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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.

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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Debate may rage on, but Indians mascot won't last much longer

 Eventually, the time will come where the Mukwonago Indians mascot ceases to exist.

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Golf world's focus on Wisconsin intensifying

 The PGA Championship is scheduled to be held Aug. 10-16 at Whistling Straits in Kohler, an event that will shine the golf spotlight on the state of Wisconsin with an even bigger event around the corner. As most fans of the sport are acutely aware, Erin Hills Golf Course in Hartford will host the U.S. Open in 2017.

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The storm of stunners: Lake Country sports have won their share of upsets

 Arrowhead's loss to Milwaukee Ronald Reagan in the WIAA Division 1 baseball sectional final could well be the biggest upset in Lake Country sports since I began covering the beat eight years ago, but it's not the only shocking outcome I've witnessed since I started here.

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Through good times and bad, Badura will always play tennis

 I’m stealing this week’s Preps Alcove from Evan Frank, our newest sports writer at Lake Country Publications, whose “Frank Remarks” column has already examined the history of boxing in the WIAA and the Lake Country Lutheran baseball team’s crazy winning streak. This week, with the state tennis tournament slated for June 4-6, he chatted with Oconomowoc three-time qualifier Augie Badura, and his story first appeared in the June 4 edition of the Oconomowoc Focus. Here’s Evan’s column:

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