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UW Cross Country Among the Nation's Elite A look at some of the impressive team and personal achievements among both the men's and women's cross country teams at UW. Kyle Mellon


One on One with UW's Amazing Senior Hanna Grinaker You can't help but love the All-American cross country runner out of northern Minnesota. Kyle Mellon


Waunakee Warrior Cassie McCarthy Kicking Her Way to College? SHE is one of the best high school football players in the state. Sue Klamer


It's Not Fish You're After Trout fishing with a local expert James Edward Mills

ON THE COVER Members of the UW womens cross country team in action at the brand new Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course. Above...The start of the men's race at the UW Cross Country Classic in mid-September. Both photos by Joseph Henricks.




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TENNIS: Many Happy Returns Local tennis expert Jason Powless has some great advice on returning serves -- even the really hard ones.

Kyle Mellon


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GOLF: Golf Insight Local golf guru Derek Schnarr offers his thoughts for those eyeing a college golf scholarship.

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He won the Wisconsin state high school golf tournament twice, became an All-American golfer at the University of Florida, won the Wisconsin State Open twice and was the Wisconsin PGA player of the year twice.

For which Dane County high school did Jim Schuman play when he won both of his state championships at that level? Simply be the first to e-mail us the name of the correct team E-mail your answer ASAP, along with your name and phone number to Last issue's trivia answer: Question: Where did UW Badgers freshman oensive lineman Ryan Groy play high school football? Answer: Middleton High School Winner: Ron Schmid, Madison


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Where do Madison residents like to hike the best, and what makes that place so special?

By Kyle Mellon

We took that question to the streets of Madtown and found four nice people to represent the opinions of you and all of Dane County... Bill Stroud, Madison - Governor Dodge State Park. It's close, accessible and easy hiking if I take a dog.

Erica Butt, Madison - It would be Kohler-Andrae (State Park -- near Sheboygan). I like Lake Michigan. I like the water, and you have good hiking paths in the wooded areas. It's a beautiful place up there.

Michael Spike, Palm Springs, CA - I like to hike in Elver Park because of the beautiful back woods and the greenery.

Wendy Stanley, Madison - It's Devil's Lake because of the dierent elevations that you can get there.

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UW Cross Country

Among the Nation's Elite

By Kyle Mellon


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Most who have ever run long distance competitively understand. Those who excel at cross country are different from regular people – their character a mixture of stamina, courage, preparedness, heart, belief, and self-awareness. Competing in a nearly perpetual state of discomfort or agony, they learn to welcome the pain, finding strength from places only they would know, maintaining the mental discipline to not allow their pace and strategy to be prematurely altered by other runners, running hard enough to be in the hunt at the end and still able to pull out more for the final kick to the finish line. There are no TV timeouts, huddles, halftimes or water breaks. The best leave their souls on the course every race. In Madison we have one more opportunity this fall to see some of the best collegiate cross country in the nation as the UW men's and women's teams (both highly touted across the country) compete on their brand new course at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona. That event is the Badger Ridge Run, UW's final home meet of the season, set for Saturday, October 24. Action starts at 10:00 that morning with men's race followed by the women at 10:45. Later that afternoon area girls and boys high school teams will compete on the same course. The Badger men's team is looking for its 11th straight conference title, and all indications are that once again they are the Big Ten team to beat. They came into the season ranked fourth nationally and took second at the prestigious Iona Meet of Champions in mid-September.

The start of the women's race at the UW Cross Country Classic earlier this season. Photo By Joseph Henricks.


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Just some of the notable accomplishments among the runners of the men’s team are: • Landon Peacock (sr.)

- All-American in 2008, All-Great Lakes Region in 2007 and 2008,

• Donald Schwaderer (fr.)

- Won the Southwest Nike Cross Country Regional in 2008,

• Drew Shields (fr.)

- High school All-American in 2008,

• Craig Miller (sr.)

- All-Great Lakes Region in 2006 and 2008,

• Timothy Hucke (fr.)

- High school All-American in track in 2009,

• Ryan Gasper (sr.)

- Big Ten track champion (steeplechase) in 2008 and 2009,

• Maverick Darling (so.)

- Three-time Michigan high school state champion,

• Reed Connor (fr.)

- 2008-9 Gatorade National Cross Country Runner of the Year,

• Jack Bolas (sr.) • Mohammed Ahmed (fr.)

- All-Big Ten in 2008, - Won the 2009 Pan American Junior Championships in record time (competing for Canada).

The women's team, returning four of their top five runners from last year's Big Ten runner-up team, came into the season ranked fifteenth nationally. They took third out of 21 teams at the Iona Meet of Champions, and they pulled that off without the services of their star senior, Hanna Grinaker.

As with the men, several on the women's team can boast some pretty impressive accomplishments: • Hanna Grinaker (sr.)

- All-American in 2007 and 2007, All-Great Lakes Region 2006-2008, Team USA in 2009,

• Cassie Hintz (jr.)

- Crazylegs Classic champion and Syttende Mai champion in 2007,

• Leah Coyle (jr.)

- All-Great Lakes Region in 2007,

• Caitlin Comfort (so.)

