Podcasts

Brewers Vice President-Minor League Operations Tom Flanagan – 6/13/2022

Tom joined the show to talk about a plethora of highly-touted prospects in the Brewers organization. Listen to the entire conversation here:

Aquinas High School Athlete Collin Conzemius – 6/6/2022

Collin talks about his success at the State T&F meet this past weekend. Collin won the 100 meter and 200 meter dashes, as well as helping the 4×400 meter relay team to a second place finish. Listen here:

Luther Softball Head Coach Mark Ross – 6/3/2022

Coach Ross joined The Sports Lead with John Pappadopoulos to talk about the Knights going from a five seed to the State Tournament. Listen to their conversation here:

Sparta Football Head Coach Adam Dow- 6/1/2022

Coach Dow joined the show to discuss the new Sparta football facility and the details surrounding it. Listen to the conversation below:

Bangor Baseball Head Coach Todd Grant – 5/20/2022

Coach Grant jumped on The Sports Lead to talk about his team earning a share of the Scenic Bluffs Conference, what they still need to work on as they head into their first playoff game against North Crawford, and Ashton Michek- owner of three no-hitters this season. For the whole interview listen here:

Packers Writer Jacob Westendorf – 5/12/2022

Jacob talks all things Packers, including the NFL schedule release and some of the Packers rookies and the roles they will play this year. Listen to the whole conversation:

Former Sparta Standout and UW-Whitewater WR Ryan Wisniewski – 5/03/2022

Ryan joined The Sports Lead to talk about his opportunity to participate in the Packers rookie mini camp. Listen to Ryan and the attitude he is bringing to this weekend:

Packers ESPN Reporter Rob Demovsky – 4/26/2022

Rob joins the Sports Lead to talk about rumors surrounding the Packers and Darren Waller. Additionally, he talks about the draft and some of the WR options and even sprinkles in the idea that the Packers might be interested in trading for a young receiver. For the full interview, listen below:

Co-Owner of Iron Works Eric Anderson – 4/20/2022

Eric joins the show to talk about the Three River Showdown being held at the Omni Center on April 23. Additionally, he shares information about Iron Works and what it is all about! Listen to the full conversation here:

NFL Hall of Famer LeRoy Butler – 4/14/2022

LeRoy joined John Pappadopoulos to talk about all things Packers, including Aaron Rodgers deciding to skip voluntary workouts, the Sammy Watkins signing, and the upcoming NFL Draft! For the full conversation, listen below:

Badgers Football Beat Reporter Colten Bartholomew – 4/12/2022

Colten talks about what he has seen from the Badgers spring practices, the QB situation present and future, and Badgers in the upcoming NFL draft! The conversation starts with Colten talking about former Holmen player Tatum Grass and how he is molding into an important piece for the Badgers:

Former Packer and All-Pro Lineman Mike Wahle – 4/12/2022

Former Packers offensive lineman and All-Pro Mike Wahle shares great stories about his time with the Packers and lining up against the legendary Reggie White. He also talks about the current Packers roster and the news that Aaron Rodgers will not be at voluntary workouts. The full conversation with John Pappadopoulos can be heard below (two parts):

Vikings Reporter Chris Tomasson – 4/11/2022

Chris talks about the upcoming NFL Draft and what the Vikings have to do, especially at the cornerback position as well as the new front office regime! The entire conversation with John Pappadopoulos is below:

UWL Eagles Baseball Head Coach Chris Schwarz – 4/1/2022

On Friday, Coach Schwarz had some time to stop by and talk with John Pappadopoulos about his team’s strong start to the season and the outlook for the rest of the year! The full conversation can be heard right here:

Tomah Baseball Head Coach Ryan Brookman – 3/28/2022

Coach Brookman talked with John Pappadopoulos on the Sports Lead about the upcoming season (and the cold weather), and about former player and future MLB pitcher, Connor Prielipp and his recovery from Tommy John surgery. You can listen to the full conversation here:

Central Basketball Head Coach Todd Fergot – 12/9/2021

Coach Fergot joined John Pappadopoulos on the Sports Lead to talk about his current team’s early season success, former Central star and rising NBA prospect Johnny Davis, and his twin Jordan Davis, as well as Kobe King and his new start at Valparaiso. Listen to the entire conversation here:

Justin Jehn – 10/21/2021

This week the West Salem Panthers football team takes on Prescott in Level One of the postseason. The Panthers fought hard to comeback against Holmen in Week Nine, but this week will have to take on about as tough a five-seed as you can draw in the Cardinals and their leading rusher senior Aiden Russel. Justin Jehn is the head coach for West Salem, and he spoke with Adam Roberts about the comeback against the Vikings, sleepers on his roster going into the postseason, and the impact a 7-1 football season has had on the West Salem community. Also don’t forget to tune into Coulee Region Football this Friday night! Our coverage begins with the High School Football Preview Show at 6pm.

Bart Winkler – 10/19/2021

Tonight the Milwaukee Bucks begin their title defense at home against the Brooklyn Nets. The championship banner will be unveiled and we’ll learn a little about how serious the Bucks are to be a back-to-back champ. Bart Winkler hosts the weekday morning show on 1250 The Fan in Milwaukee, and was notably embroiled in a battle with City of Milwaukee officials over preserving a parade spot in downtown Milwaukee ahead of their Game Six win. We talk shop about tonight’s game with Bart, and because John always enjoys his Brewers’ talk we ask the question: should the Brewers trade Josh Hader for some offensive weapons?

