November 11, 2010Middleton -- For the first five minutes of action Saturday, the Big Foot football squad continued its playoff momentum and appeared poised for another dominant victory.
With the stakes high in a Division 4 state semifinal, Big Foot threw the first punch on a Jordan Gottman 23-yard touchdown run with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter. The score came after a Brodhead three-and-out, and the Chiefs were seemingly in control. Playing in fierce winds and drizzling rain, the field seemed to favor Big Foot's smash-mouth style.
But the Cardinals reeled off 25 unanswered points and by the time Big Foot showed some life, it was too late. The Chiefs lost their first playoff game since November 2008, 32-14, to their division rival.
November 11, 2010Madison -- I just touched down here in Mad-town, and I couldn't help but notice the dismal weather.
This should affect both teams in the 3 p.m. showdown between Big Foot and Brodhead in a WIAA Division 4 state football semifinal in Middleton.
Here's some food for thought, passing teams usually struggle in rainy, wet conditions. And while there is no wind and no rain currently, morning rain surely caused the playing surface to moisten.
Big Foot vs. Brodhead-Juda, 3 p.m., Saturday, MiddletonNovember 11, 2010Walworth — Since 1981, the Big Foot and Brodhead-Juda football squads have been rivals in the Rock Valley South Conference.
But it wasn't until 2006 that the Chiefs actually beat the Cardinals. Brodhead won its first 25 straight meetings against the Chiefs, but in 2006, under fourth-year coach Rodney Wedig, the Chiefs finally beat the Cardinals and haven't looked back since.
Big Foot has beaten Brodhead five straight times, including two one-point victories in their last three meetings. The two powerhouses will meet in the playoffs for the first time Saturday in Middleton at 3 p.m., with a trip to the Division 4 state title game in Madison on the line. Wedig said Big Foot (10-2) and Brodhead (10-2) have duked it out for the conference title for years now.
November 11, 2010Horses are a fixture in Walworth County.
Drive down Highways 50 or 36, and there are plenty of stables with horses of all sizes and colors. That high interest in horses has turned into an equestrian club at Badger High School.
And the team is pretty darn good.
November 11, 2010Greenfield — When the water settled after Saturday's Greenfield Sectional, the Badger swim squad enjoyed its best performance of the year.
According to coach Glenn Biller, each participant posted a season-best time, and the Badgers will send six girls to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association swim meet Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium.
Badger finished with 315 team points, good for second place in the 13-team meet, and it boasted a bevy of winners, including Maddie Clark in the 50 and 100 freestyle, Anna Brooks in the 200 individual medley and the 200 medley (Clark, Brooks, Carly O'Brien and Liz Carlson) and 400 freestyle (Evelyn Edge, O'Brien, Clark and Brooks) relay squads. Biller said the girls really stepped up.
Chiefs overcome late New Holstein rally, prepare for Brodhead rematchNovember 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.
Swimmers take third at SLC meetNovember 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.
Chiefs clobber KielNovember 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.”
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.