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Unique Football Team Topic of Author's Talk

SEPT. 9, 2005--Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Reporter Greg Borowski will discuss his book about a unique high school football team's first season at the Working Journalist Seminar at 7 p.m. Sept. 22 in the River Room of Rodli Commons at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

His book, "First and Long: A Black School, A White School and Their Season of Dreams" (Badger Books, 2005), traces the season when two Milwaukee schools--Shorewood and Messmer high schools--put aside their football rivalry and joined forces to create a new team. One school is private, one is public; one is urban, the other suburban; and one is mostly black students and the other is mostly white.

In the fall 2001, Shorewood hoped to boost its lagging football program, and Messmer was looking to return to the field after nearly two decades without a team. Borowski was granted access to the team--from the locker room to the sidelines--to follow the historic season. The book follows the players, from two "different" worlds in Milwaukee, as they learn about overcoming differences, working together and staring down adversity.

Borowski is a Milwaukee native and the city hall reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. An award-winning journalist, he is a graduate of Messmer High School and Marquette University. "First and Long" is his first book.

The Working Journalists Seminar is sponsored by the UW-RF journalism department. For more information, contact the department at 715/425-3169. For more information on the book, visit the Web site, www.firstandlong.com or contact Badger Books at 1-800-928-2372.

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