September 09, 2010Brodhead -- Through 48 minutes of football Friday night, Big Foot and its arch-nemesis Brodhead-Juda were all tied up at 14-14.
But none of that mattered in overtime when junior running back Kenny Walker and senior defensive end Vaughn Bourassa both decided losing was no longer acceptable.
On Big Foot's first play of overtime from Brodhead's 25-yard line, Walker bolted for a touchdown, giving the Chiefs a 20-14 lead. Then, freshman kicker Ian Gallagher had his shot at redemption. Gallagher missed a 25-yard field goal at the end of regulation that would have won the game, but he was dead on with this extra point to extend Big Foot's lead to 21-14.
September 09, 2010Lake Geneva -- Delavan-Darien senior running back Justin Fowlkes is stating his case to not only win Southern Lakes Conference player of the year, but also garner first-team all-state honors. The 5-foot-7, 160-pound high school version of Barry Sanders is that good.
He scored early and often, including three second-quarter touchdowns runs en route to five total scores as the visiting Comets white-washed the Badgers, 40-20, Friday night.
Fowlkes, who tore through Big Foot's defense last week for 183 yards, followed up his Geneva Lake tour with a 210-yard encore on only 16 carries. Badger coach Matt Hensler gave credit where it was due.
September 09, 2010West Allis — Currently, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association awards playoff berths to high school teams that end the regular season with a winning record in their conference.
Just like their winless neighbors at Williams Bay and Big Foot, that is very good news to the Badger football team.
Badger rallied for 14 unanswered points before falling in the fourth quarter en route to a 17-14 defeat at the hands of nonconference foe West Allis Hale Friday night.
September 09, 2010Every once in awhile, a great player comes along that makes coaches re-evaluate their season goals.
This player is a difference-maker. He or she can win a game by themselves and is a shoe-in for all-conference honors.
Well, she may only be a freshman, but Badger girls tennis star Cricket Geldermann may be that player this year for a Badger squad that finished in the middle of the pack in the Southern Lakes conference last year.
Chiefs lose first home game in five years, now 0-2September 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.
A mecca for Walworth County soccerSeptember 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.
Local little leaguers enjoy magical rideSeptember 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 kickers seeking state?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.
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.