October 27, 2016
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Alec Gessert, right, is a two-way standout for the St. Joseph football team, playing wide receiver on offense and safety on defense. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY SEAN KRAJACIC )

Gessert’s played a big role in Lancers’ success


The coaching staff and the player himself can give you a strong idea about how much impact someone has on a football team.

For the best idea? Ask the guy who lines up next to him.

St. Joseph senior Josh Moser is a three-year starting quarterback who also plays alongside fellow senior Alec Gessert at safety. How nice is it playing next to Gessert on defense?

Briefs: Carthage sweeps in women’s volleyball

Carthage swept North Park in 69 minutes in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin volleyball action at Tarble Arena on Wednesday night.

The Reds won 25-18, 25-17, 25-16 in improving to 17-11 and 4-2 in the CCIW. North Park is 7-19 and 1-6.

Cubs beat Indians to even World Series at a game apiece


CLEVELAND — Jake Arietta made a brief run at a no-hitter and ended another 71-year pause between celebrations for the Chicago Cubs and their faithful fans.

Not only are they back in the World Series, they’ve won there again.

McKillip: An event so colossal as to be nearly inconceivable


I don’t know about you, but I’m getting a little worried.

A lot worried actually.

College roundup: Red Men grab share of CCIW soccer title


The 11th-ranked Carthage men’s soccer team clinched a share of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin regular-season title with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Carroll on Wednesday night at Art Keller Field.

Carroll (6-10-1, 2-5 CCIW) took a 1-0 lead on Ben Luitjens’ goal in the 31st minute before Carthage tied it on Sahr Mahoney’s goal from 20 yards out at 47:35.

CLS girls volleyball team faces tough task

There’s no doubt the Christian Life girls volleyball team has a challenge on its hands in Thursday night’s WIAA Division-3 sectional semifinal.

Waiting across the net for the Eagles in the 7 p.m. match at Racine St. Catherine’s is Lake Country Lutheran, which lost in last year’s state championship match in five sets to Waterloo.

Web extra: The Cubs in the World Series


Deadlines and day games wreaked havoc on the Kenosha News’ coverage of the Chicago Cubs’ last World Series appearance in 1945 against the Detroit Tigers.

The News was an afternoon paper then and the World Series games were held in the day, which made getting the final in print difficult.

Back to normal for UW-Parkside women’s soccer


When she arrived on campus last year, UW-Parkside women’s soccer coach Brittany Nikolic knew there would be a bit of a transition into her new job.

It looks like it was a quick one.

Cubs lose Game 1 of World Series


CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Kluber got the Cleveland Indians off to a striking start and Roberto Perez put away Chicago in the Cubs’ first World Series game since 1945.

Kluber dominated into the seventh inning, Perez homered twice and the Indians beat the Cubs 6-0 in the opener Tuesday night. AL Championship Series MVP Andrew Miller escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the seventh and got out of trouble in the eighth, preserving a three-run lead.

Local briefs:Central boys v-ball sweeps St. Cat’s

The Central boys volleyball team swept Racine St. Catherine’s on Tuesday night to finish 8-0 in the Southern Lakes Conference.

Host Central won 25-18, 25-11, 25-19 to move to 23-10 overall.

Tausend earns award


Carthage junior defender Jamie Tausend was named the CCIW Defensive Player of the Week in soccer, the league announced Monday.

Tausend, who hails from Deer Park, Ill., anchored the Red Men to a pair of shutouts last week, 3-0 over Elmhurst on Wednesday and 1-0 over Illinois Wesleyan on Saturday. He also picked up an assist in each match.

Playoffs need balance


So you want to get into the high school football playoffs with the hope of winning a state championship?

For some teams, that is a legitimate goal to be sure. But for most of the state, and given the number of lopsided scores from Friday’s opening round, that is nothing more than a pipe dream.

Oboikowitch still using lessons learned at Carthage

During his playing days with the Carthage men’s basketball team, Jim Oboikowitch experienced more than his fair share of success.

But it wasn’t just what he learned on the court that made an impact — it was the other lessons he learned along the way.

Reeves: Cubs to finally end title drought


Will this finally be the year the Cubs end their Curse of the Billy Goat?

The way I see it is Cleveland wins the first two games at home behind ace Corey Kluber and crafty snotballer Eddie Harris and mammoth home runs by Pedro Cerrano, who’s taking a season-long break from doing Allstate commercials.

Ferro livin’ the dream


Kenoshan Joe Ferro has to sometimes pinch himself at how well the 2016 Chicago Cubs season has gone for them and him.

