Wrestling regionals help kick off the postseason in the Badger State on Saturday, Feb. 11, with eight sites in Division 1 and four each in Divisions 2 and 3.
The D-1 field features area teams in two sectionals. The Janesville Craig Sectional sees the Cougars, rival Janesville Parker, Beloit Memorial, Badger, Milton and Elkhorn competing in the Westosha Central Regional.
The Red Hawks were ranked ninth in the most recent WiWrestling.com team ratings, while the Elks sat at No. 5.
Burlington will host a sectional meet Saturday, Feb. 18, after going even farther east to compete in the Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Regional.
The top three individual finishers in each weight class advance to sectionals, while the first- and second-place wrestlers from sectionals head to the Kohl Center in Madison for the state meet Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 23-25.
Numerous standouts from the area dot the most recent rankings in D-1: Badger junior Beau Ladu was third at 106; Milton senior Dalton Shea and Elkhorn junior Grant Truesdale were fourth and eighth, respectively, at 113; Elkhorn junior Benji Peak was sixth at 126; Elkhorn soph Daniel Stilling was third at 132; Elkhorn senior Bryce Jacobson sat sixth at 152; Milton senior Billy Pitzner was third, Burlington junior Nathan Crayton was fifth and Elkhorn senior Riley Remington was eighth at 182; Red Hawks junior Jerry Lipke was sixth at 195; Janesville Parker senior Logan Murdy stood seventh at 220, with Elkhorn senior Richard Heidemann eighth.
Meanwhile, the best two regional grapplers at each weight in Divisions 2 and 3 qualify for sectional meets. From there, the first three finishers from sectionals will represent their schools in Madison.
The host Trojans will entertain the likes of Brodhead/Juda, Clinton, Evansville/Albany and Edgerton in the Turner Regional, which leads into the Richland Center Sectional. Also, Big Foot/Williams Bay hosts a regional event in the Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional, with Delavan-Darien, East Troy and Whitewater in the field.
Evansville/Albany was the lone area squad in the D-2 team rankings as an honorable mention pick.
Individuals in the most recent Division 2 rankings had East Troy freshman Tommy Larson sitting eighth at 106; Edgerton freshman Cole Bavery was sixth, Big Foot/Williams Bay senior Travis Berryman eighth and Evansville/Albany soph Adam Staver 10th at 120; E/A senior Chase Katzenmeyer second at 126; Brodhead/Juda sophomore Jackson Hauri seventh at 132; E/A junior Nolan Kicmol first and Beloit Turner senior Anthony Bivens sixth at 145; Whitewater senior Thomas McManaway 10th at 170; Whitewater junior Jimmy DuVal ninth at 182; E/A senior Lucius Rinehart first and Turner senior Tyler Burt fourth at 220.
In Division 3, Parkview competes in the Marshall Regional, while Palmyra-Eagle travels to the Kenosha Christian Life Regional.
Regional point leaders advance to the team sectionals, which are set for Tuesday, Feb. 14. Elkhorn in Division 1, Edgerton and East Troy in D-2 and Parkview in D-2 are team sectional hosts.
Wisconsin boys swimming
Sectionals begin Friday, Feb. 10, with diving competitions. The remaining events will be held Saturday, Feb. 11.
Area teams will be represented in two of the six Division 1 sectional meets: Middleton and Kenosha Tremper.
Beloit Memorial, Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig will battle mostly Big Eight Conference rivals at Middleton. Meanwhile, Badger’s co-op with Big Foot, Williams Bay, Westosha Central and Wilmot joins the team of Burlington, East Troy, Catholic Central, Union Grove and Waterford in the competitions at Tremper.
In Division 2, Milton and Whitewater will compete in the Stoughton Sectional, while Delavan-Darien and Elkhorn are in the Whitefish Bay Sectional field.
It’s tough for Stateline area athletes to compete at the state level, but a few competitors in D-2 have shown they could challenge for medals at the UW Natatorium.
The Elks were in ninth place in the 400 freestyle relays in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association time charts.
Winners of each heat at sectionals in both divisions advance to state. The fastest 18 non-winning times in Division 1 and best 12 non-winning showings in D-2 also earn spots in Madison.
