Badger netters earn team championship, five individual titles at SLC meetMay 19, 2011Wilmot — At the beginning of the spring tennis season, the goal was simple for the Badger boys squad — win the Southern Lakes title.
After last season's second-place finish to champion Waterford by one point, the team was poised to erase the bad taste from its mouth and achieve conference excellence.
It took three separate days and plenty of inclement weather, but the Badgers made it a clean sweep of the regular season and conference tournament titles with a dominant victory Monday at the SLC meet. Badger dominated the competition, earning 38 points, 10 ahead of second-place Westosha Central. Also, the Badgers boasted five individual champions.
May 19, 2011Elkhorn — The Big Foot/Williams Bay girls soccer squad demonstrated a flair for the dramatic last weekend at the Elkhorn Invite, and it paid off big time.
The girls won the tournament, going 3-0 with three shootout victories. The girls improved to 12-5-1 overall. Coach Annie Isham had mixed feelings on the day.
"It was very unusual to win all the games by shootout," she said. "It was an exciting day for our goalkeeper Katie Pearce. I'm glad we won, but winning all three by shootout isn't what you want."
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.
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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.
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Hitting lifts Lady Badgers to three straight winsMay 12, 2011After a rough 1-5 start to the season, the Badger softball team has reeled off four wins in its last five games.Last week, the Lady Badgers picked up three big Southern Lakes Conference victories to improve to 4-4 on the season. Also, the girls are inching closer to .500 with a 5-6 overall mark. On Monday night at home, Badger fired out to a 7-0 lead after three innings en route to an 8-0 shellacking of Delavan-Darien.
Bay annihilates Falcons, now 8-6May 12, 2011Hustisford — The Williams Bay softball squad walked all over Trailways South foe Hustisford Monday night, literally. The Lady Bulldogs drew 16 walks and were hit by four pitches in a 19-0 laugher in five innings. With the win, the Bay improved to 8-6 overall and 6-4 in conference.
Badger netters serving up perfectionMay 12, 2011Janesville — Heading into this week’s Southern Lakes Conference meet, the Badger boys tennis squad is giving a new meaning to the word momentum. On Friday, the Badgers won three dual matches at the Janesville Parker quad to improve to 9-0 overall on the season. With the SLC meet looming Thursday and Saturday this week, the local boys are oozing with momentum. Coach Marty Badt knows there’s still work to do.
Badger starts week strong, falters late on linksMay 05, 2011Pewaukee — Saturday’s Lake Country Charity Invite had its share of the state’s big dogs in high school golf. According to Badger coach Dave DeShambo, it is one of the best tournaments of the year and featured five of the best teams in the state, including Kettle Moraine and Milwaukee Marquette. Unfortunately for the Badgers, it wasn’t their best round of golf.
Bay takes three on diamondMay 05, 2011Williams Bay — The Williams Bay softball squad is over the .500 mark thanks to a 3-1 mark last week. On Monday at home, the Bulldogs trailed 2-0 after the first inning but came back with two runs in the third and three in the fourth en route to a 5-3 victory. The girls improved to 6-5 overall and 4-3 in the Trailways South Conference.Sophomore Sam Storms went the distance on the mound, striking out 12 while allowing one earned run, two hits and a walk. At the plate, Alyssa Alheid and Claudia Wautlet each had two hits for the Bay. Also, Molly Perkins had a hit and two RBIs.
Chiefs down BayApril 28, 2011Williams Bay — On Monday night, the Williams Bay softball squad may have struck first against neighboring Big Foot. But it was the Chiefs who had the last laugh. Big Foot benefited from big innings in the third and seventh en route to an 8-5 victory over the host Bulldogs.
Badger takes two on linksTeam flying high at 3-0 in Southern LakesApril 28, 2011Lyons Township — Coming into Monday night’s double dual at Hawk’s View, the Badger golf squad hadn’t competed in about two weeks due to weather cancellations. After all was said and done, however, the Badgers didn’t show any signs of rust. Badger picked up two Southern Lakes victories, 155-174 over Elkhorn and 155-191 over Wilmot, in a par 36 meet dampened by chilly conditions and a late rainfall.
Badgers blanket Big Foot in Rock/Lakes challengeApril 21, 2011Walworth — After starting the season with two losses, the Badger girls soccer squad is righting its ship. Saturday at Big Foot at the Rock Valley/Southern Lakes challenge, despite some bizarre weather conditions, the Badgers picked up shutout victories over Big Foot and East Troy. Badger (4-2 overall) has now won four straight games, including shutouts in its last three. Ross Fowler is proud of his team.“The girls are really buying into our style,” he said. “They are possessing the ball and finishing opportunities. And freshman goalie Autumn Mikrut, for never playing goalie before, has been outstanding. She is playing with a lot of confidence.”
Uniting for a good causeApril 21, 2011Williams Bay — Back in January, when the American Cancer Society contacted Williams Bay softball coach Jeff Kuespert about hosting a Coaches vs. Cancer game, his answer was a no-brainer — yes. This particular cause hit home for Kuespert, whose father-in-law died from cancer in December. So Kuespert reached out to Big Foot softball coach Craig Utesch, who also jumped on board. This year’s Big Foot-Bay tilt will mean something more than the annual rivalry. On Monday, April 25, the Bay will host Big Foot in a Coaches vs. Cancer game at 4:30 p.m. at Williams Bay High School.
Chief golfers ready to reignApril 14, 2011Walworth — Last year was a good one for the Big Foot boys golf squad. The guys took second in the Rock Valley South Conference and advanced to sectionals. While last year was good, this spring is shaping up to be great for Big Foot.