November 04, 2010Walworth -- For the first 24 minutes of action Saturday afternoon, the Big Foot football squad dominated New Holstein and took a commanding 28-7 lead into halftime.
But in a Level 3 playoff tilt, the stakes were high, and the Huskies weren't ready to give up.
Big Foot played its first close game since September, and the boys pulled out a 42-35 victory despite a 28-14 New Holstein second-half rally. The Chiefs will now advance to the Division 4 state semifinals against Brodhead-Juda, a Rock Valley South foe they beat, 21-20, back on Sept. 10, next weekend in Middleton. Check Wednesday's Regional News and www.lakegenevanews.net for updates on if Big Foot will play Friday or Saturday.
November 04, 2010Walworth — The defending state champion Chiefs kept rolling along in a Division 4 Level 2 playoff game Saturday with 25 first-half points in another rout at Kiel.
Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig said it was his squad's most complete game of the year.
"It was the best our offense has done all year, and Adam Bakken's game plan on defense was sound," Wedig said. "It was our best execution of the year. The overall game plan was great. We beat a pretty good team by taking them out of their running game. We forced them to pass, and our defense adjusted and took that away, too."
November 04, 2010Delavan — The Badger swim team has been in a battle with its rival Elkhorn all season.
After edging the Elks in the regular season, Elkhorn exacted some revenge Saturday at the Southern Lakes Conference meet at Delavan-Darien High School.
The Badgers grabbed third at the meet, a mere 1.5 points behind the Elks for second place. Front-running Burlington ran away from the competition with 519 points. While still a solid effort, Badger coach Glenn Biller hoped for at least second place.
BREAKING: Clock strikes midnight on Badger Cinderella runChiefs clobber KielOctober 28, 2010Kenosha -- A giant task awaited the Badger football team Saturday afternoon.All the boys had to do was knock off Kenosha Bradford on its home turf in a WIAA Division 1 Level 2 tilt. The Red Devils came into the game 9-1, ranked third in the state and averaged 57.6 points per game. They have numerous D1 recruits including running back Melvin Gordon, who already is committed to Iowa.Badger rode a six-game win streak into the contest thanks to a 16-14 playoff-opening win.
Three Badger runners dash to stateOctober 28, 2010Kenosha — While the Badger cross country squads didn’t advance to team state during Saturday’s Racine Horlick Sectional at University of Wisconsin-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 Saturday for the WIAA state meet.The boys squad ended up fourth with 109 points, and the girls sprinted to third with 97. The top two teams at the meet qualified for state. The girls team was only 26 points behind Waterford for the second spot.
Badgers roll to fifth straight win, open playoffs TuesdayOctober 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.
BREAKING: State dreams dashed for Badger kickersOctober 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.
UPDATE: Badger, Big Foot will host playoff games TuesdayOctober 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.
BREAKING: Reeves, Swarthout, Sepe advance to stateOctober 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.
BREAKING: Badgers, Chiefs march on to second round of football playoffsOctober 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.
Badger boys, girls shine at SLC meetOctober 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.
Badger soccer aiming for Kenosha schoolsJanikowski’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.
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.