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 By Steve Wehrley    Sports    May 6, 2021 

"We're In the Woods, We're in the Woods"

"What color are your uniforms?" asks the Stoughton coach. "Royal blue, and yours?" I politely respond. "Purple" comes the reply as he continues to...

 
 By Steve Wehrley    Sports    April 29, 2021

Columbus Hosts, NGM Dominates

Joe Quaglia focuses on winning conference at the sound of the gun. Passing the first mile at 5:14, we know a season best is in the works but Carter...

 
 By Steve Wehrley    Sports    April 22, 2021

Twining Yields a Triplet of Wins

Monroe's Twining Park hosted Saturday's quadrangle meet. The park layout is a favorite for spectators as teams remain visible from many vantage...

 
 By Steve Wehrley    Sports    April 15, 2021

No One Yells 'Fore' Anymore

What happened to Brodhead's Decatur Lakes Golf Course? The first six holes opened in 1926, and over the years expanded to a full eighteen and a club...

 
 By Steve Wehrley    Sports    April 8, 2021

Two Meets and Five Victories

Two weeks of practice and four weeks of competition precede Conference, Sectionals and State. The Alternate Fall Cross Country season sets a record...

 

Rapids Not as Rapid as Hoped

Located near the center of the state, Wisconsin Rapids was buried deep beneath a glacier during the last ice age. It often seems ready to snap back in...

 

Boys Traveling North

The Sectional race just isn't long enough for Annika Ziperski (20:56). Knowing that five of the top runners, who are not on a State qualifying team,...

 

NGM Makes a Poynette

Annika Ziperski (21:16) pops out of the woods and banks around the turn. Only 400 meters away, but in the last quarter of a mile, things can change....

 

...And Cows

Wisconsin is known for cheese, milk and a positive attitude. No matter the weather, we gleefully say "It could be worse!" By Wisconsin standards,...

 

"The rain's been coming down," - Creedence Clearwater Revival

All foot races start with a flash and bang, but end with a flash and bang? It's 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning. The skies open and while the speakers pla...

 

Racing at Zimpel Not Simple

Seven compete on Varsity, so why is Brayden standing alone among boys from 16 schools at the Eagle Invitational? He represents our seventh runner in...

 

Cloudy Day is a Happy Day

The rain holds off and we hold on. No grass grows on the hill in the woods, so a few minutes of rain turns it muddy and slippery. Today's 1-2-3 boys...

 

Big Bullies Cloud Results

Called the Little State Meet, the Saturday race on the Spring Green Municipal Golf Course brings forty-some Division 2 and 3 cross country teams...

 

Un-BEE-lievable Event

First day of school provides excitement as students wake early, greet friends they’ve not seen for months, meet new teachers in new classes, absorb new rules and routines and look forward (or not) t...

 

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...

 

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