What a springJune 17, 2010The Badger boys golf squad competed at state June 8 and officially marked the last action of the spring for area high school sports teams.
While it wasn't the most successful spring in recent memory, plenty of coaches and athletes wowed us with their performances in April, May and June.
Before I embark on another summer covering golf, legion baseball and semi-pro football, let's take a moment to look back at the highlights of the spring.
June 17, 2010Madison — It's become like second nature to this bunch.
For the last three years, the Badger boys golf squad has competed in the state tournament at University Ridge Golf Course and have fared just fine in the process.
On June 8 and 9, rainy, windy and cold conditions provided plenty of resistance, but Badger persevered for a fifth-place team finish with a score of 648. Remarkably, the squad's best day of the two was June 9, when rotten weather made for a long course. Coach David DeShambo said his team's score from last year (612) would've beat this year's winner, Arrowhead, who shot a 618.
June 17, 2010Williams Bay — For the past 20 years, Jim Moon has led the Williams Bay golf squad with his positive attitude and zest for life.
Recently, he decided to step down as the Bulldogs leader. Moon, 56, Honey Creek, will continue teaching science including biology, ecology, geology and physical sciences at Williams Bay High School, but he wants to spend more time with his family, which will include a new dog in the fall. He is finishing up his 33rd year of teaching, 29th at the Bay.
As a coach, Moon has won the Trailways South title six times, including three of the last five years. His overall varsity record is 200-116-4.
Lady Chiefs can’t buy goal in regional loss to PewaukeeJune 10, 2010Pewaukee — The Big Foot/Williams Bay girls soccer squad didn’t have luck on its side Saturday in a regional final. Despite outplaying the Pirates, the Chiefs fell, 3-0. Big Foot finished with an overall record of 12-9-2. Coach Marcus Nolan said his squad often came close to scoring, kicking several balls off the goal post.
Big hit eludes
Badgers, season endsJune 10, 2010Kenosha — In the first inning of a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 regional final Friday at Kenosha Bradford, the Badger baseball squad had a good chance to jump out in front.The local boys had the bases loaded and the middle of the order coming up, but they couldn’t score a run. “We couldn’t get that big hit,” coach Aaron Zweifel said. “If we could’ve pushed a couple runs across, it would’ve been different. We left a lot of guys in scoring position.”
Badger pounds Panthers in playoffsJune 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.
BREAKING -- Lady Badgers can't tame physical IndiansJune 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.
State track, day one: Bowers scores second; Relay seeded firstJune 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.
BREAKING -- State track, day two: Kunz, 400 relay medal in record-setting dayJune 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.
On to the next oneTrack 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.