September 02, 2010Walworth -- Saturday marked the annual Big Foot Invite for boys soccer, and the area was well-represented.
Players from all four schools, Badger, Big Foot, Williams Bay and Faith Christian, participated in the kicking extravaganza.
Badger, possibly the toughest team at the tournament, fell 1-0 in the semifinals to Mt. Horeb thanks in part to some questionable officiating.
September 02, 2010Walworth -- October 14, 2005.
I'm sure the majority of you don't remember what you were doing on that day. But the Big Foot football team had a game that day and lost 12-0 at home to Evansville.
Since that loss, 17 opponents have attempted the daunting task of winning at Big Foot, and all of them failed.
September 02, 2010The Badger boys soccer squad was a mere overtime session from athletic immortality last fall.
The boys forced overtime against Kenosha Tremper, but an unlucky bounce led to a goal and a heart-breaking 2-1 loss.
The defeat didn't undermine the banner year for Badger. It was the third straight season Badger reached the sectional final, and Matric Kotula scored 44 goals, a school record. Badger finished with a 22-2-1 overall record.
September 02, 2010Lyons Township — With Japan's 4-1 victory over Hawaii Sunday in the championship game of the Little League World Series, 12- and 13-year-olds around the world hung up their cleats, gloves, hats and uniforms one last time before next summer. But did you know a local team almost made it that far?
The Burlington Little League 12-year-olds recently enjoyed a magical ride where they advanced all the way to the Regional tournament in Indianapolis, a mere two games from the Little League World Series.
The special squad was the first in 51 years to win the state tournament, and it wasn't limited to kids from Burlington. There also was some Walworth County flavor.
Badger, Chief football start season on wrong footAugust 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.
BREAKING: Bay shows fight in season-opening setbackAugust 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.
Improved attitude will guide the BayAugust 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.”
Badger football ready to rule SLCAugust 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.
oddsAugust 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.
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.