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After serving a hitch in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserve, Jerry Swenson must have longed for his days as a youth when he played pond hockey in Madison.

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Viroqua’s Sylvi Shonka scored the game-winning goal with 4:30 left in regulation as the Icebergs girls high school co-op dropped a 3-2 decision to the Blackhawks Nov. 27.

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Senior Tyson Laux has already proven himself to be very talented with a racket on the McFarland High School boys tennis team. He is also showing he has what it takes to be an accomplished hockey player.

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Despite the Monona Grove/McFarland wrestling co-op’s eighth-place finish at Saturday’s Reedsburg duals, there was some good news involving 170-pound Tysen White and 152-pound Zach Gunderson. White earned five victories for the day, including two by falls. He pinned Lancaster’s Morgan Sieppel…

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Sophomore guard Lindsey Lonigro nailed three shots from the 3-point line and had a team-high 15 points as the McFarland High School girls basketball team took a 63-50 victory Friday over host Rock Valley Conference rival Evansville.

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McFarland High School boys basketball coach Jeff Meinholdt has always talked about the fun of coaching in a game against Rock Valley Conference foe East Troy. Most of the games are close, and the atmosphere is almost playoff caliber.

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After four years as an assistant coach, Brett Ogorzalek earned his chance in 2013 to lead the McFarland High School boys soccer team. That’s when an era of winning began for the Spartans with two trips to the WIAA Division 3 state tournament.

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There’s nothing like a couple of two-hand jams to fire up a basketball team and demoralize its opponent. McFarland 6-foot-6 forward Trevon Chislom accomplished that in the second half of the Spartans season opener Saturday against visiting Stoughton.

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The first period of the McFarland High School boys hockey season opener Nov. 20 at Sauk Prairie was shaky with the Eagles jumping out to a 1-0 lead.

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The game was never in doubt, but the ending was far from a masterpiece Nov. 20 when the McFarland High School girls basketball team traveled to Rock Valley Conference foe Edgerton.

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Sophomore Zach Gunderson is hoping his second year of high school varsity wrestling will be as successful as his first when the Monona Grove/McFarland wrestling co-op opens its 2018-19 season tonight against Milton at Indian Mound Middle School.

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Annalise DeMuth, who was sidelined from the McFarland High School girls basketball team all last season with injuries, appears to be back to her old normal self.

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After a high school swimming career with eight state titles, McFarland senior Alex Moderski made it official Nov. 14 that she will be taking her talents to the next level.

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The women’s college hockey career of former McFarland High School athlete Hailey Redders has gotten off to a strong start.

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Monona Grove High School players Hannah Weber, Brynn Weaver and Ariah Koratko each had an assist as the Icebergs girls high school hockey co-op defeated Northland Pines 7-4 in one of three games played last weekend in Waupun.

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Twenty-six years ago, Sara Mallegni, then known as Sara Hunt, was bringing her girls high school varsity basketball career to a close at McFarland High School. She was a frequent double-digit scorer and served as one of the bright spots on a struggling Spartans team.

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Alex Moderski knew Friday was going to be an emotional night; it was the senior’s final WIAA Division 2 state swim meet. Not only would it be the last time she swam for the Spartans, it was the final opportunity to put forth new record times.

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After the McFarland High School volleyball team fell short in its bid to go to the state tournament, head coach Trish Fortune talked about how the season was a fun ride with a lot of exciting twists and turns.

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When looking for the heart and soul of the McFarland High School boys soccer team, you need not look any further than midfielder Caleb Blair, whose team leadership and innumerable soccer skills have helped the Spartans win four straight Rock Valley Conference titles.

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Alex Moderski could make team history Friday; if she wins the 50 freestyle, the senior will become the first Spartans’ girls swimmer to be a four-time state champion in any event. McFarland will have eight swimmers at the WIAA Division 2 state tournament participating in a total of 12 races.

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A former football player at McFarland High School and UW-La Crosse and one of the area’s leading motivators of young men, Spartans head coach Paul Ackley had a magical 2018 season with nine straight wins in the regular season and a trip to the postseason.

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After making its way into the WIAA Division 3 state title game with a 2-0 win over Plymouth, the McFarland High School boys soccer team felt they had a shot at winning all the marbles in Saturday’s championship match against Milwaukee Pius.

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Freshman Zach Nichols spent much of the boys soccer season on the sidelines recovering from injuries. Yet, he came through for McFarland Nov. 1 in the WIAA Division 3 state semifinal game against Plymouth.

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After sweeping the 100 breaststroke, a mere three points separated McFarland from Edgewood, which had been leading for almost the entirety of Saturday’s meet.

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Senior Caleb Blair tallied two goals in the first 16 minutes, and the McFarland High School boys soccer team earned its first trip to the state tournament since 2013 with a 3-1 win over Madison Edgewood in Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 sectional at Mount Horeb.

