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5:40 PM, Jun. 26, 2013  |  Comments
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WDP girls golf team all-state for academics

The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin this spring honored West De Pere High School's girls golf team with a Team Academic All-State award.

The recipients of the second annual award had the highest "team" grade-point averages among the five players who participated for their teams in the WIAA regional tournaments last fall.

Three girls golf teams were recognized in both Division 1 and Division 2.

West De Pere finished third in Division 2. The Phantoms' quintet of Sarah Stefaniak, Abby Van De Hei, Megan Lau, Brittany Nohr and Kayla Techmeier had a cumulative grade-point average of 3.804 on a 4.0 scale.

The West De Pere players were to receive bronze medals for the team achievement. The school was to receive a certificate to note the accomplishment.

Amy Bertram is West De Pere's coach.

Edgerton was the Division 2 academic champion with a GPA of 3.860, followed by Wisconsin Dells at 3.853.

De Pere High School's girls golf team earned honorable-mention status by attaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.

All-state recognition for De Pere trio

The Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin recently named three members from De Pere High School's boys golf team as Academic All-State players for the spring season.

Those honorees are senior Alex Schwartz and juniors John Fridland and Chad Glover.

Recipients had to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, participation in at least 75 percent of their team's varsity matches and be at least a sophomore in class rank.

WIAA adds 40-point mercy rule to basketball

Lopsided high school basketball games in Wisconsin will have a mercy rule beginning in the 2013-14 season.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association's Board of Control approved at its meeting Thursday, June 20, in Stevens Point to implement a running clock in boys and girls basketball varsity games when the score is at least 40 points in favor of one team at any time after the third quarter.

The clock will continue to run in the final quarter even if the score differential goes below 40 points. The only clock stoppage will occur when a timeout is called.

The mercy rule will be in effect during the regular season and the playoffs.

Football has a similar rule by which the game clock runs in the second half when a team has a lead of at least 35 points. The clock continues to run in the fourth quarter even if the score differential goes below 35 points.

The WIAA board also approved having three-person officiating crews for all boys and girls basketball playoff games and increasing the maximum games limit to 24 for boys and girls hockey.

What's more, schools in Division 1 won't be allowed to host semifinal and championship games in the sectional if their boys or girls basketball teams advance to play in those contests.

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