March 10, 2011Franklin -- For the first eight minutes of action Saturday afternoon, the Badger girls basketball squad seemed poised for an upset of the fourth-seeded Franklin Sabers in a Division 1 regional final tilt.
But in the second quarter, those hopes of advancing to sectionals quickly dissipated.
Franklin outscored Badger, 20-4, in the second quarter, opening up a 15-point halftime lead en route to a 52-36 victory.
March 10, 2011Tuesday night marked the beginning of girls area playoff basketball.
While Williams Bay and Faith Christian both lost in Division 5 contests, Big Foot pulled off a slight upset against Rock Valley South foe Orfordville-Parkview.
The sixth-seeded Chiefs took to the road and knocked off the third-seeded Vikings, 60-49, thanks to a game-high 24 points from senior Courtney Spangler. Big Foot took a commanding 36-24 halftime lead and held on for the solid victory. Big Foot hit six threes in the game, led by Spangler's three. Brittani Isham added 13 points including two three-pointers.
March 10, 2011Wisconsin Rapids — The Burlington/Badger/Wilmot gymnastics squad was set to rewrite the history books Saturday at the Division 1 state gymnastics team meet.
Leading Franklin by 1.4 points heading into the final event, the balance beam, the Demons were on the brink of winning their first state title. But after Franklin had its first four girls score a 9 or better on the beam, BBW needed around a 35.45 on the beam to win state.
However, with the state title on the line, BBW posted a beam score of 35.017, and the squad simply couldn't catch up to the Sabers.
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March 10, 2011The Badger girls basketball squad just couldn't get over the hump Friday night at home.
Playing in the regular season finale against Burlington, the girls trailed the entire game in a close 47-44 loss.
Badger finished the season 12-10 overall and 8-6 in the Southern Lakes Conference, earning second place.
January 20, 2011Menomonee Falls — In high school basketball, teams hope to play their best in late January and February to gain momentum heading into the March playoffs.
In the case of the Faith Christian boys basketball squad, the Eagles are peaking at the right time.
With two convincing victories last week, the Eagles are winners of four straight games and are now 7-4 overall and 4-1 in the Indian Trails Conference. Coach Brian Pollard is pleased with his team's recent hot streak.
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January 20, 2011Everything about Sunday morning was unorthodox.
It started with me, a 28-year-old, mostly out of shape, former quarterback, waking up at the crack of dawn and driving 30 minutes to Williams Bay from Burlington.
What I did at Williams Bay High School at 9 a.m. was for the love of journalism but could be construed by outsiders as straight-up crazy.
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BREAKING: Catholic Central sends Faith boys home, againMarch 03, 2011Burlington -- It could the experience. Or the numbers. Or some kind of gypsy curse. Whatever the reason, the Faith Christian boys basketball squad simply can't find a way to beat Burlington Catholic Central. Friday night, in a WIAA Division 5 regional semifinal at Catholic Central, the Hilltoppers ended Faith's season for the second straight year and the sixth time in the last eight years with a convincing 65-46 triumph. Faith finished the season with a 13-9 overall record.
BREAKING: Lady Chiefs advance, Bay, Faith fall in regional openersMarch 03, 2011Tuesday night marked the beginning of girls area playoff basketball. While Williams Bay and Faith Christian both lost in Division 5 contests, Big Foot pulled off a slight upset against Rock Valley South foe Orfordville-Parkview. The sixth-seeded Chiefs took to the road and knocked off the third-seeded Vikings, 60-49, thanks to a game-high 24 points from senior Courtney Spangler. Big Foot took a commanding 36-24 halftime lead and held on for the solid victory. Big Foot hit six threes in the game, led by Spangler's three. Brittani Isham added 13 points including two three-pointers.
