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Run Like You Have the Wind to Your Back

"We were young and strong. We were running against the wind." -Bob Seger The team bus rocks back and forth as we head to Spring Green. Crossing the Wi...

 

Capitol Conference Cross Country Meet Held in New Glarus

The Alphorns play perfectly note for note. Dozens of parents take-up duty stations. The officials run the meet on time to the second. Everything...

 

Seventy-Seven Years Ago

Russia, October 7th, 1941; it began to snow. The fields and roads turned into mud, a condition called rasputitsa by the Russians. The German advance...

 

NGM Cross Country: Birds Remain in the Bush

We just want to beat the State's Number One Team in Division Three: Darlington. The Redbird strength relies on their Payton H. (16:22) who runs a...

 

Seconds Produces a First

Half-mile into the boys junior varsity race and the look on Dane Duerst's face tells us everything we need to know about today. It will be tough....

 

Twos and Sevens at B'ville

Belleville's former coach, Bill Kernen, designed a contrasting cross country course. Competitors run across smooth grass to the base of the woods...

 

Mother is Fickle

Mother Nature often reminds us that she is in charge. Her heat and humidity forced the Monroe authorities to shorten the first cross country race of...

 

Happy To Be Cold

Sweet Sixteen might refer to the number of cross country teams in our division at the State Meet. We carry the excitement of being sectional...

 

Schedule One More Flight for the Season

Airports only wish they could function like the start of a cross country meet. The announcer's been counting down for the last fifteen minutes and at...

 

That Was Then, This is Now

We've thought about this race for a month. It's 9:59 on Saturday morning. It might rain, it might hold off, we don't care. In five seconds the gun...

 

No Mint Juleps Today

Definition “mudder” [muhd-er]: Race horse who performs well on a wet or muddy track. Doesn’t take much rain to turn a forest trail into a quagmire. We’ll find our mudders this Saturday at the...

 

Things Look Up As Things Drop

Finally, the conditions align for fast times. Temperature falls from 90s to 60s, the course is rolling but not hilly, our athletes' stopped coughing...

 

Millionaires and Winners

Aaron Rodgers: Quarterback: Green Bay Packers, Kyle Hendricks: Pitcher: Chicago Cubs, LeBron James: Guard: Cleveland Cavaliers. Big name athletes...

 

Ah-Choo!

"Charlie Bit My Finger" goes viral and everyone enjoys it. "Ultimate Dog Tease" goes viral and everyone enjoys it. A real virus, not so funny. The...

 

NGM Doesn't Get Stung Today

Tis a beautiful morning at the Spring Green Municipal Golf Course. The Girls Varsity race started ten minutes ago. As we stand at mile two, girls from nineteen other teams run past us. We only have...

 

Take Goldie's Advice!

“Youth is wasted on the young.” -George Bernard Shaw. Not this Saturday! The New Glarus-Monticello CC boys team runs without any seniors or juniors. All seventeen register as freshmen or...

 

"So the last shall be first, and the first last." Matthew 20:16.

A multitude (does 988 make up a multitude?) of the best cross country athletes jog and stroll the 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) at the WIAA State Cross Cou...

 

A Good Omen at Dawn

It seems we just woke up to a bright red sunrise and its already 9:59 a.m.  The starter holds a pistol above his head, 140 runners from 20 teams...

 

Lodi Has More Than Suzie the Duck

Three cross country races remain in our short fall season:  Capitol Conference, Fennimore Sectional and the State Meet at Wisconsin Rapids....

 

Looking for an Increase in Win Velocity

People soon forget the pessimistic weather forecast.  In fact, the cold, windy prognostication that turns, unexpectedly, into a warm, sunny and calm fall day is truly enjoyed.  Saturday at the...

 

Oops!

The volunteer watched in stunned silence as the string parted and hundreds of timing tags fluttered to the ground.  Each name represented the finishing spot of a sweaty, exhausted middle school...

 

Last Can Be First

Imagine you hold the seventh position on a cross country team.  At best, you run in the middle of the pack, and usually not even there.  What if...

 

Short Summary Short of Midseason

Approaching the half-way point of the cross country year, we see solidification of the top spots on the New Glarus-Monticello team. For the boys side,...

 

Green Bay Versus NGM

Aaron Rodgers produces statistics galore: Attempts, Completions, Percentage of Completions, Total Passing Yards, Average Passing Yards per Game, Touchdowns and the number of times he’s seen with...

 

Spectators Witness Amazing Opening Ceremonies

Four F-18 Hornets streaked over the 100th Running of the Indy 500, six warbirds cracked the sky at Super Bowl Fifty.  How can a high school sports event beat that?  Saturday morning, as the...

 

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