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.
New Nicolet football coach Alex Moroder does not see his task as a challenge but more as an opportunity.
When asked to comment on the somewhat over-written and far too explicit WIAA memorandum on sportsmanship that blew up on social media and has been the subject of some criticism and outright ridicule, Menomonee Falls Athletic Director Ryan Anderson had both a cautionary tale and a happy ending to relate.
Though it was over a week on the beach in 85-degree temps with multiple distractions, the Oak Creek boys basketball team kept things real, and in the process, kept coach Mike Jossie happy.
What will 321 career baseball wins, two WIAA state titles, induction into six, count 'em six area and statewide Hall of Fames, four loving children, 12 terrific grandchildren who have earned a total of 64 athletic letters, 62 years of loving marriage to the same woman and an attitude of being "optimistically determined to see the best in everyone" get you in the end?