Millions of Cheeseheads worldwide rode the same emotional roller coaster that he did every week for 16 years in Green Bay, and most fans would do it again for one Brett Lorenzo Favre.
Peyton Manning has surpassed several of No. 4’s National Football League records, and several others may do the same during the next few years. However, no one will match the iconic status or the gunslinger mentality of the quarterback from Kiln, Mississippi -- or his 336 interceptions. Favre’s toughness and kid-on-the-sandlot playing style were unmatched, at least at the QB position, and it helped the Packers reach the postseason 11 times during his stay.
Some left the Green and Gold bandwagon, and have never jumped back on, after Favre’s messy divorce from the team that ushered in the Aaron Rodgers era. But his season in New York and two years with rival Minnesota -- along with his many off-the-field transgressions, such as substance abuse issues and a sexual harassment lawsuit -- may not have been forgotten but have been forgiven by most.
Big 8 Football
Parker OL Mylik Williams, Jr.; Parker running back DJ Vance (Offensive Back of Year), Jr.; Beloit P Matthew Wedig, Fr.
Parker OL Alonzo Velazquez, Jr.; Craig OL Brady Trapp, Sr.; Beloit OL Matt Vieth, Jr.; Craig running back Aristide Serrano, Sr.; Parker DL Alex Perkins, Sr.; Parker DE Dayton Jensen, Sr.; Parker ILB Ed Jacobson, Jr.; Parker OLB Evan Teubert, Sr.; Beloit DB Tyler Curtis-Dupuis, Jr.; Craig DB Peter Larson, Sr.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Not many people in Walworth County have been as involved on the alley and behind the scenes in support of bowling as Ted Tinberg.
The Huntley, Illinois, native moved to the Delavan area 42 years ago and has worked at Pentair for nearly 39 of them. And bowling has been a huge part of his life outside of the job.
Tinberg, 60, has participated in bowling leagues as a competitor during his entire time in Delavan. He became involved in the administrative side nearly a quarter century ago.
WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Larry Marzahl’s passion for bowling grew out of fear, at least the kind of not wanting to do chores.
“I worked at the bank from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., you know, banker’s hours, and I knew if I went home that Dad would want me to help,” Marzahl said with a chuckle. “I needed to find something else to do, and Harold Mishler owned the bowling alley across from the pharmacy (in Elkhorn), so I asked him if he would teach me how to bowl, and he said he would if I bought a ball.
“So, I did -- a rubber one named Black Beauty -- and every day after work I went over and he gave me lessons for about an hour, playing 10 to 20 games,” Marzahl added while sipping coffee at Delavan Lanes, one of his homes away from home.
JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- The Janesville Sports Hall of Fame has a new home.
Make it two new homes.
Plaques honoring the Hall of Fame’s 141 inductees have been relocated from the Riverfront Centre in downtown Janesville to the city’s two high schools.
The commons area outside the main gymnasium at Parker High School now displays the plaques of 41 inductees with direct ties. Plaques of 40 inductees with direct ties to Craig High, 41 with ties to the former Janesville Senior High and 19 unattached (with no ties to either school) are displayed at Craig inside the building’s new primary entrance to the main gym.
Three Stateline area teams are seeking WIAA state trophies this weekend, Milton in boys soccer and Burlington and East Troy in girls volleyball.
Here is a look at the roads they must travel:
Milton is making its third trip to state, the first in Division 2. The Red Hawks qualified in Division 1 in 2002 and 2008, losing their opener the first time and reaching the semifinals in ’08.
Milton enters the competitions at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee with a 14-5-2 record after winning the Waunakee Sectional crown with a 2-1 victory over 2013 state champion Oregon.
Ryan Wagner’s Red Hawks disposed of Wilmot, Stoughton and Fort Atkinson by a combined 15-1 margin before downing the Panthers.
Milton will have to pull a major upset to reach the final and/or claim the championship. The Red Hawks open against top-rated Whitefish Bay (21-2-1) at noon Friday. The winner gets first-time qualifier River Falls (13-6-2) or second-ranked Cedarburg (18-0-4) at 3p.m. Saturday for all the marbles.
Whitefish Bay has earned four state titles, the most recent in 1995, and finished second in 2003. Cedarburg has been the runner-up the last two years, giving them five such finishes to go with three state crowns, the last coming in 1996.
East Troy (31-9) was ranked second behind defending state champion Catholic Memorial in the most recent Division 2 coaches poll and faces fifth-rated Altoona (44-3) at 4 p.m. Friday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The Trojans defeated No. 3 Platteville in four sets in the sectional final.
The winner meets Catholic Memorial (35-14) or fourth-rated Green Bay Notre Dame (38-5) at 2:05 p.m. Saturday for the trophy.
