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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.

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.

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.

Seeds of change haven't arrived fast enough in WIAA postseason
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

On one hand, there was progress made in WIAA athletics when it was announced that tennis and soccer will now seed at the state tournament, a new mechanism (previously employed only in boys volleyball) designed to create equitable matchups at the year

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

New York state of mind: SJNMA has major promise for the future
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

It started back in the 1970s by a gentleman Joe Bostick, who passed away a couuple years ago. Joe started the connection with St.

Archive: Re-seeding process is no-brainer, but not getting implemented
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

The state-championship match in WIAA team wrestling will be perceived by many to take place Friday afternoon. The actual state championship match won't happen until a day later.

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.

Paul Miller, Bryce Nze among area players shining in college
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

Paul Miller and Bryce Nze earned Player of the Week in their respective college conferences, part of a good showing for area basketball alumni.

Coach speak: area football minds weigh in on Sunday's big game
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

Sunday's battle between the Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons will yield a Super Bowl appearance for someone. Check out what some local football coaches have to say about the Green and Gold:

Ten for Titletown: the things that led Packers past Dallas and into NFC Championship
Jan 15, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Green Bay Packers

Few fans will ever forget the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Championship game two years ago, but perhaps it softens the blow a little to see Green Bay win a thriller over Dallas on Jan. 15, a 34-31 victory that ended on Mason Crosby's 51-yard field goal. Take a look back at the 10 moments that helped the Packers survive the loss of an 18-point lead and march back to the NFC Championship in 2017.

Archive: 'Frustration 15' -- the things that went wrong against Seattle in NFC title game
A snapshot that will live in Packers infamy: Seattle

As you sit down to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, you will doubtless be wondering once again just how the Green Bay Packers aren't playing in the game, two weeks removed from a stunning loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

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.

Rematch in March? Arrowhead, Mukwonago and other playoff hoop possibilities
Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe

I have to admit, two minutes in, I thought it was going to be a blowout.

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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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