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Bay man breaks course record, team takes second at D3 nationalsAugust 11, 2011WILLIAMS BAY — Area sports fans might not recognize the name Stefan Johnson. But the way the 20-year-old is playing right now, they won't soon forget him.
Johnson recently broke the 54-year-old course record at Big Foot Country Club with an eight-under round of 72. The previous record, 66, was held by both Henry Ransom and longtime Big Foot professional Roy Wallin.
A junior at Division 3 Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., Johnson played a key role at his golf team's second-place finish at nationals last year. They just missed the national title by six strokes.
August 11, 2011With the frequency of Green Bay Packers visiting the area, the city's official colors should be green and gold.
On Friday, just like Charles Woodson, George Koonce, John Kuhn and Fuzzy Thurston have done in the past three months, another Packer showed up in Lake Geneva.
But this wasn't any old player. This was National Football League Hall of Famer and four-time NFL champion (including Super Bowl I) Paul Hornung.
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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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Pell Lake racer comfortable on edgeAugust 04, 2011Pell Lake — Lukas Cobian has a deep passion for motocross racing. Let’s just say the determined teen won’t take “no” for an answer when it comes to a future in the sport.Ever since the age of 3, the 16-year-old has wanted to become a pro racer. And there have been plenty of bumps along the way, literally. He has had six surgeries in the past four years including a Flight for Life trip after a collision with another biker left him with a collapsed lung. But none of this has stopped Lukas, and this week he will take a huge stride toward his lifelong goal.
Human by day, animal by nightAugust 04, 2011Geneva Township — A suit and tie by day. A bloody face and black eye by night. Walworth County Public Works Director and Deputy County Administrator Shane Crawford, 33, isn’t your average football player. Crawford sits at his desk in his office on a Friday afternoon, decked out in a dress shirt and tie. But there’s a dark bruise on his face. A couple days earlier in a game against the Racine Threat, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defensive lineman for the Lake Geneva Generals took a helmet strike to the face, leaving him bloodied and battered.
Packers champ Koonce visits areaKoonce praises current PackersJuly 28, 2011George Koonce, a Green Bay Packers linebacker on the 1996-97 Super Bowl championship team, was in Lake Geneva last Thursday to raise awareness about Marquette University’s Urban Scholars program. The Urban Scholars program provides scholarships to students who are typically first-generation college students. Koonce visited a Lake Geneva lakefront mansion to mingle with potential donors. He took a few minutes to speak with the Regional News about the Urban Scholars program and the Packers.RN: How did you get involved with this charity? Why do you support it?
Lottig new Badger hoops coachTeacher compiled stellar record at East Troy, reached sectional finalJuly 28, 2011Geneva Township — After reaching the Division 1 state boys basketball tournament in 2008, the Badger varsity team has put together back-to-back losing records the last two seasons. But help is on the way thanks to a proven winner with lifelong ties to the area.Darin Lottig, a gym teacher at Lake Geneva Middle School for the last 17 years, is coming home to take over the Badger boys varsity basketball team after coaching the East Troy boys varsity squad the last eight years. He replaces Tom Dummer, who was the head coach the last two seasons.
Volleyball phenom commits to MinnesotaJuly 21, 2011Williams Bay — In volleyball, a couple of inches can mean the difference between a pulse-pounding spike and a devastating block. Well, inches are something Williams Bay resident Ciara Capezio has plenty of, 75 to be exact. The 16-year-old volleyball phenom has used her 6-foot-3 frame to her advantage as an outside hitter for the Burlington Demons and the Milwaukee Sting at the club level.
Generals corral Cowboys in slugfestDefense comes up big again in physical tiltJuly 21, 2011Kenosha — Saturday night was a knock-em-down, drag-em-out dogfight for the Lake Geneva Generals semi-pro football team. Unlike the season opener when the Generals rolled to a 45-0 blowout, nothing came easy in the team’s first road game at Ameche Field against the Northern Illinois Cowboys. Several Generals were on the Cowboys last year, and emotions ran high in a hard-hitting, personal battle. In a defensive struggle, the Generals opened up a slim second-half lead with a late fourth-quarter touchdown and corralled the Cowboys, 19-6.
Nugent to play D1 at Southern MissJuly 14, 2011Pell Lake — Hard work. A trait that can’t be overlooked in life, no matter if it’s in the office or on the playing field. More than anything, Badger graduate Brad Nugent exemplifies this attribute. Ever since his junior year, the 18-year-old former center on Badger’s football squad knew he wanted to play college football.
Generals ambush Bucs in openerBig crowd, strong special teams highlight memorable nightJuly 14, 2011Williams Bay — It was pandemonium Saturday at Williams Bay High School.So much so that after the Lake Geneva Generals’ season-opening 45-0 rout of the visiting Joliet, Ill., Buccaneers, the Generals doused coach Derek Diehl with a Gatorade bucket bath. According to Diehl, it even wrecked his cell phone. He has since purchased a new one.But it was simply good fun all in the name of victory.
BREAKING: Generals win big in openerJuly 07, 2011Williams Bay -- It was pandemonium last night at Williams Bay High School.So much so that after the Lake Geneva Generals' season-opening 45-0 rout of the visiting Joliet, Ill. Buccaneers, the Generals doused coach Derek Diehl with a Gatorade bucket bath. According to Diehl, it even wrecked his cell phone.The Generals, an expansion franchise in the semi pro Mid-State Football League, improved to 1-0 overall.
Generals seek playoffs in first yearOwner Diehl takes on head coaching, coordinator dutiesJuly 07, 2011Williams Bay — When Derek and Jeni Diehl heard of the May 22 devastation caused by a tornado that ripped through Joplin, Mo. and killed 139 people, it weighed heavily on their hearts.Derek, the owner and head coach of the Lake Geneva Generals, Jeni, and six members of the team made the trip down on Memorial Day weekend to help out. Thanks to some social networking, Jeni was able to muster up donations of everything from food for victims and gas to an RV to take down to Joplin. The Generals were able to unload trucks, give bulk food to a Christian center and build relationships. For Derek, it was an amazing experience.“We helped a couple brothers found 11 days after the tornado still stranded in the basement,” he said. “Half the community was wiped out, and they didn’t have a place to eat. Now some people down there want to come up for a game. When there’s a crisis, we really stick together as Americans. Lake Geneva and Burlington were a big part of that. It shows the support we have. The Generals are doers. We’ll help out in the community.”