Badger Sports Roundup

Monty apologizes; coaches contracts renewed; news from tennis, men's hockey, rowing and men's golf

Joe Monty, a senior defensive end on the University of Wisconsin football team who was seriously injured in a moped accident in the early morning hours of April 28, issued an apology in the form of a prepared statement Friday morning. Monty was cited for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated after the accident.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize to the UW-Madison community, our coaching staff, my teammates and Badger fans for any embarrassment resulting from the accident in which I was involved last Friday," Monty said.

"At this point I don't know how, but I have every intention of turning this incident into something that both I and others can learn from."

Monty was hospitalized and underwent successful surgery to repair facial fractures he incurred in the accident. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday.

Monty started 12 of 13 games for the Badgers last season and is listed as the first-team left defensive end heading into the 2006 campaign.

Coaches contracts renewed

The UW Athletic Board voted to renew the contracts of five Wisconsin coaches on Friday.

The board approved the contract renewals for men's hockey coach Mike Eaves and women's hockey coach Mark Johnson through May 31, 2011. The contract renewal of men's and women's swimming coach Eric Hansen was approved through May 31, 2007.

The board voted to maintain the current contract of women's basketball coach Lisa Stone through May 31, 2010. The board also voted to maintain the current contract of wrestling coach Barry Davis through May 31, 2008.

The board will consider men's basketball coach Bo Ryan's contract at its next meeting in June.

Future Badgers selected in USHL Draft

Two high school juniors who recently gave verbal commitment to the Badger men's hockey program were selected in the Tier I junior United State Hockey League Entry Draft Thursday.

Josh Turnbull, a forward at Duluth (Minn.) East High School, was selected with the second pick in sixth round (No. 62 overall) by the Waterloo Black Hawks. Turnbull, who committed to Wisconsin April 21, had 50 points in 25 games in 2005-06.

Chris Hickey, a forward who committed to UW April 22, was selected with the seventh pick in the 14th round (No. 116 overall) by the Tri-City Storm. Hickey attends Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., where he tallied 37 goals and 26 assists this season, while helping to lead the Raiders to a state championship.

Like Turnbull, Hickey plans to stay with his high school team his senior year and then play one year in the USHL before enrolling at UW.

Tennis teams name award winners

The Wisconsin men's and women's tennis teams announced their team award recipients Friday.

On the women's side, junior Caitlin Burke was named most valuable player. Junior Kaylan Caiati earned the sportsmanship award; sophomore Chelsea Nusslock was given the grind award for the reputation of being the hardest worker; and freshman Liz Carpenter was named most improved.

Senior Lexi Goldin was named the team's most inspirational player. Goldin, a former walk-on, will be starting medical school in the fall. She has earned a 4.0 grade-point average in seven of her eight semesters at UW.

On the men's side, sophomores Nolan Polley and Jeremy Sonkin shared team most valuable player honors. Sonkin was also named best competitor, while freshman Gian Hodgson received the most improved award.

Women's rowing: Wrenshall honored

Badger women's rower Sarah Wrenshall was named Big Ten women's Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday.

Wrenshall, a native of Pittsburgh, was the seven seat for UW's varsity eight at the Big Ten rowing championships last weekend.

Men's golf adds recruit

Jordan Elsen has signed a letter of intent to join the Badger men's golf program this fall, UW coach Jim Schuman announced in a press release Friday.

A native of Kenosha, Wis., Elsen attended The Pendleton School, a high school in Bradenton, Fla., as part of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. He is ranked No. 99 in the class of 2006, according to the Golf Week/Titleist Performance Index.

"Jordan Elsen is a great addition to our young Badger golf program," Schuman said. "Although Jordan is from Kenosha, Wis., he comes to us through the David Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Jordan's Florida-based schooling has given him valuable exposure to tournament golf and some of the strongest junior competition in the country."

In UW's recruiting class of 2006, Elsen joins Craig Cerbins of Portage, Wis., and Austin Ehlenfeldt of Beaver Dam, Wis., who signed last November.

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