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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Even the most talented and decorated prep athletes need time to adjust and learn what performing at the collegiate level is all about.

That goes for Whitewater High School graduate and current University of Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman basketball player Brooke Trewyn.

The 5-foot-10 guard was a two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection, which included leading Judy Harms’ Whippets to the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinals and a 21-4 finish last season.

There may be places with equal measures of tradition, history and sense of family. However, none of them has more than St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Janesville.

And when it comes to athletics, the institution provides a longstanding example. It has employed three athletic directors since 1935: Len Gersmehl, Tim Ebeling and Mark Fenrick.

Ebeling joined the school in 1970, coaching basketball for 26 years, serving as AD for 29 and teaching there for 41. One of the first, and best, decisions he made in his final season on the bench in 1995-’96 was to bring Scott Gestrich aboard as his assistant.

STATELINE NEWS -- On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Beloit Snappers will host their 11th annual Hot Stove banquet at the Eclipse Center in Beloit.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. and will offer a cocktail hour, buffet-style dinner, speakers and live and silent auctions.

Among the guests will be manager Fran Riordan, making his first appearance in Beloit. Riordan spent 14 years managing in independent leagues, including the last four seasons at Florence in the Frontier League, guiding the Freedom to a 190-194 record. Riordan is a member of the Frontier League Hall of Fame.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Kerry Storbakken’s Janesville Craig girls basketball team battled for the Big Eight Conference championship last year, handing eventual winner Middleton its only league defeat.

His 2013-’14 squad featured standout Alison Hughes, who was named the Big 8’s player of the year after averaging 14.4 points per game in helping the Cougars to a 20-5 overall record, which included a 14-4 conference showing.

Hughes, a senior, is back and remains one of the loop’s top scorers (15.4) as Craig again finds itself battling for league supremacy. However, this version features a two-headed offensive monster behind the improvement of junior second-year starter and fellow guard Delaney Schoenenberger, who also happens to give the team more versatility because she’s left-handed.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Packer fans have Green and Gold fever

It doesn’t matter how many games they’ve attended. Green Bay Packers fans are a unique breed, and their memories of being at Lambeau Field are unforgettable.

The team’s success on the frozen tundra definitely helps the collective psyche of Green and Gold supporters. But it’s the setting, ambiance and history that religious faithful say makes the experience special in a place they consider a professional football shrine.

And that includes residents from the Stateline area, who no doubt have a few mixed emotions this week considering former area high school standouts Tony Romo of Burlington and Travis Frederick of Big Foot are returning as members of the Dallas Cowboys.

STATELINE NEWS -- Lana Wieseman continues to compile impressive statistics, and this could be the season that her hard work and those personal accomplishments finally translate into the most important number – more victories for her team.

The 6-foot-1 junior and 2012 Badger High School graduate was averaging a team-leading 22.2 points per game, which topped the Midwest conference, as the Beloit College women’s basketball team got off to a 4-5 start.

That record may not sound great, but it’s a vast improvement considering the Buccaneers finished 4-19 and 7-16, respectively, during her first two years.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Every coach needs a security blanket, a player he/she can count on to hit a big basket or make a key play down the stretch in a tight ballgame.

Senior James Fox is that guy for Edgerton boys basketball coach Mike McCabe.

Fox was averaging more than 18 points per game with a season high of 30 in a loss to Beloit Turner in a Rock Valley crossover contest.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00

Delavan-Darien boys rely on perimeter shooters

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Delavan-Darien is the smallest school in the Southern Lakes Conference, which makes it tough for the Comets’ athletic teams to compete in general.

In addition, Bob Beighton’s 2014-’15 boys basketball team is lacking numbers when it comes to height.

The DDHS roster features only two players listed taller than 6-foot-1, so the Comets must rely on their outside game to be competitive.

And Delavan-Darien has some of the best three-point shooters in the Stateline area, a group that includes senior twin brothers Isiah and Isaac Ramos and juniors Lucas DeLara and William Brown.

The Comets finished 7-16 overall last year but won five of their last seven contests. This year they were off to a 2-4 start heading into Friday’s game at Waterford.

Offensively through six games, DeLara was leading the way at 18.2 ppg, followed by Isiah Ramos (13.7), Brown (10.7) and Isaac Ramos (6.2).

Isiah Ramos had made 21 three-pointers, DeLara 13 and Brown and Isaac Ramos nine apiece.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- His opponents and teammates know it, and so does Tyler Westrick. The senior guard is the focal point of the Milton boys basketball team’s offense.

However, the important thing that all parties understand is that the Red Hawks’ standout, despite life in spotlight’s pressure-packed glow, never flinches.

The 6-foot-1, three-sport star was the second-leading scorer in the Badger South Conference despite Milton’s 0-7 start, and coach Zach Groelle couldn’t ask for a better player to help get his team through tough times.

STATELINE NEWS -- She received interest from or had interest in numerous colleges for her athletic and/or academic talents, including NCAA Division I schools UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, Marquette and DePaul.

She also considered D-III programs at Macalester (Minn.) and Knox College (Ill.), but 2011 Beloit Memorial High School graduate Haleigh Thomas decided she wanted to stay home.

So, Thomas has been excelling in both arenas at Beloit College since making that tough decision, and she’s happy with her choice.

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