High School Football Begins

THE MUCH-ANTICIPATED START OF HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL GOT UNDERWAY TODAY ACROSS WESTERN WISCONSIN WITH THE FIRST PRACTICES OF 2007... THE BIG RIVERS CONFERENCE FIGURES TO BE EXTREMELY COMPETITIVE AGAIN WITH MENOMONIE RETURNING AS THE FIVE-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPS...
IN FACT, COACH JOE LABUDA'S INDIANS HAVE WON OR SHARED THE BRC TITLE IN 14 OF THE LAST 15 YEARS... MENOMONIE IS COMING OFF A 2006 SEASON WHERE THEY LOST A HEART-BREAKER TO ASHWAUBENON IN THE DIVISION TWO STATE QUARTERFINALS... WITH NO RETURNERS ON DEFENSE, THE INDIANS WILL NEED TO WORK EXTRA HARD IN 2007, MENOMONIE'S SLOGAN THIS YEAR, "SACRIFICE FOR SUCCESS"...
BACK HERE IN EAU CLAIRE, THE MEMORIAL OLD ABES ARE COMING OFF A 2006 SEASON WHERE COACH PAT MCGINNIS' ABES FINISHED IN THIRD IN THE BRC... THE OLD ABES FEATURED A VERY TALENTED SENIOR CLASS A YEAR AGO, A TEAM THAT MADE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS... MCGINNIS HOPES LAST YEAR'S SUCCESS PROVIDES EXTRA MOTIVATION FOR HIS 2007 OLD ABES...
ON THE NORTH SIDE OF TOWN, THERE IS A NEW TOP DOG AS DEAN ROSEMEYER TAKES OVER THE HUSKIES' PROGRAM, REPLACING JOHN PHELPS... ROSEMEYER INHERITS A NORTH TEAM THAT WENT 3-AND-4 IN THE BIG RIVERS IN 2006, SAYS HIS KIDS ARE READY TO MAKE THEIR MARK IN 2007...
PRE-SEASON PREDICTIONS MEAN LITTLE, BUT THE CONSCENSUS PICK AMONG THE COACHES IN THE BRC IS THAT CHIPPEWA FALLS WILL BE THE FAVORITE TO CAPTURE THE CONFERENCE TITLE IN 2007... CARDINALS COACH CHUCK RAYKOVICH'S TEAM WENT DEEP INTO THE DIVISION ONE PLAYOFFS IN 2006...


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