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After venomous snake bite, RB posts big numbers
John Chenal of Grantsburg (left) attempts to make a

John Chernal of Grantsburg had an interesting offseason when he was bitten by a venomous snake and needed a finger amputated. It hasn't slowed him down.

C-W football team honors player killed in accident
Divers with a towing service pull a plane that crashed

Three months after Owen Knutson was killed in a plane crash, his former football teammates paid homage to him in an emotional win Friday.

Week 1 Wonders: Saluting best in HS football
Brookfield Central quarterback Drew Leszczynski (2)

Take a look at players who opened some eyes on the gridiron this week in high-school football games.

Area HS games to watch on the first Friday of 2017
Wauwatosa East senior Cyrus Taylor (11) runs back the

Here are five highly intriguing battles on the first Friday of the 2017 high-school football season

Division 1 champion: Kimberly Papermakers
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One of the great dynasties in Wisconsin high-school sports kept rolling with a fourth straight title.

Division 2 champion: Brookfield East Spartans
Sam Santiago-Lloyd rumbles to the end zone for his

Behind a state-record performance from its workhorse running back, East hoisted its first ever gold ball.

Division 3 champion: Catholic Memorial Crusaders
Catholic Memorial players celebrate with the championship

Overcoming early mistakes, Memorial atoned for the heartbreaking loss to same team one year earlier

Division 5 champion: Amherst Falcons
Amherst High School's Josh Cisewski makes a catch for

It was a dream scenario for Amherst as Carter Zblewski kicked a game-winning field goal in the final seconds to lift his team to a state title.

Division 6 champion: Regis Ramblers
Eau Claire Regis' Caleb Brickner scores a touchdown

The playoffs were a rollercoaster of thrills for Eau Claire Regis, but the state-title game was well in hand most of the day.

Links of Interest: Wimmer, Clayton named by Wissports
Oconomowoc's Zachary Clayton makes an over-the-shoulder

Oconomowoc's Zach Clayton was given the "Al Toon Award" honoring the state's best wide receiver, and Hawk Wimmer of Franklin was honored with the "Tim Krumrie Award" for best defensive lineman when released its annual awards Wednesday.

Initial Reaction podcast: UW associate AD Chris McIntosh
Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time

On this week's Initial Reaction podcast with JR Radcliffe and JP Cadorin, University of Wisconsin associate athletics director Chris McIntosh stops by to talk about a number of topics.

Unbeaten Catholic Memorial has one last big hurdle to clear
Pewaukee junior Seth Bickett (12) rumbles downfield

The Catholic Memorial football team has been one of the best in the state, but the last hurdle to a state championship is certainly the biggest, a Notre Dame program that sent CMH to a heartbreaker last year at Camp Rand.

'We're not afraid of them:' Franklin preps to take on empire
Under a heavy rain, Franklin's Aaron Simmons (21) brings

There is no disputing that Kimberly has become the gold standard of big-school football in the state of Wisconsin, with 55 consecutive victories and three straight state titles.

Level 4 Wonders: Usual suspects shine at last stage before state
Franklin wide receiver Kyle Lewis, left attempts to

With state berths on the line, several players were shining under the spotlight

Weekend Warriors: Buck helps Whitewater clinch, Blackburn big for UWO
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This week's Weekend Warriors include a couple big outcomes in the WIAC at the NCAA Division III level and an area player dismissed from his Big Ten team after a breakout season.

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The prep gridiron season is upon us, with teams from the Lake Country Publications and Now Newspapers coverage zones gearing up for a big showing in 2016. Keep up to date with tidbits about the season with The Push, including bite-sized observations and reactions in the First and Short blog.

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