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Tucker named all-district; poll roundup; soccer signees

Tucker earns all-district honors

University of Wisconsin junior forward Alando Tucker has been named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches' All-District 11 First Team. Tucker was a second-team all-district choice last season.

Nine Big Ten players received first- or second-team honors in District 11.

Joining Tucker on the first team were Illinois' seniors Dee Brown and James Augustine and Michigan State wings Maurice Ager and Shannon Brown. The District 11 Second Team included MSU center Paul Davis, Northwestern forward Vedran Vukusic, Michigan guard Daniel Horton and Minnesota guard/forward Vincent Grier.

Six other Big Ten players earned all-district honors. Iowa's Greg Brunner was named to the first team in District 12 and his Hawkeye teammate Adam Haluska earned second-team honors. In District 10, Ohio State's Terence Dials and Indiana's Marco Killingsworth were named to the first team, and OSU's Je'Kel Foster and Indiana's Robert Vaden received second-team acclaim.

The 150 players who earned all-district in the NABC's 15 districts are eligible for NABC All-American honors, which will be announced at the end of the season.

Poll roundup

The Wisconsin men's basketball team moved to the fringe of the top 25 rankings in Monday's most recent polls. The Badgers received 66 points in the Associated Press poll, placing them No. 28 in the nation; and 32 points in the coaches poll, where they sit at No. 26.

Wisconsin (18-7 overall, 8-4 Big Ten) travels to face Northwestern (12-12, 4-8) Thursday night.

Ranked Big Ten teams included No. 8/8 Illinois, which lost at unranked Michigan, 72-64, Tuesday; No. 13/12 Ohio State, No. 18/16 Michigan State and No. 20/22 Iowa. The Buckeyes travel to face the Spartans tonight, while Iowa's next game is at Illinois Saturday.

The Wisconsin men's hockey team is No. 2 in the poll and the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. The Badgers (21-7-3 overall) moved up one spot in each poll after earning three points at Michigan Tech last weekend. The Badgers are also No. 2 in the all-important PairWise Rankings.

Minnesota (21-6-5), which leads UW by two points in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings, is No. 1 in all three rankings.

Other ranked WCHA teams include Colorado College (No. 7 PairWise/No. 6 USCHO/No. 5 USA Today), Denver (14/12/11) and North Dakota (15t/13/10)

The Wisconsin women's hockey team remained No. 3 in the top 10 women's poll and No. 2 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

The WCHA champion Badgers (27-4-1) received one first-place vote in each poll. Three other WCHA teams are ranked: No. 4/4 Minnesota (22-9-1), No. 5/5 Minnesota-Duluth (19-7-2) and No. 9/NR St. Cloud State (15-16-1).

Wisconsin soccer teams announce signees

The Wisconsin men's and women's soccer teams announced their class of 2006 recruits Tuesday.

The women's team announced the signing of Ashley Hedges, a midfielder from Carmel, Ind.; Wesley Johnson, a goalie from St. Charles, Ill.; Stephanie Krombach, a forward from Appleton, Wis.; Krista Liskevych, a midfielder from Encinitas, Calif.; and Whitney Owusu, a midfielder from Woodbury, Minn.

The men's team inked Matthew Arcangeli, a forward/midfielder from Kalamazoo, Mich.; Brian Bultman, a forward from Tucson, Ariz.; Pablo Delgado, a midfielder/forward from Madrid, Spain; Brandon Miller, a forward from Vadnais Height, Minn.; Jon Rzepka, a midfielder from Kentwood, Mich.; Ryan Vint, a goalie from Plymouth, Minn.; and Taylor Waspi, a defender/midfielder from Deer Park, Ill.

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