He could not have written a better script for the 2015-’16 season, accomplishing one of the top individual honors while reaching the ultimate team goal.
Now it’s up to Lawrence Cornellier and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point men’s hockey team to do it again.
The Pointers claimed the school’s fifth national championship, and first since 1993, in late March. And the 6-foot, 170-pound junior led NCAA Division III players with 23 goals scored.
EAST TROY -- Some roads are clear and well traveled. Others are detours with uncertain results. The latter is the direction East Troy senior Jake Nixon headed, and it led him to becoming the player of the year on the 19th annual All-Walworth County boys basketball team.
It is the fifth time in six years and sixth in nine years that a Trojan was named the POY by area coaches and members of the media. Alex Bondar won it in 2007-’08, Tanner Plomb in 2010-’11 and 2011-’12, Nate Dodge in 2012-’13 and Jake Growel in 2013-’14. Lincoln Wieseman of Badger broke the four-year run by East Troy players last season.
But Nixon wasn’t anywhere to be found on last year’s team. In fact, he did not even play in the county. Nixon played his first season of varsity basketball as a junior at Mukwonago.
His game is all about speed and athleticism. After all, it says so right in his name: Daytona Bryden.
His father, Scott, is a big-time stock car fan. However, baseball always has been No. 1 with his son, who races around diamonds rather than tracks.
Bryden is the starting center fielder and leadoff batter for another strong team at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. John Vodenlich’s perennial powerful Warhawks were off to a 14-1 start heading into this past Wednesday’s scheduled doubleheader against Concordia University of Chicago and were ranked No. 2 according to D3baseball.com.
She didn’t join the fraternity until five years ago. However, Jessica Garcia will compete in the ultimate event for long-distance runners, the historic Boston Marathon.
The 120th rendition of the race will be Monday, April 18.
And although the 2004 Janesville Craig High School graduate has been tested numerous times since taking the proverbial leap of faith into the world of endurance athletics, this special race tests participants’ will in unique ways.
“I’ve had friends who’ve participated, including my (running) partner in crime, Jen Skelly, and Jason Penticoff,” Garcia said. “I remember Jen coming back and the next day saying, ‘You have to run Boston.’ She had this glow and energy about her.”
BELOIT -- Nobody appreciates history more than Kim Fischer. And nobody loves baseball, especially the minor league variety, more than the Chicago area native.
Fischer has lived in Huntley, Illinois, since 2004, a year after retiring from a career as a history teacher. He attended his first Midwest League game in 1990, watching the nearby Kane County Cougars.
“My friend said I would like it up in Beloit, so I attended a game up there,” Fischer said. “I slowly got more and more interested, but for me it got really big in the mid-1990s. I’m a lifelong (Chicago) Cubs fan, so I went over to Rockford a lot when their team played there. But I saw Beloit more and more, and then the Cubs left (for Peoria).
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