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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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The run of whitewashings continued for the UW-Parkside men’s soccer team on Wednesday afternoon.
The Rangers ripped Oakland City (Ind.) University 6-0 at Wood Road Field in a non-conference match. The shutout was goalkeeper Marcos Perez’s third in a row. Perez, who made seven saves, and the Rangers defense have not allowed a goal in four games spanning 301 minutes.
The Tremper girls volleyball team left no question as to who the best team in the Southeast Conference is on Tuesday night.
In a battle for the league lead, host Tremper swept Franklin 25-19, 25-18, 25-23 to improve to 5-0 in the SEC.
With a 4-0 Southeast Conference victory over Racine Park on Tuesday night at Ameche Field, the Tremper soccer team has now held its opponents scoreless for the last 293 minutes.
“Our defenders (Jake Lein, Sam Vecchitto, Ethan Johnson, Mitch Thornton) are huge reasons why,” Tremper coach Chris Tindall said. “They’ve been tremendously solid of late. That being said, (Andrew) Uttech has come up big on several occasions to keep the streak in tact. Tonight was no exception. He made a couple of stellar saves with the game on the line.”
The Indian Trail swimming team won every event in downing Bradford 140-34 in a Southeast Conference dual at the Kenosha YMCA. ... Shelby Haines contributed to four victories. She won the 100 and freestyles and was part of the victorious 400 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay teams. ... Results are on the Scoreboard, page B4.
Indian Trail 6, Wilmot 1
The UW-Parkside women’s soccer team keeps posting shutouts and rising in the national rankings.
In the wake of two shutouts, the Rangers were ranked 11th in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association Division II poll, which was released on Monday. Coach Troy Fabiano’s team was also ranked second in the Midwest Region poll behind Grand Valley State (Mich.), which is ranked third nationally.
The UW-Parkside men’s golf team finished 18th at 43-over 619 (309-310) after Tuesday’s final round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Fall Regional at Harborside International’s Port Regional Course in Chicago.
Malone University placed first in the 34-team field at 14-over 590 (291-299).
All five Kenosha County girls golf teams will begin the WIAA postseason today.
Bradford, Tremper and Indian Trail will compete in a Division-1 regional at Muskego Lakes Golf Course at 9 a.m., while Central and Wilmot will tee it up at the same time in a Division-1 regional at Ives Grove Golf Links in Sturtevant.
PADDOCK LAKE — On Tuesday night, Central battled Burlington for the first game at least.
The Demons were No. 1 in last week’s Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association Division-1 poll and will likely still be there after blowing out Central 25-27, 25-14, 25-6, 25-8 in Paddock Lake.
Four years ago, Tremper graduate Zac Epping made his first collegiate start for the University of Minnesota football team in front of more than 100,000 people at Michigan Stadium.
That may sound like a dream scenario for a young football player, getting your first start at the fabled “Big House.”