May 31, 2016
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Jared McGranahan is the new head football coach at Tremper. ( )

McGranahan new Tremper football coach

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The reason for Jared McGranahan’s interest in the Tremper head football coaching position can be stated succinctly.

“It made way too much sense,” he said.

The feeling was apparently mutual.


Central, Wilmot renew rivalry

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The road to a repeat runs through a rival.

If the Central softball team is to win its second consecutive Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-1 state championship, the Falcons will have to beat nemesis Wilmot to do it.

Repeating title run will be difficult

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mjohnson@kenoshanews.com

The Northwoods League begins its 23rd season today. In its first 22, the league has yet to see a repeat champion.

Time to go Fishing

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jreeves@kenoshanews.com

Has it really been almost 10 months since the Kenosha Kingfish won the Summer Collegiate World Series to claim the Northwoods League championship in their second year of existence?

Field of summer dreams

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The feel-good vibes will be so strong at Simmons Field tonight, the place would probably glow without lights.

Northwoods League baseball is back in town as the Kenosha Kingfish begin their third season. The forecast calls for warm weather, and a sellout crowd of around 3,000 is anticipated as the fans will be treated to a celebration of the team’s 2015 NWL championship.

Railing against replay

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A confession is in order: I hate Major League Baseball’s expanded video replay system.

It wasn’t always this way. I used to consider myself part of the “just get the call right” crowd, no matter how long it took.

Rain shortens action at Wilmot

Heavy thunderstorms that rolled into the area Saturday night shortened action at the Wilmot Raceway.

Winners in completed events were Dennis Spitz, Lewisburg, Ky., in the winged outlaw sprints heat; Genoa City’s Todd Lehr in the wingless sprints heat; Eagle’s Steve Mueller in the modifieds 12-lap main; Pat Rossmann, Wadsworth, Ill., in the street stocks heat; and Allen Maher, Menomonee Falls, in the bandit 4-cylinder stock cars.

Local ticker: Hawks, Trojans split twinbills in baseball

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Indian Trail 19, GB Notre Dame 0, 5 inn.

Kimberly 4, Indian Trail 3, 9 inn.

Tennis players learn their state tournament matchups

Tremper junior Daniel Moore was one of 16 seeded players in the 64-player Division-1 field when the WIAA State Individual Boys Tennis Tournament draw was released late Friday night.

The tournament runs Thursday through Saturday at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

Indian Trail coach turns negative experience into positive message

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It’s not unusual for coaches to use real-life experiences in an attempt to teach their athletes more than just about the sport they play.

You don’t have to tell that to Indian Trail boys tennis coach Elliot Cohen.

Kenosha County a diamond mine

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Fishing from my stream of consciousness:

Good times: Central is the defending Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-1 state champion.

Local ticker: Carthage’s Young 10th in shot put at NCAA III track meet

TRACK AND FIELD

NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships

Prep softball roundup: Tremper, Wilmot regional champs

Emilee Nelson and Aniya Whittington homered as the fifth-seeded Tremper softball team routed fourth-seeded Muksego 13-2 in a WIAA Division-1 regional final at Muskego on Friday afternoon.

The game was called in the sixth inning due to rain.

Kenosha Bowmen having shoot

The Kenosha Bowmen, 15211 75th St. in Bristol, are holding a shoot today through Monday.

It will feature 36 life-sized three-dimensional animal targets located on three ranges, as well as a “challenger round” with 12 three-dimensional targets at unmarked distances.

Bradford beats Indian Trail for regional softball title

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No matter its seed, the Bradford softball team finds a way to the sectional playoffs.

The sixth-seeded Red Devils won their sixth straight Division-1 regional championship Friday as a result of a 10-6 victory over third-seeded Indian Trail.

McGranahan new Tremper football coach

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The reason for Jared McGranahan’s interest in the Tremper head football coaching position can be stated succinctly.

“It made way too much sense,” he said.

High school notes: Wilmot track athletes set records

In addition to qualifying for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Track and Field Meet, Wilmot athletes also fashioned some school records Thursday.

Maddie Martin and three relay teams established school marks at a Division-1 sectional at Stoughton.

These Kenosha twins play soccer

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The new Milwaukee Torrent, the state’s only professional outdoor soccer team, features Kenosha twin brothers Jorge and Paulo Triana.

The seniors — Paulo attends Tremper and Jorge is at Indian Trail — recently signed an amateur contract to play in the National Premier Soccer League, which comprises 85 teams in four regions.

