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Preps Alcove

Lake Country Publications Sports Director JR Radcliffe provides tidbits and details from the Lake Country prep sports scene to the Wisconsin sports world at large. His weekly column presents exclusive interviews, commentaries and observations.

Suburban 16: Power rankings of area athletes on next level

 There are many unanswerable questions when it comes to discussing the history of high-school sports in greater Milwaukee. Who's the best athlete in area history? Who's the best team? Which athlete has been the most surprising at the next level?

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New Berlin pastor keeps eye on his home country as Olympics approach

 Full disclosure: my family attends Blessed Savior Lutheran in New Berlin, which is naturally how I met pastor Martinho Sander in the first place. I figured the best insight I would get on the upcoming Olympics in Rio would be from the only Brazilian I know...

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A shirt thing: retro baseball uniforms increasing in popularity

 Retro jerseys are in style in 2016. Among those donning old-school threads are (clockwise from left) Parker Heidorf of Pewaukee, Jake Smith of Brookfield East, Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox (donning the old uniform as part of the squad's rotation), Joe Gahm of Germantown and Ryan Schmitt of Arrowhead. Nolan Ryan, shown acknowledging fans when he recorded his 4,000th career strikeout in 1985, once wore the famous "rainbow" Astros uniform.

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Alternate universe: Local athletes could still find themselves in Rio de Janeiro

 "Nobody wants to be fourth, nobody."

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With one year to go before next U.S. Open, attention turns to Erin Hills

 In 2010, the United States Golf Association took a calculated risk in awarding the 2017 United States Open to an up-and-coming course in the Wisconsin hamlet of Erin. With the 2016 U.S. Open now in the rear view mirror, the spotlight gets even brighter on Erin Hills, the next host of the big event June 18, 2017.

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