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Spartan style: Getting a state tournament haircut with the Madison Memorial basketball squad (video)

Madison Memorial makes its ninth straight appearance at the Kohl Center for the WIAA state boys basketball tournament Friday night and dating to at least the Jeronne Maymon and Vander Blue era, it's a tradition for several players to show off intricate and impressive haircuts at state. >More
 Maddest March ever

The question is not whether area basketball fanatics will be checking out from the real world this week, it's what matchup they're most eagerly anticipating as tournament season at all levels cranks up for real. Of all the options available, Wisconsin's first-round NCAA tournament game against Montana (Thursday, March 15, 1:10 p.m., TNT) might be the least intriguing. >More
 Mad Rollin' Dolls bouts are a close-knit community built around serious athleticism and fun

I'd like to put to rest the argument that roller derby is not a real sport. In researching past coverage on the subject, I have discovered that writers always make a point of mentioning how far derby has come in legitimizing itself, or how the mass media has a history of focusing on the more sensational aspects of the bouts, sensationalizing the fishnet stockings worn by players and turning up their noses at the playful atmosphere in the arena as a reason to take it less seriously. >More
 Hard hits on the gridiron

There's a fun item in the Sept. 26, 1967, issue of the Milwaukee Sentinel I found on Google the other day. It details how Wisconsin Badgers linebacker Sam Wheeler received the "Savage" award from head coach John Coatta for his aggressive play that week. Two of Wheeler's teammates, Ken Criter and Tom Domres, were also honored and presented with black helmets. >More
 Waiting for next season with UW women's basketball

Going into its final regular-season game against Illinois on Sunday, the UW women's basketball team was riding a six-game losing streak, including a two-point loss at previously winless Indiana. First-year head coach Bobbie Kelsey didn't have a particularly motivating speech prepared for her team prior to the Senior Day tipoff. >More
 Parking vs. fun in WIAA flap

According to reports over the past several weeks, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association might be moving the state high school basketball tournaments to Ashwaubenon/Green Bay because the Resch Center, the basketball arena there, can guarantee access on the desired dates, and amenities like parking are more abundant and less expensive than in Madison. Know where else parking is cheap and plentiful? Saskatchewan. >More
 Edgewood College men's hoops on the move

What struck me when I first saw Cashton Craig play basketball for Madison La Follette five years ago was that the kid couldn't stand still. Even as others shot free throws, the All-City guard would pace in the backcourt, his feet never pausing long on the floor. He seemed to always play with a sense of urgency, slashing to the hoop or diving into the passing lanes on defense. >More
 Fond of the UW Field House

The Badgers men's basketball team plays at Minnesota Thursday night (Feb. 9), which means broadcasters calling the game will refer early and often to Williams Arena's antiquated charm and barrel-vaulted ceiling, chuckling about its elevated floor and lack of modern accoutrements. >More
 Trouble in Barryland

The troubling news involving allegations of sexual assault at a pre-Rose Bowl party by resigned UW-Madison associate athletic director John Chadima brings back something former UW history professor and athletic board member Jeremi Suri told me in an interview four years ago. >More
 How relevant are the Milwaukee Bucks?

The Milwaukee Bucks have rarely been relevant in the Madison sports scene, due mainly to their history of ineptitude -- and the presence of a competitive college team right here at the UW. But the addition of former Badgers star Jon Leuer to the Bucks' roster has forced a lot of local hoopheads to once again take notice of the NBA's Milwaukee franchise. >More
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