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Central: State power

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Top-ranked Central probably won’t be the only Kenosha County softball team getting some attention this season.

In addition to the Falcons, Bradford, St. Joseph, Tremper and Wilmot head into the season with plenty of promise based on their performances last season.

With the season starting today, here is a look at Kenosha County’s softball teams:

Monday’s college ticker: Carthage baseball sweeps

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BASEBALLCarthage 12, North Park 1

Carthage 13, North Park 5

In for a big year

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If the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association preseason polls are any indication, the 2015 season could end up being a successful one for several Kenosha County high school teams.

Four Division-1 squads — Wilmot (No. 6), Indian Trail (No. 12), Tremper (No. 15) and Bradford (No. 19) — are ranked in the WBCA’s preseason top 25 poll, and St. Joseph is ranked No. 6 in Division-3.

College ticker

BASEBALLUW-Parkside 7, Bellarmine 1

Bellarmine 3, UW-Parkside 1Behind another strong start from freshman left-hander Tyler Jandron in the opener, Parkside was able to secure a split of its Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader in Louisville, Ky. ... Jandron (2-0), coming off a nine-inning five-hitter in his last start on March 21, allowed five hits and one earned run in seven innings with four walks and seven strikeouts. ... Joe Plaud followed by pitching two 1-2-3 innings. ... Darius Hampton (3-for-3, three runs), Zach Thompson (2-for-3, two runs), AJ Kaprelian (1-for-3, three RBI), Nick Janssen (2-for-4, three RBI, run) and Taylor Higgins (2-for-3, RBI) sparked UWP’s 13-hit attack ... Janssen broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run triple in the fourth, the start of six unanswered Rangers’ runs. ... Parkside (5-8, 4-6 GLVC) mustered only two hits in the seven-inning second game. ... Kaprelian hit a leadoff single and Janssen walked to start the sixth, but Bellarmine’s Austin Warner (2-3) retired the next three hitters, with Kaprelian scoring Parkside’s only run on a wild pitch. ... Josh Serio (2-2) took the loss after giving up five hits and three runs (one earned) in four innings. He walked two and struck out four.

Local battle for walleye heats up

Walleye fever was so hot last week that if you are reading this now, you will most likely be waiting in line to launch your boat at a number of early favorite walleye spots on state rivers.

Tim Wojnicz said large crowds are expected in De Pere on the Fox River. You will also find many fishermen below the power dams along the lower Wisconsin River from Nekoosa south to Prairie du Sac and at areas below lock and dams on the Mississippi River at pools No. 7 and 8.

Galloway returns with a vengeance

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Taking a year off from basketball to get his academics in order didn’t seem to hurt Justyn Galloway one bit.

Seymour cruises to his best indoor 3,200 time

Bradford senior Scott Seymour recorded his best indoor time in the 3,200-meter run in the 17-team Racine Track and Field Invitational on Saturday at UW-Parkside’s Petretti Fieldhouse

Seymour’s first-place time of 9 minutes, 42.46 seconds bettered his time of 9:48.16 at last week’s Lake Michigan Invitational. He finished 27 seconds ahead of runner-up Evan Siira of Oak Creek (10:09.52).

Marescalco and Martin into bowling Hall of Fame

KENOSHA — The late Bob Marescalco and Jerry Martin will be the 52nd and 53rd bowlers, respectively, inducted into the Kenosha Bowling Association Hall of Fame when the organization holds its Hall of Fame dinner Sunday night at the Fireside Restaurant and Lounge (2801 30th Ave.).

Tickets are $25 and on sale at Guttormsen Recreation Center, Sheridan Lanes and Surfside Bowl.

Saturday’s college ticker

BASEBALL

Carthage opened its College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schedule Saturday with a 2-1 victory over North Park at the Holmgren Athletic Complex in Chicago. ... Carthage (10-2 overall) scored twice in the second inning on consecutive sacrifice flies by Matt Rave and Tyler Meseberg. ... North Park (10-7, 0-1 CCIW) cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth when Mitchell Jordan scored on a balk. ... Carthage starter Josh Daniels (2-0) allowed five hits and one earned run in six innings with seven walks and six strikeouts. ... Chris Pedrak scattered one hit over the final three scoreless innings to earn his third save. ... Rave and Reed Hero each went 2-for-3 to lead Carthage’s seven-hit attack. ... The teams will play a doubleheader starting at noon Sunday at Carthage’s Augie Schmidt Field.

Saturday’s briefs: Bradford to host wrestling fundraiser

A pizza and game night fundraiser will be held Monday night inside the Bradford High School cafeteria to benefit the Little Red Hot Wrestling Club and Bradford wrestling program.

Individual tickets are $10 at the door and enable each person to eat pizza and have one free beverage from 6 to 8 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m.

Riauka sets record in All-Star game

Ziggy Riauka was having so much fun he didn’t even know he tied a record.

Riauka, who just finished a stellar four-year career for the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team, tied a National Association of Basketball Coaches/Reese’s NCAA Division II All-Star Game record with 13 rebounds on Friday night at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

Friday’s college ticker

TRACK AND FIELD

The UW-Parkside men’s and women’s track and field teams opened competition Friday at the two-day Oliver Nikoloff Invitational in Cincinnati, Ohio. ... The Parkside men are fourth out of eight teams that scored with 11 points. ... Parkside senior Evan Lewandowski finished fourth in the 10,000-meter run in 30 minutes, 55.28 seconds. ... In the hammer throw, Parkside’s Dustin Feltner (138 feet, 7 inches), Mario Blanquel (135-6) and Kyle Kling (135-05) each scored by placing sixth through eighth, respectively.... Parkside’s women’s squad wasn’t among the nine teams that scored Friday, but the Rangers only competed in one event. ... Jasmine Anderson (88-6) and Kess Ryan (87-9) finished 17th and 18th, respectively, in the hammer throw.

Central softball team ranked No. 1

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To conclude Friday’s practice, Central softball co-coach Tom Lampe had his players sit down and relive a memory that was both joyful and painful.

The Falcons spent about an hour watching a breakdown of their WIAA Division-1 State Tournament title game against Kimberly last season. Parts of watching that epic game, which went 15 innings and was the longest in State Tournament history, had to bring back fond memories.

Friday’s briefs: First Pitch event Saturday at Lynch

The Kenosha Kingfish will host a First Pitch event from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Lynch Chevrolet on Highway 50.

The free event is open to the public and will include ballpark food and soda.

Briefs: CLS’ Taylor tabbed first-team All-MCC

Christian Life basketball player Nickie Taylor was one of eight players named first-team All-Midwest Classic Conference by the league coaches recently.

The 5-foot-8 senior averaged 14.2 points in conference play.

Riauka in All-Star Game tonight

Ziggy Riauka will suit up one more time as a collegian tonight when he competes for the West in the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ 2015 Reese’s NCAA Division II College All-Star game at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

The game is scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.

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