The UW Division of Recreational Sports defines its club teams as student-run organizations that offer intercollegiate competition, some of which include badminton, frisbee, and rugby.But Wisconsin’s club baseball team feels like it is a little bit more than just a club team. It feels as though it is legitimately the school’s team per se.After all, the jerseys they don do read “Badgers” in cardinal and white.The members on the club team realize that most students don’t recognize them as a UW team, but still feel as if they aren’t just another club team.”I think most people view us as just a step above a club team, but it’s still pretty serious,” senior infielder Ryan Bachmeier said. “It’s not like we go out and drink some beers after our games.”Yet there is one obvious — and huge — difference between being a club or varsity team.”We feel like the school’s baseball team, but we feel we don’t get much support as far as funding because we pay for everything ourselves,” junior outfielder/pitcher Ramphis Marrero said. “They give us like $500, but it’s really not that much because we pay for our own jerseys, our own transportation, umpires, everything,”We basically pay for everything but the little amount they give us.”Wisconsin’s club baseball team formed in 1999. Just one year later the National Club Baseball Association was founded. Today, the NCBA has 129 teams nation-wide and the competition is on par with that of the NCAA level.After last weekend’s sweep of UW-Eau Claire, Wisconsin’s club team has clinched the NCBA Great Lakes West Conference and hopes to advance to the NCBA World Series later this month. The World Series is set up similar to that of the NCAA World Series where the eight regional champions meet in a double-elimination tournament.And following the team’s home run derby at the All-Campus Party this past week, more and more students on campus have come to recognize the school’s club team.”People are slowly starting to notice more and more about us,” sophomore first baseman/third baseman Tom Lemke said. “People know of the team, we’re definitely not the basketball or football team by any means, but our name sake has been growing.”But by having to play off campus and lacking the same exposure as a varsity team, the club team hasn’t been able to garner too much acknowledgment.Also, not having a varsity baseball program at UW puts the team at somewhat of a disadvantage compared to some of the others in the NCBA that do, such as Michigan, UW-Milwaukee and even Division-III school UW-Whitewater.Typically, these club teams have a JV-like partnership with the varsity program at its respective university.”A lot of their guys are people who didn’t make the varsity team there,” Lemke said. “Usually the competition is a little better with those teams; they have a lot more proven players.”Jerseys and equipment are also handed down from the varsity teams to the club team which also puts the UW club team at a financial disadvantage.Then again, money has never been a major issue for the members of Wisconsin’s club baseball team.In fact, Marrero passed up scholarship offers from schools such as Iowa and Indiana to attend the UW. While an academic scholarship from Wisconsin certainly played into his decision, it doesn’t appear as though he’s missed much from rejecting the opportunity to play on a Division-I baseball diamond.Scouts from Major League teams like the New York Mets and Oakland A’s have traveled to some of the team’s games just to see the former Roberto Clemente High School (Chicago, Ill.) star.Nevertheless, Marrero would still like to see UW have a varsity baseball program, as would much of the team.”I wish the school had a varsity program and everybody on the team talks about it,” he said. “But it’s kind of hard since it’s been out for so long and Title IX won’t really allow it.”On the other hand, some of the other players actually don’t mind if Wisconsin were to bring the varsity team back or not.”We don’t think about it too much,” Lemke said. “Every now and then we talk about it, but we joke around that if they do make a varsity team we wouldn’t be on it.”Either way, the club team goes out to the field — wherever it may be: MATC, Ahuska Fields, or elsewhere — with one objective in mind.”We’re all there working together for a common goal,” Marrero said. “To be good at baseball and to have fun.”
Thurles CBS are through to the All-Ireland Post Primary School final after running out 18 points to 1-12 winners over St Peter’s College Wexford this afternoon. At half time both sides were level with CBS scoring 0-12 points to St Peter’s 1-9.The Tipp school last won the Croke Cup in 2009 and they’ll play the winners of the second semi-final on Saturday between St Kieran’s College Kilkenny and Presentation College Athenry. Thurles CBS manager John Devane was pleased with his side’s determination to come out on top.Raffaele Rocca was at the game for Tipp FM Sport.
Courtesy of Northwestern State AthleticsNATCHITOCHES, La. – In his nearly quarter century as the director of athletics at Northwestern State, Greg Burke has kept a keen eye on each of his department’s intercollegiate teams and their standing regionally and nationally. “It is an honor to represent Northwestern State University and the Southland Conference on the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee,” Burke said. “This appointment is a responsibility that I will embrace with dedication, integrity and passion. I look forward to a collaborative journey with committee chair Nina King and my fellow committee members which will culminate with the Women’s Final Four in San Antonio next April.” Burke’s appointment to the committee adds another bullet point to a career that has been filled with service to the NCAA. Burke concluded a four-year run on the NCAA Committee on Academics in 2019 and previously has been a part of the NCAA Championships and Sports Management Cabinet and the NCAA FCS Football playoff selection committee. Deneé Barracato, Deputy Director of Athletics for Operations & Capital Projects, Northwestern University Ceal Barry, Deputy Athletics Director, University of Colorado, Boulder Greg Burke, Director of Athletics, Northwestern State University Marcy Girton, Chief Operating Officer, Auburn University Jill Shields, Deputy Athletics Director/SWA, Kansas State University Nina King, Senior Deputy Director of Athletics/Administration, Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff, Duke University (Committee chair) Beth Goetz, Director of Athletics, Ball State University TBD, Ohio Valley Conference Debbie Richardson, Senior Associate Commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference Tamica Smith Jones, Director of Athletics, University of California, Riverside That background and wide-ranging focus should serve Burke well as he begins a five-year appointment on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, a tenure that will begin Sept. 1, 2020 running until Aug. 31, 2025. “All of us in the Southland Conference are proud of Greg Burke’s appointment to the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee,” said Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett. “He’s a passionate leader, a strong advocate for women’s basketball and is always focused on the well-being of student-athletes. He’ll be a fantastic addition to the committee.” The committee’s responsibilities includes yearly selection, seeding and bracketing of the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship 64-team tournament field that occurs after committee members prepare by participating in regional advisory committee calls, attending in-person meetings, participating in meetings/teleconferences and viewing hundreds of games. Committee members are also involved in site selection (including first and second rounds, regional round and Women’s Final Four), championship operations and games management, championship misconduct issues and championship game official selection and advancement. “It is a tremendous honor and privilege for Greg Burke to be appointed to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Committee,” said Northwestern State President Dr. Chris Maggio. “He will provide valuable insight to the selection process and be an extremely effective representative of the Southland Conference in this capacity. He is a tireless advocate for women’s athletics and being selected for this role shows the respect Greg has earned nationally.” In 2020-21, Duke Senior Deputy Director of Athletics and Administration Nina King will chair the committee, which has nine of its 10 spots currently filled. The lone opening will be filled by an Ohio Valley Conference representative. 2020-2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Selection Committee Roster