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Wisconsin is a great state to fish, and it gets a whole lot better this coming Saturday, May 2, 2015 when the 2015 Wisconsin sport fishing season opens.

Kids 15 and under fish free every day. So do anglers born before 1927 and active duty military on furlough or leave who are Wisconsin residents. For everybody else, a variety of license options can get you out on the water quickly, easily and at a bargain price. So get your license to relax.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Conference championship. Check.

Advance to the WIAA Division 3 State Tournament in Green Bay. Check.

Complete an undefeated season with the state championship. Check.

Those were things that Sarah Schumacher of Whitewater High School wanted to achieve during her senior basketball season, and the Whippets accomplished each of the goals. As an added reward, Schumacher was named the player of the year on the All-Walworth County Girls’ Basketball Team.

WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Dan Piecha sees the direct correlation every week. He is the club professional and general manager at Delbrook Golf Course, where Piecha also is a driving force with the PGA Junior League program.

He also happens to be the head coach at Delavan-Darien High School. So he knows all too well how important promoting participation and developing skills through a strong youth effort can be.

“Our numbers have been pretty steady and actually have gone up the last couple of years,” Piecha said. “We have kids who play just for the fun of it and some who take it more seriously. And we’ve been a part of the PGA Junior League the last two years. I haven’t seen a lot of kids who play in the Wisconsin Junior PGA and other state events. But even if they are competing in those programs, they’re still playing high school golf, so kids aren’t bypassing one for the other.”

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Scorecards are optional, depending on age and ability. However, it’s all about the numbers when it comes to youth golf participation at courses in northern Rock County.

While it still takes time and effort to attract kids and families, Steve Loomis and Chad Johnson are encouraged by what they’ve seen in recent years and optimistic that the trend will continue.

Loomis is the head golf professional and general manager at Riverside and Blackhawk courses in Janesville.

Matt Behrendt doesn’t lack for confidence; few starting quarterbacks do. However, the now former University of Wisconsin-Whitewater signal caller is realistic about having his name called during the three-day NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 30.

“Getting drafted would be nuts, I mean that’s everyone’s dream right there,” Behrendt said. “But that is most likely not going to happen.”

The odds always are against NCAA Division III athletes to make the jump to pro football, but nobody should count Behrendt out yet either.

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