We begin the 2016 high school football season, and another year of the award-winning Friday Night Lights, with sad news. We have lost our intrepid reporter from the UP. Doug Bradley, who weekly provided the score of the Escanaba Eskymos’ game, sprinkled with game details, wit and wisdom and always ending with “eh”, passed away on July 15th at the age of 72.
Doug was born Sept. 17, 1943, at a cost of $66.95 which included an eight-day stay and a 10 percent charge for increased war costs on hospital supplies and drugs. He spent most of his life involved in education and sports. He started by tagging along with his dad as a foul ball chaser and bat boy and continued as a three-sport athlete at Ripon High School and Ripon College. In 1962 Doug was the recipient of the first Bob Exner Citizenship Scholarship awarded by Ripon Rotary. In 2012, as a member of Ripon Rotary and a Paul Harris Fellow, Doug presented the 50th Bob Exner Citizenship Scholarship awarded by Ripon Rotary.
Doug was most proud of being a first-team, all-conference receiver in 1963 on the last undefeated Ripon College football team. He was also proud to be an athlete of the class 1966, which still remains the only class in Ripon College history to compile a three-year varsity win record of 90 percent or higher. Doug was inducted into the Ripon College Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and presented the same award to his son Mark in 2010. Doug and Mark Bradley were the first father/son duo inducted as athletes into Ripon College’s Hall of Fame.
Doug signed his first teaching contract in 1966 as a biology teacher, assistant football coach and head baseball coach. During his career, he coached football, baseball, wrestling, softball and track at the high school and college level. After retiring in 2006 as athletic director at Wautoma High School, he enjoyed attending high school football, wrestling and softball events and watching his grandchildren participate in sports.
As captain of the 1965 Ripon College football team, Doug Bradley led the victorious Redmen to the Midwest Conference Championship title and was named most valuable player. In addition to the 1965 football championship, Bradley was key player in securing two more football and two basketball conference titles for Ripon College. He was named to the All-Midwest Conference Football Team as offensive end from 1963-65 and All-State offensive end during his senior year. At Ripon College, Bradley held the career pass receiving record from 1965-78 with 81 catches for 1,186 yards and 123 points. Bradley transferred his athletic knowledge into a successful coaching career and in 1981, was named Central States Conference Coach of the Year. During his days at Ripon College and after, Bradley continued to live up to his motto “live a winning attitude every day.”
Mr. Bradley said that in lieu of flowers for his memorial service, he wanted people to spend time with their families and go to breakfast. Actually the restaurant I prefer to frequent for breakfast has been closed for going on 10 months because it is rebuilding and remodeling following a fire. I suppose I shouldn’t be that frustrated with the amount of time involved to remodel and reopen, as Roadhouse Pizza was 14 months late in reopening, and only about $500,000 over budget. So The Family Restaurant, as of now, is far short of the only BOCA business that actually opened.
Doug will be missed, but as Avery Brundage, the fifth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said on September 6, 1972 at the memorial service for 11 slain Israeli Olympic athletes during the Summer Olympics in Munich, “The games must go on.”
However, the games are not going on in Cassville, which played in two WIAA state championship games in a three-year span when Mr. Hatlen was coach, as the Comets have cancelled their season.
Nor are the freshmen football games going on in the North Shore Conference (Cedarburg, Germantown, Grafton, Homestead, Milwaukee Lutheran, Nicolet, Port Washington, Whitefish Bay) which cancelled the season due to lack of numbers. Note that one of our readers was a star player at Port Washington High School, and at Ripon College. Said reader is also a member of the Ripon College Sports Hall of Fame.
The 2016 high school football season is underway. Note that we are missing four scores. St. Mary’s Springs is scheduled to play Shiocton Saturday evening. And three games — Mayville-Campbellsport, Pewaukee-West Bend East, and Kiel-Waupun — were stopped, evidently due to the weather. The first two games will be completed on Saturday, and Kiel-Waupun will be completed Monday. What a bunch of wimps. I once attended a Markesan at Lomira game that endured a three plus hours weather day and finished after 1:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. Markesan defeated Lomira in that game. Two of our loyal readers, Darrin Kuehn and Mr. Hatlen, were the respective coaches.
Also note that for various reasons we have removed four teams — Cassville, Escanaba, McFarland, and the Ripon 6th/7th grade teams — from the teams that we are following. That means that we could add four more teams to the list, so if you know of anyone who would like to join our distinguished readership and have their alma mater’s football results reported on a thoroughly unbiased basis, please have them contact me.
Please note that I will do teams from WI only. So say that one of our (former) Hornet readers would like the results from some hillbilly team in TN, he will need to obtain those results of his own volition. After all, in that instance it is questionable whether or not the players are wearing shoes, and I am quite certain that the fans are not.
That, “Obviously is a big sarcastic; but not that sarcastic to be honest with you.”
Smails – Spaulding 16 “You will get nothing and like it.”
Columbus 44 Ripon 7
Berlin 38 New Holstein 14
Mayville Campbellsport (Complete on Saturday)
Kewaskum 34 West Bend East 27
Southern Door 32 Winneconne 6
Winnebago Lutheran Academy 49 Kettle Moraine Lutheran 6
October 31, 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.
Kiel Waupun (Complete on Saturday)
Plymouth 24 New Berlin Eisenhower 28
Laconia 14 Wautoma 0
Horicon/Hustisford 22 Lomira 20
Hustisford did not field a team in 2015; combining with Horicon in 2016
North Fond du Lac 34 Randolph 20
Amherst 27 Omro 13
Amherst is the defending WIAA D-V champion
St. Mary’s Springs Shiocton (Saturday Game 7:00 p.m.)
The Ledgers are the defending WIAA D-VI champion, and travel to Amherst next week.
Markesan 42 Cambria-Friesland 14
Montello/Princeton/Green Lake 6 Wisconsin Dells 0 (Played Thursday)
Wild Rose 31 Lourdes Academy 0 (Played Thursday)
Wisconsin Rapids 27 DC Everest 21
Pulaski 46 Manitowoc Lincoln 8
Shawano 47 Clintonville 0
Port Washington 28 New Berlin West 21
Pittsville 32 Tomahawk 30
Muskego 46 Racine Park 0
Waukesha North 37 Elkhorn 7
Xavier 38 New London 14
Pacelli 21 St. Mary Catholic 20
Beaver Dam 35 Milwaukee Lutheran 6
Pewaukee West Bend West
So I am in the midst of negotiations with ESPN’s GameDay. I hope to be the guest prognosticator on GameDay at Lambeau Field on September 3rd. Negotiations are proceeding smoothly, but “we’re not quite there yet.”
And if negotiations take a turn for the worse and prove to be unsuccessful? I will mimic the approach of US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte (Can you say Ugly American?) when he allegedly had a gun pushed in his face during an alleged robbery in Rio, “Like whatever.”