Finding his place on the podiumMarch 03, 2011Madison — Before joining the Chiefs back in January, Big Foot sophomore Garett Cary didn’t wrestle for nearly two years because of a knee injury.Assistant coach Jake Ries helped talk Cary into coming back, and the decision has paid off big time. On Saturday at the Division 2 state meet, Cary came full circle, reaching the podium with a fourth-place finish in the 285 weight class. Cary (24-4) finished 3-2 on the day.
Badger swimming foursome solid at Madison200 freestyle relay has best finish, shaves significant time off sectional markFebruary 24, 2011Madison — Coach Glenn Biller gave the Badger boys swim team a 10-day rest before sectionals so they could post their best times and make it to state.It paid off when seniors Franek Kulik, Max Sim and Ryan Cook, along with junior Joe Shane, all advanced to state. Saturday at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Natatorium was simply icing on the cake for the foursome.
BREAKING: Ruzga wins thriller at state wrestling, other area scoresFebruary 24, 2011Madison -- Badger junior wrestler Ed Ruzga didn't disappoint in his first state match Thursday afternoon in Madison.He needed two overtimes, but the powerful Ruzga (215) edged Holmen's Trevor Scholze in a Division 1 first-round tilt, 4-3, to improve to 20-5 on the season. Scholze dropped to 25-11. However, in the quarterfinals, West Bend West's Steve Sizer (47-3) made short work of Ruzga, pinning him in 1:43. Badger's other three state qualifiers, John Leibforth (140), Dylan Peter (160) and Brad Nugent (285), all lost in their opening matches. Here are Badger's Thursday results along with Friday's schedule.
BREAKING: Chiefs end regular season on high noteFebruary 24, 2011Walworth -- Friday night was particularly special for Mike Kunes, Jordan Gottman, Will Haeberlin, Matt Maise and Kyle Collins. Four of the five seniors (Maise was injured) started on Senior Night for the Big Foot boys basketball squad in the regular season finale against Palmyra-Eagle. But it was junior Kenny Walker who made sure it would be a night the seniors wouldn't forget.
BREAKING: Bay stumbles in playoff opener, Faith marches onFebruary 24, 2011Williams Bay -- All season long, the Williams Bay boys basketball squad has struggled to find the bottom of the net on a consistent basis.On Tuesday night in a WIAA Division 5 regional opener against University Lake School, the Bulldogs had a slightly bigger problem on their hands — Lakers junior Conor Kelly. The Bay didn’t have an answer for Kelly, who scored 18 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to help University Lake cruise to a 64-51 victory. The Bay finished 7-16 for the season. The Bulldogs trailed only 33-26 at halftime, but a 19-12 third quarter helped the Lakers pull away. Bay coach Troy Nottestad said his team struggled to score the ball.
Four Badger grapplers poised for stateFebruary 24, 2011Janesville — Badger wrestling coach Shane Koehl hoped to send between two and five wrestlers to state at Saturday’s Janesville Craig Sectional. At the conclusion of the event, Badger advanced four, the most in school history. Seniors John Leibforth (140), Dylan Peter (160) and Brad Nugent (285), along with junior Ed Ruzga (215) all took second place after losing in their respective championship matches, and the quartet will now compete at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in Madison Thursday.
BREAKING: Badger boys sweep Broncos, other area scoresFebruary 17, 2011The Badger boys basketball squad probably wouldn't mind playing Union Grove more than twice a year. The Badgers swept the season series with the Broncos Friday night at home with a 56-52 victory. The local boys improved to 3-9 in the Southern Lakes Conference and 3-17 overall. Badger previously beat Union Grove back on Jan. 21 in a 68-55 overtime thriller. The Broncos dropped to 6-6 in the SLC and 11-9 overall.
Eight grapplers march on to sectionalsFebruary 17, 2011Wilmot — Badger wrestling coach Shane Koehl thought his squad was good enough Saturday at the Wilmot Regional to send 10 individuals to sectionals. When all was said and done, he wasn’t too far off. The Badgers qualified eight of 11 grapplers for this Saturday’s Janesville Craig Sectional, including two regional champions and four others in the top three.