Tidbits and details from the Lake Country prep sports scene to the Wisconsin sports world at large.
Preps Alcove: A potential No. 1 pick and other Wisconsin connections to upcoming MLB Draft
Oconomowoc shortstop Zach Clayton (10) throws out a

This week's Preps Alcove comes from Dan Zielinski, who takes a look at the several local players who may hear their name called at this year's (or next year's) Major League Baseball drafts, plus some college connections to the state.

Third in the trilogy: looking back at highlights from TJ Watt's career at Pewaukee
TJ Watt stiff-arms a New Berlin West defender during

The NFL Draft begins April 27, and for the third time in recent history, a former Pewaukee High School football player is going to get selected. Take a look back at some memorable moments from his high-school career.

Brianna Decker part of huge moment on, off ice for U.S. Women's Hockey
Brianna Decker, a Dousman native, kisses her gold medal

Brianna Decker has scored many goals in her international hockey career, but the Dousman native's biggest goal on the ice may have come after her squad accomplished its biggest goal off of it.

Preps Alcove: Showalter's crazy year-long journey culminates with son's memorable basket
Menomonee Falls boys basketball coach Steve Showalter

Steve Showalter has never been afforded the luxury of getting emotional as a basketball fan.

Preps Alcove: Mock drafts see TJ Watt as potential late first-rounder
Pewaukee native and ex-University of Wisconsin linebacker

The 2017 NFL Draft doesn't arrive until April 27, but the season of talent evaluation began long ago.

A class by itself: 2015 girls hoops crew has huge March night, season
The Marquette women's basketball team poses with its

The Marquette University women's basketball team won the Big East on March 7, led by a powerful trio of sophomores from Wisconsin schools. As it turns out, the Class of 2015 may be the best the state has ever seen.

Revisiting memorable state-championship wrestling matches
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

The finals of the WIAA individual state wrestling meet is a favorite of mine to cover, with a spectacular introduction to the finals round (the “March of Champions,” with wrestlers walking in a circle around the Kohl Center in Madison).

Guest columnist: "McGuire" captures many layers of former Marquette coach
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

On the Saturday afternoon semifinal round of the NCAA Final Four basketball championship in 1977, I was stuck working at the now long-gone Piggly Wiggly in Menomonee Falls, bagging what seemed like a million pounds of groceries and chasing thousands

Young auto racers from Pewaukee, Mukwonago taking every opportunity to shine
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

Brandon Lemke climbed into his Honda Civic after a day at Mukwonago High School on Jan. 27, then drove with his father through the night 12 hours to South Carolina. Just for the chance to drive some more.

Everyone hates Joe Buck: a breakdown of fans' strangely passionate distaste
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

As we settle into our couches Sunday afternoon, hearts racing, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman will greet us from Dallas on our television sets and begin to lay out the events of the NFC Divisional Round playoff game between the Cowboys and Packers.

Preps Alcove: a look ahead to athletes and teams to watch in 2017
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

Each year as we turn the calendar, I like to take a look at the year ahead and present some teams and athletes to know for 2017.

Bracketeering: Some observations as we try to predict playoff layout
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

I have my own spreadsheet of the teams in Wisconsin and began trying to predict outcomes for every game to arrive at the field, a maneuver that winds up wading deep into tiebreakers.

Arrowhead's Amann to appear on American Ninja Warrior
Taylor Amann of Arrowhead High School and now the University

Pole vaulter at UW part of college team competition, airing in November

Frank: Oconomowoc's Derby, former NFL player, looks back after seeing 'Concussion'

A lot was going on last week, from Arrowhead hiring a new football coach to a controversy surrounding the WIAA's sportsmanship recommendations . Perhaps a little lost in the shuffle was a column by Evan Frank about Oconomowoc's Glenn Derby, a...

Preps Alcove: 68 Degrees of Separation -- a Wisconsin tie to every team in the Dance
Jan 24, 2017; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Marquette Golden

For a second straight year, I've composed "68 Degrees of Separation," forging a connection between the state of Wisconsin and every team in the NCAA Tournament, officially getting under way March 14 but beginning in earnest March 16.

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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