Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
In a small community, a high school team can be a unifying force. Young athletes bring residents together in a display of civic pride. And it’s even better when the victories pile up.
From my blog in August…
Here in Franklin we might have the best high school QB in the state in Sean McGuire (above) along with 30, count ‘em, 30 seniors returning.
Still, the so-called experts seem to favor Oak Creek or Racine Horlick in the Southeast Conference.
Seems Franklin will have little trouble lighting up the scoreboard. Let’s stop some folks on defense and late October/early November could be interesting.
---This Just In...August 22, 2013
The Sabers opened their season with a rather convincing win over a very good Sussex Hamilton squad.
Franklin's Nick Plath (right) catches a pass during the Sabers’ 44-16 rout of Sussex Hamilton on Aug. 22. The Sabers’ Sean McGuire threw for 330 yards in the contest. Photo By Peter Zuzga
Then it was a short trip to play next-door neighbor Greendale.
After that stinging defeat, the Sabers rolled, winning their next seven games to advance to the playoffs, including a tough victory over their biggest rival.
Another key win came in mid-October. On one side stood perennial powerhouse Franklin with but one loss. On the other side was Kenosha Indian Trail. In only its second year of playing varsity football, the Hawks were undefeated at 7-0.
Regular observers knew full well the significance of this contest. The teams were essentially playing for the Southeast Conference title.
Franklin stormed through the playoffs, knocking off Milwaukee Pulaski, Kenosha Indian Trail again, Milwaukee Marquette, and Mukwonago, setting up a spot in the WIAA Division 1 state title game against powerhouse Hartland Arrowhead.
The Sabers stood their ground, but in the second half, Arrowhead was too much.
Franklin's head coach Louis Brown accepts the runner-up trophy. Photo: C.T. Kruger
I blogged about a controversial play in that title game, but take nothing away from the champions.
Congratulations Franklin Sabers on an outstanding season!
THE TOP 10 FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2013
7) FRANKLIN SABERS GO TO STATE
8) THE FIGHT LED BY FRANKLIN NEVER ENDS
9) TURN OFF THOSE DAMN LIGHTS!
10) I TAWT I TAW A PUDDY-TAT