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.
The national collegiate signing day events in the North Shore on Feb. 5 were varied to say the least.
The funny thing is, is that recent UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame inductee Pat Rudnick never thought of himself as a "Hard Luck, Charlie" case while in high school at Menomonee Falls in the early 1990s.
Earl Gengler, Gina Kettelhohn, George Blanchard, Stephanie Bostwick, Pat Sierra, Greg Gard, Andre Reneau, Justin Austin, Kaya Senaya, Melissa Glodoski, Shari Countryman, Effie Turnbull, Mike and Steve Novak, Shaun and Kevin Wild, the boys soccer program of the early 1990s, the three baseball state team champions, and the four boys gymnastics' state team champions are just some of the storied names up for consideration for the first class of the Brown Deer Booster Athletic Hall of Fame being drawn up at this moment.
It's a good thing that Homestead wrestling coach Ernie Millard is so popular around school.
Will what happened on Jan. 23 with four Germantown basketball players getting busted for drug possession be the thing that permanently defines this hard-charging, fast-rising program forever?