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.
As I was watching perhaps the greatest state-championship football game of all time, with Kimberly rallying for a 49-42 win over Arrowhead in the Division 1 state championship as snow peacefully fell to the Camp Randall turf below, I was a little distracted from the action.
Arrowhead's journey through the WIAA football postseason was littered with zany outcomes, from a tense first-round win to a dominant Level 2 game behind backup quarterback Jack Risch to thrillers in Level 3 and Level 4, both ending on late touchdowns.
Looking more relaxed than what you might expect from a first-time state qualifier, Heather Moutvic sat at the interview table in the Resch Center in Green Bay, offered some thoughts on the Oconomowoc student section and then winked at her teammates seated nearby. They laughed.
It's hardly unexpected to see a quotient of Packers fans react negatively to a loss, especially when it comes on the heels of a few less-than-inspiring performances that nonetheless ended in victories. It's fair to nitpick a little bit, since the team's goals are more than merely getting into the playoffs, and the expectation of play is championship-caliber.
They've piled up conference championships left and right this fall, but nothing will generate bigger buzz for the two programs at Oconomowoc and Arrowhead than the potential meeting between the two football teams in Level 3 of the WIAA playoffs.