Miller to officially put his stamp on UW-Whitewater facility
Jim Miller has put many years and ounces of effort in his long-time tenure with the UW-Whitewater baseball program.
In fact, the baseball facility is named after him: Prucha Field at Jim Miller Stadium.
On Saturday, the 69-year-old assistant athletic director will be at the stadium when the baseball field is formally dedicated in honor of Miller.
The Warhawks, who are in second place in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, one game behind UW-Stevens Point, will host UW-La Crosse in the second of two scheduled doubleheaders that will end the conference season.
The first doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. today. Saturday’s twinbill begins at noon.
The dedication ceremony will be held between games Saturday. A tailgate party will be held in the ’Hawks Nest, which is located along the first-base line of the stadium.
Whitewater is 15-5 in the conference and 26-8 overall. La Crosse is 11-9, 23-12.
The WIAC Tournament, which includes the top three finishers in the regular season, is slated to start a week from today, May 13.
Knutson headed to Warhawks
Creed Knutson finished his high school basketball career at Janesville Parker High, and his college career likely will start nearby.
The Parker senior has told UW-Whitewater men’s coach Pat Miller that he plans to attend school there and play for the Warhawks.
Miller believes Knutson will become the first Parker player to play at Whitewater.
“I think his best basketball is in front of him,” said Miller, who watched Knutson play several times this past season.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Knutson stood out in the second half of the season. He became the first Parker player to earn first-team All-Big Eight status since 2008 when NCAA Division I recruit Riley Grafft earned a first-team spot.
Several other top recruits will join Knutson.
Miller said 5-foot-11 point guard Quardell Young of Kenosha Bradford, 6-6 guard Travis Crayton of Burlington, and Arrowhead’s combination of 6-3 wing Charlie Fischer, 6-6 forward Ryan May and 6-6 center Ricky Lovett all plan to attend Whitewater and play for Miller.
“We think it’s a good class,” Miller said of the recruits. “We recruited a lot of length, and they’re great shooters. They’re high-level players that know how to play and don’t need to control the ball.
“It’s a good mixture.”
Schroeder to St. Ambrose
Kyle Schroeder, Janesville Parker’s 6-6 senior forward, will continue his basketball career at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa.
Schroeder was a two-year starter and three-year letter winner for Parker. He was a co-captain this past season and the Vikings’ second-leading scorer the last two years.
Schroeder also was a two-year letter winner as a wide receiver in football and has lettered in track and field.
As an honor student, Schroeder has been a three-time recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for maintaining a 3.5 or higher grade-point average.
Schroeder, the son of Steve and Michele Schroeder, plans to major in business marketing at St. Ambrose.
St. Ambrose went 23-9 last season and finished close to the NAIA Division II Top 25.
Add another title
UW-Whitewater football teams have won three of the last four NCAA Division III national titles.
Another UW-Whitewater squad also displayed its toughness while winning a national title Sunday.
The Whitewater rugby team—which participates as a club sport—defeated Middlebury College 7-3 in the Division II National Championship in Pittsburgh.
UW-Whitewater freshman Chuck Koehler was named finals MVP.
“Chuck is playing beyond his years, so we’ve benefited from that,” UW-Whitewater coach Pat O’Connor told rugbymag.com. “I think his time with the U17s and U20s helped him and helped us, and we’re grateful for that. He was calm and kept the scrum calm, and they were able to just work their way forward.”
-- UW-Whitewater’s Brenda Volk became the WIAC all-time winningest softball coach in the Warhawks’ victory over UW-Platteville on April 21. Volk is (387-170-4) in her 13 seasons as Warhawk coach.
-- Mount Union (Ohio) wide receiver Cecil Shorts was the 17th pick of the fourth round (pick 114 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Warhawk fans should be familiar with Shorts, who caught seven passes for 90 yards, including a 58-yard TD, in his team’s 31-21 loss to the Whitewater in this year’s NCAA Division III title game. However, Parker grad Matt McCulloch was credited by the Warhawk coaching staff for doing a commendable job covering Shorts.
Shorts also played quarterback out of the wildcat formation in the second half, rushing seven times for 28 yards and completing 5 of 7 passes for 56 yards.