Big moment in Big House for Epping, Gophers


Four years ago, Tremper graduate Zac Epping made his first collegiate start for the University of Minnesota football team in front of more than 100,000 people at Michigan Stadium.

That may sound like a dream scenario for a young football player, getting your first start at the fabled “Big House.”

The whopping that ensued, however, was more of a nightmare.

VBALL: Tremper sweeps Sabers in SEC tilt

The Tremper girls volleyball team left no question as to who the best team in the Southeast Conference is on Tuesday night.

In a battle for the league lead, host Tremper swept Franklin 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 to improve to 5-0 in the SEC.

SOCCER: Trojans blank Park 4-0

With a 4-0 Southeast Conference victory over Racine Park on Tuesday night at Ameche Field, the Tremper soccer team has now held its opponents scoreless for the last 293 minutes.

“Our defenders (Jake Lein, Sam Vecchitto, Ethan Johnson, Mitch Thornton) are huge reasons why,” Tremper coach Chris Tindall said. “They’ve been tremendously solid of late. That being said, (Andrew) Uttech has come up big on several occasions to keep the streak in tact. Tonight was no exception. He made a couple of stellar saves with the game on the line.”

PREPS: I.T. swimming bests Bradford

The Indian Trail swimming team won every event in downing Bradford 140-34 in a Southeast Conference dual at the Kenosha YMCA. ... Shelby Haines contributed to four victories. She won the 100 and freestyles and was part of the victorious 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay teams. ... Results are on the Scoreboard, page B4.

Indian Trail 6, Wilmot 1

NOTES: UWP women up to 11th in NSCAA poll

The UW-Parkside women’s soccer team keeps posting shutouts and rising in the national rankings.

In the wake of two shutouts, the Rangers were ranked 11th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association Division II poll, which was released on Monday. Coach Troy Fabiano’s team was also ranked second in the Midwest Region poll behind Grand Valley State (Mich.), which is ranked third nationally.

COLLEGE: UW-Parkside golf finishes 18th at Midwest Fall Regional

The UW-Parkside men’s golf team finished 18th at 43-over 619 (309-310) after Tuesday’s final round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Fall Regional at Harborside International’s Port Regional Course in Chicago.

Malone University placed first in the 34-team field at 14-over 590 (291-299).

BRIEFS: Golf regionals on Wednesday’s slate

All five Kenosha County girls golf teams will begin the WIAA postseason today.

Bradford, Tremper and Indian Trail will compete in a Division-1 regional at Muskego Lakes Golf Course at 9 a.m., while Central and Wilmot will tee it up at the same time in a Division-1 regional at Ives Grove Golf Links in Sturtevant.

Falcons start fast, but falter vs. Demons


PADDOCK LAKE — On Tuesday night, Central battled Burlington for the first game at least.

The Demons were No. 1 in last week’s Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Division-1 poll and will likely still be there after blowing out Central 25-27, 25-14, 25-6, 25-8 in Paddock Lake.

Athlete of the Week: Alexio Rosales


‘Gardy’ from the archives: ‘Kenosha was great to us’

In a 1997 article in the Kenosha News, Ron Gardenhire, then a first base coach for the Minnesota Twins, looked upon Kenosha as a big part of his development. He guided the Kenosha Twins to a 81-59 record in 1988 in his first professional job as a manager.

“It was my first year as a manager, and I had a ball and learned a lot,” Gardenhire said. “(Kenosha Twins’ President and General Manger) Bob Lee still is a good friend. He made things easy for us down there and was a great general manager.’’

PREPS: Bradford boys v-ball 2-for-2

The Bradford boys volleyball team went 2-0 in the Tremper Triangular on Monday.

The Red Devils (8-5) defeated the host Trojans, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-23, then swept South Milwaukee, 25-10, 25-12, 25-20.

COLLEGE: Perez, Wright secure weekly awards

UW-Parkside goalkeeper and Tremper product Marcos Perez was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.

Perez, a business management major, led the Rangers (4-4 overall, 2-4 GLVC) to a pair of conference road victories over the weekend, collecting a total of 19 saves.

BRIEFS: Central girls v-ball hosts No. 1 team

Top-ranked Burlington will face Central in a girls volleyball match tonight.

The Southern Lakes Conference showdown starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Central High School gymnasium, 24617 75th Street in Paddock Lake.

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No. 17 Wisconsin looking to start faster


MADISON (AP) — Although Wisconsin’s potent offense eventually has shifted into gear during three consecutive victories, the 17th-ranked Badgers may not be able to wait until the second half to get going when they open their Big Ten schedule at Northwestern.

Wisconsin (3-1) is ranked No. 3 in the nation in rushing with 343.3 yards per game, and the Badgers’ average of 7.04 yards per carry is the best in the country. Wisconsin, however, has not won at Ryan Field since 1999 and is facing a Northwestern defense that’s allowed just 13 points in its last two games, including a 29-6 victory at Penn State last Saturday.

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