- 2008 Big Ten Freshman of the Year,

• Kelly Bogard (so.)

- Wisconsin high school division I state champion in 2005 and 2007,

• Ashley Beutler (so.)

- All-Great Lakes Region in 2008.


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Cross Country Meets


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Wisconsin Adidas Invitational Home* M 11am W 11:45am Boys and Girls High School Races 12:45pm Pre-NCAA Invitational Terre Haute, IN Badger Ridge Run M 11am


W 11:45am


NCAA Great Lakes Regional Bloomington, IN


NCAA Championship

Terre Haute, IN

Something about long-distance running as well. You just don't get athletes in this sport that don't have character. I suppose they just wouldn't survive. When you watch these athletes off and on the course, you can't help noticing that they are just good kids. They support each other and cheer each other on. They're happy and respectful. If there is an exception on either the men's or women's team, I have not seen it.

usual 6.3K race. “I won the national meet in high school last year,” Connor told us, “so I think I've experienced leading a race, even though this is my first college race. Some of those guys are used to working with the pack and they don't necessarily know how to lead from the front and control their emotions and energy like I do. I just have a little more experience at that, but I'm sure once we go up to 10K and 8K here pretty soon that I'll be the one learning.”

Both teams compete for the first time this year on the brand new Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course located at University Ridge Golf Course just west of County PD and County M in Verona. It is a beautiful course with a combination of prairie and heavy woods scenery. There is a long hill with a mild incline at the start and finish of the course and steeper hills back in the woods. In October the colors of the foliage should make this a simply spectacular course.

Connor told us that the hills were certainly a challenge but that any hill would be a challenge coming from the flatlands of Texas. Lisa Running, mother of UW women's runner Cassidi Running (yes, that is really her last name), was among the fans at the event. “I could never run that far,” she told us. “It's wonderful that kids these days like this sport, and I think it's getting more popular, which is wonderful with (today's) obesity rates and things like that.”

We were there September 4, when both UW teams competed in the UW Cross Country Classic minus most of their top runners. This was a day for newcomers on the teams to try to catch the eye of the coach and earn or solidify a spot on the traveling roster. Freshman Reed Connor, the reigning Texas state high school champ, breezed to the victory on the men's side, beating secondplace finisher and teammate Phil Thomas by over 30 seconds in the shorter than


All-American Hanna Grinaker. Photo provided by Badger Sports Properties

Members of the UW women's cross country team enjoy a light moment on their brand new course. Photo by Joseph Henricks.

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One on One

with UW's Amazing

HG: We kind of have our routes that we do.

Senior Hanna Grinaker

We go into the arboretum, which is great. Ten minutes from campus and you're kind of exploring the wildlife. I really love Picnic Point too. I mean if the band is out practicing, you can kind of get those “On Wisconsin” songs while you're running along the path and nothing beats it really.

By Kyle Mellon

The Badger Women's cross country team is anchored this year by senior Hanna Grinaker, a two-time AllAmerican and member the Team USA cross country squad.

feeling tired, you've just got to say time to buck up and I have to get the work done. I think for me it's a confidence thing. I think that's the thing I just have to overcome and things will start coming my way.

MSM: Who has been your biggest inspiration as a runner?

MSM: Are there any specific competitors that you are looking forward to running against this season? H G : You know, that's another thing that I think I have to overcome – again, just staying within myself. I think there's always going to be another person next to you. So, no, I don't think there is a specific competitor, and I think my biggest competitor is myself, because I'm always going to look to improve upon what I did the last time.

Tell me about that experience.

HG: I think for me it's always been the people that I'm closest with – you know, my family and my teammates. As cliched as that may sound, there's a reason why I'm here and a reason why I'm doing what I'm doing. I think it's just proving to myself and to them that I can do it – I can achieve these crazy dreams that I have.

MSM: Has combining the athletics with the

HG: It was phenomenal. Just to be selected

MSM: Are you expecting another All-Amer-

academics that are also important at the collegiate level been a challenge?

We sat down with Hanna just prior to the 2009 season to reflect on her past accomplishment and discuss her thoughts going into her final year at UW...

MSM: Last spring you ran with Team USA.

for that team was a great honor. I definitely hope that there are more opportunities for me in the future, but I'll definitely cherish that I met some great people and I still am in contact with some of my teammates that I had during that trip. I hope that I can get another chance to run for Team USA in the future.

MSM: What are your goals for this NCAA season? HG: I think sometimes in the past I've gotten into trouble being so rigid with myself and setting goals that may not be really realistic, so I think for me I want to take a very conservative approach and just focus on staying within myself and my abilities and just kind of taking things as they come. I guess right now I just want to focus on staying healthy and being positive and encouraging my teammates.

MSM: Running is such a mental sport. What do you do to get the best out of yourself in competition? HG: I definitely think it's a learning process. I've been running since seventh grade, and I think I'm still learning about myself. I think you have to conserve as much as you can, and at the end of the day you've got to be confident. You've got to believe that you can, because if you don't, then nobody else really can. I think that's the biggest key – just believing that...if you just put your goals out there and keep working hard, anything is achievable.

