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My paddle cut through the water like a sharp knife pushing the light Kevlar canoe along at a brisk pace. A strong south wind caught my back like a sail and tried to lift off my cap with each stroke. I was following my friend Eric Duffy and his 11 year old son Max in their 3 man canoe. Eric a…

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The Osceola Chieftain volleyball team started the season with several wins with many of them going five sets before a winner was determined. As the season wore on the Chieftains stumbled a few times in the Middle Border conference but still was impressive enough overall to earn the top seed …

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The St. Croix Central Panthers joined the Middle Border conference for soccer this season. Not surprising, they are finding things in the new conference a little intimidating. They finished the season with a 0-10 record but came close to getting a ‘W’ a few times during their inaugural seaso…

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The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association has identified the State event hosts for Boys and Girls Cross Country, Boys Soccer, and Boys and Girls Volleyball.

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Wins have been hard to come by in recent years for the Prescott Cardinal football team. The last time that they had a winning record in the Middle Border conference was in 2013 when they were 4-3. The previous four seasons of MBC play Prescott has gone 3-25. Those years are in the past. In t…

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The Osceola Chieftain cross country team has been running against Middle Border conference teams all fall. With the pandemic upon us the team’s schedules were confined and travel to meets out of the area was restricted. All season long the Osceola girls were able to hold off a solid St. Croi…

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Valley Christian School has had a great volleyball season. The Jaguars play other private schools in Minnesota, which are mostly a part of the Christian Athletic League(CAL). 

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“It’s the oldest Duck Camp in the state.”  Paul Smith Outdoor Editor of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel gave us that title a couple years ago. This year’s 46th Annual Duck Camp gathered a group of waterfowlers aging from the age of 10 to 69 who pitched tents in northern Wisconsin to enjoy tim…

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There have been hundreds of football games played by the Osceola Chieftain football team over the years. Obviously with that many games there are many exciting and important wins, including two State championships. On the other side of the coin there have certainly been many agonizing and gu…

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There were three games scheduled last week in what seemed like a busy week for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team. The first game of the week was postponed as a result of waiting for results from a test for Covid-19. The scheduled game with Altoona was cancelled as their school has been shut …

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 It was a very good season for the Osceola Chieftain tennis team. No, they did not win the Middle Border conference title nor did they qualify anyone for the State tournament but it was still a very good season. First of all, they had a season during this era of uncertainty. Coach Beth Fried…

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Osceola volleyball Coach Holly Johnson was probably prepared for some ups and downs from her 2020 Chieftain team. Osceola is coming off a pair of Middle Border conference titles but the Chieftains lost eight important players from last season’s team due to graduation. This year’s team ignore…

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 The Osceola Chieftain golf team entered Regional play on familiar grounds. They were playing on Pheasant Hills golf course where they had had success previously during the 2020 season. Osceola and nine other teams fought cool temperatures and howling winds in WIAA tournament play and in the…

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Summary: The season came to an end for the St. Croix Falls Saints golf team last week at Regional play in Solon Springs. SCF was unable to crack the top four team spots to advance to Sectionals. Spooner placed first followed by Flambeau, Ladysmith and Hayward in a tightly bunched group at th…

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I’d like to change things up a bit this week with a photo essay just because I have been blessed to meet and make friends with British ornithologist, John Richardson who is serving as the Fall Count Director of this year’s  bird count on Hawk Ridge in Duluth. All photos were taken by British…

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If you watch the Osceola Chieftain volleyball team chances are you don’t get to feeling very comfortable at any time during the contest. As New York Yankee legend Yogi Berra once said, “It’s aint over until it’s over.” Osceola continued its Middle Border conference trek last week and when lo…

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 The St. Croix Central Panthers joined the Middle Border conference for sports a few years ago. SCC has shown that they can be a force in any sport that they play in. This year St. Croix Central is fielding a WIAA soccer team for the first time. Although the Osceola Chieftains took care of b…

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 The Osceola Chieftains and the rest of the Wisconsin high school sports teams have overcome substantial obstacles just to be able to play in 2020. There is nothing certain as everyone works through the pandemic but at least we have had a season. A few months ago any competitive action was q…

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What a difference a week makes. The Osceola Chieftain football team opened their season with a loss to Ellsworth at a game where no Chieftain fans were allowed to attend due to restrictions brought about by Covid-19. Last week Osceola played at home with some fans allowed to be in attendance…

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No doubt 2020 is an unusual year. For the Osceola Chieftain cross country team they have had five meets this season with basically every one being a preview of the Middle Border conference meet that will be held in Amery on Oct. 13th. Last week it was New Richmond’s turn to host the meet and…

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 The Osceola Chieftain tennis team appears to be ready for the most important part of their season. Osceola won two of the three matches that were completed last week with a match being suspended against Rice Lake due to darkness. That match will be completed later this week. Now it is tourn…

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The Osceola Chieftain golf team has matured. When OHS coach Lisa Richert started the season there were just six golfers on the roster, three with significant varsity experience and three without any varsity experience. Early in the season there was quite a gap in the scores between the exper…

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So far this season the Osceola Chieftain cross country team has gotten a steady dose of Middle Border conference teams to contend with. They are running mostly against the same teams that they will face in the MBC conference race that will be held on Oct. 15th in Amery. As of now it appears …

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 The first week of the season went very well for the Osceola Chieftain soccer team as they recorded a pair of wins. The second week Osceola could not keep the momentum going as they lost a trio of games, although the competition was very tough. Osceola lost to a very good New Richmond squad …

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Summary: “Last week the Saints had their final dual meet against a fun and competitive Cumberland team,” St. Croix Falls Coach Katie Jacobson said. “Sadie Olson shot her best score of the season with a 58 which helped carry the team for another conference victory. On Wednesday (Sept. 23) the…

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There will be no easy wins in the Middle Border for the volleyball teams this season. After a brief three game stretch of non-conference games the Osceola Chieftains opened their MBC schedule last week. Osceola held off the New Richmond Tigers three games to one to win the conference opener.…

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Coaches try to prepare their teams for unusual circumstances. They try to think of what might happen to throw a team off and practice how to cope with it if it does. Last week Osceola Chieftain football coach Scott Newton and his staff had to prepare for something no other coach in Osceola h…

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What can be better than playing tennis in the fall for the Osceola Chieftains? As the season began there were lots of questions as to whether the season could be played. So far, so good. Last week Osceola played tennis, and they played, and they played, and they played. The Chieftains played…

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Before I get into my grouse hunt I have to ask why the Robin is our state bird and not the Ruffed Grouse. Don’t get me wrong, I like robins as much as the next person but they aren’t even year round residents. They come in the spring and are outta here in most places around the state by now.…