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Former UW softball player to coach at MATC; Sonkin earns Big Ten acclaim

Softball: Former Badger to coach at MATC

Boo Gillette, a former catcher on the University of Wisconsin softball team, has been named the head coach of the Madison Area Technical College softball team, MATC Athletics Director Steve Hauser announced.

Gillette, who is currently an assistant at Edgewood College, will begin coaching the MATC softball program, which is being resurrected after an eight-year absence, in 2007. Gillette will begin recruiting immediately.

"We are very pleased that Boo Gillette will lead our women's softball program at MATC," Hauser said in a statement. "Boo brings the type of energy and enthusiasm needed to build a high quality intercollegiate softball program. Everyone that has been involved with Boo feels that she is a great teacher of the game and an excellent communicator."

Men's tennis: Sonkin named Big Ten athlete of the week

For the first time in almost five years, a member of the Wisconsin men's tennis team has been named the Big Ten athlete of the week. Last Saturday, sophomore Jeremy Sonkin defeated Christian Tempke 4-6, 7-5, 6-2, helping the Badgers to a 4-3 upset of No. 51 Northwestern, their first win against the Wildcats since 1991.

Sonkin lost the first set and was down 5-0 but he saved five straight Tempke match points and came out ahead 7-5 in the second set.

Sonkin and junior Lachezar Kasarov defeated Tempke and Willy Lock 8-4 at the No. 2 doubles spot.

The last Badger to win Big Ten weekly honors was Danny Westerman, currently a Badger assistant coach, on April 11, 2001.

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