Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Koonce On The Krause Show And More ...

Among numerous other media appearances over the last few weeks, new UWM AD George Koonce will be appearing on The Dennis Krause Show on Time Warner Cable Sports 32 over the next few weeks. George was down taping the interview with Dennis last Friday. The air dates and times are as follows:

Mon. Apr. 6 - 5 pm and 10 pm
Tues. Apr. 7 - 7:30 am, 1 pm, 9 pm and 10:30 pm
Wed. Apr. 8 - 2 pm, 6 pm and 11 pm
Thurs. Apr 9 - 6 pm and 10 pm
Fri. Apr. 10 - 12:30 pm, 4:30 pm, 9 pm and 11 pm
Sat. Apr. 11 - 9:30 am, 6 pm and 10:30 pm
Sun. Apr. 12 - 8:30 am, 6:30 pm and 11:30 pm

Meanwhile, there are a few podcasts online from other media appearances George has made. Here is is interview with Bill Michaels on WTMJ Radio and here is his interview with WSSP Radio.

Also, just on the off-chance you didn't read these when they came out, here are links to the Journal Sentinel articles on George over the last few weeks. This is the article from Charles Gardner and this is the column from Michael Hunt.

On top of all of this, the Packers placed an ad in the Journal Sentinel sports section Tuesday congratulating George on his new job.

Monday, March 30, 2009

UWM Heads To Chicago As Spring Slate Continues

The UWM volleyball team should face plenty of challenges when it heads to Chicago for its second weekend of spring play.

This weekend’s event, the Three Wise Men Tournament at Loyola, features Big Ten foes Michigan State and Iowa as well as Northern Iowa, Valparaiso and Southern Illinois.

The Panthers will open play in Pool 4 with Marquette, Northern Illinois and Eastern Illinois. After a round-robin competition Saturday morning at the Gentile Center, every team will advance to afternoon play based on its performance in the morning.

The morning session will include two sets to 25 points in each match, while the afternoon session will include one, 30-minute timed set for each contest.

UWM opened the competitive portion of the spring season with a home tournament this past weekend. Milwaukee won all three of the sets it played against Green Bay while winning two of the three it played against Northern Illinois.

Kane Makes Athletica Roster

Erin Kane, Milwaukee's starting goalkeeper for the last four seasons, has made the opening day roster with St. Louis Athletica of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS). Kane was invited to training camp after a strong tryout with the club and will now start the season as one of three goalkeepers on the roster.

Kane is joined in the Athletica nets by U.S. National Team keeper Hope Solo and Jillian Loyden. She is the first Panther woman to break camp with a professional team in the States since Lisa Krzykowski. Krzykowski played with Atlanta and San Diego of the now-defunct WUSA and was the first woman from the state of Wisconsin to play professional soccer.

In her UWM career, Kane set school records for minutes, GAA, shutouts and wins. She holds minutes, GAA and shutout records for the Horizon League and is the only GK in league history to earn all-league first team honors all four years.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball Doubleheader at Valparaiso

Good morning and welcome back to Emory Bauer Field in Indiana for today's Horizon League doubleheader between the Panthers and the Valparaiso Crusaders.

Game time has been moved up to 11 a.m. for game one to try and stay ahead of the weather. UWM will look to keep the momentum going after starting with a 6-5 victory yesterday.

Follow along with the live blog HERE.

For game one, Milwaukee looks like this:
Andy Gerhartz (2B), Doug Dekoning (CF), Josh Groves (DH), Shaun Wegner (C), Shawn Wozniak (1B), Tim Patzman (LF), Paul Hoenecke (3B), Johann Andes (RF) and Cole Kraft (SS).

DeBruin (DH), Muhlsteff (2B), Lenski (C), Wallace (3B), O'Gara (1B), Gaedele (CF), Scoby (LF), Frane (RF) and Shober (SS).

On the mound, UWM throws freshman Kyle Schmidt, who is better than his 0-2, 9.00 stats.
Crusaders counter with Alex Berry, 0-3 with a 6.26 ERA in four starts.

