September 16, 2010McFarland -- The Big Foot football squad showed its flair for the dramatic a second straight week Friday night.
And for a second straight week, the Chiefs pulled off a victory on a two-point conversion. Last week, it was Vaughn Bourassa's sack that gave the Chiefs a win over Brodhead, but this time it was Kenny Walker.
Walker's two-point conversion with no time remaining sealed a back-and-forth 26-25 victory for the visiting Chiefs.
September 16, 2010The Badger boys and girls cross country teams are on the verge of greatness.
Both squads finished in the top three in the Southern Lakes Conference, and both return many key athletes from last season.
Boys coach Mike Butscher lost talented seniors Ellis Lagerhausen and Ryan Murray, but two all-conference runners and plenty of letterwinners are back from a team that placed second in the SLC a year ago. Butscher said his squad could be in title contention for the long haul.
September 16, 2010Williams Bay — It's not easy to replace two former all-conference players who now play in college.
But that's exactly what Faith Christian soccer coach Tim Yorgey must do in his third season at the helm.
Gone are stars Andrew Mulder and Jake Stoeckman. Mulder is playing this fall at Division 2 Trinity in Illinois, and Stoeckman will play at Maranatha Baptist College in Watertown.
Fowlkes' five touchdowns floor BadgersSeptember 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.
BREAKING -- Chiefs save best for last in area's first winSeptember 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.
netters look to improveSeptember 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.
still in search of first winSeptember 09, 2010West Allis ó 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.
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 ó With Japanís 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 wasnít 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 didnít 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.