Bailey Bleser, Catholic Central
Bailey Bleser did what he needed to do Saturday.
The Catholic Central High School senior and leader of the Burlington Co-op swimming team finished second in the 200-yard individual medley at the WIAA Division 1 Kenosha Tremper Sectional at the Lakeview RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie to qualify for the WIAA State Championships this weekend in Madison.
He was the only swimmer from a Racine County school to qualify for state. Bleser swam a lifetime-best 2:01.05 to finish second behind Franklin’s Will Lennertz (1:59.02).
Bleser just missed a state berth in the 100 freestyle and the Demons’ 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.
Jessa Burling, Burlington
All season, Jessa Burling has been a driving force for the Burlington High School girls basketball team.
Last week, the senior guard continued to keep the Demons the hottest girls team in the county by scoring 14 points and grabbing 19 rebounds in a 54-45 Southern Lakes Conference victory over Wilmot at Burlington that moved the Demons into second place in the SLC.
Since losing to Wilmot on Jan. 5, Burlington has won seven straight SLC games and seven of eight games overall.
Burling is averaging a double-double of 17.4 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, along with 6.9 steals and 3.1 assists.
The Demons have been nothing short of incredible this season and didn’t let up Saturday by dominating the WIAA Division 1 Kenosha Bradford/Reuther Regional.
Burlington remained unbeaten this season winning its eighth tournament this season, totaling 297.5 points and qualifying all 14 wrestlers for this Saturday’s Park Sectional.
The Demons had eight champions — Hayden Halter (103 pounds), Ben Stevenson (126), Zach Weiler (132), Max Ehlen (138), Jake Skrundz (145), Ben Kumprey (152), Nate Crayton (182) and Max Travis (220).
Burlington also qualified for Tuesday’s Team Sectional against Oak Creek at 7 p.m. at Kenosha Bradford. If the Demons win, they will earn their first state team tournament berth since ending a four-year run in 2015.