Having been to the state tournament in 12 of the past 13 years, you’d think the thrill of winning would have lost some of its shine for the Burlington High School girls volleyball team.

Don’t believe it for a second.

That’s because the 2021 version of the Demons overcame its own set of challenges and the team members have their eyes set on creating their own legacy.

Every year is different for high school sports teams, but the one constant for the Lady Demons volleyball program is success.

Read about how the team recovered its mojo midseason and now has its sites set on the state title.

The volleyball team’s run to glory is among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. Copies will be available at local retail outlets on Thursday and subscribers will receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

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Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:


UNITING FOR A CAUSE: Normally when sports teams from Burlington and Waterford face off on the fields and courts it’s as bitter rivals. On Saturday, however, that competitive drive to defeat one another has been set aside; displaced by a higher calling and bound together by a desire to help in separate – but similar – tragedies. The girls youth basketball programs in Burlington and Waterford have joined forces to host a 3-on-3 benefit tournament at Burlington High School with all proceeds going to the Loos and Rozanski families.

GETTING A FACELIFT: A prominent downtown Burlington building will undergo a facelift after the Common Council Tuesday issued a certificate of appropriateness to the owners of Anchor Nutrition.

VOTER FRAUD ALLEGED: Sheriff Christopher Schmaling is blaming state election officials for a case voting fraud investigators say they uncovered at a county nursing home, but elections officials and advocates for the disabled are pushing back against his assertions.

COURT NEWS: A Burlington man is charged with multiple battery offenses and intimidation after allegedly becoming upset when his girlfriend left the house while he was sleeping.

KMECAK WINS STATE: With 400 meters left in Saturday’s WIAA Division 3 state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids, Catholic Central junior Elsie Kmecak wasn’t even in the top three. In fact, with about the length of four football fields to go, she was in fifth place and a large group of girls had caught up to her. There was enough time to catch up, but a serious comeback was needed.

TIME TO FALL BACK: Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7. Readers are reminded to set their clocks back one hour before going to bed Saturday night. Fire safety officials say the semi-annual clock change is also a good time to check batteries in smoke detectors and other home safety devices.