Tracy Ballzer

Tracy Ballzer

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:52


WEEK OF MARCH 13, 2017

Joseph Oldendorf is a junior at West Salem High School. Joey has played soccer and hockey since he was in kindergarten. He has made it to state in hockey this year and his summer soccer team made it to state in 2015.  He has been a lead scorer and team leader in both.  He maintains his grades and has been on the honor roll for several years. 

Wednesday, 08 March 2017 11:23

Mikaela Schlesinger


WEEK OF MARCH 20, 2017

Mikaela Schlesinger is a senior at Aquinas High school.

Valedictorian of her class

Executive member of Student Government

Member of Impact Club and Meal Delivery

President of Earth Club

Volunteers at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital

Organized Winter Futsal Girls Soccer Team for Aquinas

Has lettered in Tennis and Soccer every year since Freshman year

Went to State in Girls Tennis at Singles – 2015 and 2016 (Fall seasons)

Went to State in Girls Soccer – 2015 and 2016 (Spring seasons)


Mik, as her friends call her, has a joyful spirit. She is always up for a new adventure and loves outdoor activities – kayaking being a favorite. She has a huge heart, loves animals, and likes to get involved in community events. One of my favorite things about Mikaela is that she leads by example. She is a very hard worker, but likes to have fun in the process. She is encouraging to both her teammates and her classmates. She’s just a great member of any team.


Tuesday, 07 March 2017 09:11


AWESOME! Chance the Rapper announced he's donating $1 million to Chicago Public Schools.

CLASSY: The 1997 GMC Suburban that Notorious BIG was killed in is being auctioned for $1.5 million. The company behind the auction, Moments in Time, is also selling the 1996 BMW that Tupac was shot in for the same amount.

CONGRATS: The Chainsmokers join the Beatles and the Bee Gees as groups with three songs in the top 10 at the same time. Something Like This is at number #5, Paris is at number #7 and Closer is at number #10.

GOOD, WE WERE WORRIED HE WAS STRAPPED FOR CASH: Ryan Seacrest is teaming up with a Beverly Hills dermatologist to launch a line of skin care products called Polished.


Monday, 06 March 2017 12:50



"Isaac The Great wasn't born in any oridinary way. He couldn't wait for his due date, arriving three  weeks early. He also couldn't wait for the hospital - being born in the front seat of a car.  He was only 4lbs 13oz, born small but healthy. However, these past few months Isaac's health has taken a turn and he has been in and out of the hospital.  He first started out with having an enlarged right kidney, high white blood cell count, and liver problems. Since then he has been in and out of the NICU.  Most recently Isaac The Great took a bad turn and was admitted into Mayo in Rochester.  They had  to increase his oxygen level and run multiple tests. Isaac has dealt with both RSV and Corona virus. With all these trips to the hospital, the medical bills for Isaac The Great have grown. Please help Isaac and family get through this tough time. We appreciate donations of any amount made for Isaac, every bit helps"

Friday, 03 March 2017 07:01


 CONGRATS: Tori Spelling has given birth to her fifth child. named Beau Dean McDermott.

 INSTA-HIT: Ace Showbiz claims Camila Cabello and Pharrell are working on a new song together. She posted pictures of them in the studio

 PREACH, GIRL! Popsugar claims Katy Perry plans to remain friends with Orlando Bloom. She Tweeted: ''HOW BOUT A NEW WAY OF THINKING FOR 2017U can still b friends & love ur former partners! No one's a victim or a villain, get a life y'all''

WE GOTTA WAIT FOR MORE TAYTAY: Ed Sheeran tells the BBC that Taylor Swift won't release new music until the end of the year. "Taylor isn't going to be releasing until probably the end of this year - Christmas is the smartest time to release because that's when everyone buys records. So I've got a full year of just all Ed, all the time."

I'LL WATCH THAT: The Wrap claims Ellen DeGeneres is getting her own hour-long game show on NBC. Ellen's Game of Games will feature games from her daytime talk show. She tells the site: “We’re pulling out all the stops — gigantic sets, hilarious games. It’s going to be like a combination of ‘American Ninja Warrior,’ ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ and a water park. OK, it’s nothing like that, but you should still watch.”


Thursday, 02 March 2017 07:29


SO YOU'RE SAYIN' THERE'S A CHANCE! Oprah said in a recent interview that in the wake of Trump's win, she might consider running for president.

WHAT A DEAL! People magazine claims the selling price of the Neverland Ranch has been dropped by $33 million. Michael's trust originally wanted $100 million, but now will take $67 million.

TROLLIN' FOR MORE: Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake are back as Poppy and Branch in Trolls 2, in theaters April 2020

IT'S A START... Disney will have their first "exclusively gay moment" in a film with the live action Beauty and the Beast. Gaston's sidekick struggles with his feelings for the villain. It's a big step in the right direction but since it's a Disney movie, I'm sure it will still be ridiculously campy.


Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:09


STILL AWESOME! Coachella announced yesterday that Lady Gaga will replace Beyonce on both Saturdays of the festival next month. Beyonce had to postpone her performance based on doctor's advice since she would be in her third trimester.