MSM: What is your biggest challenge in being the runner you want to be this year? HG: That's a really good question. I think it almost changes on a day-to-day basis. You know, if you're not feeling good at a practice, I think it's about challenging yourself physically. If there are days when you're just

ican season this year?

H G : I am definitely hoping that's a reality. Yes.

MSM: Tell me about the new UW home course at University Ridge Golf Course.

HG: Oh, man. Our home course is phenomenal. It's a great spectator course. It's fair. It's challenging. It's everything I could want in a course. And for it to be our home course is even better. I'm so excited for our team to be able to run on that type of course. People (on the team) are excited to run there, because hopefully we'll have Bucky out there and the band. It's really exciting for our team to just to kind of get our names out there and get some spectators out there. MSM: Is there a certain type of course that brings out your best as a runner? H G : I've always preferred the more challenging ones, you know, the ones where there's lots of hills...or some different terrain. I think the more challenging the better for me.

MSM: Tell me about how challenging the new course is.

H G : That's another thing that I'm learning. Each course is a little bit different. You kind of have to work with your different professors to sort out all the ins and outs of when you travel and tests and stuff. I think for me it's been a pretty good transition. I guess I just try to do my best in all areas of my life. I'm not one to cut corners. I just put forth my best effort, and if that means an A, great. And if it doesn't, you know, you get up a do it again tomorrow. MSM: The next summer Olympics are coming up in 2012. Any aspirations for being a part of that?

H G : Definitely! What little girl entering sports doesn't picture themselves being an Olympian? I've had posters of Kara Goucher and Shalane Flanagan (US Olympians in 2008) and all these amazing athletes. To be in that company would be pretty phenomenal, but right now my goals are pretty small stakes compared to that. So if that happens, God-willing, I'll take that opportunity and run with it. MSM: What advice would you give any young girls who aspire to run in your footsteps?

HG: It's almost a little bit deceptive, because when your standing at the starting line, you don't see any really big hills. When you're running it, there's some gradual uphills and we've got some pretty big hills in the back corners of the course, so I think that once you're running on it, it's like this is going to be a tough race. I think it's going to be a hard battle for anyone (who runs the course).

HG: Just keep working hard, keep believing

MSM: When running on your own, is there

H G : Oh, I don't know about that. I've got

a particular route in town that you especially enjoy?

Top Photo of Hanna Grinaker. Photo provided by Badger Sports Properties

in yourself, and it's really important to enjoy what you're doing. If you're happy, then you're going to be way more successful than if you're struggling with it or it's not something you enjoy. Make sure you're having fun, and make sure you're working hard.

MSM: You must be a bit of a celebrity back in your hometown of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. some amazing people back home that just want to see the best for me. I owe a lot to them. 11

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Choosing the Correct Shoe By David Meixelsperger, owner of Berkeley Running Company

Each day my staff fits customers who are looking for shoes for either running, walking, or aerobics. When fitting for shoes, some-

Pronation refers to the normal rotation of the

before the outsole. The midsole of running

foot after hitting the ground. On a normal

shoes break down between 300-400 miles

gait the foot rotates slightly to the inside

and offer very little support after this time. If

after the outside of the heel strikes the

a shoe wears down too much, a user’s stride

times the customer wants to remain loyal to

ground. This optimally distributes the forces

is usually thrown off. One thought to in-

a certain brand, but in most cases the type

of impact. Feet with lower arches tend to

creasing the life of a pair of shoes is to pur-

of shoe we suggest has everything to do

pronate more; feet with higher arches tend

chase and use more than one pair as running

to pronate less or even supinate (roll slightly

on different shoes on alternating days more

to the outside).

evenly distributes the stress on one’s feet

with the type of feet we are working with. Following are the main types of running shoes available along with some of the considerations in determining which type is best for you:

Neutral Cushioning Shoes Best for runners with high arches and little or

and legs. Also, in finding the best shoe for your particular use, our staff suggests the

If a pair of running shoes is not the correct

following ideas:

shoe for the user, or the shoe is fully worn

1) Try on shoes later in the day when

no pronation, this type of shoe provides

your feet have swelled, possibly with

extra midsole cushioning and shock absorp-

approximately a half-inch of space


between the front of the shoe and one’s

out, the shoe then offers little or no protection from injury. Shoe fitters see running shoes as one of the most important pieces of equipment for any person living a fitness lifestyle.

longest toe.

Stability Shoes

In closing, there is no best running shoe.

Best for runners with medium or low arches

2) Explore the thought of obtaining a new

and mild to moderate pronation, this type of

pair based on the actual miles on your

shoe is ideal for most runners.

current pair, not on the actual appearance

Motion Control Shoes Best for runners with a low or flat arches and

of the wear on the sole. Improper and/or or inadequate shoe cushioning will

moderate to severe pronation, this type of

quickly lead to a running injury (i.e. knee

shoe provides extra support to help slow ex-

pain) as the midsole, which is the most im-

cessive pronation.

portant cushioning and stability layer of running shoes, usually breaks down


Every user is different; every brand and model of shoes are different – thus the buyer’s goal should be to match their feet features to the features of a certain brand and model. A runners’s ultimate goal should be to find a pair of shoes that fit well and feel comfortable.

