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Electricity - it's one of the most important innovations in the history of humankind. It's hard to imagine life without electricity, and for good reason. Nearly every aspect of our lives is affected by electricity in some form or fashion, from the way you wash your clothes to the effort you put in at work. From a residential standpoint, you need it to cook, clean, entertain, and live comfortably. For commercial purposes, electricity is used to power the computers needed to keep America moving. That's why, when the electricity in your home or at your job is compromised, life grinds to a halt. Unfortunately, electrical problems are inevitable in today's day and age. When the electricity in your home or commercial workspace fails, you need a quick, effective solution that will get your life back on track. And that, in a nutshell, is where L&M Electric, Inc. shines the brightest.

Our company was founded in 2009 by Roger Lee and John Mezzles. With a combined 46 years of electrical experience, the two entrepreneurs set out to create a company that offers quality workmanship and unparalleled service to all its builders and clients. Today, we are proud to have served South Carolina for nearly two decades as the premier electrician contractor in Madison, AL. Our family-owned business specializes in both residential and commercial electrical work. Our highly-trained team has the experience and skills to handle any electrical issue, from minor panel breaker problems to large-scale industrial issues.

Despite winning numerous awards and recognitions in the Southeast, we don't let our accolades go to our head. Our team is committed to providing effective, personalized electrical work for every one of our customers. We take pride in our ability to offer peace of mind to our customers when they need it most, and that's exactly what we aim to provide to you too. We're talking one-on-one service provided by a friendly, professional electrician. There are no corners cut, no hidden fees, and no excuses - only the highest quality work from the finest electricians in Madison.

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What sets us apart from other electricians in Madison, AL? It boils down to three reasons:
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service
Customer-Centric, Quality Electric Service

As guests in your home, you won't ever have to worry about a member of our team trying to sell you something you don't need. Our job is to serve your electrical needs. You expect the highest quality electrical work in South Carolina, and that's what we will provide.

Experienced, Affordable Electricians
Experienced, Affordable Electricians

You understand that the highest quality work requires fair compensation, but you're not made of money. Our commitment is to offer affordable electric work at a price you're satisfied paying.

Family Owned & Operated
Family Owned & Operated

We know that you are choosing L&M Electric for a reason. Unlike large corporations, we truly care about our customers. As a family business, serving you is personal for us. We stake our reputation on the quality of our work. As such, we are accountable and will always strive to deliver the service you have come to expect from our company.

Affordable Electric Service That Makes You Feel Like Family

At L&M Electric, we employ the brightest commercial and residential electricians in Madison. Having electricians that specialize in both residential and commercial projects allow us to provide our customers with a wider range of services.

Our team fixes a broad range of electrical issues, but we have built our reputation on the following electric services:

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Electrical Repairs

Every homeowner has to deal with an electrical component breaking or failing at some point. When that happens, you need a partner who can troubleshoot the problem and correct the issue efficiently and effectively. A few common problems that we help solve for our customers include:

  • Ceiling Fan Repair
  • Light Fixture Repair
  • Light Switch & Outlet Repair
  • Electrical Safety Inspection
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Electrical Installations

Whether you have a new ceiling fan that needs to be installed or you have a new electrical outlet that you'd like added to your bedroom, L&M Electric is here to help. Our team installs quality solutions every day of the week - there's no electrical installation job your residential electrician in Madison, AL, can't handle. Here is a glance at some of the installation projects that we complete for homeowners:

  • Smart Home Installation
  • Electric Car Charging Station Installation
  • Whole-Home Surge Protection Installation
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Renovations and Remodeling

If you're renovating or remodeling your home, you need a professional electrician on-hand to work to properly install your new electrical devices and systems. Our skilled electricians are happy to work with you or your remodeling consultant to install your lights and keep your home shining bright. Common renovation and remodeling jobs include:

  • Hot Tub Wiring
  • Kitchen Lighting Renovations
  • Finished Basement Electrical Wiring
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New Construction Electrical Projects

Many new construction homeowners stress about having their electrical system wired from scratch. For us, it's just another day on the job. If you're building your dream home, don't leave your electrical work to mediocre electricians. Trust L&M electric for reliable service and the highest quality electrical work in Madison. A few new construction projects we handle are:

  • Breaker Panel Box Installation
  • Wiring for Backup Generator
  • Landscape Lighting Outdoors
  • Low Voltage Wiring
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Your Residential Electrician in Madison, AL

When you own a home, there's something inherently fulfilling about taking care of your property and fixing issues that pop up over time. When it comes to electrical work, however, DIY projects can be dangerous. Electricity is an amazing innovation, but if you aren't fully trained and licensed to handle such work, it's best to leave it to the experts at L&M Electric. Your home's safety is essential for you and your family. Our team will go above and beyond to ensure that your home's electrical system is operating correctly without any concerning problems.

With more than 60 years of combined experience as electricians, we are capable of troubleshooting and fixing a litany of electrical issues in your house. Keep reading to learn more about the most common electrical issues our customers report, along with some handy tips on how to remediate such problems.

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Panel Breaker is Tripped

If you don't have any power in your home, it might be time to check your electrical panel to see if there are any tripped breakers. If you spot a tripped breaker, try your best to switch it over to its original position. If you can't, remember that some breakers need to be flipped to the "off" position before turning it back on. If you don't have any luck, give our office a call. We'll send a trained residential electrician in Madison to your home to fix the problem on-site.

