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.
We who know the charming, driven and eminently successful Homestead football coach Dave Keel are all familiar with his sandbagging ways.
Franklin football coach Louis Brown won't forget the sight as long as he lives.
Shorewood girls swim coach Rob McCabe doesn't throw around the number casually, but there it is: 42.
Hear ye, hear ye, the first meeting of the "Loyal and Steadfast Society of the Friends of Jess" shall come to order.
Even if everything had gone perfectly for the Nicolet football team this fall, it was going to be an uphill climb for the youthful Knights in the rugged North Shore Conference.