April 21, 2011Williams Bay — Back in January, when the American Cancer Society contacted Williams Bay softball coach Jeff Kuespert about hosting a Coaches vs. Cancer game, his answer was a no-brainer — yes.
This particular cause hit home for Kuespert, whose father-in-law died from cancer in December. So Kuespert reached out to Big Foot softball coach Craig Utesch, who also jumped on board.
This year's Big Foot-Bay tilt will mean something more than the annual rivalry. On Monday, April 25, the Bay will host Big Foot in a Coaches vs. Cancer game at 4:30 p.m. at Williams Bay High School.
April 21, 2011Walworth — After starting the season with two losses, the Badger girls soccer squad is righting its ship.
Saturday at Big Foot at the Rock Valley/Southern Lakes challenge, despite some bizarre weather conditions, the Badgers picked up shutout victories over Big Foot and East Troy. Badger (4-2 overall) has now won four straight games, including shutouts in its last three. Ross Fowler is proud of his team.
"The girls are really buying into our style," he said. "They are possessing the ball and finishing opportunities. And freshman goalie Autumn Mikrut, for never playing goalie before, has been outstanding. She is playing with a lot of confidence."
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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Chief golfers ready to reignApril 14, 2011Walworth ó Last year was a good one for the Big Foot boys golf squad. The guys took second in the Rock Valley South Conference and advanced to sectionals. While last year was good, this spring is shaping up to be great for Big Foot.
Badger netters fully loadedApril 14, 2011At last yearís Southern Lakes boys tennis meet, Badger missed out on the conference title by one measly point to Waterford. Coach Marty Badt and his players havenít forgotten about that day. With plenty of experience back, including three state qualifiers, Badtís bunch is ready for big things this season. ďThe conference meet left a bitter taste in our mouths last year,Ē said Badt, now in his seventh season. ďWe have a chip on our shoulder this year to make sure it doesnít come down to one point. This is one of the deeper, stronger teams Iíve had in a long time.Ē
BREAKING: Spangler, Wieseman land first-team honors on all-county squadApril 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.
New coach Isham ready to winApril 07, 2011Walworth ó Annie Isham isnít your typical first-year coach. Itís 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.
Badger boys must replace big namesApril 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 ó 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.
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.