Badger Sports Roundup

Freeman, Davis plead not guilty; NCAA track qualifiers; Elliott honored; Thomas on Lombardi list

Football: Two Badgers plead not guilty

Antonio Freeman and Jameson Davis, sophomore defensive backs at the University of Wisconsin, entered not guilty pleas in Jefferson County Court Tuesday on misdemeanor charges stemming from a January traffic stop.

Freeman, 20, pled not guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge, while Davis, 19, pled not guilty to resisting an officer and being party to the crime of marijuana possession, both misdemeanors.

Davis and Freeman were arrested Jan. 18, when the car Davis was driving was pulled over by a state trooper in Jefferson County, after being clocked at 101 miles per hour. The state trooper discovered marijuana in the vehicle.

Davis pled not guilty Feb. 21 to a citation for speeding in excess of 35 miles per hour above the posted limit and has a court appearance set for March 17.

On the misdemeanor charges, Davis has a final pre-trial hearing set for March 22 in the Jefferson County District Attorney's office, with signature bond set at $500.

Freeman awaits a pre-trial conference March 22 in Jefferson County Court. His signature bond was set at $250.

Freeman is suspended indefinitely from the UW football team as a result of the Jan. 18 arrest. Davis initially faced the same suspension, for violating the UW's student-athlete discipline policy, but his suspension was overturned by an appeals committee Feb. 24.

Track: 10 Badgers bound for NCAAs

The Wisconsin men's and women's track teams will send 10 athletes to the NCAA Indoor Championships, held this weekend at the University of Arkansas.

Junior Chris Solinsky qualified for three events. He is seeded sixth in the 3,000 meters and fourth in the 5,000 meters and will compete with the distance medley relay team of senior Ben Gregory, freshman Joe Pierre and junior Chad Melotte. That quartet has the top-ranked qualifying time in the nation of 9:32.76.

Junior sprinter Demi Omole is seeded third in the 60-meter dash and senior Alonzo Moore is seeded third in the triple jump. Junior Tim Nelson and redshirt freshman Stuart Eagon are ranked 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 5,000 meters.

Junior Katrina Rundhaug is ranked 14th in the 5,000 meters, while junior Melissa Talbot is tied for 16th in the nation in the pentathlon.

Men's hockey: Elliott picks up fifth WCHA honor

After allowing just one goal over the weekend, goaltender Brian Elliott was named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Defensive Player of the Week.

Elliott helped the Badgers to wins of 1-0 and 3-1 against St. Cloud State last weekend, making a career-high 37 saves Saturday. His 1-0 shutout tied the school record for shutouts in a season with four, and with his 20-4-3 record, Elliott has become the first 20-game winning netminder in Division I. Elliott stopped all 27 shots Friday and helped the Badgers' penalty killing unit shut out the Huskies on the power play.

Elliott had a .985 saves percentage for this series (64 of 65) and finished the WCHA season leading the league with a 1.84 goals-against average and .930 saves percentage. He ranks second in the nation in GAA, third in saves percentage and first in winning percentage.

Football: Thomas named to preseason Lombardi watch list

Senior left tackle Joe Thomas has been named to the preliminary Lombardi Award watch list, which was released recently.

Thomas was a Lombardi semifinalist last year and a consensus first-team All-Big Ten pick at left tackle. He is also a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and a two-time academic All-Big Ten choice.

Thomas was one of four Big Ten athletes on the list; also on the list were offensive tackle Levi Brown and linebacker Paul Posluszny of Penn State and Minnesota tight end Matt Spaeth.

The award goes to the best offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker in the nation and will be presented Dec. 6.

Hockey: Badgers to participate in skills challenge

Four members of the Wisconsin men's and women's hockey teams are slated to participate in the first-ever NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge, which will be held April 7 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

All of the Badgers will participate for team West, which takes on team East in a skills challenge that includes puck control relay, fastest skater, hardest shot, rapid fire shooting and penalty shot. Six male position players, six female position players, two male goaltenders and two female goaltenders were selected for each team.

All players must have ended their eligibility in order and be nominated by their head coach to be eligible for this competition.

For the men, forward Adam Burish was named to the team while defenseman Tom Gilbert and center Nick Licari are alternates. Forwards Nikki Burish and Sharon Cole and goaltender Meghan Horras were named to the women's roster, while forwards Grace Hutchins and Cyndy Kenyon were named alternates.

If the Wisconsin men's hockey team is playing in the Frozen Four that weekend, Adam Burish, Gilbert and Licari will not be eligible for the competition, and an alternate will be selected to take Burish's place.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the Bradley Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 414/276-4545. The Skills Challenge will begin at 7 p.m. Central and will be preceded by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award presentation at 6 p.m. and the Hockey Humanitarian Award presentation at 6:30 p.m.

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