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Overhead Fan Stops Working

If you have an overhead fan in your living room or bedroom, you know how quickly it can accumulate dust. Most homeowners clean up using a rod duster. However, sometimes homeowners accidentally hit the fan direction switch when doing so. But, instead of flipping it "on" or "off," they bump it into a limbo zone where neither direction is selected. When this happens, your overhead fan will not spin. If one of your fans stops working suddenly, this is one of the most common reasons why. If you're sure you didn't hit the fan direction switch, it could be an indication of a larger problem. In this case, call our office for a free phone consultation. We'll troubleshoot with you over the phone and if necessary, send out an electrician.

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Kitchen Breaker Keeps Tripping

If your home was built in the last 35 years, chances are it has two 20-amp circuits running to your kitchen countertop outlets. Newer homes will have three circuits. If you're constantly tripping the breaker to your kitchen, it's most likely because you have too many electrical devices connected to the same circuit. To help alleviate this problem, place appliances like coffee makers and toasters on two different circuits. That way, they can share the load.

At the end of the day, your home is your place of solitude and relaxation. But, when you have electrical issues in your home, things can quickly go from peaceful to problematic. Whether you're renovating your home and need a new room wired for power or your panel breaker keeps giving your problems, L&M Electric is here to assist. If you have questions about an issue or need to schedule service, our team is ready to help answer your questions and coordinate the best time for a residential electrician to come to your home in Madison.

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Tips to Save Money and Maintain Your Home's Electrical Systems

Unlike some of our competitors, who are reluctant to provide any information that might prevent them from making a buck, L&M Electric is all about empowering our customers. If we can offer sound advice that will educate our clients and help them save money, we have no problem doing so. That's why we have put together some helpful tips and tricks for maintaining your home's most common electrical systems. Because, at the end of the day, a little knowledge can go a long way when it comes to your family's safety.

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Install Surge Protectors

Intense lighting storms can cause powerful surges of electricity that ruin your home's electrical appliances and amenities. Surge protectors installed at your electrical panel can help prevent these surges by grounding the electricity running through your home. They do so by directing it away from your electrical devices. This common solution is inexpensive, effective, and always a better choice than replacing expensive items like TVs and computers.

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Examine Your Breaker Panel

Breaker panels control the power to your home. When they go bad or are damaged, there's a good chance that you will lose power to most of the rooms in your house. Open your breaker panel and keep a sharp eye out for signs of corrosion and rust. Double-check that each breaker you see flips on and off properly. If you notice corrosion or if the breaker switches won't flip, it's time to get in touch with a residential electrician in Madison, AL, who can inspect your breaker panel and recommend upgrades if necessary.

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Test Your GFIs

GFIs, or Ground Fault Interrupters, are similar to surge protectors in that they prevent electrical damage from happening in your home. The primary job of a GFI is to prevent electrical shocks that happen during a ground fault. Because water is a conductor of electricity, GFIs should be installed anywhere that an outlet comes into contact with water. You should try to test your GFIs every month, if possible, to ensure that they are working correctly. When you look closely at your GFI, you will notice a "test" and a "reset" button. Hit the "test" button to trip the GFI outlet and then hit "reset" to restore power. If your outlet resets, your GFI is working as it should. If not, you need to replace your GFI outlet. Because electricity is involved, we recommend hiring a professional to install new GFIs in your home. That way, you know the job is done right.

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Replace Outdated Light Bulbs

The right light bulb can add the perfect amount of ambiance to your home. Eventually, however, even the best light bulbs will need replacing. While they don't need checking every month, it's a good idea to inspect all your bulbs at the beginning of the year. If any of your bulbs are dead, you should replace them. You should also consider replacing bulbs that are incandescent with LED lights. LED light bulbs may cost more upfront but use less electricity and are more efficient over the long run.

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Schedule a Home Safety Inspection

In terms of preventative maintenance, scheduling a safety inspection for your home's electrical systems should be a high priority. These inspections will shine a light on the electrical features in your home that need to be fixed. Most modern electrical fires are caused by short circuit arcs, defective insulation, or broken wiring. An inspection conducted by a qualified electrician will help determine what needs to be fixed so you and your family stay safe in your home. Your inspector should cover your whole home and will examine common features such as:

  • Breakers
  • Fans
  • Exposed Wiring
  • Electrical Panels
  • Circuits
  • Switches
  • Outlets and More
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he electrical system in your home brings it to life from the lights and appliances we use every day to the entertainment we all love and enjoy. You want an electrician that makes you feel safe while delivering the quality services you're promised.


Full-Service Electrical Work for Home and Business

Whether you need light switch services for your newly renovated home or need a generator installed at your commercial property, L&M Electric is here to serve you. Our team will get the job done right, so you can get back to loving your life in the Lowcountry.

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Why Wisconsin volleyball coach believes latest win in streak was its best

The University of Wisconsin volleyball team had a tough act to follow Saturday night when it took the court against No. 8 Ohio State.The No. 3 Badgers were coming off a Big Ten Championship-clinching victory the night before at No. 5 Nebraska and they faced a quick turnaround against a Buckeyes team that had seen its title ho...

The University of Wisconsin volleyball team had a tough act to follow Saturday night when it took the court against No. 8 Ohio State.

The No. 3 Badgers were coming off a Big Ten Championship-clinching victory the night before at No. 5 Nebraska and they faced a quick turnaround against a Buckeyes team that had seen its title hopes dashed with a three-match losing streak.

While there might not have been as much at stake in this one, the Badgers didn’t play like that as their poise and perseverance were tested in a four-set victory over the Buckeyes 25-22, 25-17, 19-25, 27-25 at the Covelli Centre in Columbus, Ohio.

