June 24, 2010Walworth — Although the Big Foot baseball team ended its season with a heartbreaking 8-7 loss in a playoff opener, it wasn't the end of its season.
Well, sort of.
That's because the team's current 17-year-olds are playing in a second season for the 17U Walworth Legion Post 102 squad, the first legion team in the village since 2007. Coach Mike Kahl said the team was pivotal to each player's development.
Hello, Brew CrewJune 24, 2010Lake Geneva. A beautiful, picturesque landscape nestled in the heart of southern Walworth County.
Every summer, people from around the country, especially Wisconsin and Illinois, flock to our tiny little tourist town in hopes of getting away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind.
Whether it's water skiing, boating, shopping or simply just kicking back on the beach and catching some rays, thousands upon thousands each summer flood Broad and Geneva streets in search of a good time.
Sports CheckWhat 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.
Moon steps down after 20 yearsJune 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.
takes fifthJune 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.
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.