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Friday, 17 February 2017 10:31

When school’s out, shop teacher forges on

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The garage at Pat Biggin’s Elkhorn home holds one of his passions -- a gas-powered forge. Biggin, a metal shop teacher at Big Foot High School who single-handedly can wield a 10-pound hammer, crafts custom-made forged knives for hunters, brush-clearing farmers, historical knife enthusiasts and others as a side business.

"There are still companies like Randall Made Knives out in Florida that do forged blades and they’re done by people, but it’s a big company. You can only go so far with customizing an order," he said. "Whereas with me you can say, ‘I want this type of handle and that type of liner and this type of sheath.’ I can do what you want. "

Tear into this Slice of Life with Biggin:

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 08:34

Annual David Trophy ceremony Feb. 18

The ninth annual David Trophy presentations and breakfast will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, starting at 7:30 a.m. at Calvary Community Church.

The purpose of the event is to recognize and encourage honorable character traits in young men from area high school programs and to demonstrate support for the influence of coaches in the lives of maturing young athletes.

Head football coaches from Badger, Big Foot, Delavan-Darien and Elkhorn high schools selected one player from their teams.

The coaches and winners for 2016 are: Badger, coach Matt Hensler and nominee Mason DuMez, quarterback, defensive back and punter; Big Foot, coach Greg Enz, nominee Beau Cary, tight end and defensive end; DDHS, coach Bret St. Arnauld, nominee Ryan Gengler, running back and linebacker; and Elkhorn, coach Tom Lee, nominee Ryan Shilts, running back and defensive back.

Those who wish to attend or want more information should call 262-245-6294. The church is at the corner of Wisconsin Highway 50 and Harris Road in Williams Bay.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Audience members viewing “End of Fall” at this year’s Beloit International Film Festival (beloitfilmfest.org/films/end-of-fall/) may find the movie’s locale and even some of its extras familiar. That’s because independent filmmaker and 1992 Big Foot High School grad Joselito Seldera shot his first feature film, a crime thriller, in Walworth County, where he grew up.

Seldera, who earned a master’s degree in filmmaking from the University of Southern California and now makes his home in Los Angeles, often returns to Wisconsin to visit his parents and friends. He might also be here scouting for another location.

Athlete profile: Beau Cary

Athlete’s name: Beau Cary

School: Big Foot High School

Year: Senior

Sports: Basketball, football, tennis

Honors/highlights for each sport: Basketball — second team All-Rock Valley South Conference as sophomore, first team as junior, two-year team captain and MVP, three letters; Football — all-conference honorable mention as junior, second team as senior, three letters

Season scoring stats, best times, etc. for each sport: Basketball — averaged 2.9 points and 2.6 rebounds per game as freshman; 9.0 ppg and 7.1 rebounds as a sophomore; 14.9 ppg and 8.0 rebounds as a junior

Describe yourself on/off the field: I always try to keep a positive attitude in whatever I do. I push to better myself in all aspects of my life each and every day.

How did you get started playing each of the sports or your favorite sport? My older brothers played sports, and I attended all of their games. I couldn’t wait until I was old enough to play.

Biggest influences or role models and why: My coach, Mike Dowden, really has helped me throughout high school, both on and off the court. Anything from not playing well to struggling in a class, he always has been there to support me.

Most memorable moment(s) in high school sports: Beating Clinton in the playoffs my sophomore year (basketball regional opener).

What advice would you give younger athletes about competing at the high school and/or collegiate levels? Enjoy it; it goes by faster than you think.

Favorite athlete(s): Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Favorite team(s): UW Badgers

Post-high school plans: College and play basketball

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The journey to the Wisconsin state girls basketball tournament began in earnest with opening games scattered throughout the Stateline this past week.

Here is a roundup of area teams for the 2016-’17 season.

Southern Lakes

Delavan-Darien

The Comets shared second place with Badger last year with a 9-5 conference mark, three games behind Union Grove and Wilmot. That was a tremendous jump after getting skunked in league play a year earlier.

