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When Chris Orr settled in for his first college class at Wisconsin, he was an anonymous 18-year-old with little clue how quickly and dramatically his life was about to change.
No. 16 Badgers fall at top-ranked Penn State
In the Big Ten, every match is a battle, especially when you enter the season with a target on your back as the reigning conference champions. Facing its toughest competition yet, the No. 16 Wisconsin volleyball team fell to No. 1 Penn State 25-21, 25-16, 25-20 in the Big Ten opener on Wednesday night at Rec Hall.
Battling Badgers earn another draw in second-straight double overtime game
Showing endurance and grit, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team played to a scoreless draw in its second-straight double overtime game of the weekend on the road against Kentucky on Sunday.
Second-half rally falls just short for Badgers against UC Davis
Despite a late rally that included two second-half goals, the Wisconsin men's soccer team fell just short of a complete comeback against UC Davis in a 3-2 loss at Aggie Soccer Field
Statement made: Badgers storm past Georgia 
The 11th-ranked Wisconsin volleyball team put its lethal attack on display to blank Georgia 3-0 in the Badger Classic at the UW Field House on Thursday night. The Badgers defeated the Bulldogs 25-11, 25-6, 25-15 to improve to 5-1 on the season.
Wisconsin men's rowing completes season at national championships
Two boats of the Wisconsin men's rowing team's six entries at the 2015 Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) National Championships were filled with freshmen. Those two boats produced the highest Badger finishes of the championships as the freshman eight and varsity four each finished in fourth place.
Kaminsky named Wooden Award finalist and All-American

Wisconsin men’s basketball senior Frank Kaminsky was named a finalist for the 2015 John R. Wooden Award, as announced by the Los Angeles Athletic Club on Monday.
Amidst one of the best seasons in program history, Kaminsky was not only named as a finalist for the Wooden Award, but was also selected to the Wooden Award All-America Team. He joins Devin Harris (2004) and Alando Tucker (2007) as the only Badgers to be named John Wooden All-Americans.
No. 4 Badgers top St. Cloud State 5-0
Fueled by a balanced scoring attack, the No. 4 Wisconsin women’s hockey team earned a 5-0 victory over St. Cloud State on Sunday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 2,273 fans at LaBahn Arena.
Five different Badgers lit the lamp in Wisconsin’s final regular season game before entering postseason play next weekend.
Badgers sweep first day of Islander Invitational
The Wisconsin softball team got off to the right start at the Islander Invitational, sweeping its doubleheader against Texas A&M Corpus Christi with a pair of wins on Friday. Junior Taylor-Paige Stewart recorded her first win of the season to lead the Badgers (3-4) to a 4-2 victory in the first game, then freshman Annie Davis picked up her second win of the season in UW's 5-4 triumph to claim the second game of the day.
Badger men’s hockey visits Minnesota in return to Big Ten play
Wisconsin (2-12-2, 0-2-0-0 Big Ten) returns to Big Ten play for the first time since Dec. 5-6 with a series this Friday and Saturday at No. 16 Minnesota (10-7-1, 1-2-1-0 Big Ten). Friday’s game begins at 8 p.m. CT and airs live on BTN.
Badgers earn season’s first victory with 5-3 win
The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-8-1, 0-0-0 Big Ten) earned its first win of the season Saturday night, as the Badgers defeated Ferris State (7-7-1, 4-4-0 WCHA), 5-3, at the Kohl Center.
Badgers open season with Intrasquad Scrimmage
More than 825 fans got a sneak peek into the 2014-15 wrestling season on Wednesday night at the Intrasquad Scrimmage. There were twelve matches on the night, the first starting at 7 p.m.

There were three matches for the 174 lbs. class. In the first, Frank Cousins took down Alex Yde in a 7-4 decision. Ben Cox faced Jake Stilling, where he won with a takedown with 13 seconds left in overtime. The winner of the two matches, Cousins and Cox, wrestled in the last match of evening with Cousins claiming victory in a 5-2 decision.
Wisconsin 68, Bowling Green 17
"We're going to enjoy this victory right now. And there were some great individual efforts. Those are great to see, the unselfishness of Melvin Gordon for the last couple three weeks as we've gone through the first part of the season has been incredible."
Wisconsin falls to Ohio State
Despite several close matches and overall strong play, No. 70 Wisconsin fell to No. 1 Ohio State 7-0 on Sunday at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

