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Join our basketball scribes for a video look at the WIAA postseason

March 17, 2011 1:38 p.m. | MyCommunityNOW has just added its latest video, featuring Lake Country Publications' JR Radcliffe breaking down the brackets with NOW's Steven L. Tietz, John Rech and Tom "Sky" Skibosh.

The discussion kicks off with a look back at the controversial end to the Super Tuesday matchup between powerhouses Appleton East and Germantown. The guys also take a look at some of the top girls teams remaining this season.

For more tournament coverage, visit the special Championship Chase page, which features photo galleries, a Twitter feed, game stories and more.

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Oak Creek girls track team wins Lancer, ready for SEC

10:02 p.m. | Brookfield Central girls track coach Brian Calhoun, an Oak Creek graduate, gave out the championship trophy in the newly reconfigured Lancer Invitational to Knight girls coach Bob Haberli on the early evening of April 29.

Both coaches were pretty sure the Knights had won it, but no one was certain until much later as though Oak Creek and Haberli were happy to come to Central and give the Lancers and Calhoun a bit of a leg up in their first invitational since the old Lancer Invite's quiet demise some years ago, there were clearly some things that needed to be worked on.

Haberli said the races went off without a hitch, but problems with the organization including a very long boys pole vault competition that pushed the start of the girls vault until almost the end of the meet, issues with the timing system, including someone tripping over a wire and pulling the plug during one race and questions over what relay teams were DQed in what race left everyone more than a bit confused.

"It just didn't go off as well as they probably would have liked it," said Haberli.

Still, the victory was the fourth major meet title of the outdoor season for the Knights and gave them great momentum heading into the Southeast Conference relays that they hosted on May 3. They were looking to usurp longtime rival Franklin, which has dominated the Southeast track circuit since the last time the Knights won the outdoor title in 2010.

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Initial Reaction Podcast: Schobert, Watt, Packers and social media foibles of NFL Draft

May 02, 2016 9:30 p.m. | JP and JR take a look at two local products headed to the NFL, Joe Schobert of Waukesha West and Derek Watt of Pewaukee, who were both taken in the 2016 NFL Draft. They also chat about the insane first day of the draft, featuring some eye-raising social media situations surrounding top lineman Laremy Tunsil (17:45). Speaking of social media, Brewers director of new media Caitlin Moyer stops by to talk about the role social media plays in promoting the team brand (29:10). Yes, we talk about Hank the Dog. Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Oak Creek softball team's road trip successful

May 02, 2016 8:29 p.m. | Sometimes you just have to see some new faces.

And that was the motivation for Southeast Conference softball co-leader Oak Creek as the Knights headed up to Pulaski in the Fox River Valley for three interesting out-state games.

They defeated Hortonville, 5-3; lost to DC Everest, 9-3; and then beat Wausau West, 11-1. Coupled with the Southeast Conference victories over Racine Case on April 26 (10-6) and Kensoha Tremper on April 27 (4-1), the Knights entered a pivotal week at 5-1 in league play, same as Kenosha Indian Trail, and 9-4 overall.

"It was a good trip," said Oak Creek coach Jeff Trask. "Sometimes you just have to go see what's out there. We play enough teams in the southeast area of Wisconsin; we just need to see how the rest look."

Trask felt it was a good experience, and it came just at the right time.

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Ikea plans large store in Oak Creek overlooking I-94

May 02, 2016 7:57 p.m. | Ikea is planning its first Wisconsin store for a large site along I-94 in Oak Creek.

The Swedish furniture and home goods chain, which has been considering the Milwaukee area for nearly a decade, has selected roughly 30 acres west of I-94 and north of W. Drexel Ave., according to a source.

That source, who characterized it as "a done deal," said the announcement is scheduled for Thursday.

A major announcement is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall, according to Gary Billington, a former Oak Creek Community Development Authority board member.

Billington was invited to the announcement, but said he has no idea what it involves. He did say there have been rumors about Ikea and other large retail chains that might be interested in the Drexel Ave. site.