Delavan-Darien must play without second teamer Jennah Speth, who registered a team-high 13.4 ppg. But it will soldier on in trying to improve on its 13-10 overall record with sophomore standout Katharina Lopez (12.8) and senior Kenna Timmerman (9.8).

Junior Jaida Speth (5.7) and senior Alex Gonzalez (3.1) must take on much bigger roles because Lopez will miss considerable time with an ACL injury.

Badger

The Badgers must make up for the loss of Samantha Tisa, who was third in the SLC in scoring at 13.7 and second in rebounds at 7.8, earning a spot on the league’s first team.

Senior Jenn Freeman (11.2) is back after making the second unit, while junior Courtney Oomens (8.1) garnered honorable mention status, and big things are expected from both as Badger tries to better its 12-11 finish.

Juniors Chloe Kleeman (6.2), Marissa Nurnberg (5.1) and Madison Smid (4.2) also possess plenty of experience and will be counted on heavily.

Elkhorn

The once-proud program and perennial contender has fallen on hard times, winning fewer games each of the last four seasons since posting a 9-5 conference record in 2011-’12.

And the Elks likely will struggle again after going winless last winter (0-14, 0-23).

Elkhorn also faces life without top performer  Megan Skoczylas, who earned honorable mention.

Top returnees include junior Olivia May (3.7) and sophomores Riley Rand (6.3) and Payton Christensen (5.3).

Burlington

The Demons finished 8-6 in SLC competition and 12-12 overall and should contend for an upper-division spot behind junior star Jessa Burling, who topped the conference in scoring (15.0) and rebounding (8.4). Those efforts placed her on the league’s first team.

Also back is senior Megan Wallace, who averaged 11.2 ppg and earned honorable mention laurels.

This experienced bunch also returns seniors Ashlyn Barry, Mackenzie Zwiebel and Adeline Jachim, who all chipped in from 4.5 to 6 ppg.

Rock Valley North

Whitewater

The 2014-’15 Division 3 state champions fell in the regional finals last year, finishing 22-2 after dominating league action again with a 16-0 mark, six games ahead of McFarland.

Judy Harms’ Whippets should contend for the trophy again behind returning senior first-team choices Myriama Smith-Traore and Rebekah Schumacher. Smith-Traore, the All-Walworth County and conference Player of the Year, averaged 17.4 points, 15.1 rebounds and 5.5 blocked shots and will want to go out on a high note before taking her talents to Marquette University after being the only unanimous Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association D-3 All-State team selection.

Schumacher chipped in 13.6 ppg, led the conference in assists (4.7) and added 4.5 steals. She has committed to NCAA Division II program Quincy University.

And don’t forget honorable mention selections Allison Heckert (9.3) and Ali Ketterhagen, both juniors.

Whitewater is chasing its fourth consecutive North crown and has not lost a league contest since falling to McFarland on Dec. 10, 2013, a string of 40 straight wins.

East Troy

The Trojans arguably have the league’s biggest hole to fill, losing scoring champion and first teamer Katrina Santos (17.8), who finished second in rebounding (12.6) to Smith-Traore.

Jeff Brown’s returning contingent will include honorable mention choices in senior Maddie Rosin (6.5) and sophomore Mackenzie Lindow (6.1), along with soph Erin Rice (6.9).

East Troy suffered its third consecutive losing campaign after making back-to-back D-2 state tournament appearances, finishing 5-11 in league contests and 9-14 overall.

Rock Valley South

Big Foot

Big Foot is gearing up to eliminate Brodhead’s six-year stranglehold of the league’s top spot, which the rivals shared last winter.

The Chiefs boast a strong lineup despite the loss of leading scorer Morgan Courier, who averaged 13.6 ppg while making the South first team.

That unit also included Courtney Schoenbeck, who scored at an 11.0 clip as a sophomore as Big Foot finished 14-2 in conference competition and 19-5 overall.

Payton Courier also is back for her junior campaign after averaging 10 ppg and making the league’s second team.

Rick Schoenbeck’s squad also features honorable mention seniors Brooke Wellhausen (5.6) and Olivia Briggs (8.8).

