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Buckshot | January 2018

Buckshot | January 2018

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What’s Inside 12 Posterized
Bloomer’s Payton Dachel
Now in his third full season with the 16 Eau Claire Memorial
Buffalo Sabres, Eau Claire native The Kohlhepp brothers each take their
Jake McCabe has found his role in the NHL own path during the winter season

10 THE CARDINALS RULE 18 Girls basketball
It looks like Chippewa Falls (right) is Senior forward Brooke Olson is Rice Lake’s
going to have a say in yet another leading scorer as well as its on-court leader
Big Rivers Conference title race
20 Back in the Day
Cover design: Joe Ziemer. 21 Whistleblowers
Cover photo: Associated Press. WIAA basketball official Ryan Nelson
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Buckshot The Magazine / January 2018 5
SST. PAUL — “It’s knocked down and
brought on by Scheifele to CENTER as a spark in a 4-3 home victory.
ICE AND LAINE WAS CHECKED BY That’s what McCabe does night in and
night out. It just usually isn’t in a manner
that garners so much attention.
AFTER MCCABE! THEY’LL ALL PILE IN He knows who he is as a player and
THERE!” caters to the situation. Whether it’s a hit, be-
And thus an internet hit to the call of Buf-
falo Sabres play-by- ward wide, McCabe
play announcer Rick sees a lot of crucial
Jeanneret of MSG ice time and tries to
was born. make winning plays
On Jan. 7, 2017, it for a young Sabres
took a chip near the team still trying to
left boards from Win-
nipeg’s Mark “Just trying to play
Scheifele intended my role every night,”
for Patrik Laine — said McCabe, a for-
one of the game’s mer Wisconsin
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“I’m probably just a little more comfort- at Minnesota, defenseman Zach Bogosian First-year coach Phil Housley — whom in December. They went 4-5-4 and went
able,” he said. “ We have a lot of good lead- teased McCabe about his curly hair as a sev- McCabe played for at the 2013 World Junior toe-to-toe with some of the best teams in
ers on this team and a lot of guys that lead enth-grader when a picture of him playing Championships as the captain for Team the NHL in that stretch.
by example and say what needs to be said street hockey on the south side of Eau USA — has a system in place in which he
at the right time. I’ll pitch in here or there if I Claire was passed around for enjoyment. wants his defensemen to contribute in the “There’s no easy team in the NHL, and
have a thought, but we do have a good they’ve got some pretty good players over
core leadership group in here.” “He’s a great teammate,” Scandella said. Needless to say, it’s been a work in there,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said
Especially when he’s forfeiting some of winter.
It takes one sweep through the Sabres his money on reality TV show wagers. McCabe has seven of his 11 points since
locker room on a gameday morning to see “He lost a bet on ‘The Bachelor’ to me two It took until Dec. 5 — a McCabe wrist shot the calendar turned to December.
how universally liked McCabe is. Guys are years ago,” center Sam Reinhart said with a from the point against Colorado — for a de-
shooting jokes with him, approaching his smile. “ I’m trying to convince him to go in fenseman to score a goal. It’s a teamwide The majority of his assists have been sec-
locker for conversation. on it with me again this year.” thing as the Sabres are last in the league in ondary helpers. Known for his skating abil-
Regardless of whether he goes in on the lighting the lamp at 99 goals entering play ity, McCabe has been able to move the
pot this year, McCabe is a big part of Buf- Jan. 15. puck past guys from either high in the of-
fensive zone or just out of it.
■■■ The Sabres showed signs of life, however,

Buckshot The Magazine / January 2018 7

ding. Reinhart, who was playing with a net BRAIN HEALTH
presence, was there to bat home a re-
bound. Sure, it happened in a blowout loss, CONCUSSIONS,
but it illustrated the kind of potential that’s

When the Sabres are playing well, they DO YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF:
have a good forecheck. That allows for the  Anxiety?
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 Chronic pain?
 Concussion?
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the neutral zone and control the play a bit Nick Erickson has been the Leader-Telegram’s
more, wearing them down and getting lead hockey writer since joining the staff in 2015.

