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KENOSHA — The second-ranked Bradford baseball team will be at full strength when it takes the field for the WIAA Division-1 State Tournament Tuesday at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.
Star outfielder Nathan Mikolas has been cleared to play after sitting out Tuesday’s sectional at the New York Yankees’ request. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Mikolas was the Yankees’ third-round selection (No. 124 overall) in Tuesday’s Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft.
Mikolas and the Yankees met until late Friday night.
“I’m going to be able to play at state,” Mikolas said. “A Yankees guy is going to be there watching every move. They just said, ‘to play smart.’ I’m thrilled.”
Mikolas is looking at a hefty signing bonus when he officially forgoes his commitment to the University of Louisville and signs with New York. The Yankees have $378,000 budgeted for their third-round signing bonus, according to Baseball America.
To maintain his amateur status for the entirety of the postseason, Mikolas won’t sign until after the state tournament is completed.
Bradford opens against Bay Port in an 8 a.m. quarterfinal.
“(The Yankees) were totally fine with (me playing) now,” Mikolas said. “They said we’ll worry about it, if the slim chance of an injury happens.”
Because he hasn’t signed, his bonus money or spot with the Yankees technically isn’t guaranteed. But after hammering out the details of his ability to play next week, Mikolas is confident in the Yankees’ commitment to him.
“I know I’m going to be playing for the Yankees soon, but playing in high school only happens one time,” Mikolas said. “I want to finish out my high school career good. So, hopefully we can make a run for state.”
Mikolas is hitting .515 with six home runs and 23 RBI.
Just to have the opportunity to play for the Bronx Bombers is a dream come true for Mikolas. He says when he’s in town, he roots for Milwaukee, but has been a Yankees fan “all my life.”
“I’m truly honored and blessed for the opportunity,” Mikolas said. “I can’t wait to start playing (for the Yankees).”
Citing Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano’s “amazing swing” among his favorite things about the Yankees, Mikolas said it’s the team’s consistent commitment to championships (27 world titles), that grabbed his support.
“Everybody always plays a full season, but if you’re a New York Yankee, you’ve got to remember that you’re always going to play a second season in October,” Mikolas said. “For them to make it to the World Series numerous times is just remarkable.”
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High School Basketball
Kenosha’s Jordan Elsen is moving on to the second stage of Web.com Tour qualifying.
The 2010 State Amateur and 2010 State Match Play champion tied for seventh with a 5-under 283 (70-70-74-69) in a first-stage qualifier Oct. 14-17 at The Breakers Rees Jones Course in West Palm Beach, Fla.
KENOSHA — What a difference a year can make.
Last season, the Bradford boys volleyball team was 0-10 in the Southeast Conference. This season, the Red Devils are 12-6 and 6-2 in the SEC (5-0 in the SEC South) after defeating Indian Trail in four games on Wednesday at the Bradford Fieldhouse.
The Tremper boys volleyball team swept host Wilmot 25-16, 25-21, 25-14 in a non-conference match Wednesday night.
“We were able to rattle off a couple service runs that proved to be the difference in the match,” said, Trojans coach Chris Allen said, whose team improved to 9-10-2 overall. “Our blocking was pretty solid all night, but we still need to improve our consistency offensively at the net.”
The Tremper soccer team will be facing one of the few teams that stood toe-to-toe with them season tonight.
The top-seeded Trojans will take on No. 3 Oak Creek in a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-1 sectional semifinal at 7 tonight at Ameche Field.
The St. Joseph and Shoreland Lutheran girls volleyball teams both pulled off home WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinals sweeps on Tuesday to set up a Thursday meeting.
Fourth-seeded St. Joseph took down No. 14 Carmen while No. 5 Shoreland downed No. 12 Eastbrook/Hope School.
The Carthage College women’s volleyball team overcame a bump in the second set to beat Augustana 25-18, 20-25, 25-8 and 25-18 in College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin action Tuesday at Tarble Arena.
The Reds entered the contest ranked 14th American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll. With the victory, Carthage (23-2, 5-0 CCIW) maintained its grip on first place in the conference.
The 36th Annual Foot Locker Midwest Regional Cross Country Championships is Nov. 29, at the Wayne Dannehl National Course at UW-Parkside.
The top 10 finishers in each of the boys and girls seeded races of 5,000-meters will advance to the Dec. 13 Foot Locker National Championships in San Diego.
KENOSHA — The region is where the heart is for the UW-Parkside women’s soccer team.
The national respect isn’t too bad, though.
KENOSHA — Tim Pulizzano said he knew going into the Frank Langsdorf League playoffs in August that this summer would be his last managing the Kenosha Kings.
A former four-year starting pitcher at Carthage College, Pulizzano, 38, announced recently that he is stepping down as Kings manager after 13 seasons.