(Published May 15, 2007, 3:35 p.m.)
UW-Whitewater's two time defending Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champions and National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III runner-up, announced its 2007 football schedule.
"We experienced first hand what it's like to be among the nation's best and, as a result, we were challenged to secure three non-conference opponents for 2007," UW-W director of athletics Paul Plinske was quoted as saying in a news release.
"After nearly a dozen financial offers to Division II, III and NAIA schools to play the Warhawks, we are excited to complete a 10-game schedule for the fall. Balance-with five home games and five away-and proximity highlight the schedule which features strong, high-caliber opponents," Plinske said.
The Warhawks will open the season at Lakeland College Sept. 1.
After an open date on the Sept. 8, the Warhawks will travel to Division II Saint Cloud State University in Minnesota, the lone night game on the schedule.
The Warhawks will open at home Sept. 22 at 1 p.m. against UW-Eau Claire, with the annual homecoming and Athletic Hall of Fame game set for Oct. 13 versus UW-Oshkosh.
Mary Hardin-Baylor University, ranked in the Division III polls last year, will visit Perkins Stadium Oct. 27.
Lakeland and Mary Hardin-Baylor were also on UW-W's 2006 schedule, with the Warhawks defeating Lakeland 75-14 in the season opener in Perkins Stadium, and UW-W edging MHBU 7-3 in Belton, Texas, Oct. 28. The Warhawks have never played Saint Cloud.
"Having Saint Cloud on our schedule will be a definite challenge for us," UW-W head coach Lance Leipold was quoted as saying in a news release.
"The WIAC's status as state- supported schools with a reputation for success on the football field is making it more difficult each year to find Division III schools to play you," Leipold added.
"The private schools seem to be less likely to schedule games with us, which means we have to look to play NCAA II, NAIA scholarship, or NCAA IAA non-scholarship school to fill out our schedule. What's nice about this year's schedule is that we don't have to travel across the country to play one of our non-conference games, especially after we were negotiating to play a NCAA II school on the West Coast."
UW-Whitewater has gone undefeated in WIAC play, undefeated in the regular season and 14-1 in 2005 and 2006.
UW-W also advanced to the Stagg Bowl, the NCAA III championship game in Salem, Va. both seasons.
The Warhawks return All-Americans at running back (Justin Beaver), offensive line (Brady Ramseier), linebacker (A.J. Raebel), and placekicker (Jeff Schebler) among 80 letter winners ready for 2007.
Tickets for Warhawk football can be purchased at the UW-W ticket office in the Center of the Arts Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call (262) 472-2222 for football ticket information or visit www.uww.edu/athletics/mfootball.
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