Palmyra-Eagle

Dustin Burg takes over from B.J. Mertens, whose Panthers finished in the conference basement at 1-15 and 3-20.

The Panthers had not defeated a Rock Valley opponent since February 2013, also against Parkview, when they upended the Vikings late last season.

Palmyra-Eagle hopes to improve its perch in the standings behind senior Sarah Seiden and junior Lauren Stefanczyk, who both earned honorable mention laurels.

Seiden led the team at 10.4 ppg, while Stefanczyk was right there at 10.1.

Trailways South

Williams Bay

The Bulldogs took their lumps during a 5-11 showing in the conference, but they finished 10-13 overall.

They could move up a notch or two behind the likes of senior Lauren Higgins and juniors Leslie Olson and Bella DeNotto, who all earned honorable mention accolades.

Olson led the offense with 8.3 ppg, while Higgins was second at 7.2 and DeNotto third with 6.1. Higgins topped the team in rebounding at seven per game.

Indian Trails Blue

Faith Christian

The Eagles went unbeaten in league action and finished 11-12 overall.

Faith Christian returns a formidable lineup despite losing Sabrina Johnson. Sophomore Zoe Vyskocil joined Johnson on the league’s first team, while senior Moriah Skrede and junior Gretal Botsch earned spots on the second unit and senior Hailey Vyskocil was an honorable mention pick.

Metro Classic

Catholic Central

Jerod Boyd takes the coaching reins from Suzy Bittmann after Central failed to win a conference outing while compiling a 6-17 overall finish.

Not much is expected of the Hilltoppers this season, although they return senior and honorable mention selection Bridget Bittmann (8.4).

They must replace leading scorer Laura Klein, who pumped in 10.7 ppg.

Sophomores Elizabeth (5.6) and Emma Klein (6.2) will attempt to pick up the slack.

Big Eight

Janesville Craig

Kerry Storbakken’s Cougars fell one game short of a third consecutive 20-victory season, finishing 19-7, including a 14-4 mark and third-place showing in league play.

Craig must replace one of the program’s top players for a second straight year, losing conference scoring leader and first teamer Delaney Schoenenberger a season after Alison Hughes graduated.

Annie Schumacher (13.0) and Kamryn Brittingham (8.4) also are gone. However, the Cougars’ lineup still features Ali Carlson, who made the third team after averaging 8.8 ppg, and fellow senior Sam Pierson (5.1).

Janesville Parker

The Vikings’ 9-9 record placed them fifth in the always-tough league race. That helped them finish 14-10 overall, losing four contests by four or less points during Jennah Hartwig’s first year after replacing Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Tom Klawitter.

Parker also must replace its best player in league first team choice Bree Porter, who topped the team at 15.4 ppg, reaching double digits in 22 of 24 outings.

While Porter has taken her skills to NCAA Division II school Hillsdale (Mich.), the Vikings’ fortunes will hinge a lot on senior Julia Hartwig. She led the Big Eight in rebounding (11.0) and averaged 15.3 ppg.

Also back are senior Kameron Blaser (5.6), sophomore Brooke Graesslin (4.0), junior Jacy Benway (3.7) and senior Sydni Brewster (3.1).

Beloit Memorial

The Purple Knights have not won a league game since December 2013, a string of 49 straight losses against rivals.

Teshonna Bennett’s first Memorial squad never tasted victory last year, something the program hasn’t done since the season opener in 2014-’15.

This year’s chances for improvement will depend on players such as senior Sydnee Marshall (4.4) and juniors Aniah Williams (11.1) and Nadiya Connor (5.8).

Football

First Team Offense

Quarterbacks: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, Jr.; Zach Mielke, Evansville/Albany, Jr.

Running backs: Peyton Pope, Clinton, Sr.; Owen Goedland, East Troy, Sr.; Brennen Banks, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Receivers: Pedro Sierra, Big Foot, Jr.; Jackson Erickson, Edgerton, Sr.; Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater, Jr.

Tight ends: Hayden Reese, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Johnny Espinoza, Clinton, Sr.

