March 03, 2011Tuesday night marked the beginning of girls area playoff basketball.
While Williams Bay and Faith Christian both lost in Division 5 contests, Big Foot pulled off a slight upset against Rock Valley South foe Orfordville-Parkview.
The sixth-seeded Chiefs took to the road and knocked off the third-seeded Vikings, 60-49, thanks to a game-high 24 points from senior Courtney Spangler. Big Foot took a commanding 36-24 halftime lead and held on for the solid victory. Big Foot hit six threes in the game, led by Spangler's three. Brittani Isham added 13 points including two three-pointers.
March 03, 2011Burlington -- It could the experience. Or the numbers. Or some kind of gypsy curse.
Whatever the reason, the Faith Christian boys basketball squad simply can't find a way to beat Burlington Catholic Central.
Friday night, in a WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal at Catholic Central, the Hilltoppers ended Faith's season for the second straight year and the sixth time in the last eight years with a convincing 65-46 triumph. Faith finished the season with a 13-9 overall record.
March 03, 2011Madison — Before joining the Chiefs back in January, Big Foot sophomore Garett Cary didn't wrestle for nearly two years because of a knee injury.
Assistant coach Jake Ries helped talk Cary into coming back, and the decision has paid off big time.
On Saturday at the Division 2 state meet, Cary came full circle, reaching the podium with a fourth-place finish in the 285 weight class. Cary (24-4) finished 3-2 on the day.
| (click for larger version)|
January 20, 2011Menomonee Falls — In high school basketball, teams hope to play their best in late January and February to gain momentum heading into the March playoffs.
In the case of the Faith Christian boys basketball squad, the Eagles are peaking at the right time.
With two convincing victories last week, the Eagles are winners of four straight games and are now 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Indian Trails Conference. Coach Brian Pollard is pleased with his team's recent hot streak.
| (click for larger version)|
January 20, 2011Everything about Sunday morning was unorthodox.
It started with me, a 28-year-old, mostly out of shape, former quarterback, waking up at the crack of dawn and driving 30 minutes to Williams Bay from Burlington.
What I did at Williams Bay High School at 9 a.m. was for the love of journalism but could be construed by outsiders as straight-up crazy.
| (click for larger version)|
Badger swimming foursome solid at Madison200 freestyle relay has best finish, shaves significant time off sectional markFebruary 24, 2011Madison — Coach Glenn Biller gave the Badger boys swim team a 10-day rest before sectionals so they could post their best times and make it to state.It paid off when seniors Franek Kulik, Max Sim and Ryan Cook, along with junior Joe Shane, all advanced to state. Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium was simply icing on the cake for the foursome.
BREAKING: Ruzga wins thriller at state wrestling, other area scoresFebruary 24, 2011Madison -- Badger junior wrestler Ed Ruzga didn't disappoint in his first state match Thursday afternoon in Madison.He needed two overtimes, but the powerful Ruzga (215) edged Holmen's Trevor Scholze in a Division 1 first-round tilt, 4-3, to improve to 20-5 on the season. Scholze dropped to 25-11. However, in the quarterfinals, West Bend West's Steve Sizer (47-3) made short work of Ruzga, pinning him in 1:43. Badger's other three state qualifiers, John Leibforth (140), Dylan Peter (160) and Brad Nugent (285), all lost in their opening matches. Here are Badger's Thursday results along with Friday's schedule.
BREAKING: Chiefs end regular season on high noteFebruary 24, 2011Walworth -- Friday night was particularly special for Mike Kunes, Jordan Gottman, Will Haeberlin, Matt Maise and Kyle Collins. Four of the five seniors (Maise was injured) started on Senior Night for the Big Foot boys basketball squad in the regular season finale against Palmyra-Eagle. But it was junior Kenny Walker who made sure it would be a night the seniors wouldn't forget.
BREAKING: Bay stumbles in playoff opener, Faith marches onFebruary 24, 2011Williams Bay -- All season long, the Williams Bay boys basketball squad has struggled to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis.On Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 regional opener against University Lake School, the Bulldogs had a slightly bigger problem on their hands — Lakers junior Conor Kelly. The Bay didn’t have an answer for Kelly, who scored 18 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to help University Lake cruise to a 64-51 victory. The Bay finished 7-16 for the season. The Bulldogs trailed only 33-26 at halftime, but a 19-12 third quarter helped the Lakers pull away. Bay coach Troy Nottestad said his team struggled to score the ball.
Four Badger grapplers poised for stateFebruary 24, 2011Janesville — Badger wrestling coach Shane Koehl hoped to send between two and five wrestlers to state at Saturday’s Janesville Craig Sectional. At the conclusion of the event, Badger advanced four, the most in school history. Seniors John Leibforth (140), Dylan Peter (160) and Brad Nugent (285), along with junior Ed Ruzga (215) all took second place after losing in their respective championship matches, and the quartet will now compete at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Madison Thursday.
BREAKING: Badger boys sweep Broncos, other area scoresFebruary 17, 2011The Badger boys basketball squad probably wouldn't mind playing Union Grove more than twice a year. The Badgers swept the season series with the Broncos Friday night at home with a 56-52 victory. The local boys improved to 3-9 in the Southern Lakes Conference and 3-17 overall. Badger previously beat Union Grove back on Jan. 21 in a 68-55 overtime thriller. The Broncos dropped to 6-6 in the SLC and 11-9 overall.
Eight grapplers march on to sectionalsFebruary 17, 2011Wilmot — Badger wrestling coach Shane Koehl thought his squad was good enough Saturday at the Wilmot Regional to send 10 individuals to sectionals. When all was said and done, he wasn’t too far off. The Badgers qualified eight of 11 grapplers for this Saturday’s Janesville Craig Sectional, including two regional champions and four others in the top three.
BREAKING: Faith boys crush Cougars, Lady Eagles fall shortFebruary 10, 2011Williams Bay -- On Friday night at Faith Christian, the boys basketball squad had to deal with one of the deadliest shooters in the state, Mountaintop Christian Academy junior guard Chris Gough. Gough scored 42 points including 12 three-pointers the night before, so Faith's top priority was shutting down the sharpshooter. The Eagles were successful, holding Gough to 19 points, nine below his season average, in a 70-28 rout that wasn't close in the second half.
Kopp’s late dagger dims CometsFebruary 10, 2011Maybe it just wasn’t Emma Kopp’s night.After all, the Delavan-Darien defense held the Badger junior guard scoreless for the first 16 minutes Friday. What’s more is Kopp suffered a sprained ankle in warm-ups before the game.
Leibforth, Ruzga, Nugent win SLC titlesFebruary 10, 2011Delavan — Badger coach Shane Koehl knew his team had an outside shot at the Southern Lakes crown going into Saturday’s conference meet at Delavan-Darien High School. After last Thursday’s dual against Delavan-Darien was cancelled, the Badgers needed a big day at the meet to catch up with conference-leading Burlington. Despite three individual championships, the Badgers stumbled to a fifth-place finish with 169 points. Elkhorn won the meet with 200 points, while Burlington grabbed second with 196. Delavan-Darien and Wilmot also finished ahead of the local grapplers.