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Things weren’t going the way the Aquinas High School girls basketball team wanted them to Thursday night, but third-ranked Melrose-Mindoro had a lot to do with that.

The Mustangs, for about 25 minutes, limited turnovers and took away the second-chance points and slowed down the transition game that allowed the Blugolds to become the state’s top-ranked team in Division 4.

But Aquinas was patient, didn’t press too hard and eventually got into the flow to beat Melrose-Mindoro 64-43 in a WIAA sectional semifinal played in front of more than 1,400 people at Central High School’s Mark Sutton Memorial Gymnasium.

The Blugolds (25-0) earned the chance to play unranked Darlington (18-7) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Baraboo, Wis., by scoring 28 of the final 41 points to hand the Mustangs (24-1) their only loss of the season.

Where else but in Wisconsin can you celebrate all four seasons in one week. Spring green grass where the snow was melted, warm enough temps to make you think of early summer, dropping temps and autumn-like breezes and finally back to February-like weather with a fair dumping of snow.

More than eight inches of the white stuff fell by us according to my professional snow plow guy, but it was a lot worse in other places, and this time of year it melts off the roads quickly. For someone who is not a winter fan, I had to admit that the snow was gorgeous and you felt like you were in the middle of a Christmas card. And as for the snow sparkling in the sun, as a friend put it, “Look at all the diamonds out there!”

Marshfield Area United Way is currently accepting grant applications for services in Jackson County. There is $3,000 in grant funds available for distribution. The deadline for submitting grant proposals is Friday, March 10.

To be considered for grant funds, organizations that apply must be a 501(c) 3 charitable human service organization, have applied for 501(c) 3 tax-exempt status or be a program under the sponsorship and supervision of an agency which is tax exempt under IRS Code 501(c) 3. Funds requested must address human service problems in the community and be available and accessible to the citizens of Jackson County without regard to race, religion or creed and operate within the Affirmative Action policy.

Agencies requesting grant funds must complete an application form, provide an itemized budget for the program period and submit a copy of their IRS Letter of Determination to document their 501(c) 3 status (or the application for tax exempt status).

Neighbor to Neighbor Food Pantry, Families First and National Alliance on Mental Illness of Monroe County are the featured area charities recognized and supported at this year’s Marilyn School Of Dance Student Choreography Showcase, Saturday March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Tomah High School.

More than 50 budding choreographers and dancers are scheduled to hit the Tomah High School auditorium stage to share their talents and raise funds for community projects.

The featured choreographers include Gabriella Antonelli, Kaitlyn Austin, Addison Berry, Trinity Brach, Jessica Dreier, Whitney Draeger, Alauna Eckelberg, Ellie Eswein, Emma Gearing, Courtney Hale, Nevin Hawver, Keona Lincoln, Carly Martin, Shelby Perez, Grace Rezin, Livia Rezin, Mia Rodriguez, Olivia Rumsey, Alida Sexton, Paige Sheldon, Joan Strelow, Anna and Olivia Wall, Megan Wiesender and Natalie Zeps.

The Alma Center emergency medical responder fundraiser will be held March 15 at the Castle Hill Supper Club. The meal will include choice prime rib, chef-carved ham, broasted chicken and breaded shrimp with all of the trimmings.

The meal will be served from 4:30-8:00 p.m. and will be $20 per person. For more information or to order dinner tickets, call 715-964-7211 and ask to speak to Claudia.

The Alma Center emergency medical responder fundraiser will be held March 15 at the Castle Hill Supper Club. The meal will include choice prime rib, chef-carved ham, broasted chicken and breaded shrimp with all of the trimmings.

The meal will be served from 4:30-8:00 p.m.