June 25, 2016
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Kayla Konwent, left, and Alyssa Hrncar, right, are two of three Central softball players along with Chyanne Onstad to be named first-team All-State by the Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association recently. ( BILL SIEL )

Three Falcons first-team All-State in softball

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County teams landed six girls on All-Wisconsin Fastpitch Coaches Association and All-Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association All-State Teams last week.

Leading the way were a trio of Central softball players — seniors Kayla Konwent and Chyanne Onstad and junior Alyssa Hrncar — who were named to the first team.

Wilmot junior Kalyssa Koehn was a second-team pick, while Tremper’s Emilee Nelson was named to the third team.


Torcaso leads by 8 shots in City Open golf

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Former Tremper and Carthage golfer Joe Torcaso has put himself in great position to defend his Men’s City Open title.

After being the Championship Flight runner-up in 2014, Torcaso won his first City Open crown last year by four shots.

Albanese will be missed at Parkside

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My favorite Jonathan Lucroy look-a-like will apparently be leaving Wisconsin before the Milwaukee Brewers’ rumored-to-be-traded catcher does.

I can’t remember if I ever told UW-Parkside sports information director Mark Albanese that he bears a striking resemblance to Lucroy, but if he’s reading this, now he knows.

Hamilton, Skogsbergh and Orr carry Kingfish to victory

The Kenosha Kingfish finally figured out a way to beat the Lakeshore Chinooks, and it wasn’t with the bats.

Kenosha had just three hits on Friday night at Mequon’s Kapco Park, but Alex Hamilton, Bobby Skogsbergh and Ryan Orr combined to stifle the Chinooks in a 2-1 Northwoods League victory to split the two-game series.

Lux collects his first hits as a pro

After collecting his first two professional hits in his first pro appearance as a designated hitter, Indian Trail graduate Gavin Lux enjoyed his first scheduled day off.

Lux’s Los Angeles Dodgers Arizona (Rookie) League team did not play Friday after splitting its first four games. The team resumes play in the short-season circuit at 9 tonight against the Reds’ affiliate at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Ariz.

Breitbach to coach UWP track, cross country

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Thomas Breitbach has been named the head coach of the UW-Parkside men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, athletic director Tamie Falk-Day announced on Friday.

A four-time All-American runner at UW-Eau Claire, Breitbach — a Muskego native— brings several years of coaching experience at the collegiate level in Wisconsin to Parkside.

Sometimes, there is no answer

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The recent ESPN 30 for 30 special on O.J. Simpson has had many people glued to their television sets.

Including me.

Chinooks swim past Kingfish

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A rainout in Rockford on Wednesday night stalled any momentum the Kenosha Kingfish had built.

And on Thursday, host Lakeshore took it right away.

Golf notebook: Local players in state PGA Junior Championship

Seven boys and one girl with Kenosha County connections competed in the Wisconsin PGA Junior Championship on Tuesday and Wednesday at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Brown Deer and Dretzka Park Golf Course in Milwaukee.

In the boys 13-18 overall division that included 245 players, Wilmot junior-to-be Zach Strasser tied for 102nd with a 36-hole hole total of 20-over par 163 (88-75).

Briefs: Rugby Tourney is Saturday

The 18th annual Harborfest 7s Rugby Tournament is Saturday at Kennedy Park.

Men’s and women’s teams from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota will compete with the first match kicking off at 9 a.m. and the championship at 4 p.m.

Cavs took the long way home

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What another week it’s been in the world of sports.

Cleveland won the NBA Championship Sunday in California and decided to make a pit stop in Las Vegas on its way back to Ohio.

Kingfish game in Rockford rained out

The Kenosha Kingfish had to wait another day for the chance to win consecutive games for the first time since starting the season 3-0.

After defeating the Rockford Rivets 12-6 Tuesday night at Simmons Field, the teams were rained out Wednesday night in Rockford.

Lux named All-American by Baseball America

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Indian Trail graduate Gavin Lux was named to Baseball America’s High School All-America team, the publication revealed on Tuesday.

Lux, a first-round draft pick (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers, is believed to be the first Kenosha County player to garner this award.

Central grad to be inducted into UW-Whitewater Hall of Fame

When Valerie Auseth was inducted into the UW-Whitewater Hall of Fame two years ago, sister Megan LeQuesne (formerly Kerkman) wondered if she would also receive the lofty honor for her softball-playing days with the Warhawks.

“Obviously it’s always in the back of your head, knowing we played together,” LeQuesne said. “She was an All-American and she was outstanding. I was just proud of her. In the back of my mind, I was thinking if it happens, great. If it doesn’t, it’s no skin off my back.”

