With the loss of several three-year starters, Eau Claire Regis is putting its 22-win season of a year ago in the background. It’s a new year, new faces and continued optimism. “There’s a lot of excitement in the program,” veteran coach Andy Niese said. “There’s four starters back and opportunity for young players to step in. “I feel we’re capable of a winning season, and that is our goal.” The Ramblers are scheduled to open the season
5 years ago — 2013 Hugo Chavez, longtime president of Venezuela, dies after a nearly two-year battle with cancer. 10 years ago — 2008 Eau Claire North, Eau Claire Regis and Eleva-Strum advance to state in boys basketball. 20 years ago — 1998 Minnesota’s state Senate refuses funding for St. Paul’s $130 million hockey arena project. 35 years ago — 1983 Rapidly melting snow causes area rivers to rise above flood stage.