Tennis Battle of The Bulldogs Goes To Centerville

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis team lost to Centerville 4-1 on Tuesday.#1 Singes- Beau Brown was defeated by Craig Lair 4-6, 2-6#2 Singles- Ben Schwettman was defeated by Nolan Witte 0-6, 1-6#3 Singles- Spenver Rose was defeated by Skyler Benedict 0-6, 1-6#1 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Justyn North & Blake Shook 6-2, 6-3#2 Doubles- Jonathan Kunkel and Will Harmeyer were defeated by Josh Duke and Nathan Cheek 1-6, 0-6In JV action, Batesville won 4-1. Sam Giesting, Cooper Williams, and Lane Westerfeld won in singles. In doubles, Jacob Christie and Mitch Esser were winners.The Varsity is now 2-1 while the JV improves to 3-0. Both teams will play at South Dearborn on Thursday.Courtesy of Batesville Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img

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Badgers stay hot, sweep Minnesota State

first_imgCraig Smith celebrates his game-winning goal from Saturday’s victory over MSU. Smith is the team-leader in goals with 15 this season.[/media-credit]It was a sign of growth and leadership. It was also a rare display of skill in crunch time. Craig Smith’s third period goal Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato – a tally that came right after the Mavericks had tied the score at  1 – meant a lot to the Wisconsin men’s hockey team. But most importantly, it led to a 2-1 win and a series sweep over MSU. After controlling the game and holding on to a 1-0 lead through two periods of play, Joe Schiller broke through and evened the score for the Mavericks with a rising shot from the right wing that beat Scott Gudmandson’s glove. But almost immediately thereafter, the Badgers’ first line and top defensive pairing found a response.Junior defenseman Jake Gardiner picked out Smith as he was streaking towards the Mavericks’ zone and the perfect pass left Smith one-on-one with MSU goaltender Austin Lee. “We worked on that play all week in practice,” Gardiner said. “Obviously Smitty (Smith) has the ability to get open, which is good. He is a very skilled player and it shows how we completed a simple D-to-D pass and found Smitty down the middle.”Smith deked left to his backhand, pulled the puck across to his forehand and swiftly slid the puck past Lee to put the University of Wisconsin back in front. The game was tied for 39 seconds. “That shows how we work in units here, we get a goal scored on us, and we use it to respond pretty well,” Smith said. “Our team responds very well in those situations.”“It’s about taking what’s given, and Jake Gardiner saw what was there and made a pinpoint pass and one of our game-breakers makes a great play on the goaltender,” UW head coach Mike Eaves added. Jordy Murray opened the scoring with a power play goal midway through the first period. The junior forward grabbed his own rebound in front of the net and converted a second attempt to give the Badgers the lead. From there, Gudmandson held the fort for UW, making 34 saves and handling the late pressure applied by MSU to help seal the victory for the Badgers. Friday night, the Badgers rode a second period scoring outburst to earn a 3-2 victory. After Andrew Sackrison scored on the power play to give the Mavericks an early lead, UW stormed back. Sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz drove hard to net, and a rebound came loose that senior Podge Turnbull tucked away to tie the game. At the 7:20 mark of the period, Gardiner fired a shot from the high slot that rang of both posts. But unlike his recent history with the iron, the puck found its way into the back of the net. “It was nice. I was actually worried [that it wouldn’t go in],” Gardiner said of the goal. “I’ve just been unlucky this year, so I hope this started something for me.” ” The Badgers took advantage of an odd-man rush at the end of the period to extend the lead. Freshman forward Tyler Barnes gained the zone and passed cross-ice to defenseman Craig Johnson. After controlling the puck off his skate, Johnson found Michael Mersch streaking towards the net, and the freshman scored to give UW a 3-1 advantage. With just over five minutes remaining in the game, MSU defenseman Mike Louwerse fired a shot through multiple screens that beat Gudmandson. But once again, the Badgers faced the final wave of pressure and closed out the game. UW has now won 10 of its last 11, including five straight wins in games decided by one goal. It has been a remarkable stretch for the Badgers, who now find themselves in the thick of the WCHA title race. All of the sudden, UW doesn’t appear to be so young anymore.  “The best word to describe our performance is growth or maturity,” Gudmandson said. “I think a lot of guys have matured and a lot of the freshmen are coming into their own and a lot of guys are finding their roles on this team.” “Tonight and last night we were in one-goal situations, we know that this is playoff hockey, this is tournament hockey,” Eaves said. “And we are getting experiences that we are being successful at.”last_img read more