UWM game notes HERE.
Valpo game notes HERE.
Gametracker for game one HERE.
Gametracker for game two HERE.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball at Valparaiso - Horizon League Opener

Welcome to Valparaiso, Indiana, for today's game between Milwaukee and Valparaiso...

We arrived a few hours ago and hopped right off the bus. I received a tour of the facility from Valpo's SID, Ryan, and it's quite nice ... team room, TV room, kitchen, laundry, training, batting cages, locker room, you name it.

Game time is 3 pm, which is about 15 minutes away. The Crusaders are 7-11 and off to a 2-1 start in league play.

Milwaukee's line-up will be: Andy Gerhartz (2b), Cole Kraft (SS), Josh Groves (C), Ben Long (DH), Shawn Wozniak (1B), Shaun Wegner (RF), Tim Patzman (LF), Paul Hoenecke (3B) and Doug Dekoning (CF).

On the mound fort UWM, senior Brad Lusti, off to a slow 0-2 start in 5 appearances.
Valpo counters with Jon Gulbransen, carrying a 3-2 record and 5.28 ERA.

Follow along with the live blog HERE.

UWM game notes HERE.
Valpo game notes HERE.
Gametracker HERE.
Live audio (which will be for today's game only) HERE.

Friday, March 20, 2009

More Men's Basketball Postseason Honors

A few of the in-state postseason men’s college basketball honors have been released

The Journal Sentinel put together their all-state team, which was rightly dominated by Marquette. But, UWM’s Tone Boyle earned newcomer of the year honors. His biggest competition was probably teammate James Eayrs, though Jimmy Butler from Marquette made a late charge.

Meanwhile, the issue of Inside Wisconsin Sports that is on newsstands now honors three Panthers on the all-state team. Boyle and Avery Smith were each named to the magazine’s second team while Eayrs earned honorable mention honors.

These honors are in addition to the recognition Boyle and Eayrs already received from the Horizon League after the regular season. Both were named to the league’s all-newcomer team while Boyle also earned second-team all-league honors.

Boyle led the Panthers in scoring and reached double figures 22 times this season. He also made 66 three-pointers on the year while scoring 20 or more points four times. The junior battled a back injury during the final three weeks of the season but, prior to his injury, he reached double figures in 14-straight games and made a three-pointer in 20-straight contests.

Eayrs pushed his scoring average up to 11.2 points per game with a stellar run over the final month of the season. In fact, after moving to the starting lineup Feb. 7, the junior averaged 15.6 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He finished with a total of 17 double-figure point outings, including five 20-point games, and he had three double-doubles.

Smith returned to start 25 games this season, finishing second on the team in scoring. He had 14 double-figure outings this year and 40 total in his career. Smith also wound up with 14, 20-point outings, including six this season. He finished his collegiate career with 958 points, 333 rebounds and 107 steals.

I’m working on a season wrap-up of notes and stats for the website, which I’ll put out next week.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Three Panthers Earn All-State Awards

Traci Edwards, Lindsay Laur and Turquoise McCain earned all-state honors from Inside Wisconsin Sports Magazine this month when the publication announced its basketball awards.

Edwards was named to the first team, and has a nice, rather large picture accompanying the article, while Laur and McCain were named to the third team. The teams are made up of players from the four Division I teams in the state.

Edwards led the Horizon League in scoring and rebounding for the third-straight year and repeated as league player of the year. She was also named a regional finalist for All-America honors from the WBCA earlier this week. The Menasha, Wis., native led the Panthers to the league championship game last Sunday and capped her career as the all-time leading scorer in UWM, Wisconsin and Horizon League history.

Laur emerged as a team leader down the stretch this season, posting a strong finish to the season. She found herself second on the team in scoring and rebounding by season's end, averaging 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She led the team in three-pointers and was second to Edwards with five double-doubles.

McCain was long considered the team's emotional leader. Alongside Edwards and Stephanie Schell, she was a team captain and set the tempo on the floor with her all-out effort. She averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds during her senior season.

Milwaukee also had some connections to the Division III All-State team, which featured UW-Whitewater's Tiffany Morton and Edgewood's Megan Scheele. Morton played for UWM during the 2005-06 season before transfering to UWW.

