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It took 20 years, but Onalaska has another gold ball in its trophy case for a state basketball championship...
The Hilltoppers captured their first basketball title at state since 1992 over the weekend, and they brought the trophy to the high school at a welcome-home rally on Sunday.
Onalaska head coach Craig Kowal said the fans were crucial to winning the championship. This is the third state title for Onalaska in boys basketball. Their first championship occurred in 1988. The rally was held outdoors in summer-like weather at the high school football field.
Both area boys basketball teams will be playing tomorrow for state championship gold balls. Earlier today, G-E-T beat Marshall 55-53 and will now play Brillion in the championship game tomorrow afternoon. Onalaska beat Milwaukee Pius XI, 38-32 to advance to the championship game tomorrow against Kaukauna at 6:35.
A 'not guilty' plea in an apparent drug-related murder...
Izelia Golatt of La Crosse will go to trial for the strangling death of Kristen Rodgers. Golatt was arrested last week, three days after the body of Rodgers was found in a north La Crosse alley. The victim reportedly had called Golatt, seeking to buy drugs. In court today, local police testified about evidence found at the crime scene and at Golatt's home...and about security video showing the two together shortly before Rodgers died.
(AP) Minority Democrats in the state Assembly won't let one of the roughest legislative sessions in Wisconsin history end. Thursday was the last scheduled day for floor debate in the Senate and Assembly before lawmakers leave Madison for the campaign trail. The Senate finished its work in less than an hour Thursday afternoon. The Assembly came to the floor Thursday morning and worked until 11 p.m. or so before the Democrats broke for strategy meetings. They returned to the floor around 3 a.m. Friday and started trying to pull their favorite bills up for votes, forcing majority Republicans to vote the attempts down one by one and prolonging the session. The body still had more than 30 bills on its regular calendar as dawn approached.
(AP) A sneezing driver is to blame for a power outage in Winona. Police say Travers DeWitte inadvertently stepped on the gas when a sneeze erupted, sending his vehicle across an intersection, up a curb and into a guy wire attached to a power pole. The crash snapped the cable, which flew up and severed a power line, cutting service to about 1,300 Xcel Energy customers Wednesday. Police say that sparks from the broken line ignited a small grass fire which quickly burned itself out. Power was later restored.