Saturday, January 23, 2021


Bangor sophomore Zane Langrehr (right) drives past Southwestern’s Breckin Schneider (1) in the first half of Saturday’s 70-60 victory over the Wildcats in a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal at La Crosse Logan High School. Bangor opens its 2019 state tournament run with a semifinal match-up against Marshfield Columbus Catholic at 10:45 a.m. Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:57am
If things fall right in Friday’s Division 5 state semifinal match-ups between Bangor and Marshfield Columbus Catholic and Chippewa Falls McDonell Catholic Central and Sheboygan Lutheran, the Cards could be looking at a familiar foe in Saturday’s championship game. Semifinal wins by Bangor and...
Bangor senior Trevor Jones (right) gets a big hug from sophomore teammate Hank Reader (left) after the Cardinals defeated Southwestern 70-60 in Saturday’s WIAA sectional final to advance to state for the second straight year. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 11:07am
Opening the season with a team that lost 10 seniors – including three 1,000-point scorers – not to mention a new head coach, nobody expected defending Division 5 state champion Bangor to make a run similar to that of last season. The Cardinals would be a solid team for sure, but another state...
Bangor fans and players look on in anticipation, as Cardinal sophomore Zane Langrehr (12) launches a three-pointer in the closing seconds of Thursday’s Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division 5 boys basketball semifinal against Blair-Taylor at Holmen High School. Langrehr’s buzzer-beater found the bottom of the net to break a 65-65 tie and lift Bangor to a 68-65 victory over the Wildcats. Herald photo by Delaney Schaller.
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:13am
Before Bangor was able to hold off a second-half charge and defeat Southwestern 70-60 in Saturday’s sectional final to earn its second straight state berth, the Cardiac Cards had to win a thriller over Blair-Taylor in Thursday’s semifinal at Holmen High School. Despite building a 32-27 halftime...
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 10:01am
The 7 Rivers Figure Skating Club is bringing “The Greatest Show on Ice” to the Tomah Ice Center. The club’s annual March ice show is a circus-themed production this year, featuring several numbers to the music of “The Greatest Showman” soundtrack. Performances will take place at 7 p.m. on March 15...
Monday, March 11, 2019 - 9:57am
Sparta sixth grader Grace Levere isn’t your average 11-year-old. Following her school day at St. Patrick’s Catholic School, there’s no time for video games. On a typical day, Grace is on the move to one of her different after-school interests. You’ll find her at piano or violin lesson; at dance...
A stellar late-season run by Garet Pfaff (right) earned the Sparta senior his first-ever berth in the state wrestling tournament. Herald photo by Shellie Von Ruden.
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 8:51am
Four area grapplers will hit the mat this (Thursday) afternoon to kick-off their run in the 2019 Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Individual State Wrestling Championships. Sparta seniors Jon Bailey and Garet Pfaff, Tomah junior Marques Fritsche and Brookwood senior James Gjefle are...
There will be colorful displays of ice fishing creativity on two area lakes over the next Saturdays.  As of last weekend there was a modest number of ice shanties on Lake Tomah. That figure will likely spike this weekend with the Tomah-Warrens Sportsman's fisheree Saturday, Feb. 9. Herald photo by Bob Kliebenstein.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 9:19am
One of the silver linings about a polar vortex. Its conditions help make sure ice conditions are ideal for ice fishing. That's good news for organizers of the Tomah-Warrens Sportsman's Alliance Fisheree on Lake Tomah and the Eagles Nest Community Service Fisheree, hosted by Eagle's Nest Resort,...
Sparta senior Luke Wendorf (34) uses a stiff arm to get past a Blugold defender, as teammate Adam McKee (19) looks on during a Mississippi Valley Conference football game against La Crosse Aquinas earlier this season. Wendorf, who spent most of his junior season recovering from a devastating knee injury, had a breakout game with 135 yards and a touchdown in last week’s 33-14 playoff victory over New Richmond. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Friday, November 2, 2018 - 10:38am
When Spartan senior Luke Wendorf sacked Central quarterback Johnny Davis late in the fourth quarter to seal Sparta’s 17-12 victory over the Red Raiders in late September, it was a sure sign the comeback was complete. Not Sparta’s comeback, but that of Wendorf, who two years earlier suffered a...
Bangor used its depth to outlast Brookwood 53-34 in Monday’s match-up between the only two unbeaten girls basketball teams in the Scenic Bluffs Conference. Above - Bangor’s Emma Wittmershaus (23) takes a little jump hook amidst a sea of Lady Falcons, including (from left) Kate Hyatt (21), Allyson Nelson, Cassidy Green (22), Amy Berg (3) and Angel Brueggen (10).
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 9:09am
It was all about the depth - Bangor had it, Brookwood didn’t And it was that depth that fueled the Lady Cardinals to a 53-34 victory over the Lady Falcons in a battle between the only two remaining unbeaten girls basketball teams in the Scenic Bluffs Conference. Brookwood hung with the defending-...
Sparta’s Laney Schell (32) drives past Madison Eberhardt of Black River Falls (right) in the first half of Friday’s girls basketball game at Alton Ask Gym. Herald photo by J.P. Schaller.
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 9:06am
Sparta recovered from a slow start with a big second half to upend Black River Falls 63-43 in nonconference girls basketball action at Alton Ask Gymnasium Tuesday night. The win snapped a two-game losing skid for the Lady Spartan cagers, who picked up their third win during a recent five-game home...


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