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Rick Solem

Sports, news journalist since 2002. | Hometown: Greenville, Wis. | Avid noonball basketballer and sand volleyballer in La Crosse | Two-time Waupaca Boatride first-round playoff loser | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Cut from UW-SP's basketball team in 2000 on Midnight Madness as a junior walk-on | Went on to become UW-SP intramural basketball champion | Then UW-SP club lacrosse defenseman with two career goals (on two shots).

Half empty: Vikings offense dissects post-halftime problems

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The bye week is usually when coaches around the NFL dive deep into strategic evaluation and reassessment they can put to good use over the remainder of the season. Pregame with Paul Allen for Vikings-Panthers begins at 11 a.m. Sunday on KQ98. Kickoff at noon. Tune in on 98.3 FM Minnesota […]

La Crosse’s Jordan Davis switching to No. 2, honoring Badgers legend Michael Finley

When he came to Madison to play basketball, La Crosse native Jordan Davis was a Kobe Bryant fan. The L.A. Lakers great had switched from No. 8 to No. 24 and that’s the number Davis wanted in earing a scholarship to play for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team out of Central High School. […]

Punchless Crew: Brewers slumping at worst possible time

ATLANTA (AP) — Christian Yelich lined a scorcher up the middle. It sure looked like a hit. But Dansby Swanson gobbled it up, sprinted to second base to get the force, then fired on to first to complete the double play. Milwaukee looks to stave off elimination Tuesday at Atlanta. Bob Uecker on the call […]

Mayo hosting Youth Sports Symposium, which may also benefit those weekend warrior parents

A free youth sports symposium Saturday will help parents better understand, not just how to keep their young athletes healthy, but also their weekend warrior-selves, as well. The free clinic from Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse features an array of doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, coaches and former athletes. It runs from 8:30-11 a.m. […]

WKTY bus trip to Milwaukee for Game 2 of NLDS between Brewers, Braves

WKTY is hosting a luxury motor coach bus trip Saturday to see the Brewers and Braves in Game 2 of the NLDS. Trip includes Party Deck tickets with buffet and soft drinks — and two free beer tickets — beginning an hour before the game and two hours after first pitch, which is at 3:37 […]

Bucks-Grizzlies game suspended after fire alarm evacuation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The exhibition game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies was suspended after three quarters Tuesday night when a fire alarm went off, leading to evacuation of FedExForum. At the time of the delay, the Grizzlies were leading 87-77 in the preseason opener for both teams. Officials said the problem was […]

Brewers in free fall to end season, as Braves head to Milwaukee for playoffs

The Milwaukee Brewers ended the season in a bit of a free fall, though they did have the NL Central Division wrapped up. Bob Uecker on the call Friday on WKTY to begin the Brewers-Braves series from Milwaukee. Tune in on 96.7 FM / 580 AMHeading into Friday, tune into WKTY for analysis from 6-9 […]

Trea Turner wins NL batting title, Dodgers beat Brewers to end reg. season

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trea Turner ended the regular season with a bang, hitting his second grand slam in less than 48 hours to easily wrap up the NL batting title. “Any time you can win anything in this league, it’s special,” he said. “It’s pretty cool and proud of it.” The Dodgers came up […]

WATCH: Rodgers’ reaction as Crosby nails winner with no time left

The defense may have given up a late touchdown, but the San Francisco 49ers left Aaron Rodgers too much time. Not a lot of time though — 37 seconds with the Green Bay Packers down a point. With no timeouts, Rodgers hit Davante Adams on gains of 25 and 17 yards to set up the […]

Aaron Jones’ necklace, with ashes of late father, found at 1:45 a.m. by trainer “Flea”

A four touchdown game was about as great a tribute Aaron Jones could give to his late father. But during that performance on Monday Night Football — the first time his father wasn’t in the stands at Lambeau Field, after passing away in April due to COVID-19 complications at the age of 56 — Aaron […]

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