The Indian Trail boys volleyball team is hosting an invite on Saturday that includes Bradford, Tremper, Westosha Central and Wilmot.
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Five events to watch and a rundown of this week's local schedule

By Mike JohnsonKENOSHA.COM

Johnson began covering sports in Kenosha in 2004 as a staff writer for the Kenosha News and eventually became a news and sports editor there, serving in that role and covering the community until May 2022. Johnson grew up in Kenosha, graduating from Bradford High School in 2000 and then the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2004. He still happily resides in town with his wife, Bridget, and son, Brady.

With more fall-like weather predicted for later this week heading into the weekend, the fall high school sports season in Kenosha County continues to roll on with another packed slate of events this week.

Here are Associate Editor Mike Johnson’s “Top 5 Events to Watch” in the county this week, along with a full weekly calendar of high school varsity sports involving county teams.

Top 5 events to watch

BRADFORD AT TREMPER (girls tennis)

Tuesday (Sept. 20), 4 p.m., Tremper High School (8560 26th Ave., Kenosha)

The true Bradford-Tremper rivalry week isn’t for another couple weeks, and that will culminate when the longtime city rivals renew their clash on the gridiron on Oct. 7 at Ameche Field. However, the schools’ respective girls tennis programs will give an early taste of the rivalry when they square off in a Southeast Conference girls tennis dual match on Tuesday afternoon at Tremper.

The Christian Life girls volleyball team hosts state-ranked Lake Country Lutheran in a big Midwest Classic Conference match Thursday night. Last season, CLS reached the WIAA Division 3 sectional finals, while Lake Country Lutheran was the Division 3 state runner-up.


Thursday (Sept. 22), 6:45 p.m., Christian Life School (10700 75th St., Kenosha)

Entering play this week, Lake Country Lutheran (3-0) and Christian Life (2-0) sat 1-2 atop the Midwest Classic Conference girls volleyball standings, so Thursday night’s clash between the schools at CLS will be a big one. Additionally, Lake Country Lutheran was ranked No. 3 in Division 3 in the latest state coaches poll. CLS, meanwhile, entered this week with a 14-5 overall match record and had won 10 of its last 11 matches. Last season, under head coach Ray Marrero, the Eagles reached the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 3 sectional final. There, CLS lost to Howards Grove, which went on to defeat Lake Country Lutheran in the WIAA Division 3 state title match.


Friday (Sept. 23), 5:30 p.m., Jaskwhich Stadium (6800 60th St., Kenosha)

Indian Trail will take on another tough SEC opponent Friday evening at Jaskwhich Stadium. Last week, the Hawks (3-2 overall, 2-1 SEC) fell at Oak Creek, tied atop the conference with Franklin at 3-0. This week, they face Horlick, which is 2-1 in the SEC (4-1 overall) and was ranked No. 7 in Division 2 in the latest state coaches poll. The Rebels may very well move up the rankings, too, when they’re released Tuesday, considering they posted a dominant 56-17 victory at Bradford Stadium last Friday night. After being held to less than 48 points for the first time in last week’s 47-14 loss at Oak Creek, Indian Trail will look to get back on track this week behind junior quarterback LJ Dagen (SEC-leading 663 rushing yards) and senior running back Justice Lovelace (501 rushing yards, 14 rushing TDs; 106 receiving yards, three receiving TDs).

The Central football team, off to its best start in more than two decades, will try to improve to 6-0 and clinch a playoff berth when it hosts Waterford at 7 p.m. Friday in a Southern Lakes Conference game. It’s also Central’s Homecoming game.


Friday (Sept. 23), 7 p.m., Westosha Central High School (24617 75th St., Salem)

The Westosha Central football team is undefeated at 5-0 this season, its best start in over two decades, and the Falcons can also clinch their first automatic WIAA playoff berth since 2010 with one more Southern Lakes Conference victory. That could happen this Friday on Homecoming, as Central (3-0 SLC) hosts Waterford (2-3 overall, 2-1 SLC) in an atmosphere that’s sure to be raucous. Central, ranked No. 8 in Division 2 in the latest state coaches poll, is tied atop the SLC standings with Lake Geneva Badger, with Waterford and Burlington each a game back. For Central, junior quarterback Brock Koeppel leads the SLC with 998 passing yards and is tied for first with nine passing touchdowns and also has 352 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Also for the Falcons, junior receiver Collin Meininger leads the conference in receiving yards (519) and is tied for first in receptions (29).

BONUS FOOTBALL: It’s not a conference game, but there is another football team in the county seeking to improve to 6-0 on the season this Friday, as undefeated St. Joseph hosts Milwaukee Academy of Excellence in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. Friday at Ameche Field (8701 26th Ave., Kenosha). The Lancers, ranked No. 6 in Division 6 in the latest state coaches poll, are playing this game in lieu of a previously-scheduled Midwest Classic game against Whitefish Bay Dominican, which has had to forfeit its games this season due to lack of players.


Saturday (Sept. 24), 8:30 a.m., Indian Trail High School (6800 60th St., Kenosha)

All five county boys volleyball programs will be in action Saturday at Indian Trail, as Bradford, Tremper, Indian Trail, Westosha Central and Wilmot are all scheduled to compete at the invite, hosted by the Hawks. Also scheduled to be at the invite, per the SEC calendar link, are Appleton East, Beloit Memorial, Brookfield East, Green Bay Notre Dame, Oak Creek, Racine Park and Union Grove.

