Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Megan Skoczylas genuinely was surprised by the recognition, but soccer coaches around the Southern Lakes Conference didn’t hesitate to bestow the honor after she repeatedly flashed her immense talent.

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The Elkhorn Area High School athlete was named to the all-league first team last spring, one of only two freshmen.

STATELINE NEWS -- Beloit Memorial’s baseball team sports talent and experience, so the Purple Knights have what it takes to separate off-the-field issues from what happens between the white lines.

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Ryan Schmitz took over managerial duties after Scott Huffman’s dismissal in mid-March and said he inherited a resilient bunch after two years as an assistant.

Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00

Rock Soccer Club to host Clash tourney

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Rock Soccer Club board members are excited about the coming weekend and the future of the organization as they prepare for the second annual Clash in the Grass tournament.

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Twenty-four boys and girls teams -- a dip from 27 last year -- had registered as of press time for the competitions, which will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and April 27, at the Youth Sports Complex in Janesville.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- His collegiate baseball career has been one of nearly constant change. But Michael Gonzalez has made his final metamorphosis and found a home in right field.

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And the 2009 Delavan-Darien High School graduate is flourishing offensively and defensively for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Tala Cornell helps Bucs with bat, glove

STATELINE NEWS -- Tala Cornell had numerous scholarship offers to play collegiate softball. However, the former Beloit Memorial High School standout said staying home far outweighed any other options.

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Seventh-year coach Kim Zarling and Beloit College have been the major benefactors.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

Maddie Schroeder fearless in Cougars’ net

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- She had major doubts from the get-go, but there was nobody else to blame.

“I became the goalie on a boys team in fourth grade,” said Maddie Schroeder, whose soccer roots grew through YWCA and Rock Soccer Club programs. “The coaches asked and nobody else volunteered, so they said, ‘Have at it.’”

STATELINE NEWS -- A former Negro League baseball player from Beloit will be among six inductees this June in the Beloit Historical Society’s Elliott-Perring Sports Hall of Fame.

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William “Bill” McCrary, whose photo has hung in the Negro League Hall of Fame, was a local baseball star before signing with the Kansas City Monarchs.

McCrary will join Don Zickert, John Schroeder, Chris Brown, Ty Talton and Justin “Ace” Hanaman on Thursday, June 5, at the historical society’s Lincoln Center, 845 Hackett St.

George Spelius, longtime president of the Midwest League and co-founder of minor league baseball in Beloit in 1982, will be honored with the hall of fame’s Bernie Barkin/Everett Haskell Lifetime Achievement Award.

Zickert starred at Beloit Catholic and as a football standout at UW-Whitewater. Zickert would coach the girls basketball team at Beloit Catholic, leading one of his teams to a second-place finish at the independent schools state tourney.

Schroeder is a retired Beloit Memorial softball coach and was inducted into the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Brown was one of Schroeder’s standout players at Beloit Memorial. She went on to star at UW-Green Bay.

Talton was a multisport standout at Beloit Turner. He was a state champion sprinter and hurdler, scored over 1,000 points in basketball and was a star running back for the Trojans.

Hanaman was a member of Beloit Memorial’s state championship hockey team in 1999, scoring a hat trick in the 5-4 overtime victory over Stevens Point in the title showdown.

Tickets are available from Rick West at (608) 314-8421 or Jim Franz t (608) 364-9223.

The dinner begins with social time at 5:30 p.m. The dinner and program begin at 6 p.m.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Don’t let his humble nature fool you. Badger High School senior Derek Denecke is a fierce competitor on the baseball field.

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Denecke is the lone returning starter from a squad that shared the Southern Lakes Conference championship last year, so by default he becomes one of the Badgers’ leaders.

STATELINE NEWS -- Beloit Turner’s Kelsie Packard only needs to look across the supper table to see a sports role model.

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Her mother, Dori (Stankewitz) Packard, led the Trojans softball team to the school’s first of only two WIAA state tournament appearances in 1984 before embarking on a record-setting, All-America career at Florida Southern College.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The job description doesn’t matter; getting the job done any way possible does.

Maddie McCue is the leadoff hitter for the Milton High School softball team, and that means getting on base.

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The junior has performed her No. 1 task as well as any player in the state. McCue has batted a combined .517 the past two years, recording 22 stolen bases without being caught and walking almost as much as she strikes out, giving her a fabulous on-base percentage of .571.

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