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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
Tyler White scored two of his three goals in the first 16 minutes as the Shoreland soccer team whipped Waterford 4-1 in Somers on Thursday night.
White scored in the first minute with help from Jacob Burden and in the 16th minute off an assist from Nick Siechta.
The Wilmot and Central girls golf teams finished fourth and sixth, respectively, Thursday in the nine-team Taylor Clark Classic on the Brighton Dale White Birch Course.
The Panthers logged an aggregate score of 412, while Central totaled 441.
The UW-Parkside men’s soccer team tied UW-Milwaukee 2-2 in an exhibiton match on Thursday at Engelmann Stadium in Milwaukee.
UWP trailed 2-0 but gotgoals from Elliot Schulz and Ryan Shogren to tie. Assists were credited to Abraham Kanneh, Shogren, Scott Niccolai and Antonio Gonzalez.
KENOSHA — Three solid quarters were good enough for the Indian Trail football team on Thursday night.
Clinging to a one-possession lead, the Hawks turned away Plymouth on its final four drives and held on for a 27-19 season-opening victory in a cramp-filled, non-conference matchup at humid Jaskwhich Stadium.
Bradford graduate Vonte Jackson’s football career is over.
University of Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen met with reporters on Thursday to confirm that Jackson will be walking away from the game due to persistent knee injuries. Jackson suffered an injury to his surgically repaired right knee, his fourth knee injury since 2012, during the Badgers’ practice on Aug. 9.
KENOSHA — A recent preseason article about the two-time defending WIAA Division-1 state champion Arrowhead football team featured an eye-catching headline.
“Arrowhead casts itself as Division-1 underdog”