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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: #2


Outstanding individual achievement is not all that common. So when special accomplishments occur, they are worthy of loud and proud recognition.

When the exemplary performances are turned in by wonderful, deserving people, the awards they’ve strived for are even more meaningful.

Back in April, I was the emcee for the banquet marking the 50th anniversary of the Wisconsin Scorers and Timers Association. In the audience was a very good friend, Franklin High School baseball coach Jim Hughes whom I’ve known for over 30 years.

I told those assembled that Jim Hughes was on the verge of making history. As loud applause followed, I noticed my friend with a look that either could kill the emcee, wish that I would change the subject, or both.

But history was waiting. It was only a matter of time.

The story.

The pictures....





Franklin baseball coach Jim Hughes looks on as his team takes the plate in the bottom of the first inning against Greenfield.






Franklin baseball coach Jim Hughes, center, and Greenfield's Lee Kleszczynski go over the ground rules before their regional game earlier this week. The Sabers won, 6-2, as Hughes became the state's all-time winningest baseball coach with victory #743. . MyCommunityNOW photos: Peter Zuzga

 

Hughes and his talented Saber players weren’t done just yet.

They were still in the state playoff hunt.

This story had yet to come to its conclusion.

The ending was written a la Hollywood.




Franklin players celebrate after the final out in their 11-4 win over West Bend West to capture the WIAA Summer Baseball state tournament title. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga



 

Franklin coach Jim Hughes accepts the championship trophy. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga




Coach Jim Hughes celebrates the victory with his players Thursday as Franklin wins the WIAA Summer State Baseball Championship game .Journal Sentinel photo: Brad Vest






Franklin players hoist the championship trophy. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga




Franklin players took turns kissing the championship trophy. Journal Sentinel photo: Brad Vest




Franklin fans cheer as the team gets its first-place trophy.  NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga



 



Franklin players make a celebratory leap into the Wisconsin River following their 11-4 victory over West Bend West in the state championship summer baseball game Thursday at Bukolt Park in Stevens Point. NOW Photo by Peter Zuzga


No one would fault Jim Hughes if he decided to retire. Like a true champion, he plans to return coaching Franklin High baseball next season.

What will be the #1 Franklin story of 2010?

Find out on December 31.


1) ?
2) JIM HUGHES SETS STATE RECORD, WINS STATE TITLE
3) FRANKLIN SCHOOL BOARD: WHAT RECESSION?
4) FRANKLIN CITY HALL: WHAT RECESSION?

5) CHEAP WEATHER RADIOS-NO/ EXPENSIVE SIRENS- YES
6) THE DREXEL INTERCHANGE
7) 
FRANKLIN'S FLOWER TAX
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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