McCabe has made strides since he’s en-
tered the league and is in the process of so-
lidifying himself as an all-around player

The former assistant captain at Wisconsin
is at his best when he plays physical. It gets
him more engaged in all three zones, he

“Any time you get a couple of hits early in
a game, you’re just on your toes a little bit
more and you’re not waiting around,”

those battles.”
suicide pass or bumping a wing away from
the slot on a rush, McCabe has the ability to

can do a little bit of everything. McCabe hasn’t forgotten his roots. His older He’ll follow Eau Claire closely. And surely, 847299
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Winning is what McCabe most wants to player. Pipes?
do, and he won’t lie. It’s been a frustrating Being an alum, McCabe has always fol-
locker room. lowed the Old Abes. He’s just doing it a little Frozen Water
extra closely this year and was completely
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it’s never fun seeing your team name at the “Of course I understood,” the younger
bottom of the league, and it’s been that McCabe said. “But he’s really enjoying it.
way for the last couple of years now,” He’s got nothing but great things to say
McCabe said. “It’s time to put our best foot about (coach Chris) Tok behind the bench,
forward and just keeping trying to improve, and I know he’s having a blast with it. It
and that goes for myself as well. Trying to should be fun to follow how their team
be a producer on this team and make a dif- does the rest of the year.”
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ley. This year’s squad was young. It con- Bestul has had her share of challenges with
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year as a team is to win conference,” Cardi- have more to do with the success than she Specials.
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ways been picked to win conference, but it Bestul went on to have a standout career at 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Sun.-Thur.
seems like it’s kind of a tradition for Chi-Hi UW-Eau Claire, where she helped lead the 11 a.m. - 1 a.m. Fri.-Sat.
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undefeated in the BRC and hold a two- of the year, had just graduated from UW- Scholarship Program
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job. There was a math opening at WESTconsin Credit Union is will be offering up to thirteen
No. 7 is well within reach. Chippewa Falls. Linzmeier got the job and $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school members.
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former Cardinals coach John Pollock for
“There’s this thing where when kids two seasons and was instrumental in
know how to win and expect to win and helping ease the transition to a new head
they’ve won in the past, that’s something coach.
that’s really hard to teach a group,” Bestul Johnson took a job in the Twin Cities area
said. “You almost have to get it and just after last season, but the varsity squad is still
keep it year after year after year. That led by Bestul and Linzmeier. The two work
started way before me.” well together.

Actually, the winning did begin with Bes-
tul. Only it was when she was a player. The
2000 Chippewa Falls grad was part of a
team that went 1-19 when she was a
sophomore. By the time she was a senior,
the Cardinals improved to 13 wins. And
they’ve been perennial winners ever since.

