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Madison Area Sports commission awards $30,000 to youth sports orgs

The Madison Area Sports Commission has awarded more than $30,000 in funding in its’ bi-annual disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

·         Allied Running Club – $1,750

·         Boys & Girls Club of Dane County – $5,000

·         Camp Randall Rowing Club – $1,500

·         East Madison Community Center – $2,250

·         Glide Disc Golf – $875

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Ski trails, outdoor ice skating rinks open

Two websites will be available throughout the season to update residents on ski trail and ice skating rink conditions at Madison parks.

There are thirty-two kilometers of signed and groomed trails available for cross-country skiers in six Madison parks. Trail difficulties range from easy to advanced.

Three park trails require a cross-country ski permit, but the rest offer free ski trails that are groomed less often.

For daily updates on cross country ski trail conditions, go online.

As of this week, most ice rinks in Madison are open. Ice skate rentals and concessions are available at Elver, Tenney and Vilas parks.

For daily updates on outdoor ice skating rink conditions, go online.

Graffiti found at La Follette, Mallards' stadium

Graffiti found at La Follette, Mallards' stadium

Madison police said numerous locations on the city's east side were found spray-painted with similar graffiti Thursday morning.

The graffiti was found at the Madison Mallards' baseball stadium, the Warner Park Community Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 on Northport Drive, a home in the 3700 block of Hanover Street and at La Follette High School.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers.

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

Disc golf puts spin on traditional putting

The designer of a new course for a specialty sport said the south side park offers a quick game for players of all ages.

Larry Ast designed the new Capital Springs Course, in the Capital Springs State Recreation area just south of Lake Farm County Park. He said the game is much like traditional golf but does offer its own spin.

"It's just like ball golf: You throw a drive, you do an approach putt … but you're throwing it into a basket," Ast explained.

The sport also offers different tools to achieve game goals. Instead of a variety of clubs, the discs are of varying sizes, weights and designs.

The Capital Springs Course is a family-friendly park that lends itself easily to the group activity with shorter games, representatives said.

McNett-Emmerich wins Women's All City Golf Tournament

McNett-Emmerich wins Women's All City Golf Tournament

Former Madison West standout Brittany McNett-Emmerich wins the 2013 Women's All City Golf Tournament Wednesday with a three-day total of 223.

She carded a three over par in Wednesday's final round at Cherokee Country Club.

She had a birdie on the 14th hole and tied with McKenzie Parks for the day's best round (+3). Parks finished seven shots back with a three day total of 230.

"Winning any tournament is great, especially when you're in high school," McNett-Emmerich said. "Then once you graduate from high school and you win something like this, it feels great."

Mary Welch took third, Michelle Madden placed fourth and Pat Roisum rounded out the top five.

Stricker donates $50,000 to food pantry

Stricker donates $50,000 to food pantry

Steve Stricker is not playing in the Open Championship this week, instead he returned home and is giving back to his community.

The Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation donated $50,000 to the United Way of Dane County's Healthy Food for All Children Plan. The program's goal is to reduce the number of hungry children in Dane County by half by 2023.

The Edgerton native and Madison golfer gave the money to the River Food Pantry on the Northeast side.

This is the first gift from Stricker's new foundation. Stricker wanted he can make a difference.

"The families ... here that aren't as fortunate ... are having a hard time. And this facility right here, the River Food Pantry, is trying to do their part and help families," said the 12-time PGA tour winner. "Through our foundation we are blessed to be able to give back and it blew me away coming in here today."