Badger Sports Roundup, May 4

Street officially signs with UW; women's tennis receives NCAA berth; women's golf team awards

Men's Hockey: Badgers ink BC recruit

Ben Street, a forward from Coquitlam, British Columbia, will join the Wisconsin men's hockey team, head coach Mike Eaves formally announced recently.

Street comes from the British Columbia Hockey League's Salmon Arm Silverbacks, where he notched 29 goals and 39 assists for 68 points in 56 regular-season 2004-05 games. Street, a high school senior, also added seven goals and eight assists in 11 playoff games. The Silverbacks advanced to the second round of the BCHL playoffs, where they fell to Prince George Spruce Kings.

According to a release on the Silverbacks' Web site, the Badgers offered Street an opportunity to play immediately as a second line center, which caused him to accept Wisconsin's offer for the fall of 2005. Street was recruited by several colleges, including North Dakota and Colorado College, but for the 2006-07 season, according to the Web site.

Street also competed on the 2004 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge on the Pacific team, where he had six points in six games en route to a silver medal.

Street earned his team's 2005 Academic Player award, which is selected by local high school teachers.

"Ben comes to us as the complete package," Eaves said. "He has good offensive instincts and abilities, is a tremendous competitor and a very good student. We're looking forward to him being part of what we have going here."

Women's tennis NCAA bound

The No. 34 Wisconsin women's tennis team (15-8) received a bid to the NCAA tournament, where it will face William & Mary at Clemson, S.C., either May 13 or 14.

This will be Wisconsin's third appearance in the NCAAs in the past four years and its seventh overall. Seniors Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan will appear in their third NCAA tournaments.

The Tribe (19-5) is ranked No. 20 in the country and is the 2005 Colonial Athletic Conference champions. If the Badgers advance, they will face the winner of the No. 58 Furman/No. 11 Clemson match.

"We're really pleased that we were able to make it into the tournament again this season," Wisconsin head coach Patti Henderson said. "It means great things for the program that we're able to continue at this high level of success."

Wisconsin fell to No. 24 Tennessee 4-3 in the first round of the 2004 team championships.

Women's Golf: Announces team awards

Wisconsin junior golfer Lindsay McMillan racked in a number of awards at the women's golf awards banquet, held Tuesday. The player of the year, McMillan had a team-low scoring average of 78.8 in 32 rounds; she also earned her second Academic All-Big Ten accolades, the team's community service award and the team's Badger Leadership award.

Senior Jackie Obermueller also earned numerous awards, including one for the best putting average in putts per greens in regulation, the Badger Leadership Award (as voted on by her teammates) and an Academic All-Big Ten award.

Freshman Katie Elliott was named the newcomer of the year after averaging 79.4 shots per round in 32 rounds.

The Badger Power Award for excellence and leadership in strength and conditioning went to sophomore Nicki Morse. Sophomore Jill Ries was the golf team's Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. Academic improvement awards went to senior Sami Forster, senior Jackie Potter and sophomore Melissa Martin.


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