February 21, 2017
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Len Kasper, center, emcees the Holy Rosary Sports Night on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

Stars align for 64th Sports Night



Two former Wisconsin sports greats left the packed house at Sunday’s 64th Holy Rosary Sports Night with quite the message.

And taking into account the majority of their audience, it certainly hit home.

Red Devils rout Badgers


The Bradford boys basketball team will have some confidence heading into the playoffs.

The Red Devils scored 22 of the first 27 points Monday night to cruise to a 73-42 non-conference victory over visiting Lake Geneva Badger to wrap up the regular season with a 9-13 record.

Central boys a top seed as WIAA unveils pairings

The pairings are set for the WIAA boys basketball postseason, as matchups in all five divisions were announced Sunday.

In Division-1, 16th-seeded Tremper begins playoff action Tuesday, Feb. 28, when it hosts 17th-seeded Lake Geneva Badger in a first-round game 7 p.m. at Indian Trail. That will be a rematch from Feb. 13 when the Trojans (4-18) beat the Badgers (4-17) 88-83.

On Campus: Brown a key for Warhawks



The UW-Whitewater men’s basketball team finds itself in familiar territory as the postseason approaches — and Indian Trail graduate Andre Brown is right in the middle of the action.

State tickets punched


Next weekend’s WIAA Division-1 Individual State Wrestling Tournament will have a heavy Kenosha flavor to it.

All totaled, the three city schools combined to send nine wrestlers to the Kohl Center in Madison — four each from Bradford and Tremper and one from Indian Trail — following action in Saturday’s Burlington Sectional.

Rangers find their groove

The visiting UW-Parkside men’s basketball team cooled off one of the hottest teams in the Great Lakes Valley Conference with its 92-84 victory over Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon at Nicoson Hall.

The Rangers entered the contest 1-4 in their previous five road games, including an overtime defeat Thursday night at Saint Joseph’s, and 4-5 overall since their 15-game winning streak was snapped Jan. 19.

Lancers push undefeated Spartans



The Metro Classic Conference has long been wrapped up and the girls basketball playoff seeds have been announced, but that does not mean the regular-season finale between Greendale Martin Luther at St. Joseph was a waste of time.

Spencer goes back to back


Brandon Spencer did it again.

The Tremper junior won his second straight Division-1 state diving championship Saturday when he finished with 508.20 points at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

Local Sports Briefs: Falcons lose in girls hoops on Thursday

The host Central girls basketball team dropped a 58-44 Southern Lakes Conference game to Delavan-Darien on Thursday night.

Stephanie Dopuch scored 11 points to lead Central (4-18 overall, 2-12 SLC), while Lindsey Kimpler scored nine and Anna Leigh Niles added eight.

UWP softball loses two

Carly Dundee’s home run was the lone highlight Friday, as the UW-Parkside softball team was swept by Winona State, 11-1 and 10-0, in non-conference action at the Rochester Dome in Minnesota.

Dundee and Kellie Fenza each finished with two hits for Parkside (0-6).

Central boys move closer to league title

With one conference game remaining, the Central boys basketball team is in the driver’s seat to win its second consecutive Southern Lakes Conference title.

Central senior Tre Williams reached 1,000 career points — he finished with 14 and has 1,004 for his career — as the visiting Falcons handled Waterford with ease on Friday night, leading 30-12 at halftime on their way to a 59-35 victory.

Carthage men sweep Greenville

The sixth-ranked Carthage men’s volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 victory over Greenville (Ill.) College on Friday at Tarble Arena.

The Red Men won, 25-19, 25-17, 25-22 to improve to 6-1 and 5-0 in the MCVL.

Tremper’s Brandon Spencer eyes rare repeat in diving


Tremper’s Brandon Spencer is in position for a rare repeat performance among WIAA Division-1 divers.

Rangers lose at Saint Joseph

Thursday night may have done significant damage to the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team, which just a month ago was flying high.

Now it’s up to the Rangers to stop the bleeding.

Gymnasts just miss on SEC crown


The Kenosha Combined gymnastics squad came up just shy in its bid for a Southeast Conference/Classic 8 championship Thursday night.

And by just shy, it was by the slimmest of margins.

Thunder rolls to sectional


The Kenosha Combined hockey team is moving onto the WIAA sectional.

