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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



East Troy and Burlington know about expectations and the pressure that goes with them, and the top two girls volleyball teams in the Stateline area are ready for the challenges again.

WIAA postseason competitions begin for Divisions 2-4 on Tuesday, Oct. 21, and Division 1 squads join the fray Thursday, Oct. 23.

Coach Jeremy Weis’ defending D-2 champion Trojans aren’t as mighty as the contingent that registered a 44-0 mark last year, which included victories over numerous D-1 powers.

Thursday, 16 October 2014 00:00

High school football playoff fever begins

The 39th rendition of the WIAA football playoffs begins with Level 1 contests Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and Oct. 25.

And the Stateline area will be well represented, especially in the four largest divisions. First-round pairings were scheduled to be announced this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 18).

Here is a look at the area qualifiers.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Coaches Matthew Boesch of Hawk’s View and Heidi Haas of Geneva National provided the leadership, and members of the Lake Geneva PGA Junior League all-star golf team took their advice all the way to capturing the state championship.

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Wisconsin’s final four teams were Lake Geneva, Madison, Sheboygan and North Shore Milwaukee. They competed Sept. 7 at Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms in Cedarburg, with the Stateline area squad besting the field. 

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Statistics often don’t tell the entire story, but the numbers don’t lie when it comes to maintaining many of the athletic teams at the University of Wisconsin-Rock County.

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That’s especially true when it involves a new coach who’s been tasked with resurrecting a program after a five-year hiatus.

Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00

Postseason to begin in golf, tennis and soccer

Fans know that when the leaves start turning, postseason action isn’t far behind for high school fall sports teams.

WIAA girls golf playoff competition kicked off with regional tournaments Wednesday and Thursday (Milton).

Sectional golf events will be this coming Monday through Wednesday.

Milton High School hopes to make its third appearance in the WIAA girls state golf team tournament in four years after falling short of making the Division 1 field last fall.

The Red Hawks and other Stateline area squads hit the postseason trail starting Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.

The other 11 regional events are scheduled Oct. 1, while the Milton Regional will be Oct. 2 at the Red Hawks’ home layout, Oak Ridge Golf Course.

Senior Maddie McCue and junior CheyAnn Knudsen qualified as individuals in 2013, shooting two-day totals of 158 and 162, and hope to carry sixth-ranked Milton back to Madison’s University Ridge again as a team.

The Red Hawks finished only one stroke behind mighty Edgewood in the Badger Conference meet to end the regular season. Milton placed second in 2011 and fourth in 2012 at state, and freshman Mia Seeman and sophomore Leah Foster will be counted on to help them make a return visit.

The regional field also features honorable mention Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig, Beloit Memorial, Badger and Elkhorn.

Parker, behind senior standout Kailey McDade, also should contend for a spot in the sectional that the Vikings will host at Riverside Golf Course the following week.

Meanwhile, Edgerton and Beloit Turner will participate in the Edgewood Regional in Division 2 competition at Yahara Hills. The Crusaders have won three straight and 10 of the 11 Division 2 championships ever held, not to mention the last two single-class tourneys in 2001-’02.

The top teams and individual advancers from that event will play at Trapper’s Turn in the Wisconsin Dells Sectional.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Chandler latest Kayser to star for Elkhorn soccer

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Chandler Kayser hasn’t needed to look far for quality role models. His father, Quentin “BZ” Kayser, is the head boys soccer coach at Elkhorn Area High School. His brother, Jordan, was the Southern Lakes Conference’s top performer in 2011 and played at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

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And former Elks teammate Jon Stopple also won the league’s top honor in 2012 and competes at UW-Platteville.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 00:00

Janesville prep rivals become college teammates

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Austin Schleisner and Decker Thompson used to be cross-town football rivals in Janesville, the former at Craig and the latter at Parker.

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Now they’re college teammates at Ripon College, defensive starters and juniors majoring in business management.

LAKE GENEVA -- Some leaders are easy to spot, while others prefer to avoid the spotlight. Alex Martinez falls into the latter category.

However, the Badger High School senior takes that role seriously, and his cross-country teammates tend to follow.

JANESVILLE -- Speed, quickness, versatility and athleticism. That’s why they call them skill positions. And Janesville Craig’s offense features plenty of them to torment Big Eight Conference opponents this season.

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