“I can’t imagine this not being our best win of the year,” UW coach Kelly Sheffield said. “It’s simply that. Under the circumstances, I truly believe that.”

The victory gave the Badgers (25-3) a 19-1 record in the Big Ten Conference. The 19-1 record matches the best in school history, also achieved in 1997, 2001 and 2014. That’s not counting their 13-0 mark in the COVID-19-shortened 2020-21 season.

“Nineteen and one in this league is what this group just did,” Sheffield said. “I just told them that I was more proud of them, I was more excited for them, for tonight’s win, more so than last night’s win.”

The Badgers closed out the regular season with an 18-match winning streak after suffering their only conference loss at Minnesota in the second match of the Big Ten season. While he couldn’t help but think about how close they came to a perfect season, he said the team benefitted in the long run from that loss.

He also noted that the 19-1 record was accomplished immediately following the departure of program icons Dana Rettke and Sydney Hilley, All-American Lauren Barnes and lineup fixtures like Grace Loberg and Giorgia Civita.

“There’s so much learning that came from that (loss),” he said. “That was really important for where we are right now. How do you learn throughout the course of the year? There are opportunities around every corner, not just the losses but also the wins.

“I’m not sure too many of us could’ve seen 19-1 with what we lost from last year. That’s a credit to this group and the returners of learning the lessons, seeing how the people before them approached their craft and got better every day. The hunger that this group had, I saw it from last spring. I kept getting asked, are you worried about a letdown or the motivation? I really wasn’t because I saw them work every day. We just needed to get experience and time playing together.

“But their drive was really, really strong. This was a new season. It was their time. Even though you’re seeing that I don’t think any coach could ever sit there and say we expect 19-1 in the Big Ten. I think that would be arrogance and that’s certainly not where we’re coming from.”

Even though the Badgers didn’t arrive in Columbus until after 3:30 a.m. ET and had an abbreviated film session and serve-and-pass practice, they got off to a strong start against the Buckeyes (19-9, 15-5).

UW took advantage of 11 Ohio State hitting errors in the first set, grabbing a 19-16 lead with a 4-0 run. The Buckeyes hung tough, trailing just 22-21 before committing two hitting errors to put the Badgers at set point, with Anna Smrek finishing it off with a kill.

The Badgers dominated the second set, jumping out to a 10-3 lead with the help of back-to-back aces by junior setter MJ Hammill. UW led by as many as eight points at 20-12 and hit .385 for the set. Ohio State had 12 more hitting errors, hitting -.030 for the set.

But the Buckeyes bounced back in the third set, putting together a 9-2 run to bust open a 22-14 lead.

The Badgers appeared to have taken command of the fourth set with a 4-0 run to open up a 21-16 lead. They got to match point at 24-20 on a kill by Danielle Hart, but the Buckeyes battled back with a 5-0 run to take a 25-24 lead. But the Badgers tied it on another kill by Hart and then wrapped things up with two Ohio State hitting errors.

Redshirt sophomore Sarah Franklin led the Badgers with 12 kills while Smrek added 11. Smrek also had eight blocks as the Badgers out-blocked the Buckeyes 15-5.

Freshman libero Gulce Guctekin had a personal-best 28 digs.

“She was ridiculous, playing with a lot of range,” Sheffield said.

Sophomore Emily Londot led the Buckeyes with 20 kills and junior Rylee Rader added 15.

The Badgers, who moved up to No. 4 in the NCAA RPI ranking after the Nebraska win, likely wrapped up a top four seed in the NCAA Tournament with the victory over Ohio State. At least Sheffield believes it is a certainty.

“Has to be,” he said. “We will revolt in the streets if we’re not a top four team.”

The tournament field will be announced Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

Wisconsin 25 25 19 27

Ohio State 22 17 25 25

WISCONSIN (kills-digs-blocks) — Boyer 0-0-0, Bramschreiber 0-0-0, Hammill 0-5-0, Crawford 5-3-7, Robinson 9-3-2, Ashburn 0-10-0, Franklin 12-13-1, Smrek 11-0-8, Hart 8-2-5, Guctekin 0-28-0, Orzol 5-9-1. Totals 50-73-15.

OHIO STATE (kills-digs-blocks) — Londot 20-17-1, Rader 15-3-2, Moore 8-2-2, Gonzales 9-13-0, Podraza 4-10-1, Powell 2-0-3, Morbitzer 0-12-0, Murr 0-29-0. Totals 58-86-5.

Hitting percentage — W .226, OS .136. Aces — W 6 (Hammill 3), OS 9 (Londot 4). Assists — W 47 (Ashburn 20), OS 57 (Podraza 46). Att. – 3,880.

Readers' donations near $85,000 for children's Christmas toys

Since 1918, the Empty Stocking Club has provided Christmas toys to children in families in need in the greater Madison area. You can help again this year. Send your gift online at or mail it to:Empty Stocking ClubTODAY’S GIFTSJoan Collins & Bill Waldbillig in honor of our grandchildren, Madison..........$1,000.00John Jenson, Fitchburg..........$500.00Todd & Ann...

