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Tidbits and details from the Lake Country prep sports scene to the Wisconsin sports world at large.
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.

'The Snubs:' Highlighting other top athletes in addition to Sports Awards nominees
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

The Journal Sentinel sports awards recognized the top athletes in the area May 17. Here are others who should have your attention.

Sectional snarl: Area programs annually face elite sectionals
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

The WIAA has insisted on maintaining longtime sectional alignments for tennis, golf and soccer -- even though those pockets routinely feature an overabundance of the state's best teams.

Talking sports with some of my friends: Multisport athletes, TJ Watt, lighting and singlets
TJ Watt speaks to reporters after getting selected

In honor of my colleague, Chuck Delsman, I’m stealing his “talking sports with some of my friends” column and hitting on a number of topics this week. I won’t be as short and sweet as Chuck.

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.

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.

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.

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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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