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Another WIAA postseason is upon us, as wrestlers and boys swimmers begin their quests to reach Madison for state competitions.

Here is a quick look at where Stateline area teams will be busy:


Postseason action on mats across southern Wisconsin begins Saturday, Feb. 13, with regional tournaments.

Elkhorn is one of the Division 1 regional hosts, entertaining the likes of Badger, Janesville Craig, Milton and Janesville Parker, not to mention Delavan-Darien, Beloit Memorial and Wilmot. The first session begins at 9:30 a.m.

Individual advancers from Elkhorn then move on to the Verona Sectional on Feb. 20, with matches starting at 10 a.m.

The school that accumulates the most points at Elkhorn will battle the Sun Prairie Regional champion in the team sectional, which likely will be against highly touted and host Stoughton on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Meanwhile, Burlington competes in the Muskego Regional and then the New Berlin West/Eisenhower Sectional. Burlington is the host site for the team sectional.

In Division 2, Clinton, Edgerton and Turner will battle host and regional favorite Evansville/Albany starting at 10 a.m. Individuals will advance to the Richland Center Sectional. The team champion heads to River Valley.

Elsewhere, Big Foot/Williams Bay hosts the regional beginning at 10:30 a.m. East Troy and Whitewater in a field that includes top 10 team Wisconsin Lutheran. Grapplers advance to the Milwaukee Lutheran Sectional, while East Troy hosts the team sectional.

Parkview hosts the regional tournament starting at 10:30 a.m. Advancers will go to the Mineral Point Sectional, while Royall hosts the team sectional.

Boys swimming

The sectional meets consist of diving competitions at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, and swimming events at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13.

Stateline area squads are scheduled to participate in two locations in Divisions 1 and 2.

In D-1, Janesville Parker, Janesville Craig and Beloit Memorial, as usual, will head to the Middleton Sectional and face mostly Big Eight rivals and schools from the Badger Conference.

Meanwhile, the co-op conglomerations of Badger/Big Foot/Williams Bay/Westosha Central/Wilmot and Burlington/Catholic Central/East Troy/Union Grove/Waterford will compete in the Kenosha Bradford Sectional.

Milton is the lone Division 2 school in the rugged Baraboo Sectional.

Meanwhile, Delavan-Darien, Elkhorn and Whitewater will be at the Whitefish Bay Sectional.

It’s part of the equation, but competing in an individual sport or event often involves more than winning the battle of mind over matter. Sometimes it involves balancing the two.

“It’s a matter of swimming my race, because I’m the only one in the blocks,” Whitewater High School senior Benny Liang said.

Nobody knows that more than Joan Domitrz, who is in her seventh season in charge of the school’s boys swimming program. She has coached with the Janesville YMCA and the J-Hawk Aquatic Club and was the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s and women’s coach for 10 years.

BELOIT -- Stacy Schmidt’s record stood for nearly a quarter century. On Jan. 16, Lana Wieseman blew past it to become Beloit College’s all-time women’s basketball career scorer.

The 6-foot-1 senior forward needed nine points, and she poured in 32 during a 62-58 road loss to Illinois College, reaching the 30-point mark for a fourth time as a Buccaneer.

Wieseman, a Badger High School graduate, drained a three-pointer at the 4:35 mark of the second quarter to put her name atop another statistical category.

They spend most of their waking hours as moms and career women -- jobs that often require toughness and tough love. However, two or three nights per week and one Saturday evening a month, they accept roles as jammers and blockers, a completely different physicality, and the bumps and bruises that go with it.

They’re members of the Beloit Bombshells, a roller derby team that doesn’t belong to a sanctioned league but follows Women’s Flat Track Derby Association rules.

Beloit’s next bout will be Jan. 30, a match against the Cedar Rapids Roller Girls at its home rink, the Skatin’ Station on Inman Parkway in Beloit.

Thursday, 07 January 2016 12:32

Snappers to host Hot Stove banquet Feb

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BELOIT -- The Beloit Snappers will celebrate their 35th anniversary season in 2016 when they kick off their schedule at home against the rival Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7.

The Snappers, who will be in their fourth year as an Oakland A’s affiliate in the Class A Midwest League, host the Rattlers the next evening and then finish off the home-and-home series with two contests at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

However, the Snappers hope to get Stateline area fans excited about minor league baseball again with their 12th annual Hot Stove banquet. The event will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Garden Hotel Conference Center, 200 Dearborn Ave. in South Beloit, Illinois. Activities begin at 5:15 p.m. and include a cocktail hour, buffet-style dinner, guest speakers and live and silent auctions.

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