Scheele became the second player in state history, after Edwards, to get 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career. What truly joins that two is that both players reached both milestones in the same game. Edwards eclipsed both marks Jan. 8 at Youngstown State and Scheele did it Feb. 12.

Edgewood's SID office did some research and found that none of the other 8 Division III players that reached 2,000/1,000 had done both in the same game.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball Series Finale at Austin Peay

Good morning and welcome back to Raymond Hand Park for the fourth game of the weekend series between Milwaukee and Austin Peay.

The press box was not opened until about 10 minutes ago, so things are running a bit late today.

UWM will look to split the series after dropping the first two, but winning yesterday's nightcap, 3-2. Once again, just a great pitching effort by the staff yesterday in game two, as Kyle Schmidt and Criag Meier combined to allow just three hits in the win.

Follow the live blog HERE.

Live stats will appear on THIS page after the game starts...

On the mound today for UWM: Andy Hetebrueg (0-2 in 3 starts)
On the mound for the Govs: Jack Snodgrass (1-0, 4.41 ERA in 3 starts)

Milwaukee line-up:
Andy Gerhartz (2B), Cole Kraft (SS), Josh Groves (C), Dan Buchholz (1B), Shawn Wozniak (RF), Tim Patzman (LF), Paul Hoenecke (3B), Sam Sivilotti (DH) and Doug Dekoning (CF).

Live Blog: WBB Horizon League Championship

It has all come down to this... Milwaukee vs. Green Bay with the NCAA Tournament on the line.

The Panthers women will be playing their fifth game in nine days Sunday when they take the floor in the title game of the 2009 Speedway Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship. They fell to GB in the regular season finale last Saturday, then defeated No. 10 Youngstown State in the first round Monday, No. 2 Butler on the road Wednesday and No. 3 Cleveland State Friday in Green Bay. The Phoenix beat No. 8 Detroit in the quarters and No. 5 Wright State in the semis.

Tip-off is scheduled for noon.

I will be courtside with a Live Blog, just one in a handful of ways you can follow the game. And, this will be the best live blog I have ever done (maybe not content-wise, but I'll definitely be updating more regularly). Find the live blog here.

The game is on ESPNU with Maggie Gray and Meg Bulger bringing you the play-by-play.

Live Stats - Here
Live Audio - Here... or tune your radio to AM 920 WOKY (The Wolf). Scott Warras, as usual, will have the call.
Milwaukee Game Notes - Here
Green Bay Game Notes - Here

Should Milwaukee win, the team will be gathering to watch the NCAA Selection show at Harry's Bar & Grill just off campus. The pairings will be announced at 6 p.m. on ESPN. Then, there will be a special one-hour Sandy Botham show from 7-8 on AM 920 WOKY.

This is the second all-Wisconsin final in the league's women's basketball history. Milwaukee got the better of the 2001 championship game, defeating the Phoenix, 77-62, in Chicago. In the only other UWM/GB title game in MCC/Horizon League history, GB got the upperhand in the 2003 volleyball championship tilt.

Note: UWM is 15-17 entering today's game. Should it come away with a third league tournament title (See 2001, 2006), it would enter the NCAA Tournament below .500. The only other team in the nation with a possibility of sharing that distinction is Evansville (14-18), which is playing in the Missouri Valley championship game today (To follow that game with a morbid curiosity, click here). Special mention goes out to the 10-22 Lafayette Leopards, who fell in the Patriot League championship game to Lehigh, 64-56, yesterday.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball Doubleheader vs. Austin Peay

Good afternoon and welcome back to Clarksville, Tenn., for today's doubleheader at Raymond Hand Park.

Wish I had better news about playing conditions. We have already been pushed back an hour due to the rain and field conditions. We hopped on the bus at noon and when we got to the field, there was still a lake - yes, that much water - in center field. I told Doug Dekoning he should be wearing aqua socks when he heads out there...

Needless to say, it's wet and far from ideal, but hopefully we will get both games in today. The rain is done and from the looks of radar, will not be back until the overnight.

At this point, I do believe that we are still starting at 1 p.m.
This has not been confirmed.

