Janesville Parker's Mistie Bass was a three-time Associated Press state girls basketball player of the year from 2000-02. When it comes to high school athletes Gazette sports editor Eric Schmoldt has seen in person, she tops the list.
Michael Flowers gets Gazette sports writer John Barry's vote for the greatest high school athlete he's ever covered.
Janesville Parker boys basketball coach Matt Bredesen is also the coach of a 17U AAU team that will make its season debut Friday at a tournament in Dubuque, Iowa among continued COVID-19 concerns.
State high schools were able to resume summertime athletics programming and other activities starting Wednesday, but local schools are cautious as ever with concerns of coronavirus still swirling.
Collegiate national champions Ross and Alexis Mauermann are joining their father, John, this week at the Janesville Ice Arena as part of the Mauermann Summer Skills and Drills Hockey Camp.
The WIAA Board of Control met Wednesday and approved several winter sports changes, along with adjusting rules and policies due to COVID-19.
Steve Krupke, who coached the Brodhead softball team for a dozen years, was set to return to the Cardinals' diamond this spring, but the season was canceled. Krupke and Brodhead won a Division 3 state title in 2004.
Under a new proposal from the Sun Prairie School District, Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker football would return to the Big Eight Conference in 2022 with Sun Prairie East and Sun Prairie West moving into the Badger Large.
Tim Collins (Big Foot), Shane Suehring (Parkview) and Brian Hammil (Milton) had 44 years of combined experience as athletic directors and leave big shoes to fill following their resignations.
Baseball my be back at Riverside Park in July, as the Janesville Express look to play an independent schedule.
Hunter Johnson and Willy Pinnow left their names all over the Elkhorn Area High boys swim record books. Johnson will swim for UW-Milwaukee and Pinnow at Western Illinois.
In a submission to all involved superintendents, principals and athletic directors Monday, the Sun Prairie Area School District proposed a future move out of the Big Eight Conference and into the Badger Large Conference for football only.
Rock Valley Conference football will have a new look in 2020--both on the field and on the sidelines.
This week marks the five-year anniversary of Janesville Craig's dominating run to 2015 WIAA Division 1 state baseball championship.
Mark Miller's list of Janesville's all-time greatest boys basketball players is impressive to say the least.
Chrissy Hughes was working at setting a school record in the 100 hurdles and making a third appearance at the WIAA state track and field meet when the season was canceled.
The Janesville Craig girls soccer program would have had 15 seniors on the roster this spring, many of whom began playing together in elementary school.
Brian Rusch was a three-sport standout at Edgerton High but will concentrate on basketball at Beloit College.
Baleigh Pajerski wore many hats at Janesville Parker, including valedictorian, seven-time letterwinner and weight room leader. She will play soccer at St. Norbert.
Walworth Big Foot High senior Reagan Courier will play basketball at Division II Drury in Missouri.
Elkhorn seniors Izzy Regner, Haley Remington, Morgan Hunter and Kassidie Biefeld were mainstays in the lineup for a softball team that got better and better since their freshman season. They hoped to lead the program to the state tournament for the first time this spring.
After initially deciding not to pay spring sports coaches when their season was canceled due to COVID-19, the Janesville School Board voted Tuesday to pay them 50%.
Skyler Gullickson earned all-Rock Valley Conference honors in football, baseball and basketball at Edgerton High and is headed to play football at UW-Oshkosh.
Ryann Porter and Tina Shelton won't get a chance to return to the state track and field meet this season, but the Janesville Parker senior standouts both have bright futures ahead of them on the track.
Gabby Petruzzello’s athletic resume pales in comparison to her academic achievements.
Gehrig Monday and Cooper Pease were busy in the fall and winter seasons, but baseball is the Whitewater High seniors' favorite sport, and they were looking forward to one final spring on the high school diamond.
Dane Nelson left his mark in Milton.
Clinton High senior Hannah Welte stands 5-foot-3 but was a three-year starter in basketball and finished seventh at state in the 300-meter hurdles last spring.
The Whitewater High softball team delivered a turnaround year in 2019, finishing second in the Rock Valley. The Whippets' senior class was hoping to build on that this spring.
Whitewater sprinters Jack Mayer, Will Leibbrand, Juan Cuellar and Jared Clapper teamed up to win two medals at the WIAA state track and field meet last spring, including finishing second in the 4x200 relay. They were all looking forward to a successful senior campaign this spring.
Carter and Parker Schneider share a lot in common besides being twin brothers. The Janesville Parker seniors are roommates, scholar athletes and best friends, too.
Eden Lyle simply wanted a chance to compete. The Janesville Craig senior will now get that chance after committing to Triton College to pitch for the junior college's softball program.
Senior Jared Emerson was a second-team all-Big Eight Conference infielder last season for a Janesville Parker team that made a surprise run to sectional play. A natural at first base, the lefty was poised for even bigger and better things this spring.
Katie Goecks will graduate in the top 10 in Brodhead High's Class of 2020. She earned first-team all-Rock Valley Conference honors in volleyball and was a second-teamer last spring in softball.
Jasmin Speth was a key figure for a Delavan-Darien girls basketball team that became a contender in the Southern Lakes this past winter and a softball team that reached sectionals as a junior.
Lucas Koepke made a big splash at Elkhorn Area High School and not just in the pool. He was a state track and field qualifier and was set to play a lead role in the spring musical, too.
Orfordville Parkview's Remington Stark was one of the most prolific softball pitchers in the state the last three years. Her stats back it up.
Janesville Craig senior Connor Clark was an unselfish leader on both the baseball diamond and the basketball court for the Cougars.
Janesville Parker senior Taylor Barfield, one of the school's Class of 2020 valedictorians, worked her way back from a knee injury as a junior and was looking forward to being a captain for a team on the rise.
Ben Wileman was a two-sport standout at Edgerton High, but he'll stick to football next season as a preferred walk-on at the University of Minnesota.
Hailey Elwood grew up catching Emily Pfeil's pitches. In high school, they played outfield and first base, respectively, and were part of Evansville's lone two regional championships in program history. They would have been the only seniors on this year's team.
Often referred to as 'Doc,' Ethan Haefner carved up opponents last season for Milton High's baseball team and was set up for a huge season in 2020.
Sam Dickerson was a standout offensive lineman for Big Foot's football team, pitched and played first base in baseball and was a critical senior leader for a young basketball team this winter.
Elkhorn senior Haley Remington was a two-time first-team all-conference softball player who will play at Missouri-St. Louis in college. She also worked hard on her basketball game, averaging 16.5 points and becoming a first-team all-SLC pick as a senior.
Although she won’t get the chance to display her offseason track and field work this spring after the season was canceled, Whitewater's Abby Grosinske signed a National Letter of Intent to compete at Division I Troy University on Thursday.
The vast majority of school districts within The Gazette’s coverage area will pay their high school sports coaches in full this spring. And all of them will pay their coaches at least some percentage. Except Janesville.
Zack Milner and Ryan Zimmerman were expected to give Janesville Parker's boys golf team a dynamic one-two punch this spring.