability to make shots from all five positions and athleticism on the boards have made us a tough matchup."

The semifinal contest actually gets started at 10:30 am CDT, so we'll know by this afternoon whether the US is playing for the gold or the bronze tomorrow.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

World University Games Hits Medal Round


Team USA pounded Bulgaria Thursday to move into the semifinals of the World University Games.

The team, with UWM head coach Rob Jeter as an assistant, will now face Russia in the semifinals on Friday. If Team USA wins, it would likely face a rematch with the hosts from Serbia in the finals. The US beat Serbia in preliminary play, though the Serbs claimed a win over the US in a warm-up tournament.

For more information on Team USA, visit the USA Basketball website.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Dekoning And Caldwell Head Out East For Summer Baseball

Doug Dekoning and Nate Caldwell of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team are playing for the Riverhead Tomcats this summer, one of six teams in Hamptons Collegiate Baseball.

The HCB is a summer baseball league located in the Hamptons in New York. It is a six-team division of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. Dekoning - a First Team All-Horizon League selection in 2009 and pictured at left - and Caldwell started play in early June and will continue through mid-August. The team is currently 8-6 overall.

Both were featured in an on-line article about players traveling long distances to play for the Tomcats this summer. Read it HERE.

The league website can be seen HERE.

One More Former Panther In The Coaching Ranks

This spring we noted that former Panther volleyball standout Trudy Vande Berg was now an assistant coach at Iowa State after a excellent stint on the staff at Duke. The Panthers and Cyclones will face off again this season.

Well, since that time, another former Panther has landed on the UWM schedule. Leanne Felsing has signed on as a graduate assistant at South Dakota, which will play in the Panther Invitational this season. The head coach at USD is Matt Houk, a former Panther volleyball assistant and a baseball standout for the Panthers.

Leanne's USD bio is here, while her UWM bio is here.

World University Games Update



Team USA is in Belgrade, Serbia, warming up for the World University Games, which officially get underway later this week.

The squad, which includes UWM's Rob Jeter as an assistant coach, has split two exhibition games to date. Team USA beat Canada, 85-81, on Saturday, before falling to Serbia, 98-82, Sunday.

In the loss, the US was outscored, 51-32, in the second half. The Serbs also shot 46 free throws in the game, making 38. It should be noted that all three referees were from Serbia.

Team USA finishes the warm-up tourney vs. Russia today, and then plays its first game in the World University Games Friday vs. Finland.

You can follow the team through the USA Basketball website here. While there is no true in-game coverage for these warm-up games, you can sign up for in-game updates via Twitter.

The World University Games website is here.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Edwards Shines In Australian Debut

Contrary to the story I posted on uwmpanthers.com May 15, Traci Edwards, in fact, made her professional debut this past Saturday (May 30).

Her Caboolture Suns posted a 67-57 win over the Brisbane Capitals to move to 4-1 on the season.

As for Traci, it was a performance typical of her days in a Panther uniform: 30 points, 8 rebounds and 12-for-12 from the free throw line. She also hit on 9-of-16 from the field in 33 minutes.

At 4-1, the Suns sit in second place in the Queensland Basketball League (QBL), having won their last four contests.

There was anticipation of her arrival, as the local press was touting her as a "secret weapon" before the team's first game with her on board.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball vs. UIC

Good morning and welcome back to the Pipe Yard for the third day of action for UWM in the Horizon League Tournament.

Another day and another elimination game for the Panthers, this time against UIC, a team that won 3 of 5 from Milwaukee during the regular season. The Flames, the top seed in the tournament, led 6-1 against Wright State last night after six innings, only to see the Raiders storm back for the 7-6 victory. The winner of this game will play them for the tournament championship.

Added perk today, as the Horizon League Network is here for the rest of the event.
David Wilson, the play-by-play voice of Cleveland State, is here to take you through the day.
The HLN is a free service, but you will need to sign up for it. The link is HERE.

Join us for the live blog HERE.
Once again, send any questions you have to me at czills@uwm.edu.

Due to some player health issues with the Flames, the line-ups were a little bit late in arriving...

Four every day starters for UIC are NOT in the line-up. Brandon Harwell (regular 1B) and Jason Ganek (normal 3B) are out, at the hospital with the flu. Nathan Orf, after going 5-for-5 last night and killing the Panthers during the regular season is out with a pulled hamstring. And, Chris Rutta, the normal RF, is out with a concussion after a diving attempt Thursday where he crashed into the fence...