For the live blog, click HERE.

Anyways, starting line-up for UWM is: Andy Gerhartz (2B), Shaun Wegner (RF), Shawn Wozniak (1B), Ben Long (DH), Josh Groves (C), Tim Patzman (LF), Cole Kraft (SS) and Doug Dekoning (CF).

On the mound is junior Nate Caldwell (0-1).

Ryne Mantooth at 0-1 and 8.10 ERA, throws for APSU.
Not good stats, but a great last name.

The live stats will be available HERE as soon as the games begins.


Friday, March 13, 2009

WBB vs. Cleveland State - Horizon League Semifinals

The Panthers take on Cleveland State in the Horizon League Semifinals tonight in Green Bay. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. between the No. 7 Panthers and No. 3 Vikings.

My live blog can be found here.

UWM got here by defeating No. 10 Youngstown State in the First Round, 70-49, at the Klotsche Center. It then scored the last 11 points of regulation over the final 2:50 to defeat No. 2 Butler Wednesday in Indianapolis. Here is a link to the game story from the Butler... it was that exciting.

CSU got here by defeating No. 6 UIC in the quarterfinals Wednesday, flying into Milwaukee and bussing the rest of the way.

Here is everything else you could want in regards to tonight's game:
Live Stats - Here
Live Audio - Here... or tune your radios to AM 920 WOKY (The Wolf). Either way, you're going to hear Scott Warras.
Live Video - Here
Milwaukee Game Notes - Here
Cleveland State Game Notes - Here

The winner of this game advances to the Horizon League Championship Sunday against the winner of Green Bay/Wright State. The Phoenix and Raiders tip off following this game at approximately 8 p.m. Sunday's game is scheduled for noon and will be televised live on ESPNU.

P.S. Brian Morgan wants me to pass along that Panther fans interested in tickets for Sunday's championship game should call (920) 465-2625.

Live Blog: Baseball vs. Austin Peay

Well, we have arrived here at Raymond Hand Park and looks like we will get things started on time. Did not look that promising, as we arrived last night around 10:30 pm to temperatures in the upper-20's and 2 inches of snow on the ground.

Needless to say, not a great day and probably nicer in Milwaukee...

Anyways, the match-up on the mound is senior Brad Lusti for UWM against Ricky Marshall for Austin Peay. Lusti is 0-1 with a 9.18 ERA in 3 starts. Marshall is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA.

The line-up is Andy Gerhartz (2B), Shaun Wegner (C), Shawn Wozniak (RF), Ben Long (1B), Josh Groves (DH), Paul Hoenecke (3B), Tim Patzman (LF), Cole Kraft (SS) and Doug Dekoning (CF).

Live Blog will be available HERE.

Milwaukee Game Notes HERE.
APSU Game Notes HERE.

Live Stats link will be available HERE after the first pitch is thrown.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Traci Edwards on HLN

Here is a link to a story that the Horizon League Network did on Traci Edwards. They caught up to her when we were in Indianapolis last time to play Butler.

Here is the link.

Live Blog: WBB @ Butler - Horizon League Quarterfinals

The Panthers are in the quarterfinals of the 2009 Speedway Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind., and so am I.

Here is your one-stop shop for everything you need to enjoy tonight's match-up between Milwaukee and Butler. I will have a live blog that will kick off around 6 p.m. central time, and everything else you could want is below.

The Live Blog is here.

Enjoy the game.

Live Stats - Here
Live Audio - Here... or tune your radios to AM 920 WOKY (The Wolf). Either way, you're going to hear Scott Warras.
Live Video - Here
Milwaukee Game Notes - Here
Butler Game Notes - Here

The winner of tonight's game moves on to the semifinals against the winner of Cleveland State and UIC. The gametracker for that game is here.

The site will be at the highest remaining seed, which at this point (after the First Round in which it did not play) is No. 1 Green Bay. To follow that game and see if Autumn Rademacher (Detroit head coach) can knock off her former team (GB), click here.

The other game is Wright State/Valparaiso. That Gametracker is here. Should No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 all lose, then the semifinals will be held at the winner of this game.

