Mike Lucas has more than 38 years under his belt covering Badgers sports for the Madison Capitol Times. Along with national, regional and local writing awards, Lucas has been twice named the Sportswriter of the Year in Wisconsin. He also has more than 15 years as color analyst on Wisconsin Radio Network for Badger football and basketball. You can see Mike hosts his weekly television show, Sidelines on WISC TV (Ch.3-Ch.14). Lucas has authored five books: Barry's Badgers, the chronicleof the 1993 Rose Bowl Season; Five Golden Rings; the Saga of Wisconsin Hockey; The 25 Greatest Moments in Camp Randall History; Don't Flinch, the Barry Alvarez autobiography; and Another Hill to Climb, the Bo Ryan autobiography.
Matt Lepay is a native of Dayton, Ohio and is a graduate of Ohio State University (degree in journalism). He is the radio voice of Wisconsin Badgers Football and Basketball(football since 1994 and basketball since 1988-89) and a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year (as selected by state media members). You may have seen him on TV as the host of the Badgers Sports Report with UW coaches Bret Bielema and Bo Ryan. He also co-hosts Badgers Sportstalk radio shows with Mike Lucas.
Conor Coloia, General Manager of the Madison Mallards, joined the Mike Heller Show on Tuesday morning. The Mallards open the 2013 Northwoods League season Wednesday, May 29 at Warner Park vs. Eau Claire.
On upcoming home stand games/promotions:
Starting Wednesday the Mallards will have a 4 game home stand including 2 games against Eau Claire, then 2 games against La Crosse. The bench will be full and the team will be ready to go. There will be a "Bobblehead Night" on Friday night. Then on Saturday night, the team will be wearing the 1940's throwback uniforms the Madison Blues used to wear. Fans will get a Madison Blues hat and some post game fireworks.
On NCAA talent coming to Mallards:
This new team has a total of 7 2013 Mallards that will be playing in the NCAA Tournament which starts later this week. This includes two kids from North Carolina (number 1 seed), two from Virginia, two from Illinois, and one from Rice. 6-9, 260 pound Taylore Cherry, freshman from North Carolina, threw a solid 5 innings this past weekend in the ACC Tournament and got the win for his club. Taylor is one of the Mallard recruits. When you come see Northwood’s League baseball you'll see top players from the country. This is really the top talent you'll see out there.
On "World’s Largest Chemistry Experiment" with Donnie Scott:
We get 25 to 30 guys get together. In 36 hours and they're playing on a team together. They spend about 36 hours and 1-2 practices together and they're on the field. I think our new field manager Donnie Scott brings a new level of energy. He's a vet, the club house is clean, and the guys are fired up. They're laughing and they're having fun. I think we're pretty athletic, I think we'll have a little power, and I think our pitching is going to be solid. Traditionally the field manager would recruit and put the team together, but President Vern Stenman and some of his staff put together the team this year and let Scott focus on his coaching/managing.