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Lots Of Congratulations To Hand Out

by Tom King

As the winter sports season winds down we start to congratulate teams and individuals that put together great performances over the past few months.

Let's start in the high school ranks where the WIAA State Wrestling Tournament finished up this weekend with a number of area athletes taking home state titles. They include Travis Hettinga of Wausau West, Joe Ziolkowski of DC Everest, Tyler Schmidt of Merrill and Braxton Potrykus of Witt/Birn.

The Wausau West boys Hockey team and the Central Wisconsin Storm girls hockey team continue to set the bar high. West advanced to State for the fifth straight year and the Storm are going to State for the seventh straight season. 

Several boys basketball teams are still alive heading to Sectionals. They include Marshfield, Stevens Point, Rhinelander, Wausau Newman, Shawano, Tomahawk, Abbotsford, Marathon, Pacelli & Marshfield Columbus.

The Pointer mens basketball team won the WIAC conf tournament title with a 74-57 win over Whitewater. The two teams are ranked 1-2 in the country in D-3 and both should get invites to the NCAA Tournament that will be announced today.

The Pointer womens hockey team has advanced to the WIAC Tournament championship. They eliminated Superior over the weekend and now face River Falls this weekend.

The UWGB mens basketball team won the Horizon League and former UWGB star Tony Bennett coached his Virginia Cavaliers to the ACC Regular season title. That Badger win over VA looks even better now.

The Badger mens basketball team has now won 7 in a row after topping Penn State and are looking at another top 4 finish in the Big Ten . That will be 13 in a row for Bo Ryan. Consistency like that is hard to find

The Brewers newest pitcher Matt Garza struggled in his first outing of the spring yesterday but dont be concerned. He threw no curveballs. He was working on his fastball and change up only. Once again repeat after me...spring training stats are meaningless.

Songs of the Day   (from my I-pod)

Money For Nothing-Dire Straits(1985) not my favorite Mark Knopfler song but certainly needs to be noted for the groundbreaking music video

Money's Too Tight To Mention-Simply Red (1985) another tune from 85 that was the band's first single...it was a re-make of a Valentine Brothers song that made the soul charts in 1982. Mick Hucknall really had a soulful voice...for a red-headed Brit!