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            Independence/Gilmanton’s Wyatt Kuerschner caught a pitch during pracice last Wednesday.             (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

An aggressive defense and consistent, ball-control offense are going to be the keys to success for the Independence/Gilmanton football team in 2021. “Winning the turnover ratio is a key for us,” coach Bärry Schmitt said.  Schmitt is entering his 25th season as the coach of the Indees. Last year was...

            Longtime Arcadia golf coach Mike Sobotta was recently inducted into the Golf Coaches of Wisconsin Hall of Fame. Joining him at the induction were former players (from left) Josh Klimek, Eric Sonsalla, Matt Wozney, Sobotta, Andy Meinerz and Mitch Sobotta.             (Submitted photo)

Anyone who golfed for Mike Sobotta, likely laughed while they were on the course.  “I guess, when I play myself, I play best when I’m loose,” Sobotta said. “The kids are going to press as much as possible, but you can throw in a couple of jokes once in a while or throw a mask on once in a while.”...

            Whitehall’s Isaac Marley reached back before firing a pitch during their game against Eau Claire last week.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

In the final game of the 2021 season, the Whitehall Wolves reached .500 with a win over the team with the best record in the Chippewa River Baseball League.  The Eau Claire Cavaliers came to Whitehall with an 18-1 record — having only lost to the 17-3 Osseo Merchants. Whitehall took the lead with...

            Whitehall’s Nate Pronschinske threw to first in an attempt to get a double play during their game against Osseo on Sunday.    (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

The Whitehall Wolves managed just one run in three games last week as they fell below .500 on the season. Whitehall’s week got off to a poor start with a 9-0 loss to the Eau Claire Cavaliers on Wednesday. On Sunday, the Wolves were without several regulars — including three of their top four...
One of the top girls basketball programs in the area will have new leadership as it enters a potentially crucial time. After leading the Blair-Taylor program for 10 years, Duane Waldera’s resignation was accepted by the district school board last week Monday. In his resignation letter, Waldera...
While they fell just short of a Dairyland Conference title, three Independence/Gilmanton players were named to the all-conference team, matching DC champion Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran. The Indees went 14-3 in the conference, finishing behind Lancers’ 16-2 mark — two of I/G’s losses came to ECI....
It was two-and-done for the Arcadia American Legion Post 17 baseball team at the Wisconsin American Legion Class AA regional tournament in River Falls last Friday. Arcadia played in the first two games of the double-elimination tournament, losing to River Falls 16-6 and New Richmond 3-2. The...
One of the people most responsible for the creation and success of the Whitehall Wolves was inducted into the Chippewa River Baseball League Hall of Fame on July 3. Paul Pehler was an original member of the Wolves, joining the squad on a part-time basis in 2005. Just two seasons later, Pehler took...

Kaden Updike returns to Arcadia after leading the team toa  5-1 record during the alternate fall season. 

Equipment will be handed out and area football teams will hit the field for their first practices next week. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association sports calendar officially turns to a new year on Monday of next week as  teams are eligible to hand out equipment before the official...

 

 

In most of February and early March of 2017, I was not sure if I would ever work in journalism again. I had quit a job as a general assignment reporter in Beloit at the end of that January, having succumbed to burnout and trauma stemming partly from covering a shooting of a 16-year-old father right...

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