December 09, 2010Williams Bay -- For the next year, the Faith Christian boys basketball squad can go by a different name -- the King of the Bay.
That's because the Eagles overcame a 16-12 halftime deficit to rally for a 40-36 win over crosstown rival Williams Bay Saturday afternoon.
Both Bay and Faith fans participated in a "Gray Out." Gray T-shirts were sold with proceeds going toward cancer research. There wasn't an empty seat in the house as the raucous crowd accentuated what has become a competitive rivalry over the past seven seasons.
December 09, 2010The Waterford boys entered Friday's contest at Burlington ranked ninth in the state in Division 2 with a 2-1 record.
The Demons didn't offer a warm welcome to their rivals, still bitter from two losses to the Wolverines last year.
Burlington crushed Waterford, 84-57, behind 28 points from senior forward Travis Crayton, who hit four three-pointers. In all, Burlington connected on nine long-range jumpers. The Demons (2-1, 1-0 SLC) jumped out to a 28-11 lead after the first quarter and never looked back.
December 09, 2010Badger High School was rocking Friday night.
It was the first Southern Lakes home game for the Badger boys basketball squad, and the guys were poised to bounce back from a tough loss at Waterford Tuesday. The home fans and student section were at high volume, but it was the Wilmot Panthers whose sharp shooting silenced everyone in the gym, including the Badgers.
Despite entering the contest with a 1-3 record, Wilmot was on fire, draining eight three-pointers in a 67-54 victory. Badger dropped to 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the SLC.
'Gray Out' fundraising event set for Saturday's showdownDecember 09, 2010Williams Bay — For years, the Faith Christian and Williams Bay boys basketball teams have engaged in a heated rivalry.
Close games, physical play and even hard feelings are commonplace at games. It's one of those rivalries where no matter what the team's records are, all players bring it with deep passion. It's safe to say the two schools haven't always been the best of friends.
But tragedy brings people together, and in Saturday's 2:30 p.m. upcoming showdown at Faith, the community's true colors will shine through.
December 09, 2010Last year, the Badger wrestling squad sent heavyweight Joe Cychner to state and seven grapplers to sectionals.
Cychner along with Tyler Conrad (171) and Bryce Bobula (189) have moved on, but the Badgers return a wealth of talent to a team that finished fourth in the Southern Lakes Conference last year.
Head coach Shane Koehl said while the entire lineup isn't officially set, he has a lot of talent.
BREAKING: Bay draws first blood in crosstown rivalryDecember 02, 2010Williams Bay -- While Stephanie Tadje is undoubtedly the senior leader for the Williams Bay girls basketball squad, it was two sophomores who led the Bulldogs to victory Tuesday night. In front of a raucous crowd at Faith Christian School, the Lady 'Dogs finished the game on a 14-7 run over the last quarter and a half to steal a 22-18 win. The Bay improved to 2-1 overall with the win, and Faith dropped to 0-2.
Aiming for stateDecember 02, 2010Burlington — The Burlington/Badger/Wilmot gymnastics squad, also known as BBW, experienced a deep playoff run last year.The girls were Southern Lakes conference champs, sectional runners-up and finished third at state behind powers Arrowhead and Franklin. This year, second-year coach Diane Biedrzycki only lost one senior and has the benefit of nine returning performers. She said her team is loaded.
Girls will have steep climbDecember 02, 2010As you read in last week’s column, the area boys basketball teams all lost multiple starters and senior leaders. Experience will not be abundant, and many players will earn their varsity stripes as the season progresses. Badger, Big Foot and Williams Bay must all replace at least four starters, and it will no doubt be a tall task to expect last year’s production. Well, I don’t intend to sound like a Debbie Downer, but the girls teams could be in the same boat this winter. Gone are star scorers like Badger’s Gina Ambrose, Williams Bay’s Becca Hobbs, and Big Foot’s Jordyn Courier and Haley Schwartz.
‘Hoosiers’ squad first team in Wall of FameNovember 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.
Big shoes to fillNovember 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.
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.