April 23, 2017
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A black polyurethane track circles the field at Mary D. Bradford Stadium. ( KENOSHA NEWS PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Taking the long way home

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mjohnson@kenoshanews.com

Mark Aslakson has been waiting 43 years for an outdoor “home game.”

The lengthy road trip finally ends today.


Home runs power Red Men to twinbill sweep

It was the Rodgers and Rave Show on Saturday.

Ryan Rodgers and Matt Rave hit home runs to lead the Carthage baseball team to a doubleheader sweep over Carroll, 4-3 in 11 innings and 5-2, at Augie Schmidt Field.

UWP falls to .500 in conference play

Nate Stolte deserved a better fate Saturday.

The UW-Parkside pitcher lowered his team-best earned run average to 1.64 after allowing just two hits in seven innings, exiting with a 2-1 lead against Illinois Springfield. But the Prairie Stars rallied for a 7-1 win and then swept the doubleheader by winning Game 2, 8-1, at Oberbruner Field.

Solid efforts

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The Central and Wilmot softball teams — ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, in Division-1 in the latest WisSports.net state coaches poll — each went 2-1 on Saturday in the Western Kenosha County Invitational held at both Wilmot and Central.

Each team won its first and third games, sandwiched around a loss in the middle.

Prep roundup: Demons push past Wilmot baseball

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Each team managed only three hits as defending WIAA Division-1 state champion Burlington defeated host Wilmot, 5-2, in a Southern Lakes Conference baseball game Friday.

Wilmot (3-3, 2-3 SLC) led 2-1 through four innings before Burlington scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take control.

High school baseball: Hawks strong in Florida finale

Indian Trail’s trip to Florida ended better than it started.

The Hawks’ baseball team wrapped up their four-game trip to Orlando, Fla., by winning twice Thursday at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex after losing their first two outings.

Locals shine at ‘Z’ Invitational

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The high school track season isn’t quite heating up just yet, but don’t tell that to a number of county athletes who stood out at Thursday’s Central “Z” Invitational.

Central finished second among the girls with 115 points, while Wilmot was second among the boys with 178.

Moving forward

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Gavin Lux got a promotion on Wednesday, and it’ll bring him closer to home than he’s been so far in his young professional career.

Lux, selected in the first round (20th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers in last June’s MLB Draft after a standout career at Indian Trail, was assigned to the Great Lakes Loons of the Midwest League. Great Lakes is the Dodgers’ Class-A (Low) affiliate and is based out of Midland, Mich.

Shoreland Lutheran defeats St. Thomas More in soccer

With the teams doing all their scoring in the first half, the Shoreland Lutheran girls soccer team defeated St. Thomas More, 2-1, in a Metro Classic Conference match Wednesday night in Somers.

Shoreland (4-1 overall, 3-0 MCC) got tallies from Mary Kate Stanich in the 11th minute and Abby Krause in the 18th.

Herron nets another CCIW weekly honor

For the third week in a row, Carthage senior Katie Herron was named the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Softball Pitcher of the Week, it was announced on Tuesday.

Herron, a native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., went 3-0 with 16 strikeouts and a 0.82 earned run average for the Reds last week, including a five-inning no-hitter in an 8-0 win in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader against Ripon at Carthage on Saturday.

Awe takes the reins at Central

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There are two ways to view taking over a powerhouse program after it’s been led by a wildly successful head coach over a long period of time.

On one hand, you have big shoes to fill.

Red Devils off to a perfect start

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The Bradford softball team remained unbeaten with a 7-2 non-conference win at Burlington on Wednesday.

The Red Devils (5-0) got all the offense they’d need with a two-out, four-run rally in the first inning.

Reds win 13th game in a row

It’s 13 and counting for the Carthage softball team.

The Reds swept a doubleheader from North Central, 6-1 and 3-0, Tuesday in Naperville, Ill., to increase their winning streak to 13 games — one shy of the school record set in 2003.

Gilbert powers Falcons

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Catcher Garrett Gilbert delivered big-time for the Central baseball team on Tuesday.

Gilbert blasted a two-run, opposite field home run in the top of the fifth and another opposite-field shot in the sixth that put the Falcons ahead for good in an 8-7 Southern Lakes Conference win at Waterford.

Central continues roll vs. Wilmot

dboehler@kenoshanews.com

WILMOT — Kayla Konwent graduated and Alyssa Hrncar is hurt.

Locals excel in Wisconsin PGA Spring Pro-Pro

Several golfers with area ties competed in the Wisconsin PGA Spring Pro-Pro event Monday at the Beloit Club.

Connor Reeves, an assistant professional at The Club at Strawberry Creek, and Justin Goosen of Autumn Ridge Golf Club in Valders teamed up for a 5-under par 67 (35-32) and tied for fifth out of 57 two-man teams that played a best ball format.

