December 16, 2010Other area scores
Williams Bay 69, Hustisford 50
December 16, 2010Just like the Badger girls basketball team's last game at Delavan, the Lady Badgers scored 10 points in overtime Friday night.
And just like the last game, Badger won. This one was a 52-46 home victory over Wilmot thanks to a 10-4 overtime, and it improved Badger's record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Southern Lakes.
All of those hours at the end of practice shooting free throws paid off as Badger hit eight of 11 from the foul line in the extra five minutes.
December 16, 2010Delavan — Last Thursday, the Badger girls basketball squad showed a never-say-die attitude.
With three players fouling out in overtime, the girls still found a way to edge the Comets, 60-57. Badger outscored Delavan 10-7 in the extra frame, including five points from sophomore Karina Reeves.
"With multiple players fouling out, others had to step up," Badger coach David Jooss said.
Bay-Faith tilt more than a gameDecember 16, 2010Saturday's boys basketball game between Faith Christian and Williams Bay was special.
Although it was a classic battle on the court, it was what happened off the court that really stood out.
Fans from both sides took part in a "Gray Out." Gray T-shirts were sold for $10 apiece promoting the idea of "One Game, One Cause, One Community."
BREAKING: Badgers can't overcome triples, PanthersDecember 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.
Other area scores: Burlington whips state-ranked WaterfordDecember 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.
BREAKING: Strong second half lifts Faith boys over BayDecember 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.
Badger boasts mat depthDecember 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.
Bay-Faith rivalry means more this year‘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.
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.