Opponents That Are NCAA Tourney Bound

With the win by Cleveland State over Butler in Tuesday night's Horizon League Championship game, the league will have two teams in the NCAA Tournament this season. Everyone seems to agree Butler is a lock for an at-large bid, while CSU will get the automatic bid.

What that also does is give the Panthers two more games this past year against an NCAA Tournament team, as well as put two more games on the schedule this coming season against an NCAA Tournament foe. That number also went up a little more when North Dakota State survived a sluggish first 35 minutes to pull out a win over Oakland in the Summit League championship game.

So, in all, UWM played seven games this season against NCAA Tourmament teams - assuming Marquette, Wisconsin and Butler all get bids as expected. The Panthers went 2-5 in those games, with wins over Butler and Cleveland State. Milwaukee will have those same seven games on the slate next season. Three will be road games during the non-league campaign, with trips to Wisconsin, Marquette and North Dakota State on the agenda. Plus, with the Panthers slated for the NIT Season Tip-Off, there is a good chance at least one more game against an NCAA qualifier will be added to the list.

A few more Panther opponent can still qualify for the NCAA Tournament, as Miami (Ohio) and Ball State both begin play in the MAC Tournament Thursday night while UC Davis starts play in the Big West Tourney tonight.

Former Panthers Moving Up In Coaching World

Add Melissa David to the list of former Panther volleyball players who have spots on Division I coaching staffs.

David was named an assistant coach at Western Illinois last week. You can read the official release from Western Illinois here.

After finishing her career at UWM, David went home to Champaign to pursue a master's degree at Illinois and work as a volunteer assistant.

Other former Panthers in the collegiate coaching ranks include Trudy Vande Berg at Duke and Julie Yankus at Southern Illinois. Plus, Lindsey Vanden Berg is an assistant right here at UWM.

Also, former Panther assistants Matt Houk, Erik Olson and Ryan Theis are Division I head coaches. Houk, also a former Panther baseball player, is the head coach at South Dakota. Olson is the head coach at Central Michigan and Theis is the head coach at Ohio. Those two were both standout men's players at UWM before assisting with the women's team.

A number of other former Panthers are coaching in the high school ranks or with local club teams. We'll try to put together a complete list for this year's media guide.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Volleyball Schedule Notes

Yes, we still have a spring and a summer to get through, but the 2009 fall sports season is less than six months away. And, while the full volleyball schedule is not yet set, a few more things are starting to take shape.

The full Panther Invitational field is now set. Ohio State is the fifth team in the field, which also includes Marquette, Western Michigan and South Dakota. There will be four matches on Fri., Sept 11 and four more on Sat., Sept. 12. Ohio State and Marquette will also then play Sunday at the Al McGuire Center.

The field for the Magnolia Classic in Oxford, Miss., is also now set. UWM and the hosts from Ole Miss will be joined by Akron and UAB. UAB made the NCAA Tournament a season ago, and thus adds another difficult test to the Panthers' non-league schedule. UWM will also play at a season-opening tournament at Iowa State, with the host Cyclones and Arizona State both shaping up as big challenges for Milwaukee. The final team in that field has not yet been set.

Finally, UWM has put its spring schedule together. The Panthers will host a tournament March 28 and then play tournaments at Loyola (April 4) and Northwestern (April 11). Squeezed in there will be a single match against Marquette April 9 at the Klotsche Center.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Live Blog: WBB vs. Youngstown State - Horizon League First Round

The Live Blog for Women's Basketball is back. Tonight I will be courtside at the Klotsche Center when the Panthers take on Youngstown State in the Speedway Horizon League Women's Basketball Championship First Round. Tip off is schedule for 7 p.m.

Milwaukee is the 7th seed, whle the Penguins are 10th. The winner of this game advances to Wednesday's quarterfinals at No. 2 Butler. That game will tip off at 6 p.m. central time at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The live blog can be found here.

Live Stats - Here
Live Audio - Here... or tune your radios to AM 920 WOKY (The Wolf). Either way, you're going to hear Scott Warras.
Live Video - Here
Milwaukee Game Notes - Here
Youngstown Game Notes - Here

(A lot of links, I know. I was channeling O'Connor as I started this blog post.)