Derek Martine, RCCW (Part 2) – 10/8/2021

This evening at the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52, River City Championship Wrestling hosts its annual Tricks and Treats event, with names like The Natural Chris Black, Koda Jacobs, Jarrod Jaxx, and City of La Crosse Champion Kyle Roberts getting in the ring for a night of great wrestling and entertainment. Company co-founder Derek Martine joins John to talk about the show tonight plus the company’s next event Slamathon on October 23rd featuring names like former WWE superstar Swoggle and WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff.

Derek Martine, RCCW (Part 1) – 10/8/2021

This evening at the Roy L. Vingers American Legion Post 52, River City Championship Wrestling hosts its annual Tricks and Treats event, with names like The Natural Chris Black, Koda Jacobs, Jarrod Jaxx, and City of La Crosse Champion Kyle Roberts getting in the ring for a night of great wrestling and entertainment. Company co-founder Derek Martine joins John to talk about the show tonight plus the company’s next event Slamathon on October 23rd featuring names like former WWE superstar Swoggle and WWE Hall of Famer Eric Bischoff.

Matt Schiebel – 10/5/2021

Last Friday, the Luther Knights football team turned a number of heads in the Coulee Region with a road upset win over then-2nd ranked Bangor 20-13. The Knights outgained the Cardinals 217-211 on the ground and 312-236 overall behind 213 all-purpose yards for quarterback Dillon Yang. A Knight interception late iced it for Luther. Matt Schiebel has been the head coach at Luther since 2016 and joined John to discuss the victory.

Scott Emerich – 9/27/2021

In front of 21 million eyes, Aaron Rodgers was given 37 seconds to make some magic happen. That’s exactly what he did, setting up Mason Crosby’s game-winning kick to knock of the San Francisco 49ers 30-28. WXOW’s Scott Emerich joined us again today to break down the victory and discuss the amount of growth the Packer defense showed last night compared to earlier in the season.

Scott Emerich – 9/21/2021

Last night, the Packers beat the Lions 35-17, and did so on 21 unanswered points in the second half after a difficult start on the defensive side of the ball in the first. WXOW’s Scott Emerich has served as the station’s sports director since 1995, and knows a thing or two about this Packers team. He joined the show today to react to last night’s win and weigh in on the Joe Barry conversation.

Chris Goodell – 9/20/2021

As the Major League Baseball season enters its final two weeks, the discussion for NL Cy Young has been centered around three names, the Dodgers’ Walker Buehler and Max Scherzer, and Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes. John and Reviewing the Brew’s David Gasper had an animated discussion about this last week, and John also sought the insight of La Crosse Loggers General Manager Chris Goodell. Chris has been a very public face of the Loggers since the team’s inception in 2002, and oversaw Scherzer during his season with the Loggers in 2004. In addition to the Cy Young conversation John also touches on that 20th anniversary of Loggers baseball coming up next season.

Andy Herman – 9/10/2021

The Packers open the season this Sunday in Jacksonville, which is hosting the Saints while New Orleans continues to recover from Hurricane Ida. With just a couple days left until kickoff, we turn to our film breakdown guru Andy Herman once again. Andy writes for Packer Report and is the owner of the Pack-A-Day podcast. His Twitter is also a dynamite place to view game-by-game film breakdowns so follow him @AndyHermanNFL!

Adam Dow – 9/9/2021

This Friday night, the Sparta-Tomah football rivalry is renewed for the 115th time since 1894. Last season, the two teams weren’t able to play against each other due to schedule shifts caused by COVID, so this year’s game will have a little extra juice. Since taking over as the head coach at Sparta, Adam Dow has amassed a 17-14 record including an unexpected 2018 run to Level Three of the postseason and a 7-3 2019. This season, the Spartans have started 2-1 and are coming off a 56-42 win over Logan last week. Adam talks with John about the meaning behind this rivalry, where the Sparta program stands three games in, and about soaking in every moment of the 2021 season after the chaos of the last two years.

Olivia Beeskau – 9/8/2021

The 45th-ranked female fighter pound-for-pound in the Midwest, Olivia Beeskau is getting ready to get back in the octagon this weekend at 3 River Throwdown 17. She’s been victorious in her last four amateur bouts, including her last two by unanimous decision. On top of her fights in the octagon, Olivia fights to save lives with her full-time job as an ER nurse. She’ll take on Amanda Lovato this weekend at the Omni Center in Onalaska. Check out nitrotickets.com to secure your seats!

 

Mirin Fader – 9/7/2021

“Giannis: The Improbable Rise Of An NBA MVP” is the latest work by sports writer Mirin Fader, detailing the journey of the Greek Freak from the streets of Sepoila, Greece to his ascension through the NBA to the pinnacle of the game. Fader is a staff writer for The Ringer and has written about other notable athletes such as Davante Adams, Ja Morant, LaMelo Ball, Tyler Skaggs, Breanna Stewart, Coco Gauff, Liz Cambage, and Tyler Herro. Folio Magazine named her a Top Woman in Media in 2019, and her work has been highlighted in the 2020 Best American Sports Writing collection, the Pro Basketball Writers Association, and the Football Writers Association of America.