October 14, 2010After falling behind by double-digit deficits the last two weeks, the Badger football team knew it had to come out firing Friday night at home against Union Grove. It turned out Homecoming, which can often cause distractions for students and players, served as a huge pick-me-up for the Badgers.
Powered by six touchdowns from senior Trevor York, the Badgers pulverized the Broncos, 52-13, and clinched a spot in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs with four Southern Lakes victories.
Badger (4-4, 4-2) has come all the way back from an 0-4 start to the season. The boys will travel to Waterford Wednesday for their final regular season tussle.
October 14, 2010For all of regulation and the opening stages of overtime Thursday night, the visiting Elkhorn boys soccer squad pretty much had Badger star senior Matric Kotula figured out.
It was the WIAA regional final between the two teams, and constant double and triple teams kept Badger's leading scorer at bay. But in the 83rd minute, the Elks forgot about Badger's wild card -- sophomore Kyle Janikowski.
Thanks to a solid long pass by Filiberto Librado from midfield that the heavily-blanketed Kotula just missed, Janikowski swooped in uncovered and smacked the game-winning score into the top right corner of the Elkhorn net, lifting Badger to a 1-0 triumph. It was Badger's fourth straight regional title, and they will look to make their fourth consecutive sectional final game.
October 14, 2010Elkhorn — Last Tuesday, the Badger swim team desperately needed a victory to keep pace in the tough Southern Lakes Conference.
With a slight 86-84 triumph over rival Elkhorn, the girls improved to 2-1 in the SLC and kept pace for a showdown with the team that beat them, Burlington, Oct. 30 at the SLC meet in Delavan.
Coach Glenn Biller said the win was significant.
Diehl bringing 'organization, not just football team'October 14, 2010The Armed Forces have a special place in Derek Diehl's heart.
And that may be an understatement. The 37-year-old Burlington resident was in the Army for eight years, his grandfather fought his great-grandfather in World War II. Both were pilots, one for Germany and the other for the U.S.
But, Diehl's other passion is football. Now, the former college and semi-pro fullback has found a way to combine his two loves into one concept — the Lake Geneva Generals.
BREAKING: Badgers hold off late Burlington rally for third straight victoryOctober 07, 2010Burlington -- The Badger football team found itself in a two-score deficit for the second straight week Friday night, and once again the boys persevered to take a big lead. But unlike last week against Elkhorn, the Demons fought back and even had a chance to win in the final minutes. With 23 seconds remaining, Badger senior Trevor York intercepted an overthrown ball in Badger territory to seal a 31-28 win. Badger improved to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in the Southern Lakes and nabbed its third straight win thanks to another dominant running performance.
The beat goes on for Big Foot, other area scoresOctober 07, 2010Orfordville -- The Big Foot football team is headed for disaster.It only scored 46 first-half points Friday night en route to a 46-6 victory over Orfordville-Parkview. In each of the last two games, the Chiefs racked up 56 first-half points, so they may be slipping. But probably not.
Preview: Both Badger, Burlington
need winOctober 07, 2010Take a trip down South Road in Lyons, and you will find plenty of households with plenty of students. But not all of the teenagers living in this area attend Badger High School. In downtown Lyons, near Lyons Center School, an interesting dynamic occurs. It is about equidistant from Badger and Burlington High Schools. Lyons Center actually is part of the Burlington School District. So it’s very possible to have one student attend Badger High School and his or her neighbor attend Burlington High School. This could cause a verbal spat or two, or 100.
Better late than never attitude lifts BadgerOctober 07, 2010Last Thursday, the Badger boys soccer team pulled off the most improbable comeback of its season. Down 1-0 in the second half of the championship game of the Southern Lakes Conference tournament against Elkhorn at the Badger Soccer Field, time was ticking down, with only three minutes left in the game.Crunch time is when great players shine, and Badger senior forward Matric Kotula proved he is just that with his clutch performance. In the 77th minute, Kotula rebounded a deflection off a corner kick, booted it with his left foot and found the right corner of the goal to tie the game.
BREAKING: Badgers score 41 unanswered points, spoil Elkhorn homecomingSeptember 30, 2010Elkhorn -- Homecoming game for Elkhorn. A deafening volume in the student section. A 13-3 lead to start the game. The Badger football team had to scratch and claw its way out a sizable hole Friday night on the road. Not only did the Badgers battle back to take the lead, they proceeded to pour gasoline on the fire.
Badger swimmers finish strong at Bradford InviteSeptember 30, 2010Kenosha — The Badger girls swim squad can take solace in the fact that it beat some of the best teams in southeastern Wisconsin Saturday at the Bradford Invite. The girls finished second with 363 points. But coach Glenn Biller knows there is more work to be done, because the only team to beat them at the event was Southern Lakes foe Elkhorn, who only edged the locals by 46 points. Badger will get a chance at revenge Tuesday in Elkhorn. “It will be our biggest meet of the year,” Biller said of the upcoming showdown. “We really need to win it. It will be a knock-down, drag-out fight.”
Nothing but a dreamerSeptember 30, 2010Badger freshman Cricket Geldermann isn’t your average 15-year-old.The wide-eyed, blonde-haired tennis sensation has more than impressed in her first career high school matches. Winning the Southern Lakes Conference championship at No. 1 singles may have seemed like the world to most, but for Geldermann, it was just another day at the office.
BREAKING: Badgers dominate both sides of ball in first winSeptember 23, 2010"This game was won on Monday and Tuesday."That's what Badger football coach Matt Hensler told his players Friday night after an impressive 28-13 victory, Badger's first of 2010, over Westosha Central in front of a packed home crowd. Badger improved to 1-4 overall and 1-2 in the Southern Lakes Conference.Hensler commended his guys for their hard work and dedication to winning that began with the first practice of the week.
Big Foot rolls, other area scoresSeptember 23, 2010Walworth -- Friday night was one of those games for the Big Foot football squad where it was over in the first quarter.Unlike their nail-biters the last two weeks, this one allowed coach Rodney Wedig to relax and get everyone on the field.The Chiefs (3-2, 3-0 Rock Valley) scored 28 points in both the first and second quarters and cruised to a 56-8 win. Big Foot dominated, piling up 284 rushing yards while holding the Cougars (0-5) to 145 total yards.
Lady Badgers capture conference crown on linksSeptember 23, 2010The Badger girls golf squad mowed down each one of its conference opponents, and that didn’t change Tuesday at the Southern Lakes Conference meet. Playing at Rivermoor in Waterford, the Badgers strutted their stuff, taking the title with a team score of 413. It was a considerable 15 strokes ahead of the second-place team. Junior Annie Gaugert continued her banner 2010 campaign with the top score, a 96 in 18 holes.