August 19, 2010Williams Bay — Not too many athletes can say they made it to the state title game all four years in high school. Furthermore, they can't say they've played in an NCAA championship game in college.
Kristina Conlin can.
The 22-year-old former Bulldog volleyball standout, who was a member of three state championship teams from 2003-2005, will try to turn around a team that finished 8-17 last year.
August 19, 2010Last season, the Badger girls golf squad reached sectionals for the first time in school history.
The girls were undefeated in the Southern Lakes Conference.
With everyone returning except Kathleen Schneider from last year's team, there is plenty of optimism for the program.
August 19, 2010Walworth — Last year seems like decades ago for the Big Foot/Williams Bay soccer team.
Coach Keith Blakeman, now in his fourth season, will lead a young squad that is missing its top three scorers from last year, Matt McCarthy, Christian Aquino and Armando Martinez.
After falling 5-0 to Delavan-Darien in the first round of the playoffs back in October and finishing up the season 6-16-1, the focus will shift to defense this year.
It’s all in the genesLorenzi will swim D1 this fall in Big EastAugust 12, 2010Former Badger swimming standout Ellie Lorenzi, a 2010 graduate, has swam competitively since she was 7 years old. And amazingly, those same swimmers she started with — Emily Russart and Lindsey Mikrut — have been with her both in and out of the pool ever since. The three, plus Badger senior Maddie Clark, won the state title in the 200 medley relay back in 2008, and Lorenzi competed in the event at state all four years, and she isn’t done breaking records and winning races.
Annual boat races coming to lakeAugust 12, 2010Fontana — There’s nothing like the picturesque beauty of Geneva Lake. The warm sun beating down. The waves allowing boats to glide along comfortably. Drinking a refreshing beverage surrounded by loved ones. But then, all of a sudden, 60 boats are in your back pocket, poised to race up to speeds of 60 miles per hour in the spirit of competition.
Legends of the FallAugust 05, 2010Bloomfield Township — Lake Geneva resident Brett Padjen is definitely a baseball guy. He loves the game so much that the 50-year-old might even form a team of alumni players for Fall Ball, an annual league open to any incoming high schoolers. The league has six teams right now, but the goal is to have at least eight teams. But Padjen isn’t sweating semantics.“I would play if I have to,” Padjen said. “We will even field an alumni team if it worked out that way. But I’ve received interest from Woodstock, Ill, and Union Grove, so I think we should be fine.”
Football for both boys and girlsNFL flag football program coming to city this fall thanks to YMCAAugust 05, 2010Every day at recess, what sounds like thousands of kids can be heard hooting, howling and seen hustling during football at Central-Denison Middle School. Eight-year-old Jackson Biller is one of those football fanatics, and his dad Glenn along with the Lake Geneva YMCA is pioneering a co-ed flag football league for kindergarteners through sixth-graders in Lake Geneva this fall. The league is sponsored by the National Football League, and those who register by the Aug. 15 deadline will receive a free NFL jersey to wear in games. However, those not signed up by that date will still be able to play, but will receive a T-shirt instead.
Area football schedules releasedJuly 29, 2010High school football schedules were recently released, and that could spell good news for Badger and Williams Bay but prove troublesome for Big Foot. Badger, who finished 9-3 overall last year, will have to travel to Burlington and Waterford but will host Delavan-Darien and Union Grove, two squads the locals lost to last year.The Bulldogs will earn their first victory since 2007 because Madison Abundant Life can't field a team. The forfeit win will account for at least one win, and this year the Bay has five home games and doesn't have to battle small-school powerhouse Brookfield Academy, who badly routed them last year.
Two and through for Genoa Senior LegionJuly 29, 2010Genoa City — The numbers game plagued the Geneva/Genoa Senior Legion squad all season, and it finally caught up to the Red Legs at the worst possible time — regionals.Friday marked the end of the season with a heartbreaking 8-7 defeat at the hands of the 17U Union Grove squad. Geneva/Genoa finished its campaign 15-12 overall. Coach Curt Andresen said it was a disappointing way to end the season.“We were missing a lot of players,” he said Monday. “With all of our guns, we would’ve been fine. There was just a lack of communication between the players and me all season.”
Wicked wrestling invades LyonsJuly 29, 2010Lyons — A four-cornered ring. Stop signs. Barbed wire. Baseball bats. And don’t forget scantily-clad girls with signs containing numbers.How could these five things possibly have anything in common?There’s only one explanation — Wicked Wisconsin. The independent professional wrestling promotion, spear-headed by Linn resident Morgan Foley, 24, stormed into Bobby Rockets Friday, bringing its unique brand of entertainment.
Weather dampens Geneva/Genoa's comebackGame to continue FridayJuly 22, 2010Beloit -- The game was only two innings old before Mother Nature reared her ugly head into the equation Thursday night at Pohlman Field, the home of the Beloit Snappers. Thanks to heavy lightning and severe thunderstorms, the Geneva/Genoa Senior Legion's regional tilt with Union Grove will resume in the third inning Friday at 5 p.m. at the same location, 2301 Skyline Drive. The Red Legs had fallen behind 4-1 after two innings before a third-inning double by Colter Beck, a single by Clint Andresen and a Sawyer Tisch (Wilmot) sacrifice fly cut the lead to 4-3. However, continual lightning rods which were first ignored eventually stopped the action.
coming to Bobby RocketsJuly 22, 2010Lyons — Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. Wrestling gods in their own right, they all had to start somewhere. The next Hulk or Rock could be performing July 23 at 5 p.m. at Bobby Rockets at Wicked Wisconsin’s wrestling promotion. According to Bobby Rockets owner Bob Flores, the “festival” will include live music beginning at 3 p.m. followed by wrestling at 5 p.m. and four or five bands performing the rest of the night until bar closing time.
Ironman Fridays highlight offseasonBadger football itching to improve after excellent 2009 campaign, 9-3 markJuly 22, 2010Last fall, the Badger football squad had one of its most successful seasons in school history — a 9-3 record and qualifying for the third level of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs. But the success was the culmination of something more than just football. The season didn’t start with the first game. It started in June as soon as school was out. The football players were in the weight room three times a week, sometimes more, to prepare for their magical run. This year, there is even more dedication. Coach Matt Hensler has seen many more players in the weight room on a consistent basis since June, and the players are excited to build upon last season’s winning foundation.