Countdown to Kickoff 2018

(WQOW) — The News 18 Sports team looks ahead to the 2018 high school football season with its annual half-hour special, Countdown to Kickoff.

Hear from coaches & key players from the 17 area teams (Chippewa Falls, EC Memorial, EC North, Menomonie, Rice Lake, Bloomer, EC Regis, Stanley-Boyd, Fall Creek, Osseo-Fairchild, Cadott, Altoona, Elk Mound, Durand, Mondovi, Eleva-Strum, Augusta, McDonell Central), and get preseason predictions about the favorites in five local conferences (Big Rivers, Heart O’North, Cloverbelt, Dunn-St. Croix, Dairyland). 

Collin Talbert has the story of Dairyland Conference teams learning safer tackling techniques, while Sports Director Bob Bradovich talks to Leader-Telegram sportswriter Nick Erickson about some of the teams poised to make playoff runs, as well as some key games coming up this season. 



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Weather Outlook: Windy and cool today

Weather Outlook: Windy and cool today

Gusts over 30 miles per hour will occur in the Eau Claire area and part of the Upper Midwest.

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HS Sports – Thursday

High School volleyball action from Thursday night, highlights from Eau Claire Memorial vs. Chippewa Falls, Menomonie vs. Eau Claire North,

College Sports – Wednesday

The UW-Eau Claire volleyball team opened up WIAC play Wednesday night, sweeping UW-River Falls 3-0.

Blugold football confident coming off of bye

The Blugolds are 2-0 for the first since 2010, and are confident heading into this Saturday's game against St. Thomas.

HS Sports – Tuesday

Bloomer swept Ladysmith 3-0 in high school volleyball Tuesday night, moving to 4-0 in the Heart O'North. Also, highlights from

HS Sports – Monday

Eau Claire Memorial girls tennis fell at home 7-0 Monday afternoon in a non-conference match with Stevens Point.

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