UWM will take to the field like this:
Cole Kraft (SS), Shaun Wegner (C), Josh Groves (DH), Dan Buchholz (1B), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (RF), Doug Dekoning (CF), Paul Hoenecke (3B) and Andy Gerhartz (2B).

On the mound for the big game, junior Nate Caldwell, making his 6th start of the year.

UIC counters with:
Tony Altavilla (2B0, Andy Leonard (3B), Jake Carr (DH), Brett Schaefer (1B), Rafael Garcia (SS), John Rosinski (LF), Steven Humble (C), Ty Rubio (RF) and Steve McGuiggan (CF).

On the mound, Michael Heesch, 4-0 with a 4.05 ERA.

For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For updated UWM stats, click HERE.
For UIC game notes, HERE.
For UIC updated stats, HERE.
For Gametracker, click HERE after first pitch.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball vs. Cleveland State

Welcome back to Pipe Yard Stadium...
UWM faces one more elimination game this afternoon and will face Cleveland State, getting underway at 2 p.m. CST. The Vikings knocked off Valparaiso in their first game of the tournament before getting roughed up by UIC last night.

The UWM lineup is:
Cole Kraft (SS), Shaun Wegner (C), Josh Groves (DH), Dan Buchholz (1B), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (RF), DOug Dekoning (CF), Paul Hoenecke (3B) and Andy Gerhartz (2B).

On the mound for the big game, freshman Kyle Schmidt.
He is 3-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 12 games, and this will be his 11th start.

Join us for the live blog HERE and send any questions my way at czills@uwm.edu.

Cleveland State counters with:
Brad Buell (2B), Travis Miller (CF), Ryan Franks (LF), Josh Hungerman (DH), Alex Johnson (RF), Tyler Winn (1B), Jon Foco (3B), Kyle Shaffer (C) and Tom Carter (SS).

On the mound, Nate Dick, who is 4-1 in 9 games this year with a 3.49 ERA.
Nice numbers. This will be just his 5th start of the year.

For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For CSU's notes, click HERE.
For Gametracker, click HERE after first pitch.

Live Blog: Baseball vs. Valparaiso

Good morning and welcome back to the Pipe Yard for today's Horizon League Tournament action. After yesterday's "debacle", UWM will have it's work cut out for it, as we will now need to win 5 straight games to claim the tourney crown.

Game 1 in that line will be against Valparaiso, a team that took 2 of 3 from Milwaukee during the regular season. The Crusaders lost to Cleveland State in the opener, and then got past Butler yesterday to get to this point...

Join us for the live blog HERE.

If you have any questions today, send them my way at czills@uwm.edu...

We are about 35 minutes from first pitch and the line-ups are in.
Milwaukee is:
Cole Kraft (SS), Shaun Wegner (C), Josh Groves (DH), Dan Buchholz (1B), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (RF), Doug Dekoning (CF), Paul Hoenecke (3B) and Andy Gerhartz (2B).

On the mound, RHP Brad Lusti, who is 4-4 with a 5.04 ERA through 12 starts in 2009.

Valparasio counters with:
Dan DeBruin (RF), Steven Scoby (LF), Matt Lenski (C), Josh Wallace (3B), Ryan O'Gara (1B), David Klein (DH), Andrew Quinnette (2B), Kyle Gaedele (CF) and Damon McCormick (SS).

On the mound, RHP John Snelton, 3-3 in 10 games with 6 starts.

For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For Valpo notes, click HERE.
For the Gametracker link, click HERE after first pitch.
Valpo also has a live broadcast, click HERE for that...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball at Horizon League Tournament vs. Wright State

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the Pipe Yard in sunny and warm Lorain, Ohio.

Today's postseason game between the Wright State Raiders and your UWM Panthers is set to start in about 30 minutes. An absolutely gorgeous day to be playing baseball. Milwaukee enters on a nice streak, playing well the final week of the regular season to earn the No. 2 seed in the event.

The Panthers have had great success in the Horizon League Tournament, winning league titles in 1999, 2001 and 2002. In 1999, UWM bounced back from a game one loss to win four-straight games and advance to the NCAA Regional. For the back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002, Milwaukee went a perfect 4-0 in the tournament each season. The first of the three crowns came as a No. 2 seed, while the last two were as the No. 1. A year ago, Milwaukee finished runner-up to UIC, missing a return trip to the NCAA Regionals by one win. That marked the 2nd time in 4 years the team placed second.

