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Thirty-three minutes were left in the McFarland High School boys soccer team’s non-conference match against state-ranked Oregon. The game was scoreless until the 57th minute when Spartans senior midfielder Brett Connor came through when his team really needed him.

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McFarland High School senior Peyton Witt said the COVID-19 pandemic that wiped out the 2020 girls soccer season has taught her a big lesson: She loves to stay active and busy, and doesn’t like sitting around all day.

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McFarland High School senior Max Hanson will continue to play basketball in college for Lakeland University in Plymouth.

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Love can lead to some major lifestyle decisions. In the case of Sara Stern, she made the choice in June 2018 to move to Sweden to be with her fiancé, Laurie Bell, a native of the United Kingdom who was playing soccer professionally for a Swedish league.

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Hailey Redders has proven in her second year of women’s college hockey that her outstanding numbers as a freshman for Nazareth University weren’t a fluke.

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Avid golfers in McFarland, Monona and Cottage Grove had to be breathing a sigh of relief April 24 when their favorite local golf courses opened after the COVID-19 pandemic forced them to stay closed.

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Former McFarland High School athlete Tysen White will play college football at a different school in his sophomore year.

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The start of the McFarland Youth Softball league 2020 season may be put on hold in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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McFarland High School senior athlete Jack McGinn will be using his athletic gifts from the track and field team when he attends college at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater later this year. McGinn has signed a letter of commitment to join the Warhawks after a successful high school career r…

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After his original choice to play college football did away with its team, McFarland athlete Connor Frasier landed on his feet at Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa.

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Warm, muggy weather blanketed Memphis on Sept. 21 as former McFarland High School athlete Andrew Pahnke prepared for an 8k race as part of the Emory University men’s cross-county team. Pahnke and his teammates on the NCAA Division 3 squad not only had to run in weather that was challenging, …

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It was a decision that was not unexpected, but it was still a punch in the gut to athletes who play spring sports at Monona Grove and McFarland high schools.

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Conor Wilson loved playing football, baseball and golf, and enjoyed collecting shoes and vintage clothes. But his biggest passion was hockey.

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There will be no sports this spring for McFarland and Monona Grove high schools.

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Golf courses around the state of Wisconsin are expected to open Friday, April 24, one month after Gov. Tony Evers ordered they remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Monona sixth-grader Mike Braun was an avid fan of the Milwaukee Bucks when the team won its only NBA championship in 1971. But he might have had just as much fun listening to tape recorded broadcasts by the team’s play-by-play announcer, Eddie Doucette.

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Back in the 1960s and 1970s, the NBA was not the hottest ticket in town as Major League Baseball and pro football had far more followers. Thus, some NBA teams tried to sell tickets by playing in cities surrounding their home base. For example, in 1962, Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia 76…

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On the heels of nearly helping the McFarland High School volleyball team win a state title, senior libero Erin Eggers has decided to continue playing the sport in college.

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If golfers, tennis players and softball teams from Monona Grove and McFarland high schools qualify for state tournaments this spring, they will not be playing at UW-Madison owned property.

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The 2019-20 season was a difficult one for the UW-Whitewater men’s basketball team, which finished 7-18 overall and 2-12 in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Conference (WIAC).

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Monona, Cottage Grove and McFarland Home Talent League baseball players will have to wait until June 7 to begin the Sunday League season.

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Last month’s sudden passing of former McFarland High School boys soccer player Ethan Larsen was a shock to the community and to those who knew him as a good friend and excellent role model.

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Hockey has been a lifelong commitment for Grant Newcomer, the high-scoring forward for McFarland. His hard work and drive have led to numerous accomplishments for himself and the Spartans.

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Rock Island, Illinois, was the place where Grayson Wilson fulfilled a dream that had taken him nearly three years to accomplish.

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It was April Fools’ Day, but there was no joke when Milwaukee’s sports landscape changed forever April 1, 1970.

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Standing at 6-foot-1, junior Katie Hildebrandt was a tower of strength for the McFarland High School girls basketball team.

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Without senior forward Grant Newcomer and sophomore defenseman Simeon Pommerening, it is doubtful the McFarland High School boys hockey team would’ve had the success it did in 2019-20.

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The coronavirus (COVID-19) forced Gov. Tony Evers to close all Wisconsin schools March 16 to reduce spread of the disease. Practices and games for spring sports have been suspended by the WIAA.

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A pack of Monona Grove High School athletes gathers at one end of a hallway while strength and conditioning coach Andy Bellamy stands at the other end with a clipboard and stopwatch.

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STEVENS POINT — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted to cancel the 2020 Annual Meeting and to delay making a determination on the continuation or cancellation of the spring sports seasons and tournaments at a special meeting today.

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The McFarland junior can add another success to his resume as he was named to the All-Badger South Conference Wrestling first team at 152 pounds.

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When junior Jackson Werwinski had a hot night offensively, that meant good things for the McFarland High School boys basketball team in the 2019-20 season.

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The words of McFarland athletic director Paul Ackley rings true for all coaches in spring sports, which have been suspended after area schools were shut down due to the escalating fears of COVID-19.

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STEVENS POINT — The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association determined all remaining games of the State Girls Basketball Tournament, and the boys basketball sectional finals and the State Tournament will be canceled in response to the evolving concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

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The time is here for March Madness and the high school and college basketball playoffs. Everyone talks about the brackets, the players, the coaches and the teams vying for a title.

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It’s one of the most dreadful things an athlete can experience: a traumatic knee injury leading to hospital stays, months of rehabilitation and uncertainty of what will happen in the future.

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Several members of the McFarland High School boys basketball team were thinking about Ethan Larsen entering the March 6 WIAA Division 2 state regional game at DeForest. Many were boys soccer teammates of Larsen, who died unexpectedly the day before.

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The Icebergs girls high school hockey co-op, which came up with a surprise victory at Onalaska in the first round of the WIAA regional tournament, couldn’t pull off the same magic Feb. 25 against the Cap City Cougars at the Sun Prairie Ice Arena.

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He may have been the first athlete in Monona Grove/McFarland wrestling co-op history to earn a spot at the WIAA Division 1 tournament, but that’s not enough for the 152-pound McFarland junior Zach Gunderson.

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A balanced scoring attack in basketball always has the advantage of keeping the opposing defense guessing and sometimes off balance over who will take the next shot on offense.

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Juniors Lindsey Lonigro and Morgan Butler stood side by side at the Stoughton High School gymnasium. They and their teammates have been like sisters in arms throughout the McFarland High School girls basketball season, fighting for every last hoop, never giving up on any possession. At the c…

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Edgerton went to the free-throw line 35 times and made 23 to take a 54-50 win over the host McFarland High School girls basketball team Feb. 20 in a Rock Valley Conference duel.

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Seniors Alton Slane and Truitt Landolt almost looked like twins as they gathered with the McFarland High School boys swimming team at the Feb. 21 WIAA Division 2 state tournament.

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Dreams of a deep run in the WIAA Division 2 boys high school hockey tournament by the McFarland boys hockey team were extinguished Feb. 20 by first-round opponent, Oregon.

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The road to any state tournament in Wisconsin is never easy to travel, but McFarland junior Zach Gunderson will be finding his way to the Kohl Center to compete against the state’s top wrestlers.

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Head coach Zoe Kurth has guided the Icebergs girls high school hockey co-op to its first playoff win since 2015.

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Beloit Turner senior Jordan Majeed, who has made life miserable for the McFarland High School boys basketball team in recent years, came up with another big game Feb. 21 when the Trojans entertained the Spartans.