August 26, 2010Beaver Dam -- At least for one more week, the Williams Bay football team will search for its first win since 2007.
The consecutive streak extended to 20 games Saturday afternoon at Wayland Academy with a 30-14 loss, but there were several positives for the Bulldogs. It was the most points scored for the Bay since September 2008 and the closest margin of defeat since 2008.
Head coach Bud Breen said his guys have taken a huge step since last year.
August 26, 2010Bloomfield Township -- The first game of the high school football season means new players trying to click together to eventually become a cohesive unit.
On Friday night at Badger, the home team simply did not do that.
But Mukwonago did.
August 26, 2010Walworth — With five first-team all Rock Valley Conference players gone from last year's Division 4 state championship squad, it seems an almost insurmountable task for the Big Foot football team to return to Madison for a third straight season.
Especially with losing Michael Walker, who ran for 255 yards a state-record five touchdowns in the 42-13 state victory over Kewaunee. Walker now plays for Division 2 St. Cloud State, but his younger brother Kenny, a junior, will be one of the main Chiefs both offensively and defensively this year.
Despite the fact that Kenny and little-used running back Jordan Gottman along with junior quarterback Jake Wedig will take over the skill positions, one very powerful and meaningful thing remains a constant.
August 26, 2010Bloomfield Township — For more than two weeks now, the Badger football squad has been putting in hard work on the Lake Geneva Middle School football field.
Two-a-day practices have separated the men from the boys, the starters from the bench players and the strong from the weak-willed.
As a team, the Badgers have made it through the grueling hardship that is training camp and are hungrier than ever to reach the fourth level of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 2 playoffs or even reach the pinnacle of the high school football world, the state title game in Madison.
August 26, 2010Williams Bay — After losing 19 consecutive games, it would be difficult for a coach to have hope for a winning season. With such as aura of negativity, it would be hard to be positive about anything.
But that isn't the case for Williams Bay head football coach Buddy Breen. The third-year coach sees something in this year's varsity team.
"I'm cautiously optimistic about the season," Breen said. "The attitude is the biggest difference from last year, no question. It is by far the best attitude among players since I've been head coach."
Conlin takes over Williams Bay volleyballAugust 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.
Chief kickers looking for fountain of youthAugust 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.
back for Lady BadgersAugust 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.
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.