Since 1918, the Empty Stocking Club has provided Christmas toys to children in families in need in the greater Madison area. You can help again this year. Send your gift online at or mail it to:

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Joan Collins & Bill Waldbillig in honor of our grandchildren, Madison..........$1,000.00

John Jenson, Fitchburg..........$500.00

Todd & Ann Kiefer, Madison..........$500.00

Robert & Kathleen Poi, Fitchburg..........$500.00

Mimi & Ivan Knezevic, Madison..........$500.00

Donna Wilcox, in memory of Myron Wilcox, Raymond & Lucille Wells..........$300.00

Richard & Jane Westley, Middleton..........$300.00

LaVonne & John Bennett, In Memory of Paul Plano, Madison..........$250.00

Doug & Michelle Booher, Middleton..........$250.00

Judith Courtney, Madison..........$250.00

Bruce Brown, Madison..........$240.00

Jane Kopp, in loving memory of Regena Prieve, Middleton..........$200.00

David Marcum, in memory of Marcum, Wienkers and Zimbrich Family Members, McFarland..........$200.00

In memory of Mary Ann, Waunakee..........$200.00

In loving memory of Linda Hisgen, Madison..........$200.00

Jim Schroeder, Madison..........$200.00

Susan Mariucci & Edward VanGemert, Madison..........$150.00

Dawn Boh, Verona..........$150.00

Ronald Johnson, Verona..........$125.00

Stephen & Ellen Blitz, Fitchburg..........$100.00

Susan Udelhofen, Verona..........$100.00

William & Donna Dusso, Madison..........$100.00

Paul Reichel, Madison..........$100.00

Diane Weiner, in honor of my mother, Ethel Ackley, Madison..........$100.00

Betsy Rolland, Madison..........$100.00

Marsha & Larry Herman, Monona..........$100.00

Steve & Pat Wehrley, Verona..........$100.00

Daniel Thoftne, Madison..........$100.00

Deb Riggins, in loving memory of Steve Riggins, Poynette..........$100.00

Robin Andrews, Middleton..........$100.00

John & Robin Cavanaugh, Middleton..........$100.00

Wendy Walter, Madison..........$100.00

James Sabroff, Madison..........$100.00

Bill & Shari Dreher, Verona..........$100.00

Donald & Kathleen Olson, Black Earth..........$100.00

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Tom & Kris Manke, Arlington..........$100.00

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Bill & Linda Tanke, Fitchburg..........$100.00

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In loving memory of Ron Statz, Waunakee..........$100.00

Mary & O.L. Bell, Madison..........$100.00

Steve & Linda Stace, Stoughton..........$100.00

Gary & Nova Mijal, Prairie du Sac..........$100.00

Wally & Kay Coombs, in memory of Andy, Madison..........$100.00

Linda Breunig, Deforest..........$100.00

Al & Carol Antonson, Mount Horeb..........$100.00

Gary & Judy Larkin, Portage..........$100.00

Gary & Susie Hooverson, Prairie du Sac..........$100.00

In memory of Derryl Beich & Earl Lohneis, Portage..........$100.00

Joe & Marti Clausius, Madison..........$100.00

Jim & Audrey Rue, Blue Mounds..........$100.00

In memory of Walter & Virginia Kalscheur, Mount Horeb..........$100.00

In loving memory of Vicki Kalscheur, Mount Horeb..........$100.00

Jean & Dennis Carlson, Fitchburg..........$100.00

Candy & Spence Cattell, Monona..........$75.00

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Suzanne Adler, Madison..........$50.00

Bret Jenkin, Sun Prairie..........$50.00

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Prudence Stewart, Madison..........$50.00

Deanna Letts, Madison..........$50.00

Bill Hartwig, in memory of Nan, Fort Atkinson..........$50.00

Jim & Cathy Doyle, in loving memory of our son, James, Madison..........$50.00

Rod & Linda Witt, in memory of Louise Witt, Sun Prairie..........$50.00

Kurt & Muggs Helin, Fitchburg..........$50.00

Gerard & Lavia Pehler, Oregon..........$50.00

Jim & Anita Lightfoot, Madison..........$50.00

Sue Hilgemann & Bob Buchanan, Madison..........$50.00

Tim & Sandy Gosset's, Middleton..........$50.00

Duane Kleven, Middleton..........$50.00

In loving memory of Bob Mickelson, Madison..........$50.00

Dennis Nolter, in memory of my loving wife, Mary Jean, Lodi..........$50.00

In memory of Doug & Lorrie Sage, Madison..........$50.00

Lillian & Evelyn Mason, Olympia, WA..........$50.00

Laurene Cushman, Madison..........$50.00

Bruce & Vickie, in memory of Rick Stamn (Hammer), Verona..........$50.00

Jim & Gee Gee Bates, Fitchburg..........$50.00

Jerry & Yvonne Remy, Belleville..........$50.00

John & Marge Bollig, Madison..........$50.00

Gerald Boehm, Cross Plains..........$50.00

Shirley Kopp, in memory of Bob Kopp, Waunakee..........$50.00

Ray & Marian Sweeney, Madison..........$50.00

Kay Ellis, Middleton..........$50.00

Tom & Karea Swenson, Madison..........$50.00

Nancy Reardon, Reedsburg..........$50.00

Wayne & Sandra Huebner, Madison..........$35.00

Marcie & Ray Dachik, Baraboo..........$35.00

Neil & Linda Williamson, Deforest..........$35.00

Herb & Linda Paulas, Plain..........$30.00

In loving memory of Tom Hoffman, Fitchburg..........$30.00

Emily Reinke & Maggie Kittoe, Sun Prairie..........$28.00

Karen Michael, Madison..........$25.00

Noreane Ziegel, Reeseville - Many, many years ago, my children benefited from your awesome program. Just a small thank you...........$25.00

