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  • Montee Ball made history on Saturday. The 5-foot-11, 212-pound Wisconsin bowling ball ran for a career-high 247 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 38-14 win over host Purdue.

    His three scores gave him a career total of 72 touchdowns to set a Big Ten record and it moved him into third place in NCAA history.

    File photo by Tom Lemming

    Montee Ball at Timberland HS in 2008.

    The previous Big Ten mark was 71, set from 1996-99 by another former Badger, Ron Dayne.

    Asked by the Milwaukee Sentinel what he was most proud of, Ball said quietly: "Playing for my teammates. Finally waking up and finally being that player that they were all looking for."

    Not a whole lot was expected out of Ball coming out of high school at Timberland (Wentzville, Mo.). He was the No. 33 ranked running back in the country by Rivals and the fourth best player in Missouri.

    Considering his gaudy and productive numbers in high school, one might have expected more. Like the numbers he's produced at Wisconsin.

    Ball rushed 213 times for 2,187 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior. He was the state 5A Player of the year as voted on by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.

    As a junior he rushed for 3,077 yards and 32 touchdowns and as a sophomore he added 297 carries, 1,845 yards and 15 touchdowns. He even rushed for more than 1,000 as a freshman – 127 carries, 1,113 yards and 19 touchdowns.

    That's 8,222 career yards in high school and 107 touchdowns.

    Check out some of his moves at the high school ranks.

  • Photo by Ken Inness

    Ryan Ripken, Baltimore Orioles

    A pair of sons of longtime Major League Baseball players will get the opportunity to play in the city where their fathers gained their fame after the Baltimore Orioles drafted Ryan Ripken and the St. Louis Cardinals drafted Tate Matheny on Wednesday.

    Ripken, the son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., went to the Orioles with the No. 612 pick overall in the 20th round. A standout at Gilman (Baltimore, Md.), Ripken is a 6-foot-6 first baseman. His father Cal was a second round draft pick (No. 48 overall) in 1978 and played 21 years for the Orioles, including an MLB record 2,632 consecutive games.

    Ryan Ripken, who has committed to South Carolina, batted .377 with 25 RBI and 20 runs scored this season. He also had a 4-1 record on the mound with a 2.30 ERA.

    Photo by Jason Clifton

    Tate Matheny, St. Louis Cardinals

    Matheny, a 6-0 centerfielder from Westminster Christian (St. Louis, Mo.), is the son of current Cardinal manager Mike Matheny. Tate is a two-time all-area player by the St. Louis Dispatch and helped lead his team to a Division 3 state championship this year. He was taken in the 23rd round with the No. 720 overall pick. Matheny batted .610 this year with 51 RBI and 11 home runs. He has signed to play at Missouri State.

    Mike Matheny was chosen in the 8th round, No. 208 overall, by the Milwaukee Brewers in 1991. He played 13 years in the Major Leagues, including five with the Cardinals. He is in his first year as manager of the Cardinals, replacing longtime manager Tony La Russa.
  • Unheralded  Rowlett (Texas) stunned Boyd (McKinney, Texas) 2-1 this week in a girls soccer headliner. Boyd, which was ranked as high as No. 1 in the country by one publication, had been undefeated in its last 41 matches.

    Rowlett raised its record to 9-1-3 while dropping Boyd to 11-1-2.

    Rowlett tied the score at 1-1 90 seconds into the second half on a goal by Meagan McCullough. Twenty minutes later, Bre Powell notched the game winner. Haley Rodriguez was instrumental in setting up both goals.