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Waunakee Warrior Kassy McCarthy

kicking her way to college? By Sue Klamer,

John Kohl, director and coach of Kohl’s Kicking Camps said in a phone interview, “that Kassy has worked extremely hard to improve over the past year. She has great focus and she is a natural ball striker. Inside of 40 yards she is very accurate and kicks well off of the ground.” Kohl, who coached his sons to Division I scholarships, has been coaching for 22 years. Now his sons Jamie and Andy coach kids all over the country and help encourage and mentor them towards playing college sports and earning scholarships.

You could say Waunakee High School senior Kassy McCarthy enjoys football. What makes her enthusiasm for the game a little more unusual is that she is not a spectator but the number one kicker on the Waunakee Warrior’s Varsity Football team. More than that, her kicking coach Jeff Weber says“I think she is about the best kicker in the state.” According to Kassy, she has always been interested in football partly because her brother played, but after being recommended by her Waunakee soccer coach and encouraged by other players, she decided to become“one of the guys.” She has been playing on the Waunakee team since her freshman year. The 2009-10 season is her first season as number one varsity kicker. “At first some of the guys thought it was weird,” she admitted, “but now my team members are like brothers. They are always looking out for me.” Waunakee has been in the limelight for its football program for the past ten years, holding title as Badger Conference champions since 1998 and earning the state championship 1999 and 2002. The team has played its way to the WIAA playoffs every season since 1996 and in 2001 and 2005 was state runner-up. This winning record makes Kassy’s position as Warrior kicker even more remarkable. This season she moved in as head kicker following honorable mention AllState player Andrew Weber, who graduated last year.


Kassy’s kicking talent was first recognized in her soccer game, where she began as a forward, advanced to mid-field then moved to defense and finally to goalie. Her background in soccer and her performance at an extra-curricular event in Minnesota also helped lead her to football. She found herself out-kicking many of the boys, in displays of leg strength, accuracy and distance. Soon after that discovery her soccer coach recommended she go out for football and she took the challenge. She says her participation in several camps offered by Waunakee School District helped her “to get her name out there.” The Kohl’s Kicking Camps she attended her freshman and sophomore years launched her into state and national competitions and it was there she found out she was beating college guys in her kicking skills. In May this year she participated in the Kohl’s Midwest Regional Showcase Camp, which was held at the spacious Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. According to an article from ESPN, the camp featured some of the best kickers, punters and snappers from 12 states. The field goal and kickoff chartings were very accurate for this camp because it was held indoors without wind or weather conditions affecting the charting results. Kassy was one of the athletes who made a name for herself at this camp. She showed well and was technically very solid on her field goals off the ground. Her kickoffs had improved since last year as well with her best kickoff score at 59 yards with 3.59 seconds of hang time, according to the article.

Above photo - Waunakee High School kicker Kassy McCarthy in action.

John Kohl and his sons have helped many kickers and punters receive all-conference, all-area, and all-state honors. He commented that he and his sons have encouraged Kassy to stay with the program. “She is a wonderful, hardworking, no-nonsense athlete. She fits right in with the boys. They were shocked to see how she kicked the ball,” he said. “Kassy could be a big benefit to any state college football program,” he continued. She is a very fine young person, a strong athlete with good foot to ball contact. Across the country as far as kicking she is rated as the number one female athlete,” he said. “She has mastered that.” Jamie reiterated his father’s remarks and added“the determination of how far she can go really depends on how much progress she can make this season. She is better than most high school kickers and she should have a fantastic season,” he predicted. “She is an all-conference caliber of a kicker.” According to Waunakee Warrior head coach Pat Rice,“Kassy is a definite asset to our winning football program. She works hard and is a very dedicated athlete.” The Warriors again made the playoffs last season, and the team started off the 2009-10 season with a blowout win over Baraboo 72-7. Kicking The Way It is Kassy’s dream to go on to play football in college. She hasn’t totally decided what she wants to major in, but she is leaning toward a career in health care. She has been getting letters from colleges inviting her to come play sports. She has been asked by The University of Upper Iowa to come play soccer, but Kassy is looking for that invitation into a football program.

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Weber, her kicking coach, is almost like a personal trainer, Kassy says, since he works with her one on one and she doesn’t get any special treatment because she’s a girl. “We have a good time,” Weber said in a phone interview.“She is a hard worker. Kassy gets a lot of attention, though, when she is out there (on the field) with a ponytail sticking out from under her helmet. Her practice is pretty intense, too. She trains on Wednesday and Thursday, kicking about 20-30 field goals on Wednesday and practicing about another hour on Thursday. Although this is Kassy’s first year as number one kicker, “she could have stepped in at any time for last year’s honorable mention all-star Waunakee kicker Andrew Weber,” he added. The boys on the Warrior team treat her like any other player, she says, and the girls, her peers and friends, cheer her on and encourage her for the non-traditional role she has committed herself to as a football player. “ The girls are awesome. They give me lots of props and encouragement. They are

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amazed and can’t believe I’m doing it, but they are very supportive,” she said. Kassy’s brother Bryan is a junior and on the varsity football team. This is the first year they are on the team together. Kassy also has a variety of other interests and activities that take her time, including a job at American Eagle, a clothing retailer in Madison. She also is active in her church, St. Peters in Ashton. She is also involved in FFA through which she shows cattle at fairs. She also has a wonderful voice and uses it to sing at weddings with her mother. Kassy also occasionally works with her dad, who does farm work for various farmers. She has a very close-knit family and they spend a lot of time together. Her family includes her dad Kevin, mother Kristi, Kelsey, 21, Bryan, 16 and Winston, the family dog. Her mom, beaming with admiration of Kassy and displaying many photos of the various sides of Kassy, commented, “we are very proud of where she is going. “ We have told her from day one, this (her kicking) is a gift and it is rare.”

