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   According to MSN Food and Drink, the best restaurant in Wisconsin is owned and operated by a Sparta native.
Tomah won nine of 14 matches Thursday to upend Sparta 46-24 in Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling action on the Timberwolves’ home mat. Above - Tomah’s Casey Curran (top), who normally wrestles at 152 pounds, scores some near-fall points on Spartan James Gann in the pivotal 170-pound match Thursday. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
Jeff Von Haden and Mike Roddick agreed – bonus points matter on the mat, especially in a hotly-contested match up between two Mississippi Valley Conference rivals. Both were right.
The Sparta High School pom dance team earned the program’s fourth straight state berth with a third-place finish at the New Richmond regional over the weekend. Front row, from left - Serenity Laue, Hayley Bemis, Natalie Hoffman, Emily Phillips, Brittney Schmitz and Emily Salis. Middle row - Aylah Hanson, Katie Olson, Alyssa Stritchko and Cristal Hernandez. Back row - Haley Oliver, Oksana Victor, Erica Ebert, Jazmine Arentz and Alissa Ebert. Photo by Suzanne Hoffman.
The Sparta High School dance team is headed to state. The Spartans placed third in the pom competition at Saturday’s regional in New Richmond to advance to state for the fourth year in a row.
The Sparta junior varsity wrestling team sent six wrestlers to the state tournament last weekend. From left - Manager Riley Law, Ashley Dahl (third), Kyle Erickson (first), coach Scott Zurfluh, Collin Gartner (first), Garet Pfaff, Mathias Krein (third) and manager Maddy Schaller. Autumn Glover (third) and Noah Benish are missing from the photo. Contributed photo.
Collin Gartner and Kyle Erickson captures junior varsity state titles in the Wisconsin Challenge Series at Wausau West High School last weekend.
Sparta junior Caleb Pokorny (21) goes up strong in the paint despite defensive pressure from Melrose-Mindoro defenders Aaron Scafe (center) and Matt Hruza (25). Despite a stellar 14-point performance from Pokorny, Sparta’s upset bid fell shy and the second-ranked Mustangs escaped with a 69-61 win. Photo by Delaney Schaller.
For the second time this season, the Sparta boys basketball team was on the brink of an upset over a top-ranked opponent. And for the second time this season, the Spartan cagers came up just shy.
Sparta senior Paige Weiner (23) puts some defensive pressure on Onalaska Luther’s Erin Svendsen (1) during the first half of Tuesday’s 55-50 loss to the Knights at Alton Ask Gymnasium. Photo by Delaney Schaller.
Lady Spartan senior Alexis Kreider did her best to ignite a late rally Tuesday night, scoring seven points in just under five minutes, but the comeback effort fell just shy in a 55-50 nonconference girls basketball loss to Onalaska Luther at Alton
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Tomah won nine of 14 matches Thursday to upend Sparta 46-24 in Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling action on the Timberwolves’ home mat. Above - Tomah’s Casey Curran (top), who normally wrestles at 152 pounds, scores some near-fall points on Spartan James Gann in the pivotal 170-pound match Thursday. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
The Sparta High School pom dance team earned the program’s fourth straight state berth with a third-place finish at the New Richmond regional over the weekend. Front row, from left - Serenity Laue, Hayley Bemis, Natalie Hoffman, Emily Phillips, Brittney Schmitz and Emily Salis. Middle row - Aylah Hanson, Katie Olson, Alyssa Stritchko and Cristal Hernandez. Back row - Haley Oliver, Oksana Victor, Erica Ebert, Jazmine Arentz and Alissa Ebert. Photo by Suzanne Hoffman.
The Sparta junior varsity wrestling team sent six wrestlers to the state tournament last weekend. From left - Manager Riley Law, Ashley Dahl (third), Kyle Erickson (first), coach Scott Zurfluh, Collin Gartner (first), Garet Pfaff, Mathias Krein (third) and manager Maddy Schaller. Autumn Glover (third) and Noah Benish are missing from the photo. Contributed photo.
Sparta junior Caleb Pokorny (21) goes up strong in the paint despite defensive pressure from Melrose-Mindoro defenders Aaron Scafe (center) and Matt Hruza (25). Despite a stellar 14-point performance from Pokorny, Sparta’s upset bid fell shy and the second-ranked Mustangs escaped with a 69-61 win. Photo by Delaney Schaller.
Sparta senior Paige Weiner (23) puts some defensive pressure on Onalaska Luther’s Erin Svendsen (1) during the first half of Tuesday’s 55-50 loss to the Knights at Alton Ask Gymnasium. Photo by Delaney Schaller.
The Monroe County Board last week had a hard time pinning a value on the positions of three elected officials. Supervisors ended up balking on a resolution calling for 4% salary hikes each year for the coming four-year terms of the county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds positions. The county...
Justin Carlisle
   According to MSN Food and Drink, the best restaurant in Wisconsin is owned and operated by a Sparta native.    The online news organization ranked the best restaurant in each state, and Ardent, in Milwaukee, owned by Justin Carlisle, came out on top.    According to the website, the rankings are...
   Monroe County Sheriff Scott Perkins is reminding the public about scams and ID Thefts. It’s that time of the year again (tax time) and the scammers are out trying to take your money.    The sheriff’s office wants to remind the public that if a money transaction doesn’t seem right, there is a...
   The Sparta Finance Committee doled out $7,000 in tourism funds from room taxes to four groups whose efforts are related to tourism.    Representatives from all four groups attended Wednesday’s meeting to formally make the requests.    All of the monies must be matched in the form of funds or in-...
Tomah won nine of 14 matches Thursday to upend Sparta 46-24 in Mississippi Valley Conference wrestling action on the Timberwolves’ home mat. Above - Tomah’s Casey Curran (top), who normally wrestles at 152 pounds, scores some near-fall points on Spartan James Gann in the pivotal 170-pound match Thursday. Photo by J.P. Schaller.
Jeff Von Haden and Mike Roddick agreed – bonus points matter on the mat, especially in a hotly-contested match up between two Mississippi Valley Conference rivals. Both were right. Von Haden’s Timberwolves racked up 19 bonus points, to just nine for Roddick’s Spartans, as Tomah toppled Sparta 46-24...
The Sparta High School pom dance team earned the program’s fourth straight state berth with a third-place finish at the New Richmond regional over the weekend. Front row, from left - Serenity Laue, Hayley Bemis, Natalie Hoffman, Emily Phillips, Brittney Schmitz and Emily Salis. Middle row - Aylah Hanson, Katie Olson, Alyssa Stritchko and Cristal Hernandez. Back row - Haley Oliver, Oksana Victor, Erica Ebert, Jazmine Arentz and Alissa Ebert. Photo by Suzanne Hoffman.
The Sparta High School dance team is headed to state. The Spartans placed third in the pom competition at Saturday’s regional in New Richmond to advance to state for the fourth year in a row. Onalaska won the pom event, followed by Rice Lake and Sparta. All three teams qualified for the state...
The Sparta junior varsity wrestling team sent six wrestlers to the state tournament last weekend. From left - Manager Riley Law, Ashley Dahl (third), Kyle Erickson (first), coach Scott Zurfluh, Collin Gartner (first), Garet Pfaff, Mathias Krein (third) and manager Maddy Schaller. Autumn Glover (third) and Noah Benish are missing from the photo. Contributed photo.
Collin Gartner and Kyle Erickson captures junior varsity state titles in the Wisconsin Challenge Series at Wausau West High School last weekend. Three other Spartan grapplers  - Mathias Krein, Ashley Dahl and Autumn Glover - earned third-place finishes at the tournament, which is considered the...

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