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Pirates’ Beach sets his sights on Badgers PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:01

Highly touted lineman makes Wisconsin his choice in football recruiting battle

Tyler Beach can’t sign a letter of intent officially accepting a college football scholarship until next February, but he’s already made up his mind.

The Port Washington High School junior lineman has made an oral commitment to play for the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“My dream is finally a reality,” the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Beach announced on Twitter.

“I would like to thank my parents for making me the man I have become today and I would like to thank all the coaches who have spent their time recruiting me. They have all given me a chance to do great things.

“With that announcement I would like to say I am committing to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.”

Although Beach still has another season to go at Port, his work in offseason camps and an impressive junior season have already made him one of the highest-profile football recruits in school history.

Regarded as the top offensive line prospect for 2017 among Wisconsin high school players, Beach has received scholarship offers from more than a dozen Division I programs.

Among the hopefuls along with Wisconsin are Notre Dame, Michigan, Illinois, Northwestern, Arkansas, Oregon State, Missouri, Syracuse, Arizona and Vanderbilt.

“It was kind of the right time for me to make a decision,” Beach said. “I think I’ve gotten all the offers I’m going to, so the timing was right.

“Making a decision now will help me be able to focus on the upcoming season.”

Port coach John Bunyan praised Beach as a player with “a tremendous upside.”

“He’s only 16, but he’s already got size and great technique,” Bunyan said. “He’s athletic, mobile and has the length that college scouts look for.

“He had a great summer between his sophomore and junior years. That caught the attention of a lot of people.”

Beach received All-North Shore Con-ference first-team recognition and honorable mention in Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s all-state voting.

The son of Bruce and Kathy Beach, he is the second Port Washington lineman to commit to a Division I college football program in the last three years.

Hawks’ Fullington rules Madison West sprints PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 19:00

Nic Fullington didn’t waste any time making a big impression this spring.

The Grafton senior showed why he’s a sprinter to watch by racing to a pair of individual championships at the Madison West Relays last Saturday.

Fullington won the 55-meter dash (in 6.61 seconds) and 200 dash (23.12), scoring 20 of the Black Hawks’ 31 points in the Class B boys’ portion of the meet.

For good measure, he anchored a seventh-place 4-by-100 relay (47.44), which also included Max Lerret, Derek Zehetner and Ethan Chmiel.

“Nic is off to a good start,” Grafton coach Kevin Kriegel said. “He’s picked up where he left off last season.”

As a junior, Fullington ran on the Hawks’ state-qualifying 800 and 1,600 relays and narrowly missed reaching state in the 100 dash.

Grafton’s other scoring finishes Saturday were a second by junior Ryan Melotik in the 400 dash (53.03) and seventh by Gordy Thompson in the 3,200 run (10:24.63).

The Hawks scored 31 points, good for seventh in the 17-team Class B standings.

Baraboo won the meet with 102 points, followed by Monona Grove (79) and Fond du Lac (66) in the top three.

Grafton’s other finishes included a ninth by the 800 relay of Caden Knauer, Zehetner, Chmiel and Jack Orlowski (1:40.91); 11th by Noah Vaculik in the 800 run (2:15.8); 12ths by Vaculik in the 1,600 run (4:55.19) and the 1,600 relay of Chmiel, Knauer, Orlowski and Melotik (3:46.81); and 14th by Isaiah West in the shot put (42-3-1/4).

“We have a pretty young team, and a lot of our juniors and seniors are inexperienced,” Kriegel said.

Tyler stays focused amid UWM questions PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2016 18:59

Former Grafton standout bides his time as school sorts through basketball program facing changes

Two years after opting for a change of scenery as a college basketball player, Scotty Tyler finds himself facing other changes beyond his control.

This time, the former Grafton High School standout is pondering his role on a  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee men’s team in a state of flux.

Not only are the Panthers looking for a new head coach after the firing of Rob Jeter, four of their top players have requested and received permission to transfer to other schools.

Questions are many for a team that athletic director Amanda Braun decided needed a sidelines shake-up, even though it was coming off a 20-13 season.

“I’ve got great respect for coach Jeter and my teammates. We thought we had a really good season,” said Tyler, a sophomore forward.

“But who am I to say what’s best for the team? That’s someone else’s job.

“Amanda Braun did what she thought was right for the program. Now we have to move forward.”

For Tyler, moving forward means continuing to work hard in the hope of getting more court time. He played sparingly this season, averaging 0.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in 11 games.

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