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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
Seventh-ranked Carthage swept Dominican (Ill.) 25-20, 26-24, 25-23 in a Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League match Wednesday night at Tarble Arena.
Scotty Adamczyk led the Red Men (7-4, 5-0 MCVL) with 13 kills, eight digs and a .250 hitting percentage, while Jon Storm added 12 kills and seven digs and Ricky Figueroa tallied 40 assists.
The UW-Parkside women’s basketball team saved its toughest test of the regular season for last.
The Rangers, winners of 14 of their last 15 games, will face second-ranked and Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division champion Lewis (26-1, 16-1) at 5:30 Thursday night at DeSimone Gymnasium in the regular-season finale for both teams.
KENOSHA — After a stellar showing at the WIAA Division-1 sectional on Saturday, Indian Trail junior Jose Rodriguez heads to the Kohl Center in Madison Thursday for the 72nd WIAA State Wrestling Championships.
Rodriguez is one of 12 locals heading to Madison. His first match is at 3 p.m. against Baraboo junior Zachary Raymond, who is 39-12.
Here is a look at the local athletes competing in the 72nd annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championships, which begin Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison:
Mason French, Tremper, 106 pounds
The Indian Trail boys basketball team can snare a share of the Southeast Conference title Thursday night.
The Hawks, in second place by a game, play at SEC-leading Racine Case at 7 p.m.
What: Parkside (24-2, 16-1 Great Lakes Valley Conference) vs. Lewis (20-6, 12-5)
SOMERS — The turnaround didn’t start with a miracle.
It didn’t start with a halfcourt buzzer-beater, a watershed upset over a highly ranked opponent or a nationally lauded transfer giving the program a short-term lease on winning.