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Monty released from hospital; news from women's hockey, golf and hoops, men's hockey and wrestling

Joe Monty, who started 12 of 13 games at defensive end for the University of Wisconsin football team last season, was released from UW Hospital and Clinics Tuesday afternoon, according to a press release from the UW athletic department. Monty was involved in a motor vehicle accident early Friday morning, when the moped he was driving slammed into another vehicle, which was stopped at a red light.

"I'm pleased to report that Joe has been released from the hospital," UW athletic trainer Clark Pearson said. "He will continue to be treated by UW physicians and sports medicine staff."

Monty underwent successful surgery Saturday to repair facial fractures he incurred in the accident.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Monty, 22 ,was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and for following another vehicle too closely. He faces $825 in total fines. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured but was also cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Women's hockey signs two

The Badger women's hockey team has signed two more recruits for the 2006-07 season: forward Jasmine Giles and defenseman Ally Strickler.

Giles, a product of All Saints High School in Ottawa, Ontario, was a four-time high school MVP and a member of the Canadian national champion U-18 Ontario Red Team in 2005 and 2006. The 5-foot-7 Giles was awarded the 2005 Colleen Mackenzie Award as the most promising Junior A player.

"We think she'll be able to score some goals," UW coach Mark Johnson said in a press release. "She's had a good environment growing up in Canada. She watched hockey growing up and is a big Ottawa (Senators) fan. She's a good left-handed forward, which is something we were looking for. She should fit in well here."

Strickler (5-6) played with current Badger Angie Keseley at St. Louis Park (Minn.) High School. She was an all-conference honoree and her team's best defender as a junior and senior.

"She's a teammate of Angie's (Keseley) and a good student with a good set of skills," Johnson said. "This will be a good opportunity. She has (the) potential to be a real good player."

Giles and Strickler join forwards Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.), Emily Kranz (Waukesha, Wis.) and Kyla Sanders (Parrish, Fla.) and goaltender Alannah McCready (Blaine, Minn.) as members of the 2006-07 recruiting class.

Men's hockey recruit wins Clark Cup

Aaron Bendickson, a signee in the Wisconsin men's hockey program's 2006-07 recruiting class, helped the Des Moines Buccaneers win the Clark Cup Monday as champions of the Tier 1 junior United State Hockey League.

Facing a decisive game five in the championship series, Des Moines beat Sioux Falls 3-2 to claim the national title.

Bendickson, a 5-11, 170-pound forward, scored four goals and tallied three assists in 11 playoff games. His seven postseason points were the fourth-most on the team. Bendickson had 16 goals and 14 assists in 53 regular-season games with three different USHL clubs.

Former Badger forward Ken Rowe also contributed to the Buccaneers' championship. Rowe contributed four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in nine playoff games. He had 37 points (18, 19) in 60 regular season games. Rowe left UW after his sophomore season last year. In two seasons in Madison, he had four points (1, 3) in 25 games.

Women's golf signs one

Middleton (Wis.) High School standout Heidi Hinners has signed a letter of intent to join the Wisconsin women's golf team this fall.

Hinners is a four-time all-state honoree, having placed in the top five individually in each of the past four state tournaments. She placed third at the state championship this season, while Middleton finished fourth as a team, after three consecutive second-place finishes.

Also an academic all-state honoree, Hinners has maintained a 4.0 grade-point average. She was the winner in the inaugural National Golf Coaches Association PowerBilt Award, a national honor which recognizes 30 total players (17 boys and 13 girls) for their playing ability, academics, citizenship, and extracurricular activities.

"Heidi will be a tremendous addition to our program," UW coach Todd Oehrlein said in a press release. "Through her commitment and dedication, she has proven herself to be successful at everything she attempts. We look forward to working with her."

Hinners joins Kelsey Verbeten (Green Bay Preble High School) and Beth Weinstein (Highland Park (Ill.) High School) in the Badgers' 2006-07 recruiting class.

Women's basketball adds walk-on

According to the Oakland Tribune, Annie Crangle, a 5-10 guard/forward at Piedmont (Calif.) High School, has decided to walk on at UW this fall. Crangle, who helped Piedmont win two state championships, turned down a scholarship offer from Division II UC San Diego.

Women's soccer names captains

Seniors midfielder Kara Kabellis and goalie Stefani Szczechowski will captain the Badger women's soccer team next season, according to a press release. The assistant captains will be seniors defender Natalie Horner and midfielder/forward Allison Preiss.

Badgers third in Directors' Cup standings

UW is No. 3 in the final winter Directors' Cup standings, with 616 points. Stanford leads with 766.63, followed by Texas with 647.5

Wrestling: athletes honored at banquet

The Badger wrestling program announced its team honors at a banquet last week. Tom Clum was named most valuable wrestler for the third straight year; Dallas Herbst was named most improved; Lee Kraemer earned the George Martin Scholar Award with the highest grade-point average on the team; Tony Turner was honored for his tireless work in practice and dedication to helping the team succeed; and Tyler Turner was named most dedicated wrestler.

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