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Two books written... still too many stories in my head. I need to dump some more onto paper.

I've enjoyed writing in a variety of formats and have developed a supportive readership. Check out my books, reader comments, blog, and author info.

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I've always enjoyed writing. I've also enjoyed playing, coaching, officiating, and watching various sports. Those experiences, along with my interest in geography, history, and travel have formed the backdrop for my books. I love to tell stories. Most of them are true.

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Do you know who Old Abe was? How about Casimir Pulaski? Have you ever seen a Hodag? Where is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States? Who was Butternut's World Champion wrestler? Which Wisconsin school is "connected" to Niagara Falls? Where can you find a WWII submarine? These and other questions are all related to unique high school mascots in Wisconsin. Through stories, puzzles, mazes, and other activities, here's a great opportunity to learn more about the geography and history of Wisconsin.

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"Congratulations, Carlo. So very well done. Such a great book! Highly recommend!"

"Definitely a book of 'I never knew that...'"

"The research put into the book is very apparent. We learned so much about the interesting, quirky, and unique mascots from around the state and we love the activities included in the book."

"It's perfect for your kids and/or students learning at home right now."

"Such a fun and interesting read for both myself and the kids! Great job, Carlo!"

"I love these stories! The book is in my class library."

"A super fun and interesting book about Wisconsin mascots written by my friend and geography colleague."

 "Awesome! My students loved it when you came to my classroom to do your mascot activities."

"We're proud to be an outlet for the new book by Carlo Kumpula. Calling on his experiences as a geography teacher and coach he has created a unique book that serves as both an entertaining read and a lesson about Wisconsin history."

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From 1943 through 1971, every public high school in Wisconsin played in a single basketball tournament and only one team could claim the title of "State Champion." During those years the goal of teams in the northwestern part of the state was to reach the Spooner sectional and from there, hopefully, the state tournament in Madison. In the 1940s it was Carl Vergamini's Hurley dynasty challenged by Roy Melvin's Ashland juggernaut. Superior Central was king in the 1950s followed by the Rice Lake and Eau Claire Memorial powerhouses of the '60s. Brief moments of glory were claimed by the Cinderella teams from St. Croix Falls, Rib Lake, Drummond, and Frederic. It's all here, the players, the coaches, the teams, and the dreams. Get ready for 29 years of the best of Northern Wisconsin basketball.

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"I read your book in two settings. I couldn't put it down."

"Your book is fantastic! It brought back memories that were long gone."

"My father was head basketball coach from 1948 to 1953. Thank you for putting the book together and retelling the history of Northern Wisconsin basketball."

"Congratulations on your wonderful, well-researched, and interesting book. You did an amazing job of capturing the essence of the Spooner sectional."

"I thoroughly enjoyed the book. GREAT JOB!"

"Your book is hard to put down. I plan to loan it to my brother who will enjoy it as much as I have."

"The account of the games was accurate and brought back fond memories."

"My dad played at the Spooner sectional in 1948 and 1949, so it was fun to read another account of those games I've heard so much about."

"I noticed a lot of things that I never knew about -- but the names and places are mostly familiar. You did a great job of collecting all of these facts. I know research is 90% of the game. Putting it in order and on paper is the fun part. Thanks again!"

"Thank you for all the work put into bringing back so many memories."

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Spooner WI 54801


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