Jill Elliott remembers it well. She entered Eau Claire North basketball practice in the early 1990s as a wide-eyed freshman looking for her first taste of high school basketball. Elliott — whose last name was Berg back then — idolized the varsity team and coaches, looking at them as role models, as so many young kids do. And there she was, right among the girls she had looked up to over the years. “I remember walking into the Doghouse, being that new player, and coming in
Longtime Chippewa Valley Predators coach Martin Adams will take over as the interim head coach of the Altoona football team, the school district announced Tuesday. Adams served as an assistant for the Railroaders last year under Steven English, who resigned last week after one season at the helm during which Altoona was 2-7. Adams was a linebackers coach at North from 1999-2007 before taking the Predators job. A search for a permanent head coach will begin after the upcoming
Bill Wampler has donned plenty of jerseys over the course of his basketball career. There was the kelly green uniform, one he sported during a historic four years with Eau Claire Regis. Then there was the blue and white of Drake University, a jersey he played in for two years. He swapped that for Wright State’s white, green and yellow a year ago. His next color scheme tops them all: Red, white and blue. Wampler will play for the U.S. team at the FISU America Games in two weeks in Sao
It’s barely been a month since the Michigan Tech women’s basketball program named one of its most decorated alums — Durand native Sam Hoyt — as head coach, the first time she’s been one in her young career. But getting ahold of her is already a tough task, and you’d best be around the phone when she calls. You may not get a chance again soon. This week, for instance, she was camped out in the Chicago area recruiting for several days straight.
Eau Claire Regis graduate and Wright State junior Bill Wampler will represent the United States basketball team on July 24-28 at the FISU America Games in São Paulo, Brazil. The team was selected by Athletes in Action, a Christian-based sports organization. Wampler sat out last season after transferring to Wright State from Drake, where he averaged 9.6 points per game as a sophomore.
Three of the Eau Claire area’s top players of the past have been selected for the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in the Class of 2018. Roger “Whitey” Johnson of Eau Claire Senior, Steve Wilhelm of Fall Creek and Colleen Heimstead of Elk Mound will be inducted Sept. 29 at Glacier Canyon Lodge of the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells. Also being inducted is the 1997-98 All-Northwest girls player of the year Corrin (Von Wald) Mataczynski, who led
There wasn’t much that Abigail Stow didn’t win in her career. In her time playing for Eau Claire Memorial, there are plenty of Big Rivers Conference titles and conference player of the year and all-state honors to be found. The senior leaves the Old Abes behind with one more honor on her way out the door: Leader-Telegram girls soccer player of the year. Stow, who also took home the honor last year, was the area’s top goal scorer this spring, knocking balls into the back of
Bill Uelmen stands at the doorstep of 600 wins, a major milestone not too many basketball coaches have achieved. It’s not going to happen. “It’s never been about the number of wins,” said the legendary Eau Claire Regis coach. “It’s about coaching a group of players and the relationship with them. “It’s trying to do the best with what you’ve got — trying to put the team in position to win whatever it takes.” On a journey that
It’s a familiar feeling for hitters across the Big Rivers Conference. There stands Eau Claire Memorial pitcher Jack Brown, peering in from the mound, waiting for a sign from the catcher. He’d get one he liked, go through his windup, and moments later he’d get the result that left plenty of opponents shaking their heads all spring long. Swing and a miss. Strike three. The Memorial senior made hitter after hitter miss this season, compiling a 4-1 record to go along with a 0.
Big Rivers First team: Dane Weiland, jr., Chippewa Falls; Tristin Hable, sr., Chippewa Falls; Jack Brown, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Tanner Kohlhepp, sr., Eau Claire Memorial; Carter Hesselman, jr., Eau Claire North; Ryan Venne, sr., Eau Claire North; Sam Stange, jr., Eau Claire North; Tyler Greenlund, sr., Eau Claire North; Jack Erickson, so., Hudson; David Miller, jr., Hudson; Adam Feyereisen, jr., River Falls. Player of the Year: Dane Weiland, Chippewa Falls. Pitcher of the Year: Jack