Moffitt named to Rimington Trophy Watch List
Wednesday 05-20-2009 9:46pm CT
MADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin junior center John Moffitt was one of 44 players named to the Rimington Trophy Spring Watch List, it was announced Wednesday. The Rimington Trophy is awarded annually to the top collegiate center in the country.
Moffitt started every game at center for the Badgers a year ago after making six starts at guard as a freshman. He joins four other Big Ten centers on the Rimington list: Mike Brewster (Ohio State), Ben Burkett (Northwestern), David Molk (Michigan) and Joel Nitchman (Michigan State). Former Badger Al Johnson was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy in 2002.
The Rimington Trophy committee uses these four prestigious All-America teams to determine a winner:
American Football Coaches Association, Walter Camp Foundation, Sporting News and Football Writers Association of America.
The Center with the most first team votes will be determined the winner. If there is a tie with first team votes, then the Center with most second team votes will win. If there is still a tie, the winner will be determined by the Rimington Trophy committee.
The winner will be honored at Rimington Trophy Presentation banquet at the Rococo Theater in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 16, 2009.
Badgers awarded for good sportsmanship
Wednesday 05-20-2009 9:45pm CT
MADISON, Wis. -- Junior Nate Larkin of the Wisconsin men’s track and field team and senior Amy Lewis of the UW women’s track and field team have been honored as recipients of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, the league announced Wednesday.
Larkin and Lewis were among the 20 student-athletes recognized for their sportsmanship and ethical behavior at last weekend’s 2009 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. To be recognized, student-athletes must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.
Larkin earned second-team All-Big Ten honors with a runner-up finish in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and contributed to the Badgers’ 4x100-meter relay team, while Lewis took seventh place in the women’s javelin throw.
Both Larkin and Lewis are qualified for next week’s NCAA Mideast Regional, which will be held in Louisville, Ky., on May 29-30.
Along with the other 18 student-athletes honored for the outdoor track and field season, Larkin and Lewis are now candidates for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, as the conference office will honor one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
The other honorees for men’s and women’s outdoor track and field are Illinois’ Gakologelwang Masheto and Deserea Brown; Indiana’s Cedric Hudson and Ashley Rhoades; Iowa’s Paul Chaney and Betsy Flood; Michigan’s Robert Fiorillo and Casey Taylor; Michigan State’s Mike Smoot and Lisa Senakiewich; Minnesota’s Ben Puhl and Nikki Tzanakis; Ohio State’s Pat Whalen and Ayrizanna Favours; Penn State’s John Mahoney and Gayle Hunter; and Purdue’s Bryce Simon and Lauren Scott.
Mikaelsen joins Badger volleyball team
Tuesday 05-19-2009 10:05pm CT
Julie Mikaelsen (YU lee a mi CULL sen), a member of the Norwegian Junior National team, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play volleyball at the University of Wisconsin, Coach Pete Waite announced today.
"We are thrilled to have Julie joining us this season,” said Waite. “She's a great person who brings good size, athleticism and international experience. She is the first left-handed player we've had since Jill Odenthal and that will bring a new look to our offense.”
Mikaelsen, a 6-2 right-side hitter, is from Askim, Norway and plays for Topp Volley Norway, which is in the highest league in the country. She has received numerous MVP honors during her career.
Mikaelsen joined the Norwegian Junior National team in 2006 as a member of the under-17 squad. Her team finished fifth in the Nordic Championships that year. In 2007, she played in the European Championships with the under-18 national team in Slovenia and in the World Championships with the under-20 national team.
Mikaelsen joined the Norwegian National team for the first time in 2008, playing in a match against Estonia. Mikaelsen returned to the under-19 national team last August at the Nordic Championships, where she was named the team captain and the outstanding outside hitter of the tournament.
Mikaelsen traveled to Japan last September, practicing with some of the top teams in the country. She also competed in beach volleyball at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, Australia, last December.
“Julie has also been training and competing in beach volleyball and that really helps her ball handling and court movement,” said Waite.
“I also like the fact that she started out for years playing team handball, which is a huge sport in Norway. You've got to be tough to play that sport and that helped her make the move to volleyball. I think Julie will have a great career in our program."
An outstanding team handball player, Mikaelsen represented her region in a number of tournaments, including national championships.
Brett and Barry say THANK YOU
Tuesday 05-19-2009 10:02pm CT
MADISON, Wis. -- UW Athletic Director Barry Alvarez and football coach Bret Bielema today thanked Badger fans for their support of Wisconsin Athletics and, specifically, for the response to the annual football season ticket renewal solicitation earlier this spring.
“On behalf of the Wisconsin Football program and the entire University of Wisconsin Athletic Department, we want to say thank you for your continued support of the Badgers,” Alvarez and Bielema wrote in a letter sent via e-mail Tuesday to Badger football season ticketholder and donors. “We are pleased to report that 94 percent of our season ticketholders have renewed their season tickets, and that our annual fund contributions have remained strong.”
Alvarez and Bielema noted that the response was especially meaningful this year. “We are truly humbled by your response, particularly in light of the nation’s economic downturn and the corresponding financial challenges that it brings to all Badger fans,” they wrote. “Now more than ever, we appreciate your tremendous loyalty and support.”
