Skip to main content
A1 A1
Death_list
Obituaries and death notices for Aug. 2, 2022

Martin T. Armato

James C. “Jim” Brandt

Daniel Angel Castro

Matthew “Matt” DeWitt

Cindy (Willing) Fankhauser

Charles A. “Charlie” Larsen Jr.

Dennis Mitchell

Marvin Moehling

Terry A. Ohl

Jeffrey Scott Parker

Dona Joan (Green) Sultze

Carol Anne Vaseff

Rosemary F. White

Allen Williams

Marie Twyla (Waller) Worden


Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader, left, and catcher Omar Narvaez celebrate after the Brewers defeated the Minnesota Twins in a baseball game Tuesday, July 12, 2022, in Minneapolis. Hader picked up the save. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)


Local
top story
Janesville Velo Club seeks to raise $205,000 for new mountain bike trails

JANESVILLE

If the Janesville Velo Club can raise enough to cover the $205,000 price tag, the group says it will break ground next spring on a new 37-acre mountain bike training area adjacent to Palmer Park on the city’s east side.

After about a year of planning, design work and an early push for funding, Janesville’s Velo Club now says it’s got full plans ready for a six-track mountain biking course in a hilly section of woods just east of Palmer Park.

JVG_220802_TRAILS01

One organizer of the project, Janesville Velo Club member Paul Murphy, said his group has gathered $55,000 in major sponsorships, including a $20,000 gift from the Velo Club.

The group now turns its sights to a public fundraising campaign, and is tapping residents for donations for a project Murphy said will especially benefit local youth bicyclists.

Another club has for years cleared and maintained a set of single-track mountain bike trails at Rockport Park, but the new plan would be a more comprehensive training area that would allow novice mountain bikers and experts alike to practice their skills at wooded course that’s close to home.

Plans the group is circulating show trails that roll out in a loops of more than a mile through a wooded area, with offshoot trails that would give both newcomers and serious mountain bicyclists a few quarter-mile-long tastes of rugged, downhill runs.

One centerpiece of the trail system, and what Murphy said will be perhaps the most youth-focused portion of it, would be a pump track built of landscaped hills in a run not unlike moguls in a downhill slalom snow-skiing course.

The course is the culmination of conversations that started a few years ago between the Velo Club, its own youth mountain biking team and the city of Janesville’s parks department. The groups have sought to find a spot that will foster a proving ground for off-road bicyclists to learn.

Under concepts being circulated by Velo Club fundraisers for the project, a design consultant who would orchestrate the project shows paths made of crushed rock, boardwalk, and even stone arranged along runs that would include both gently rolling ground and steep hillsides.

A mountain bike skills course and trails are a more niche example of the rise of recreational bicycling in Rock County.

It would be one of a number of public trail plans both private and public that would seek to beef up bicycling access locally, including a separate, $400,000 county-funded project to pave what’s now a crushed-limestone leg of Peace Trail, a bike and walking trail that runs along the Rock River between Janesville and Beloit.

“It would help people, especially those just learning, to get acclimated to off-road mountain biking. For youths, the courses available start at a level that’s similar to checking out the bunny hills in the world of downhill snow-skiing,” Murphy said. “Other tracks planned are more challenging, so people can whet their whistle at whatever level they might be at.”

Under initial plans, the Velo Club had intended to supply its own donated labor, but Murphy said if the group can raise $205,000, it would cover the cost of a contractor building out the whole project.

Murphy said the $55,000 that Velo organizers have raised ensures that they can break ground by spring 2023. He said that funding that’s already in hand could cover one or two loops and a pump track area, but not all the tracks proposed.

Already the Velo Club, local bike shop Michael’s Cycles, the Rock Trail Coalition and the city of Janesville’s Parks and Recreation Department have partnered to pay for sets of designs the group is circulating now.


Local
Janesville rallies behind youth baseball team headed to Cal Ripken World Series

JANESVILLE

A Janesville youth baseball team raised thousand of dollars on Sunday, days before competing in the Cal Ripken 12U World Series that starts Thursday in Missouri.

The Janesville Jays 12U baseball team hosted a fundraiser Sunday at Sidelines Sports Bar & Grill in Janesville to help cover their hotel, food and other travel expenses for 11 team members and accompanying adults.

Angie Loertscher, who helped organize the fundraiser, said a specific dollar amount collected wasn’t yet available.

“We are not ready to announce the amount raised yet, because we are still accepting donations,” Loertscher said.

The Cal Ripken 12U World Series is scheduled for Aug. 4—13 in Branson, Missouri. The Jays are scheduled to play their first game at 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 against a team from West Linn, Oregon.

The tournament’s official website, including tournament brackets, is at: https://baberuthworldseries.website.sportssignup.com.

The tournament will be broadcast live by the Stadium channel. For information on how to watch go to https://watchstadium.com/

Twenty U.S. teams and eight international teams are expected to compete.

“We’re guaranteed five games, but could potentially play nine over the 10 days,” said Jays assistant coach Steve Jacobson.

“Other teams in our pool are from Prince George, Maryland, Branson, Missouri and Honolulu, Hawaii,” Jacobson said.

The Jays qualified to play at the Cal Ripken World Series after placing as a runner-up in Ohio Valley Regional championship.

“When the coach told us we are heading to the World Series, the whole (group) erupted with excitement,” said first baseman Nick Emann, who’s in his second year playing for the Jays. “I have never made it this far before.”

Emann, who helped sell raffle tickets at Sunday’s event, said he thinks they have a good chance of winning the World Series.

Once the news broke that the team would be going, the fundraising phone calls began.

Team parents “kicked butt to raise awareness and connect us with Sidelines for this event,” said head coach Brian Loertscher. “As soon as they heard the news they started making calls to the team to set up this fundraiser.”

And supporters came out in large numbers on Sunday.

Sidelines was packed, with almost all the booths filled with families.

The event included raffle prizes donated by local organizations and residents, including meat and gift baskets, a Trek bicycle and a Simmons mattress.

“Everybody was incredible with their willingness to donate,” Jacobson said.

The 2022 Janesville Jays 12U team is the 10th team in the organization to make it to the Cal Ripken 12U World Series since the 1960s, according to Jacobson.

But for the current team, it’s an all-new experience.

“This is the first time these kids have gone all the way to the World Series,” Brian Loertscher said. “It is also my first time coaching a team that has gone this far in the season.”

The team has a Venmo account at @Janesville Jays12U, that is still accepting donations.


Back