Former Badgers assistant reflects on 2000 Final Four appearance
Story By Joe Dufek
ST CHARLES, MO - Saturday, the Badgers face Kentucky in the semifinals at the final four.
It's Wisconsin's first trip to the Final Four since 2000.
In that season, Dick Bennett was the head coach. Also Stevens Point native Brad Soderberg was an assistant.
Badgers dropped their semifinal against eventual national champion Michigan State.
Coach Soderberg is now the head coach at Lindenwood in St. Charles, Missouri - a Division Two program. He says the atmosphere at the Final Four is unbelievable.
"They'll (Wisconsin) will be part of practice that is mandatory open to the public," Soderberg explains. "I remember when we were in Indianapolis, I was just amazed to see 20,000 people watching a practice. I got a little misty-eyed. I'm just a kid from Stevens Point Pacelli. I played Division 3 basketball at UW-Stevens Point. For me to be on the court at that time, it was an emotional time for me for a couple of minutes."
Soderberg thinks the Badgers will not only win Saturday night - but also win the National Championship against Florida on Monday.
WABENO - Wabeno prides itself on drawing more and more people to its small community. It's doing things like building new trails and coming up with new events.
This weekend, the town will host the first ever "Wabeno Art and Music Fest". People in Wabeno say they have a unique passion for the arts.
"The Wabeno Art and Music Fest, or WAM Fest, as we call it, is an outgrowth of the various art activities that have been burgeoning here in Wabeno over the last number of years," said Tim Friesen, a coordinator of the event.
WAUSAU - The name sounds scarier than most of the symptoms would suggest, but doctors take West Nile virus seriously.
This week, a dead crow in Marathon County tested positive for West Nile. The Marathon County Health Department reported the discovery Monday. Counties look mainly at crows, blue jays, and ravens to find the virus. It is spread mostly through mosquito bites.
PARK FALLS - Filling a downtown with businesses doesn't just happen overnight. Leaders in Park Falls found that out over the past six years, but slowly they're making progress. This year, the Park Falls Downtown Beautification Committee finished a plan to improve downtown.
"It's a very dedicated group, small group of people that just kept at it and at it and at it over the last six years until we came to the finished product," says committee chair Laurie Wagner.
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