June 03, 2010La Crosse -- The Badger boys track squad may not be returning to Lake Geneva with a state title, but thanks to the efforts of Jarek Kunz and the 400 relay team on Saturday, it now boasts three state medalists and two new school records.
On an overcast and eventually rainy day at the state track meet on the UW-La Crosse campus, Kunz nearly catapulted his way to a state championship in the triple jump. Thanks to a leap of 46-3.5, Kunz held the best mark with only two jumps remaining in the competition. Unfortunately, those jumps came from La Crosse Logan's Kenny Winslow and Cedarburg's Josh Dixon, two opponents seeded higher than Kunz. Winslow only scored a 46-1, but Dixon saved his best for last. After scratching on the previous jump, Dixon landed a 47-5, good enough for first place. Kunz ended up second, then immediately hustled over to prepare for the 400 relay race. Kunz's leap was a personal best and set a new school mark.
But he wasn't done with the record books.
June 03, 2010La Crosse -- Is it possible for a student-athlete to be too athletic?
Badger senior Justin Bowers competed in the long jump and 400 relay Friday in the state track meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. But Bowers' overwhelming ability combined with an unusually extended long jump session threw the standout's routine upside down.
During preliminary warm-ups for the long jump, which lasted around two hours due to impromptu meetings from officials over the eligibility of two competitors, Bowers was warmed up and ready to jump. But the delay of the event caused it to occur simultaneously with the 400 relay, and Bowers was forced to run in the relay (as the anchor) and quickly return to jump.
June 03, 2010Mukwonago -- For the first 20 minutes Thursday night, the Badger girls soccer squad, seeded 10th in its sectional, showed high energy and flew around the field.
The girls entered halftime in a 1-1 tie with seventh-seeded Mukwonago, and things were looking up. But the Indians, a bigger team that plays in a bigger conference, starting flexing their muscles in the second half. Thanks to an overpowering effort that out-muscled the quicker Badgers, the Indians won the regional opener 2-1 and advanced to face Kenosha Tremper in a regional final Saturday.
Badger finished its season 10-13-1 and will lose seven seniors to graduation including Shannon Tenney, Beth Sanders, Amanda Bartz, Meg Wickersham, Hannah Green, Rebecca Warnecke and Molly Schulting.
June 03, 2010Badger senior pitcher Jake Hodgeman didn't want Tuesday's playoff opener against Racine Park to be his last game wearing the red and black.
So, Hodgeman, like any good leader would, did something about it.
He allowed just one run over six innings and scattered five hits to help propel the Badgers to a 9-2 blowout win at Jonas Field. Hodgeman was able to cruise up and down the Park lineup thanks to an early 6-0 Badger lead.
June 03, 2010Elkhorn -- Hawk's View. Grand Geneva. Heck, even Hillmoor.
What do these three golf courses have in common?
Well, they have helped the Geneva Lake area build a rich tradition of golf, and it has bled over to the Badger golf squad.
Track athletes gearing up for stateJune 03, 2010On a picturesque sunny day May 27, the Badger track squads took full advantage of their home turf.
When the dust settled, the boys and girls each qualified four individual events and two relay teams for next weekend's state meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
The guys headed west will include Justin Bowers in the long jump (23-1), 200 dash (22.50) and 400 relay team (with Wes Aranda, Jarek Kunz and Connor Kotula), Kunz in the triple jump (45-8), Aranda in the 100 dash (11.15), Joe Cychner in the shot put (49-5.25) and the 3200 relay team of C.J. Morris, Dan Sepe, Jordan Skates and Corey Nevin (8:12.04).
BREAKING -- Top flights heading to state; Gaugert has big dayMay 27, 2010Lake Geneva -- It only took two matches Wednesday at the Badger Sectional for the Badger boys tennis squad to send three athletes to state. At No. 1 singles, Dean Schwefel handled Westosha Central's Alex Ferruzzi, 6-0, 6-4, in his first action of the day. Schwefel later fell to Kenosha Bradford's Michael Savaglio, 6-4, 6-1, but Schwefel qualified for the state tournament June 3 through 5 at Nielsen Stadium in Madison. Joining Schwefel in the state capital will be the No. 1 doubles team of Matt Heinz and Reid Solheim. The dynamic duo downed Racine Horlick's Max Bishop and Erik Skaarnes, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. They were later ousted by Kenosha Tremper.
