4.11.07

FRUSTRATION. Years ago, it was Neenah's Red Rockets going to the state basketball tournament only to lose the final game (including, memorably, once to Milwaukee Hamilton). Now it's Neenah's turn to deliver the frustration, only to Marquette in soccer.

The coexistence of independent and common schools in the same tournament takes some getting used to. There used to be parallel tournaments, and one of the gripes those in charge of the common schools had, particularly when playing games with the independent (in Wisconsin, read "Catholic" or "Lutheran" for the most part) schools was that the indies could offer something resembling athletic scholarships, while the common schools had to build teams out of residents of the district. That, too, has changed.

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