Down years or rebuilding years just
haven’t happened at Chippewa Falls in a

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“We pushed each other, so that was really Brooke does more for our team than I think
good to see,” Givens said. “Everyone anybody realizes.”
pushed each other to be their best, so we Rooney does contribute 6.5 points per
got to see each other’s best. Then we were game on the court. And she’s the one who
she’s coming from the post aspect and I’m like, OK, our best is better than anyone seems to hit big shots when the Cardinals
coming from the guard aspect, so we’re a else’s.” need it the most. She’s a threat to connect
perfect pair,” Linzmeier said. “She gives me It may have taken a little longer for on a 3 at any time, which has been the MO
the reins to work on whatever I feel we Rooney to get on board. She knew the of the Cardinals all season.
need to with the guards, and she does her sophomore class was full of talent, but Hud- When the Cardinals have shot the ball
thing with the posts.” well, they’ve won. When they haven’t,
three teams on the conference slate — they’ve lost. Luckily, they’ve been on during
Linzmeier also helps out by playing a lot were pretty good too. The young squad, conference games. But Bestul, who knows a
of the time in practice with a varsity squad though, was fearless. The Cardinals took thing or two about winning games with Joe Ziem
that has only nine players. That allows Bes- Jason Cox covered girls basketball in the down all three. The second one, a 68-46 dominant post play, is hoping the Cardinals has cove
tul to focus on coaching. Like most success- C­ hippewa Valley for the Leader-Telegram for trouncing of preseason favorite don’t always have to rely on perimeter for a de
ful coaches, she harps on fundamentals, is Menomonie, was what stood out to shooting to win.
well-organized and always comes to prac- five years after ­joining the staff in 2012. Rooney. Nick Erickson has be“WenethdeoLne’atdhear-vTelethgraatmb’sig 6-2 girl inside, can b
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a lot out of her players, no matter how old thought about the game the way she
they are. thought about it. It’s really helped us and for Chippewa Falls. Givens leads the w­Tuaeysdays thbroeucgohmouetmthoe rseaosfona iwn ell-rounded team and
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“Coming from the college aspect, she has erage 8.9 or more. But it’s Rooney who will succeed. If the Cardi-
such high expectations,” Linzmeier said. ■■■ nals are shooting poorly in a game in which
“That’s important at the high school level. Givens never doubted that this year’s Givens said is the key to the team’s success. the Big Rivers Conference title is on the line,
Where do they need to go? Where can we Cardinals squad would be good. She and And Bestul agrees.
push these kids? We do some things that her sophomore classmates have played to- “Brooke is the one who, behind the just what the Cardinals do these days.
probably aren’t typical in a normal high gether for a long time and have always scenes, keeps everyone together,” Bestul Somehow, some way, they win.
school basketball team, just because both been successful. They added Rooney, the said. “When a couple of the sophomores “I don’t know how,” Linzmeier said. “We
of us came from college.” lone senior, to the group for summer are falling apart or they’re frustrated about just take it one day at a time, focus on one
something or with each other, they talk to part, and right now, it’s all falling into
It didn’t take long for the players to buy The team held its own during the sum- Brooke, and Brooke just takes care of it. place.”
into what Bestul was telling them. And the mer against Big Rivers schools. By the time
results speak for themselves. tryouts came for the season, Givens was
“Coach Bestul is a great coach,” sopho-
that is new to us that we hadn’t really

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Like many young hockey players, Kaden A version of this article originally appeared in
Kohlhepp’s winter pilgrimage was just be- the Jan. 14 edition of the Leader-Telegram.
yond his backdoor into a man-made rink For more sports, visit
created as soon as the temps consistently
dipped below freezing.

Tanner Kohlhepp, left, plays for the Memorial basketball team while brother Kaden plays man for state-ranked Eau Claire Memorial wood.
for the Memorial hockey team. View more photos at . would hone his skill set, moving with the It took coaching Kaden’s YMCA basket-
STOP IN AFTER P-NTuutei-ssDdaayy! ball team early in his schooling to give
THE GAME! His personal goalie growing up? That’d Trevor a hunch the family’s winter nights a
be brother Tanner, older by 22 months. The decade later would revolve around two dif-
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Wednesday Pork on potatoes garten. His good friend Brenden Olson, a Oftentimes, that means Tanner — a
with gravy & vegetable current all-conference winger at Memo- combo guard averaging 11.6 points per
rial, was about to begin his hockey jour- game while usually drawing the other
Thursday Beef tips & gravy over ney. Kaden inquired about joining his team’s best backcourt player — is playing
potatoes, corn & bread buddy. basketball somewhere. Kaden — a new-era
rushes and has seven assists and two goals
Friday Prime Rib sandwich “We’ve been friends for a really long time, — is lacing up the skates elsewhere.
with two sides and I just wanted to play with my friends,”
Kaden said. “I asked my parents if I could There’s always somebody there, whether
play hockey, and I fell in love with it ever Trevor and Steph split up or the grandpar-
since.” ents make a trip they can’t.

Trevor, who coached the Memorial boys “There’s a lot of support from the family,”
hoops team to the state tournament in Tanner said.
2003, and wife, Steph, never pushed their
sons in any one direction. Perhaps that’s And there’s support among the brothers
why Kaden felt the freedom to gravitate to too.
a sport literally nobody in the family ever
played. While they don’t see much of each other
during the evenings in the winter, they
Tanner was always a hooper and began come home at the same time and close
playing on travel teams as early as third most nights out on the couches in the base-
grade. It was clear he’d be on the hard- ment of the Kohlhepps’ home.