High School Sports Calendar


Boys soccer–SWCHA at St. Joseph (Anderson Park/Troha Field), 4:30 p.m.; Eastbrook Academy at Christian Life, 4:30 p.m. Girls tennis–Wilmot at Delavan-Darien, 3:30 p.m.; Burlington at Westosha Central, 4:15 p.m. Boys volleyball–Indian Trail at Racine Park, 6 p.m. Girls volleyball–University Lake at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.; Westlake Christian at Christian Life, 7 p.m.


Girls golf–Bradford, Tremper and Indian Trail at Southeast Conference Mini-Meet (Hawks View GC, Lake Geneva), 9 a.m.; Westosha Central and Wilmot at Southern Lakes Conference Tournament (Ives Grove Links, Sturtevant), 11 a.m. Boys soccer–Tremper at Racine Case, 4:30 p.m.; Bradford at Racine Park (Pritchard Park), 6:30 p.m.; Racine Horlick at Indian Trail, 6:30 p.m.; Waterford at Westosha Central, 6:30 p.m.; Wilmot at Elkhorn, 6:30 p.m. Girls swimming–Racine Unified Co-op at Bradford, 4:30 p.m.; Tremper at Franklin, 4:30 p.m.; Oak Creek at Indian Trail (YMCA Callahan Branch), 4:30 p.m. Jefferson/Cambridge at Westosha Central/Wilmot/Badger Combined, 5:30 p.m. Girls tennis–Bradford at Tremper, 4 p.m.; Indian Trail at Franklin (Village Club), 4 p.m.; St. Joseph at Whitefish Bay Dominican (McKinley Park, Milwaukee), 4 p.m. Girls volleyball–Bradford at Racine Park, 6:30 p.m.; Tremper at Racine Case, 6:30 p.m.; Racine Horlick at Indian Trail, 6:30 p.m.; Westosha Central at Union Grove, 6:30 p.m.; Elkhorn at Wilmot, 6:30 p.m.; Christian Life at Milwaukee Messmer, 6:45 p.m.


Cross country–St. Joseph and Christian Life at St. John’s NW Military Academy Invite (Delafield), 4 p.m. Boys soccer–Shoreland Lutheran at St. Thomas More, 4:30 p.m.; Greendale Martin Luther at St. Joseph (Anderson Park/Troha Field), 4:30 p.m. Girls tennis–Burlington Catholic Central at St. Joseph (Kenosha CC), 4 p.m. Boys volleyball–Bradford at Racine Park, 6:30 p.m.; Tremper at Racine Case, 6:30 p.m.; Racine Horlick at Indian Trail, 6:30 p.m.


Cross country–Shoreland Lutheran at Big Foot Invite (Duck Pond, Fontana), 4:30 p.m. Girls golf–Bradford, Tremper and Indian Trail at Southeast Conference Tournament (Meadowbrook CC, Racine), 9 a.m. Girls tennis–Westosha Central and Wilmot at Southern Lakes Conference Tournament (singles at Elkhorn, doubles at Delavan-Darien), 1 p.m.; Franklin at Bradford, 4 p.m.; Tremper at Oak Creek, 4 p.m.; Racine Case at Indian Trail, 4 p.m.; St. Joseph at Milwaukee King (Merrill Tennis Courts), 4 p.m. Boys volleyball–Westosha Central at Union Grove, 6:30 p.m.; Burlington at Wilmot, 6:30 p.m. Girls volleyball–Milwaukee Reagan at Bradford, 6:30 p.m.; Whitefish Bay Dominican at St. Joseph, 6:30 p.m.; Lake Country Lutheran at Christian Life, 6:45 p.m.


Football–Racine Horlick at Indian Trail, 5:30 p.m.; Bradford at Racine Park (Pritchard Park), 7 p.m.; Tremper at Racine Case (Hammes Field), 7 p.m.; Waterford at Westosha Central, 7 p.m.; Wilmot at Elkhorn, 7 p.m.; Shoreland Lutheran at University School of Milwaukee, 7 p.m.; Milwaukee Academy of Excellence at St. Joseph (Ameche Field), 7 p.m.; Christian Life at Brookfield Academy, 7 p.m. Boys soccer–Salam School at St. Joseph (Ameche Field), 4 p.m.; Milwaukee Lutheran at Christian Life, 4:30 p.m.; Tremper vs. Mequon Homestead at Mequon Homestead Invite, 5 p.m.; Cristo Rey Jesuit at Shoreland Lutheran, 6:30 p.m. Girls tennis–Indian Trail at Madison West Invite, TBD.

Cross country–St. Joseph at Brookfield Invite (Naga-Waukee Park, Hartland), 8 a.m.; Bradford and Indian Trail at Janesville Invite (Blackhawk GC), 9 a.m.; Wilmot at Grant (Ill.) Invite (Bulldog Athletic Complex, Ingleside, Ill.), 9 a.m. Boys soccer–Tremper vs. Pewaukee at Mequon Homestead Invite, noon. Girls swimming–Bradford at Jefferson Invite, 11 a.m. Girls tennis–Indian Trail at Madison West Invite, TBD; Westosha Central and Wilmot at Southern Lakes Conference Tournament (Elkhorn), 8 a.m.; St. Joseph at Metro Classic Conference Tournament (The Prairie School, Wind Point), 9 a.m. Boys volleyball–Bradford, Tremper, Indian Trail, Westosha Central and Wilmot at Indian Trail Invite, 8:30 a.m. Girls volleyball–Westosha Central at Slinger Invite, 8 a.m.; St. Joseph at Lake Country Lutheran Invite, 8 a.m.; Bradford at Johnson Creek Invite, 9 a.m.; Tremper at Port Washington Invite, 9 a.m.; Shoreland Lutheran at Wisconsin Lutheran Invite (Wisconsin Lutheran College, Milwaukee), 9 a.m.