By Jim den Hollander
Jimmy D’s Notes
With the end of varsity hockey for the Sauk County teams, the focus will switch a bit to the final games of the season for the Dells Ducks junior hockey team and a dozen local youth teams heading to WAHA State Championship tournaments.
Six squirt, 10U Girls, bantam and 14U girls’ teams will head to their respective events this weekend with the other six peewee and12U girls’ teams making their way to the second round of state tournaments.
One team, the Sauk Prairie Monkeys will be included as a host this coming weekend, so local fans could help cheer on the local 10U B Monkeys to a good performance. More details on this tournament along will the other five scheduled for this weekend will be up in the next day or so.
I am hoping to attend the WIAA Seniors Tournament later this month as well and from there are still some major events coming up in the next few months in Lake Delton, leading into the summer hockey season.
This has been an awesome hockey season for Saukhockey.info. In 2021 the site had nearly 25,000 views and this year is off to a great start with over 6,000 already, including a best month. I am thankful to all that have helped by reading my stories, liking my Facebook page and YouTube page. This past off- season I discovered it is possible to keep hockey in the headlines in some way throughout the year. Of course, the stretch from September to March is the busiest, but there are plenty of hockey loving youngsters on the ice out of town throughout April to August as well.
A special thank you to the RWD parents along with the Dells Ducks parents and alumni for a generous and surprising donation that will help this writer hear much better. Truth be told, many of my video interviews, usually done in noisy hallways are done by a reporter who does not actually hear the responses. Generally, I am hearing most of the comments for the first time when I upload the videos to my computer. That has led to a couple embarrassing moments when I have asked players or coaches something about which they have just addressed.
The hearing aids which will be in my ears by the time I attend the RWD and Badger Lighting team banquets March 10 and 13 and I am very thankful for that. The RWD varsity club allowed a presentation to me to take place during the final regular season game at Lake Delton Ice Arena and I am thankful for that as well.
I have met nothing but positive comments about my site, but three people have gone way beyond a pat on the back for me
Aaron Kirby and Shaun Falzone played a big part in raising the funds for me with one of those fundraising pages. I had only hints of what was going on, but the friendship and support from both men has been touching, humbling and will never be forgotten.
My best friend Dave Barney was there to take a picture when I was presented the honor and he embraced me in a way that made his excitement and pride obvious. The support of Dave and Janette has been huge, including allowing me to use an office in their business at no cost no matter what day or time of day I want to visit. Time of day is huge as I have become accustomed to breaking the Zinga Drive silence in the early morning hours as I leave from a night of watching and writing about the greatest game on earth. I get excited at times when I see how many have viewed different stories that I have posted and when I relay the information on to Dave, he is equally as thrilled. His encouragement and knowledge have helped me get Saukhockey.info to where it is now.
Parents, coaches and players from Reedsburg, Wisconsin Dells, Baraboo, Sauk Prairie and communities outside of those areas (Wonewoc!) have been so supportive and I thank you all for your support.