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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.

'It is what it is:' Football is a bigger deal than other sports

 It's not the first time I've been told to "get my facts straight," but it might be the first time I was told over something so clear-cut.

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The Suburban 16 Power Rankings: Watt, Niebrugge, and others on the next level

(Editor's note: After a late addition putting Anthony Pettis in the top 15, the "Suburban 15" was expanded to the "Suburban 16")

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The Brewers season is a foregone conclusion, but keep watching

 In the aftermath of the All-Star Game, little remains for Milwaukee Brewers fans to anticipate in 2015, save for perhaps what (if anything) the club can get during the trade season. The Brewers were 38-52 at the "midway point," the second-worst record in baseball, and the playoffs are a non-issue.

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Concussion issues are here to stay until football disappears

 One of my favorite side projects every year at Lake Country Publications is to see as many films nominated for Best Picture as possible (if not all) and put together a package of reviews and predictions before the Academy Awards are handed out. I'm usually following the Oscar chase as early as summer, where several web sites are already weighing in on which forthcoming movies could compete for the statuettes.

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Local coaches saw plenty of Tokoto, Looney — with success

Mike Basile didn't mince words when he spoke to his Pewaukee boys basketball team before a game in November 2013, when the Pirates met Milwaukee Hamilton in the Fresh Coast Classic at Wisconsin Lutheran College.

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