Reality TV gone bad

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As a now part-time sports reporter who spent 15 years as a sports editor at a weekly newspaper and the last 15 as a high school coach, it’s not difficult to figure out how I like to spend my free time.

Watching sports, of course.

High school ticker: Soccer teams fall

Cedarburg 8, Tremper 0

Tremper fell behind 6-0 at halftime in losing a non-conference game on the road. “Cedarburg was fired up for their senior night and ran us over up and down the field,” said Tremper coach Todd Hardy, whose team dropped to 8-7-6 overall two nights after winning the Southeast Conference. “We came out with more energy in the second half and played soccer a lot like we are capable of playing. We will regroup and get into the playoffs.”

Prep baseball roundup: Lancers advance to face Pacers

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The St. Joseph baseball team won a date with Shoreland Lutheran on Thursday.

The third-seeded Lancers topped No. 6 Milwaukee Heritage Christian 10-4 in a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-3 regional semifinal at Carthage College.

Carthage’s Bennett eighth in discus at NCAA III track meet

Mia Bennett of Carthage finished eighth in the discus at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in Waverly, Iowa, on Thursday.

Bennett’s top throw was 143 feet, 2 inches. Elanta Slowek was 13th (140-3) and Morgan Young 17th (137-1).

Shoreland’s Hoffman qualifies for D-2 state track

Shoreland Lutheran’s Scott Hoffman entered Thursday’s WIAA Division-2 East Troy Sectional seeded second in the pole vault behind Wisconsin Lutheran’s Nick Jacobs.

But by the end, the two had changed places — and now Hoffman has a sectional title and a state meet berth to his credit.

Local athletes grab spots in D-1 state track meet

Tickets for next week’s WIAA Divison-1 State Track and Field Meet have been punched for a slew of Kenosha County athletes after Thursday night’s Stoughton Sectional.

Kenosha will fill spots in seven individual events and four relays among the girls, and in six individual events and three relays for the boys.

Four headed to state in tennis

Two singles players and two doubles teams are headed to Madison for the WIAA Division-1 Boys State Tennis Tournament after Thursday’s Waukesha South Sectional.

Tremper’s Daniel Moore finished second at No. 1 singles to lead the local effort.

Central cruises to regional title over Fort Atkinson

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PADDOCK LAKE — Each victory not only gets the Central softball team closer to its fifth straight state tournament, but it’s also a step closer to the final game for standout Kayla Konwent.

“It’s crazy to think, because the four years just flew by,” she said. “To me, this doesn’t feel like this will be my last regional and sectional. It’s kind of like a humbling feeling you could say because it’s the last time I’ll be playing with Central.”

Jake and Megan Humphreys in NCAA III tennis tournament

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The Humphreys siblings are at it again.

Both Jake and Megan Humphreys, former Tremper tennis standouts, recently landed berths in this weekend’s NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Name that team

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Another week, another couple of interesting stories in the world of sports …

From Mets to Stud Muffins? The Binghamton Mets, the Class AA affiliate of the New York Mets, want fans to vote for a new nickname.

High school ticker: Bradford baseball team beats Milwaukee Reagan

Bradford 4, Milwaukee Reagan 3

The Red Devils closed the regular season with a non-conference victory in a game shortened to five innings due to rain. ... Leadoff hitter Ivar Iverson went 2-for-2 with a run scored and a walk, and Kyle Scoville and Mikey Pillizzi each drove in a run for the Red Devils (15-10), who broke a 1-1 tie with a three-run fourth.... Isaac Lawler earned the complete-game victory by allowing six hits and no unearned runs. ... “We showed good patience during the game ... and manufactured runs to establish the lead,” Bradford coach Matt LaBuda said. “Isaac pitched the top of the fifth in less than ideal conditions, and he battled to get the three outs he needed.”

Lancers doubles team makes state

St. Joseph senior Matt Curry and junior John McTernan notched a fourth-place finish at No. 1 doubles in a WIAA Division-2 sectional at Pleasant Valley Tennis Club in Brown Deer on Wednesday to qualify for the Individual State Tournament from June 2-4 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison.

The top four finishers at No. 1 singles and doubles, along with the top finisher at No. 2 singles and doubles, at each of the four Division-2 sectionals qualified for state. A maximum of eight additional singles players and doubles teams eliminated earlier in the tournament can be added on Friday by the seeding committee.

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