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A tough match should always be expected against the No. 2 ranked volleyball team in the state. McFarland was up for the challenge Saturday in the WIAA Division 2 sectional final at East Troy. Unfortunately, the Trojans ended McFarland’s hopes for a trip to the state tournament with a 3-0 win…

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Andrew Pahnke sets his goals very high. The McFarland High School boys cross-country senior really wanted to win the WIAA Division 2 race at Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday.

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Volleyball coaches talk continually about the ups and downs of their sport. Just when you think everything is going well, everything starts to go bad. The key to winning is making sure everything is going well in the end.

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Andrew Pahnke, Eli Kemna and Patrick Fasick probably got together before the start of the McFarland High School boys cross-country season and decided they were not going to stand for any inferior runs in their final season as seniors.

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Caleb Blair gave the McFarland High School boys soccer team the jumpstart it needed with a goal 56 seconds into the match, as the Spartans pounded visiting La Crosse Logan 6-1 Saturday in the WIAA Division 3 regional final game. McFarland hosts Sugar River at 6 p.m. today in a sectional semi…

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It doesn’t seem four years has passed since Caleb Blair first stepped on to the soccer field at McFarland High School and grew into the best player in the Rock Valley Conference.

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Heartbroken McFarland High School senior football quarterback Derek Schwarting stood in the north end zone of Lloyd Schneider Stadium holding an enormous white flag with the team’s Spartan logo on it.

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The race for the Badger South Conference title hangs in the balance Saturday when McFarland High School’s girls swim team takes on opponents in Stoughton. The Spartans are entering the event with a perfect dual meet record, but the results of this weekend’s event will prove who gets to reign…

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Ice Cube may have proclaimed it was a good day, but coach Jessica Garvey said it was a great meet Saturday when the McFarland High School girls swim team took the runner-up spot at the 17-team Small School State Invitational at Shorewood.

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Before the start of the season, McFarland High School football quarterback Derek Schwarting talked about how the team was aiming to get into the postseason and win a playoff game. The Spartans not only qualified for the playoffs, but also finished the regular season undefeated with a 42-13 w…

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The conditions may have been frosty, but the McFarland High School boys soccer team was not going to allow some cold weather disrupt their plan for a Rock Valley Conference title.

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The top three runners finished among the top five, but the McFarland High School boys cross-country team’s fourth and fifth competitors couldn’t finish high enough to make the Spartans a conference champion.

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Head coach Trish Fortune called it a good day, but the McFarland High School volleyball team might have been hoping for a top finish in Saturday’s Rock Valley Conference tournament in Edgerton heading into the start of this week’s WIAA Division 2 playoffs.

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It used to be the McFarland High School football team not only had trouble beating Evansville/Albany, it also had a hard time scoring points.

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The hunger for another trip to the state tournament seems to get larger every week for the McFarland High School boys’ cross-country team. The runners certainly cleansed their palettes last Friday by taking the top three spots in the Koshkonong Klassic at Fort Atkinson High School.

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Monona Grove High School girls golfer Klairissa O’Reilly-Dye gave herself another opportunity to possibly win a state title after advancing as an individual qualifier at the WIAA Division 1 sectional tournament at the Reedsburg Country Club on Oct. 2. O’Reilly-Dye shot an 83 to finish in fif…

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The McFarland High School girls tennis team did not qualify any players for the state tournament, but it received some impressive performances in two flights during last week’s WIAA Division 2 sectionals at East Troy. No. 4 singles player Lexi Mazzara finished in third place after a win over…

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Ethan Nichols had two goals and Jack McGinn came up with a goal and two assists as the McFarland High School boys’ soccer team remained undefeated in the Rock Valley Conference with a 6-0 win Friday over visiting Edgerton.

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After losing a tough 3-1 match to Jefferson two days earlier, McFarland High School volleyball coach Trish Fortune said she wanted her team to “reset” entering Saturday’s Lodi Invitational.

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Illness has been striking the McFarland High School girls swimming team lately, but it hasn’t stopped the Spartans from continuing to mow down their opponents.

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The McFarland High School girls golf team was eliminated from the WIAA Division 1 tournament Sept. 26 after a seventh place showing at the Middleton regionals at Pleasant View Golf Course. The team finished with 428 strokes, 43 behind Verona, which captured the fourth and final spot needed t…

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The curse that Mount Horeb has on the McFarland High School boys soccer team continued Saturday in a non-conference game. The Vikings’ Tommy Winkler muscled a penalty kick past Spartans’ keeper Matt Schutt in the 77th minute as McFarland fell 1-0 at Mount Horeb.

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The McFarland High School girls’ tennis team found itself on the short end of 6-0, 6-0 results in all four singles’ brackets as DeForest knocked the Spartans in a Sept. 27 non-conference match. With Michelle Butcher out due to illness, McFarland head coach Tod Lacey moved Aeryn Olson up to N…

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After getting off to an encouraging start with a first set victory against Big Foot Sept. 27, the McFarland High School volleyball team couldn’t come up with a win against the Rock Valley Conference foe.

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The senior leadership of Andrew Pahnke, Patrick Fasick and Eli Kemna came through for the McFarland High School boys’ cross-country team Saturday at the Dick McKichan Platteville Invitational at UW-Platteville.