The St Louis 7th grade boys basketball team hosted the Sunman-Dearborn Trojans on Thursday and were able to come away with a good win 31-25.The game started off with Sunman-Dearborn controlling the inside and that coupled with the Cardinals unable to convert some short shot around the goal allowed the Trojans to take a 8 – 4 about half way during the 1st quarter. But St. Louis fought back on defense and was able to tie the score by the end of the quarter at 10-10. In the 2nd quarter, St Louis played tough defense on the Trojans and were to knock some shots putting the Cardinals up 23 – 14 at half time. In the second half, St. Louis struggled a bit to score but their defense continued to keep the Trojans in check and the Cardinals were able to secure another victory by the score of 31 – 25.The scoring for St. Louis consisted of Freeland with 2, Schebler 2, Oesterling 13, Ratcliff 6 and Voegele 8. After to getting off to a slow start, the Cardinals defense all played well as a team as they created turnovers and worked hard keep the Trojans off the board. The scoring for Sunman Dearborn was led by Luke Collinsworth with 14.The Cardinals record now goes to 20-2. The next game is next Tuesday against St. Nicholas. The game will be played at Milan beginning at 6:00.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.On 8th grade recognition night, the St. Louis Cardinals 8th grade boys basketball team defeated a short- handed Sunman-Dearborn Middle School team by a final score of 31 to 19.The Cardinals, after enjoying a 15 to 10 lead at the half , held the visiting Trojans at bay in the 3rd quarter, and took a 27 to 10 lead going into the final stanza.Jacob Deutsch was aggressive inside the paint and finished with a game high 8 points. Evan Vogelsang had the touch from the outside connecting on a pair of 3’s. Adam Cox and Jonathan Deal followed with 5 points each. Charlie Dice had 4 points and Zach Harmeyer added a trey. Zeb Streator did not make the scoring column, but a couple of block shots seem to ignite his Cardinal teammates. Joey Gutzwiller, Keegan Weberding, Aaron Weber, Eli Tuveson, and Abe Peetz assisted in the scoring and provided solid defense.The 9-11 Cardinals will finish the regular season Tuesday night against St Nicholas.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.
Playing quarterback for the University of Wisconsin Badgers is a good gig.Fans will treat any completed pass like they are playing with house money, and they get to stay nice and safe behind the perennially talented offensive line. Perhaps this is what led four-star recruit Graham Mertz to commit to Wisconsin back in October. The Badgers landing a four-star player is news, but a quarterback? Times are changing in Madison.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…Not only is Mertz the ninth-ranked professional-style quarterback in the national class of 2019 according to 247 Sports, but since committing to Wisconsin, he has received offers from countless elite schools. The University of Michigan, The Ohio State University and the University of Georgia have all offered the 6-foot-4 Kansas native a chance to reconsider, though Mertz remains Madison-bound as of now.Mertz was recruited by the Badger’s newly minted quarterback coach Jon Budmayr. Budmayr was in Mertz’ shoes only about 10 years ago. He was recruited as a three-star quarterback to play for Wisconsin back in 2008, though injuries derailed his career. This season as a junior, Mertz started his first varsity games for the Blue Valley North High School Mustangs and immediately shined.Football: Wisconsin ends 2017 regular season undefeated, brings axe home to MadisonPaul Bunyan’s axe is returning to Madison after the University of Wisconsin football team trounced the Minnesota Golden Gophers during Read…His touchdown-interception ratio of 45-6 on the season compliments his 62 percent completion rate, which may have something to do with the Mustangs taking home their first ever state championship this season. In the state championship game, Mertz sealed the title with a 15-yard touchdown run with just under a minute remaining in the game. Not to mention the 462 yards Mertz notched on 24 completions in 30 attempts. It’s obvious Mertz has no problem with the spotlight. His game tape shows a confident, polished field general with a strong arm and a smooth delivery. Although he’s listed as a pro-style quarterback, Mertz has shown a superb ability to make plays on the run, tossing long bombs while avoiding rabid defenses. Still, Mertz can step up in the pocket and nail receivers across the middle without hesitation. His height surely doesn’t hurt — he can see the whole field as well as any quarterback in the nation, and it shows in his decision making.CTE puts players, future of football in dangerThe NFL has a problem — Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. CTE, a degenerative brain disease, is linked to repeated head trauma, Read…It will be interesting to see the state of quarterback affairs ongoing in the Badger locker room by the time Mertz makes his way to Madison in 2019. By then, Alex Hornibrook will be a senior and Jack Coan will be a junior. Along with 2018 recruit Chase Wolf, the quarterback situation of the future in Madison looks to be teeming with competition.The possibilities for the future of Wisconsin football seem endless if one of these quarterbacks can break out. Jonathan Taylor already ran amuck this season with inconsistent, but improved play from Hornibook. The ceiling for a Badger team with a true dual-threat offense to accompany their recurrent defensive greatness is higher than ever.