Badger Sports Roundup

Bauer tabbed preseason POY; Cross country slips to No. 2; WPT to broadcast hockey; ESPN or ESPN2 to show UW-NU game; WIBA to broadcast volleyball

Bauer tabbed preseason POY

Wisconsin women's hockey forward Sara Bauer has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association preseason Player of the Year, while the No.1 Badgers have been picked to win the WCHA, according to the conference coaches preseason poll. The poll, released Wednesday, had Wisconsin claiming seven of the eight first-place votes.

The Badgers finished 28-9-1 overall last season, placing third in the WCHA with a 20-7-1 WCHA record. The Badgers advanced to the WCHA tournament finals before losing to Minnesota in overtime.

Bauer, an assistant captain this season, is on track to become Wisconsin's all-time leading scorer, with 34 goals and 54 assists in just two years. She earned second-team All-WCHA honors and was the conference rookie of the year in 2003-04.

Cross country slips to No. 2

The Wisconsin men's cross country team lost its No. 1 spot in the MONDO NCAA Division I Men's Cross Country Poll, released Tuesday. The Badgers are now at No. 2 after placing second at the Roy Griak Invitational and fifth at the Notre Dame Invitational. Wisconsin was ranked No. 1 the entire 2004 season.

Arkansas is now at No. 1 after spending the previous week at No. 2. Other Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25 are: No. 14 Iowa, No. 18 Ohio State, No. 19 Michigan, No. 20 Minnesota and No. 21 Indiana.

WPT to broadcast hockey

Wisconsin Public Television will broadcast 13 Wisconsin men's hockey games, as well as the first round of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs, if the Badgers host.

WPT will broadcast on tape delay home games against St. Lawrence, Alaska Anchorage, Michigan Tech, Western Michigan, Denver, Minnesota and St. Cloud State. Play-by-play announcer Aaron Sims and color analyst Ron Vincent will handle broadcast duties.

ESPN or ESPN2 to show UW-NU game

Either ESPN or ESPN2 will broadcast the Wisconsin football team's game against Northwestern at 11 a.m. this Saturday. The TV station of choice is contingent upon the baseball playoff series between the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

If Chicago wins Friday to clinch the series win, the Badger game will be on ESPN; if Boston wins or if the game is rained out, the college football game will be on ESPN2. Unless there is a rain delay, the TV station will be announced Friday night at approximately 8 p.m.

WIBA will broadcast Wednesday volleyball match

WIBA Radio (AM 1310) will broadcast the No. 8 Wisconsin volleyball team's home match Oct. 12 against Northwestern. The match is at 7 p.m., and will feature WIBA sports director Brian Posick and former Badger assistant volleyball coach Andrea Nilsen. This is the first time since 2002 that a Badger volleyball game will be announced live on a Madison radio station.

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