November 25, 2010Last weekend, the state football champions were crowned in Madison.
That can only mean one thing — the countdown to March Madness is upon us.
For the Badger, Big Foot, Williams Bay and Faith Christian boys basketball squads, that countdown begins Tuesday, Nov. 30, with the first action of the season. While Badger is bigger than the other three and they all play different competition, the four will all share a common characteristic this season. They all have to replace either top scorers or senior leaders that were a huge part of their success last season.
November 25, 2010Williams Bay — In high school basketball today, a small school like Williams Bay plays similar-sized competition like Faith Christian or Burlington Catholic Central.
Would you really expect the Bulldogs to take on Milwaukee-area schools, many of which have more than 1,000 students? That just wouldn't seem fair, would it?
Well, back in the 1950s, that was the case. There was only one division in the state playoffs. The Bay plays in Division 4 nowadays, and a school from Milwaukee or Waukesha is most likely in Division 1 or 2. But the Williams Bay boys basketball squad of 1958-59 had to play schools of all sizes, and time and time again, they defied the odds.
Calling all starsSports CheckNovember 18, 2010Daylight savings time has come and gone. People are cranking up their thermostats before bed in fear of bitter cold. And soon, the first snow will make for hours of rigorous shoveling. Yes, wave bye to fall and hello to Wisconsin winter, replete with slick roads, howling winds and gallons of hot chocolate.But, I’m not ready to forget about fall just yet. It’s time to hand out my fall sports awards for the most outstanding team and individual performances.This is a first-time thing, so bear with me. With so many standout athletes from Badger, Big Foot and Williams Bay, it was very hard to choose the winners.
Preview: Big Foot, Brodhead go way backBig 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.
Final thought: Big Foot vs. BrodheadNovember 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.
BREAKING: Chiefs see state hopes vanish in state semifinalNovember 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.
Five swimmers bound for stateNovember 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.
Horse club wins stateNovember 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.
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.