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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.

No more running up the score in soccer


This past fall, I called out Wisconsin high school football teams that ran up the score, a major problem I have with high school sports. The fault lies primarily with coaches who have the ability to call off the dogs once a game gets out of hand. Too often, these clueless coaches only care about lighting up the scoreboard.

It’s not just a football issue. It happens in other sports, like soccer.

I’m very pleased that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board recently adopted a major change in soccer rules. Beginning in the fall, a game will now end if there’s a 10-goal differential between the teams at the 60-minute mark.

This is a great decision on the part of the WIAA. I’ve been watching area high school soccer for over 30 years, and I have never seen a team come back from a 10-goal deficit to win, and it certainly won’t happen in the last 20 minutes of a game.

The change takes any decision out of the hands of soccer officials and ends the game automatically. At that point in the game, there’s no reason to continue and risk unnecessary injuries. And the victorious team wins by 10 goals instead of 12 or 15. So what!

Oh for the days of John Welk. Welk was the soccer coach for boys and girls at Milwaukee South during the 70’s and 80’s, and 90’s.  His teams, particularly the boys were far superior to any others in the City Conference. It always looked liked he had four or five extra players on the field.

Welk’s team would jump out to a quick four or five goal advantage and then, under his instruction, the South players would relent. Shots of goal stopped, unless someone had a clear opportunity. Back and forth South players would pass the ball without any aggressive effort to score.

Sadly, those sportsmanlike days are over. And while I applaud the WIAA, it’s unfortunate that it took an edict from Stevens Point to enforce common sense on the playing field.

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