Linemen: Brandon Malkow, Beloit Turner, Jr.; Jared Hansen, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.;

Austin Lynd, Clinton, Sr.; Tony Ward, Clinton, Sr.; Chris Storandt, East Troy, Jr.; Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Athletes: Jordan Jones, Clinton, Sr.; Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Second Team Offense

Quarterbacks: Matt Schmitt, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Tyler Halsted, Clinton, Jr.

Running backs: Ethan Burns, Turner, Sr.; Jack Speckman, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Zach Krause, Clinton, Jr.

Receivers: Jake Heidenreich, Big Foot, Jr.; Juan Reyes, Turner, Jr.; Noah Nyffler, East Troy, Sr.

Tight ends: Sam Behm, Turner, Sr.; Beau Cary, Big Foot, Sr.

Linemen: Phyllip Brown, Turner, Jr.; Danny Carpenter, Big Foot, Jr.; Clayton Hahn, Clinton, Jr.; John Marschke, East Troy, So.; Ethan Richardson, Edgerton, Sr.; Austin Anderson, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Offensive Players of the Year: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, and Brennen Banks, Evansville/Albany

Backs of the Year: Jordan Jones, Clinton, and Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany

Defensive Player of the Year: Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany

Lineman of the Year: Owen Goedland, East Troy

Coach of the Year: Jeff Spiwak, Clinton, and Ron Grovesteen, Evansville/Albany

First Team Defense  

Ends: Olihn Craig, Big Foot, Sr.; Cole Ciochon, Clinton, Sr.; Brody Maag, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Linemen: Tyler Burt, Turner, Sr.; Jared Hansen, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Manny Clotiere, Clinton, Sr.; Owen Goedland, East Troy, Sr.; Lucius Rinehart, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Linebackers: Connor Mullooly, Clinton, Jr.; Devin Nipple, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Sam Behm, Turner, Sr.; Mason Malzahn, East Troy, Sr.

Defensive backs: Brekan Day, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.; Jordan Jones, Clinton, Sr.; Chase Katzenmeyer, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Zach Krause, Clinton, Jr.

Second Team Defense

Ends: Nick Damman, Clinton, Sr.

Linemen: Jake Pieper, East Troy, Jr.; Sean Cox, East Troy, Sr.; Ansel Chesney, Edgerton, Sr.; Noah Pagel, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Linebackers: Jac Christman, Big Foot, Sr.; Joe Stout, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Robert Billington, Clinton, Sr.; Ernesto Magana, Whitewater, Sr.; Skyler Stuckey, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Zachary Wienke, Evansville/Albany, Sr.; Jimmy DuVal, Whitewater, Jr.

Defensive backs: Kasey Woodside, Big Foot, Sr.; Jackson Erickson, Edgerton, Sr.; Demetrios Heniadis, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

First Team Special Teams

Kicker: Kade Gransee, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Punter: Jackson Enz, Big Foot, Jr.

Second Team Special Teams

Kicker: Emiliano Reyes, Turner, So.

Punter: Kade Gransee, Evansville/Albany, Sr.

Honorable mention

Edgerton: Mason Simmons, So.; Jaden Johnson, So.

Evansville/Albany: Nate Kleiboer, Jr.; Otis Johnson, Sr.; Brock Gilkes, Sr.

East Troy: Jacob Mast, Jr.; Sam Goral, Sr.; Chase Coleman, Jr.

Whitewater: Daniel Fuller, Jr.; Manny Alwin, Sr.; Will Leibbrand, Fr.

Big Foot: Brennan Malone, Sr.; Devon Rankins, Sr.; Tucker Milligan, Big Foot, Jr.

Brodhead/Juda: Jeffrey Williams, So.; Parker Johnson, Jr.; Trent Davis, Jr.

Clinton: Austin Beaumont, Jr.; Eric Paschke, Jr.; Kenny Ballmer, Jr.

Turner: Sereno Ferone, Jr.; Josh Fell, Sr.; Giovanni Haney, Sr.

