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Parkside remains perfect

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Just like the Green Bay Packers, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team notched a key win in Minnesota on Sunday.

The Rangers, approximately 150 miles to the south of the Packers, dispatched Minnesota-Duluth 79-61 in a non-conference game inside Romano Gymnasium in Duluth, Minn., to move to 4-0.

While Duluth and UWP don’t share the same division like the Packers and Vikings do, the wins the Rangers logged Friday in St. Cloud, Minn., and Sunday might have well as been division victories. The games will count in the region rankings, which ultimately determine NCAA Division II Tournament seedings.

Epping, Gophers relish chance

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Before the season, only the most optimistic Minnesota fans would have thought their Gophers would have something more tangible than Paul Bunyan’s Axe at stake when it was time to play Wisconsin.

How about a trip to the Big Ten championship game?

Packers plow past Vikings

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The ground game with Eddie Lacy was working so well for Green Bay that even Aaron Rodgers wanted a running play to try to put Minnesota away.

“I just kind of chuckled, because it’s usually the other way around,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said.

High school and college ticker

GIRLS BASKETBALL

St. Francis 35, Christian Life 32

Local briefs: Soccer regional final at Parkside today

Central Missouri will face Grand Valley (Mich.) State in a women’s soccer NCAA Division II Midwest Regional final at Wood Road Field at noon today.

Tickets are $7 ($5 for students and $3 for children). Today’s winner will advance to the national semifinals Dec. 4 at Owsley B. Frazier Stadium in Louisville, Ky.

Reds spread the wealth

Every starter scored at least six points as the Carthage women’s basketball team won its home opener, 62-41 over UW-La Crosse, on Saturday afternoon at Tarble Arena.

Alexis Hahn paced the Reds (2-1) with 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting, while Taylor Boardman (12 points) and Erin Thomas (11) also scored in double figures. Hahn and Boardman shared the team-high with nine rebounds each.

Ice fishing calls for caution

The first walkable ice is dependent on Mother Nature and with every new year, the timetable for this occurance is just a little different than a year past.

John Jacobson recently returned from Juneau County with a solid report of fishermen on the ice fishing in protected bays.

Parkside women go to 4-0

Here’s an indication of how well it went for the UW-Parkside women’s basketball team on Saturday at Tiffin (Ohio):

UWP’s backups nearly outscored Tiffin’s entire team as the Rangers improved to 4-0 with a 60-42 non-conference victory. This is believed to be UW-Parkside’s first 4-0 start since it joined the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 1995-96 season.

Prep ticker

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Shoreland Lutheran 40, Union Grove 31

College basketball roundup: Parkside men improve to 3-0

Last season, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team had no defensive response for Saint Cloud (Minn.) State in the Rangers’ only home loss of the year.

Apparently, they took that to heart this season.

Carthage opens its classic against St. Francis

Intimidation probably won’t be a factor for the St. Francis (Ill.) men’s basketball team when it visits Carthage College Friday night.

St. Francis, an NAIA school in Joliet, Ill., has played two of its last three games against NCAA Division I schools heading into the 8 p.m. clash against the Red Men at Tarble Arena. The second game of the Carthage Classic I follows a 6 p.m. tilt between UW-La Crosse and Aurora.

UWP in a ‘contiguous’ state of mind

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The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team will play what coach Luke Reigel called “a very challenging road trip” with a two-game swing to Minnesota this weekend.

Bradford looking for the right mix

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Second-year Bradford girls basketball coach Nicole Stein will attempt to mesh the old with the new this season.

Reuther looking for improvement

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Double-digit scorers a year ago, senior guard Tiara Shirley and junior forward Chasity Johnson will try to help the Reuther girls basketball team boost its win total in the 2014-15 season.

Breaking down the NCAA Tourney field

This weekend will especially sweet for one of the four teams playing in the NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Tournament at UW-Parkside’s Wood Road Field.

The two-day, three-game event will culminate with a regional final at noon Sunday. Today, Minnesota-Mankato will face Central Missouri State at 11 a.m. with UW-Parkside facing nemesis Grand Valley (Mich.) State at 1:30 p.m. The winners will play Sunday for spot in the Final Four in Louisville, Ky., beginning Dec. 4.

Prep ticker

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Central 50, Jefferson 46

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