March 24, 2017
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Parkside wrester James Lehman, a red shirt sophomore, shakes hand with then Coach Jim Koch, at the start of the 45th annual Wisconsin Open at the University of Wisconsin - Koch, who retired in 2011, sied on Thursday. ( KEVIN POIRIER )

Longtime Parkside wrestling coach dies


Jim Koch, UW-Parkside’s first wrestling coach, had quite the sweet tooth.

“There wasn’t a piece of cake he didn’t like,” said Rick Kilps, who worked with Koch for more than 25 years at the university. “The common joke was we’d be out eating somewhere and he’d ask, ‘Are you finished with that?’

Red Men snap four-game skid


The Carthage baseball team ended its losing streak in big fashion Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz.

After suffering a 5-1 loss to Luther (Iowa) — Carthage’s fourth defeat in a row and sixth in its last seven games — the Red Men rebounded to rout Luther, 18-1, in the second game of the non-conference doubleheader.

College roundup: Reds leave Florida in style


The Carthage softball team ended its 10-game trip to Leesburg and Clermont, Fla., in dramatic style on Wednesday.

With her team trailing by two and down to its final out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Darian Pelsor hit a three-run, walk-off home run to center field to give the Reds a 5-4 non-conference victory over Hendrix (Ark.).

Local sports briefs

For the second straight time, Carthage’s Maddie Griffin was named the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin women’s lacrosse offensive player of the week on Monday.

The senior midfielder helped the Reds to a victory in their only game last week, as she scored a game-high seven points with three goals and four assists in a 12-10 win over previously unbeaten DePauw on Sunday.

Carthage softball splits two in Florida

It was another doubleheader split for the Carthage softball team on Tuesday afternoon.

The Reds went 1-1 in their third straight twinbill, as they defeated Grinnell, 6-2, and then lost to 13th-ranked UW-Eau Claire, 7-1, in Clermont, Fla.

UW-Parkside baseball finishes road trip with non-conference loss

The UW-Parkside baseball team closed its four-game trip to Westfield, Ind., with an 8-6 non-conference loss to Cedarville (Ohio) on Tuesday afternoon at the Grand Park Complex.

The Rangers (6-8) finished the road swing 1-3 after going 1-2 against 10th-ranked Grand Valley State (Mich.) on Sunday and Monday.

Ex-Parkside coach Jim Koch in critical condition after accident


Jim Koch, who coached the UW-Parkside wrestling program for 41 years (1970-2011), remains in critical condition in a St. Louis hospital.

Koch was in town to attend the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. While out for a morning run Friday, he was struck by a car and then thrown over the top of the vehicle, according to a journal post by his wife, Donna Namath, on

Kamm nets Pro Open title


After crossing the finish line on Sunday at Grand Geneva to secure his first Pro Open Snocross Championship, Kody Kamm had a range of feelings.

End of the road


The post-high school journey has been anything but a boring one for former Wilmot girls basketball standout Sarah Vozel.

Softball roundup: Rangers, Reds split twinbills

The UW-Parkside softball team experienced both ends of the spectrum on Sunday afternoon.

In the first game of a twinbill at Quincy, the Rangers saw a 5-2 lead disappear in a 6-5, eight-inning loss. But Parkside bounced back in a big way in the second game for a 13-1 win to salvage a twinbill split.

Baseball roundup: UWP baseball snaps losing skid; Red Men fall in the ninth

The UW-Parkside baseball team snapped a five-game losing skid in style during Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader against sixth-ranked Grand Valley State at the University in Indianapolis.

Not only did the Rangers collect a 1-0 shutout victory, their first shutout of the season, but Parkside (6-7) cut down the potential tying run at the plate for the final out of the game.

Locals have strong showing at invite


Tremper’s Riley Keckeisen and Madeline Troy netted first-place finishes Saturday in the Performance Running Outfitters Invitational at UW-Parkside.

The pair each won the long jump, as Keckeisen’s leap measured 22 feet and ½ inch, and Troy’s total was 17-8¼. She also finished third in the 55-meter dash in 7.44 seconds.

