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Former Whitehall High School track and field coach Chuck Walek gave a speech as he was inducted into the Wisconsin Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame in February. (Submitted photo)

 
              For recent Wisconsin Track Coaches Association (WISTCA) Hall of Fame inductee Chuck Walek, the journey has been about commitment, community support and a love of competition.             “Most coaches are not willing to put over 30 years into a coaching career,” said Walek, who was...

Ken Stellpflug was honored during a ceremony in 1991 after he had finished his run as a coach for the Whitehall boys basketball team. (Whitehall Times file photo)

 
            A recent initiative led by former Whitehall High School basketball player Ralph Rasmuson is seeking to rename Whitehall’s gym in honor of former coach Ken Stellpflug.             The Wisconsin Basketball Hall of Fame legacy of Stellpflug is well-known: a 378-143 record with only two...
Area golf courses, usually awakening with the sounds of drivers and shouts of “Fore!” as patrons hone in their shots for the summer, have fallen silent this spring amidst state mandates for the closure of businesses deemed nonessential. For courses in Trempealeau County, this means a sudden lack of...
  Whether there will be a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association spring sports season has not yet been decided and there is no deadline for such a ruling to be made. On March 19 the WIAA board of directors voted to postpone making such a decision at a special meeting. At that time, school...

Jerome Halverson earned All-American honors as a high school football player in Independence. (Submitted photo)

The competitive fire, if not ingrained in the Halverson family DNA, is surely taught from an early age. That was on display this year as Chloe Halverson, a junior at Arcadia High School, helped lead the Raiders to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association State Tournament.  The patriarch...
The leadup to my senior year of bowling for the Red Devils at Hinsdale Central High School in the western Chicago suburbs was a time of great anticipation. After becoming a mainstay on the varsity squad my junior year, I was hoping to take that final leap towards being a reliable contributor and...
As claims for unemployment surge across the state in response to closings driven by the COVID-19 crisis — climbing to over 45,000 last week from a total in the same week in 2019 of just 6,000 — Trempealeau County is not likely to be an exception. Because Trempealeau County has comparatively few...
A scene from my favorite movie “Fever Pitch,” came to mind this past week, our first without a peep from the sports world. Ben Wrightman (Jimmy Fallon), the protagonist of the film who tries to balance a relationship with Lindsey Meeks (Drew Barrymore) and his beloved Boston Red Sox, is waxing...
After not earning any Coulee Conference honors last season, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau senior Grant Beirne was named the player of the year for the 2019-20 season. Beirne led the conference in scoring by more than six points per game, finishing and was the leading rebounder with averages of 23.1...

(Left: Matt Waldera, Right: Kyle Steien)

Two Blair-Taylor juniors were on the 2019-20 All Dairyland Conference First Team and two seniors made the second team. Kyle Steien and Matt Waldera were both first-team picks — taking up two of the nine spots as voted on by coaches in the Dairyland Conference —while Isaac Nerby and Logan Smith were...

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