Badger Sports Roundup

Cole, Pavelski honored; men's and women's golf early signing classes; in the polls

Sharon Cole, a senior forward on the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team, has been named U.S. College Hockey Online and Western Collegiate Hockey Association offensive player of the week.

Cole had five points last weekend in the Badgers' sweep of then-No. 4 Minnesota. She scored a power-play goal in Friday's 2-0 victory and added two goals and two assists in a 6-2 win Saturday.

Cole now has 16 points this season.

Pavelski receives acclaim

Men's hockey center Joe Pavelski was named WCHA offensive player of the week after tallying two goals and an assist in Wisconsin's sweep of Minnesota State over the weekend. Pavelski recorded 10 shots and both Badger goals in Saturday's 2-1 win and added an assist and four shots in Sunday's 3-2 victory.

Pavelski leads the Badgers with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists).

Men's golf: Badgers sign two

Two athletes from within the state's boundaries will join the Wisconsin men's golf team in 2006, head coach Jim Schuman announced recently. Craig Cerbins, of Portage, and Austin Ehlenfeldt, of Beaver Dam, have signed national letters of intent to compete with the Badgers.

Cerbins was named the 2005 high school player of the year by the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Association after winning the WIAA state championship in a one-hole playoff. The Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index listed Cerbins as the best junior golfer in the state and 71st overall in the 2006 class. He was also named the 2004 Wisconsin PGA Player of the Year and is a three-time all-state pick.

"We've been watching Craig for a long time and I'm really impressed how mature he is out there on the course," Schuman said. "His game is really strong in every area and he's going to have a big impact on our program."

Ehlenfeldt, the 2005 Wisconsin Little Ten Player of the Year, is the third-best junior golfer in Wisconsin, according to Golfweek/Titleist Performance Index and the 101st best player in the 2006. He won the 2005 USGA Junior Amateur qualifying event in Watertown and competed at the USGA Junior Amateur Championship in Massachusetts. He has four top 20 finishes in American Junior Golf Association events.

"Austin has great skills and a great work ethic in the classroom and on the course," Schuman said. "I think he is just finding out how good of a player he is and I'm really excited about watching him develop."

Women's golf: Badgers ink two

The Wisconsin women's golf team will have two new members next fall. Coach Todd Oehrlein announced that Kelsey Verbeten and Beth Weinstein have signed national letters of intent to play at Wisconsin beginning in the fall of 2006.

Verbeten, a senior at Green Bay Preble High School, was the runner-up at the WIAA state tournament in 2002 and 2005 and made first-team all-state both years. She is a four-time first-team all-conference and academic all-state pick who won the WWSGA State Junior Match Play championship in 2004 and 2005.

Weinstein, from Highland Park, Ill., won the 2005 Pepsi Little People's Golf Championship last June. She also won the Illinois Junior Champions Invitational in 2003 and was named first-team all-state in 2004 and 2005. Both she and Verbeten are U.S. Junior Qualifiers.

"We are excited to have Beth and Kelsey join our program," Oehrlein said. "They both are tough-minded and very dedicated players. Both are tremendous competitors and know how to win golf tournaments. Their passion and commitment to everything they do will add a great deal to our program."

In the polls…

The Wisconsin men's hockey team (9-1-2) remained at No. 2 in the U.S. College Hockey Online poll after sweeping Minnesota State over the weekend. Michigan (9-1-1), which Wisconsin faces this weekend, is the top team in the nation according to Colorado College (11-2-1) comes in at No. 3, Minnesota (6-3-3) is ranked No. 7 and North Dakota (8-5-1) sits at No. 8.

After sweeping Minnesota, the Wisconsin women's hockey team (11-1-0) jumped two spots to the top of the poll, knocking off now-No. 2 St. Lawrence (9-0-2), which was No. 1 last week. Minnesota-Duluth is No. 3, with a 10-2-0 record, and Minnesota (9-5-0) fell a spot to No. 5.

The Wisconsin men's basketball team has not cracked the top 25 but received 44 points in the USA Today/ESPN top 25 coaches poll. The highest ranked Big Ten team is No. 12 Michigan State, which fell seven spots from its No. 5 preseason ranking in the USA Today poll. Illinois is No. 14, Iowa is No. 17 and Indiana is No. 21. Ohio State is also receiving votes, with 58 points.

The Badger volleyball team (21-6) moved up a spot to No. 14 in the USA Today Division I top 25 poll. Penn State (27-2) leads the Big Ten with its No. 2 ranking, while Minnesota (22-7) is No. 17, Ohio State (19-8) is No. 19 and Purdue (22-7) comes in at No. 22.

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