December 10, 2016
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DeAndre Johns breaks Nick Van Exel's scoring record during the St. Joseph Catholic Academy vs. Burlington Catholic Memorial basketball game on Friday, December 9, 2016. ( BRIAN PASSINO )

Johns sets a new mark


Few people, if any, would disagree that Nick Van Exel is the greatest boys basketball player in St. Joseph history, if not all of Kenosha County.

But one fact can’t be disputed: Van Exel is no longer the Lancers’ all-time leading scorer.

Tremper girls pull away to top Indian Trail


It has been an up-and-down opening few weeks for Tremper’s girls basketball team and Friday’s 61-47 victory over host Indian Trail showcased some of the Trojans’ early-season troubles.

After scoring just 21 points in the first half, Tremper (4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Southeast Conference) erupted for 40 second-half points to put away the pesky Hawks (2-3, 0-2).

ITA boys hold off Tremper

A near-capacity crowd at Indian Trail’s gymnasium got their money’s worth while witnessing the Hawks’ Southeast Conference clash with visiting Tremper on Friday.

The Hawks held on for a 79-78 victory despite the Trojans having a pair of opportunities to steal the win bounce off the rim in the closing seconds.

Johns taking his place alongside Van Exel


Nick Van Exel poured in a lot of points during his tenure with the St. Joseph boys basketball team.

DeAndre Johns’ career has put him in legendary company.

Rangers win first


The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team is winless no more.

The Rangers snapped their seven-game losing streak to open the season with an 83-39 non-conference victory over Trinity Christian on Thursday night at DeSimone Gymnasium in Somers.

Another crazy week in sports world


Another week, another bunch of you’ve-got-to-be-kidding stories.

The New York Jets decided to bench quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, and head coach Todd Bowles addressed the move to the media Monday night.

Kaelber leads Reds to win


Indian Trail graduate Madie Kaelber scored a team-high 22 points in leading the Carthage women’s basketball team to an 82-69 College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin victory over Carroll on Wednesday night at Tarble Arena.

A freshman guard, Kaelber made 8-of-16 field goals, including three 3-pointers, and 3-of-4 free throws while tallying at least 14 points for the sixth consecutive game.

Rally lifts Red Men


It’s only two games into the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin schedule, but the Carthage men’s basketball team certainly turned a few heads Wednesday night.

The Red Men outscored host North Central, ranked ninth nationally by, 54-43 in the second half and pulled off an 85-75 upset victory.

Boys basketball roundup: Bradford triumphs at Wilmot

Marshaun Bell’s career night led the Bradford boys basketball team to a big non-conference win on Tuesday night.

Bell scored a career-high 36 points — all in the post according to Bradford coach Greg Leech — as the Red Devils surged in the second half for an 83-77 win at Wilmot.

Girls basketball roundup: Wilmot tops Racine Prairie

Delaney Sjong scored a game-high 15 points, and Devin Coleman added 12 as the visiting Wilmot girls basketball team defeated Racine Prairie 51-39 in a non-conference game Tuesday night.

Sjong also led the Panthers (4-1) with seven rebounds and three assists.

Kenosha gymnastics team returns some talent


It had been 10 years since the Kenosha Combined gymnastics team even qualified for state, so as much as the squad wanted to win the championship last season, taking second was nothing to complain about.

“We set our goal to make state because it’s been so long,” coach Nikki Cooper said. “So yeah, it was pretty successful, I would say.”

One for the road


Michael Roach took us up on our offer to comment on Mike McKay, who recently stepped down as Indian Trail football coach to take a job in Illinois.

Roach played for McKay at Indian Trail before taking a scholarship at Wofford College.

College notebook: Red Men hit the road to play No. 9 North Central


The Carthage men’s basketball team faces a big test Wednesday night when it travels to Naperville, Ill., to play North Central — ranked ninth in the latest poll — in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin affair at 7 p.m.

The Cardinals are 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCIW after opening conference play with an 84-75 home win over 16th-ranked Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday.

Briefs: Lux to host baseball camp

Los Angeles Dodgers prospect and Indian Trail graduate Gavin Lux will host a camp for players in grades 3-8 and high school on Sunday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Athletic Republic, 4211 Green Bay Road.

The cost is $106.48 per player.

UW-Parkside men’s basketball team at home Tuesday night


The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team will play Saint Xavier (Ill.) in a non-conference game at 7 Tuesday night at the DeSimone Gymnasium in Somers.

The Rangers (6-1) have won six in a row since their season-opening loss to Northern Michigan on Nov. 12.

College Football Playoff needs work


Whether it’s college basketball or football, it seems like those in charge of setting up each of the post-season tournament always has a struggle getting it right.

And it doesn’t matter if either field is expanded to include more teams, there’s always going to be someone who feels left out.

