Tom Oates: 20 moments that shaped sports in Wisconsin in 2019

Tom Oates: 20 moments that shaped sports in Wisconsin in 2019

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It was a very good year to be a sports fan in Wisconsin.

In 2019, almost every major sports team in the state was in contention for a championship, most teams had at least one nationally known star and many athletes in individual sports made us proud.

The Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers made the postseason again and the Green Bay Packers got back to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The University of Wisconsin football team made it to the Big Ten Conference Championship Game and the Rose Bowl. UW and Marquette returned to the NCAA men's basketball tournament after a one-year absence. The UW women won the NCAA title in hockey and reached the final in volleyball.

The Bucks, Brewers and Packers were all fronted by players — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Christian Yelich and Aaron Rodgers — who had recently won most valuable player awards. Jonathan Taylor was a two-time Doak Walker Award winner for UW football and UW's Ethan Happ and Marquette's Markus Howard were second-team all-Americans in basketball. Madison's Jerry Kelly won two of the last four PGA Tour Champions events and almost chased down Scott McCarron for the Charles Schwab Cup.

With that in mind, here are 20 moments that shaped sports in Wisconsin in 2019:

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Infielder Ronny Rodriguez hit Milwaukee's first home run of the spring but the Brewers managed just two other hits in a 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres in their Cactus League opener Sunday at American Family Fields.

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