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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.

Sports things to be thankful for, 2014 version

 In keeping with an annual tradition upheld by virtually all sports columnists, I present my Sports Things to be Thankful For, 2014 edition. My annual musings have an annual disclaimer: these aren't going to be the heartfelt, serious things most people are thankful for around the holiday season, so don't expect to see obvious things such as family, employment, food to eat, etc.

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With season on line, coaches going for it all

 Jeramie Korth said the decision was made "years ago."

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Outtakes from basketball version of 'Coach's Confidential'

 Similar to an exercise during football season, I polled area basketball coaches to get their thoughts on broad issues within the sport, and you can see a ton of responses in our 2014-15 Tip-Off section, scheduled to arrive next week (Nov. 19-20) in your Lake Country Publications just in time for hoops season to begin.

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Success-based plan addresses many concerns, creates new ones

 "Competitive balance" has been top of mind in the hallways of WIAA headquarters since last spring, when a "multiplier" proposal advanced by members of the Six Rivers Conference sought to address inequities in the state's prep sports landscape.

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Preparation part of referee's job, too

 Pat Miles doesn't just need to know the high-school officiating rulebook front to back. It's not uncommon for him to work a prep game Friday and a college game Saturday, meaning the rules — sometimes subtly — essentially change overnight.

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