In what Thunder coach J.R. Litkey termed “arguably the biggest win in Thunder history,” seventh-seeded Kenosha knocked off second-seeded Janesville 7-3 on Thursday night.

Falling short



BURLINGTON – First place in the Southern Lakes Conference was there for the sharing once again, but the Wilmot girls basketball team had to settle for second after a 46-41 loss at Burlington on Thursday.

Parkside Notebook: Rangers closing in on tourney bid


As of today, the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team is in the field to reach its fifth consecutive NCAA Division II Tournament and sixth overall.

The NCAA announced its initial Division II Midwest Region rankings on Wednesday afternoon, and the Rangers came in at sixth. The top eight teams in each of the eight regions will comprise the 64-team field, which will be announced on March 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Cooks puts 46 points on Eagles


St. Joseph’s Sidney Cooks continues to pour on the points.

Cooks, who surpassed former Indian Trail star Madie Kaelber as the county’s all-time leading scorer earlier this month, blistered Racine Case for 46 on Wednesday night to lead the Lancers to a convincing 78-59 nonconference victory.

Fabulous freshman



As his team’s offense struggled and a one-time 13-point lead slipped away in a critical College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at Tarble Arena on Wednesday night, Carthage freshman forward Kienan Baltimore kept finding ways to score.

Brooks’ visit brings back memories of 1996 Packers


I’ve watched sports closely for 32 years, since age 7, as a fan and reporter, and likely will for the rest of my life.

But even if I live till 100, I’m certain I’ll never enjoy a sports team more than the 1996 Green Bay Packers.

Wrestling roundup: No State for Bradford


The Bradford wrestling team is not returning to state.

The host Red Devils lost to Oak Creek, 49-20, in a Division-1 sectional final on Tuesday, one year after beating the Knights by two points to qualify for state.

Thunder open regionals with shutout victory

PLEASANT PRAIRIE — Nicholas Elsen has proven over his four-year prep hockey career with the Kenosha Thunder that he can score goals in bunches.

In Tuesday’s WIAA regional opener against visiting Milton, Elsen showed off his numerous offensive skills in notching his third, three-goal hat trick of the season in a convincing 7-0 win over the Red Hawks.

Gulley ready for next challenge


Among five “celebrity” guests for Sunday’s 64th Holy Rosary Sports Night, Toneo Gulley was back in Kenosha for the third time since the former Tremper standout running back graduated high school in 2012.

He recently completed a four-year career (47 games) at the United States Naval Academy in which he carried 66 times for 693 yards and eight touchdowns, caught six passes for 140 yards and one score and returned 13 kickoffs for 271 yards.

Larsen: Kasper is living the dream


When people ask me, “How are you?” my go-to response is usually, “Living the dream.”

In actuality, Len Kasper is living my dream.

Local state swimming contingent swells

Eleven boys swimmers and divers will represent Kenosha County in the WIAA Division-1 State Meet on Saturday at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium in Madison.

The state qualifiers and seedings from Saturday’s sectionals were released late Saturday night, with county teams sending nine competitors in addition to the pair of sectional champions it produced on Friday and Saturday at Carthage’s Koenitzer Aquatic Center.

College roundup: UWP bests Missouri Southern St.

The UW-Parkside baseball team salvaged a four-game split of its opening weekend of the season with a 6-5 non-conference victory over Missouri Southern State on Sunday at Turner Field in Joplin, Mo.

Zach Thompson went 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI to lead the Rangers’ eight-hit attack. Bradford graduates Andrew Luscomb (two hit-by-pitches) and Kyle Schulz (two runs), along with Max Widmar (two RBI), Kyoehi Makita, Nick Janssen and Trent Muscat, added a hit apiece.

Wrestling roundup: Bradford, Christian Life win regional titles


The Bradford wrestling team will have a shot at returning to the WIAA Division-1 State Team Tournament — and the squad in the Red Devils’ way certainly isn’t any stranger.

Bradford won its own regional title Saturday to advance to the sectional Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at home against Southeast Conference foe Oak Creek.

Locals land state swimming berths


The Tremper and Bradford boys swim teams posted strong performances on Saturday afternoon in a WIAA Division-1 sectional at Carthage’s Koenitzer Aquatic Center.

The Red Devils, meanwhile, had one second-place showing and a pair of thirds.

Sluggish start sends UWP men to disappointing loss



SOMERS — When you play with fire often enough, sometimes you get burned.

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