Soccer announces schedule..
Wednesday 05-13-2009 2:54pm CT
Head coach Paula Wilkins announced the release of the 2009 schedule for the Wisconsin women’s soccer team which includes eight 2008 NCAA Tournament participants. The Badgers will play in 19 regular season contests featuring four conference champions. The nine non-conference games are spread throughout seven different conferences including two in-state rivals. The varied non-conference schedule will prepare the Badgers for a tough Big Ten Conference slate.
Following an exhibition match at home against Marquette on Aug. 15, the Badgers open regular-season play on the road on Aug. 21 against 2008 NCAA runners-up, Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish finished last season with a 26-1-0 record with their lone loss coming in the national championship game. The Badgers will return to the McClimon Soccer Complex for three straight home games including a Monday night game against UW-Milwaukee on Aug. 24. UWM finished 2008 ranked 24th after falling to Michigan State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
September will be a busy month, which includes five home games and a trip out to California. UW will host Northern Illinois, North Dakota State and DePaul in early September while also adding a game with Tennessee to be played on neutral ground in Minnesota. The Lady Vols were the 2008 SEC Tournament Champions.
The Badgers will then head west for the Stanford Tournament. While in the Bay Area, the UW will meet Santa Clara and Stanford on Sept. 18 and 20, respectively. Stanford finished 2008 with a 22-2-1 record, losing to Notre Dame in the College Cup semifinal game.
After the tournament, the Badgers will gear up for conference play which starts at home on Friday, Sept. 25 against Purdue followed by Indiana the following Sunday. UW will continue at home on Thursday, Oct. 1 to host the Border Battle against Minnesota, which finished 2008 with a third round lost to Notre Dame in the College Cup. The following week won’t get any easier for the Badgers when they travel to Iowa and Illinois Oct. 4 and 11. Illinois advanced to the third round of the 2008 NCAA tournament and finishing the season with a No. 23 ranking.
The Badgers will close out the home season with a pair of games against Ohio State and defending conference champions Penn State. The UW will hit the road for its final three matchups of the regular season and will close out the season at Northwestern on Monday, Nov. 2.
For the first time in 15 years, there will not be a Big Ten Tournament due to scheduling conflicts.
Softball: Jen Krueger named All Big Ten..
Wednesday 05-13-2009 2:51pm CT
Wisconsin sophomore Jen Krueger, a native of Portage, Wis., was honored as a Third-Team All-Big Ten selection, the conference announced Wednesday. The award is the first for Krueger who led the 2009 Badgers in batting average (.323), hits (51), runs scored (21) and stolen bases (18) while hitting in the leadoff position.
The award speaks to Krueger’s hard work and team play in her two years at UW. Jen came to Madison two years ago as a right-handed hitter and is now one of the program’s all-time leaders as a lefty slapper (watch Jen’s story here). Playing center field for the second-straight season, Jen had a fielding percentage of .958 and only missed two games this season.
Senior Theresa Boruta earned her second Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The Chicago, Ill. native was also Wisconsin’s sportsmanship honoree in 2008. In four seasons with the Badgers Boruta played seven different positions, including pitcher while playing in 190 career games. The three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection leaves the UW as the school’s all-time leader in sacrifice hits (42), fourth in stolen bases (31) and third in stolen-base percentage.
Take a look at the rest of the All-Big Ten selections below.
Adrienne Monka, Fr., NU 1B
Danielle Zymkowitz, So., ILL 2B
Tammy Williams, Sr., NU SS
*Maggie Viefhaus, Jr., MICH 3B
Colleen McGlaughlin, Sr., IOWA OF
Angela Findlay, Jr., MICH OF
Dee Dee Hillman, So., OSU OF
Roya St. Clair, Jr., MICH C
Amanda Chidester, Fr., MICH UT
Katrina Ross, Sr., ILL DP
Brittany Weil, Sr., IOWA P
*Nikki Nemitz, Jr., MICH P
Katie Brown, Jr., IOWA 1B
Whitney Cooper, Jr., OSU 2B
Alicia Herron, Fr., OSU SS
Liane Horiuchi, Jr., PUR 3B
Hope Howell, Jr., ILL OF
Bree Evans, Fr., MICH OF
Ashley Griffith, Jr., PSU OF
Sam Marder, Jr., OSU C
Molly Garst, Fr., PUR UT
Michelle Batts, So., NU DP
Briana Hassett, Sr., MINN P
Kim Reeder, Sr., OSU P
Kelley Wedel, Fr., ILL 3B
Hollie Pinchback, So., ILL OF
Emily Bergeson, Sr., IND SS
Sara Olson, So., IND UT
Katie Keim, Fr., IOWA 3B
Liz Watkins, Fr., IOWA C
Malisa Barnes, So., MINN 1B
Nicole Pauly, Jr., NU 2B
Lisa Akamine, Fr., PSU DP
Jenna Alexander, Jr., PUR C
Suzie Rzegocki, So., PUR P
Jennifer Krueger, So., WIS OF