Kassy is not the first girl to play football in college, but according to John Kohl, she is definitely one to keep our eye on,“because she is an all-around excellent athlete and all-around excellent young person.” He and all of her coaches believe colleges are going to start noticing the very skilled girl kicker from Waunakee this season and the offers are sure to come.


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It’s not fish you’re after

By James Edward Mills In the fast the paced world of modern life there are few pastimes more pleasurable than a day of fishing. Even though you may never get a nibble, there is nothing more relaxing than the peace of mind that comes from casting a line out on the water. “Many (people) go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish that they are after.” -- Henry David Thoreau~ American transcendentalist author, poet, naturalist and philosopher (1817 – 1862) Just a few miles outside of Madison, the Wisconsin River offers a glorious expanse of moving water for the joy of fishing. Off Hwy 78 on County Road Y near the town of Black Earth we launch a canoe. With my friend and guide Craig Amacker we head out for a leisurely float down stream toward Prairie Bluff. It’s been years since I last put a pole in the water. But Craig is a more than able instructor in fine art of fly-fishing. A Wisconsin native, he’s been casting rods for most of his life. A stint working the trout streams of Yellowstone pretty much got him hooked. Now Craig splits his days between a full-time job as the fly fishing manager at Fontana Sports, 7948 Tree Lane, and leading aspiring anglers on fishing excursions around the world. “It’s my escape, but it’s also my occupation,” Craig says. “I like stalking a fish in its own element. But most of all I love the strike! It’s all about when that fish strikes and you know there’s something alive on the end of your line.” There’s a lot of skill involved in fly-fishing. A very light pole and reel casts out a heavy line with a tiny virtually weightless lure designed to mimic the small minnows and insects game fish love to eat. Equally challenging is selecting just the right bait to draw their attention. “It’s matching the natural,” Craig says. “ And the only way to know what you’ll need is time on the water. I’m out here about 80 days a year.”


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Fly-fishing takes practice. Craig has spent most of his life watching fish, observing their behavior. He’s come to understand what fish expect in the wild and how to create just the right lure to catch them. Fly-fishing is another one of those sports like golf that takes only a few moments to learn but a lifetime to master. We wade out into the flowing river and set about the task of fishing. As I watch Craig prepares his line and casts it out. Economic and precise in his movements, he clearly knows what he’s doing. The greatest challenge seems to be convincing the fish that your imitation of food is worth chasing after. It’s then that they’ll pursue and hopefully strike your bait. Craig says in fly-fishing you have to put just the right spin on your cast. “With fly-fishing it’s important to keep the line moving before you make your final presentation,” he says. “On your casting stroke start with a smooth lift and pick up. Come to a quick stop. And as soon as you stop the rod bring it down.”

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about the experience. Even though Craig refers to his fly rods as “weapons of bass destruction” the sport fosters an ethos of preservation so there’ll be plenty of fish for the next guy to catch and release. But it’s never so easy. “It’s been pretty frustrating,” says first-year Angler David Youngquist. The conservation warden for the village of Spring just started fly-fishing with his long-time buddy Deforest High School teacher Dean Becker. “I haven’t caught a fish yet. It’s like Craig says though I think it’s my casting and presentation that needs improvement. But I don’t mind,” says Youngquist. “It’s relaxing just being out, just being on the water and not having to work.” The two friends set aside time very week to fish together. “I’ve got 9-month-old twins at home but it’s important to make the time,” Becker says. “We either fish this river, or in Black Earth or the Gordon. And spend 4 to 6 hours. Look around. It’s beautiful. This is great get-away from a busy hectic life.”

In a swirl of yellow filament the line with a white feathery lure sails back behind him. His wrist straight, arm bent at the elbow Craig quickly draws the rod forward with a swoosh as the line slices through the air. The lure settles 40 feet down the broad stream with a cascade of ripples ebbing concentric circles from its landing spot. The pole in one hand Craig draws the lure through the water with other. Pulling against the current he tugs the yellow line toward him allowing it coil lightly by his knee. He casts again, then again. In the distance we see a fish jump. Wasting no time Craig sails the lure to almost exact same place and … “Bam! There it is. I got you!” he screams as he reels in his fish. I can’t help but marvel at his skill. He caught that fish just as easily as if he’d shot it with a rifle. It’s a small-mouth bass, about six inches long. Pulling the hook from its mouth Craig sets the fish back in the stream and sends it on its way. “It takes a fish 4 to 5 years to get 12 inches long. And 5 to 6 years to get 14 inches long,” Craig says. “Out here on the river if you’re going to keep a fish it has to be at least 14 inches long. That’s when it gets to sexual maturity and fish has spawned only once. Catch and release helps maintain good healthy population.” It’s not fish you’re after. Fly-fishing is really 17

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Bucky Badger ‘Pushes Up’ this Special Olympics Athlete’s Sports Enthusiasm By Cathy Morey

Mitchell (left front with green shorts) runs with local officers for the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin as State Superintendent David Collins escorts the Flame of Hope™.


