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Sparta’s Pat Frisk came in to pitch with two runners on in Wednesday’s Division 2 regional final baseball game at West Salem. Frisk delivered a memorable performance, striking out 2 of the 5 batters faced and allowed 0 walks or hits. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
The expectation is that upperclassmen will be able to step up when their number is called. For Sparta senior Pat Frisk, that time came last Wednesday in the Division 2 baseball regional championship at West Salem. Frisk knew he’d have to take the mound against the Coulee Conference co-champion...

Bangor’s Will Reader is greeted by Mathieu Oesterle at the close of the conclusion of last week’s regional semifinal game. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
Coming off a shared conference championship and regional title triumphs, Bangor and Royall are set for a rubber match with potentially historic implications. In their first meeting of the year back on May 24, it was Royall (11-6) who escaped with a 3-1 victory. Bangor (14-3) responded in kind with...

Sparta’s Payton Jones makes contact with a pitch and sends the ball into play during the third inning of Wednesday’s Division 2 regional quarterfinal game at West Salem. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
The Sparta softball team kicked off the 2021 postseason by traveling to neighboring West Salem on Wednesday, June 9 for a WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal contest. The Panthers brought an end to Sparta’s season with a 9-5 win. Junior Payton Jones singled in the firsrt inning, then put Sparta...

Ryan Wisniewski of the UW-Whitewater football team is a 2020-21 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District first team selection. (Photo by Michael McLoone)
Ryan Wisniewski, a Sparta High School graduate and member of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater football team, is one of two Warhawks who have been named Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America for 2020-21. Wisniewski is part of the District 6 first team,...

Bangor’s Aliyah Langrehr winds up to deliver a pitch during a game earlier this spring. The Cardinals will start their postseason journey Wednesday when they host either Marshfield Columbus or Port Edwards. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
After a year away in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the playoffs for Wisconsin high school baseball and softball teams are upon us once again. Among local teams, it’s the top-seeded Bangor softball team is the best positioned for a deep postseason run. As the No. 1 seed in their seven-team...

Bangor’s Rick Muellenberg walks down the tunnel to the locker room at Camp Randall Stadium at UW Madison following the 2017 state championship game. After 20 seasons at the helm of the Cardinals, Muellenberg is stepping down as head football coach in Bangor. Herald photo by Nate Beier
When you look at the history of Bangor football, there is a clear delineation point that marked the beginning of the Cardinals’ climb into one of the top programs of the state: the arrival of Rick Muellenberg and Kevin Kravik. Muellenberg, a former player and assistant coach at the University of...

Tomah’s Lauren Noth flips the ball to second after making a stop at short during the May 25 nonconference game with Cochrane-Fountain City. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
The Tomah Timberwolves softball team fell behind early and Cochrane Fountain City did not allow any room for a rally. C-FC dropped Tomah one game below .500 (6-7) with an 11-1 thrashing at Tomah Tuesday. The Pirates had Tomah on a plank early building a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning. They took...

Tomah’s Kade Gnewikow finished with a team-best score of 79 in Wednesday’s final MVC meet of the season. Gnewikow finished third to help the Timberwolves share this year’s MVC title with Onalaska. Herald photos by Nate Beier.
Wednesday afternoon looked like a wonderful day. The sun shone while a myriad of clouds floated above Viroqua Hills Golf Course as the final Mississippi Valley Conference boys golf meet of 2021 was played. The picturesque views didn’t reveal the adverse conditions by which the MVC golfers had to...

Bangor’s Ashton Michek became the third pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the Scenic Bluffs Conference last week after no-hitting Brookwood in the first game of a doubleheader. Bangor’s Sam Wittmershaus and Hillsboro’s Kasen Bloor threw the first no no-nos of the year. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
The Bangor baseball team continued their strong start to the season with a sweep of Brookwood and a non-conference victory over Cochrane-Fountain City over the weekend. The Cardinals (7-2 overall, 5-1 Scenic Bluffs) took it to Brookwood (0-7, 0-6) with an emphatic doubleheader sweep of the Falcons...

Sparta’s JD Olson stands on third after driving in the eventual game-winning run Saturday afternoon against West Salem. Olson tripled in the bottom of the sixth to score Colin Barry which set up a 3-2 win over the visiting Panthers. Herald photo by Nate Beier.
After a tough second loss to a really good Holmen team on Thursday, May 20, the Spartans looked to get back on track as they welcomed West Salem to their home field this past Saturday. The game did not disappoint. The Spartans founds themselves in the winner’s circle after some late game heroics by...

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