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Passion lives after brush with death

Rau returned to Grand Geneva snowmobile race year after accident

March 24, 2011
Lyons Township — Friday almost never happened for Erika Rau. It was the Nielsen Enterprise Finale of the ISOC National SnoCross snowmobile series at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, and the 18-year-old Lawton, Mich. native competed in the Women's Pro Am event, where she is currently ranked fifth. The bubbling, energetic young woman was all smiles and excited about this year's competition. After her first heat, Rau was simply glad to finish. That's because about a year ago, tragedy struck for Rau on this same course, and she is simply happy to be walking, talking and returning to racing.

Winning tradition continues for cheer squad

March 24, 2011
Former Badger cheer coach Leslie Abruzzo didn't need a whole lot of convincing to recommend her successor. After working with the junior varsity cheer squad for a couple weeks last year, Liz Lass made a good case to take over as head coach. Abruzzo believed Lass could take the girls to the next level. Lass, a former cheer coach in Antioch, Ill., lived up to her billing, leading the girls to a third-place finish Feb. 26 at the Division 2 state meet in Green Bay. The tradition continues, as Badger placed in the top three at state for the fourth straight year. The girls took second each of the last three years.
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Eagles soaring above foes

January 20, 2011
Menomonee 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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Sports Check: A semi-pro football tryout

January 20, 2011
Everything 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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Badger senior Hovden lands D1 soccer scholarship
March 17, 2011
First Badger soccer. Then club soccer. Now Division 1 college ball. Last month, Badger senior Justine Hovden, who spent her freshman and sophomore seasons playing for the Badger girls soccer squad, signed a letter of intent to play college soccer in the fall at Division 1 Baylor in Waco, Texas. Hovden spent her junior year playing club soccer and will continue it this spring.
INTERNET EXCLUSIVE: Chiefs upset Parkview, Bay, Faith fall in regional openers
March 10, 2011
Tuesday 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.
BREAKING: Sabers silence Lady Badgers in regional final
March 10, 2011
Franklin -- 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.
Badger ready for playoff run
March 10, 2011
The 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.
Gymnasts nab second at state, just miss title
March 10, 2011
Wisconsin 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.
BREAKING: Catholic Central sends Faith boys home, again
March 03, 2011
Burlington -- 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 openers
March 03, 2011
Tuesday 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 podium
March 03, 2011
Madison — 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 Madison
200 freestyle relay has best finish, shaves significant time off sectional mark
February 24, 2011
Madison — 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 scores
February 24, 2011
Madison -- 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.
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