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Jill Mitchell poses with Bucky Badger at her 30th birthday party, following his workout of 30 pushups in honor of her birthday!

Wisconsin Badger sports enthusiasts adore Bucky Badger, and Special Olympics athlete Jill Mitchell is no exception.

Wisconsin Badger sports enthusiasts adore Bucky Badger, and Special Olympics athlete Jill Mitchell is no exception. Everyone enjoys seeing Bucky drop and do pushups at each football game for the number of points the team scores, but for Mitchell, those pushups hold special meaning. Last year, Bucky Badger attended her golden birthday celebration and performed 30 pushups in her honor, making her celebration very memorable. An avid sports fan, Mitchell frequents Badger sports competitions of every kind, cheering on the teams with her family, her buddy through UW-Madison’s “Best Buddy” program, or with other athletes at Special Olympics sponsored events. Being fond of Wisconsin sports, she always dresses the part, wearing a sweatshirt or T-shirt, and expects her family to follow suit no matter who’s playing…Packers, Brewers, or Badgers. Mitchell, 31, Madison, has been involved with Special Olympics since she was eight, and over that 23-year time span has practiced and competed in numerous events including speed skating, gymnastics, basketball, bowling, volleyball, softball, track & field, and swimming. “Special Olympics has played such an important part in her life. Really, when we moved to Madison, Jill was able to get more involved, and that is when she really blossomed,” Carrie Podehl, Jill’s mother, said. Though her fine and gross motor skills are diminished, she always puts forth her best effort, and Special Olympics gives her that chance. Mitchell’s drive and dedication for her training and competition has not gone unnoticed, as she was selected to compete in the speed skating event at the Pre-World Games in Alaska in 2000, and then again at the World Games in 2005 in Japan, where she was awarded a silver and a bronze medal for her efforts, skating against competitors from 18 different countries.

To prepare for the Games, Mitchell underwent a rigorous training schedule incorporating weight and aerobic training with many laps at the pool and track. She also trained with the Madison Speed Skating Club for extra practice, and as a result of the physical and mental endurance she built, at the Games Mitchell achieved personal best records five out of six times. Mitchell is motivated by her love of sports and a personal drive for success, and is inspired by her hero, Olympic Gold Medalist Speed Skater Casey FitzRandolph, whom she met prior to the Pre-World Games in Alaska. “He’s awesome,” Mitchell said. FitzRandolph is involved with Team USA and in 2009, assisted Special Olympics at the 2009 World Winter Games in Boise, Idaho. Outside of Special Olympics competitions and practices, Mitchell has also been involved with the Law Enforcement Torch Run, joining hundreds of runners and law enforcement officers at the Capital square. She also has performed public relations for the Special Olympics State office, visiting various Kwik Trips in the area, thanking the employees for their involvement with Special Olympics.

Mitchell holds the Flame of Hope™ with Wisconsin’s Attorney General, JB Van Hollen as part of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Wisconsin. membership and works out 2-3 times per week, in addition to practices and competitions. For the past 23 years, Special Olympics has been the highlight of Mitchell’s life, in addition to her love for sports. “It’s helped her develop skills in sports, develop confidence, and has opened doors to other opportunities,” Podehl said. “It’s their moment of glory.” And Bucky Badger will continue to be an idol for her and many other Special Olympics athletes who are motivated by his excitement for sports!

Mitchell takes every opportunity she can to compete and stay active, even traveling to the State Summer Games in Stevens Point each June. She has never missed a track tournament there. She also has a YMCA 19

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at a Sporting Event By Kyle Mellon


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Stay Alert. Keep your mind on your surroundings, who’s in front of you and who’s behind you.

Do walk purposefully. Stand tall and make quick eye contact with the people around you.

Do trust your basic instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, leave.

Keep an eye on your children. Think of going to the restrooms in pairs and keep your children in eye sight at all times.

Stay Sober. If you drink intoxicating beverages at a sporting event, do so moderately.

Locate the exits.

The raw energy and emotion that can be experienced as part of the crowd at a sporting event can certainly be exhilarating and exciting – The raw energy and emotion that can be experienced as part of the crowd at a sporting event can certainly be exhilarating and exciting – witnessing potential greatness, being the twelfth man (or tenth or sixth, depending on the sport), showing your support in person, experiencing the pageantry, being part of something bigger than yourself, feeling joys and heartaches at a level the everyday world seldom brings. Attending sporting events makes us feel alive. Amidst the heightened emotion and excitement at sporting events, it is easy to lose sight of our vulnerability in those situations – vulnerability to those who seek to take advantage of us and vulnerability to any number of situations outside of our control that could threaten our safety. Local security expert James Mankowski offers seven simple suggestions that will lessen the inherent risk of attending any sporting event:

As you enter the venue and find your seat, take time to locate the closest exits and several others in case those nearest you are blocked. Be aware that the main entry/exit will be the most crowded if a dangerous situation arises. No matter where you are, make sure you always know how to get out.