Buckshot The Magazine / January 2018 17

“It’s fun to be able to talk have to come home with it.” “Oh come on,” Tanner said with a laugh.
They have a younger brother, Bennett, Tanner will play baseball at Tennessee
to somebody and share a in seventh grade who most likely will play
Even though they aren’t around each basketball by the time he reaches high strong junior season and get even better as
other’s team dynamics, they share a com- school. a senior for a shot at extending his hockey
mon goal of wanting to succeed. That common ground even Tanner and Kaden both support the heck career.
opens up dialogue as they wind down the though you’re playing two out of each other. That’s evident after Regardless of where their athletic
evening watching TV on a channel that’s spending a few minutes with both of them. journeys end, they’ve had a unique ex-
usually Tanner’s choosing. And of course, But they are typical brothers too. While perience being so heavily involved in
it’s usually basketball — the Milwaukee sports.” they dabble in one another’s sports around
Bucks in particular. the house — whether it’s one-on-one morial.
“They balance each other as common — Tanner Kohlhepp hoops in the driveway or shooting practice “It’s been a good dynamic for the two of
grounds, talking about competing and on the ice — neither is fearful of being re- them to have their own sport,” Trevor said.
mental toughness and things like that,” placed should the other wander over to the “It’s given them both their own identity,
Tanner said. “It’s fun to be able to talk to make watching one another even more other sport.
somebody and share a common ground stressful. “I swear he shoots (a basketball) with two that’s kind of neat.”
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sports.” teams and you’re brother isn’t playing, if “His skating isn’t that good either,” Kaden Abes. No matter the sport, that carries a lot
Neither cares for losing. And that can they lose they lose,” Kaden said. “But you replied. of weight for both.
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The product of a hoops family, Brooke Olson is making a name for herself as the leader of Rice Lake

Lake Warriors basketball name and
the gym rat DNA from both of her then back-to-back inside buckets to fend what I’m doing wrong,” Brooke continued,
parents. Now, in her senior season of a with a laugh.
record-breaking career, Brooke Olson has over Eau Claire North a week later, Olson
made her own name in Big Rivers Confer- grabbed a key rebound to seal the win. Darla Olson said that it has been a bless-
ence girls basketball. ing to go through the day-to-day experi-
“Rebounding is my favorite part of the ences of coaching her daughter.
On any conference night, opposing game. I love going one-on-one with the
teams know that Olson, the 6-foot-2 post ball,” said Olson, who added she relies on “Brooke has made it easy to coach her al-
player, is likely to put up a double-double footwork and outsmarting and outlasting for her to have her mother as a coach,”
no matter the defense designed for her. her opponents in both rebounding and Darla said. “It is incredible to share a passion
The Minnesota-Duluth recruit is averaging scoring. for the game with both of my daughters.”
21 points and 12 rebounds per game this
season. Those wins over the Eau Claire schools The younger daughter, Brynn, is an
Rivers this season. Olson is hoping to lead eighth-grader.
But for Olson, it’s more about putting the the Warriors to a winning record after going
Wherever this season takes the Warriors
in the Big Rivers and the WIAA Division 2

