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Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record-Review

Edgar senior football lineman RJ Knetter reminds me so much of former Stratford football lineman Tanner Weinfurtner, because both of these young men have great manners and they respect their elders.

For example, Tanner still calls me Mr. Krautkramer just like he did in high school. He graduated from Stratford High School in 2017 and was an offensive lineman on the Division 2 Winona St. Warriors football team.

Tanner will graduate from college this spring with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice/law enforcement.

RJ, meanwhile, refers to me as sir. Just like Tanner’s parents did, RJ’s parents also raised him the correct way to use manners and respect other people. RJ is Edgar’s starting defensive tackle this season.

Just like Tanner, RJ is strongly leaning toward earning a college degree in law enforcement after he graduates from Edgar High School this spring.

RJ told me he spoke to former Edgar football alum Aaron Karlen, who currently works as a police officer for the City of Wausau Police Department, in the Edgar fitness center about his desire to possibly one day become a police officer. RJ accepted Aaron’s offer to ride along with him in the police squad car during his work shift, so he could see for himself what a police offi cer’s job entails.

“I’ve been on multiple ride-alongs since that time and I’ve learned so much, both the good and bad of that field but I can’t see myself doing anything different, but of course things could change but law enforcement is definitely my first career choice at this time,” RJ said.


It’s a tedious situation whether or not our local high school sports teams still end up playing their scheduled games or not, based on if a student athlete from one of the schools tests positive for COVID-19.

This was the reason the Stratford versus Auburndale varsity volleyball match was canceled on Tuesday night.

On Tuesday, Auburndale school district administrator James Delikowski posted on the school district’s Facebook page an Auburndale High School student tested positive for COVID-19.

Delikowski said school district administration and the Wood County Health Department have contacted students and staff whom the student who tested positive for COVID-19 interacted with during the school day and at extracurricular events. Auburndale thus cancelled all its high school volleyball matches in Stratford on Tuesday.

Rib Lake High School’s sports teams are also not currently playing games since the school district has gone to all virtual student instruction. This was why the Athens against Rib Lake volleyball match was cancelled Tuesday.