Michael Popke


Steve Jurkovic

Madison’s renowned women’s roller derby league — featuring a recreational team, four competitive squads and the all-star Dairyland Dolls — will slam into its 14th season with a triple header on Jan. 13 at the Alliant Energy Center Coliseum. more

Jan 11, 2018 5:00 AM Sports


Ben VanHouten/Seattle Mariners

The Brewers take a chance re-hiring the veteran starting pitcher. But it’s no surprise; the team has a history of bringing players back into the fold. more

Jan 4, 2018 5:00 AM Sports


Kirsten Schmitt/Milwaukee Brewer

Local athletes provided many reasons for optimism in a tumultuous year in sports. From UW basketball to a La Follette wheelchair track and field star, we recap it all for you. more

Dec 21, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

From Indian Mounds to lumberjacks to the Great Lakes, 2017 was a great year for Wisconsin authors and publishers. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM Books


Todd Hubler

The WIAA was for the establishment of a 35-second shot clock for high school basketball...before they voted against it. The WIAA board rescinded its decision before the rule ever took effect. more

Dec 14, 2017 5:00 AM Sports


Wesley Winterink/UW Athletics

UW Volleyball faces stiff competition on the way to the national championship. First, a repeat matchup against Stanford offers the Badgers a second chance. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

It’s rock and roll reunion time as Butch Vig and company pull together a series of all-stars for Joey’s Song, an organization that fights childhood epilepsy. more

Dec 7, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC

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Jeff Miller/UW Madison

That Gophers win was nice. But it’s all for naught if UW can’t take care of Ohio State. more

Nov 30, 2017 5:00 AM Sports


Evan Siegle/Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers’ report is dire without Rodgers. Any hope that Bears game gave Packers’ fans is gone after Sunday’s rout by the Ravens more

Nov 22, 2017 5:00 AM Sports 1 Comments

Isthmus gift guide 2017: Consider a gift you do instead of keep on a shelf. Although we do include one book. more

Nov 16, 2017 2:00 PM Isthmus Giving


Jim Garvey

State high school football championships hold great potential this year. Check out the action at Camp Randall on Nov. 17. more

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 AM Sports


Mary Langenfeld

Jon Oakley referees high school freshman football games. It’s a far cry from the highly scrutinized college and pro games — or this weekend’s high school championships. But Oakley and his coworkers “take this job seriously.” more

Nov 16, 2017 5:00 AM Snapshot


Michie Turpin

Even though only two original members remain, Kansas is filling houses with a successful tour playing its “Leftoverture” album. Michael Popke talks to original guitarist Rich Williams about what’s changed and what stays the same. more

Nov 14, 2017 11:58 AM MUSIC


Amy Marty

Local high school teams will be competing at the girls’ Division 1 state swim meet at the Natatorium. Middleton, again, is the team to beat. more

Nov 9, 2017 5:00 AM Sports


David Stluka/UW Athletics

Otherwise, the rest of the Badgers men’s basketball team is essentially brand new, with young and inexperienced players. more

Nov 2, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

UW-Madison embraces quidditch, an invention from the Harry Potter novels. It’s so popular there’s even Midwest regional championships, and it’s coming to Breese Stevens. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Sports

We live in a digital age, but some people prefer to consume their music the old-fashioned way. Michael Popke stops in to MadCity Music Exchange on Cassette Store Day to find out what’s up with people buying tapes. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM MUSIC


Tyler Gross

Clear that calendar: The 15th anniversary Wisconsin Book Festival has something for everyone. Isthmus helps you pick out some highlights from the more than 70 events taking place Nov. 2-5. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM , Isthmus Cover Stories

Just in time for Halloween: University of Wisconsin Press releases a new edition of “Haunted Heartland.” It’s a collection of Midwestern paranormal tales from author Michael Norman. more

Oct 26, 2017 5:00 AM Books


David Stluka/UW Athletics

The Badgers women’s hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the country; the men are ranked No. 5. Not too shabby. Here’s a preview of coming action. more

Oct 19, 2017 5:00 AM Sports