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Rangers’ success grew from humble beginning

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SOMERS — The turnaround didn’t start with a miracle.

It didn’t start with a halfcourt buzzer-beater, a watershed upset over a highly ranked opponent or a nationally lauded transfer giving the program a short-term lease on winning.

The turnaround started where nobody else saw it, in the sweat and the work and the rigors of practice. It started with members of the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team coming to practice day after day during a miserable season, refusing to slack off or give up despite the work yielding nothing but loss after loss after loss.

Carthage men win in volleyball

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Seventh-ranked Carthage swept Dominican (Ill.) 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 in a Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League match Wednesday night at Tarble Arena.

Scotty Adamczyk led the Red Men (7-4, 5-0 MCVL) with 13 kills, eight digs and a .250 hitting percentage, while Jon Storm added 12 kills and seven digs and Ricky Figueroa tallied 40 assists.

Parkside women play GLVC East champs

The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team saved its toughest test of the regular season for last.

The Rangers, winners of 14 of their last 15 games, will face second-ranked and Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division champion Lewis (26-1, 16-1) at 5:30 Thursday night at DeSimone Gymnasium in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Hawks’ Rodriguez headlines local wrestlers in state meet

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KENOSHA — After a stellar showing at the WIAA Division-1 sectional on Saturday, Indian Trail junior Jose Rodriguez heads to the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday for the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Championships.

Rodriguez is one of 12 locals heading to Madison. His first match is at 3 p.m. against Baraboo junior Zachary Raymond, who is 39-12.

Local athletes ready to wrestle at state

Here is a look at the local athletes competing in the 72nd annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison:

Mason French, Tremper, 106 pounds

Wednesday’s briefs: Indian Trail at Racine Case

The Indian Trail boys basketball team can snare a share of the Southeast Conference title Thursday night.

The Hawks, in second place by a game, play at SEC-leading Racine Case at 7 p.m.

Parkside men take on Lewis

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What: Parkside (24-2, 16-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference) vs. Lewis (20-6, 12-5)

Panthers skate past Comets

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WILMOT — Frequently making 5-for-5 substitutions, the Wilmot girls basketball team resembled a hockey team on Tuesday night.

Local briefs: Logan nets CCIW recognition

Donte Logan was the lone Carthage men’s basketball player to be named All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin when the league released the annual honors Tuesday.

A senior guard from Evanston, Ill., Logan was part of the five-player second team.

25 is Parkside’s magic number

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SOMERS — There’s a lot at stake when the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team hosts Lewis in the regular-season finale at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the DeSimone Gymnasium.

Waynes dashes for cash at combine

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Trae Waynes won $100,000 on Monday.

Web extra: Gavin was robbed

SOMERS — When asked if he wanted to go on the record over his dissatisfaction with the most recent GLVC Player of the Week award, UW-Parkside men’s basketball coach Luke Reigel didn’t hold back.

The conference gave the award to Missouri-St. Louis senior forward Aareon Smith on Monday, and Reigel felt that Parkside junior guard Jimmy Gavin was robbed.

Gordon: Combine ‘was a great experience’

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The NFL scouting combine is a test of body and mind.

It is as much a physical showcase as it is a mental marathon and Kenosha native Melvin Gordon ran the gauntlet of tests at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis last week.

Tip-off time!

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Here is a look at tonight’s WIAA regional quarterfinal girls basketball games involving Kenosha County teams as the postseason gets underway:

Local briefs: St. Joseph girls drop to ninth in AP poll

The St. Joseph girls basketball team dropped two spots to No. 9 in Division-4 in the final Associated Press state poll released on Monday.

The Lancers (18-4) received 18 points.

Monday’s prep ticker

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St. Joseph 70, Milwaukee School of Languages 52

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