CASH ME AT THE BANK: TMZ claims the “Cash Me Outside” girl, Danielle Bregoli, is in Hollywood to meet with reality show producers.

#CONGRATS: Yesterday, Rihanna received the honor of 2017 Humanitarian of the Year by the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations.

MAKIN' BANK: Barack and Michelle Obama signed book deals with Random House. They're rumored to get as much as $60 million for two books. I really hope one will be titled #thanksObama


Wednesday, 01 March 2017 09:06



"It all started October 2015. Leah had been walking with a limp so we got it checked out by her pediatrician and he said by the looks of the x-ray, the femur bone had calcium. So we never bothered to go back till about a year later. Leah was playing with friends and one friend came down hard on her thigh knees down and her leg swelled up to the point I thought she broke something. So I took her to the emergency room where the took and x-ray then ordered a cat scan and a MRI. When all test were done the doctor began to tell me that nothing was broke but they were gonna refer us to oncology. My heart then sunk because we all know that, that's cancer. So from there we began our journey. We seen the pediatric oncologist here in Lacrosse who sent us to Madison where they specialize in pediatric orthopaedics oncology. We then had several appts that lead to a biopsy of the mass. It came back in accurate so they sent the tests to Boston children's hospital and Texas. One said by the looks of the MRI it very well could be sarcoma which is a form of cancer on the bone and another said it could be a f.a.v.a tumor. We then were seen by a plastic surgeon to discuss surgery. We knew that whatever is was it needed to be removed as it had grown to 8cm. So surgery was set for February 6th. Surgery went super well. They ended up taking out the bottom quad muscle and peeled back the top layer of the femur bone. The doc said the tumor grew 4 more cm so her incision is almost her whole length of her thigh. Our hospital stay was 3 days long and she seemed to be doing alright. We were this would be a long road ahead of us and that Leah would be back in school the following week but then Leah started to get sick :( fevers, puking, headaches and intense pain in the leg. Doctor said anytime you take out a muscle it's a painful recovery. Little did I know that it'd be this painful. We've been back and forth the Madison doctor and lacrosse doctors to try and figure out what's hitting her so hard. February 15th when the drain tube was removed her leg started to swell and become very painful. We were on our way home from Madison that night and ended up pulling off the interstate as her leg was so bad and so swelled..I called 911. EMTs arrived they had to cut her pant leg due to so much swelling. They transported her to mauston hospital where they got in touch with her surgeon. Since the 15th we've had 6 appts both here in lacrosse and Madison and are currently being hospitalized. Her white blood cell count is currently elevated which is a sign of infection some where. Her leg does not appear to be infected but you never know. Thursday we went in on emergency basis and should've stayed in Madison but we came back to lacrosse because at the moment I felt comfortable enough. Well the ride home was rough. Every little bump I hit was bad painful. I then listened to my gut. I called and explained how I really felt. They then advised me to go to lacrosse er where Leah was admitted again for severe dehydration and pain control. While here in hospital they've take several blood test and pumped her with 3 bags of fluids. So far we've discovered that her hemoglobin is extremely low and her flu test was negative. Other tests are pending. Being a single mom of 2 children and having all these appts for Leah has thrown us in to a financial struggle and also emotionally. I have been in able to go back to work since the 6th. I have no help from the kids dad which makes it tough. I have had a tremendous amount of help but the beginning of the months coming and Leah's requiring alot to help with her recovery. I have several bills that I'm unsure how I'm gonna pay and Leah's bills as well. So a few friends suggested this GoFundMe me page. I'm not one to ask for help but am now. So I thank you all in advance for reading this. Prayers are very welcomed! Thanks again for the support and love!
Love Leah's mom,
Rosana "

Tuesday, 28 February 2017 07:05


 MAKING ROOM! Apparently Jay Z and Beyonce have been telling friends they'll know the genders of their expected twin in the two weeks and Naughty Gossip claims Jay and Bey may buy a $105 million Beverly Hills mansion.

DWTS: Glee's Brittany - Heather Morris, SNL vet Chris Kattan, and Bachelor Nick Viall are the latest additions to this season's DWTS cast. The other big rumor is that Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff will not be returning. ABC hasn't officially confirmed this and will release the new cast officially tomorrow morning on GMA. The new season premieres on Monday, March 20th

POOR MATT DAMON... The Oscars audience was the second-lowest in Oscar history. At 3 hours and 49 minutes, were the longest in 10 years and show's ratings were a nine-year low. Jimmy Kimmel had to scrap his final Oscars joke of the evening after the Best Picture debacle. Jimmy was going to do a whole thing with Matt Damon asking him what it’s like to be a loser. I So once more, apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time




Monday, 27 February 2017 08:02



Casie Lasko is a Sophomore at Tomah High School. She's involved in HOSA and Yearbook. Casie has played Soccer since she was 5 years old, she has done ODP club soccer and lettered her freshman year on varsity in Soccer Casie takes soccer seriously and is working out day and night to improve her skills all while maintaining a 3.9 grade point average. Casie is a great team player and loves all she learns from her teammates.