Sports CheckJuly 08, 2010This is a historic summer for the National Basketball Association.
On July 1, free agency officially kicked off, and mega-stars such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki, Amare Stoudemire (who signed a five-year, $100 million contract with the Knicks Monday) and Carlos Boozer all hit the open market.
Not to be outdone, the Milwaukee Bucks have actively joined the mix, signing "B" players Corey Maggette, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Drew Gooden as free agents. Thanks to the expiring contracts of not only has-beens but never-dids Dan Gadzuric and Charlie Bell (sorry, Danny G), the Bucks cleared up $11 million in salary cap space.
July 08, 2010Burlington — The Geneva/Genoa Senior Legion squad laid its claim as the second-best team in the area behind Burlington last weekend at the Boom Boom Classic at Beaumont Field.
The Red Legs finished the four-day holiday tournament with a 4-1 mark, improving their overall record to 12-5.
On Sunday, the local boys shellacked Waterford, 13-3, in a game that 15-year-old Colton Andresen pitched a gem. He fired six innings and allowed three runs on three hits.
19U loaded with talentJuly 01, 2010Genoa City — Curt Andresen has never seen it quite like this. The Geneva/Genoa 19U coach has experienced more lineup shuffling than usual with this year’s squad. But through it all, the team is 8-4 and sitting in third place behind Burlington and Kenosha in the Region 7 National League. Regardless of early success, Andresen said it’s been a struggle.
Burlington native Romo addresses Packers, RodgersWedig personally invited for first timeJuly 01, 2010Burlington — Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Tony Romo understands the importance of teaching young kids the right way to play football. On June 23 and 24, he was back at Burlington High School, his alma mater, for his annual football camp. And during a June 23 press conference, he made it clear what his visits back home are all about.“Football can be hard for a young kid,” he said. “They need to learn fundamentals first and foremost. They need to be taught in broad strokes. You don’t want to say something specific and be wrong. Once you see a kid is talented, then delve into the technical side. I like to teach the older kids about leadership and younger kids that their parents are the most important people in their lives.”
Sports CheckHello, 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.
Long time comingJune 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.
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.