The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team returns 14 starters from a squad that reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals for the 10th time in the last 11 seasons, finishing 12-2 overall in 2015.
UW-Whitewater has won nine of the last 11 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles and six of the past nine NCAA Division III championships.
League coaches and athletic communications personnel have anointed the Warhawks league favorite again after they finished 6-1 last year and a game behind UW-Oshkosh in their first year under coach Kevin Bullis.
Fighting a numbers game and rebuilding football programs usually go hand in hand, and playing in a smaller NCAA Division III league makes the task even tougher.
Midwest Conference member Beloit College faces that continual battle, compiling its seventh losing record in the last 10 years in 2015.
The Bucs finished 3-7 for a second straight year under head coach Seth Duerr, losing three games by eight points or less.
DELAVAN -- Matthew Eby is developing a legacy in the soccer community, having recently participated in his sixth international tournament.
So, it’s little wonder that he was named United States Deaf Soccer’s Legacy Award winner in 2012, an honor given to Team USA players upon competing in four or more major tournaments.
Eby, 32, is entering his fifth year as athletic director at the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delavan, where he led the Firebirds girls basketball team to the Central States championship in 2014.
Both were among Wisconsin’s best prep golfers, finishing in the top five in the medalist standings all four years at Edgerton High School, before joining the Big Ten’s elite.
Their parents, Brad and Leslie Ferrell, graduated with local links legend Steve Stricker, who has won over $42 million on the PGA tour. So it’s no wonder these siblings have been on an upward trajectory since picking up clubs and obvious why Brooke hopes to follow older sister Allyssa into the professional ranks.
The 2016 high school football season in Wisconsin begins this weekend, so the Stateline area will be abuzz again.
Here are the opening match-ups with last year’s regular-season records in parentheses:
Friday, Aug. 19
(All games 7 p.m.)
Janesville Craig (3-6) at Madison East (4-5)
Verona (6-3) at Janesville Parker (4-5)
Madison West (1-8) at Beloit Memorial (0-9)
Mount Horeb/Barneveld (6-3) at Milton (7-2)
Racine Case (1-8) at Burlington (5-4)
Lodi at Delavan-Darien (5-4)
Badger (7-2) at Kenosha Tremper (4-5)
Elkhorn (2-7) at Waukesha North (3-6)
Edgerton (3-6) at Beloit Turner (7-2)
Evansville (9-0) at Clinton (5-4)
McFarland (2-7) at East Troy (6-3)
Brodhead/Juda (4-5) at Big Foot (5-4)
Whitewater (2-7) at Jefferson (3-6)
Dodgeville (1-8) at Parkview (3-6)
Palmyra-Eagle (1-8) at Martin Luther (4-5)
New Glarus/Monticello (3-6) at Catholic Central (9-0)
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