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.
This week's Preps Alcove was written by colleague Evan Frank, who chatted with local wrestling legend Ben Askren about a unique and highly publicized endeavor.
As we work past the infant stages of 2015, who are some of the teams that should figure on success in the calendar year ahead? Take a look at some strong possibilities (and take a look back at the 2014 list).
Sunday's contest between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers will give the home team a sixth consecutive year of postseason play, and few things bring the state together in singular communal focus than Green Bay playoff football. Though Green Bay is better than two hours up Highway 43, the Packers have left a lasting impact across Lake Country, sometimes well beyond good old fashioned fandom.
Thirty-two former high-school football players in Wisconsin reached the NCAA FCS football championship Jan. 10, when North Dakota State (20) faces off with Illinois State (12). In NCAA Division II, Minnesota State-Mankato (34 Wisconsin kids on roster) fell by a narrow score to Colorado State-Pueblo. In Division III, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater (71) has become a well-documented powerhouse in winning a sixth national title.
Is there a right way to rebuild a program?