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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).

A look at the La Crosse Area YMCA’s preliminary plan to reopening June 1

Wisconsin businesses can reopen but for some, it’s not quite that simple. The La Crosse Area YMCA is coordinating phased plan to getting members back in its facilities while taking every precaution to stop the spread COVID-19. This isn’t quite set in stone yet, according to La Crosse Area YMCA CEO Bill Soper, but the […]

High-tech devices help NFL teams keep players safe, in shape

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Darius Leonard works relentlessly at his rural South Carolina home to prepare for another football season. He’s also wary of pushing too hard, knowing a minor injury could become a major setback given the dearth of medical experts in his area. So when in doubt, the Indianapolis Colts star confers with his […]

Loggers, Northwoods League Opening Day postponed “indefinitely”

Opening Day for the La Crosse Loggers has been postponed, indefinitely, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The entire Northwood League schedule is being postponed, beginning with Opening Day, May 26. The Loggers would have been on the road at Waterloo that evening. “Because the situation changes almost daily, and differently in each area where the […]

Packers fans “America’s most passionate” according to new Top 10

No sports, but plenty of rankings. The newest one by Forbes has determined what professional sports team in the US has the most passionate fans, and that team is, of course, the Green Bay Packers. Forbes used TV ratings, stadium attendance based on capacity reached, merchandise sales, secondary-ticket demand and social media reach for every […]

Play ball: Korean baseball league begins in empty stadiums

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Cheerleaders danced beneath rows of empty seats and umpires wore protective masks as a new baseball season began in South Korea. After a weeks-long delay because of the coronavirus pandemic, a hushed atmosphere allowed for sounds like the ball hitting the catcher’s mitt and bats smacking the ball for a […]

‘Field of Dreams’: Fathers & sons, phantoms and phenoms

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball and tears, the ones streaking down cheeks. Tears, the kind leaving rifts between fathers and sons. “Field of Dreams” is about phantoms and phenoms on an unlikely diamond in an Iowa cornfield. Emotions gush like water across the fresh-cut grass, resonating three decades later because of the nerves the movie […]

Badgers among top teams invited to 2021 Maui Invite

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was among those chosen to participate in the 2021 Maui Invitational. The bracket, announced Friday, also includes Notre Dame, Oregon, Butler, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Texas A&M, and host Chaminade. Wisconsin is making its fourth Maui appearance and Oregon will play at the tiny Lahaina […]

La Crosse native Kobe King still may have to sit out a year, as NCAA delays rule change

La Crosse native Kobe King won’t catch a break from the NCAA with its transfer rules. King transferred from Wisconsin to Nebraska, and hopes to be granted a waiver and allowed to play basketball without sitting out a year. The NCAA Board of Governors has recommended delaying a change to that transfer-waiver process, which would […]

La Crosse Speedway set for first practice and first race in exactly a month

WEST SALEM, Wis. — The sounds of stock cars coming from the La Crosse Fairgrounds Speedway will soon fill the air in West Salem. Still no races, but Speedway general manager Chuck Deery said he’s gotten permission to have the first practice of the season. “A typical race team comes in with 3-4 guys and […]

HS spring sports in Wisconsin cancelled, Minnesota decision expected Friday

As expected, spring high school sports in Wisconsin have been cancelled.   The WIAA Board of Control made that determination late Tuesday morning, holding off on a decision as long as it could in hopes things would turn around. Officially all spring competitions and tournaments are cancelled for baseball, softball, boys golf, girls soccer, boys […]

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