Once again, if you are following along today and have any questions, feel free to send them my way at czills@uwm.edu.

Join us for the live blog HERE.

The line-ups are in:
The Panthers will be the home team and are:
Cole Kraft (SS), Doug Dekoning (CF), Josh Groves (DH), Dan Buchholz (C), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (1B), Paul Hoenecke (3B), Johann Andes (RF) and Andy Gerhartz (2B).

On the mound - a bit of a surprise to me - is Andy Hetebrueg...
Andy is 3-3 with a 5.16 ERA this year in 11 starts...

This will be a rematch of the April 11 game: Hetebrueg had allowed no runs, allowed just two hits, had walked none and struck out seven through eight innings that day. WSU rallied late, plating seven runs in the final inning to chase Hetebrueg, before UWM held on for the 8-7 victory.

The Raiders are:
RJ Gundolff (SS), Aaron Field (2B), Jeff Mercer (1B), Casey McGrew (LF), Quentin Cate (3B), Ryan Ashe (CF), Kory Twede (RF), Jake Hibbard (DH) and Garrett Gray (C)

On the mound is Greg Robinson, 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA in 13 games.
This will just be his 4th start of the season , however...

For UWM notes, click HERE.
For WSU notes, click HERE.
For WSU's internet broadcast, featuring SID Greg Campbell, click HERE.
For the Gametracker link, click HERE once the contest gets undeway...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball vs. Northern Illinois

Good evening and welcome to Loves Park, Ill., and to Road Ranger Stadium for tonight's game between the Northern Illinois Huskies and your Milwaukee Panthers. This marks the final non-league game of the regular season for UWM.

We have played them at home (swept a pair), on the road (lost) and now at a neutral site this season, so these teams know each other about as well as any non-conference opponents can...

Road Ranger Stadium is the home of the Frontier League's Rockford RiverHawks ... seems like a pretty nice place. The contest will be the first-ever NCAA Division I game at the stadium. I am curious to see what attendance will end up shaping into.

Join us for the live blog HERE.

Anyways, the line-up for Milwaukee is:
Cole Kraft (SS), Andy Gerhartz (2B), Doug Dekoning (CF), Josh Groves (DH), Dan Buchholz (3B), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (1B), Shaun Wegner (C) and Nino Guerrero (RF) will get the start in the field.

On the mound, junior Nate Caldwell, getting his fifth start of the campaign.

NIU is:
Jones (SS), Minogue (CF), Hood (LF), Reynolds (RF), Behm (C), Behren (DH), White (3B), Etcheverry (1B) and Buonavolonto (2b).

On the mound, Jake Hermsen, 1-1 with an 11.08 ERA in 5 games.

For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For NIU's game release, click HERE.
For Gametracker, click HERE after the first pitch.

Also, NIU has a radio broadcast available as well. For that, click HERE.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball at Butler

Welcome to Bulldog Park for today's doubleheader between the Butler Bulldogs and your Milwaukee Panthers.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to do a live blog today, as circumstances beyond my control are preventing me from the use of my computer today. The "official stats" computer here in the BU press box is having some "issues", so I have volunteered my computer for use in scoring and Gametracker so that things go well.

Sorry for any inconvenience, and GO PANTHERS!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball Doubleheader at UIC

Good afternoon and welcome to Les Miller Field.

Today's doubleheader between UIC and Milwaukee will play a large role in deciding who will be the regular season Horizon League champion, as the Panthers are in second at 10-6 in league games with the Flames at 13-5.

UWM did take 2 out of 3 this season already...

Join us for the live blog HERE.

For Milwaukee, the line-up looks like this:
Cole Kraft (SS), Johann Andes (RF), Doug Dekoning (CF), Josh Groves (C), Dan Buchholz (DH), Tim Patzman (LF), Shawn Wozniak (1B), Paul Hoenecke (3B), Andy Gerhartz (2B).

On the mound is Brad Lusti, who is 4-3 with a 5.00 ERA.

UIC is:
Harwell (1B), Orf (C), Carr (LF), Schaefer (DH), Rutta (RF), Ganek (3B), Leondard (SS), McGuiggan (CF) and Altavilla (2B).

Pitching will be Adam Worthington, 3-5 with a 3.23 ERA.

Once again, if you do have any questions during the game, fire them my way at czills@uwm.edu.

For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For the UIC radio internet broadcast, click HERE.

For Gametracker, click HERE after the first pitch.