Area Basketball Teams Moving On
La Crosse Central Red Raiders rode a dominating 1-3-1 zone defense to a division 1 regional final on Saturday night, beating Chippewa Falls 62-48 to extend their season on the court and move one step closer to Madison in the state basketball tournament. Alex Wuensch and Sawyer Smith were an efficient tandem, scoring 20 points and 17 points respectively, both hitting more than 60 percent of their shots. Meanwhile Chi-Hi star, Tyson Kalien, knocked down 23 but Central's zone made him work for it as the senior went 6-19 from the field. Central will next play D.C. Everest at Eau Claire North on Thursday.
Onalaska boys continued their dominating run this season, eliminating River Falls from the tournament 71-42 behind 36 points from Matt Thomas. The win sets up a meeting between the top two teams in Division 2, when #1 Onalaska plays #2 Rice Lake at Eau Claire Memorial on Thursday.
G-E-T will play Prescott at Osseo-Fairchild on Thursday after getting a close win Saturday against Arcadia, 53-51.
Bangor will play the winner of Blair-Taylor and Luther after beating Mondovi 78-67.
"Golf Club" Robbers Get Reduced Charges
A week ago, he was facing a possible prison term for attempted robbery...
Now, Jadin Botcher of La Crosse is chared with trespass with a dangerous weapon, for his alleged role in a home break-in. Botcher originally was accused of threatening a La Crosse woman with a golf club...but his attorney, Russell Hammer, says the victim asked for the robbery charge to be dropped because Botcher never actually entered the home. Botcher's bail of 20-thousand dollars was reduced to a signature bond. Charges against three other men in the same case also have been reduced.
Wisconsin Lottery a Winner for State Bean Counters
Is there a business that's recession proof? Probably not entirely. But one comes pretty close in Wisconsin, apparently. A new audit from Madison finds the Wisconsin Lottery kept up very solid sales even while the economy was in the tank during the global recession. Auditors actually call the Wisconsin Lottery "recession resistant." While sales dropped slightly in 2009, every other year has seen increases recently with revenues expected to top a half billion dollars this year.
Lawmaker Says Wetlands Law Goes Too Far
Flooding fears expressed by some lawmakers over a new wetlands law in Wisconsin. Onalaska state rep Steve Doyle is among the crowd of legislators who voted against new rules that will make it easier for developers to fill in wetlands to build on. Doyle says he's got lots of problems with the law's provisions
Governor Walker signed the new wetland regulations into law yesterday.
Holmen Looking Long Range
As quite a few towns in the area start to look at long range goals.....the Village of Homen has their sites set on buildings. And to build or not to build anew library has become first and foremost sayas village President, Nancy Proctor.
She says several board members have chimed in lately on other building needs....they are on paper now....and possibly could see action this year.