her four-year career than about her obvious proud because he was a great player,” Darla seasons. ate future. She will play soccer for the War-
numbers that will make her a candidate for Olson said. “The passion that Brooke dis- last in the conference,” Olson said. “We just riors again this spring, and then it’s on to
Big Rivers player of the year. plays on the court is something that she in- thought, ‘OK, we’re going to prove them Minnesota-Duluth where she will play for
her parents — her mother, who is the War- herited from her father.” wrong.’ We’re going to work our hardest, the Bulldogs and coach Mandy Pearson in
riors coach, and her father, who passed Division II.
away when she was 7 years old but not be- That passion has fans often seeing Olson It’s all about team for Olson, a three-sport
fore he made an impact on his little “gym bent forward while exhorting a teammate athlete who was urged by friends last Olson also had Division I scholarship of-
rat.” to give it her all. And that style now extends the sport. She turned out to be the starting fers as she narrowed the choices to Min-
beyond the court’s post area for Brooke, goalkeeper on a state-qualifying Rice Lake nesota-Duluth, the University of South
Rice Lake Sports Hall of Famer Forrest Ol- just as it did for her father, who was as com- team. Dakota and her mother’s alma mater, Michi-
son was an all-conference post player for fortable shooting the 3-pointer as he was gan Tech.
Rice Lake in the early 1990s. He went on to muscling up short jumpers. “I didn’t know the game, none of the
a four-year career at UW-Oshkosh, twice a rules,” Olson admitted. “But I loved the sea- “It came down to time commitment, edu-
“My coaches (including in AAU) thought I son. And it helped my hand-eye coordina- cation and location,” Olson said. “My family
“My dad taught me to never give up, play needed to add another dimension to my tion for basketball.” is the most important thing to me. I really
most, to always suck it up,” Brooke Olson game last summer,” Brooke said. “I had the needed to be close to home.”
said. “For that I am eternally grateful.” opportunity in AAU ball to work on playing After a strong volleyball season last fall —
outside, shooting the 3 and driving to the she earned all-conference honorable men- The 4.0 student said beyond Minnesota-
She hears it all the time, that she plays bucket.” tion — Olson has taken on the basketball Duluth’s basketball program, she likes its
like her dad, that she even looks like her team leader roll with passion. medical school. She plans to pursue a ca-
dad on the court, even though he was a That new dimension has meant some reer in physical therapy or as a physician as-
physical 6-foot-6, 210-pounder while timely 3-pointers this season from Olson to “First and foremost, we have to work sistant.
Brooke is a slender 6-foot-2. go with her inside shooting of well over 50 hard as a team,” Olson said. “We are un-
percent. guards in the conference.” Before all that, Olson will attempt to lift
“I love hearing that. It’s a huge compli- her high school team beyond everyone’s
ment,” said Olson, whose father died in In a 55-48 win over Eau Claire Memorial Olson noted that when Eau Claire North expectations this season. At the same time,
2007 of brain cancer at the age of 33. early this season, Olson had a 3-pointer and focused on holding her to eight points, she is closing in on the all-time girls basket-
other players, including those guards, ball scoring record at Rice Lake.
Her mom, Darla, carries on the parental stepped up.
teaching and coaching. Darla Olson was a With more than a dozen games to play in
star basketball player in her own right at “I relied on the other players, and that’s her prep career, Olson is at 1,165 points,
Hurley High School and then Michigan great,” Olson said. “Everyone can step up. It 183 behind all-time leader Jenna Orr, Ol-
Tech in Houghton-Hancock, where she also the player they want to be.” son’s friend who was starting her collegiate
coached after graduating. At the same time, career at Minnesota-Duluth when Olson
Forrest was the girls basketball coach and Of course, part of the Warriors’ team is was playing as a freshman for Rice Lake and
athletic director at Hancock High School. the coach, the mother of star No. 31. son.

Darla Olson says she likes to believe that “I like it,” Brooke said of her mother being But, the team star remains the team
Brooke acquired her work ethic from her. her coach. “We can read each other’s mind “It’s about whatever I have to do to have
about what we want to happen.” my team be successful,” Olson said. “As a
“But as far as style of play, I see more of leader, it’s not just about scoring and re-
Forrest in her than me, and that makes me “She’s my role model, and she expects a bounding.”

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Four-year-old Jack Kern of Eau Claire peeks from under his pirate patch to see the story being read at a
pirate party at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library on April 29, 2004. These days, Kern is an all-conference
lineman for the Eau Claire Memorial football team. He’ll play for the University of Minnesota next season.