Dick & Bonnie Jirik, Madison..........$25.00

Anne Kienitz, Sun Prairie..........$25.00

Peg Evans, Sun Prairie..........$25.00

Steve & Judy Urso, Sun Prairie..........$25.00

Donald Wolf, Madison..........$25.00

John Johnson, Sun Prairie..........$25.00

In loving memory of Bill & Marian Bongard, Madison, from their family..........$25.00

In loving memory to William & Ellen Hiller of Baraboo from William L. Hiller Jr., Reedsburg..........$25.00

Rena, Tom & Travis Thompson, Marshall..........$25.00

Joanne Harms, Waterloo..........$25.00

Barbara Williams, Madison..........$25.00

Mary J. Latchford, Mount Horeb..........$25.00

Evelyn McNulty..........$25.00

Steven & Christine Ascher, Madison..........$25.00

John Grall, Fitchburg..........$25.00

In memory of Paul Stegerwald, Sun Prairie..........$25.00

Deborah Ross, Verona..........$25.00

Audrey Lukes, in memory of Norman "Shorty" Lukes, Sun Prairie..........$25.00

Roger & Judie Nitzsche, Stoughton..........$25.00

Charles & Barbara Pickhardt, Madison..........$25.00

Bonny Kellogg, Mount Horeb..........$25.00

James Teela, Prairie du Sac..........$25.00

Judy Gunnelson..........$10.00

Randy & Shirley Sus, Wisconsin Dells..........$10.00

Franklin & Barbara Killarney, Madison..........$10.00

S.S., 61073..........$5.00

Total Anonymous..........$2,895.00

Gifts Previously Received..........$69,492.70

Today's Gift..........$15,285.00

TOTAL TO DATE..........$84,777.70

Wisconsin volleyball beats Nebraska to claim fourth straight Big Ten title

The No. 3 Badgers clinched their fourth consecutive Big Ten Conference championship Friday night with a 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19 fvictory over No. 5 Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.The Badgers (24-3, 18-1 Big Ten) won the ninth Big Ten title in program history. It is just the third time in Big Ten history a team has won four straight championships — the other two times were both by Penn State, which won four from 1996-99 and eight from 2003-10.The victory extends the Badgers’ winning streak ov...

The No. 3 Badgers clinched their fourth consecutive Big Ten Conference championship Friday night with a 25-21, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19 fvictory over No. 5 Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.

The Badgers (24-3, 18-1 Big Ten) won the ninth Big Ten title in program history. It is just the third time in Big Ten history a team has won four straight championships — the other two times were both by Penn State, which won four from 1996-99 and eight from 2003-10.

The victory extends the Badgers’ winning streak over Nebraska to 10, the longest losing streak against any team in Nebraska history. The Cornhuskers lost nine consecutive matches to Missouri State from 1975-78. Nebraska still holds a 19-13-1 lead in the all-time series with UW.

“I’m proud of these guys,” UW coach Kelly Sheffield said. “It’s so hard to win these things and we don’t take that for granted. The competition that you have every week and then you come into this place and win in front of this crowd. Early in the year we wouldn’t have been able to do that. But to see them grow and coming together and get better and embrace big moments.”

Junior Devyn Robinson had 16 kills to lead the UW attack as the Badgers hit .235 for the match against Nebraska’s top-ranked defense. Redshirt sophomore Sarah Franklin provided 12 kills and sophomore Anna Smrek had 11 with just one error.

“I feel like it was just a team effort and we all just left it on the court,” Robinson said. “I just saw all the confidence from Izzy (Ashburn) and my back row. I feel like this is a whole new team with our own strengths and weaknesses and we just came together.”

Redshirt senior Kaitlyn Hord led the Cornhuskers (24-4, 16-3) with 13 kills. Sophomores Lindsay Krause and Ally Batenhorst had 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Nebraska hit .200 as a team.

Robinson helped the Badgers get off to a sizzling start in the first set with six kills. UW scored the first four points and opened up a lead of as many as nine points, 22-13, on Robinson’s sixth kill.

The Cornhuskers battled back with a 5-0 run to narrow the margin to 22-18. But Nebraska committed two service errors to put UW at set point and, after kills by Whitney Lauenstein and Ally Batenhorst cut the lead to 24-21, Franklin put away the winner.

The Badgers hit .400 in the first set with just two attack errors, while the Cornhuskers hit .286 with four errors.

“She came out of the gates and really announced her presence with authority,” Sheffield said of Robinson. “We got off to a really good start and then we settled in there and just battled.”

The second set was a back-and-forth affair, with the Badgers leading 18-17 before the Cornhuskers went on a 6-1 run to open up a 23-19 lead. Nebraska got to set point on a service error by Gulce Guctekin. After fighting off one set point on a kill by Franklin, Bekka Allick got the kill to even the match at one set apiece.

Set 3 was another tight battle as it was tied 16 times before the Badgers started to pull away. The last tie was at 17 before the Badgers closed out with an 8-3 run.

The Badgers twice appeared to have opened up fairly comfortable leads, only to have points overturned by Nebraska challenges. An apparent kill by Robinson that would’ve put UW up 20-17 was negated by a net violation. And then what was originally called a hitting error on Nebraska was reversed as a touch was called on Franklin. A hitting error by Franklin allowed the Cornhuskers to close to within 22-21, but the Badgers finished with a 3-0 run, starting out with a Nebraska service error followed by a kill by Julia Orzol and a stuff block by Orzol and Caroline Crawford, who returned to the lineup after missing the previous five matches with a broken finger.

“We came out of the locker room in the third and got back to work,” Sheffield said. “I thought we played pretty solidly.”