Plan to meet. When you arrive at a venue, agree on a time and place to meet your family or friends if you get separated.

Leave a few minutes early. You’ll beat the crowd and get out of the parking lot much faster.

James B. Mankowski is a 20 year private security executive, certified protection officer, law enforcement instructor and part-time police officer. James is the owner of JBM Patrol & Protection Corporation with offices in Madison and Milwaukee.


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SWING SCHOOL: GOLF By Derek Schnarr, George Vitense Golf Academy

So you want to play college golf…

Times are changing. Times are changing the way we as people view sports. When I was growing up it seemed like everyone played more than one sport in high school. These days there is this push to play just one. I am not going to be the one to say I think this is a mistake but I do think it raises the question of why? Let’s take the wonderful game of golf for instance. If you live in the south, there is the opportunity to play and practice golf year round. In Wisconsin and other Northern states, we are fortunate to see more of the year round facilities with covered tees and heaters much like those available at Vitense Golfland. This provides an awesome opportunity for those that love golf to practice and work on their game year round. Many of these players are one sport high school athletes with dreams of playing college golf. This is all wonderful as long as the picture is clear as to what it takes, what’s available, and how to avoid burning out. Kids and their parents dream of the college scholarship. I have had the question posed hundreds of times –“Can my kid play Division 1?” “Can he/or she get a scholarship?” Then there are the rumors that surface regarding who is signing where and can those rumors be true? In addition, there are many questions about the process, so let me clarify to the best of my knowledge.


Consider this about college golf: There are approximately 300 Division 1 men’s programs and 250 women’s programs. These teams will have between 5 and 11 players for the most part. For this example, let’s just focus on the starting five players. If there was not one player on any of these teams for the women, that would be 1,250 starting roster spots. So ask yourself the question…”Are you one of the best 1,250 players in the world?” That’s right… in the world. Players today aren’t just from the USA but from all over the world. Unfortunately, those 250 teams already have those 5 starting roster spots filled with existing players. Needless to say, this presents an extremely challenging and limited opportunity for high school players aspiring to play elite college golf. This is not to scare you or crush your dreams but to shed some light on the competition at this level. Remember that there are many things that go into the formula for playing college golf such as grade point, ACT scores and high school class rank. There are also hundreds of attractive D-2, D-3, and NAIA colleges that have wonderful golf programs. If you want to play college golf, I encourage you to do some thorough research. There are great opportunities out there but only if you are motivated and take the initiative to research, explore and communicate your desire.

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Many Happy Returns Tips for improving your return of serve By Jason Powless, John Powless Tennis Center

What shots are really important in tennis? Well, the one shot that is a part of every point in a match is a serve - you need it to get things started. So then, that makes the service return pretty important as well. Yet that’s one shot players often neglect during practice.

To maximize the time you do have to hit the return of serve, try incorporating these adjustments: 1. Stand further back - you can buy extra time through distance. Starting further back also allows you to put yourself in motion, hitting the return in stride rather than flat-footed.

Consider a server’s advantage - he gets extra time, starting the ball on his own terms in order to hit the best shot possible. Now you, on the receiving end, have to react to this. What to do?

2. Reduce your backswing - a shorter backswing increases your chances of contacting the ball in front of you and turning the serve’s power back on the server.

Too often, players overhit the return. They try to hit it more powerfully than the serve was hit to them. Realize that time is what is important. Good, solid serves leave the receivers little time to prepare the racquet,

3. Think about just getting the point started not about making a “highlight reel” return. Missed returns make a server’s job easier. Remember that just “average” returns can often catch a server unprepared. Get the ball back and let the point develop.

“Realize that time is what is important.” start the stroke, and contact the ball in front of them. Taking a large backswing in hopes of generating more power can compound this problem -- and use up valuable swing preparation and execution time.

Practicing returns is a lot easier when you have somebody serve to you. If you don’t, serve against a wall and see how quickly you can prepare for the next shot.


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The Voice in Your Head: Yes, that one. By Hanna B. Roth & Elisabeth L. Norton, a Really Big Life, inc.


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We talk to ourselves. We talk to ourselves. It's an incessant, uncontrollable conversation about everything known to mankind. Thoughts, feelings, and opinions. Lots of shouldas, wouldas, and couldas. An endless stream of stories, excuses, justifications, and rationales. Some make sense, others are totally irrational. To some of you, this steadily streaming commentary on life comes as no big surprise. The Chinese call it Monkey Mind. But some of you think this doesn't apply to you. You may be thinking, 'What chatter? I don’t have any incessant uncontrollable thoughts! My thoughts are my own... That may be true for others, but not for me... steadily streaming commentary... that's the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard!...' That endless commentary - heretofore known as The Voice - that you don't possess is infinite and cloaked in many garments. And contrary to popular opinion, there's nothing wrong with it. It can help us stick with a tough workout or race, get out of bed to run, put down the cigarettes, skip that last drink, or complete the set of reps you’re longing to cut. However, it also has the power to destroy our well-being, undercut our commitments, and decimate our goals. One component of The Voice is that it continually compares, contrasts, and evaluates everything we do, how we do it, and what others think about us. It provides us with an endless commentary on how things are going. Though it may seem supportive, it actually has three commitments: 1. it protects how we look to others, 2. it makes us right and others wrong, and 3. it works very hard to keep us safe and protected.