Bradford boys lead local contingent at Lake Michigan Invitational

The Bradford boys track and field team finished 21st out of 30 teams Saturday in the Lake Michigan Invitational at Carthage.

The best showing by the Red Devils came in the shot put, as Andrew Lyons placed fifth with a toss of 48 feet-3½ inches. Teammate Najee Mitchell took seventh (47-8).

Grand Valley St. bests UW-Parkside baseball

The UW-Parkside baseball team suffered its third loss in a row, dropping a 5-1 decision to Grand Valley State Saturday in Westfield, Ind.

The Rangers (5-6) got two hits apiece from Kyohei Makita and Troy Bittenbender, and Mario Samuel allowed only one earned run in six innings, but the Lakers (10-5) scored four times in the sixth inning.

College roundup: Goldsmith’s gem lifts Reds to win

Amy Goldsmith tossed a two-hit shutout to lead the Carthage softball team to a 1-0 victory over Allegheny Saturday in Leesburg, Fla.

She retired 21 of the 24 batters she faced and did not allow a hit until the top of the fifth.

On Wisconsin!


BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — When the season ended suddenly and shockingly, much earlier than Villanova expected, Kris Jenkins bent over in disbelief near mid-court.

There would be no game-winning shot, no confetti-filled celebration, no more games. The defending champions — and No. 1 overall seed — are done.

College roundup: Carthage baseball earns split in Arizona

The Carthage baseball team’s March trip to Arizona opened Friday with a split decision.

Carthage dropped the opener of the Tucson Invitational, 7-6 to Mayville in 10 innings, but bounced back with a 10-4 win over Mayville in the second game.

Patience pays off for Wilmot’s Schattner


Patience and perseverance have defined the first three seasons at Augustana for former Wilmot standout Brandon Schattner.

Sisters enjoying ride with D-I Belmont


Ellie won’t play. Hannah probably won’t, either.

SLC lauds Williams as top player


The unquestioned leader of the Central boys basketball team’s journey to a WIAA Division-2 sectional final was senior Tre’ Williams.

So it makes sense that Williams also brought home the Southern Lakes Conference’s Player of the Year honor as well.

Today’s Sports Briefs: Perry is All-Region Rookie of the Year

For just the second-time in program history, a Carthage College men’s basketball player has been named the All-Region Rookie of the Year, as freshman center Brad Perry received the Central Region’s honor on Monday.

Perry joins Carthage assistant coach Steve Djurickovic as the only winners of the award with Djurickovic’s honor coming back in 2008 when the Red Men were in the Midwest Region.

Tremper’s Spencer, Chatterton All-SEC swimming first-teamers


Tremper junior Brandon Spencer and senior Tyler Chatterton were the two local athletes to be branded All-Southeast Conference first-teamers when the league recently released its awards list Tuesday.

Last month, Spencer became only the second Division-1 diver to repeat as WIAA state champion in the last 14 years. In 2016, he won the first state diving title in county history.

Hurry up and wait


Forgive Jacob Boresch if he’s always checking his phone.

Rangers drop two in St. Louis

The UW-Parkside baseball team was swept in a doubleheader at Maryville on Sunday to fall to 5-5.

The Rangers, who had won four of their previous five games, lost, 3-2 and 8-4, in St. Louis.

Red Men open with a DH split


The Carthage baseball team opened its season Sunday with a non-conference doubleheader split at Rose-Hulman in Terre Haute, Ind.

The Red Men won the first game, 2-1, as Tremper graduate Zach Wade’s two-out single in the top of the seventh drove in Reed Hero.

Bellarmine too much for UW-Parkside

As the Bellarmine lead grew larger and larger, the basket just seemed to get smaller and smaller for the UW-Parkside men’s basketball team.

College roundup: Becker advances to national semifinal


UW-Parkside junior Nick Becker is one step closer to a second straight NCAA Division II championship.

Becker rolled through his first two matches Friday in Birmingham, Ala., to earn a spot in the 174-pound semifinal today.

Driving into hostile territory


SOMERS — Sixteen men’s basketball teams have qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament’s Midwest Regional at least once over the last five seasons — eight from the Great Lakes Valley Conference, seven from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and one from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference.

On the brink


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