Separating the realities from
the myths of traveling
Whistleblowers Coach Speakaccurate assumption.
If it looks funny it must be a travel, right? fact, a player has the option to pass, shoot, While these are some of the common
Well, it’s not necessarily as simple as that. or call a timeout. It is only a travel if and principles that must always be applied to
The traveling rule in high school basket- or if a dribble is started.
ball is often one of the most misunder- atrpapverolipnrgiFaraStulaellrCleayrseDaeaedkntjvutuorheldleeaicynhbadiatgMlilnhcagots-tctcPhohraieoscsohseepllslierivteolfitthcean
stood and misinterpreted rules involved in The fourth principle pertains to a player’s
then touch the ball if it does not make con- reason being is that the game happens so
fore we get into what makes it misunder- tact with the rim or backboard. The Na- quickly and a player’s movement may not
tional Federation of High School (NFHS) As- always be aligned with the angle of vision
let’s go through some basic principles re- sociations’ rulebook indicates that being
garding traveling that need to be under-
stood. tempt did not contact the rim or backboard taught to always identify the pivot foot any-
time a player possesses the ball. By using
travel unless he/she is holding or possess- must determine if the shot attempt was a this guiding rule it helps us get as many
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dribbling the ball and loses control of it. pass. Oftentimes when a shot attempt is ble. While we strive for a 100 percent accu-
While this may appear unusual to a specta- made and does not make contact with the racy rate, this may not always occur.
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North’s from left, seated: Matt Stuber and Nate Schurman; standing: Ryan Koski, Hagman,
coach Pat Hammond, Todd Stepanek and Brian Schwechel ahead of the 1990 state tournament.

Howe carries Abes past Huskies
Nick Erickson is the Leader-Telegram’s primary writer for cross
country and track and field. Erickson was a two-time state qualifier
in cross country at Platteville High School and competed three years

in a combined six events at the track and field state meet.

In high school basketball, Jim Howe Buckshot’s Flashback go on to beat Superior 84-71 as Pat Ham- 35 and Jim Stewart 26.
scores 30 points to lead Memorial to an 81- mond scores 23 and then get big baskets at Hudson’s Jim Bertelsen is the only player
49 win over North before a full house of In Bill Zorn’s 40th and last season, the the end and 30 points in all from Severson
2,500 fans at the University Arena. The Blugolds shock Gustavus Adolphus 83-69 in in a 102-99 win over Chicago. ways.
Huskies are led by Jim Thompson’s 20. the opener as Jim Severson scores 18. They North Dakota State loses 13-0 to Texas-
The Badgers crush SMU 120-82 behind
The Abes go on to make it six straight 29 points from Joe Franklin and 26 from Jim Arlington in the Pecan Bowl as captain and
with a 95-89 overtime win over La Crosse Johnson and then go on to beat LSU and linebacker Mike Ahneman, a Regis product,
Central and John Ford, who scores 38. Bill Pete Maravich (who scores 42) 96-94 on closes his career leading the Bison to a 38-2
Mills leads the Abes with 22. Mike Carlin’s two free throws with 18 sec- record in his three years.
onds to go. Ranked No. 18, they take the
Also 50 years ago, Gary Welch scores 34 Milwaukee Classic by defeating Marquette Don Jordan sets a state swim record in
and Henry Lamkin adds 22 to lead the 200-yard individual medley for North.
Menomonie to a 78-70 win over North, led In the Badgers freshman game, former The Eau Claire YMCA defeats Minneapolis
by Lance Thiel’s 23. North all-stater Jim DeCremer hoops 29 to 262-243 in swimming led by Dave Dehnel’s
lead the Cardinals to a 100-87 win over the three wins.
Steve Young tallies 31 as Black River Falls Whites, led by Clarence Sherrod’s 36.
tops the Huskies 90-69. North bounces back Pat Parr’s heavyweight decision gives the
Thompson scores 21 and Dan Gibbs 16. Lew Alcindor scores 45 to lead UCLA to Blugolds an 18-17 wrestling win over La
a 37th straight win, 121-80 over Iowa Crosse. Mark Ryser’s decision at 130 helps in
Jim Anibas scores 23, Tom McSorley 20 State. the win.
and Rick Zukaitis 15 as Regis routs
McDonell 86-45 after opening with a 27-4 On YMCA Senior League night, high scor- In baseball, the National League votes to
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