More than 250 University of Wisconsin student-athletes were expected to take part in the second annual "48-hour practice", which took place April 23-25 on Library Mall, to raise money to provide clean blood reserves and drinking water for African communities dealing with the repercussions of the HIV and AIDS pandemics.
The event, sponsored by Athletes in Action, the UW Athletic Department, and the Student Athletic Advisory Council, supports the Blood:Water Mission.
The first 48-hour practice at UW raised about $3,800. Event organizers were hoping to raise $10,000 this year.
Though the event has concluded, donations are still being accepted at http://www.48hourpractice.com/Teams.html.
Women's golf joins Habitat for Humanity project
The Badger women's golf team is taking part in "Team Build" to collect money to help Habitat for Humanity build a home in the New Orleans area.
The National Women's Golf Coaches Association of America has arranged for coaches and players to work two weeks constructing a home, and has a goal of raising $60,000.
As part of the project, women's golf head coach Todd Oehrlein and assistant Lori Murphy will take part in a golf-a-thon, Monday, May 1, at University Ridge Golf Course, beginning at 8 a.m. They will be paired with media representatives.
"I am hoping that others will be interested in helping us with this worthwhile project, either by making a per-hole pledge, or simply by making a lump-sum donation," Oehrlein said.
All pledges should be made payable to "New Orleans Area Habitat" with "NGCA Project Team Build" in the memo line. The pledges may be sent to Lori Murphy at Kellner Hall, 1440 Monroe Street, Madison, WI, 53711. Questions may also be directed to Murphy at email@example.com.
Men's hockey: Badgers ink three
As expected, the Wisconsin men's hockey team has added three signees to its 2006-07 recruiting class. The Badgers announced Wednesday that forwards Aaron Bendickson (Thief River Falls, Minn.), Mike Davies (Chesterfield, Mo.) and Ben Grotting (Birmingham, Ala.) have signed letters of intent.
Davies (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) was third in the Tier I junior United States Hockey League in scoring in 2005-06, skating for the Lincoln Stars. He tallied 71 points (28 goals, 43 assists) in 51 regular-season games and 11 points (4, 7) in nine playoff games.
"Davies is another guy that can put points on the board," UW coach Mike Eaves said in a prepared statement. "He is very competitive around the puck and has a knack around the net in terms of being able to put the puck in the net."
Grotting (6-1, 190) also played for Lincoln this season. In 61 regular season and playoff games he had 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists). He was seventh in the USHL with 138 regular-season penalty minutes.
"Ben is a big, powerful skating forward," Eaves said. "We look for Ben to come in and create energy with his hits and his ability to play at a high tempo."
Bendickson (5-11, 170) has played for the USHL franchises in Des Moines, Indiana and Cedar Rapids this season. He had 30 points (16, 14) in the regular season. His current team, Des Moines, is even at one game apiece with Sioux Falls in the best-of-five Clark Cup finals. Bendickson has four goals and three assists in seven playoff games.
"Aaron reminds me, though I don't know if this is a fair comparison, of Ross Carlson," Eaves said. "He has the ability to get the puck on his stick a lot, an intelligent player with good quickness and has shown an ability to put numbers up."
The signings bring UW's '06-07 class to nine players. Forwards Zach Bearson, Blake Geoffrion and John Mitchell and defensemen Jamie McBain and Nigel Williams signed during the fall signing period in November 2005. Defenseman Garrett Suter signed in November 2004. Mitchell enrolled at UW this semester and practiced with the Badgers as a redshirt.
A 10th player could be added to what is already a highly regarded class, as the Badgers are still pursuing high-scoring forward Patrick Kane for this recruiting class. Kane skates with the U.S. National Team Development Program's U-18 squad, along with Geoffrion, McBain and Williams.
The USA U-18 team recently won the gold medal at the 2006 IIHF World Under-18 Championships in Angelholm, Sweden. Former UW assistant John Hynes is the U-18 head coach.
Kane (5-10, 160) led all players in the tournament in scoring (12 points) and goals (7) and was named to the all-tournament team.
McBain (6-2, 190) was named the top defenseman in the 10-team event after he led all players with nine assists and all defensemen with 11 points.
Williams (6-5, 220) was scoreless in six tournament games; he was third on the team with 18 penalty minutes. Geoffrion (6-2, 195) contributed one goal and four assists during the event.
Through the course of the 2005-06 season, Kane led the U-18 team in goals (52), assists (50) and points (102), averaging close to two points a game in 58 contests.
Geoffrion had 41 points (18, 23) in 54 games, Williams had 15 points (6, 9) in 56 games, and McBain posted 30 points (9, 21) in 55 games.
Playing for Waterloo in USHL, Bearson (6-2, 185) had 34 points (13, 21) in 56 regular season games this year. Suter (6-1, 185) had 17 points (3, 14) in 42 regular season games with Waterloo. The Blackhawks did not qualify for the Clark Cup playoffs.
Softball: Badgers rout Flames
Led by sophomore Katie Hnatyk's two home runs, Wisconsin drilled Illinois-Chicago 11-0 Wednesday night at Goodman Softball Complex in Madison.
Hnatyk drove in five runs for the Badgers, who improved to 20-19 with the five-inning victory.
Hnatyk has nine home runs this season and is now tied for third place on UW's career list with 18.
Junior Eden Brock pitched five scoreless innings to improve to 16-10 this season. She allowed just four hits and no walks, while striking out two.