What started as a spring training gift/gag for Cubs manager Joe Maddon has morphed into a life-changing business and sea of fun memories.

Korked Baseball: ‘It just took off’


The Chicago Cubs certainly haven’t “sucked” this year, and for professional and personal reasons perhaps there is nobody more excited about that than Kenoshan Joe Ferro.

Ferro, 35, a former Carthage baseball player, Christian Life coach and current hitting/infield instructor at Prospect Training Academy in Franklin, and ex-UW-Parkside ballplayer Jacob Chandler are the co-founders of Korked Baseball. The company produces T-shirts, hats and other baseball-themed clothing.

College ticker: Parkside women win by shutout in soccer


UW-Parkside 2, Saint Joseph 0

Recapping weekend winners


Here’s a look at some of those who had a good weekend, like the National League champion Chicago Cubs:

*Packers and Bears fans: With both teams idle, aren’t you glad you had a weekend free of the stress, strain and angst of following your favorite team?

Big nights for two Lancers in playoff victory


It was hard to tell which senior was more excited after St. Joseph’s game: Jerry Madden or Freddy Steinmetz.

They each helped the Lancers defeat Random Lake, 28-14, Friday night in the first-round of the WIAA Division-5 football playoffs.

Cubs in World Series for first time since 1945


CHICAGO — Cursed by a Billy Goat, bedeviled by Bartman and crushed by decades of disappointment, the Chicago Cubs are at long last headed back to the World Series.

Kyle Hendricks outpitched Clayton Kershaw, Anthony Rizzo and Willson Contreras homered early and the Cubs won their first pennant since 1945, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 Saturday night in Game 6 of the NL Championship Series.

Fellman leads pack of local runners to state meet


Ansel Fellman will take a sectional victory with him to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-1 State Cross Country Championships next week.

The Bradford junior continued his superb season by winning the sectional at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course at UW-Parkside on Saturday.

St. Joseph runners secure return trip to state


The St. Joseph boys cross country team is headed back to the WIAA Division-3 State Meet next weekend at the Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids.

St. Joseph finished second at Saturday’s sectional meet at UW-Parkside with 83 points, behind only Living Word Lutheran’s 51.

Prep volleyball roundup: Christian Life tops Shoreland

The Christian Life girls volleyball team is moving on to the sectional.

The top-seeded Eagles staved off second-seeded Shoreland Lutheran, 25-17, 22-25, 25-13, 25-17, in a WIAA Division-3 regional final on Saturday night at Christian Life.

College ticker: Carthage men’s soccer team triumphs


Carthage 1, Illinois Wesleyan 0

Prep ticker: Soccer teams fall in playoffs


Racine Prairie 3, Shoreland Lutheran 0

Gulley enjoying final season with Midshipmen


Tremper graduate Toneo Gulley can always say he was part of one of the biggest wins in the history of Naval Academy football.

Gulley, a senior slot back who was elected as one of two captains by his teammates for the 2016 season, will never forget what it was like on Oct. 8 in Annapolis, Md., when the Midshipmen knocked off then-No. 6 Houston — a team with College Football Playoff aspirations — 46-40.

It’s a tight schedule at the Naval Academy


Hey, college students!

You think your life is so tough? Well, it’s not.

Badgers stifle Hawkeyes


IOWA CITY, Iowa — Don’t count Wisconsin out of the Big Ten West race just yet.

Corey Clement ran for 134 yards and a touchdown and the 10th-ranked Badgers used a stout defense to beat Iowa, 17-9, on Saturday, snapping a two-game skid.

Illinois Wesleyan rallies past Carthage

It came down to one last play for Carthage. Only that wasn’t the only chance the football team had Saturday at Art Keller Field.

Although the Red Men threw an incomplete pass from the Illinois Wesleyan 13-yard line as time expired, there were plenty of other reasons they suffered a 19-14 loss to the Titans.

Horlick overwhelms Indian Trail

RACINE — When the Indian Trail football team played Racine Horlick two weeks ago, it saw plenty of Rebels star running back Joe Garcia.

But on Friday night, Garcia was back for an encore — and his second act was just as good as his first.

St. Joseph advances in football playoffs


RANDOM LAKE — The St. Joseph football team never wavered.

Time and time again, the fifth-seeded Lancers overcame mistakes or capitalized on those made by fourth-seeded Random Lake en route to a 28-14 victory Friday in the first round of the WIAA Division-5 playoffs. The last time St. Joseph reached the second round was 2012.

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