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Hornet basketball program has unrivaled twin power By Correne Martin The Wauzeka-Steuben High School boys basketball program has written such an explicit narrative this season that you might wonder if there’s something in the water. It has little to do with the successful 21-1 record the Hornets have achieved. It’s not that the varsity conference champions secured its first regional win last night. It’s not even the personal achievements (Carter Lomas’ all-time scoring record) or the diverse talents of the team. It’s something more of a phenomenon. It’s an unexplainable marvel really that there are currently four separate sets of twins on the boys basketball team. This includes one set of seniors, two pair of sophomores and one set of freshmen. They are Nick and Nate Benish,

Four sets of twins (including one that has a triplet sister) are on the high school boys basketball team at Wauzeka-Steuben Schools. Pictured (front row, from left) are sophomores Zach and Nate Martin, freshmen Jonah and Isaac Reichmann; (back row) seniors Nate and Nick Benish and sophomores Brad and Ethan Karnopp. (Submitted photo)

By Ted Pennekamp


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UWP strategic in attracting students

River Ridge exploring financial options, timeline for track, football field project At its regular meeting Monday evening, the River Ridge School Board discussed possible ways to finance the proposed track and athletic fields project for Patch Grove. Dave Drone of Top Notch Construction & Design of Prairie du Chien told the board that the whole project, to be done in two phases, is estimated to cost approximately $2.1 million. The school board has been working with Top Notch and Delta 3 Engineering on the proposed project. Phase 1 would involve excavating, the creation of practice football fields and baseball and softball diamonds, lighting and utility installation. Phase 1 is estimated at $1 million. Phase 2 would involve construction of the track, a high school football field where the current baseball field is, bleachers, a press box-concession stand, fencing, and possible rest rooms. The board took no action Monday evening. A meeting has been scheduled for March 13 to discuss and possibly take action regarding the financing and a timeline for the project. “We need to figure out how to move forward, there’s a lot of

Zach and Nate Martin, Isaac and Jonah Reichmann and Ethan and Brad Karnopp, respectively. “It’s pretty crazy. Most people think we’re cousins or maybe just brothers. They don’t believe us,” said Nick, the most talkative of the group. “They think it’s a joke,” Zach added. What makes this rare occurrence all the more unbelievable is that the Reichmann brothers are actually two-thirds of a set of three. Their triplet, Maddy, plays on the girls basketball team. On top of that, there are two more sets of twins at Wauzeka-Steuben— one in the middle school and the other in the high school— for a total of six sets in K-12. Four years ago, the district had nine sets of twins (some have since moved). Also, one of the

By Correne Martin

UW-Platteville Chancellor Dennis Shields delivered his State of the University Address Feb. 19. Locally relatable topics included the university’s intentional high school marketing efforts and its incorporation of a Driftless Area theme within its 2019-2020 science hall renovation. (UWP photo)

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Bloomington man gets 15 years for sexual abuse A 59-year-old Bloomington man, who is guilty of repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a three-year period, was sentenced to 15 years in prison during a hearing in Grant County Circuit Court Friday. James F. Crubel will receive credit for 339 days already served. Crubel had faced up to 67 years in prison.

Crubel had pleaded no contest to two counts of exposing genitals to a child and one count each of repeated sexual abuse of the same child with at least three violations of firstdegree sexual assault; causing a child younger than 13 to view/listen to a sex act; child enticement-sexual contact; and exposing a child to harmful material.

There were approximately 100 people who filled the courtroom for the hearing on Friday. In addition to his prison sentence, Crubel is required to register as a sex offender for life and is subject to GPS monitoring. Crubel also must pay $10,000 in restitution to the victim to cover counseling and related costs.

