Wheeler News Service - Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - Noon State Sports
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Green Bay Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he's not concerned about the team's scoring production in the red-zone -- but he wants the offense to run better in those situations. On his weekly E-S-P-N-Milwaukee radio show, Rodgers commented on the Packers' eighth-place showing in the N-F-L in red-zone offense. They've scored touchdowns almost two-thirds of the time this season. Rodgers says the Packers expect to get six in the red-zone every time. In their first five games, Green Bay has scored 72 red zone points -- nine T-D's and three field goals. Rodgers says the statistic can be a little skewed, because a team is counted for not scoring in the red zone if they're there when time expires. He said it happened to the Packers a couple times this year. The Packers are starting to practice for their Sunday contest at Baltimore. The Ravens are 3-and-2, while the Pack is at 2-and-2 following their 13-point home win over Detroit last weekend.
Minneapolis is a finalist to host its second Super Bowl. The Vikings plan to open a new stadium in 2016 -- and it's one of three possible hosts for Super Bowl-52, along with Indianapolis and New Orleans. Vikings' vice president Lester Bagley said they'll push strongly to deliver a league championship game to the Twin Cities as a reward for getting a new stadium -- but that won't happen until the venue for new place is secured. Still, Bagley says quote, "We think we're on track to get that event here." The N-F-L will announce the location for Super Bowl-52 in May of 2014. The Metrodome hosted the event in January of 1992. The Washington Redskins won, but the game is known for being the second of four consecutive Super Bowl losses by the Buffalo Bills.
(Thanks Minnesota News Network)
U-W Platteville quarterback John Kelly has made the national Division-Three Team-of-the-Week from D-Three-Football-Dot-Com -- and so have Ricky Marteney of Stout and Clint Larsen of Eau Claire. Kelly, a senior, threw for 442 yards and seven touchdowns as eighth-ranked Platteville beat Eau Claire last Saturday. Kelly completed 32-of-39 passes, and did not throw an interception. Also in that game, Larsen -- a sophomore -- returned a kickoff 98 yards for an Eau Claire touchdown. That was the longest in school history, and the first Blugold kickoff return for a score since November of 1987. Marteney kicked a career-high four field goals in as many attempts for Stout in a two-point loss to Number-nine Oshkosh. Marteney booted a career-high 44-yarder in that game.
The U-W Green Bay men's soccer team handed Milwaukee its first loss of the season, as the Phoenix scored a 2-to-1 victory in double-overtime on the Panthers' home field. Sam Krenzien scored the game-winner in the 106th minute to improve Green Bay's record to 1-0-and-1 in the Horizon League and 6-2-and-3 overall. Milwaukee out-shot the Phoenix 27-to-14. But it wasn't enough for the Panthers as they fell to 9-1-and-1 overall, and 2-and-1 in conference play.
The Marquette volleyball team is now 11-and-4 overall, after sweeping Horizon League challenger Loyola of Chicago in three sets at home. Golden Eagles' freshman Autumn Bailey had 12 kills. Elizabeth Koberstein had 45 assists, and Lindsey Gosh had 21 digs. Loyola was led by Kathleen Vogel with eight kills. The Ramblers dropped to 8-and-10.
Wisconsin swimmers have received two of the Big Ten's first weekly honors for the new season. Junior Ivy Martin was named the league's female swimmer-of-the-week, and Brett Pinfold received the men's award as freshman-of-the-week. Martin won the 50-and-100-yard freestyle events for the Badgers in a dual meet against Georgia. She also helped two relay teams to victory in the 200-freestyle and 400-medley. Pinfold earned a half-dozen Top-three finishes in his Badgers' debut. He won the 50-and-200 freestyles, and helped Wisconsin place first in the 400-medley relay.