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  As we cross the halfway point of the tumultuous year that has been 2020, there exists a temptation to look at our circumstances as those of a team trailing on a scoreboard at halftime. We can choose to look at a country engulfed in economic strife, racial unrest and pandemic as a scoreboard that...
  Last Wednesday, I began my morning with a non-COVID-19-related visit to the doctor’s office. If you have been avoiding the doctor recently, allow me to set the scene.  Upon entering, I was screened with a temperature check and questionnaire about COVID-19 symptoms before being granted access to...
  There will be amateur baseball in the area this season, but not all of the local teams will be playing. Chippewa River Baseball League officials decided last week to have an eight-game season beginning the week of July 6, but there will be only nine teams instead of 12 and the Whitehall Wolves...

Luke Eide of the Osseo Merchants delivered a pitch during Osseo's 16-6 win over the Beef River Bullfrogs on Wednesday. (Photo by Zac Bellman)

The Osseo Merchants began their 2020 season with a non-league win over the Beef River Bullfrogs last Wednesday. Merchant bats showed little rust as Osseo rolled out to a 10-1 advantage over the first four innings. Beef River tagged on a couple runs after Osseo’s starter Luke Eide was pulled after...
  A global pandemic couldn’t stop one of the area’s longest-running traditions as the Pleasantville Fourth of July tournament will be held this year. While most summer events have been cancelled and the Pleasantville celebration itself has been cut down, six teams will compete for the annual...

The WIAA released guidelines for member schools to resume summer athletics, effective July 1. (Times photo by Andrew Dannehy)

Last week the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) released guidelines for member schools to resume summer athletics, effective July 1. The document, available in full on the WIAA website, addresses several points of emphasis including: face coverings, acclimating athletes back to...
  It’s safe to say many of us are not having the 2020 we each hoped we would. Leaders in particular have been faced with some of the most difficult dilemmas and decisions imaginable this year, but few in the sports world are showing themselves to be more incompetent in the face of these challenges...

Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau graduate Bailey Schmidt has concluded her golf career after playing at Viterbo University for four years. (Submitted photo)

For Ettrick native and class of 2020 Viterbo University graduate Bailey Schmidt, her career on the V-Hawks’ women’s golf team will be remembered as much for the trips to meets as her performance at any one of them. “There was never a dull moment with (my teammates) and it was always an interesting...
Whether or not the Whitehall Wolves or Osseo Merchants will take the field this season could be decided this week. Chippewa River Baseball League officials announced via social media that they would meet on Wednesday of this week to determine the “feasibility” of playing in 2020. The start of the...
  Nearly three years ago in this column space, I claimed that the athletes who kneeled for America’s national anthem were as American as those who decided to stand. That the right to express dissent was as patriotic as engaging in a recently established cultural norm. I was wrong. The last couple...

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