May 27, 2017
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Jerry Madden was one of four St. Joseph players named first-team All-Metro Classic Conference. He was joined by Connor Rhey, Adam Antonneau and Alec Gessert. ( KENOSHA NEWS FILE PHOTO BY BRIAN PASSINO )

Four Lancers first-team All-MCC in football


After going 7-4 and reaching the second round of the WIAA Division-5 playoffs, the St. Joseph football team had four players — two on offense and two on defense — named to the All-Metro Classic Conference first team, which was announced on Tuesday.

Senior running back Jerry Madden, who finished second in the conference and third in the county with 1,062 rushing yards and also ran for 14 touchdowns, was a first-team selection on offense. He was joined by one of his linemen, junior Connor Rhey.

Defensively, sophomore Adam Antonneau (outside linebacker) and senior Alec Gessert (defensive back) earned first-team honors. Gessert was credited with a conference-high 153 tackles (70 solo), according to, and was second on the Lancers with three interceptions. Antonneau registered 100 tackles (49 solo) and four sacks.

Monday Morning Quarterback: Bright future


COLUMBUS — Sure, there were some tears and disappointment following the St. Joseph football team’s WIAA Division-5 second-round playoff loss at Columbus on Friday night.

But, really, the mood was generally upbeat.

Lancers’ tank runs out of gas


COLUMBUS — With 7 minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the third quarter, the fifth-seeded St. Joseph football team was within one score of top-seeded Columbus.

Four plays later, the Cardinals essentially put the game away.

St. Joseph needs to be at its best vs. top-seeded Columbus


The St. Joseph football team faces a daunting challenge when it travels to Columbus for a WIAA Division-5 second-round playoff game at 7 p.m. Friday.

But the fifth-seeded Lancers (7-3) think they’ll be a handful for the top-seeded Cardinals (10-0), too.

Prep football: St. Joseph (7-3) at Columbus (10-0)

What: WIAA Division-5 second-round playoff game

When: 7 p.m. Friday

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.

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.

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.

Prep football: St. Joseph (6-3) at Random Lake (7-2)

WIAA Division-5 playoffs, first round

When: 7 p.m. Friday

St. Joseph gets past Shoreland


SOMERS — For most of Friday night’s regular-season finale, both St. Joseph and Shoreland Lutheran seemed to be on the verge of breaking out.

And then in a blink, it was the Lancers who did.

Prep football: St. Joseph (5-3 overall, 4-2 MCC) at Shoreland Lutheran (3-5, 2-4)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Shoreland High School, 9026 12th St., Somers

MMQB: Lancers not worrying


St. Joseph’s chance to win its first conference championship since 2005, when it was a member of the now-defunct Lakeshore Conference, is all but over following the Lancers’ 24-13 loss to Racine St. Catherine’s on Friday night at Ameche Field on Friday night.

While St. Catherine’s (6-2, 5-1 MCC) clinched at least a share of the Metro Classic Conference title with the win, St. Joseph (5-3 overall) dropped into a three-way tie for second in the eight-team league at 4-2 with Greendale Martin Luther (6-2 overall) and Racine Lutheran (5-3 overall).

St. Catherine’s dents St. Joseph’s hopes

Racine St. Catherine’s sophomore quarterback Da’Shaun Brown has been terrorizing opposing defenses all season.

Prep football: Racine St. Catherine’s (5-2, 4-1 Metro Classic) at St. Joseph (5-2, 4-1)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Ameche Field

Leading Off: An early prep football playoff primer


If you haven’t gotten out to see a county high school football game yet, there are plenty of playoff and conference title implications with two regular-season weeks remaining.

Allow me to be your tour guide.

St. Joseph football team wins third in a row

The task won’t be easy, but the St. Joseph football team has made it straightforward.

If the Lancers win their final two games, they’ll be Metro Classic Conference champions.

Prep football: St. Joseph (4-2, 3-1 Metro Classic) vs. St. Thomas More (0-6, 0-4)

When: 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: St. Francis High School, 4225 S. Lake Dr.

Defense leads Lancers past BCC

It took almost the entire first half Friday night for the St. Joseph offense to find an opening in its Metro Classic Conference contest against Burlington Catholic Central at Ameche Field.

That slow start didn’t seem to matter much because the Lancers’ defense was downright suffocating.

Prep football: Burlington Catholic Central (1-4, 1-2 MCC) vs. St. Joseph (3-2, 2-1 MCC)

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Tremper High School (Ameche Field), 8560 26th Ave.

Draper steps in for victorious Lancers


When Wyatt Draper stepped onto Ameche Field on Friday night for pregame warmups, the St. Joseph junior running back had no idea he was about to become the focal point of the Lancers’ no-huddle offense.

That’s because the county’s leading rusher — senior Jerry Madden — had to be helped off the field on the game’s opening kickoff against visiting Racine Lutheran with a hip injury.

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