Head Coach Greg Van Emburgh explained the team’s struggles with injuries.
Badgers advance to third round
No. 2 seed Wisconsin rolled past 15th-seeded American for its most lopsided win in the Big Dance with a 75-35 victory in front of a loud, decidedly red-clad crowd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Hite previews NCAA championships
Whitney Hite: "We're real excited. We're taking six women to the meet next week and seven men the following week. Just trying to land the plane and score as many points as we can."
Killer Z's: Zulinick, Zengerle-Pair combines for three goals, help Badgers to 4-2 win
Ohio State jumped out to an early lead against the Wisconsin men's hockey team before holding on for a 2-1 win. On the next day, the first period was all UW, as the Badgers took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and held on for a 4-2 win.
Van Hout shines on day two of Big Ten Triple Duals
The Wisconsin men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams have received endless support from their upperclassmen throughout the season, and day two of the Big Ten Triple Duals was no exception.
Wisconsin holds off Vanderbilt 60-57
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Badgers are riding the nation's stingiest defense back to the round of 16.

The Badgers held the Southeastern Conference's two leading scorers in check Saturday night and Ryan Evans grabbed a crucial rebound with 2.1 seconds left to help Wisconsin fend off Vanderbilt 60-57 in the NCAA tournament.
Wisconsin Tops Michigan State, 42-39, in Inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game
Badger QB Russell Wilson named Grange-Griffin Championship Game MVP

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - This time, Wisconsin got the stop it needed against Michigan State - and a big break to wrap up its second straight Big Ten crown.

Montee Ball scored four touchdowns, including a 7-yard score with 3:45 left in Saturday night's first Big Ten championship game, giving the 15th-ranked Badgers a 42-39 come-from-behind victory over No. 11 Michigan State.
The race is on: Badgers roll on to Indy with drubbing of Penn State
Montee Ball scores 4 TDs, defense suffocates Nittany Lions in 45-7 win for No. 15 Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Reeling after back-to-back losses took them out of the national championship picture a month ago, running back Montee Ball and No. 15 Wisconsin have rallied for a spot in the Big Ten title game and a shot at the Rose Bowl.

And as Ball makes a run at the NCAA's single-season touchdown record, the Badgers are grooming a late-blooming Heisman Trophy contender.
Wisconsin Wins NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championships
Badgers win fifth NCAA Championship

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Wisconsin won its fifth NCAA Men’s Cross Country Championship on Monday, as four of the five Badger scorers earned All-America status en route to the national crown.



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Badger Rewind: Turning the page to next challenge key for UW
With another road test looming in Columbus, Badgers can't dwell on heartbreaker in East Lansing

MADISON, Wis. -- UW fullback Bradie Ewing exited the visitor’s locker room at Spartan Stadium wearing a coat and tie -- mandatory for all players on the trip -- and one dress shoe. An ice bag was taped to his bare foot.

As physically challenging as the game was itself, it was more emotionally taxing afterwards.

“I know that I’ve learned something from this,’’ Ewing said of Saturday night’s loss to Michigan State, “and I hope that some of the other guys have, too.
McCrudden named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week   
Junior midfielder scored game-winner against Western Illinois
MADISON, Wis. - Junior Kyle McCrudden (Wilmette, Ill.) has been named Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the week, announced Monday by the conference. The midfielder earned the award after scoring Wisconsin's game-winning goal against Western Illinois Saturday night. McCrudden shares this week's honor with Penn State junior Minh Vu.
Badgers muscle their way past Phoenix, 1-0
Walls notches second goal of season as Badgers outshoot Green Bay, 20-4
MADISON, Wis. -- Freshman Cara Walls scored for the second game in a row, and the Wisconsin women’s soccer team exerted its will over Green Bay with a 1-0 victory in front of 765 fans at McClimon Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.
The Badgers (2-1-0) extended a pair of streaks with the victory. They have now won all 15 matchups against the Phoenix (1-2-1) in the series history, and in doing so pushed their home unbeaten streak to nine games. Wisconsin is 6-0-3 in those games and is outscoring its opponents 12-1 during the stretch.

Wisconsin drops season opener to top-ranked Notre Dame
“I saw some real positive things and obviously some things that we need to fix,” head coach Paula Wilkins said. “One of the conversations that we’ve had is that we want to get better every half, and I thought we played better in the second half and better than we did against Marquette in the second half.

Badgers announce schedule for 2012 football season

MADISON, Wis. -- The 2011 season is still two weeks away, but with the release of the Badgers’ 2012 schedule on Thursday, the Wisconsin football team already knows the road it will face the following season.
The Badgers’ four-game Big Ten Conference home slate begins with Illinois on Oct. 6 and includes cross-divisional matchups with Michigan State and Minnesota -- in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe -- before ending in a late-season clash with Leaders Division foe Ohio State on Nov. 17.

