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Bradford beats Central in softball

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PADDOCK LAKE — Coaches and players from Bradford and Central called Friday’s non-conference game a tune-up, but it easily could have passed for a state championship game. After all, most of the girls have played in one.

Since 2008, the teams have met six times and won three each, including the 12-1 Central victory in the WIAA State Division-1 final in 2013. The Falcons have won three of the last four, but on Friday Southeast Conference champion Bradford got the better of Southern Lakes Conference champion Central, 8-5.

Birthday girl Drea Luedtke celebrated a little early when she smashed a two-run homer over the scoreboard at Sorensen Field in the top of the first inning. She finished 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI. The senior went the distance on the mound, allowing 10 hits and three walks and struck out four.

High school ticker: Bradford baseball team edges Badger

BASEBALL

Bradford 5, Lake Geneva Badger 4

College roundup: Humphreys falls in NCAA III tennis

UW-Whitewater junior Jake Humphreys saw his record-setting tennis season come to an end on Friday.

After winning two matches on Thursday, the Tremper graduate lost to fourth-seeded Michael Buxbaum of Johns Hopkins (Md.), 7-5, 6-3, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Individual Championships at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

Prep baseball ticker: Bradford clinches SEC title outright

BASEBALL

Bradford 12, Racine Park 4

High school ticker: Hawks second in SEC tennis

BOYS TENNIS

Southeast Conference Tournament

Prep softball ticker: Central clinches SLC title outright

Central 10, Burlington 1

Kira Mickelson, Julia Jester and Kayla Konwent each homered, and Alyssa Hrncar set a single-season school wins record as the visiting Falcons clinched the Southern Lakes Conference title outright. ... Central, ranked No. 1 in Division-1 in the latest state coaches poll, improved to 13-1 in the SLC (22-3 overall). ... Mickelson, Jester and Konwent combined for eight RBI. It was Konwent’s 18th round-tripper of the season. ... Hrncar improved to 19-2, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out 11.

Bradford gets the better of Tremper in softball

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The Bradford softball team is on a roll, and it couldn’t be happening at a better time.

Entering Friday’s regular-season finale at top-ranked Central, the Red Devils have won nine of their last 10 games.

Wilmot grad Hayden All-ACC for Virginia Tech

One of the most feared hitters in the Atlantic Coast Conference, senior first baseman Brendon Hayden became just the fifth Virginia Tech baseball player to earn first-team All-ACC honors, the league announced earlier this week.

The Wilmot graduate joined former Hokies Austin Wates (2010), Andrew Rash (2012), Chad Pinder (2013) and Tyler Horan (2013) in the first-team All-ACC club. Virginia Tech began playing in the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005.

College roundup: Humphreys in NCAA III tennis quarterfinals

Tremper graduate Jake Humphreys advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Individual Tennis Tournament after posting victories in the first two rounds of the 32-player singles draw on Thursday at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.

The UW-Whitewater junior clinched All-America status with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory over sixth-seeded Adam Krull of Trinity (Texas), then defeated Kai Yuen Leung of Skidmore (N.Y.), 6-3, 6-3, in the Round of 16. He is the program’s first-ever NCAA quarterfinalist in singles play. As a sophomore, Humphreys reached the quarterfinals in doubles playing with Byron Balkin.

St. Joseph has two double winners in Metro Classic track

Kate Del Fava and John David Ford were both double winners for their runner-up St. Joseph track and field teams in the nine-team Metro Classic Conference Outdoor Meet on Wednesday at Union Grove.

Greendale Martin Luther won both the girls and boys team titles with 137 and 123 points, respectively.

High school ticker: Central tops Tremper in softball

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SOFTBALL

Central 10, Tremper 5

Briefs: Beltoya receiving Hall of Fame honor

Tracy Beltoya will be inducted into the Kenosha USBC WBA Hall of Fame for Outstanding Performance during an awards banquet at the Italian American Club on May 30, the organization announced on Wednesday.

A 22-year member of the KWBA, Beltoya has held a composite average of 205 for the last 10 years. In 20 years participating in the KWBA City Tournament, she holds 14 city tourney titles — 13 with Surfside Bowl and Northern Lights teams and one in doubles with Shelly Weinfurter.

College notebook: Carthage athletes in NCAA III track and field championships

KENOSHA — The Carthage track and field program has four qualifiers — two men and two women — for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, which get underway Thursday at St. Lawrence University’s Merrick-Pinkard Track in Canton, N.Y.

Senior Branden Miller is a triple qualifier in the shot put, hammer throw and discus, while junior Mark Balmes qualified in the discus. Balmes is ranked fifth in the discus (174-7) and Miller is ranked 10th in the shot put (54-71/4), 14th in the hammer throw (189-8) and 19th in the discus (165-0). The top 20 in each event qualified for nationals.

Local briefs: Central softball still ranked No. 1

For the second week in a row, the Central softball team was ranked No. 1 in Division-1 in the latest Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association/WisSports.net state poll released on Tuesday.

Greenfield remained No. 2 and Union Grove moved up six spots to No. 3. Wilmot was one of five teams named honorable mention.

Softball: Bradford softball clinches SEC

SOFTBALLBradford 8, Oak Creek 6

The Red Devils clinched the Southeast Conference crown with a victory over the visiting Knights. ... Ally Bonofiglio went 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, Aileen Szczepanski went 3-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs scored and Sammy Ramos and Ellie Bernero also drove in two runs each for Bradford (14-9, 11-1 SEC). ... Bernero pitched the first four innings and picked up the win after giving up three runs (one earned).

Central girls hold on to the crown

Receiving plenty of contributions, the Central girls track and field team held off Badger in defending its title in the Southern Lakes Conference Outdoor Meet on Tuesday at Union Grove.

After Sydney Rau, Kylie Shane, Savannah Danoski and Maria Sabourin placed third in the 1,600-meter relay — a comfortable 15 seconds ahead of fifth-place Badger — the Falcons secured a 128-127 victory over the Badger. Wilmot was fourth with 81.5 points.

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