TWIN POWER, from page 1 team’s scorekeepers happens to be a twin too. Though the young twin athletes, as a group, had no answer for why there’s such an abundance of multiples in their small school district, they realize that, with a high school enrollment of 105, it’s not unusual for most boys their age to be out for basketball. The twins acknowledge they have a natural chemistry and way of communication that could be an advantage on the court. Spectators notice it too. “A look, or a movement of the body, is enough to cue the other and vice versa,” stated Tom Martin, dad to Zach and Nate. He added, “Having such symbiotic relationships has done nothing but enamor our program’s mission and vision. Our sons (and daughters) know their potential and are working each and every day to get to it.” The twins definitely agree. Zach and Brad pointed out that all the boys, both varsity and junior varsity, have put in a lot of hard work and dedication over recent seasons.

Most of the eight twins have played the sport since fourth or fifth grade. The Benishes have both been varsity members since they were freshmen. The Martins and Reichmanns are all pulled up to varsity for the current post-season. “You wouldn’t be able to just pull up one twin,” Nick said, joking about the problems doing so might cause between the twins. Truthfully, JV coach Isaiah Okey noted that each of the boys within this exclusive group is equally talented. “They have their different strengths but, for the most part, we don’t favor anybody,” he stated. Admitting it was difficult to tell the twins apart at first, especially the identical Martins and Reichmanns, Okey said their teammates, classmates and school community know them all pretty well because they’ve watched the twins grow up together. As a thirdyear teacher and coach, Okey shared that he and varsity coach Gary Hines simply resorted to calling the twins by their jersey numbers. “There’s definitely some-

thing about having twins on the team. They push each other to be better,” the JV coach said. “The challenges the twins have within themselves help to push everyone else to be better too.” The Hornets success may be attributed to this anomalous connection. But going from one lonely win three years ago to 21-1 this season is certainly due to a lot more than twin luck. The bond and sheer talent extends beyond the twins throughout the team, which has been ranked in Division 5 all year long. Two seasons ago, the Hornets didn’t make it past the first round of regionals. Last year, they made it to the regional finals but went home with a disappointing loss. This season, the boys are on track to advance further into the playoffs and achieve the kind of dreams all high school athletes desire. With a little twin power, their chances seem good. After all, the odds of having twins is three out of every 100 births and triplets are one out of 840 births. And, WauzekaSteuben has six of them.

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Truck fire in Bridgeport

Monday, Feb. 25, at about 10:15 am, the Rural Bridgeport and Prairie du Chien Volunteer Fire Department responded to a truck on fire at a residence at 61231 Vineyard Rd. Before responding units arrived on scene, it was reported the fire had spread to the garage. According to the fire department’s Facebook page, the garage had minimal damage and no injuries were reported. The fire was pretty much contained to the vehicle. The department was on scene for about an hour. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)

Arrest follows hit and run On Feb. 22, the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a two-vehicle hit and run crash in the village of Ferryville. The Crawford County K-9 unit responded and met with the two victims whose vehicles were both legally parking on Main Street. It was determined the suspect vehicle left from a parked position and began operating southbound. The suspect vehicle struck the two vehicles, a 2016 Toyota Corolla and a 2003 Dodge Grand Caravan. The victim vehicles both sustained damage to their driver’s sides. A witness observed a woman, identified as Jean Boardman, 61, Ferryville, leaving the scene, with damage to her vehicle’s passenger side. The deputy responded to Boardman’s residence and locat-

ed the suspect vehicle crashed into an outbuilding along the driveway, with its engine still running. Boardman was located sitting in a snow bank, in front of her vehicle. Her vehicle had damage to the passenger’s side and new damage to the driver’s side, due to side swiping the outbuilding. Boardman admitted to leaving a tavern in Ferryville and displayed signs of impairment. Field sobriety testing was conducted and she was subsequently arrested for operating while under the influence of an intoxicant (second offense). She was transported to Crossing Rivers Health, then to the Crawford County Jail. Boardman also may be charged with two counts of hit and run to an unattended vehicle.



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Unrivaled twin power  

This ultra rural boys basketball team had the most successful season on the court than they'd experienced in a long time. But, beyond the of...

Unrivaled twin power  

This ultra rural boys basketball team had the most successful season on the court than they'd experienced in a long time. But, beyond the of...