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type who...", "tomorrow I'll quit...", or "I can't". That Voice - the one we don’t have rules the roost and kills more possibilities than you can shake a stick at. To make this clear, think of the fans in the stands at a baseball game. Have you ever heard one who didn't have an opinion or a feeling about what was happening on the field? But do any of them have their butts on the line for the game? In distinguishing yourself from The Voice, you put yourself on the field to play the game of your life and The Voice is revealed for what it is: a steadily streaming commentary that resembles a windbag, evaluating and opining just to make you look good, feel safe, and be right.

about living rather than hiding out. And best of all: you can join the most successful people in the world who have taken great risks and given up looking good in order to fulfill their lives and accomplish their dreams. For more information Elisabeth Norton can be reached at

The good news is that when you distinguish The Voice from yourself, you give yourself the freedom to hear The Voice rather than give in to its temptations. In so doing, you distinguish yourself from it and empower your Self as your word, giving yourself the power to fulfill your declarations and commitments. In discovering that you aren't The Voice, regardless of how noisy it gets, you enter a new world in which you run your life, your health, and your wellbeing, and you fulfill your dreams.yes? Here’s a quote for you to think on: "If you want to grow, be content to be thought foolish and stupid." Being willing to look bad can provide you incredible freedom. Without the constraints of looking good, you can try anything. You can make mistakes. You can own up to things faster. Life can be

The Voice isn't ruled by our commitments. It doesn't care about goals such as losing 20 pounds, running a half-marathon, or quitting smoking and reclaiming your health. Ruled by thoughts, feelings, and opinions, The Voice bandies us about like a ping pong ball. It is the author of such time-honored favorites as, "I don't want to", "I'm not the


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FIT KIDS By Tracy Kruzicki, Youth Sports Director KEVA Sports Center

Are You Ready to Host a Playgroup?

Playgroups and playdates are becom-

ational centers that offer youth open play.

The best time to host playgroups is before or

ing very popular among families. The

Determine the best setting for your play-

after nap time or after school before dinner.

goal of a playgroup is to get together with

group. If you have a rambunctious group,

Playgroup sizes should range from three to

parents and children and allow the children

suggest a local park, pool, or recreation cen-

twelve children depending upon the setting

to burn off energy while the parents have

ter that offers youth open play so the chil-

of the playgroup. There are many different

some time to socialize. During a child’s

dren can be loud and run and have fun

activities to incorporate in a playgroup-

younger years most of the learning is done

without ruining someone’s house! If it is a

crafts, games, songs, snacks, dancing, sports,

through play and socialization.

new playgroup and shyness may be a factor,

etc. Plan out the activities ahead of time de-

start at a library or someone’s house to make

pending upon what age and base the activ-

the families more comfortable.

ity on how many children are going to attend

There are many different settings to hold a playgroup- parks, homes, libraries, and recre-

the playgroup. Make sure to include all children in all activities. Plan ahead and set up a time for the group to meet the following week or month. Look into the community and see what they offer for playgroups- some local recreational centers and internet sites facilitate the set up of playgroups. The more energy you expend planning a playgroup the earlier bedtimes may occur that night! Don’t underestimate the advantages of playgroups.


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I’m an Athlete – Why Can’t I Lose Weight? By Haywood Simmons, Personal Trainer at Champion Style Athletics

Ever wonder why the young active athlete at your local high school is never able to display the tone lean muscle-bound body you would expect? As a young

line - excessive aerobic exercise and short bursts with extended rest periods are not optimal conditions for managing one’s body fat percentages

athlete I recall asking myself why after playing three sports, excelling at all of

Heart Rate explained -- Heart rate is

them, my waistline was still growing in

important in dictating where the body

the worst of ways.

draws its energy. The amount of exertion created by movement in sports and life

Depending upon age, build and dietary

influences the rate at which burn body fats

habits, some young athletes actually store

as well as calories from food. In general,

more body fat during their competitive

training for body fat reduction is most effi-

years. Why is this?

ciently achieved at around 65% of your maximum age-adjusted heart rate. Specific tests

Simply put, it is all in your heart. Heart rate and exertion levels play a huge role in the discrepancies between different athletes’ anatomies.

Consider: 1) a 40-yard sprint can easily be managed in under seven seconds by most adolescent athletes, and 2) the average heart rate of a high school female athlete can easily exceed 150 bpm. These factors greatly impact the way an athlete’s body deals with its energy supplies.

Coaching points Practice is NOT training -- Due to the varying heart rates achieved during sportspecific practices, toning and body fat elimination


expectations. reduction





Toning and body fat better



supplemental workouts where heart rate can be managed more effectively. Bottom


exist to make the calculations more precise.

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