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The Olympics has always been about overcoming adversity to achieve excellence on an international stage unlike any other. Coverage of the events themselves is always supplemented with feature stories of athletes who started their pursuit of glory in run-down gymnasiums or other meager circumstances...

            Arcadia’s Carson Martin caught a pop-up along the fence in foul territory during their game against Elk Mound last week.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

Runs were hard to come by for Arcadia’s Tickfer-Erickson American Legion Post 17 baseball team in one game last week, but they managed to string together a big inning to earn a win in another. Post 17 managed just one hit as they were shut out on the road against Onalaska 5-0 last week Monday. On...
The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau School District is intending to hire Jeff Wiseman to replace Jon Steffenhagen as the school’s football coach. The hire had not yet been approved by the G-E-T school board as of Tuesday of this week, but G-E-T Athletic Director Rick Schmidt confirmed that Wiseman had...

            After spending 26 years coaching the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau football team, Jon Steffenhagen will be looking for a new way to spend his time.            (Times photograph by Zac Bellman)

For the better part of the last 26 school years, the daily routine for Jon Steffenhagen, 57, has been largely the same: up at 4 a.m., in the Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau weight room by 5:20 for a workout, supervising football players or powerlifters in their workouts beginning at 6, teaching physical...

 

 

For a variety of reasons, I have been reflecting on one of my favorite television show quotes in recent weeks. “I wish there was a way to know you were in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” The quote was uttered by The Office’s Andy Bernard (Ed Helms), but is applicable to the...

            Arcadia’s Carson Pehler tagged out a Sparta base runner during their game last Thursday.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

Runs were tough to come by for the Arcadia American Legion Post 17 baseball team, but they still managed a split last week. Post 17 struggled all around against Holmen last week Monday, losing 12-1 as Holmen scored at least once in every at-bat. Arcadia was able to slow Sparta down on Thursday,...
Silver Star Nutrition of La Crosse won the 2021 Pleasantville Lions Club’s Fourth of July fastpitch softball tournament held last weekend. The La Crosse team beat Strikers Lanes of Baldwin to win the championship with Ffats Brewing of Whitehall taking third and Weiner’s Bar of Ettrick taking fourth...
Three area schools will be represented as four athletes compete in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star games in Wisconsin Dells next week. Blair-Taylor will be well represented with two players and coach Randy Storlie for the Division Five Red team. Two four-year starters in Kyle...
Two Whitehall High School graduates and one from Arcadia will team up as members of the South Small School team in the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star Game next week Saturday. Liam Herrick and Ryan Kleinhans had their senior seasons cut short due to a COVID-19 exposure, but they...

Blake Thiesse (above) and Zack Thiesse (below) were teammates at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau and now competitors in the Chippewa River Baseball League where both were selected to the All-Star Game as pitchers. 

Asking Blake, Zack and Kaleb Thiesse which of them is the best pitcher right now yielded three curiously different answers. Blake, who just finished his third year at Upper Iowa University, answered rather diplomatically. “Everyone is battling it out, but honestly it depends on the day. We each...

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