The Badgers took command in the fourth set with a 6-0 run to open up a 14-8 lead behind the serving of Crawford. They stretched that lead to as many as eight points, 19-11, after a 3-0 run that included an ace by Guctekin. Nebraska never got closer than four points the rest of the way, with the Badgers getting the last two points on a kill by Danielle Hart and an attack error on Lauenstein.

“We got a little bit of a lead and we just kept siding out," Shefield said. "They weren’t able to put points on top of points together. Our passing as the match went on was so good.

"We started out pretty well with our serving and then it got a little wonky at the end of the first set. Then we started finding our groove and had their setters on the run a little bit more as the match was going on. Our serve and pass game was huge.”

Wisconsin 25 21 25 25

Nebraska 21 25 21 19

WISCONSIN (kills-digs-blocks) — Boyer 0-0-0, Bramschreiber 0-0-0, Hammill 0-13-0, Crawford 2-5-3, Robinson 16-1-3, Ashburn 0-9-0, Franklin 12-8-1, Smrek 11-2-5, Hart 8-1-4, Guctekin 0-15-0, Orzol 8-8-2. Totals 57-62-10.

NEBRASKA (kills-digs-blocks) — Hames 0-9-0, Allick 9-3-6, Boesiger 0-2-0, Rodriguez 0-17-0, Orr 0-5-0, Kubik 7-13-0, Lauenstein 4-7-4, Batenhorst 10-9-5, Krause 12-1-1, Hord 13-0-4. Totals 55-66-10.

Hitting percentage — W .235, N .200. Aces — W 3 (Orzol, Bramschreiber, Crawford), N 1 (Rodriguez). Assists — W 55 (Ashburn 28), N 49 (Hames 25). Att. — 8,255.

What to do in Madison this week: Skegss, Andrea Potos, and more Isthmus Picks

Press Play: Recorded Sound from Groove to Stream, through Dec. 22, UW Memorial Library-Special Collections: Long before there was a recording industry, inventors were trying to figure out how to preserve and reproduce sound. Since the late 1800s the results have been available in a multitude of ways, up to today's plethora of streaming choices. Press Play: Recorded Sound from Groove to Stream, a new exhibit on display through Dec. 22 in the UW-Madison Memorial Library's ninth floor Special Collections area,...

Press Play: Recorded Sound from Groove to Stream, through Dec. 22, UW Memorial Library-Special Collections: Long before there was a recording industry, inventors were trying to figure out how to preserve and reproduce sound. Since the late 1800s the results have been available in a multitude of ways, up to today's plethora of streaming choices. Press Play: Recorded Sound from Groove to Stream, a new exhibit on display through Dec. 22 in the UW-Madison Memorial Library's ninth floor Special Collections area, catalogs and explains formats both ubiquitous (LPs) and forgotten (minidiscs, anyone?). Curated by Nathan Gibson, an author, musician and preservation archivist, and the staff at Mills Music Library, the exhibit works as a basic beginner's overview of recording formats and the cultures that developed around them, and offers many examples of Wisconsin's part of the history. The exhibit is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; a visitor's pass can be acquired at the Memorial Library front desk. Preview a playlist of recordings in the exhibit and find more info here.

An Isthmus Conversation with Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Tuesday, Nov. 29, Facebook Live, 7 p.m.: Sen. Tammy Baldwin is making national headlines for her lead role in championing a bill, the Respect for Marriage Act, that would give federal protection to same-sex and interracial marriages. To hear more about the fight to accomplish this from the senator herself, tune in to this Isthmus online chat with publisher Jason Joyce and editor Judith Davidoff. We will talk with Baldwin about her role shepherding this historic legislation, her early years in Madison, rise in politics, and more. Viewer questions will be pulled via the comment section; find the livestream at

Art Spiegelman, Tuesday, Nov. 29, Crowdcast, 7 p.m.: In the history of comix and graphic novels, there so far has been only one Pulitzer winner, in 1992: Maus, a collection of work by Art Spiegelman originally serialized in the magazine Raw. The genesis of Maus can be found in an early 1970s strip in Spiegelman's first collection drawn from his underground comix work, Breakdowns: Portrait of the Artist as a Young %@&*!, which is returning to print in December. Spiegelman will discuss this early work during a Wisconsin Book Festival talk, on Crowdcast; register here.

Skegss, Tuesday, Nov. 29, High Noon Saloon, 8 p.m.: In their native Australia, rock trio Skegss is a sensation; their most recent album, Rehearsal, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Australian Albums Chart in 2021. Rehearsal's songs don't reinvent the wheel but (as is often the case) that's a good thing; it's sunny rock 'n roll mixing twang and a bit of crunch for a set of catchy, heartfelt tales from laid-back living. Skegss is on tour with a pair of other rising artists: fellow Australian and alt-country songwriter Adam Newling and Vermont rock band Sir Chloe.