Golf notes: Engle 1-1 in WSGA Match Play Championship

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Two-time Men’s County Open champion Travis Engle of Kenosha went 1-1 at the Wisconsin State Golf Association Match Play Championship last week at Oconomowoc Golf Club.

Playing out of Bristol Oaks Country Club, Engle shot a 5-over par 75 to earn the No. 52 seed in the 64-player match play field.

Briefs: Rotary Softball accepting registration

The Kenosha Rotary West is accepting applications for its annual softball tournament July 7-10 at Lincoln Park.

The tournament is offering competition in Men’s A Open ($250 entry fee), Men’s B Closed ($250 entry fee, restricted to teams playing Kenosha County leagues) and Women’s ($200, open to any team).

Kingfish net a win over Rivets

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The Kenosha Kingfish sure don’t make it easy on themselves.

Briefs: Parkside adds three soccer players

The UW-Parkside women’s soccer team added three new players Tuesday, coach Brittany Nikolic announced.

The Rangers inked Brooke Munroe, Madison Munroe and Jazmin Castanon, who join the 10 added during the early signing period in February.

Lux in the thick of things in pro baseball debut

Gavin Lux made his professional baseball debut Monday, and although he did not get a hit, it was still an eventful night for the recent Indian Trail graduate.

Lux, the top draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 9, helped his Arizona Rookie League Dodgers defeat the White Sox, 8-7, in Glendale, Ariz., by scoring two runs and driving in another.

A couple of good-news stories

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Whether it’s about a body found in a car by 52nd Street, a mass shooting in Orlando, corrupt and/or crazy politicians, terrorism in Paris, etc., local, national and world news much too often involves evil people or is at the very least depressing.

It’s no different in sports. How many times have you read or heard about an academic scandal or a player being arrested for whatever off-field crime, suspended for using PEDs or just fleeing a team for a bigger contract elsewhere? I’ve lost count.

Chinooks sweep by Kingfish

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At the end of a long day that must’ve seemed like an entire week given the way his team played on Monday, Kenosha Kingfish manager Duffy Dyer understandably wasn’t in much of a talking mood.

The frustration on his face and sharply raised tone in his voice, though, conveyed far more than his brief comments.

Local briefs: Stouffer, Zamudio in WBCA All-Star game

Indian Trail’s Jeremy Stouffer and Tremper’s Christian Zamudio were selected to play for the East team in the 33rd annual Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-Star Classic at Oshkosh North’s EJ Schneider Field on Friday and Saturday.

The event involves some of the top 72 seniors in the state, with squads divided by regions into four teams: North (Green Bay/Fox Valley area), East (Milwaukee area), South (Madison area) and West (La Crosse/Stevens Point/Eau Claire area).

Serving a higher purpose

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Team sports are the coming together of a group to achieve a goal.

Sometimes, though, that goes beyond the field.

How much is too much?

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The end of a long school year signals the start of a much-needed break from the chaos for students, teachers and coaches alike.

But it is really a break? If you look at it closely, the next several weeks can hardly be seen as a vacation for student-athletes.

Big ninth gets Kingfish by Loggers

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The Kenosha Kingfish scored three times in the top of the ninth inning Sunday to beat the La Crosse Loggers, 9-6.

Kenosha (8-12) took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the seventh but the Loggers (12-8) answered with a run in the bottom of the frame.

Lux nets coaches top honor

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It would be hard to get this one wrong.

The Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association has named recent Indian Trail graduate Gavin Lux as the Division-1 state baseball player of the year.

Not just hanging around

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PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Former Wisconsin star and current Houston Rockets small forward Sam Dekker hosted his first-ever basketball camp on Saturday and Sunday at the RecPlex.

Awards roll in for Humphreys

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The Humphreys family in Kenosha can boast a pair of All-American tennis players in their ranks.

Senior Jake Humphrey and his sister Megan, both Tremper graduates, each earned that honor for their efforts at UW-Whitewater.

Savaglio makes his mark at Valpo

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Former Bradford boys tennis standout Michael Savaglio recently put the finishing touches on an impressive collegiate career.

And that was both on the court and in the classroom as well.

Late homer sinks Kingfish

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The goal of winning back-to-back games remains an elusive one for the Kenosha Kingfish.

A night after edging the Wisconsin Woodchucks in a one-run affair, the Kingfish were done in by a solo homer from the La Crosse Loggers’ Garrett Zech in the bottom of the seventh in a 4-3 Northwoods League defeat at Copeland Park in La Crosse on Saturday night.

NBA Finals something to enjoy

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Does Michael Jordan’s perfect NBA Finals record mean that LeBron James must always rank below His Airness in the “Greatest of All-Time” conversation?

Would these Golden State Warriors beat the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls?

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