May 2, 2016
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Bradford graduate Melvin Gordon, left, welcomes former Wisconsin Badgers teammate Derek Watt, right, to the San Diego Chargers after the Chargers drafted Watt on Saturday. ( )

Gordon welcomes former UW teammate Watt to Chargers


SAN DIEGO — J.J. Watt and Melvin Gordon had the same message to Derek Watt: Welcome to the NFL, bro.

The San Diego Chargers used a sixth-round pick to select Derek Watt, the Wisconsin fullback who is J.J.’s younger brother and Gordon’s former blocker with the Badgers.

Derek Watt will be reunited with Gordon, the Bradford graduate who is eager to forget the disappointment of his rookie season with the Chargers.

It’s been a year already?


What a difference a year makes.

This is one of the most tired phrases in sports writing but when describing Kenosha’s relationship to the NFL Draft, it is apropos.

Tennyson filling the stat sheet


Christian Life graduate Brie Tennyson’s name is all over the Judson University’s softball record book — and just has one more to get as her senior season is coming to a close.

Red Men control their fate


The Carthage baseball team will control its own fate for making the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin Tournament.

The Red Men split a conference doubleheader against Millikin on Sunday at Augie Schmidt Field, losing the opener 7-3 before winning the second game 8-0.

Another national bowling title for a Kenosha native


For the second time this spring, a Kenosha native was in the middle of a national bowling championship.

High school ticker: Kramer leads Central golfers to first place


Brighton Dale Invitational

The tournament consisted of 32 golfers from the eight Southern Lakes Conference schools playing 50 nine-hole matches on Brighton Dale Links’ three courses. ... Central and Union Grove tied for first with nine wins, while Wilmot and Badger tied for third with seven. ... Central’s Zach Kramer defeated Waterford’s James Maney in the semifinals, then beat Union Grove’s Eric Chambers in the final match to capture the individual title.

College ticker: Carthage golfers second in CCIW meet

CCIW Championship

Carthage finished with 1,175 strokes, 11 behind Illinois Wesleyan for second place in the three-day tournament that finished on Saturday at Prairie Landing Golf Club in West Chicago, Ill. ... Sophomore Matt Meneghetti’s four-round score of even-par 288 (72-71-75-70) set a four-round Carthage record, breaking the mark of 289 posted by Brad Hyland in the 2014 CCIW Championship. ... Meneghetti finished four shots behind Blaine Buente of Millikin’s 4-under 284 for the title. ... Alex Stewart (7th, 295) and Jarrett Simonson (10th, 298) joined Meneghetti as Red Men to earn All-CCIW honors with top-10 finishes.

Central softball team rallies past Tremper


The Tremper softball team seemingly had defending WIAA Division-1 state champion Central beaten on Saturday.

Then the Falcons staged their biggest rally of the season.

Briefs: Marko, Trimark honored Sunday

Bradford seniors Mady Marko and Noah Trimark will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Wausau Sunday as recipients of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Scholar-Athlete Award.

Marko and Trimark will be joined by their families and school representatives. Each finalist will receive a medallion, certificate and plaque for display in their school’s trophy case.

Draft leaves him cold


Just imagine assessing common life choices using the language of an NFL draft analyst or scout.

For example:

High school ticker: St. Joseph tops Shoreland in baseball

St. Joseph 5, Shoreland Lutheran 0

The Lancers’ Javon Connolly twirled a two-hit complete-game shutout in a Metro Classic Conference win on Friday at Nash Park. ... Connolly struck out six and walked six. ... George Zeller went 1-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI for St. Joseph, while Jack Grosz and Tyler Willems also drove in a run apiece. ... Trey Johnson took the loss for Shoreland, surrendering five runs (two earned) in 42/3 innings. ... The Pacers committed five errors.

College ticker: Carthage baseball team tops Millikin

Several wild pitches and some timely hitting by A.J. Kaprelian gave Carthage a 5-4 win over Millikin in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game at Sunnyside Park in Decatur, Ill., on Friday night.

Both teams scratched out seven hits.

Briefs: Kingfish tickets go on sale Saturday

Single-game tickets for the Kenosha Kingfish will go on sale at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets for the 36-game home slate can be purchased online at, by phone at 262-653-0900 or at Simmons Field from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Truttschel: Broken WIAA system still broken


It may not have made big news last week, but the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association’s membership of 400-plus schools narrowly voted down a proposal that would have changed postseason tournaments as we know them.

Whether it was the right move remains to be seen, but one thing is certain.

Local ticker: Lawler pitches Bradford past Horlick



Bradford 8, Racine Horlick 1

Boehler: The sold shoulder


From the it-was-just-a-matter-of-time department: Nick Symmonds, a track athlete hoping to make the Olympics again, is auctioning off nine inches of ad space on his right shoulder.

According to the listing he posted on eBay earlier this week, the space is available for the remainder of the 2016 track season, including the Rio de Janeiro Olympics this summer if he qualifies.

Wilmot pitcher bursts onto the scene

Wilmot baseball pitcher Troy Hickey is only a junior and has already committed to Oklahoma State, but he seems to be under the radar compared to others.

“Absolutely,” Central coach Jacob Morman said. “I was just talking to my assistant coach about all the players in this area that are talented, and over the last couple of years how much baseball in southeast Wisconsin has just kind of taken off. Troy is no different. He’s definitely one of those guys that probably doesn’t get the recognition that he deserves, just because Gavin Lux gets all that attention and Justin Lavey.”

Briefs: Wilmot Raceway opens 2016 slate Saturday

The Wilmot Raceway will open its 2016 season on Saturday.

