You’re not going to find more value for your entertainment dollar than high school sports.
Oh sure, the pros may have a little more flash. The college game may have some more pageantry.
But when it comes down to pure heart, no level of sports has greater heart than athletics at the high school level.
On Friday, I witnessed a fantastic matchup between two Division 1 top-10 boys’ basketball teams in Neenah between the Rockets and Oshkosh North.
The game, won by Neenah 72-62, had it all during the 32 minutes of court action. There was terrific defense, both zone and man; accurate three-point shooting; great guard play led by Oshkosh North’s Nate Neveau and Neenah’s Adam Pohlman; some good post play, especially from Neenah’s Matt Heldt and Oshkosh North’s Cooper Radtke; and some some rowdy student sections.
All of this for less than the cost of a Happy Meal. And that’s just basketball.
Do you want to see some top-notch hockey? Make your way down to Appleton Family Ice Center to check out the Appleton United boys’ and girls’ hockey teams.
Is wrestling your cup of tea? The Kaukauna wrestling team is arguably the top team in the state and one of the best in the nation. More on the Ghosts in a bit.
I’m sure there other examples, but I think my point is clear: it’s cold outside, but make sure to get off your duff and get to your local high school and check out some great kids working their rears off for their teammates, their coaches and their communities.
In fact, make it a New Year’s resolution. The kids will love you for it!
So, how ’bout those Ghosts?
We sometimes take for granted just how dominant the Kaukauna wrestling team is. Year-in and year-out, the Ghosts under head coach Jeff Matczak field a tremendous team.
This year’s team, however, may just raise that lofty bar just a little higher.
On Saturday, Kaukauna knocked off Linn-Marr (Iowa) 33-32 to win the championship of the Five Seasons Dual Wrestling Tournament in Cedar Rapids.
On the way to the title, Kaukauna knocked off defending Iowa 1A state champ Alburnett, as well as Bettendorf, Iowa’s top-ranked large-division school.
The match, according to Jim Ecker of metrosportsreport.com, came down to the final match between Kaukauna’s Robert Lee and Linn-Mar’s Manny Jeffery at 138. Lee’s 5-0 victory over Jeffery gave Kaukauna the title.
Lee, a two-time WIAA state champion, is one of a slew of talented wrestlers returning for the Ghosts this season. Kaukauna finished runner-up to WIAA Division 1 champ Wausau West last season in team wrestling.
The way Kaukauna has dominated to start this season, it appears the Ghosts will be a major force in the individual and team state wrestling meets later this winter season.
New London girls’ basketball, 7 p.m., Wednesday: Mother Nature forced us to postpone last week’s show, so we will have the Lady Bulldogs on this week from Makers Sports Grill in Kimberly. Online at postcrescent.com.
Appleton North at Kimberly girls’ basketball, Friday, 7:15 p.m.: An early battle of top-contending Fox Valley Association schools. On postcrescent.com.
Tweets of the week
“I had a dream last night that I met Morgan Freeman. MORGAN FREEMAN YOU GUYS.” – Claire Fischer, Appleton North girls’ track and field, @ClurrBurr2111
“Tweeting during the lockdown…#yolo.” – Trevor Entwisle, Neenah boys’ basketball, @twizie1210