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STATELINE NEWS -- The Beloit College Student-Athletic Activities Committee and the Department of Athletics presented their annual awards for 2014-’15 at a recent banquet in Flood Arena.

Here are the awards:

SAAC Awards

Highest individual GPA

Think about having high hopes for your final season of high school basketball, only to find out you will have a new coach who will ask you to switch positions.

That is what happened to Badger’s 6-foot-4 Lincoln Wieseman. The good news? It worked like a charm.

“This year was a change, but a change I was really happy for,” said Wieseman, who parlayed the move into leading the Badgers to their first Southern Lakes Conference boys basketball championship. He also garnered player of the year honors on the 2014-’15 All-Walworth County team.

This weekend’s 26th annual celebration pushed the total of Janesville Sports Hall of Fame members past the 140 mark as five more names from the city’s illustrious athletic past joined the esteemed group.

The 2015 class, which was honored at the Janesville Country Club, featured Craig High School graduates Jeannie Cullen Schultz and Erika Schansberg Kitson and Parker High alums Rob Kukla, Cas Prime and Mike Lexa.

Tim Paterick, a former Cougar basketball standout and a 1992 Hall of Fame inductee, was the keynote speaker during the ceremony, which has been sponsored by The Gazette since its inception.

The Beloit Club is undergoing a multi-million dollar makeover expected to be completed this spring. The club was built in 1909, while the course opened in 1929. The Beloit Club’s visible calling card will be the three-story, 24,000-square-foot clubhouse, built adjacent to the former one and designed by the company that constructed the clubhouse at Erin Hills near Hartford, where the men’s 2017 U.S. Open will be played. STORY I GOLF ISSUE

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dan Piecha sees the direct correlation every week. He is the club professional and general manager at Delbrook Golf Course, where Piecha also is a driving force with the PGA Junior League program.

He also happens to be the head coach at Delavan-Darien High School. So he knows all too well how important promoting participation and developing skills through a strong youth effort can be.

“Our numbers have been pretty steady and actually have gone up the last couple of years,” Piecha said. “We have kids who play just for the fun of it and some who take it more seriously. And we’ve been a part of the PGA Junior League the last two years. I haven’t seen a lot of kids who play in the Wisconsin Junior PGA and other state events. But even if they are competing in those programs, they’re still playing high school golf, so kids aren’t bypassing one for the other.”

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Scorecards are optional, depending on age and ability. However, it’s all about the numbers when it comes to youth golf participation at courses in northern Rock County.

While it still takes time and effort to attract kids and families, Steve Loomis and Chad Johnson are encouraged by what they’ve seen in recent years and optimistic that the trend will continue.

Loomis is the head golf professional and general manager at Riverside and Blackhawk courses in Janesville.

STATELINE NEWS -- Shouts of “Fore!” still have been heard occasionally around the 18-hole, par-71 course this spring. However, within a matter of weeks, sounds of “oohs” and “ahhs” will be the norm from golfers and visitors to the Beloit Club.

(The GOLF issue stories HERE)

That’s because the new clubhouse and other parts of the multimillion project are scheduled for completion in late May.

Diane Hendricks, co-founder and chairwoman of ABC Supply, bought the 103-acre former Country Club of Beloit property in September for $700,000.

Matt Behrendt doesn’t lack for confidence; few starting quarterbacks do. However, the now former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater signal caller is realistic about having his name called during the three-day NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 30.

“Getting drafted would be nuts, I mean that’s everyone’s dream right there,” Behrendt said. “But that is most likely not going to happen.”

The odds always are against NCAA Division III athletes to make the jump to pro football, but nobody should count Behrendt out yet either.

His young clients may not want to listen, but Ron Slavin is a straight shooter. And that’s a welcome trait as an agent in the often-cutthroat business of professional sports.

Slavin represents about 20 National Football League players with BTI Sports Advisors, which is headquartered in Chicago but has Green Bay and Madison offices.

“Having 22- and 23-year-old men understand they don’t have all the answers, that football could end today or tomorrow, so be smart with your money and be smart with your choices of friends and girlfriends,” said Slavin, 40, about the toughest part of his job.

ELKHORN -- VIP Services and its hundreds of Walworth County clients are the beneficiaries. However, the organization’s employees and volunteers will share that windfall with the wider community.

They will do so during the Green Bay Packers’ Tailgate Tour, which is making Elkhorn its fourth of five stops for its 10th anniversary event.

VIP hosts current and former members of the Green and Gold at a special dinner on Friday, April 17, and then activities move to Elkhorn Area Middle School from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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