Local briefs: Ballers repeat as IBA champions

The Kenosha Ballers semi-pro team defeated the Milwaukee Falcons 117-98 Sunday afternoon at the Boys & Girls Club to win its second consecutive Independent Basketball Association championship.

Thomas Cobbs led the Ballers with 31 points, and Devron Bostick scored 30.

County grads’ teams receive bids


In addition to Wisconsin receiver/Tremper graduate Jazz Peavy (Cotton Bowl Classic), two other Kenosha County graduates’ college football teams will go bowling over the next month.

Bradford graduate Graham Bullmore’s Northwestern Wildcats (6-6) will face Pittsburgh (8-4) in the Pinstripe Bowl on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. at Yankee Stadium in New York.

Time for a recount


The “dream” scenario for any losing candidate who requests a recount is to gain enough additional votes and/or have enough votes discarded to reverse the election’s result.

With recounts dominating the news lately, it got me thinking, “Wouldn’t it be great if fans could request recounts and somehow have the results of their favorite sports teams be overturned?”

Carthage men take league opener over Millikin

It’s still early, but Carthage men’s basketball coach Bosko Djurickovic already sees a troubling trend — but he knows it can be fixed.

Carthage stormed out to a 21-point halftime lead in its College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin opener against Millikin on Saturday, but cooled off considerably in the second half before it finally pulled away for a 70-59 win at Tarble Arena.

Prep ticker: Thunder hockey team loses


Waunakee 6, Kenosha Unified 4

Women’s basketball roundup: Carthage wins CCIW opener

A dominating first quarter led the Carthage women’s basketball team to a 96-80 victory over Millikin in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Tarble Arena.

Carthage (4-3), which shot a blistering 51.9 percent (14-of-27) from 3-point range in the game, used a 25-10 opening frame and never looked back. The Reds capped a 14-0 run with a 3-pointer by Autumn Kalis for an 18-4 lead with 3 minutes, 7 seconds left.

Wrestling roundup: Rangers honor Koch, crown two champions


Tremper graduate James Lehman and Ronzel Darling each won their respective weight classes to highlight the UW-Parkside wrestling team’s performances at the Jim Koch Wisconsin Open it hosted Saturday at the Petretti Fieldhouse in Somers.

No team scores were kept, and Parkside competed in seven of the 10 weight classes.

UW-Parkside dismantles Saint Joseph’s


SOMERS — The UW-Parkside men’s basketball team didn’t do anything particularly awe-inspiring or spectacular on Saturday afternooon.

The Rangers were absolutely methodical, however.

Bowling honors: Beltoya rolls an 855

Rich Beltoya, bowling for Seliga’s Pro Shop No. 1, rolled an 855 series on games of 289, 278 and 288 in the Heyden Classic League at Guttormsen Recreation Center. The 855 series is the highest of the season at GRC.

Also in the Heyden Classic, Keith Garrett, bowling for Lakes Bowl, fired his second 300 game this season to highlight a 731 series.

Indian Trail coach McKay will be missed


As a sports reporter, there’s nobody I enjoy interviewing more than a straight shooter.

And Mike McKay is the definition of a straight shooter.

Three selected for Holy Rosary honor


The cream of the high school athletic crop will be on display when the community gathers for the yearly Holy Rosary Sports Night banquet.

On Saturday, the Holy Rosary Sports Night committee selected Tremper’s Molly O’Boyle and St. Joseph’s Claire Czerwonka as co-winners of the Female Athlete of the Year award. Indian Trail’s Armani Carmickle was selected as the Male Athlete of the Year.

Indian Trail hangs tight with Racine Park before falling


You are what your record is.

That’s a common expression applied to sports teams, but in the case of the Indian Trail boys basketball team it’s also misleading.

Palmer sets UW-Parkside record for 5,000-meter run

Senior Moriah Palmer broke the UW-Parkside school record in the 5,000 meters at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open on Friday in Allendale, Mich.

Palmer, who competed in the opening heat, broke the school record by finishing in 16:45.61. Her time topped the previous school record of 16:47.4 set by Paula Stokman in 1992.

Prep ticker: Lancers, Trojans, Pacers win in girls basketball

St. Joseph 52, Racine Lutheran 44

Michigan State recruit Sidney Cooks poured in 29 points and added 11 rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks as the host Lancers won their Metro Classic Conference opener. ... Morgan Callahan added 11 points and six boards for St. Joseph (1-1), while Niara Collins chipped in seven points.

Red Devils absorb 24-point loss to Oak Creek

OAK CREEK — Chalk this one up as a loss to learn from.

After opening the season with an 82-76 overtime victory against Waukesha North on Monday, the Bradford boys basketball team began Southeast Conference play with a 57-33 drubbing at Oak Creek on Friday.

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