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The Wildcat boys basketball squad had an up and down season this year.

That's not to say it was a bad season though as Coach Randy Storlie had a lot of positives to take away when it was all said and done.

Even with only eight wins on the season, Storlie says it was successful because of the positive strides his team took, being named to the Hall of Fame is just the cherry on top for Storlie.

"I think the highlight of the season was the progression our team has made since we began in November to when we played in March," Coach Storlie said.

He was also impressed by his team's tenacity in the efforts they gave during games and the hustle his players put forth.

Over the last 10 years, the BRF School District has had to make deep cuts to its budget to be able to serve its students. The 2017-2018 budget proved to be no different as the school board clamored to come up with $355,243, the amount they are projected to lose from this year’ budget due to a reduction in their revenue limit.

A revenue limit is a cap set by the state that prevents a school from spending over a certain level. Due to the reduction in the revenue limit, the Black River Area Green School (BRAGS) was on the chopping block.

BRAGS is a project-based learning environment. There are currently 18 students enrolled in the program, which is currently led by Jessica McNamara who is the student’s teacher.

Black River Memorial Hospital has scheduled the fourth annual Pace and Pedal event at Wazee Lake Recreation Area. The date for this year’s event is Saturday, May 20, 2017. The day features three separate events. The chip-timed duathlon begins at 8 a.m. and includes a 5.7-mile trail run and a 10.3-mile bike ride. Participants can enter individually or register as a team. The cost is $20 per person or $30 for a two-person team.

The second event, beginning at 8:30 a.m. is the 5k Wazee Color Fun Run/Walk. This is a non-competitive, fun event for all levels. The 5K course is fully paved and accessible for all individuals. As a new twist this year, color zones are spread throughout the course, where participants have the option of running through colored powder.

The season for the Blair-Taylor Wildcats could best be summed up as a roller coaster with some big ups and downs.

The Wildcats started its season with a great 6-0 run before Christmas break.  It was followed up by some tough losses to Bangor, GET and Arcadia. 

Then B-T went to Melrose and gave the Mustangs a great run but, in the end, they just could not close the gap.  The team matured that night as individual players and as a team. 

The Wildcats had a great game against Augusta going into overtime and McKenna Nehring hit the game winner, which would secure a three-seed for B-T later down the line. 

Its record in the Dairyland conference would turn out to be the best conference record Coach Waldera has ever had finishing at 11-3.

Authorities Sunday arrested a Merrillan woman wanted in the 2015 heroin death of Vernell Pugh.

Harley Est, 24, was arrested in Galesville after authorities spotted her inside a car, according to the La Crosse County Sheriff's Department. 

Est is charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with first-degree reckless homicide. Prosecutors argue she injected Pugh with heroin while he was asleep, which aided in his death, according to the complaint.

Est for weeks taunted authorities, writing that she would turn herself in on the Black River Falls Police Department's Facebook page.

She will appear in court Thursday.

A man arrested with Est, 32-year-old Zachary Wittenberg of La Crosse, faces charges of harboring or aiding a felon.