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Onalaska native, North Carolina’s Lexi Donarski on rise of women’s sports, guarding Caitlin Clark, plus La Crosse’s new school plan

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FILE – North Carolina’s Lexi Donarski (20) and South Carolina’s Tessa Johnson (5) reach for the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)

Onalaska native and North Carolina shooting guard Lexi Donarski joined to talk the rise of women’s sports and guarding the most popular athlete in the U.S., Caitlin Clark, and getting ready for Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Duke-North Carolina rivalry.

After that WIZM’s Brad Williams in studio talking about the new plan for the La Crosse School District. 


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With Donarski (2:15), we dive into how she’s lived through a lot of experiences that past athletes have not gone through — good and bad. That includes losing a potential state championship in high school due to COVID, playing as a college athlete through COVID, watching women’s sports rise to its most popular time in history, and what it was like guarding the most popular athlete, in Iowa’s Clark.

Plus, she’s about to play at Cameron against Duke as a member of the Tar Heels, a year removed from that Iowa-Iowa State rivalry. She’s also taken 18 summer credits to get her degree, then gone through the transfer portal, and we talk about trying to get her an NIL (Name, Image and Likeness) deal highlighting defense.

After that (20:05), Williams joins to talk about the recent decision by the La Crosse School Board to potentially put to a referendum building a new elementary school, instead of the plan that was studied for eight months to close Hintgen and North Woods. Is the school board trying to escape making a tough decision or are they doing the right thing putting the decision to voters?

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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  1. John Ganshirt

    February 9, 2024 at 1:15 pm

    Good stories

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