Tudor Holiday Dinner and Concerts, Nov. 30-Dec. 4, UW Memorial Union-Great Hall, 5:30 p.m.: Bring on the figgy pudding! The Tudor Holiday Dinner Concerts are back! This much loved tradition took a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. The Memorial Union’s splendid Great Hall is transformed in this holiday celebration that harks back to Merrie Olde England, with ancient Yuletide traditions and carol singing from the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison. But those who are here for the feast should know there's a new menu this year, with entrees of maple-glazed pork tenderloin or a vegetarian maple-glazed acorn squash, and for dessert, the figgy pudding will be set aflame. And yes, there will be wassail. Hopefully you didn't wait on tickets, as the concerts sold out by early November; find more info at

Andrea Potos, Wednesday, Nov, 30, Mystery to Me, 6 p.m.: Andrea Potos is one of the many bright lights in the Madison poetry community. She will be reading from her ninth collection, Her Joy Becomes, out this year by the nonprofit poetry publisher Fernwood Press. Potos has earned five Outstanding Achievement Awards in poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association and has won the James Hearst Poetry Prize from the North American Review, and the William Stafford Prize in poetry. Expect meditations on the wonder that is life and the mystery that is the moving on from life. Free, but ticket required (a Crowdcast livestream also available).

Sifting & Reckoning: UW-Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance, through Dec. 23, Chazen Museum of Art: Museums and other cultural institutions have begun the work of recognizing the sometimes tainted provenance of the works they house and acknowledging the underrepresented in their collections. This has itself caused a backlash from the right. UW-Madison Public History Project's Sifting & Reckoning: UW-Madison’s History of Exclusion and Resistance examines 150 years of struggle, discrimination, exclusion and resistance at the university through various artifacts and oral histories. Kacie Lucchini Butcher, co-curator of the exhibit at the Chazen, calls it “an opportunity for us to reflect on what happened here at UW-Madison so that we can better understand what we need to do in order to create a more equitable future.” A panel discussion by Lucchini Butcher, Vice Provost for Libraries Lisa Carter and UW Archives oral history curator Troy Reeves will take place at 4 p.m. on Dec. 1, at Memorial Library (register here).

Audifax, Dec. 1-March 9, Garver Feed Mill; reception 6-8 pm, Dec. 1: Audifax, the current artist-in-residence for the Madison Public Library's Bubbler program, is a self-taught artist who creates murals/street art and other paintings as well as sculpture. View a sampling of Audifax's work in the exhibit “Centre,” opening at Garver Canvas on Dec. 1, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. New works on canvas and prints will be added throughout December, and Audifax will be working on a sculpture in the space as well (with an unveiling planned as part of the next Femmestival on Feb. 19).

Peter and the Starcatcher, Dec. 1-4, UW Vilas Hall-Mitchell Theatre: It's a musical variation on Peter Pan that won a Tony. Peter and the Starcatcher is a University Theatre production that should appeal to the whole family, though a warning notes that it contains “mild rude humor.” You already know the story about the boy who would not grow up, and all the magic and wonder therein. And yes, there arrrr pirates. Performances at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 1-2; 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3; and 2 p.m., Dec. 4. The Mitchell Theatre lobby box office opens one hour prior to performances for walk up sales; advance tickets at

Shecase Showdown, Thursday, Dec. 1, Harmony Bar, 7:30 p.m.: The Harmony Bar continues to up its game with music bookings since new owners took over this summer. The recurring Shecase Showdown is a great example. Kelly Maxwell (Little Red Wolf, Gold Dust Women) curated and hosts this in-the-round gathering of woman songwriters, featuring a fun mash-up of genres in December. Anapaula Venacio Strader is known for her Brazilian vocal stylings with Samba Novistas. Raquel Aleman’s music goes the way of '90s power pop and R&B. Bassist Claire Kannapell leans traditional jazz but also knows how to create quirky rock songs from her days in Woodrow. Huan-Hua Chye is a member of Madison’s rock mystics Gentle Brontosaurus.

All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Dec. 1-11, Overture Center-Playhouse: An a cappella musical written by UW-Madison graduate and Theatre Latté Da co-founder Peter Rothstein, All is Calm uses period music and the words of the men who were actually there to recount a World War I story that will stick with you long after seeing the play. It's become a holiday tradition for Four Seasons Theatre, which is remounting this production for a third season. Shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

German Art Students 25th Anniversary, Thursday, Dec. 1, Bur Oak, 8 p.m.: Can we do better than to quote our own critic, the late Tom Laskin, on the GAS? “Much like the parade of New Wave bands that spread equal amounts of pop and snot across the late '70s music scene, the local quartet holds nothing sacred. Civil War reenactments, self-righteous lefty artists, twee baroque-rock bands: They sneer at ‘em all.” The classic lineup of Andy Larson, Annelies Howell, Kirk Wall and Randy Ballwahn will be on hand to celebrate 25 years of wonky pop snot. And you can dance too. With Jane Hobson.

Them Coulee Boys + Long Mama, Thursday, Dec. 1, High Noon Saloon, 8 p.m.: The Cosmic American Music pick of the week is certainly this twin bill of Wisconsin roots-plus outfits. Them Coulee Boys work from a folk-country base, mixing stellar four-part harmony singing with a punk rock aesthetic and energy. Milwaukee quartet Long Mama builds a spare roots rock frame around the folky songs and warmly direct singing of Kat Wodtke, a combination that works to great effect on their debut album, Poor Pretender.

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Season of regression ends with Wisconsin moving backwards

Penalties, errant passes and a goal-line opportunity gone awry are hardly the recipes for picture-perfect football. That said, the bizarre ending to Saturday’s game versus Minnesota was a perfectly fitting conclusion to the 2022 Badgers’ regular season.With a 23-16 victory over Wisconsin (6-6, 4-5), the Golden Gophers (8-4, 5-4) came to Madison and defended their claim to Paul Bunyan’s Axe. Failures in the red zone, lapses in pass coverage and horribly timed penalties spelled doom for the Badgers in their ques...

