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WALWORTH COUNTY SUNDAY -- Even the most talented and decorated prep athletes need time to adjust and learn what performing at the collegiate level is all about.

That goes for Whitewater High School graduate and current University of Wisconsin-Whitewater freshman basketball player Brooke Trewyn.

The 5-foot-10 guard was a two-time Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-State selection, which included leading Judy Harms’ Whippets to the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinals and a 21-4 finish last season.

There may be places with equal measures of tradition, history and sense of family. However, none of them has more than St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Janesville.

And when it comes to athletics, the institution provides a longstanding example. It has employed three athletic directors since 1935: Len Gersmehl, Tim Ebeling and Mark Fenrick.

Ebeling joined the school in 1970, coaching basketball for 26 years, serving as AD for 29 and teaching there for 41. One of the first, and best, decisions he made in his final season on the bench in 1995-’96 was to bring Scott Gestrich aboard as his assistant.

Thursday, 22 January 2015 11:36

Beloit Snappers to hold Hot Stove banquet on Feb. 5

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STATELINE NEWS -- On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Beloit Snappers will host their 11th annual Hot Stove banquet at the Eclipse Center in Beloit.

The event begins at 5:15 p.m. and will offer a cocktail hour, buffet-style dinner, speakers and live and silent auctions.

Among the guests will be manager Fran Riordan, making his first appearance in Beloit. Riordan spent 14 years managing in independent leagues, including the last four seasons at Florence in the Frontier League, guiding the Freedom to a 190-194 record. Riordan is a member of the Frontier League Hall of Fame.

JANESVILLE MESSENGER -- Kerry Storbakken’s Janesville Craig girls basketball team battled for the Big Eight Conference championship last year, handing eventual winner Middleton its only league defeat.

His 2013-’14 squad featured standout Alison Hughes, who was named the Big 8’s player of the year after averaging 14.4 points per game in helping the Cougars to a 20-5 overall record, which included a 14-4 conference showing.

Hughes, a senior, is back and remains one of the loop’s top scorers (15.4) as Craig again finds itself battling for league supremacy. However, this version features a two-headed offensive monster behind the improvement of junior second-year starter and fellow guard Delaney Schoenenberger, who also happens to give the team more versatility because she’s left-handed.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Packer fans have Green and Gold fever

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It doesn’t matter how many games they’ve attended. Green Bay Packers fans are a unique breed, and their memories of being at Lambeau Field are unforgettable.

The team’s success on the frozen tundra definitely helps the collective psyche of Green and Gold supporters. But it’s the setting, ambiance and history that religious faithful say makes the experience special in a place they consider a professional football shrine.

And that includes residents from the Stateline area, who no doubt have a few mixed emotions this week considering former area high school standouts Tony Romo of Burlington and Travis Frederick of Big Foot are returning as members of the Dallas Cowboys.

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