April 07, 2011The 2011 All-Walworth County basketball teams were announced today, and several area stars shone brightly.
None lit up the court more than two offensive juggernauts, Big Foot senior Courtney Spangler and Badger junior Lana Wieseman.
Both were named to the girls first team.
April 07, 2011The Badger baseball squad could go through some growing pains this season.
While seven seniors are back, the boys will miss some of their big guns from last year.
After a 14-11 record and a trip to the regional finals last summer, the Badgers graduated three players who are currently playing college baseball — catcher Colter Beck (Division 3 Cardinal Stritch), shortstop Clint Andresen (Cardinal Stritch) and outfielder Laramie Wieseman (D3 Beloit College). Andresen was a first team all-Southern Lakes Conference pick and led the squad with a .359 batting average. Badger also will miss Jake Hodgeman, an honorable mention all-conference selection who led the team with six home runs and 25 RBIs.
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April 07, 2011Walworth — Annie Isham isn't your typical first-year coach.
It's like she was born to do this job.
Isham has coached the Geneva Lake United Soccer Club for 15 years, including U12 and U14 girls for the last five. So in December, it was only natural when she became the Big Foot/Williams Bay girls soccer coach, a spot vacated by Marcus Nolan.
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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Chiefs will live and die by experience on diamondMarch 31, 2011Walworth ó The Big Foot baseball squad will play the role of underdog this season.Although seven starters are back including all-conference center fielder Mike Kunes and top pitcher Luke Kahl, the Chiefs have been picked by the other division coaches to finish last in the six-team Rock Valley South this season. Thatís just fine with coach Steve Bochat, whose squad ended up in fifth place out of six in the division last year.
Like father, like daughterGirls track looking to repeatMarch 31, 2011The torch has officially been passed. This year, the Badger track program is saying goodbye to longtime boys coach Dave Jaeger. But the Jaeger name isnít going anywhere. Thatís because Daveís daughter, Jenn, is taking over head coaching duties for the Badger girls track squad. With the departure of former head coach DeeDee Giovingo from last yearís squad, the team needed a new leader. When interviewing for a teaching job in January, Jaeger was offered the position as head coach. A former Badger track standout and assistant coach, she was ready for her first head coaching position.
Winning tradition continues for cheer squadMarch 24, 2011Former Badger cheer coach Leslie Abruzzo didnít 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.
Passion lives after brush with deathRau returned to Grand Geneva snowmobile race year after accidentMarch 24, 2011Lyons Township ó 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 Womenís Pro Am event, where she is currently ranked fifth. The bubbling, energetic young woman was all smiles and excited about this yearís competition.After her first heat, Rau was simply glad to finish. Thatís 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.
Badger senior Hovden lands D1 soccer scholarshipMarch 17, 2011First 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 openersMarch 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.
BREAKING: Sabers silence Lady Badgers in regional finalMarch 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.
Badger ready for playoff runMarch 10, 2011The Badger girls basketball squad just couldnít 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 titleMarch 10, 2011Wisconsin Rapids ó 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 couldnít catch up to the Sabers.
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.