Penalties, errant passes and a goal-line opportunity gone awry are hardly the recipes for picture-perfect football. That said, the bizarre ending to Saturday’s game versus Minnesota was a perfectly fitting conclusion to the 2022 Badgers’ regular season.

With a 23-16 victory over Wisconsin (6-6, 4-5), the Golden Gophers (8-4, 5-4) came to Madison and defended their claim to Paul Bunyan’s Axe.

Failures in the red zone, lapses in pass coverage and horribly timed penalties spelled doom for the Badgers in their quest to reclaim the Axe and, more importantly, finish the season with a winning record.

First half

Minnesota answered Wisconsin’s game-opening field goal with a 10-play, 81-yard touchdown drive. Receiver Daniel Jackson got separation from cornerback Jay Shaw on a quick slant and hauled in an easy, six-yard pass from Athan Kaliakmanis.

The Gophers were quickly back in the red zone thanks to Kaliakmanis’ beautiful deep ball. Shaw was burnt again, this time by Dylan Wright. A failed fourth-down run ended the threat at Wisconsin’s 11-yard line, though.

A field goal for each team made it 10-6 before halftime. Minnesota outgained the Badgers 220 yards to 133 in the half and Wisconsin, playing without the injured Braelon Allen, was averaging just 3.2 yards per carry.

Second half

Matthew Trickett added three for the Gophers with an impressive 50-yard field goal to start the third quarter.

The Badgers once again hit a wall in Minnesota territory, stalling at the 18 and settling for a third Nate Van Zelst field goal.

A 28-yard catch-and-run by fullback Jackson Acker quickly got Wisconsin back in the red zone following a Gopher three-and-out. This time, the Badgers found the end zone, with Chimere Dike scoring on a nine-yard reverse and giving Wisconsin a 16-13 lead. Graham Mertz made a crucial block, eliminating the free edge defender and clearing a lane for Dike.

Minnesota tied it with a chip-shot field goal midway through the fourth quarter. Jackson made a terrific 34-yard sideline catch to get them within range. Semar Melvin appeared to be all over the receiver, but nifty footwork and a perfect throw from Kaliakmanis beat the jumping cornerback.

Wisconsin’s third consecutive three-and-out gave Minnesota the ball with 6:21 remaining. Near midfield after a couple first downs, Kaliakmanis hit receiver Lemeke Brockington for a 45-yard touchdown. Brockington slipped behind cornerback Alexander Smith, caught the quick pass and easily outran Melvin and John Torchio for the go-ahead score.

On third down with under three minutes to go, Mertz badly overthrew Dike and handed it back to the Gophers. The interception didn’t end the game, however, as Trickett clanged a 48-yarder off the right upright.

With Mertz hurt on a two-yard scramble, backup quarterback Chase Wolf entered for his first meaningful action all year. The task: gaining 59 yards in about a minute to tie the game and force overtime.

A 14-yard run by Isaac Guerendo on fourth down, a 16-yard completion to Dike on the left sideline and a defensive pass interference call set Wisconsin up with a first-and-goal from the five.

On the verge of an unprecedented comeback, the Badger offensive line just couldn’t stand still. Riley Mahlman’s holding penalty pushed Wisconsin to the 15. A Tanor Bortolini false start and an incompletion made it second-and-20. Tyler Beach flinched, moving things back to the 25. Mahlman inexplicably did the same, leaving Wolf with three chances from the 30-yard line.

Neither of Wolf’s heaves to the end zone had any chance, and Wisconsin’s regular season ended with the Gophers celebrating at Camp Randall Stadium.

Another week, another issue

Wisconsin was clearly intent on slowing down running back Mohamed Ibrahim. They succeeded at that, limiting one of the nation’s best backs to 70 yards on 27 carries. As a team, the Gophers managed just 2.6 yards per carry and 97 total rushing yards.

Linebacker Maema Njongmeta was a force on the inside, totaling 12 tackles (nine solo) with 2.5 tackles for loss, a quarterback hit and half a sack. Keeanu Benton had a pair of backfield tackles and half a sack, too.

Kaliakmanis, a freshman with limited experience and underwhelming numbers, exposed the Badger secondary as much as any quarterback this season. He completed 19 of 29 attempts for 319 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Wisconsin appeared to have solved its early-season pass coverage woes, but Kaliakmanis and his receivers dominated on the outside. If Saturday was a sign of things to come, the Gophers should enjoy strong quarterback play for the next few years.

Braelon Allen’s absence, while noticeable, wasn’t crippling for the Badgers. Wisconsin had 82 rushing yards to Minnesota’s zero in the second half. Chez Mellusi ran for 75 yards on 19 carries and Guerendo had 40 yards.

The offensive shortcomings are mostly attributable to Mertz’s poor performance. He took no sacks and was hit only once, but Mertz struggled to deliver accurate throws all afternoon. He missed an open Jack Eschenbach at the goal line in the third quarter, forcing Wisconsin to settle for a field goal. The fourth-quarter interception was ugly as well.

All season, the Badgers have teased the idea of success only to collapse with costly mistakes, personnel uncertainty and an untrustworthy passing offense. Saturday’s final drive — with a new quarterback in the game, four consecutive penalties and the goal-line implosion — was just more of the same for Wisconsin.

What’s next? The first and most crucial step is hiring a head coach. It’s looking as if Cincinnati’s Luke Fickell will be hired, although the university has yet to issue a formal announcement.

The Daily Cardinal will have full coverage of the head coaching decision when a decision is made. We’ll also provide coverage of Wisconsin’s bowl game and other stories as the program begins preparing for 2023.


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