Also, league awards were announced Sunday. Traci Edwards repeated as Horizon League Player of the Year, while Ashley Imperiale was named to the league's all-newcomer team. For my release on that, click here.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball versus Eastern Illininois

Good morning and welcome back to the Cardinal Classic.

It's UWM's final day here in Louisville and will definitely be looking for a win before hopping on the bus for the drive back to Wisconsin.

It's the classic Panther v. Panther match-up today, with UWM coming in at 3-7 and EIU at 5-3 after falling 10-6 to Louisville in the third game of the day last night.

Line-ups should be in shortly. With the host Cards no longer playing today, looks to be a quiet day at the stadium. I am just hoping the forecast of rain stays away until we get done.

Andy Hetebrueg is starting today for Milwaukee. I'll have more info shortly...

For the live blog, click HERE.
For Gametracker, click HERE.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Live Blog: Baseball vs. Eastern Illinois & Louisville

Good morning and welcome back to Louisville for the second day of the Cardinal Classic.
Looks like the forecast for tomorrow may play into the schedule, which may be changed.
I will keep you posted as I find out.

Milwaukee (3-5) will be taking on Eastern Illinois (4-2) in today's first game.

The starting line-up sees Gerhartz (2B), Kraft (SS), Wozniak (1B), Long (DH), Hoenecke (3B), Wegner (CF), Patzman (LF), Groves (C) and Andes (RF).

On the mound, freshman Kyle Schmidt, making his first career start.
EIU counters with Josh Mueller, 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA through 2 starts.

For the live blog, click HERE.

For UWM game notes, click HERE.
For EIU's, click HERE.
For Gametracker, click HERE.

One thing for sure, I will guarantee a "Panther" win today.
(OK, bad joke, as yes, EIU is also the Panthers...)

First pitch in less than 30 minutes.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Live Blog: Horizon League Tournament Second Round - UWM vs. Wright State

We are in Indianapolis as the Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship continues with second round action tonight. The Panthers will face Wright State at 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST, with the winner advancing to a Saturday contest with Butler.

You can follow the live blog here.

The Panthers and Raiders split their two regular season meetings, with each team winning on its homecourt. Tuesday night in the first round, UWM handled Loyola while Wright State put together a late surge to advance past Valparaiso.

On the UWM front, there is not a ton of new news to report. The Panthers did go through a two-hour practice at Hinkle yesterday but then passed on the very early shootaround time today. So, it's been some film work, a scouting report and relaxation as UWM tries to advance to the semifinals.

Some links for tonight's game ...
UWM game notes are here.
Wright State game notes are here.
UWM coverage in the Journal Sentinel is here.
WSU coverage in the Dayton Daily News is here.
Gametracker is here.
Bill Johnson on the radio is here.
HLN video (which apparently now costs $5) is here.

The blog remains free of charge ... in fact we have considered paying people who actually follow along for an entire game.

Alright, I'll plan to have a little more when we get to Hinkle.

Live Blog: Baseball vs. Louisville

With my first chance to travel with the baseball team this year on the schedule, the first live baseball blog will follow. We are at the Cardinal Classic, hosted by the University of Louisville. They have a beautiful facility ... let's just move this to UWM if we can.

First pitch is slated for 2 p.m. CST.

For the live blog, click HERE.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Live Blog: UWM vs. Loyola - League Tournament First Round

March Madness has arrived as the Panthers get ready to open play in the Speedway Horizon League Men's Basketball Championship. UWM welcomes Loyola to the U.S. Cellular Arena for tonight's first round game.

You can follow the live blog here.

UWM won both games between the two teams in the regular season, claiming each contest by 14 points. But, Loyola has shown it is capable of big wins, having beaten both Butler and Green Bay during the regular season.

Some links for tonight's game ...
UWM game notes are here.
Loyola game notes are here.
UWM coverage in the Journal Sentinel is here.
Loyola coverage in the Chicago Tribune is here.
Gametracker is here.
Bill Johnson on the radio is here.
HLN video is here.

I'll be back before the tipoff.