Local sports briefs: Christian Life soccer wins in a rout

The host Christian Life girls soccer team routed Milwaukee South, 12-0, in a non-conference match Monday afternoon.

Arianah Cancino led the Eagles in points with two goals and two assists, while Julia Arteri and Naomi Driver added two goals apiece.

UWP softball splits doubleheader

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After losing the first game, 8-5, the UW-Parkside softball team blanked Saint Xavier (Ill.), 7-0, to salvage a non-conference doubleheader split Monday at the Case Complex in Somers.

Carly Dundee (10-13) needed only 78 pitches to hurl a complete-game, four-hitter with no walks and two strikeouts in the Rangers’ win, which gave her double-digit victories for the first time in her college career.

College baseball roundup: Rangers split twinbill in Indy; Carthage falls twice

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The UW-Parkside baseball team capped a rather successful weekend with a doubleheader split at No. 11 Indianapolis on Saturday.

Junior Andrew Luscomb, a Bradford graduate, had two hits — including a home run — and drove in four runs in a 21-11 win in Game 2 to give the Rangers a 3-1 weekend record against the Greyhounds.

College roundup: UWP’s Gray etches his name in track record book

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UW-Parkside junior Rhashad Gray put his name in the record books on Saturday.

Gray blistered the 200-meter dash field with a time of 21.24 seconds at the Benedictine Relays in Lisle, Ill., tying a school record in the event.

Gendron’s complete game lifts Wilmot

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Wilmot’s Kyle Gendron and Bradford’s Isaac Lawler engaged in an old-fashioned pitcher’s duel on Saturday afternoon in a non-conference game at Wilmot.

In the end, it was Gendron who got the runs he needed without yielding any himself in the Panthers’ 2-0 victory.

Prep roundup: Trojans blast past Panthers

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The Tremper baseball team made it 2-0 both overall and in the Southeast Conference on the young season with a 14-4, six-inning win over Racine Park at Andy Smith Field on Friday.

Jordan Smith drove in four runs for the Trojans, including a three-run double in the bottom of the sixth that ended the game via the 10-run rule, and Eddie Makar doubled and scored three runs.

Parkside baseball sweeps No. 11 Indianapolis

Redshirt sophomore pitcher Nate Stolte, junior pitcher Max Widmar and senior catcher Jake Kolasinski all had a Friday to remember for the UW-Parkside baseball team.

Stolte and Widmar combined for a shutout in Game 1, then Kolasinski smashed a grand slam and drove in a career-high seven runs in Game 2 as the Rangers notched a big Great Lakes Valley Conference doubleheader sweep of 11th-ranked Indianapolis by scores of 5-0 and 16-3 at Greyhound Park in Indianapolis.

Cooks shines in Jordan Classic

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Sidney Cooks was in New York City this week for her final game against high school competition.

Before returning home, however, the St. Joseph senior had one more high-school related piece of business to tend to after competing in the Jordan Brand Classic National Girls Game Friday evening at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

College softball: Reds’ Herron pitches no-hitter

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The Carthage softball team is running hot, and senior pitcher Katie Herron delivered a signature moment in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader against Ripon at Carthage on Friday.

Herron fired the second no-hitter of her career and the 23rd in program history in an 8-0, five-inning win. The Reds won the second game 9-1 in five innings to improve to 20-8 and run their winning streak to 11 games, the third-longest in school history.

Carthage baseball earns a split vs. Elmhurst

The Carthage College baseball team rebounded from a blown lead in the first game (a 7-6 loss) to record a blowout in the second (a 13-3 win) — highlighted by two homers, including a grand slam, from shortstop Jordan Wiegold — and earn a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin doubleheader split with Elmhurst at Augie Schmidt Field.

Carthage is now 13-11 overall and 6-5 in the CCIW, while Elmhurst is 13-10 and 7-3.

Red Men volleyball bows out of MCVL tourney

The Carthage men’s volleyball team had its Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League Tournament run come to an abrupt end on Friday night.

And now its season may be in the same scenario, too.

Local briefs: Kenosha Kingfish add Big Ten duo

The Kenosha Kingfish announced the signing of Purdue freshman infielder Mike Madej and Nebraska sophomore catcher Jesse Wilkening to its 2017 roster on Wednesday.

Madej, a native of Manhattan, Ill., has started all 32 games for the Boilermakers. The switch-hitter is batting .228 with six doubles, a triple, one home run and 16 RBI.

On campus: Bowlers aiming for strong finish

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dtruttschel@kenoshanews.com

It’s been a year since former Kenosha residents Amber and Steve Lemke guided the Stephen F. Austin bowling team to an NCAA Division I national championship.

A super-sized title effort

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mjohnson@kenoshanews.com

Jenny Kenesie had a simple comment about what the 13 players she coached could take away from the 49th annual International Small Fry Basketball Tournament they played in this week at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla.

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