Volleyball

North Division

First Team

Brianna Scuric, East Troy; Kellan Schmidt, Edgerton; Ashlyn Oren, Edgerton; Matison Jakscht, East Troy; Becca Cronin, Evansville; Miranda Karlen, Evansville

Second Team

Izzy Martino, East Troy; Maggie Lawrence, Edgerton; Julian Friedrichs, East Troy; Bethany Oren, Edgerton

Co-Player of Year: Brianna Scuric, East Troy

Honorable mention

Edgerton: Kathleen Reilly, Jessica Danks

East Troy: Natalee Bearce, Katie Zewiske

Evansville: Samantha Kessenich, Trisha Louis

Whitewater: Catherine Yang, Kate Riemer

South Division

First Team

Abbey Johnson, Brodhead, So.; Gloria Esarco, Big Foot, Sr.; Kampbell Hehr, Big Foot, So.; Camila Hallmann, Turner, Jr.; Chandra Clark, Brodhead, Jr.; Sophia Foster, Big Foot, So.; Nicole Chrislaw, Clinton, Jr.

Second Team

Payton Courier, Big Foot, Jr.; Kenzie Krizmanich, Turner, Sr.; Jordan Bobek, Big Foot, Sr.; Sami Gonfiantini, Turner, Sr.; Reagan Watts, Parkview, Sr.; Abby Peterson, Big Foot, So.; Baily Kloepefer, Parkview, Sr.; Becca Smith, Parkview, Sr.

Player of the Year: Abbey Johnson, Brodhead

Honorable Mention

Big Foot: Kennedy Hehr, Sr.

Brodhead: Brooke Malcook, Sr.

Clinton: Kallie Inman, So.

Palmyra-Eagle: Maleny Neubauer, Jr.; Brittany Neuman, Jr.

Parkview: Abby Harnack, Sr.

Turner: Makenna Lauterbach, So.

Boys Soccer

First Team

Midfielders: Juan Mercado, Big Foot, Sr.; Kevin Garcia, Evansville, Jr.

Defenders: Heath Dillenbeck, Big Foot, Jr.; Denver Roberts, East Troy, Jr.; Dineth Gunawardena, Whitewater, Sr.

Goalie: Lars Larsen, Big Foot, Sr.

Utility: Peyton Townsend, Evansville, Jr.

Second Team

Midfielders: Lewis Kim, Edgerton, Jr.; Ryan Christens, Evansville, Sr.; Eder Lavariega, Big Foot, Jr.; Jake Walton, Whitewater, Sr.

Forwards: Brian Reyes, Whitewater, Sr.

Defenders: Owen Wagner, Evansville, So.; Michael Ferraro, Edgerton, Jr.; Thomas McManaway, Whitewater, Sr.

Goalie: Nic Blair, East Troy, Sr.

Utility: Vince Baxter, East Troy, Sr.

Honorable mention

Big Foot: Hamilton Smith, Sr.; Cory Shea, Sr.

East Troy: Max Oldenburg, Sr.; Jared Paullin, Sr.

Edgerton: Ryan Tronnes, So.; Donovan Cone, Jr.

Evansville: Kyle Roth, Sr.; Andy Forster, Sr.

Whitewater: Sergio Falcon, Sr.; Roberto Soto, Sr.

Girls Golf

First Team

Makenzie Suhr, Edgerton, So.; Sofi Gonstead, Clinton, Jr.

Second Team

Johanna Brown, Edgerton, Jr.; Hannah Miller, Turner, Sr.; Mali Kruckenberg, Edgerton, So.

Cross Country

First Team Boys

Evan Harding, East Troy, Sr.; Jacob Korf, Whitewater, Jr.; Benedict Gallagher, Evansville, So.; Jacob Smith, East Troy, So.

Second Team Boys

Alex Dias, Parkview, Sr.; Michael Hatter, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.; Nathan Fox, East Troy, So.; Tommy Schueller, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.; Evan Spencer, Parkview, Jr.; Reuben Larson, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.