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Grades: Nothing spectacular, but UW finds ways to win

first_imgSenior forward Jon Leuer slashed the Wilcats for 26 points on Sunday. The performance was a welcomed sight after he struggled to score in the second half against Michigan last Wednesday.[/media-credit]Every week, Herald Sports will look back on the last two games of the 10th-ranked Wisconsin men’s basketball team and offer a report card.On the road against Michigan last Wednesday, freshman guard Josh Gasser banked in a three-point buzzer beater to hand the stunned Wolverines a 53-52 loss.Wisconsin (22-6, 12-4) followed that up by winning its final game of the season at the Kohl Center against Northwestern, 78-63. Finishing 16-0 at home, the Badgers completed their third undefeated season at home since the 1929-30 season. All three have come under head coach Bo Ryan’s 10-year stay at UW.The Badgers wrap up the regular season with road games at Indiana on Thursday and No. 1 Ohio State on Sunday.Offense – 3.5 out of 5An ugly showing in Michigan hasn’t quieted concerns of the Badgers’ performance away from the comforts of home. Wisconsin hit just .362 percent of their shots from the field at the Crisler Arena.For much of the game, UW struggled to work the ball inside. Half of the Wisconsin’s shots (29) came from the arc, and the Badgers managed to hit just eight. Even senior Jon Leuer struggled, scoring just two of his 12 points in the second half and going 0-6 from the arc.Nevertheless, Gasser hit the basket that counts, and Wisconsin rebounded with a nice shooting performance against Northwestern, converting on a .574 pace. The Badgers found a way to score from anywhere on the court, but a near 10-minute hiccup allowed the Wildcats to narrow a 16-point deficit to three in the second half.But great post play by Leuer and senior Keaton Nankivil never fazed Wisconsin’s offense and clutch three-pointers by Nankivil and junior Jordan Taylor in the game’s final three minutes helped seal the game for Wisconsin.Defense – 3.5 out of 5The Badger defense didn’t necessarily play poorly at all over its last two games. Rather, its opponents were just uncompromising. Wisconsin didn’t allow many open shots, but Michigan still found a way to shoot .488 from the field while Northwestern hit .468.The Wolverine offense, however, did control the paint in the first half against Wisconsin, scoring 16 of 31 points from that area alone. Michigan was equally tough to defend from the arc, as it converted on .538 percent of its shots.Northwestern’s three-point shooting clip of .542 kept them within striking distance during the entire game, but Wisconsin didn’t allow them to score efficiently from the perimeter in the second half, allowing four buckets on 12 attempts.Holding the Wildcats scoreless in the game’s final two and a half minutes earns the defense extra points, but the Badgers, who are themselves a team that is reliant on the three, must find a way to bottle up opponents on the perimeter.Bench – 2 out of 5Wisconsin’s reserves hardly made themselves known against Michigan. In 30 minutes of playing time between five players, none of them contributed points in a game where the starting lineup had enough issues scoring.The only stats to speak of from the bench at Ann Arbor: sophomore Mike Bruesewitz grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist, while junior Ryan Evans recorded two more boards and a steal. The reserves collectively shot 0-6 on the night, starving the Badgers of new energy.Against Northwestern, Bruesewitz by far played the most (19 minutes) and shot 1-3, gathered three rebounds but made great passes, recording two assists. Evans was the only other play to record at least five minutes on the floor, producing one steal and one turnover.Senior Wquinton Smith, playing only three minutes, took full advantage of a wide-open three-pointer in the first half.Player of the Week – Jordan TaylorThere was no standout performance against Michigan and Leuer was terrific against Northwestern, but once again Wisconsin could not have done it without Taylor, who scored 36 points and handed out 13 assists between the two games.Nankivil shot the steadiest of all players over the last two games, hitting 11 of 20 attempts from the field and five of 11 from the arc, but Taylor’s play down the stretch in both games was essential to victory.Although Gasser hit the game-winner against Michigan, credit Taylor for not giving up the ball and finding the open freshman on the perimeter while being aggressively double-teamed after receiving the inbounds pass.And in the last five and a half minutes versus Northwestern, Taylor had an assist and scored eight points – three of which came on a tough shot at the top of the key with a defender’s hand in his face that helped tuck the game away for good.last_img read more

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