Sportswriter Steve Tietz will use this blog to try to duly reward the great, praise heartily the hard-working, uncover the unsung, and take to task the spoilsport, the foul-mouth and the crass in the local prep sports scene. He'll try to remember that kids are just kids and that coaches aren't in it for the money. He'll try to gently remind parents that the kids are playing for fun, not for profit and that the officials, though occasionally human and therefore prone to error, are there to ensure fair play and not out to get anyone.
Safe to say, new Brookfield Central girls track coach Brian Calhoun is going to hit the ground running.
Oak Creek High School Athletic Director Scott Holler got a quick question from his secretary Connie Jerominski when he first broached the idea of adding both girls golf and boys volleyball to the fall athletic program at the school.
It was 20 years ago, but new Grafton head football coach Fritz Rauch remembers the first time he ran into Homestead coach and now close friend Dave Keel like it was yesterday.
Whitefish Bay swim coach Jim Davis likes to joke with veteran Nicolet coach Dwight Davis about being being the "old codgers" in the North Shore Conference ranks. Heck, he knows they're the old goats in all of southeastern Wisconsin swimming for that matter, as Jim has been on the job for 26 years and Dwight for 28.
In a conversation about how he and his family and the Homestead community are trying to give back for all the help he received four years ago in his difficult battle with bone marrow-attacking Acute Myeloid Leukemia, Highlander hockey coach and special education teacher Tony Navarre laughed when he revealed some important news.