Props, congrats, and kudos to many here in the Chippewa Valley:
To the high school athletes who competed at the recent state tournaments: thanks for providing a lot of people a tremendous amount of entertainment this past season. Special mention goes to those track & field athletes who dealt with seriously wet conditions on the Saturday of the state meet– coping with adversity is one of those life lessons that sports can teach quite well. Also, hats off to all the local teams that competed at state softball and state baseball. Only Grantsburg was able to achieve its goal of winning a state title, but all the teams represented their towns, schools, and the area very well. As one who did not distinguish himself with sportsmanship and class at the end of his own high school career (a story for another time), I’m always happy to see the local kids handle the very difficult task of losing in their final high school game with dignity.
To the players and coaches of the Eau Claire Express: a number of key individuals have left after being drafted, because of school obligations, or with injuries, but the train has continued chugging along…the team has won 19 of its first 25 games, and is closing in on a Northwoods League South Division first half title. If you call yourself a baseball fan but haven’t gone to Carson Park yet to see an Express game, you are missing out big-time. Dale Varsho’s team plays great defense, the pitching has been outstanding, and it’s a team capable of scoring runs in a lot of different ways. Bottom line, it’s a team that is flat-out fun to watch.
To the players and coaches of the Chippewa Valley Predators: this team made a statement in its very first Northern Elite Football League game, by going on the road and blowing out the defending NEFL champs. Since then, the Preds have been a team on a mission…Saturday’s win over the crosstown rival Crush gives Chippewa Valley home field advantage through the NEFL playoffs.
Lastly, to the other members of the News 18 Sports team: Bill Port, Stephen Kelley, Lee DeJarlais, and summer intern Gary Davis. Thanks to your hard work and enthusiasm, we’ve been able to continue to bring viewers outstanding local sports coverage. More than a few fans at the WIAA State Baseball Tournament commented to me about the difference in how the event was covered by Green Bay-area stations compared to how our station did it. There’s no question that covering local sports takes a lot of time and effort, but for those of us who consider it truly a labor of love, it’s well worth it.
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This post was written by bbradovich on June 28, 2009