Honorable mention

Nate Ciabatti, Brodhead/Juda, Sr.; Tommy Larson, East Troy, Fr.; Jordan Laatz, Clinton, So.; Matt Mattingly, Whitewater, Sr.; Brice Enright, Clinton, Jr.; Ryen Hazzard, Edgerton, Fr.; Aidan Coburn, Whitewater, Fr.  

First Team Girls

Madison Desing, East Troy, Fr.; Ella Rondeau, East Troy, Fr.; Allisan Barrett, Whitewater, Jr.; Christina Nolting, East Troy, Fr.; Zanzie Demco, Big Foot, Jr.; Maddie Harding  Brodhead/Juda, Jr.

Second Team Girls       

McKenzie Fillner, Evansville, Fr.; Ava Schroeder, Evansville, Fr.; Antonia Bartolotta, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.; Madison Rosin, East Troy, Sr.; Holly Pedersen, Palmyra-Eagle, Sr.; Nicole Tomomitsu, Whitewater, So.; Cora Purdue, Brodhead/Juda, Jr.

Honorable mention

Carissa Purdue, Brodhead/Juda, Fr.; Morgan Bartlett, East Troy, So.; Jackie Rosa, Palmyra-Eagle, Jr.

Friday, 28 October 2016 09:21

Local teens star in high school productions

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- The plays taking center stage on Walworth County high schools next month showcase some wonderful theater, with several presenting familiar stories given a new twist.

Big Foot High School

Audience members will see a familiar fairy tale turned on its head with “The Cinderella Complex” at the newly remodeled auditorium at Big Foot High School, said director Rachel Wenndt.  

State tournament action for girls golf and girls individual tennis are already in the books for the 2016-’17 school year.

And postseason competition begins for every other fall sport, making this week one of the busiest on the prep calendar.

Here is a rundown of where Stateline area schools will be performing:

Volleyball

Competitions begin Thursday, Oct. 20, and continue Saturday in Division 1, while teams in divisions 2-4 open Tuesday, Oct. 18, and continue Thursday and Saturday.

Burlington is the sectional host and earned the No. 2 seeding in one of eight D-1 brackets, where Westosha Central earned the top spot.

In other match-ups, eighth-seeded Milton hosts ninth-seeded Kenosha Bradford/Reuther, with the winner going to Westosha. The other side of the regional has fifth seed Janesville Craig entertaining 12th-seeded Badger, while No. 13 seed Janesville Parker visits fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.

The opposite side of the sectional features third-seeded Stoughton hosting 14th-seeded Beloit Memorial, while the Demons are home to 15th-seeded Elkhorn.

In Division 2, top-seeded East Troy is slated to host the McFarland Sectional semifinals and gets eighth-seeded Clinton.

The regional also includes fifth-seeded Delavan-Darien traveling to fourth-seeded Evansville, third-seeded Big Foot hosting sixth-seeded Beloit Turner and No. 7 seed Whitewater visits second-seeded Edgerton.

The New Glarus Sectional includes area squads in Division 3. Fifth-seeded Parkview visits fourth-seeded Deerfield on Tuesday, with the winner heading to top-seeded Wisconsin Heights on one side of the sectional. It also includes third-seeded Brodhead hosting sixth-seeded Cambridge.

The other side sees fifth-seeded Palmyra-Eagle traveling to fourth-seeded Dodgeland, with No. 1 seed Waterloo waiting for the winner.

The Division 4 field includes the Stoughton Sectional, with one regional bracket featuring eighth-seeded Faith Christian visiting top seed Randolph. Meanwhile, second-seeded Williams Bay entertains seventh-seeded Rio.

Boys soccer

The schedule structure is the same as volleyball, with action, mainly play-in games with lower seeds, starting on Tuesday and games continuing Thursday and Saturday.

Area Division 1 schools open up Thursday: The Kettle Moraine Sectional includes 16th-seeded Janesville Parker visiting top-seeded Middleton, third-seeded Beloit Memorial hosting 14th-seeded Janesville Craig and seventh-seeded Badger traveling to 10th-seeded Waukesha South.

The D-2 field has fifth-seeded Milton hosting No. 12 Westosha Central in the Wilmot Sectional, which also includes second-seeded Elkhorn welcoming 15th-seeded Burlington.