All of Wilmot’s core classes are on the card for the five-division event, with Winged Sprints, Wingless Sprints, Mini Sprints, Modifieds and Street Stocks all taking to the third-mile clay oval.

Kingfish Catch Up: Weigel, Borglin keep on hitting


Zack Weigel was something of a pleasant surprise for the Kenosha Kingfish last season.

High school ticker: Lancers post soccer victory

St. Joseph 5, Whitefish Bay Dominican 1

The host Lancers fell behind 1-0, but a goal off a free kick by Katie Istvanek was the first of five unanswered scores that helped St. Joseph cruise to a Metro Classic Conference win on Wednesday. ... Istvanek finished with two goals, while Madison Raith, Maggie Del Fava and Mady Scopp each had one. ... “We played a tough team in tough weather conditions, but our girls never backed down,” St. Joseph coach Edgar Espinosa said. “Getting two wins from three straight conference games is something we’re definitely proud of. We want to make a statement in the conference, and this is definitely a good step forward.” ... Espinosa added that defender Maggie Rafferty had a strong effort.

Softball roundup: Central blanks Elkhorn

The Central Falcons made quick work of Elkhorn on Wednesday, posting a 10-0, 5-inning victory in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Sorensen Fields in Paddock Lake.

Central pitcher Alyssa Hrncar tossed all five innings, allowing just one hit with three walks and eight strikeouts. She also went 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs and two RBI.

Indian Trail downs Tremper again


For three innings on Wednesday, the Indian Trail and Tremper baseball teams — ranked third and fifth, respectively, in the Division-1 state coaches poll — went toe-to-toe in a Southeast Conference matchup at Tremper.

But in the fourth inning, Indian Trail forged ahead, and the Hawks never looked back in a 10-4 victory.

Briefs: Walker, Pelsor lead Carthage softball

The Carthage softball team put 24 runs on the board in a College Conference of lllinois and Wisconsin home doubleheader Wednesday en route to an 8-1 and 16-2 sweep over Elmhurst.

Darian Pelsor and Bradford graduate Makenzie Walker enjoyed huge days to lead the way. Pelsor had seven hits in the two games, including two home runs, two doubles, three runs and 10 RBI.

McKillip: QB, or not QB, that is the question


The big news of the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday in Chicago, was made in the two weeks leading up to the event.

The importance of quarterbacks in the NFL is reflected in the desperate trades the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles orchestrated.

College ticker: Red Men drop baseball game at UW-Whitewater

UW-Whitewater 2, Carthage 1

The Red Men have relied on their high-powered offense many times this season, but they just couldn’t muster enough on Tuesday to beat the sixth-ranked Warhawks in a non-conference game at Whitewater’s Prucha Field. ... Whitewater (21-6) scored both its runs in the first inning of Carthage starter Brandon Hrdlicka (2-1), who settled down to go 71/3 innings, allowing just four hits with a walk and five strikeouts. ... Carthage (15-16) got its run in the top of the seventh when Myles Farley singled in pinch-runner John Stevens but didn’t get a baserunner in the eighth or ninth. ... “Brandon Hrdlicka threw a great game, so we had two good pitchers on a tough day to hit,” Carthage coach Augie Schmidt said. “We just couldn’t muscle up a clutch hit down the stretch. ... We have a knack for getting down early. We need to get out of that habit.” ... Tremper graduate Kyle Jones, a sophomore, went 0-for-1 with a strikeout for the Warhawks.

High school ticker: Lancers, Pacers, Eagles win in softball

St. Joseph 13, Thomas More 2, 5 inn.

The Lancers scored 11 runs in the first two innngs and cruised to the road Midwest Classic Conference victory. ... Kennedy Borchardt led the 12-hit attack with three, while Annie Sheard had two hits and three RBI. ... Caitlyn Janis picked up the complete-game win for St. Joseph (5-3, 4-2 MCC). ... “It was very cold, and the girls did what we had to in order to end the game early,” St. Joseph coach Jeff Wroblewski said.

Softball roundup: Tremper beats Bradford with just one hit

Offense was difficult to come by in Tuesday’s Southeast Conference softball game between Tremper and Bradford at Indian Trail.

But it was Tremper that made the most of its opportunity.

Indian Trail edges Tremper by a run


Tuesday’s weather conditions — a low-40s temperature and about a 20 mph wind out of the north — were nowhere close to ideal for a matchup pitting two of the best high school baseball teams in the state, and certainly the top two in the Southeast Conference.

It was the kind of spring day in Wisconsin that had Indian Trail senior shortstop Gavin Lux thankful he’s made Arizona State his college choice — if he doesn’t turn professional after Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft in June.

Baseball roundup: Central rallies past Wilmot


Trailing by three runs with three outs left, the Central baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning and held on to beat Wilmot, 6-5, in a Southern Lakes Conference game at Wilmot on Tuesday.

Garrett Gilbert singled home a run with one out in the seventh, then Central — which committed five errors — loaded the bases with two away and scored three runs on a throwing error off Bryce Biedryzicki’s hard-hit grounder to take the lead.

Briefs: Parkside offering summer wrestling

The UW-Parkside wrestling program will hold youth camps at the school June 13-16 and June 20-23.

Sessions for boys and girls 8-18 run from 6-7:30 p.m. daily at the Sports & Activity Center.

Johnson: Blackhawks’ post apocalypse


There’s an old saying in hockey that the post is a goalie’s best friend.

In probably the biggest win of his pro career, St. Louis Blues netminder Brian Elliott found a pal.

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