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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).

Caledonia native, former Vikings WR, Isaac Fruechte, named offensive coordinator at Winona State

The first addition for the new coaching staff of the Winona State University football team was to hire Caledonia, Minn., native and former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Isaac Fruechte. Brian Bergstrom recently took over the WSU program, after longtime coach Tom Sawyer retired. Bergstrom’s first hire was to name Fruechte his offensive coordinator. “He is […]

Now ranked No. 8, Badgers head into “trap game” Tuesday with Michigan State on horizon

A big week for the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team. The Badgers (14-2), on a six-game win streak, jumped five spots in the AP Top 25 rankings to No. 8 in the country. Wisconsin plays a trap game Tuesday at Northwestern (9-6) with eyes on a Friday matchup with 14th-ranked Michigan State (14-3) at […]

Packers-49ers, a look at the two teams’ playoff history against each other

A fitting opponent for what could be Aaron Rodgers’ last game for the Green Bay Packers. The 38-year-old quarterback will face off Saturday night at Lambeau Field against the San Francisco 49ers. WKTY has over two hours of pregame coverage beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tune in on 96.7 FM / 580 AM It will […]

Davis scores 14, as Badgers avenge earlier loss to Ohio St.

A rough shooting night for La Crosse native Johnny Davis, but it didn’t seem to matter. His 13th-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team pulled out a 78-68 win over No. 16 Ohio State at the Kohl Center on Thursday. Davis was just 4 of 18 from the field and 1-for-5 from beyond the arc, […]

Davis, No. 13 Badgers look for redemption Thursday vs. 16th-ranked Ohio State

The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team looks for a bit of redemption Thursday, up against Ohio State. The last time these teams played, a month ago, the 16th-ranked Buckeyes (10-3) — now ranked lower than UW — destroyed the Badgers 73-55. Now, Wisconsin (13-2) is ranked 13th in the nation — a 10-spot jump […]

La Crosse’s Johnny Davis shares Big 10 Player of Week honors, despite historic performance and Badgers jumping 10 spots in rankings

A 37-point game in knocking off No. 3 Purdue, boosting the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team 10 spots to 13th in the nation and going 3-0 were just some of the things Johnny Davis did this past week. Apparently, that wasn’t enough for the La Crosse native to earn Big 10 Player of the […]

La Crosse’s Davis scores 19, as Badgers hold on after blowing 21-point lead

Johnny Davis scored 19 points, as the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team held onto a 70-69 win over Maryland on the road Sunday. The 23rd-ranked Badgers (13-2, 4-1 Big 10) blew a 21-point first-half lead, but were able to make — and, apparently miss — enough free throws down the stretch to hold on. […]

WATCH: La Crosse’s Johnny Davis finishes the alley-oop, as Badgers take out Iowa

La Crosse’s Johnny Davis scored 26 on Thursday, in leading the 23rd-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team to a 87-78 win over Iowa. Read the game story here, as Davis, ranked third in college hoops in scoring, went toe-to-toe with the nation’s top scorer. But Davis said he could care less about that comparison. […]

La Crosse’s Davis follows up career game with 26 points, as Badgers beat Iowa

Coming off the best game of his young career, Johnny Davis led the 23rd-ranked University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team to another win Thursday. In a matchup of two of college basketball’s top scorers, Davis and Iowa’s Keegan Murray played, virtually, two a draw, but the Badgers came away with the 87-78 win at the […]

Brewers manager Craig Counsell featured guest for La Crosse Loggers event Jan. 27

Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell is headed to La Crosse later this month. Counsell will be the featured guest Jan. 27 for the La Crosse Loggers’ 18th Winter Baseball BBQ at the Riverside Ballroom in the newly renovated La Crosse Center. Joining Counsell on the guest list is former Brewers catcher Damian Miller and the […]

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