February 9, 2018

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Week of February 5-11, 2018

Saturday, Feb. 10
WIAA Wrestling (varsity) REGIONALS
Boyceville, Glenwood City, Clear Lake, Cornell, Cadott, Spring Valley/Elmwood @ Spring Valley HS - 10:00am
Blast from the past ..1978 Colfax Viking wrestling
Bloomer/Colfax, Eau Claire-Regis, Ellsworth, Osseo-Fairchild, Prescott vs. Baldwin-Woodville @ Baldwin-Woodville HS - 9:00am:
Results: (132lbs) Colfax Viking Mitchel Harmon (31-10) - Regional title - advances to Sectional at Amery on Sat. Feb. 17
Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire-Memorial, Eau Claire-North, Hudson, Menomonie, New Richmond, River Falls, Superior @ New Richmond HS - 10:00am:
Results: The top four finishers in D-I qualify for sectionals.
CF Cardinals - (113lbs) Jakob Anderson (16-10): (182lbs) Jared Woodhull (28-8): Regional Champions - earning a spot in the upcoming Sectionals at Wausau West
(285lbs) Taylor Pahl (12-17) finished in 3rd place, also qualifying for Sectionals.

complete results

Friday, Feb. 9 - Plenty of local sports action available including high school basketball and WIAC men's hockey with UW-Stevens Point (5-0-1) facing UW-Stout (3-3-0) at the Fanetti Center on Friday at 7:00pm.
Game highlights: After scoreless 1st period, teams trade 2nd period goals, Pointer f/ Tanner Karty #16 (Jr.-Oklahoma City/OK) scores game winner in 3rd period.

WWS pic- Tanner Karty and Blue Devil f/ Alex Toscano #23 (So.-Duluth/MN) face off at Dunn County Ice Arena.

The UW-River Falls Falcons (1-6-0) host the Blue Devils at the Hunt Arena in beautiful River Falls on Saturday; face-off time is 7:00pm. Have a safe, sports-fueled weekend...the team at WWS.com!

Thursday, Feb. 8
MLB news
Milwaukee Brewer p/ Zach Davies (7-/AZ-HS) 33 starts (17-9 last season, 3.90 ERA) - preseason Cy Young candidate - Richard Justice - MLB.com
WWS - With the acquisition of Gallardo, the Crew seems to have a solid bullpen with Josh Hader (2-3 2.08), Matt Albers (7-2 1.62) and Corey Knebel (1-4, 1.78)  39 saves: however trading Anthony 'sparkplug' Swarzak (Mets) ...could be hard to replace. Swarzak helped the Brewers last year, a bright spot when the teams' pitching was slumping.
 The Crew have a strong 1,2,3 starting rotation for the grueling MLB season with Chase Anderson (12-4, 2.74), Jimmy 'Big Sweat' Nelson (12-6, 3.49) and Davies... time for the Brewers to put a complete season together, including a spot in the postseason.
Still available on the free-market: Alex Cobb - career 48-35 4.50 ERA): Yu Darvish - career 56-43, 3.42 ERA: Lance Lynn - career 72-47, 3.48 ERA : Jake Arietta - career 88-57,  3.57ERA.

Wednesday, Feb 7
WIAC baseball -Think Spring!
The UW-Whitewater baseball team have a preseason ranking of #5 in the nation (d3baseball).

The Hawks compiled a 36-9 overall record last season, securing the WIAC Tournament Championship in an elimination match against the UW-L Eagles, advancing to the NCAA playoffs with a 8-3 win. UW-Whitewater hosted the 2017 D-III Regionals at Miller Stadium, falling to St Thomas 7-2 (5/20/17).

'Hawks play a doubleheader against UW-Stout (10-27 last season) on Saturday, April 7 and again on Sunday, April 8. at Miller Stadium. The Blue Devils' first home game at Nelson Field is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3rd against UW-La Crosse.

The UW-L Eagles posted a 31-19 record last year, and had senior p/ Caleb Boushley (Hortonville/WI) selected in the MLB draft (33rd round - #978 ) by the San Diego Padres (6/13/17) the 11th UW-L player to make the big leagues.

WWS covers WIAC and WIAA baseball throughout the season, check back often for the latest information.

MLB news; The Milwaukee Brewers acquire the services of p/ Yovani Gallardo (14-TX): Gallardo pitched for AL Seattle Mariners in 2017, posting a 5-10 record (5.72 ERA) appearing in 28 matches, with 22 game starts.

