Van Sicklen to compete at MLS combine

Badger softball signs four

Van Sicklen invited to MLS combine

Senior forward and tri-captain Nick Van Sicklen has been chosen for the 2005 Adidas Major League Soccer Player Combine Jan. 8-11 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Cal. The draft allows seniors, of which 66 will be in attendance, to perform in front of general managers and managers of the 12 MLS teams. The SuperDraft is Jan. 14 in Baltimore, Md.

As a Badger, Van Sicklen had a conference-high 31 points on 12 goals and seven assists. He was named the College Soccer News national player of the week after picking up a hat-trick against No. 9 Penn State Oct. 10. His 76 points at Wisconsin are currently fourth on the all-time list.

Van Sicklen will join former Big Ten athletes forwards Mychal Turpin and Knox Cameron of Michigan and goaltender Jay Nolly and midfielder Danny O'Rourke of Indiana, among others.

Badgers ink four for 2005-06 season

Four high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play with the Wisconsin softball team in 2005-06, according to head coach Karen Gallagher.

The class boasts two Illinois natives and one from Wisconsin, adding a touch of the Midwest to the class.

"The thing I like about this particular group is they are very athletic, they're very versatile and I think they'll bring a lot more depth to our program," Gallagher said. "They are all great students and that points to the type of well-rounded athletes that we like bringing into the University of Wisconsin. We're looking forward to having them on campus next fall.

"It's also nice to have some more Midwestern recruits coming into the program. With the parity that's beginning to develop across the country, there's more and more great athletes starting to come out of the Midwest."

Left-handed pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven, from Kaukauna, Wis., earned first-team, all-state awards from the Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association in her sophomore and junior campaign, as well as raking in conference and Appleton Post-Crescent player of the year awards those years. She struck out 238 while giving up only 38 hits and posting a 0.28 ERA in 124 innings as a junior.

Shortstop Valyncia Raphael comes from La Habra, Calif., where she is on the So Cal Vipers travel team and is a scholar-athlete at Mater Dei High School.

Infielder Stephanie Doyle, from Hinsdale, Ill., was an all-conference pick in her first three years at Glenbard West High School. She made the Chicago Tribune's all-state and the Chicago Sun Times' all-area teams as a junior. She also competed with the Stone City Marlins and the Stone City Sharks.

Theresa Boruta, from Chicago, brings her talents as a pitcher and utility player to the Badgers. She is a two-time all-area and all-conference pick, helping Queen of Peace High School to conference titles as a sophomore and junior. She pitched eight shutouts, had a 0.29 ERA, hit .483 in her junior year, and pitched 12 consecutive shutouts as a sophomore. She also played on the Beverly Bandits travel team that won a 16U AFA national championship in 2002.

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