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Andersen spends time coaching kids

Andersen spends time coaching kids

New Badger coach Gary Andersen spent Saturday giving back to the community by teaching area kids the game of football.

Andersen and his staff hosted a one-day youth football camp at McClain Center in Madison.

“It’s my favorite camp, to be around little kids,” Andersen said. “They’re so full of life and energy and excitement.”

Kindergartners through eighth graders were welcome to participate in drills and rotate through skill stations, have lunch with and take photos with the coach.

Mallards pound Wisconsin Rapids at Duck Pond

Mallards pound Wisconsin Rapids at Duck Pond

Strong offense and good pitching help a baseball team get some easy victories. They were key elements in the Madison Mallards win Monday night against the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters.

The Madison Mallards hit three home runs and batted around in the second inning to win convincingly Monday night against the Rafters 13-3.

Mallards starter Luke Staub was also impressive. The pitcher from George Washington struck out 10 and allowed only two hits in seven innings of work.

The Mallards are now 14-10 on the year, and are only 21/2 games behind the Lakeshore Chinooks for first place in the Northwoods League South Division Standings.

Mallards first baseman Jeff Zahn led the offense by going 4-for-5, including a home run. He finished a triple away from the cycle, and got two of his hits in the second inning.

The Mallards will play their third game of a six-game home stand tomorrow against the Battle Creek Bombers.

Error in 9th costs Mallards Sunday against Chinooks

Error in 9th costs Mallards Sunday against Chinooks

Lakeshore Chinooks third baseman Brant Valach hit an RBI double in the top of the 11th inning to beat the Mallards Sunday, but it was an error by Mike Reuvekamp in the top of the ninth that cost the Mallards a run and sent the game to extras.

The Chinooks won 5-4 in 11 innings.

Wisconsin goes down in Frisbee nationals

Wisconsin goes down in Frisbee nationals

Wisconsin Ultimate Frisbee started Saturday well at the Ultimate Frisbee Nationals.

The squad defeated Harvard 13-11 in their first game of the day.

After that, UW beat Florida State 15-13. Both of those wins took place in pool play.

Then the Hodags saw their run come to an end in tournament play as they suffered a 15-11 loss at the hands of UC-Irvine.

The nationals continue Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. at Reddan Soccer Complex in Verona.

University of Wisconsin to celebrate Darwin Day

University of Wisconsin to celebrate Darwin Day

The University of Wisconsin celebrates Charles Darwin's birthday hosting its annual series, Darwin Day. The event is a series of lectures and screenings commemorating evolution and biodiversity.

The series kicks off Thursday Feb. 14 with a Valentine's Day-themed screening at Union South, titled "Love and Sex in the Natual World." The weekend follows with several talks on natural selection from visiting lecturers.

A biodiversity-themed scavenger hunt is planned for families Saturday at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery.

A teacher's workshop begins Thursday morning to help science teachers integrate evolution into their curriculum.

More information on the three-day event is available at evolution.wisc.edu.

From Guinea to Madison, dancing with Maya Kadakia

From Guinea to Madison, dancing with Maya Kadakia

VIDEO: Local residents dance to West African-style drumming with instructor Maya Kadakia

On a Tuesday night in late 2012, more than 20 people came in from the cold to heat up the Center for Conscious Living in Madison with drums and dance. An ensemble played rhythms that often shook the floor, and dancers worked through moves exported from Guinea, West Africa. Maya Kadakia worked at the center of the event, demonstrating moves and leading the weekly drop-in class.

“[The students] are very diverse,” said Kadakia. “Some are members of our [performing dance] group. Some are people that like to get exercise. Some enjoy the cultural elements.”

DNR announces first winter season free-fishing weekend

Residents, nonresidents invited to try winter-time fishing without a license    

The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wisconsin’s first winter free fishing weekend, which is scheduled to take place Jan. 19-20.

Bob Manwell, DNR spokesman in Fitchburg, said residents and nonresidents are invited to fish Wisconsin waters without first purchasing a license.

Wisconsin has had a similar free fishing weekend in June for many years but Manwell said the mid-January free fish event offers the chance to  try "hardwater" fishing.

Manwell also said loaner tackle is available at some sites.