With time running out on his high school basketball days, North senior Andy Kleist hit a three-quarters court shot at the end of regulation in a WIAA Division 1 regional final at Hudson to force overtime, and the Huskies went on to win the game and eventually made it back to the state tournament for the second straight season.
"It was a once-in-a-lifetime shot," Kleist said. "I don't know what to say. I just wanted to get it off before the clock ran out. I got lucky."
The shot was played several times on ESPN and was the highlight of the tournament for the Huskies, who entered the playoffs as a No. 5 seed and played all of their games away from the Doghouse.
Bremer throws a no-no: California-Davis right-hander Tyler Bremer threw the first no-hitter in Express franchise history in a 4-0 victory over Battle Creek at Carson Park. Bremer allowed just three baserunners - two walks and a hit batter - and struck out eight in the victory. The next night, Kole Calhoun hit a walk-off, two-run home run for the Express, who made the playoffs for the second time.
Fall Creek beats Regis in a Division 3 sectional final in a packed gym: The Crickets and Ramblers brought out a big crowd to the Eau Claire North fieldhouse in a WIAA Division 3 sectional final won by Fall Creek. The teams split their regular season meetings with each winning at home. The teams began the 2009-'10 season considered among the best in the state in Division 3, and their first meeting earlier this week drew a standing-room only crowd that began lining up outside the Regis gym at 2:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. tip.
Honorable mention: D.C. Everest beats North in thrilling five-set volleyball sectional final, Chippewa Valley Predators beat the Fox Valley Force to win the NEFL championship, ECA Stars beat Chippewa Falls in triple overtime for the first time in school history to advance to a sectional final.
- John Casper Jr.