National Letter of Intent signing day - area High School selections:Bloomer basketballs all-time scoring leader (1,200+) Blackhawk g/f Payton Dachel (SMSU): Chippewa Falls Cardinal RB/ Cody Meinen (Winona State): Eau Claire-Memorial Old Abes QB/ Keagan Calchera (Univ.MN-Duluth) Madison): OT/ Tyler Nichols (UW-Stout) Stanley-Boyd Oriole FB/ Theo Chwala (Minn.State-Moorhead):
(7) Menomonie Mustangs signing include RB/ Justin Evans D-II (Winona State), WR/DB Dylan Hein (Augsburg): TE/ Kyle Stewart, RB/LB John Brogan, OLB/ Kevyn Perkins and Brenden Johnston play at D-III (MIAC) St. Thomas. DB/ Ben Newman (Concordia-St. Paul)

The 2018 Winter Olympics start on Wed. Feb. 7-24. Opening ceremonies from PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea air on Fri. Feb. 9. 92 countries are expected to compete, with Russia banned from this years' world stage due to doping, but individual athletes can compete under the title 'Olympic Athlete from Russia' (OAR). Complete Olympics schedule.

On Wednesday, Eau Claire, WI., native Ben Loomis (born 6/9/1998 -) competes in the Nordic combined event - ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Loomis was named the USSA Nordic Combined Athlete of the Year, winning a Silver medal in the Norway Youth Olympic games (2016).

Sports history - At the first recorded ancient Olympic games (760 BC) there was one event, a footrace. Later Olympic games included other sports such as wrestling, boxing, equestrian, discus, javelin, and jumping.  In 688 B.C. boxing was added as an Olympic 'sport' with contestants fighting to the death. The only sport mentioned in the Holy Bible (NIV) is wrestling (Gen 32:22).

Tuesday, Feb. 6
 Wrestling News - Meets / Invitationals 💪
- Boyceville, Clear Lake, Prairie Farm, St. Croix-Falls, Unity vs. Chetek-Weyerhaeuser @ Chetek Middle School - Tues. Feb. 6 - 5:00pm
- Middle School Tournament - Spring Valley/Elmwood, Baldwin-Woodville @ Viking Middle School-Woodville - Tues. Feb. 6 - 5:00pm
- Middle School Tournament - Boyceville, Colfax, St. Croix-Central, Clear Lake, Durand, Spring Valley/Elmwood @ Spring Valley High School - Thurs. Feb. 8 - 5:00pm
Cloverbelt Standings (thru 2/3/18)
Spencer/Columbus 7-0 (1.000)
Cadott 6-1 (0.857)
Neillsville/Greenwood/Loyal 5-2 (0.714)
Stanley-Boyd/Owen-Withee 4-3 (0.571)
Abbotsford/Colby 3-4 (0.429)
Osseo-Fairchild/Augusta/Fall Creek 2-5 (0.286)
Altoona/Eau Claire-Regis 1-6 (0.143)
Thorp 0-7 (0.000)

75th Annual WIAA Individual Wrestling Championship Tournament
Thursday, Feb. 22-24
 Kohl Center, Madison, WI
Tickets available online ($10.00) or at the gate for single and package sessions.

Sports history:
The 1936 Olympic Winter Games begin in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Norway wins the most overall medals, including 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 3 Bronze. German Nordic skier Wilhelm Bogner Sr. (1909-1977)  recites the 'Olympic Oath' during the opening ceremony.

"In the name of the athletes.In the name of all judges. In the name of all the coaches and officials. We promise to take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules and in the spirit of fair play. We all commit ourselves to sport without doping and cheating. We do this, for the glory of sport, for the honour of our teams and in respect for the Fundamental Principles of Olympism."

Bogner, an 11-time German Nordic Champion and POW during WWII, established a clothing line after the war, creating the worlds first pair of stretch ski-pants (1945) modeled by Marilyn Monroe and others.

Check out the DUNN County Fish and Game Associations 65th Annual Ice Fishing Contest on Saturday, Feb 10th - 11:00am to 3:00pm.
Between I-94 and Hwy. 25 Bridges on Lake Menomin -
Menomonie, Wisconsin.
$1000.00 in CASH PRIZES: 1st - $500.00꘡꘡2nd - $100.00 ꘡꘡3rd through 10th - $50.00.
"NEW" Lucky Fish  Drawing ! 🎣 🎏
Purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win fabulous sports-related prizes.

Angler Ryan Anderegg poses with 15 inch croppie caught in Lake Menomin for the DCFGA Ice Fishing Contest.

The 65th annual event was a huge success with an excellent turnout - a good time enjoyed by everyone - supported by awesome weather and plenty of fish caught.

In addition to sponsoring the ice fishing contest the Dunn County Fish and Game Association supports many worthwhile projects, including working with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources - the club donated $5,050.00 towards the purchase of 41.2 contiguous acres with the Gilbert Creek Trout Stream, part of the Gilbert Creek Restoration Project.

The DCFGA also provided funding for the "Archery in Schools Program" - teaching archery in all four school districts in Dunn County, also sponsoring youth shooting events and land conservation workshops.

Whiteboard filled with fresh-caught Northern for the 65th annual contest. →
  DCFGA official website

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