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Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



Rock Valley Conference members Whitewater and Brodhead were among the top girls basketball teams in Division 3 throughout the 2013-’14 season and should be strong postseason contenders again.

Kerry Storbakken’s Janesville Craig squad finished third in the Big Eight Conference behind Middleton and Verona and should challenge again after losing only one key contributor. The Cougars held a one-point lead after three quarters before falling, 43-36, to Mukwonago in a WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal last year.

Janesville Parker also returns a strong senior class and looks to bounce back from its 12-12 finish.

STATELINE NEWS -- Head coach Tim Sughroue fields his own version of Knute Rockne’s vaunted Four Horsemen, and he unleashes them against Northern Illinois Conference opponents every Friday night.

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Hononegah’s powerful ground game features the quartet of senior running backs Alec Dodd, Sam Ballano, Marcos Reyes and Keinen Nordlie.

The WIAA state cross country championships -- the 102nd running for boys and 42nd for girls -- takes place at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday, Nov. 1.

It will be the first competition in which the girls also will run the 5,000-meter course.

The schedule is as follows: Division 3 boys at 11:30 a.m., Division 2 boys at 12:10 p.m., Division 1 boys at 12:50 p.m., Division 3 girls at 1:30 p.m., Division 2 girls at 2:10 p.m. and Division 1 girls at 2:50 p.m.

Twenty schools will battle for team crowns in Division 1, while the Divisions 2 and 3 fields consist of 16 teams.

Here is a list of Stateline area teams and individuals scheduled to compete:

Division 1 boys

Badger: seniors Alex Martinez and Sam Carmona

Janesville Craig: sophomore Nate Farrell, junior Payton Bender, freshmen Tyler Brown and Anthony Schrader, senior Christian Gilmore, sophomore Joe Cooper and senior Brent Clanfield

Janesville Parker: senior David Green

Division 1 girls

Beloit Memorial: senior Brenda Hernandez and sophomore Bailey Cronin

Janesville Craig: freshman Peyton Sippy

Janesville Parker: senior Mandy Slaback

Elkhorn: junior Tay Mair

Burlington: sophomore Ashlyn Barry

Division 2 boys

Beloit Turner: senior Kyle Swain

Division 2 girls

Whitewater: juniors Sarah Ziolkowski and Andrea Sandoval

Big Foot: freshman Zanzie Demco

Clinton: senior Julia Kaster

Division 3 boys

Catholic Central: senior Sam Joski

Division 3 girls

Parkview: sophomore Camryn Burtness

Catholic Central: senior Kourtney Mulhollon

Stateline boys soccer fans can relish in the fact that area teams have established two firsts this fall.

It’s the first time that two area teams -- Delavan-Darien and Beloit Memorial -- have qualified for the same WIAA state tournament, and it’s the first appearance for the Purple Knights.

The Comets (20-2-1) meet Rice Lake (16-8-2) in a Division 3 semifinal at Milwaukee’s Uihlein Park at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. The Warriors knocked off defending champion Ashland in the sectional finale to reach state for the first time.

STATELINE NEWS -- Brea Edwards has enjoyed the spotlight during most of her athletic career. However, the stage will be much bigger and brighter the next two years.

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The 2011 Hononegah High School graduate recently began workouts at her new collegiate basketball home, Middle Tennessee State University, located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee southeast of Nashville.

WHITEWATER -- Paul Foster enjoyed a small bite of college football as a freshman in 2013, getting into UW-Whitewater’s season opener.

However, the Janesville Craig alumnus and 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker is enjoying the entire smorgasbord this fall for the defending NCAA Division III national champions.

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“It’s a lot more fun when you’re playing,” Foster said. “There’s more stress and pressure (to perform), but it’s all worth it when you’re out there. It’s about proving something to yourself and to your coaches.”

No. 1 Warhawks to be featured on ESPN’s ‘GameDay’

WHITEWATER -- The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team and the city of Whitewater will be in the spotlight Saturday on ESPN’s “College GameDay,” a weekly national college football show that averages over 1 million viewers per episode between 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

The segment, which was compiled Tuesday and Wednesday on campus and around the city, is tentatively scheduled to air at about 9 a.m. senior national columnist Gene Wojciechowski spoke with UW-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold, senior defensive back Brady Grayvold and Athletic Director Amy Edmonds for the piece. ESPN’s crew also collected video footage from the campus and community.

Leipold posted his 100th career victory last Saturday in his 106th game to become the fastest head coach in NCAA history to reach triple digits in wins. His achievement received national attention after the game and will be covered later this week in Sports Illustrated and by the Associated Press.

The No. 1 Warhawks, 3-0 in Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Association play and 6-0 overall, host UW-Oshkosh at 1 p.m. for its homecoming game.

Most of the 224 qualifying teams in seven divisions kick off the 2014 WIAA state football playoffs Friday across the Badger State, including all of the Stateline area participants.

Here is the schedule and a few notes about all of the opening-round matchups.

Division 1

• Janesville Craig (6-2) earned a sixth seed and a long bus ride to the southern shore of Lake Winnebago, where the Cougars face third-seeded Fond du Lac (8-1), which finished second to Oshkosh North in the Wisconsin Valley Association South. The Cougars are making their first postseason trip since 2008 and 12th overall, while the Cardinals qualified for a second straight year and 13th in school history.

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.

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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.

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