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Woman charged in connection with condo fire in Franklin

April 27, 2016 1:48 p.m. | A 58-year-old woman who was rescued from a condominium fire last week is facing charges for starting the fire.

The suspect, Mary J. Plutschack, had to be rescued by the Franklin Fire Department from an eight-unit condominium building at 12155 W. Virginia Circle after a fire broke out in her unit at about 9:25 a.m. April 27. She was taken to St. Luke's Hospital for medical evaluation.

Charges were filed Monday, May 2. Plutschack is facing one misdemeanor charge of negligent use of burning materials and one felony charge of second degree recklessly endangering safety.

The fire, which was contained to her unit, was quickly extinguished by firefighters. Both the police and fire departments responded and upon arrival observed smoke and flames coming from one unit of an eight-unit complex, according to a news release from the Franklin Police Department.

All condominium residents were evacuated, but were allowed back into their homes some time later.

Franklin police holding self-defense seminar for women May 7

April 27, 2016 12:00 p.m. | Franklin —A seminar on basic awareness and self-defense for women will be held at the Franklin Police Department, 9455 W. Loomis Road, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The class is free but has a capacity of 18 students with 12 needed at a minimum for the class to run. Those who wish to participate must be a city of Franklin resident, a Franklin high school student, or work in the city. Workout clothes and athletic shoes are recommended.

According to the application those in attendance will be asked to participate in a "physical self-defense component." Participation is not mandatory with attendees allowed to work "at their own comfort level."

An application is available on the city website to fill out and send to dmorris@franklinwi.gov or mhernon@franklinwi.gov.

For more information, call 414-425-2522.

Sport Shorts: April 28, 2016

April 26, 2016 7:30 p.m. |


The Sabers finished a strong second to area rival Greendale, 336-338, in its own 18-hole invite played on April 22 at Oakwood Golf Course.

"Mitchell Ottled the team with a great score of 80 on a day in which the cold weather, high winds and bumpy greens did not yield low scores," said coach Brandon Johnsen. "We hung in there. We all wanted to shoot lower than what we did, but with the weather the way it was, you really just needed to grind it out. That's what we did. Very proud of the way my guys handled the tough conditions."

The sabers also won a Southeast Conference mini-meet at Maplecrest on April 20 and took second at another league mini-meet on April 18.

At the invite, Greendale won with an 18-hole score of 336, while Franklin came in with 338 in the 14-team field.

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Franklin water rates could increase by 7 percent

April 26, 2016 5:49 p.m. | Franklin — Water rates for the city of Franklin are set to rise by 7 percent, on average, according to the Franklin Board of Water Commissioners at a meeting April 19.

Paul Rotzenberg, Franklin's director of finance and treasurer, said the average single-family residential user would see such an increase on their bill likely effective mid-June.

The fee is tied to the actual cost of providing the service, panel members concurred.

"Our (current) rates don't support our infrastructure," said Commissioner Jack Takerian.

The magic number

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Whitnall gets new school district superintendent

April 26, 2016 1:27 p.m. | Greenfield — The Whitnall School Board on Monday appointed Lisa Olson as the next superintendent of the Whitnall School District.

District officials called Olson a skilled leader, noting her work as superintendent for the Hartford Union High School District for six years.

Although Olson is an innovator, school board President LuAnn Bird said, "We aren't looking to bring in a change agent."

Olson doesn't represent a change in course but will develop innovations to help the district along the course it has already set, Bird said.

"Her innovations align with what the schools are already doing," Bird said. Large among those is personalized learning, she said. Olson has already implemented personalized learning at the high school level.

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New Franklin track christened with Saber invite wins

April 26, 2016 9:09 a.m. | Everyone involved in the long and successful history of the Franklin track program deserved what happened on Saturday, April 23.

And it wasn't just the fact that the Sabers won both the boys and girls competitions of their own first-in-a-long time Franklin Invitational on a cool but sunny day and got the meet done in a sprightly three-plus hours.

No, it was the fact that the Sabers and everyone else involved got to run on a spectacularly nice and new championship-level eight-lane track that was recently completed as part of Franklin's two-year, $3 million-plus public/private facilities upgrade project.

