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 Germantown girls basketball team went to watch the NCAA Division III power Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) take on Cardinal Stritch University on Jan. 30.
Just so everyone knows, Brown Deer Athletic Director Mike Novak's mom is still an ardent Falcons basketball fan.
There was thought of taking this "Game of Champions," this match-up between the Whitefish Bay Dominican and Germantown boys basketball teams last Saturday, out of the Knights' cozy and compact little gym and into the more spacious Whitefish Bay High School Fieldhouse down the road, where people would have had some room to stretch out.
All of them have appeared in state finals, two have won state titles and all have claimed many conference titles.
Just as he has done for the past 34 Januaries, retired Menomonee Falls state Hall of Fame cross country coach Bob Rymer is collecting checks, updating lists and making sure speakers have hotel rooms for this weekend's Wisconsin Cross Country Coaches Association Clinic at the Best Western Plus Midway Hotel in Brookfield.