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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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Last June, Deb Bornhuetter helped guide the Tremper girls track and field team to its second consecutive WIAA Division-1 state title.
A Week 4 update on all the local players on scholarship or preferred walk-on status at NCAA Division I Football Bowl Series schools this fall:
Update: Started his 38th consecutive game (42nd overall) on Minnesota’s offensive line in a 24-7 victory over San Jose State in Minneapolis on Saturday. … The left guard helped the Gophers rush for 380 yards and three touchdowns. ... Coach Jerry Kill sung Epping’s praises prior to Saturday’s outgin, “You know right now (he) has an ankle sprain. It’s difficult for him. He didn’t practice much last week, but he’s such a good player. Played well, but then he’s still banged. How much practice will he get this week? So those are the things that concern you.” ... Was named to Big Ten Network.com’s top non-conference offensive performers team on Monday. … Wears No. 52. ... Minnesota plays at Michigan 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich. (ABC).
Racine Case’s victory over Bradford was the only thing that kept Jerry Wood from fashioning a perfect ballot on the first week of the Kenosha News’ annual Football Poll.
Wood went 14-1 — the only entrant from the print ballots or on-line submissions — to miss one game in claiming the $75 weekly prize.
The Central tennis team dropped just seven games in downing Delavan-Darien 7-0 in a Southern Lakes Conference match in Paddock Lake on Monday afternoon.
Central singles winners were Brienna Bostanche, Katrina Bostanche, Anna Finnemore and Ashley Wells. ... Central doubles winners were Francesca Prziomski-Penna Bremmer, Mario Salerno-Stephanie Dopuch and Kate Neave-Jessica Vela.
Bradford graduate Karyn Guttormsen reached the third round of the Amelia Island Women’s Championships, which is going on this week in Amelia Island, Fla.
The tournament is sanctioned by the International Tennis Federation.
UW-Parkside senior Emily Konior was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women’s Soccer Defender of the Week on Monday.
Konior played 178 of the 180 minutes in the 23rd-ranked Rangers’ weekend victories over No. 20 Rockhurst and William Jewell College in which they allowed just three shots on goal. She also scored her third goal of the season against William Jewell.