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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.

THE TOP TEN FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2010: #8




 

Franklin High School's Sabers entered the 2010 season with huge expectations. The 2009 squad had advanced to the third round of the WIAA Division 2 playoffs for the second straight season and the fifth time in 10 appearances dating back to 1999. The 2010 Sabers returned a host of outstanding players.

The season opened in fine fashion with a 40-0 blanking of Greenfield.






Next up for Head Coach Jeff Klemp and his troops, the defending WIAA Division 1 Champions from Marquette. Last year the Sabers hung tough for awhile against the Hilltoppers.......







Eventually, Marquette turned it on and won, 46-17.

We learned, however, that this season's Sabers were a different bunch. Always explosive on a pass-oriented offense, now, Franklin could play defense.

Then came blowouts of Muskego, Racine Case, archrival Oak Creek, Kenosha Tremper and Racine Park before the biggest game on the Sabers schedule.

Kenosha Bradford was considered by many experts to be the best team in the state with possibly the best player, speedy running back Melvin Gordon.

Like Franklin, Bradford had its way with Oak Creek, and against the Sabers, Gordon popped some nifty plays....





But the Sabers know how to outscore an opponent. And they made key defensive plays when they had to for a key victory.

After beating Racine Horlick, Franklin entered the playoffs undefeated, looking like a true championship contender.

Wins over Whitnall and Brookfield Central led up to an entertaining contest against South Milwaukee that produced, how shall I put it, spirited debate over whether  Franklin ran up the score.

In Round 4 of the playoffs, Franklin ran into a familiar buzz saw. Just like 2009, standing in the Sabers' path to Madison was Waunakee. And once again, the Sabers had no answer for the highly-talented, exquisitely coached Warriors.







The score was closer, but the result was the same. Waunakee advanced, 23-7 and won the Division II title for the second year in a row.

Heads held high, Franklin. Even though they’re Division 2, Waunakee might be the best football team in the state.

What a thrilling, exciting, impressive run. There may not have been a more fun team to watch in 2010 than the Franklin Sabers.

Special congratulations go out to.......
 




Franklin QB Lance Baretz.

Other Sabers also enjoyed honors.

And thanks to all for another great season.


THE TOP 10  FRANKLIN STORIES OF 2010

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8)  IT'S DEJA VU FOR FRANKLIN FOOTBALL

9)  DOES FRANKLIN NEED/WANT A FULL-TIME MAYOR?
10) NPR IN BIG TROUBLE....THE LOCAL ANGLE

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