Big 10 winners, Axe losers, and everything in between
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Good morning, Madison!
Did ya miss me? I hope everyone had a relaxing and delicious weekend. After a few days of recharging, it honestly feels good to be back on the morning shift and sharing the news with you.
With that said, let's just get right to it.
🕎 P.S. Happy Hanukkah to all my fellow dreidel spinners out there!
🏀 Sports, sports, sports, and more sports.
- We'll start with the good news: the Badger men's basketball team won the Maui Invitational Thursday. The Badgers bested Saint Mary’s 61-55 to win the three-day tournament title. Sophomore guard Johnny Davis was named the tournament's MVP.
- After finishing their regular season 25-3 and winning the Big Ten title with a sweep over Indiana (25-14, 25-9, 25-15) Saturday, the Badger women's volleyball team snagged the No. 4 national seed heading into the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. This means the Badgers will have home-court advantage until the Final Four.
- The Wisconsin women's basketball team had a decent weekend at the Rocky Mountain Hoops Classic. The Badgers beat Boise State 60-45 Saturday but fell 51-67 to Colorado University.
- The Bucks are heating up. The Milwaukee team extended their win streak to seven after beating the Denver Nuggets 120-109 and the Indiana Pacers 118-100.
- The Packers got a much-needed win Sunday night defeating the Los Angeles Rams 36-28. Their record now stands at 9-3.
- Badger men's hockey team had a mediocre weekend. The team managed to tie (1-1) Clarkson University Friday but lost (0-3) to the Golden Knights Saturday.
- Finally, it was a sad weekend for Badger football fans. The team lost 23-13 to Minnesota, giving them Paul Bunyan's Axe and Iowa the West Division title.
🌊 Middleton High School has canceled classes Monday after water damage to its building.
- Classes will be virtual for the rest of the school week. Students who need internet access can go to Clark Street Community School, buses are available for transportation. Additionally, students can pick up meals from Glacier Creek or Kromrey Middle School from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each day this week.
- Channel 3000 reports "the building experienced a mechanical failure resulting in frozen and burst pipes over the Thanksgiving break."
🚌 School bus drivers are still in high demand and short supply.
- Three months into the school year, officials are coming to terms with the shortage of bus drivers throughout the state. In the Madison school district, start times have been adjusted to account for fewer drivers. Other districts in Dane County, like Verona, have partnered with Badger Bus — which is also short on drivers — to transport its students to and from school.
- The State Journal reports Madison needed at least 18 additional drivers to operate at pre-pandemic capacity.
- Related: Amid 'crisis in staffing,' school district offers bonuses to staff (Cap Times)
🎿 Tyrol Basin is open for business.
- The Mt. Horeb ski hill opened its doors last week for the 2021-22 season. During its early season, which runs through Dec. 24, the hill is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 4-9 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
🛍️ Madison retailers aren't immune from the world's supply chain issues.
- The Cap Times talked to several local retailers about how the international breakdown of the supply chain will affect Madison shoppers. From books to board games and records, nearly every store owner is feeling the crunch. Their best advice is to get your shopping done ASAP and be flexible if retailers don't have the product you're looking for.
"There’s just been a huge increase in demand, probably fueled by people having spent a lot of time at home and just kind of rediscovering things that they used to really enjoy." — Chris Rogers, manager of Misty Mountain Games
🤕 Dane County is continuing to see a major increase in firearms injuries.
- In 2019 UW Health’s Trauma Center treated 23 people for firearm injuries, WPR reports. In 2020, that number jumped to 42. UW Health says 2021 is on track to meet or even exceed that number. The pandemic has given rise to an increase n gun violence, now the hospital is working with public health agencies and community groups to reduce gun violence rates.
🎨 Your lunchtime read: Meet five Latinx artists changing the face of Madison.
- From The Cap Times: "Madison is home to dozens of working artists with Latin American roots, and their profiles are growing. Last year, the two winners of the 2020 Forward Art Prize were printmaker Adriana Barrios and painter/CultivARTE co-organizer Angelica Contreras, both Latina artists. [...] Madison’s Latinx artists are diverse in every sense. Here are five artists to know, and a brief introduction to their work."
💔 After fighting a years-long private battle with cancer, fashion visionary and UW alumn Virgil Abloh has died.
- Abloh graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2003 and most recently was the artistic director for Louis Vuitton’s menswear. He also founded the haute streetwear brand Off-White in 2013.
🦠 Covid-19 Resources
Wisconsin Vaccination Rate: 56%
Dane County Vaccination Rate: 72.5%
Here's where to find a COVID-19 vaccine near you.
Need a COVID-19 test? PHMDC has you covered.
Do you still need your flu shot? Start here.
📅 Events: Monday, Nov. 29
- Gin Mill Hollow at the Up North Bar. 6 p.m. No cover charge.
- Delta Rae with Thunder Lilly at the Majestic. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. $25 advance, $27 at door.
- Team Trivia at the Sett. 7-9 p.m. Free.
For more happenings around town, check out our full events post here.
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