East Troy, the 2013 title winner, qualified for the second time in three years and for the third time overall -- the first was in 1987.
The Rock Valley North champion Trojans didn’t get to face the Railroaders during the 2013 tournament because Altoona lost its semifinal match to Edgewood. East Troy downed Oconto Falls and Edgewood in straight sets to finish 44-0 to take home the top prize.
This is Altoona’s third trip to state, the first coming way back in 1976.
Top-ranked Burlington (42-3) heads the Division 1 field. The Demons tangle with honorable mention pick Verona (33-5) at 7:30 p.m. today (Nov. 5). The winner meets either sixth-rated Oconomowoc (29-3) or No. 8 Neenah (30-13) in a semifinal showdown at 7 p.m. Friday.
The championship match is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday, with defending champion and second-rated Divine Savior Holy Angels a likely foe.
Dan Lynch’s Burlington squad is making its second straight appearance and the school’s seventh overall. The Southern Lakes Conference champions are seeking their third state crown to go with back-to-back trophies in 2011 and ’12 after knocking off league rival Westosha Central in the sectional finale.
The Demons face a Verona group that won the Big Eight title and knocked off Sun Prairie to reach state for a second time.
The trail toward March Madness begins for boys basketball with first practices Monday, Nov. 16 -- that goes for boys swimming and wrestling, too.
Here is a preview of what to look for from Stateline area hoops teams:
Milton slipped into the basement and hasn’t found a way to climb out, sharing the bottom of the league with Fort Atkinson in 2012-’13 while having it to itself the past two years.
Stateline area competitors continue their marches toward possible WIAA state tournament appearances in boys soccer and girls volleyball Thursday and Saturday. Level 2 of the state football players are on tap Friday night. And the state cross-country meet will be Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids.
Here is a rundown of where area teams will be performing.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Fort Atkinson at Milton, 7 p.m.
Winner to face Oregon or Sauk Prairie at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Waunakee for trip to state.
Whitnall at top-ranked, defending state champion Delavan-Darien (23-0), 7 p.m.
Winner faces Grafton or Shorewood at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Whitnall for a trip to state.
Thursday, Oct. 29
Top-ranked Burlington vs. Milton, 7 p.m. at Elkhorn Area High School
The winner meets Kenosha Tremper or Westosha Central in sectional final at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Badger High School.
East Troy squares off against Edgewood at 7 p.m. at Evansville.
The winner tangles with Wisconsin Dells or Platteville at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Richland Center in the sectional championship.
Catholic Central faces Randolph at 7 p.m. at Stoughton.
The winner meets Hilbert or Living Word Lutheran at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Plymouth for a trip to state.
Saturday, Oct. 31
Qualifiers for WIAA state meet at Wisconsin Rapids:
Janesville Craig: Payton Bender, Nate Farrell
Whitewater: Brodie Runez
Janesville Craig: Peyton Sippy
Beloit Memorial: Bailey Cronin
Elkhorn: Tay Mair
Whitewater (team): Allisan Barrett, Sarah Ziolkowski, Andrea Sandoval, Abby King, Nicole Tomomitsu, Caleigh Judd, Lan Vo
Brodhead/Juda: Taylor Bluemel, Cora Purdue, Madee Harding
Delavan-Darien: Erin Sorg
Parkview: Camryn Burtness
Palmyra-Eagle: Holly Pedersen
Friday, Oct. 30
Oregon at Badger, 7 p.m.
Evansville/Albany at Catholic Memorial, 7 p.m.
Big Foot at Lodi, 7 p.m.
Cassville at Catholic Central, 7 p.m.
Although the postseason for fall sports remains in high gear, we’re taking an early look at the upcoming winter sports schedule, starting with girls basketball. Practices -- along with boys and girls hockey and gymnastics -- start Nov. 9 for Wisconsin teams in the Stateline area.
Janesville Craig earned only the school’s second piece of the conference championship and first since 1980 last year, sharing the title with Verona at 16-2. However, the Cougars (22-4) couldn’t handle rival Middleton’s late surge, losing by nine points after leading by eight through three quarters in the Division 1 sectional final.
Badger High School graduate Lana Wieseman hopes to lead Beloit College to the conference tournament this season, her senior year with the Buccaneers.
Beloit College senior Lana Wieseman recently earned preseason honorable mention All-America laurels from Women’s D-III News, a monthly publication covering NCAA women’s basketball.
The Badger High School graduate was a first team All-Midwest Conference selection in 2014-’15 after getting second team honors in 2013-’14. Wieseman led the Buccaneers in scoring (20.3), rebounding (8.6) and blocked shots (1.7) last year while recording nine double-doubles.