Barry Alvarez, acclaimed head coach from the University of Wisconsin, to be enshrined into the College Football Hall of Fame

SOUTH BEND, Ind.- July 5, 2011- Thousands of college football fans from across the country will join the National Football Foundation on July 15-16 at the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. for the annual Enshrinement Festival, which will pay tribute to the storied career of Barry Alvarez from the University of Wisconsin along with 19 other football standouts as they are formally enshrined into the Hall of Fame.

Former assistant coach returns to UW

MADISON, Wis. – Former women’s hockey assistant coach Dan Koch is returning to the University of Wisconsin, the team announced on Wednesday. Koch (pronounced Cook) will return and serve as associate head coach after spending the previous two seasons as the head coach for the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Girls U16 squad.

Four Badgers selected at NHL draft


SELDEN, N.Y. -- One current and three incoming Badgers earned selection on Saturday at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. Wisconsin's four selected student-athletes were split among the fourth and seventh rounds of the draft.



Krause named to Capital One Academic All-America team

MADISON, Wis. -- Elliot Krause’s strong season on the track and in the classroom has earned the University of Wisconsin junior Capital One Academic All-America honors.

Krause, a native of Appleton, Wis., was named to the Capital One Academic All-America third team on Tuesday, as the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced honorees in men’s track and field/cross country. 


DeKeyser steps down from women’s hockey program

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin women’s hockey assistant coach Tracey DeKeyser has resigned her position, head coach Mark Johnson announced on Tuesday. DeKeyser has been with the program since its inception in 1998-99, including serving as the interim head coach in 2009-10.


UW Athletics: Duggan, Taylor named athletes of the year


MADISON, Wis. -- Following a season filled with outstanding performances, University of Wisconsin Athletics has selected junior men’s basketball player Jordan Taylor as its Male Athlete of the Year and senior women’s hockey player Meghan Duggan as its Female Athlete of the Year.
Taylor was the backcourt mainstay for a UW team that posted a perfect record at the Kohl Center, carried its 13th-consecutive NCAA tournament appearance all the way to the Sweet 16 and knocked off the nation’s No. 1-ranked team. A prolific scorer, his steady hand also helped UW set an NCAA record for fewest turnovers at 7.6 per game.

Badgers to visit Windy City for Chicago Invitational Challenge

MADISON, Wis. – A trip to Chicago over Thanksgiving weekend is on the line for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team as the Badgers headline the field for the sixth annual Chicago Invitational Challenge, Nov. 25-26, at the Sears Centre Arena.

Women's soccer releases 2011 schedule

MADISON, Wis. - As the University of Wisconsin women's soccer team looks to reach the NCAA tournament for the third year in a row, its 2011 schedule, released by head coach Paula Wilkins on Thursday, features a level of competition that will serve the Badgers' well.


Wanland, Lester to compete in World University Games

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin’s swimming and diving programs will get more national exposure come August as two student-athletes, Ashley Wanland and Daniel Lester, will compete at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, China.
Wanland, a native of Long Grove, Ill., will represent the United States, while Lester, from Brisbane, Australia, will swim for his native country. The swimming competition will take place Aug. 14-19, while the entire Games run from Aug. 12-23.

UW WHKY: Women's hockey announces 2011-12 schedule

MADISON, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin women’s hockey program today announced its schedule
for the upcoming 2011-12 season. Highlighting the nonconference portion of the schedule is a rematch
of last season’s national championship game as the Badgers will host Boston University at the Kohl
Center on October 28-29.
As always, the 28-game Western Collegiate Hockey Association slate features some of the toughest
competition in the nation, including arch-rivals Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth, along with North

Soldier Field showdown against Northern Illinois
MADISON, Wis. – The Badgers’ much-anticipated matchup at legendary Soldier Field against Northern Illinois has been scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. CT kickoff on Sept. 17, the Mid-American Conference announced on Wednesday. The game will stream live online on ESPN3.com.
The game marks Wisconsin’s first regular season tilt at a neutral site since defeating Bowling Green, 35-14, at Cleveland Browns Stadium on Sept. 2, 2006 in Bret Bielema’s head coaching debut.

Hite unveils coaching staff
MADISON, Wis. - First-year swimming and diving coach Whitney Hite has hired four assistants to complete his coaching staff. Carrie Nixon, Shane Whildin, Dan Schemmel and Evan Bernier have been chosen to help Hite guide the Badger program.

"Overall, the energy of the staff is going to be terrific," Hite said. "It's a younger staff that will be able to relate to high school and college-aged kids."


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