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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.

Fall stars: Get familiar with these top-flight athletes

 The 2015 fall season has been under way for a couple weeks now (22 percent of the football season will be over before most schools even open for regular classes), and you may have already noticed a few of the top athletes in the Lake Country coverage area. Many of the football players you already know, but keep an eye on these athletes in other sports, poised for great things in the fall of 2015.

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Coach's Confidential: How football coaches really feel

 Every year, I present Coach's Confidential at our Push for the Playoffs hub for all things prep football, and it's one of my favorite elements on the site. Each week, we tackle a new question and gather anonymous responses from area varsity coaches, covering topics from overzealous parents to concussions to strategy to names on the backs of jerseys.

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Ten storylines to watch for 2015 prep football season

 With our annual Gridiron Guide set to land Aug. 19-20, previewing the upcoming football season for our area teams, here's a look at some of the more interesting storylines to anticipate over the next three-plus months:

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Whistling while they work: Golf coaches look ahead to PGA Championship

 Greg Budzien may have been stating the obvious when he said the players who can stay out of the bunkers will have the best chance of winning at Whistling Straits in Kohler. It also helps to know when you're IN the bunkers.

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'It is what it is:' Football is a bigger deal than other sports

 It's not the first time I've been told to "get my facts straight," but it might be the first time I was told over something so clear-cut.

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