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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.

Askren helping CM Punk train for the real thing

 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.

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Which area athletes will make noise in 2015?

 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).

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The many ways the Packers have impacted our communities

 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.

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Are we witnessing a Wisconsin prep football renaissance?

 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.

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Building blocks: Weighing the issues in Woodland wrestling controversy

 Is there a right way to rebuild a program?

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