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Reflecting back on big officiating moments in this year's title games
This pass was ruled a fumble and allowed Amherst to

The WIAA football title games could be remembered for some controversy, particularly in the Division 5 and Division 1 games.

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 4 champion: Saint Croix Central Panthers
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One of the big surprises of the 2016 postseason capped it off with a dominant rushing performance.

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.

Division 7 champion: Edgar Wildcats
Edgar's Alec Hafferman runs against Shullsburg's Hunter

Edgar defeated Shullsburg for the 2016 Division 7 state football title, 36-6, to cap off a dominant postseason showing for a team that wasn't in the state rankings.

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.

Chatting state championship games on Facebook Live at 1 p.m.
Pewaukee senior Blaze Beltran sacks Catholic Memorial

Now Newspapers sports director JR Radcliffe and sports writer Andrew Gruman will be chatting about the state-championship football games at 1 p.m. Wednesday on the MyCommunityNow Facebook page using Facebook Live.

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.

Initial Reaction Podcast chats with JJ Watt
Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time

The Initial Reaction podcast with JR Radcliffe and JP Cadorin interview Houston Texans superstar JJ Watt this week. The Pewaukee native talks about his rise to stardom, his hometown roots and more.

Weekend Warriors: Local players on teams scoring major upsets
Iowa senior running back Jordan Canzeri runs the ball

Saturday was a weekend for big upsets around college football, with three of the top five teams taking a loss.

Brookfield East must tackle high-powered Monona Grove
The Brookfield East football team poses after clinching

Brookfield East is a surprise finalist in Division 2, and so is the Spartans' opponent Friday in the state-championship game, Monona Grove.

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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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