Alvarez to receive Red Smith Award
Wisconsin football coach and athletic director Barry Alvarez will receive the 2006 Red Smith Award Jan. 17 at a banquet at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. The award goes to an individual in Wisconsin who has contributed to or continues to make contributions to sports on or off the field.
Alvarez will make his 11th appearance in a bowl game Jan. 2 in the Capital One Bowl. Alvarez will leave the football program with three Big Ten Championships and three Rose Bowl wins in 16 years.
The Red Smith Award was named after Richard “Red” Smith, a former professional football and baseball player. The event, in its 41st year, raises money to help local youth sports organizations.
Stanley posts bail
Wisconsin tailback Booker Stanley, who was arrested early Wednesday morning, was released from the Dane County Jail Thursday evening after posting $500 bail.
Stanley was tentatively charged with two counts misdemeanor battery and felony charges for false imprisonment, reckless endangerment and battery-intimidation of a victim.
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Two former Badgers on Olympic rosters
Former men’s hockey forward Dany Heatley and former women’s hockey defenseman Carla MacLeod have been named to Team Canada 2006 Olympic rosters.
Heatley, who is in his first year with the Ottawa Senators, is tied for fourth in the NHL with 47 points and earlier this season went 22 consecutive games with a point, setting a franchise point-scoring-streak record. He previously played for the Atlanta Thrashers after leaving Wisconsin following his sophomore year.
MacLeod, from Calgary, Alberta, has been training full-time with the Canadian national team since she finished her UW career last spring. While at UW, she earned two All-America honors and was named the U.S. College Hockey Online National Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. She was ninth in the nation in points per game among defenders and holds the school record with a career +84 plus/minus rating.
Team Canada will compete against Team USA Dec. 30 and will open the 2006 Olympics against Italy on Feb. 11. Former Badger defender Molly Engstrom is competing with Team USA, which announces its final roster Dec. 27.
Football: Calhoun TSN All-American
Wisconsin star tailback Brian Calhoun was named to The Sporting News’ second-team All-American list, which was released in the publication’s Dec. 30 issue.
Calhoun finished the regular season with 1,423 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns, and 563 yards and two touchdowns receiving. He set a school single-season record with 23 touchdowns.
Volleyball ranked No. 10 in final poll
The Wisconsin volleyball team is ranked No. 10 in the final USA Today/CSTV coaches poll, which was released Thursday. This is the 10th straight year the Badgers have finished the season ranked in the top 25.
The Badgers finished the season with a 26-7 record, losing to eventual national champion Washington in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
“Finishing in the Elite Eight for the last two years says a lot about the level our team is playing,” UW Coach Pete Waite said. “Being ranked 10th in the final coaches poll tells us that we’ve earned the respect of the nation’s coaches and we’re being mentioned among some great programs.
Women’s soccer: Three Badgers earn All-Great Lakes honors
Seniors Marisa Brown and Amy Vermeulen and junior Kara Kabellis have each earned women’s soccer All-Great Lakes regional honors, according to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Soccer Buzz.
Brown, a midfielder, and Vermeulen, a forward, both earned second-team honors according to the NSCAA and were named to the first and third teams, respectively, according to Soccer Buzz. Kabellis, a midfielder, was named to Soccer Buzz’s second team.
Brown, the Badgers’ most valuable player, had 10 assists during the 2005 campaign and was named to the first-team All-Big Ten list. She holds the school record with 92 career starts. Vermeulen was named the team offensive MVP and the Big Ten Tournament offensive MVP after scoring six goals in the tournament. She holds the school record with 27 assists and is second in career goals (26) and third in points (99). Kabellis had seven goals, six assists and 20 points in the 2005 season.
Men’s tennis: Polley and Sonkin ranked in Midwest top 30
Men’s tennis sophomores Jeremy Sonkin and Nolan Polley are ranked in the top 30 in the Midwest in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association regional rankings. Sonkin, a co-captain, is ranked No. 9 in the Midwest and Polley, a transfer from Kentucky, is No. 21. Polley won the Big Ten indoor singles title this fall.
Women’s cross country: Badgers ink two
Hannah Grinaker and Cassie Hintz will join the Wisconsin women’s track and field and cross country teams beginning in the fall of 2006, coach Jim Stintzi announced recently.
Grinaker, from Detroit Lakes, Minn., placed second in the 2004 and 2005 Minnesota state Class AA cross country championships and placed second in the 3,200 meters at the state track meet, finishing in 10 minutes, 43.67 seconds. She placed third in the 1,600 meters in 4:59.42. She also competed at state as a sophomore, taking third in the 3,200 and fifth in the 1,600.
Hintz, from Old Town, Maine, holds the second-best indoor 5,000-meter time (16:45.94) by a U.S. high school female. Her 10,000 time of 34:36.81 is the third-fastest time run by a high school female. She won the 2005 National Scholastic indoor championship in the 5,000 and earned high school All-America honors in the outdoor 5,000. She holds two state high school records and won the 2004 state cross country championship and ran a course-record time.
“Hannah and Cassie are both national caliber athletes who will make an immediate impact on our cross country and track teams,” Stintzi said. “They are incredibly talented young ladies with a strong work ethic. I am excited about the opportunity to work with them and to see them racing in Badger uniforms.”
Former Badger selected for Pro Bowl
Former UW wide receiver Chris Chambers, now with the Miami Dolphins, was selected to play in the Pro Bowl. Chambers is tied for third in the AFC with nine touchdown receptions and, with two games left in the season, has posted career highs with 72 receptions for 992 yards.
Alvarez makes adjustments to staff
Alvarez announced Thursday that he will make adjustments to his senior administrative staff, effective Feb. 1, 2006. These adjustments account for the departures of Cheryl Bailey, Jamie Pollard and Steve Malchow.
Marija Neubauer, currently the Assistant Athletic Director for Development, will be promoted to the associate athletic director for development and current Associate Athletic Director Doug Beard will be the Senior Associate Athletic Director. Beard will continue to oversee day-to-day administrative operations, which he has done since Pollard left in September. He will also oversee several other departments, including the business office, sports medicine and men’s and women’s hockey.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Vince Sweeney will oversee athletic communications, Web site services, technical services, marketing and promotions while also supervising the men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Associate Athletic Director John Chadima will become the sport administrator for football in addition to overseeing facilities and maintenance, strength and conditioning and the men’s and women’s golf and crew teams.
Associate Athletic Director David Harris will oversee the academic services area, which he has done since September.
Associate Athletic Director Terry Gawlik will continue as the department’s Senior Woman Administrator and will supervise men’s and women’s swimming, men’s and women’s cross country and track, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, volleyball and wrestling.
Director of Athletic Communications Justin Doherty will take on additional communication-related responsibilities.
Assistant Athletic Director John Jentz will take on more duties related to video services and post-season planning in addition to his director of finance duties.
Alvarez said he will conduct a national search for an additional Associate Athletic Director.