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Such winds would have wreaked havoc for many other sports and activities. But the hundreds of sailors -- on more than 200 boats -- that competed in the 2015 Inland Lake Yachting Association championships welcomed Mother Nature’s bluster.

F. Terrance Blanchard is a co-chairman for the regatta and immediate past commodore — Rod Rieger is the current commodore. Blanchard said a repeat performance would be ideal.

“By regatta standards, we could not have asked for better conditions than we had in 2015,” Blanchard said. “We had some variety and finished on Sunday with the A scows sailing in about 20 mph. There is simply nothing better than A scows sailing in 20 to 25 mph. We were fortunate to not encounter any days with less than 5 mph. Less than 5 is not uncommon for mid-summer conditions, like we had this past weekend, and are simply unsailable.”

The 2016 high school football season starts Aug. 18-20. Here is a look at some of the top storylines as the race for conference titles and WIAA playoff berths begins across the Stateline.

On the move

Two Stateline area schools are hoping a new conference home will indeed create greener pastures, at least from a competitive standpoint.

Parkview and Palmyra-Eagle are looking to put recent struggles behind them as the WIAA approved their shift from the Rock Valley to the much more enrollment friendly Trailways.

New enrollment figures show Parkview, which was planning to play 8-man football, sitting at 261 students and Palmyra-Eagle at 316. So, instead of remaining the smallest entries in the RVC South, they are in the middle of their new seven-team league.

Baseball players know the odds are overwhelmingly against them. But that doesn’t matter when the dream is all about reaching The Show -- the major leagues.

That goal remains within the realm of possibility for 2012 Delavan-Darien High School graduate Bryce Skelton.

Three days after getting his degree in May from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, he joined the Roswell Invaders, a New Mexico franchise in the Pecos League, which also features teams from Colorado, Arizona, Texas and Kansas.

Beer may cost a dollar per can in the clubhouse, but the BS flows continuously for free.

The Beloit Horseshoe Club was created in the early 1980s, the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association sanctioned the league in 1985 and it began clearing land and building courts in 1987 on its property off Newark Road.

While health issues have forced Earl Paulson, 86, to the sidelines the past four years, he remains a club historian and rattles off names and places from decades of information like they happened yesterday.

“I didn’t start playing (seriously) until I was about 50,” said Paulson, a 43-year employee of the Chicago & North Western Railroad who lives between Beloit and Orfordville. “But Bud (Renley) called me one day to go bowling, and I didn’t even have a ball. When we got done, he said, ‘You’re not much of a bowler. You should come over and try pitching horseshoes.’”

Seven players and two coaches with Stateline ties are scheduled to participate in the annual Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-Star games Saturday, July 16.

The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s Titan Stadium is the host site for the North-South events that feature 2016 graduates, who raise donations for Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Action starts with the eight-man contest at 10 a.m. The contest for Divisions 4-7 kicks off at 2 p.m., and the showdown for Divisions 1-3 is scheduled at 6 p.m.



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