BREAKING -- Bay crushes Faith in playoff openerMay 27, 2010Williams Bay -- The Williams Bay softball squad had a score to settle Thursday night against Highway 67 rival Faith Christian.Early in the season, the Eagles squeaked out a 10-9 victory over the Bulldogs. But the stakes were higher Thursday, with the Bay hosting a WIAA Division 4 regional. Williams Bay exacted sweet revenge with a 13-7 thumping of Faith. The Bulldogs (14-7) will now advance to a regional semifinal Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at Burlington Catholic Central.
Chiefs just miss firstMay 27, 2010Janesville — The Big Foot golf team turned in one heck of a performance May 20 at the Rock Valley Conference meet at Glen Erin. But it wasn’t enough to capture the RVC South title. The Chiefs placed fifth overall with a score of 349, and it was the top performance by an RVC South squad. However, despite receiving the maximum 12 points from the conference tournament, Big Foot finished the season with 36.5 points, a mere one point behind conference champion Beloit Turner. Coach Bob Sullivan said his team gave it everything.
Lady Badgers peaking at right timeMay 27, 2010Racine — The Badger softball squad keeps fighting to improve its postseason position, and it is showing in the win-loss column. The girls won three of five games last week, including a 2-1 decision Saturday at the Racine Case tournament. The solid week put the girls at 7-12 overall for the season.
Paving a clear path to sectionalsMay 27, 2010Waterford — Both the Badger boys and girls track squads had plenty of success Monday at the Waterford Regional. The boys finished fourth among the nine teams with 107.33 points. The Badgers qualified seven individuals and all four relays for the sectional Thursday at Badger. The qualifiers were highlighted by the 400 relay team of Wes Aranda, Connor Kotula, Jarek Kunz and Justin Bowers, which broke its own school record with a first-place time of 43.44. Other first-place finishers included Kunz in the triple jump (44-1.25), Bowers in the long jump (22-9.5), the 3200 relay team of C.J. Morris, Dan Sepe, Corey Nevin and Jordan Skates (8:26.15) and Joe Cychner in the shot put (48-11), a season best.
First place good for BadgersMay 20, 2010Waterford — It came down to the third set of the No. 2 doubles match for the Badger boys tennis squad Monday night at Waterford. Badger’s Kevin Williams and Kolin Harrigan had just lost the second set and needed a victory for Badger to defeat the Wolverines and move into a first-place tie. Williams and Harrigan rose to the occasion, winning 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 over Waterford’s Max Lindell and D.J. Mireles and catapulting the Badgers into first place in the Southern Lakes Conference (5-2).
Boys, girls struggle at RVC meetMay 20, 2010Whitewater — Warm temperatures. Blue skies. The sun shining down. It was a picture perfect Saturday at the Rock Valley Conference meet. Unfortunately for the Big Foot boys and girls track squads, that didn’t translate to much team success. The boys were eighth out of 12 RVC teams with a score of 35.5. Coach Greg Lueck said a better result was a difficult task.
Lady Bulldogs rout FalconsMay 13, 2010Williams Bay — The Williams Bay softball squad enjoyed a cupcake Friday night in the form of the Hustisford Falcons. The Bay erupted for 10 runs in the first inning and nine in the third on its way to a 21-2 shellacking in five innings. With the victory, the Bulldogs improved to 10-6 overall and 7-3 in the Trailways South Conference.
Badger stays in line for SLC crownMay 13, 2010Kansasville — The Badger golf squad remained in the hunt for a Southern Lakes title Monday night at Brighton Dale.Powered by Ryan Garske’s 39, the Badgers soundly defeated Westosha Central, 164-186. Badger, ranked seventh in the latest Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association poll, improved to 6-1 in SLC meets. Coach Dave DeShambo was impressed by his team’s performance.
Lady Bulldogs keep rollingMay 06, 2010Pardeeville — Solid hitting and stellar pitching propelled the Williams Bay softball squad to a doubleheader sweep at Pardeeville Monday. In the second game, the Bulldogs blanked Pardeeville, 8-0, behind another strong outing on the hill from Sam Storms. The freshman hurler went the distance, striking out seven and forcing 12 groundouts.