It passed all the tests and earned a lot of smiles and compliments, according to boys coach John Troy and girls coach Jack Hervert, including one all-important one from former girls coach and Franklin AD Don Kurth, who when texted a picture of the track before the meet, was in awe of what he saw:

"That looks amazing," he said, before laughingly noting, "You know how much time I spent on that old six-lane hunk of junk?"

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Oak Creek girls track wins third straight outdoor invite

April 26, 2016 9:09 a.m. | There seems to be no stopping the Oak Creek girls track team in the outdoor season as the Knights won their third consecutive major meet title in as many tries at the 13-team East Troy Invite on April 22.

The Knights' boys worked hard to keep up with their distaff partners taking second in their 12-team effort at East Troy.

"The depth is what is so impressive right now," said Oak Creek girls' coach coach Robert Haberli. "The girls are so willing to work together. A lot of girls who were in so many events last year don't have to be this year because there are others coming up."

But all these meets are just the opening acts to the main events that are coming up including the Southeast Conference Relays at Oak Creek on Tuesday, May 3.

"We've told the girls, everything is leading up to this meet, this meet and this meet," said Haberli. "We really want to hit our stride in May."

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Franklin celebrating Arbor Day with saplings, cleanup

April 25, 2016 5:36 p.m. | Franklin is hosting its 17th annual Arbor Day celebration Saturday, May 7, in conjunction with the 15th annual citywide cleanup through Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful Inc., according to two releases on the city website.

Both events will be based at the Franklin Public Library, 9151 West Loomis Road, from 10 a.m. to noon.

In honor of Arbor Day, tree saplings will be handed out in the library parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis. The trees will be given out one per child or one per family.

In addition, trash bags will be available at the library for residents to "help clean up Franklin of winter trash," according to the release, for "Great American Cleanup Day." Everyone who participates will get a token of appreciation.

Those participating in the cleanup are asked to pre-register with the Franklin Public Works department — which will pick up the filled bags — at (414) 425-2592 or via email to dzobel@franklinwi.gov with the subject line "City Wide Cleanup." Those interested could also register at the library the day of the event between 10 a.m. and noon.

Kayla's Playground closed April 26

April 25, 2016 1:53 p.m. | Franklin —Kayla's Playground will be closed April 26 to allow "cutting of pavers" according to a release April 25 on the city of Franklin's official website.

The release states a "dry cutting" process, which is "extremely dusty and would not make the playground visit enjoyable," is required and prompted closing the playground.

Initial Reaction Podcast: Previewing NFL Draft with Rob Reischel and Nathan Tanguay

April 25, 2016 7:51 a.m. | JR and JP dive into a crazy situation at Marquette surrounding the departure of Wally Ellenson from the basketball team and discuss the twice-rejected "success-based factor" plan in the WIAA (12:45). Packers Plus beat writer Rob Reischel chats with JR about the pros and cons of Packers general manager Ted Thompson and what to expect in Thursday's draft (26:15), and Mukwonago alumnus Nate Tanguay talks about playing for an FCS powerhouse in North Dakota State and teammate Carson Wentz, who could go first overall in the draft (55:00).  Each week, Lake Country/Now sports director JR Radcliffe and Time Warner Cable Sports Channel's JP Cadorin chat about the Wisconsin sports scene, with an emphasis on Milwaukee-area prep athletics.

Whitnall names Lisa Olson superintendent of schools

April 22, 2016 5:00 p.m. | The Whitnall School Board has announced the selection of Lisa Olson as the next superintendent of schools for the Whitnall School District.

District officials called Olson a skilled leader, noting her work as superintendent for the Hartford Union High School District for six years.

"We were impressed with Lisa's background, instructional innovation, and deep commitment to student success," said Board President LuAnn Bird. "Her experience as a leader along with her business background and skills in continuous improvement will benefit our district."

Olson has implemented personalized learning at the high school level and she has built business partnerships in the community so students could experience a wider range of careers, Whitnall officials say.

For her part, Olson said she's looking forward to fulfilling the Whitnall's board's expectations of her.

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