Badger Sports Roundup

Bairu wins fourth straight Canadian title; Elliott garners another award; academic honors roundup; Shaw receives regional honor; men's cross country recruits; hockey on TV; Keseley honored

Cross country: Bairu wins Canadian National Championship

For the fourth consecutive year, Simon Bairu, who just finished his senior season with the University of Wisconsin men's cross country team, won the Canadian Cross Country National Championship Dec. 3 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Regina, Saskatchewan, native won the 10,000-meter race in 30 minutes, four seconds. Bairu also won the national championship from 2002-2004.

Bairu won the individual NCAA men's cross country championship Nov. 21.

Men's hockey: Elliott nets WCHA award

For the fourth time in five weeks, Wisconsin men's hockey goaltender Brian Elliott has been named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week, this time sharing the honor with Denver junior defenseman Matt Carle.

Elliott collected 67 saves in two games against Minnesota last weekend, helping Wisconsin to a 4-3 win Friday and a 4-0 shutout Saturday. He allowed a season-high three goals but also tied his season-high 35 saves Friday. The Badgers swept the Gophers in Minneapolis for the first time since Feb. 25-26, 2000. Elliott leads the WCHA—and the nation—with 1.42 goals-against average and a save percentage of .945.

Carle had seven assists on nine Pioneer goals as Denver swept Colorado College over the weekend.

Volleyball: Shaw earns honorable mention honors

Senior middle blocker Sheila Shaw has earned honorable mention on the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Mideast Region team and is in consideration for All-America honors.

Shaw is No. 2 at Wisconsin and No. 21 in the nation with 1.52 blocks per game. She recorded a career-high 13 blocks against then-No. 5 Minnesota. She leads the team with 0.33 service aces per game and a .321 hitting percentage. She was named the 2005 InnTowner Invitational Most Valuable Player.

Penn State dominated the AVCA All-Mideast Region team with five players receiving honors.

50 student-athletes earn academic All-Big Ten honors

Fifty Wisconsin athletes have been named to the fall Academic All-Big Ten team, the conference announced today.

Qualifying student-athletes were letter winners in at least their second year of school who maintained a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

Former UW soccer player Jessica Ring was one of nine conference athletes who earned a perfect 4.0 and one of 14 women's soccer players honored. Ring was also named to ESPN The Magazine's first-team academic All-American list, as announced by the College of Sports Information Directors of America.

Ring, who was a fifth-year senior this season, is in her first year of law school after she graduated with a cumulative 4.0 GPA in May 2005 and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. She was named to the Academic All-District V team three times and was a three-time academic All-Big Ten pick.

On the field, she helped the Badgers to their first Big Ten tournament championship since 1994 and was named the tournament's defensive most valuable player. She is the third Badger to be named to the academic All-America team, following Heather Taggart (1992) and Julie Johnson (1996).

Other honorees include:

Jason Chapman, Andy Crooks, Casey Hogan, Paul Joran, Allen Langford, Joel Nellis, Mike Newkirk, Jason Pociask, Ben Strickland, Luke Swan and Joe Thomas.

Men's cross country
Bryan Culver, Tim Nelson, Teddy O'Reilly, Ben Porter and Christian Wagner.

Women's cross country
Ann Detmer, Amanda Ganser, Emily Post and Katrina Rundhaug.

Men's soccer
Hamid Afsari, Andrew Cardona, Nick Caronna, Victor Diaz, Christopher Ede, Sho Fujita, Frank Iaizzo, Reid Johnson, Erik Ortega and Jake Settle.

Women's soccer
Marisa Brown, Erin Dubina, Ann Eshun, Cora Holt, Natalie Horner, Kara Kabellis, Becky Katsma, Katy Lindenmuth, Katy Meuer, Lynn Murray, Allison Preiss, Jessica Ring, Stefani Szczechowski and Amy Vermeulen.

Maya Carroll, Audra Jeffers, Katie Lorenzen , Megan Mills, Sheila Shaw and Jocelyn Wack.

Men's cross country: Badgers ink three

Three runners will join the Wisconsin men's cross country team in the fall of 2006, coach Jerry Schumacher announced Tuesday.

John Bolas, Craig Miller and Noah Shannon have all signed national letters of intent to run at Wisconsin.

"I'm very excited about Craig, John and Noah joining the Badger program," Schumacher said. "They're all very talented and hard-working athletes who will really contribute to the future of the Wisconsin cross country and track programs. We're looking forward to them being Badgers."

Bolas, from Chapel Hill, N.C., won the 2005 North Carolina state 4A cross country championship and led Chapel Hill High School to the team title. He competed at the Nike Team Nationals Dec. 3 in Portland, placing second and helping his team to a 12th place finish. He will compete in the Foot Locker National Championship Saturday in San Diego. He won the state championship in the 1,600-meter run (4:08.23) and placed second in the 3,200 meters (9:21.57).

Miller, of Manheim, Penn., has won both the Pennsylvania Division 3 state cross country championship three times and the state track championship in the 1,600 meters three times. He owns the state record of 14:56 in the 5,000 meters in cross country.

Shannon, of Fort Collins, Colo., has competed with the Fort Collins High School track team that has won the class 5A state championship the last three years. He competed on the state-champion 3200-meter relay and placed fourth in the 3,200 meters in 9:39.32 as a junior. He will compete in the Foot Locker National Championship this weekend and placed third individually at the Nike Team National last weekend, while his school took eighth.

Men's hockey: UPN-14 to show three games

Madison's UPN-14 will air three men's hockey games beginning with the game against Michigan Tech Saturday at 8 p.m.

UPN-14 will also show the Jan. 21 game against two-time defending champion Denver and the March 4 contest against St. Cloud State.

All three games will be shown live.

Women's hockey: Keseley WCHA frosh of the week

Angie Keseley, a forward on the Wisconsin women's hockey team, was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association rookie of the week, the conference announced Tuesday.

Keseley, who earned her first weekly honor, tallied two assists in Wisconsin's 10-3 win over Bemidji State last Friday and notched a goal and an assist in the Badgers' 4-1 win Saturday. Keseley has 16 points (seven goals and nine assists) this season, the most among freshmen and sixth best on the team.

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