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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.

The Sconnies of March: state players in college basketball's Championship Week

 Each year, I like to take a look at the Wisconsin prep basketball players who have moved on to the college ranks with a chance to appear in the NCAA Tournament. It is, after all, the finest spectacle in all of sports.

Local flavor

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Schuck had a unique view of the action

 It was the biggest game of Chris Schuck's season, and he was going to have to earn every minute of it.

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Bracketball time: looking ahead at potential hoops playoff matchups

 With seeding meetings on the immediate horizon for the basketball postseason (including girls over Valentine's Day weekend), let's dive in and take a look at where teams may fall on the playoff map (records as of Feb. 10):

Division 1 girls

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Wrestlers gear up for the exciting home stretch

 The winter postseason has arrived, with conference wrestling tournaments held Feb. 7 and the WIAA regionals taking place Feb. 14, followed by the sectional and individual state meet in successive weekends. A couple area teams will have a chance to appear in the Feb. 17 team-sectional dual, notably Pewaukee, a first-time entrant in the Division 1 field this season.

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The Frustration 15: a final chronicle of what went wrong for Packers

 As you sit down to watch the Super Bowl on Feb. 1, you will doubtless be wondering once again just how the Green Bay Packers aren't playing in the game, two weeks removed from a stunning loss to the Seattle Seahawks. My personal contention is that Mike McCarthy's play-calling wasn't to blame, since the game plan had the Packers within a heartbeat of the big game, assuming they didn't make a stupid mistake.

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