Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



Walworth County Sunday | Janesville Messenger | Stateline News



JANESVILLE -- A team made up of Craig high school runners recently finished 22nd out of 524 teams in a grueling, 200 mile relay race from Madison to Chicago.

The Ragnar Relay is an overnight running relay race where each runner of a 12-member team completes three legs throughout the race, with legs ranging from 2.7 to 9.9 miles at a time. Each runner will complete between 13.2 and 20 miles.

Craig's team was organized by Nate Farrell, a state cross country qualifier last year as a sophomore, as a team building effort over the summer.

The team also included Caleb Mollet, Blake McCann, Ben Kubiak, Joe Cooper, Dayne Farris, Mark Fiore, Payton Bender, Trajan Perleberg, Anthony Schrader, Tyler Brown and Christian Gilmore.

JANESVILLE -- They slapped an exclamation point on one of the best baseball regular seasons in Janesville Craig history Tuesday night. Next week, the Cougars hope to add a fourth state trophy to the school’s collection.

Second-ranked Craig (26-1) completed three-game sweeps of Big Eight Conference rivals Madison West and Verona in earning its first trip to the WIAA state baseball tournament since 2009 and the 12th appearance in program history.

Victor Herbst’s Cougars face Baraboo, a team that won its three postseason contests by a combined four runs, including an 8-7 sectional final victory over La Crosse Central.

Some of the Stateline area’s best basketball players will showcase their talents one final time at the high school level as they participate in the 36th annual Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games.

Contests will pit the top seniors from the class of 2015 in North versus South match-ups in all five WIAA divisions. The girls games are scheduled Friday, June 19, with the boys showdowns set the next day. All of the action will take place at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

The largest contingent of hoopsters from Rock and Walworth counties will be on the D-1 South girls roster, where four standouts hope to help their team earn a third win in four years after falling last year.

Athletes from the Stateline area are scheduled to perform in all four divisions of the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association’s Senior All-Star Games.

There will be five Division 1 teams, four in Division 2 and three each in Divisions 3 and 4.

Practices are planned Monday, June 15, and a round-robin series of games in each division will be held Tuesday, June 16, all at the Woodside Sports Complex in Wisconsin Dells.

LAKE GENEVA -- Dave DeShambo knows that every time his Badger High School boys golfers hit the course, youthful mistakes can, and will, occur. However, some amazing things also can happen.

His Badgers are one of only three squads out of 16 to qualify for the WIAA Division 1 state tournament with no seniors on their roster. Big Eight Conference rivals Madison Memorial and Middleton are the only others, but Badger enters the competition as the youngest entry with two juniors, two sophomores and a freshman among its top five linksters.

And the Badgers face their stiffest test during action that is scheduled Monday and Tuesday, June 8-9, at University Ridge near Madison.

Badger proved that talent also plays a major role as it carded a 310 team score Wednesday to outdistance Fort Atkinson by 12 shots in winning the Sun Prairie Sectional title in action at The Oaks course in Cottage Grove.

That gives the Badgers their fifth sectional title in eight years, and this bunch could bring back an even bigger prize.

Badger’s performance tied De Pere for the fifth-lowest score out of state qualifiers: Madison Memorial won the trophy at the rugged Reedsburg Sectional with a 304, four shots better than Middleton. Waunakee missed out despite taking third place at 310 in an event that saw the top five schools finish at 317 or better.

Eau Claire North and defending state champion Homestead fashioned 309 totals to win their respective sectional titles.

So, what’s to say the greenhorn Badgers can’t make a run at the trophy?

After all, they improved 22 shots over their winning effort at the Beloit Memorial Regional.

Freshman Connor Duggan and junior Luke Bourneuf carded 74s to finish among five golfers at the top of the sectional medalist race, while sophomore Jonathan Duggan fired a 78, Jackson Rademaker, also a sophomore, finished at 84 and junior Alec Jacobsen was at 89.

Connor Duggan’s round was 10 shots better than his regional outing, Jonathan Duggan’s effort improved by eight shots and Bourneuf’s day was five strokes better.

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