October 21, 2010Football is a game of momentum.
And a big play can either ascend a team to victory or deflate it to defeat.
In a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 1 playoff opener at home Tuesday night, the Badger football squad used momentum-changing plays in all three phases to edge Janesville Parker, 16-14.
October 21, 2010Kenosha -- While the Badger cross country squads didn't advance to team state at Saturday's Racine Horlick Sectional at UW-Parkside, three individuals earned a trip to state for the first time.
Freshman Alex Swarthout (fourth overall, 15:30), sophomore Karina Reeves (seventh, 15:52) and junior Dan Sepe (eighth, 16:42) will head to Wisconsin Rapids next Saturday for the WIAA state tournament.
The boys squad ended up fourth with 109 points, and the girls sprinted to third with 97.
October 21, 2010For the two area playoff football teams, it's now win or go home.
But with the WIAA Level 1 playoffs starting Tuesday, both Badger and Big Foot already will be in their respective backyards.
The Badgers (5-4), winners of five straight, will host Janesville Parker (6-3) Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in a Division 1 tilt. Badger (1342 enrollment) will play as the smallest D1 school.
October 21, 2010Kenosha -- For the first 40 minutes Thursday night, the Badger boys soccer squad was deadlocked in a 0-0 tie with top-seeded Kenosha Bradford at Ameche Field.
But the Red Devils' speed and artificial turf experience eventually took over.
Bradford scored two goals in eight minutes early in the second half to take a 2-0 victory over the Badgers in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal.
October 21, 2010Waterford -- When a high school football team opens the season 0-4, it can do one of two things. Players can bury their heads in the sand or turn things around.
Badger did the latter, and it has paid off big time. With a 35-7 blowout triumph Wednesday night at Waterford, the Badger football squad finished its season with five straight wins and a 5-4 mark after starting 0-4.
Now Badger advances to a WIAA playoff opener Tuesday night. The time and opponent have yet to be determined. While Badger usually plays in the Division 2 playoffs, this year could be different. According to coach Matt Hensler, Badger currently is the second-largest school in Division 2. The WIAA takes the 32 largest schools that are playoff eligible and puts them in Division 1. So Badger could conceivably end up in the Division 1 playoffs. Check www.lakegenevanews.net later in the week for updates.
Janikowski's OT goal sends Badgers to fourth straight sectionalsOctober 21, 2010For all of regulation and the opening stages of overtime Thursday night, the 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 21, 2010Kenosha — Back on Oct. 2, Badger freshman girls cross country runner Alex Swarthout had a coming out party with a first-place overall finish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Invite.
Then, on Saturday, Swarthout proved her breakout performance was no fluke. Although she has been the No. 4 runner all season, Swarthout flew through the University of Wisconsin-Parkside trails for a first-place finish at the Southern Lakes Conference meet. Her blazing time of 15:52 was a full nine seconds ahead of the next closest competitor.
With top runners Tristan Sproul (stress fracture) out and Aaryn Edge battling through bronchitis, Badger coach Stefani Gustafson needed someone to take charge.
BREAKING: Janikowski's overtime goal lifts Badgers past Elks for regional titleOctober 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.
Badger, Big Foot batter and bruise opponents in two blowoutsOctober 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.
coming to areaDiehl 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.
Badgers edge Elkhorn despite DQOctober 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.
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.”