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View from the cheap seats

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Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record-Review

One good thing about Gov. Evers’ Safer at Home order is it’s motivated me to purchase my first ever fishing license and want to explore Marathon County parks and recreational opportunities within them. My oldest daughter and I went fishing for the first time last Thursday night at Cherokee Park in rural Colby. I took both of my daughters tent camping on a site with no electricity located in the south loop of Eau Pleine Park this past weekend, which allowed us to easily walk down the hill from our campsite to fish along the shoreline of the Eau Pleine Reservoir.

Luckily, another fishing angler nearby gave me and my daughters a few tips on how to become successful at fishing. I still ended up entangling my daughters’ fishing pole line the entire weekend, but at least my children had fun even though we didn’t catch any fish. The lady angler fishing near us was fishing with minnows and she caught a walleye and northern pike from the Eau Pleine Reservoir.

My daughters love fishing so much they created handmade fishing poles on Sunday afternoon in my garage. They took three large tree branches and tied a fishing line onto them. My daughters needed my help to place the bobber, weight and hook onto the fishing lines but I was impressed with their creativity in wanting to make homemade fishing poles in the first place.

We ventured to Big Rapids Park, located just northwest of Stratford, on Sunday night to try our luck at fishing here. We didn’t catch any fish again, but we are still learning how to become successful anglers.


About a handful of local high school senior softball players were awarded to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (WFSCA) senior all-star team this spring, despite their softball seasons being cancelled because of the state’s Safer at Home order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Athens seniors Paula Lira and Allison Wolf were named WFSCA allstars, along with Marathon senior

Molly Mohr and Stratford senior Paige Kolbeck. This summer’s annual WFSCA all-star game won’t be held because of social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.

The WIAA has released divisional playoff assignments for girls basketball teams in the 2020-21 season. The Marathon and Stratford girls basketball teams are in the Division 4 Markesan sectional semifinal and Appleton East sectional final. The Athens and Edgar girls basketball teams are in the Division 5 Prentice sectional semifinal and D.C. Everest sectional final.