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PREDICTIONS: Waterford, Catholic Central enjoy home cooking tonight

Waterford senior Tom Benko gets high, but can't block a Greenfield extra point last week. Waterford and Catholic Central both play at home tonight at 7 p.m.

  By Mike Ramczyk Sports Editor The two teams paired up in this Division 2 playoff opener Oct. 25 came from opposite ends of the spectrum. The second-seeded Wolverines, co-champions of the Southern Lakes Conference, had won their last six games and were one of the hottest teams in the […]


FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS PREVIEW: Toppers thinking upset, Waterford, Wilmot bank on defense

Catholic Central's Cole Kresken (43), a sophomore, led the Toppers with more than 750 rushing yards.

By Mike Ramczyk Sports Editor Football weekend has certainly stirred up some emotions among area coaches, fans and players. One coach mocked by prediction that his team would lose and then taunted my poor decision when his team won and I was wrong. Players have blasted me on Twitter for […]


Not your brother’s Bulldogs: Bay enjoys best season in 11 years

John Higgins (34) is consoled by his dad, assistant coach John Higgins, after Friday's loss as players walk off the field dejected.

  Flash back to 2002. The Williams Bay football team won six games, qualified for the WIAA playoffs, and life was good in the village if you were a fan of Bulldogs football. Playing in the Indian Trails Conference, the Bay had a comparable enrollment to schools like Ethan Allen […]


Heiligenthal, tennis girls highlight athletes of the week

Heiligenthal, tennis girls highlight athletes of the week

Male Athlete of the Week Ben Heiligenthal, Catholic Central The sophomore gunslinger was masterful in the two-minute drill Friday night. In less than a minute, Heiligenthal led his Toppers down the field 45 yards in two pass plays, culminating with a game-winning touchdown pass to Tyler Burzawa with 2 seconds […]


FOOTBALL WEEKEND: Demons can salvage winning record, 3-way SLC tie likely

Waterford senior Jake Bauer (32) ran for 147 yards Friday night, his fourth straight game with more than 140 yards rushing.

  By Mike Ramczyk Sports Editor Burlington’s last desperate attempt at a playoff berth turned ugly in a hurry Friday night. Wilmot set the tone with a five-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the first quarter, and the turnover nightmare began. The Demons finished with four turnovers and missed […]


Hey parents: High school sports aren’t life and death

Big Foot coach Rodney Wedig (right) was escorted off the field due to an alleged threat from a parent. (Photo by Dave Baker)

  Last week’s fiasco is yet another reason why people in general need to take a chill pill when investing too much into high school. The average person lives, what, 80 years? High school is only four of those. A blip on the map. A whopping 5 percent. But some […]


Play my kid or else: Parent pressures coach during ‘out of control’ meeting

Play my kid or else: Parent pressures coach during ‘out of control’ meeting

What started as a concerning e-mail escalated into an extremely heated meeting and has become a full-blown fiasco. Walworth Big Foot head football coach Rodney Wedig couldn’t believe what happened Monday at Big Foot High School, and he isn’t sure if it’s going away anytime soon. The highly-respected Wedig, whose […]


Hunter Melby just what the Demons needed

Burlington junior Hunter Melby exploded for 193 yards on only 13 carries in the team's 42-14 Homecoming win Friday.

He came back in Week 4 at Lake Geneva Badger. On one of his first runs, Burlington junior running back Hunter Melby almost took it to the house, bursting down the right sideline for a 50-yard gain. He didn’t do much on the ground the rest of the contest, one […]


Green Bay Packers will be just fine

Green Bay Packers will be just fine

Haven’t we seen this movie before? The one where the Green Bay Packers start off the season looking more like a high school team than an NFL team. 2012. 2010. 2009. Even 2008. Do you see a pattern developing? The Packers are slow starters and fast finishers. Let me give […]


BREAKING: Lake Geneva Generals semi-pro football team officially for sale

BREAKING: Lake Geneva Generals semi-pro football team officially for sale

WILLIAMS BAY – The Lake Geneva Generals semi-pro football franchise is no longer – again. After almost folding earlier this year, co-owners Derek and Jeni Diehl saddled up for one more season. And what a ride it was. For the first time in 12 years, Derek’s team missedthe playoffs but […]


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