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Things easier for Kingfish the second time around

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KENOSHA — Fog often settles over Simmons Field in the late spring and early summer, but as the Kenosha Kingfish begin their second season in the Northwoods League (7:05 p.m. Tuesday at home against the St. Cloud Rox) there is another thing lingering over the historic ballpark.

A sense of calmness.

This isn’t implying that there was any panic by the players or coaches during the Kingfish’s inaugural 2014 season.

Scanlon a winner at Wilmot Raceway

Jim Scanlon made his first time behind the wheel of a non-winged sprint car a ride to remember.

The Zion, Ill., driver took top honors in the 20-lap feature for the new class to highlight the Saturday night program at the Wilmot Raceway.

Michelau still on the attack at Erskine

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Just call Central graduate Mike Michelau a two-time All-American.

Local briefs: Carthage’s Miller eighth in shot put

Cathage senior Branden Miller capped his collegiate track and field career by placing eighth in the shot put in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships on Saturday at St. Lawrence University’s Merrick-Pinkard Track in Canton, N.Y.

Seeded 10th out of 20 competitors, Miller had a toss of 53 feet, 9 inches and scored one point for the Red Men. He was 12th in the discus on Thursday and 18th in the hammer throw on Friday.

Players ranked in top 50

Kenosha County was well represented in the recently updated boys basketball player rankings by WisSports.net.

In the class of 2016, three local players remained in the top 50 with Shoreland Lutheran’s Lucas Wendt at No. 17, Central’s Ron Hall at No. 39 and Wilmot’s Bobby Brenner at No. 44.

Prep ticker: Central sweeps Union Grove in baseball

BASEBALL

Central 6, Union Grove 5, 8 inn.

Kingfish expect a big second season

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KENOSHA — Simmons Field was like a construction site on Friday afternoon, and Kenosha Kingfish general manager Jake McGhee was the foreman.

All around him, hammers pounded nails, saws whirred and cut and drills spun loudly. McGhee assured staffers that he’d signed for some merchandise. He answered questions and directed traffic with ease. Someone handed him a piece of pulled pork from the new smoker the team will use for concessions, and he sampled it with satisfaction.

Kenosha native Vincent crew chief in Indy 500

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At about 4:30 Sunday morning, Bill Vincent Jr., 33, will roll out of bed to prepare for one of the most important days of his career. The Kenosha native is the crew chief for Team Penske’s No. 22 car and has spent the last month preparing for one of auto racing’s most prestigious events, the Indianapolis 500.

Vincent grew up around racing, has worked for Team Penske for the last 10 years and has been a crew chief since 2006. This season Penske expanded from three cars to four, and Vincent leads the newest crew of driver Simon Pagenaud.

High school ticker: Bradford baseball team edges Badger

BASEBALL

Bradford 5, Lake Geneva Badger 4

College roundup: Humphreys falls in NCAA III tennis

UW-Whitewater junior Jake Humphreys saw his record-setting tennis season come to an end on Friday.

After winning two matches on Thursday, the Tremper graduate lost to fourth-seeded Michael Buxbaum of Johns Hopkins (Md.), 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Individual Championships at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Prep baseball ticker: Bradford clinches SEC title outright

BASEBALL

Bradford 12, Racine Park 4

High school ticker: Hawks second in SEC tennis

BOYS TENNIS

Southeast Conference Tournament

Prep softball ticker: Central clinches SLC title outright

Central 10, Burlington 1

Kira Mickelson, Julia Jester and Kayla Konwent each homered, and Alyssa Hrncar set a single-season school wins record as the visiting Falcons clinched the Southern Lakes Conference title outright. ... Central, ranked No. 1 in Division-1 in the latest state coaches poll, improved to 13-1 in the SLC (22-3 overall). ... Mickelson, Jester and Konwent combined for eight RBI. It was Konwent’s 18th round-tripper of the season. ... Hrncar improved to 19-2, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out 11.

Bradford gets the better of Tremper in softball

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The Bradford softball team is on a roll, and it couldn’t be happening at a better time.

Entering Friday’s regular-season finale at top-ranked Central, the Red Devils have won nine of their last 10 games.

Wilmot grad Hayden All-ACC for Virginia Tech

One of the most feared hitters in the Atlantic Coast Conference, senior first baseman Brendon Hayden became just the fifth Virginia Tech baseball player to earn first-team All-ACC honors, the league announced earlier this week.

The Wilmot graduate joined former Hokies Austin Wates (2010), Andrew Rash (2012), Chad Pinder (2013) and Tyler Horan (2013) in the first-team All-ACC club. Virginia Tech began playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.

College roundup: Humphreys in NCAA III tennis quarterfinals

Tremper graduate Jake Humphreys advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Individual Tennis Tournament after posting victories in the first two rounds of the 32-player singles draw on Thursday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

The UW-Whitewater junior clinched All-America status with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded Adam Krull of Trinity (Texas), then defeated Kai Yuen Leung of Skidmore (N.Y.), 6-3, 6-3, in the Round of 16. He is the program’s first-ever NCAA quarterfinalist in singles play. As a sophomore, Humphreys reached the quarterfinals in doubles playing with Byron Balkin.

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