Our network

Sports & Recreation

Mallards program places players with families

Mallards program places players with families

Meet Craig and Sherry Barnsley of Madison, who are one of several families in the area that have a Madison Mallards baseball player staying with them for a few months.

Lawn equipment stolen from Little League

Lawn equipment stolen from Little League

Thousands of dollars worth of lawn mowing equipment was stolen from Kennedy Little League, according to a release from Madison police.

Police said two John Deere Gators, three gas-powered grass trimmers and two commercial lawnmowers were taken from a shed at 5801 Commercial Ave. last weekend. Officials said it appears someone pried open the league's storage unit.

This isn't the first time Kennedy Little League has dealt with financial loss.

Former President Stephen Verhage was charged with embezzlement for allegedly stealing $200,00 from the organization.

The league's current president is working on absorbing the blows.

Madison Parks regional beaches open for Memorial Day weekend

Looking to do some swimming or hanging out on the beach this holiday weekend? Madison Park Regional beaches will be open for those looking to enjoy the lakes over Memorial weekend. Lifeguard services are scheduled for this weekend, but are subject to change due to cool or rainy weather.

Regional beaches open June 13:

Madison Area Sports commission awards $30,000 to youth sports orgs

The Madison Area Sports Commission has awarded more than $30,000 in funding in its’ bi-annual disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

·         Allied Running Club – $1,750

·         Boys & Girls Club of Dane County – $5,000

·         Camp Randall Rowing Club – $1,500

·         East Madison Community Center – $2,250

·         Glide Disc Golf – $875

Girls' basketball: Middleton rolls over La Follette

Girls' basketball: Middleton rolls over La Follette

Middleton took on La Follette Friday at La Follette High School. 

The Cardinals rolled over the Lancers with a final score of 62-44.

Watch highlights from the game:

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Grant to fund 2 new Madison splash parks

Grant to fund 2 new Madison splash parks

The construction of splash parks at Reindahl and Elver parks will be funded by a grant the Madison Parks Foundation received from the Evjue Foundation, according to a release.

Splash parks at Reindahl and Elver parks will include splash areas for toddlers, teens and families, officials said. The parks will be free and a way for families to cool off during the summer.

"Madison Parks is excited to offer kids and families more ways to stay cool during the summer," city of Madison Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "Spray parks are a wonderful complement to our public beaches and Goodman Pool."

Reindahl Park, at 1818 Portage Road on the far east side, is home to a major soccer complex, a reservable shelter, playground, basketball court, community gardens and tennis courts, according to the release. The splash park is among several improvements planned by the city, including athletic facility enhancements and new shelter landscaping.