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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
The Tremper boys soccer team fell 7-2 against top-ranked Marquette Saturday night in a WIAA Division-1 sectional final at Ameche Field.
The Tremper and Central girls volleyball teams will have a sectional semifinal rematch.
Each team notched a home sweep in the WIAA Division-1 regional finals on Saturday, with second-seeded Tremper beating seventh-seeded Waterford 29-27, 25-18, 25-18 and third-seeded Central defeating sixth-seeded Milton 25-19, 25-13, 25-16.
The Indian Trail girls swimming and diving team won six of the 12 events and displayed enough depth Saturday to capture the Racine Park Invitational title.
The Hawks finished the 13-team meet with 437 points, edging second-place Burlington (434) and Racine Case (405). Tremper took fourth with 277 points.
The Carthage football team staged a furious fourth-quarter rally against Augustana in a College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin game on Saturday afternoon at Art Keller Field.
Unfortunately, the hole the Red Men dug themselves in the first three quarters was too big.
The Bradford boys volleyball team had the top finish among Kenosha County schools in the Southeast Conference Tournament at Wilmot Saturday, tying for third in the 12-team event.
Tremper placed fifth, Central was sixth, Indian Trail took ninth and Wilmot finished 10th. Franklin won the tournament, with Racine Horlick taking second and Burlington finishing tied with Bradford for third.
The Carthage women’s volleyball team closed its appearance in the UW-Oshkosh Invitational by defeating a pair of schools from Iowa, Wartburg and Clarke, on Saturday at the Kolf Sports Center.
The Reds, ranked 14th in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association NCAA Division III poll, beat No. 36 Wartburg, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-14, then swept Clarke, 25-17, 25-19, 25-20. Carthage is 26-3 on the season after going 3-1 over the weekend.
As the only state-ranked team in the field, the pressure was on the Bradford boys country squad to perform on Saturday morning.
The Central girls cross country team got the perfect jolt of motivation before the starting gun went off in Saturday morning’s WIAA Division-1 sectional at the Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course at UW-Parkside.
“We were at the start line when they announced that the boys would be going (to state),” Central senior Melissa Capra said. “We all just screamed. Last year, both teams didn’t get to go, so we’re excited that we all get to be together this year.”
Redemption was sweet for the St. Joseph girls cross country team on Saturday afternoon.
One year after finishing in third place, the Lancers placed second in a WIAA Division-3 sectional at UW-Parkside’s Wayne E. Dannehl National Cross Country Course.
MADISON — Six-foot-3 nose guard Warren Herring stood tall at the line of scrimmage. Linebacker Marcus Trotter could not stop smiling after the game.
Whole again with their two senior starters back from injuries, Wisconsin’s defense put together a dominating performance on homecoming weekend at Camp Randall Stadium.