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Northwoods League celebrating 25 years, as Loggers get set to open season

The La Crosse Loggers have been in existence since 2003. And its Northwoods League isn’t much older. This year marks a special anniversary for the league which Loggers GM Chris Goodell says has seen major changes. “Twenty-five years ago there was five league owned teams just getting the concept going,” Goodell said. “Fast forward 25 […]

Vegas not worried, but excited on future after sports gambling law overturned

With the fedarl law banning sports gambling overturned, some questions now turn toward Las Vegas. With increased competition, Sin City could lose some of its luster. Or not, according to Mark Duffy, who runs a Vegas sportsbook. “I don’t think it’s going to have a negative effect on Las Vegas at all,” Duffy said on […]

Challenge of recruiting young officials might become a problem in future for Wisconsin high school sports

As much as they might be disliked throughout the course of a contest, high school sports don’t happen without willing referees to officiate the games. That’s becoming a bit of a problem statewide, attracting younger people to take on the job. Not an issue yet in this area, but the future is concerning says Mississippi […]

UW-L setting high expectations for itself as spring football gets underway

The pads aren’t popping yet but college football is back. UW-La Crosse finished up its second spring practice of the new season Wednesday. Lots of work to do said coach Mike Schmidt, with the arrival of new offensive coordinator Luke Bengston. “Most of the entire focus for us — and really from the big picture […]

UW-L hires new offensive coordinator to lead potent attack

There will be some high expectations for the newest coaching staff member for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse football team. Luke Bengston takes over the position from a team that averaged 33 points and 432 yards a game en route to an 8-2 record last season. Bengston was offensive quality control and assistant tight ends […]

Central High preparing for repeat title run in boys hoops

The Central Red Raiders boys basketball team is hard at work this week preparing for their state semifinal game against Milwaukee Washington this coming Friday. But what about a potential championship game the next night? Not in their minds says Central coach Todd Fergot. “With our group and kind of where we’re at, we just […]

Expert speaks at Viterbo of CWD and hunters’ responsibilities, as ban comes to La Crosse County

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is spreading throughout Wisconsin. A confirmation in Chaseburg this year has created a baiting and feeding ban in La Crosse County. Emerging Disease Coordinator Bryan Richards at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison spoke Wednesday at Viterbo University about CWD and its growing threat to elk and deer. He […]

LISTEN: Boys basketball playoffs — Logan on WKTY, Aquinas on WIZM

WIAA boys basketball playoffs get underway tonight. Logan Logan High School has the No. 6 seed and will host No. 11 Ashland in Division 2. The contest can be heard beginning at 6:50 p.m. on WKTY 96.7 FM / 580 AM. Senior CJ Seigel, who has committed to play football at North Dakota, has scored […]

Central, Logan could co-op in hockey with Onalaska

Youth participation in hockey is causing concern in the area. So much so that co-op proposal talks have started, including La Crosse Logan/Central joining Onalaska High School from varsity down. Onalaska athletic director Charlie Ihle said Tomah and Sparta are exploring similar options. “Some of their numbers are declining,” Ihle said. “Our Mississippi Valley Conference, […]

Undefeated, top-ranked Aquinas faces team with UConn recruit Saturday

The UConn women’s basketball team has been to the Final Four each of the past 10 seasons, winning six National Championships. Saturday, the undefeated and top-ranked Aquinas High School girls basketball team will face one of UConn’s recruits in 5-foot-11 sophomore guard Caitlin Clark. “This doesn’t meant to sound disrespectful, but she plays like a […]

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