Wisconsin boys and girls hockey
Action on the ice starts with boys regional action Tuesday, Feb. 14, and continues Thursday and Friday, Feb. 16-17.
As for area boys squads, Milton, the Janesville Bluebirds (Craig and Parker) and the Beloit Memorial co-op arrangement, which includes Turner, Brodhead, Clinton, Delavan-Darien and Parkview, are in the 11-team Janesville Sectional.
Three first-round games will be played Feb. 14, including sixth-seeded Beloit Memorial hosting 11th seeded Monroe and 10th seeded Milton traveling to seventh-seeded Kenosha Bradford. Second-seeded Janesville entertains the Milton-Bradford winner on Feb. 16. Sectionals are scheduled Feb. 21 and Feb. 25, with the state tournament at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison from March 2-4.
Meanwhile, the girls regionals are scheduled Feb. 16-17, with the Rock County Fury hoping to return to the state tournament while competing in the eight-team Sun Prairie Sectional.
The Rock County co-op features athletes from Beloit Memorial, Janesville, Milton, Turner, Clinton, Monroe and Black Hawk.
The Fury earned the No. 3 seed and open Feb. 16 at Edwards Ice Arena against sixth-seeded Viroqua.
Evansville belongs to the Stoughton co-op that includes Oregon, McFarland and Monona Grove. This squad is the eighth seed and travels to top-seeded Sun Prairie on Feb. 16. The winners will advance Feb. 21, while the sectional final will be Feb. 25.
The state tourney is March 3-4, also at the Alliant Energy Center.
Illinois boys swimming
Sectional competitions are planned Saturday, Feb. 18.
Hononegah, Belvidere North co-op and Machesney Park will swim in the 13-team Byron Sectional.
The state meet will be Feb. 24-25 in Winnetka (New Trier).
Christine Kuspa’s Hononegah program won its sixth straight NIC-10 team title last year behind record-setting senior diver Payton Staman, who went on to win the state gold medal. The Indians are seeking their fourth sectional crown in the past five years.
Full-page commemorative posters will be included in the Nov. 13, 2016 Walworth County Sunday, honoring the Comets and Elks trips to the WIAA state soccer tournament.
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.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Should you discover a purple toilet parked in your yard in the next few days, don’t be alarmed.
Instead, think of it as an unusual invitation to one of the most enjoyable -- and worthy -- local events of the summer: Relay for Life of Walworth County, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, July 15, at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, and running through 8 a.m. July 16.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Students undecided about a career might want to consider agriculture, and plenty of people in the industry hope they do. The demand for employees in a wide variety of ag-related fields continues to outstrip the supply, said Jeff Hicken, agriculture education consultant and Wisconsin FFA adviser, and that has some leaders in the field worried.
Adding to the problem is an increasing shortage of experienced agriculture teachers as they retire and potential replacements choose more lucrative careers.
(updated) ELKHORN -- A malfunctioning recording of the national anthem didn’t stop the girls basketball game from tipping off after a visiting player stepped off the court to sing it live.
Players from Elkhorn Area High School and visiting Clinton Community High School were waiting for the game to begin Nov. 17, 2015 when the announcer at the scorer’s table had difficulty getting a recording of the national anthem to play over the sound system.
ELKHORN -- The Elkhorn Area High School All-Sports Booster Club will host its first Hall of Fame banquet and ceremony beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.
The event will be held at the Monte Carlo Room. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. and the induction of the inaugural nine-member class starts at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $20 and support the school’s athletic programs and scholarships. They are available at EAHS, Frank’s Piggly Wiggly, Sentry Foods and Someplace Else Restaurant.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- They’ve not appeared on many people’s athletic radars across the Stateline area, but that anonymity won’t last much longer should they continue their recent string of success.
The Demon Elks rugby program finished first or second in the state from 2012 through 2014, and six of its athletes qualified for the 50-member Wisconsin Selects squad that competed in a national tournament in Denver over Father’s Day weekend.
“Our first couple of years we barely had enough guys to play and we didn’t win much,” said Jeff Gahart, one of the coaches who helped organize the Elkhorn-based team about 10 years ago. “But (our numbers) grew and we got a lot better. And the last four years we’ve enjoyed a lot of success.
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