In Division 3, top-seeded and top-ranked Delavan-Darien opens at home Thursday with the winner of Tuesday’s Milwaukee Lutheran-Kewaskum showdown. If the Comets advance to Saturday, they will meet eighth-seeded Big Foot/Williams Bay or ninth-seeded St. Thomas More.

On the other side of the sectional, 11th-seeded Whitewater visits sixth-seeded Plymouth and 10th-seeded East Troy travels to New Berlin West, the seventh seed.

The Edgewood Sectional has 17th-seeded Edgerton playing at No. 16 Black River Falls/Melrose Mindoro on Tuesday, with the winner going to top-seeded Mount Horeb on Thursday. Third-seeded Evansville hosts 14th-seeded Mauston.

In Division 4, Faith Christian is a sixth seed in The Prairie School Sectional and hosts 11th-seeded Kenosha St. Joseph.

Cross country

Sectional competitions are scheduled Friday and Saturday, Oct. 21-22, with the state meet set for Saturday, Oct. 29, at Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids.

Beloit Memorial hosts a Division 1 sectional at Leeson Park with the boys race at 11 a.m. and the girls competition at 11:45 a.m. Participating teams include the Purple Knights, Elkhorn, Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig and Milton.

Badger will be in the Kenosha Bradford Sectional, while Burlington competes in the Mukwonago Sectional, both of which also take place Saturday. They start with boys events at 10 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., respectively.

In Division 2, Evansville, Brodhead/Juda, Beloit Turner and Edgerton will be in the Platteville Sectional. Meanwhile, Whitewater, Clinton, Big Foot, Delavan-Darien and East Troy participate at Deerfield. Both events start with boys at 11 a.m. Saturday.

The D-3 competitions include Parkview traveling to Fennimore and Williams Bay, Palmyra-Eagle and Catholic Central participating in the Kenosha St. Joseph Sectional. The Fennimore event starts at 11 a.m., while action in Kenosha begins at 12:15 p.m.

Football

All of the WIAA playoff contests are scheduled for 7 p.m. kickoffs Friday unless noted otherwise.

In Division 1, unbeaten Southern Lakes Conference winner Badger earned a No. 2 seed behind Big Eight co-champion Sun Prairie in one eight-team regional. The Badgers host seventh-seeded Madison West.

The D-3 field includes area squads Evansville/Albany and Delavan-Darien. The Comets picked up a seventh seed and travel to No. 2 Mount Horeb/Barneveld. The Blue Devils are a fifth seed and visit fourth-seeded Fort Atkinson.

In Division 4, Big Foot earned an eighth seed and hits the road to top-seeded River Valley. The winner will face fourth-seeded Lodi or fifth-seeded Brodhead/Juda in the second round. East Troy is the seventh seed and visits second-seeded Platteville in the opener.

Clinton earned one of the four tops seeds in Division 5. The Cougars host eighth-seeded Marshall, with No. 4 Arcadia or No. 5 New Glarus/Monticello the prospective opponent in Level 2.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- It didn’t take long for the reality of playing NCAA Division I football to set in for Carter Hehr.

“I can summarize it based on my first two plays,” the 2013 Big Foot High School graduate said. “The first play I ran down the field on kickoff (coverage) against UCLA in the Rose Bowl and ended up tackling the returner. The very next time, I ran down the field and I got blindsided by a UCLA blocker. I mean blindsided in the sense that my body was parallel to the Rose Bowl grass. I learned that I have to keep my head on a swivel and do the hitting instead of getting hit. It is much more fun that way.”

And it meant that the 5-foot-10, 188-pound safety had arrived -- and he had realized a dream.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- At 112 years old, every inch of the 17-foot-tall Birge Fountain in Whitewater looks like what you’d imagine an imposing turn-of-the-last century sculpture to be: cherubs astride undulating dolphins, a Greek maiden-dubbed “Maid of the Mist” holding a water jar and Classical Revival-style detailing.

It’s hard to believe it was assembled from a catalog.

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