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Tidbits and details from the Lake Country prep sports scene to the Wisconsin sports world at large.
Ranking top 16 area athletes playing on next level

Who are the athletes from high schools within the Now/Lake Country coverage zone making the biggest impact in pro and college athletics?

CMH grad Lesniewski has first-hand view of baseball's online presence
Kyle Lesniewski and his daughter, Layla, stand against

Baseball has been seeking to capture young fans for a while now, and most of them can be found participating in online communities merging content with message boards.

Preps Alcove: Celebrating one of my favorite readers, Joe DiMaggio (yes, that's his real name)
Joe DiMaggio and Sandy were married for 53 years before

The phone calls from Joe DiMaggio began several years ago, and the passionate fan of local sports has been giving me his two cents ever since.

If summer baseball is still dying, it has a funny way of showing it

Summer baseball has been given a terminal diagnosis for years by onlookers, but the sport continues to show it plans to remain intact for a while.

How should WIAA baseball teams handle ace pitchers under new rules?
Pewaukee senior Patrick Tomfohrde delivers a pitch

A point/counterpoint look at the two perspectives on deployment of top pitchers in the WIAA playoffs under new pitch-count restrictions.

Rugby continues to find its footing as untapped source of college scholarships
The Oconomowoc Lion Hunter sevens rugby team (in red)

The game of rugby continues to make slow steps forward in popularity, one year removed from its return to the Olympics program.

Seven surprises and seven moments from 2017 Brewers so far
Jimmy Nelson, who has finally harnessed the command

The Milwaukee Brewers, a first-place ballclub in the National League Central, have provided the recipe for a fun summer.

Corey Hart's 2004 foul ball: a low key milestone in Brewers history
In nine seasons with the Brewers, Corey Hart hit .276

As Corey Hart enters the Brewers "Wall of Honor," consider his very first plate appearance -- a symbolic turning point in franchise history.

WIAA's fascinating new proposals go beyond the shot clock
Destiny of Milwaukee won the WIAA Division 4 boys basketball

The shot clock was understandably the big-ticket item when the WIAA announced a number of changes from its Board of Control meeting June 22, but there were several other items worth noting, as well.

Coalition of coaches organizing letter in support of basketball shot clock
Kettle Moraine head coach Jack Hervert gestures from

Perspectives are mixed on the announced change to WIAA basketball in 2019-20, though everyone agrees the game will change dramatically.

The top team, athletes and moment from 2016-17 school year in Lake Country
Arrowhead head coach Craig Haase reacts to the school's

A thrilling state semifinal, a pair of girls basketball standouts and a familiar name returns to coach. Here are some of the top athletes and moments from the 2016-17 school year in Lake Country.

Twins, a triple and a Marine: Impressions from state track
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

The 2017 state track and field meet offered another series of great story lines. Here's a taste of the scene in La Crosse.

AD Roundtable: Three retiring leaders on high-school athletics
Waukesha West fans cheer on their team during the game

Three retiring athletics directors -- Greg Gamalski of Catholic Memorial, Scott Kugi of Muskego and Mike Novak of Brown Deer -- look at the current state of the profession.

Scoring the state meet: Oak Creek sitting pretty for boys title
Oak Creek senior Michael Sippy leads the pack with

The Oak Creek boys and Milwaukee King girls are the early favorites to win the state track and field titles based on sectional performance.

Five years later: The 4x400 controversy at state track and field
Arrowhead's Ryan Adamski sits alone on the back stretch

This weekend marks the five-year anniversary of one of the more controversial finishes in state track and field history -- one that may have robbed an Arrowhead 4x400-meter relay team of gold.

About Preps Alcove

Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe provides tidbits and details from the Lake Country prep sports scene to the Wisconsin sports world at large. His weekly column presents exclusive interviews, commentaries and observations.

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