WAUSAU - Trips to state were on the line in girls tennis on Wednesday. Wausau East was hosting a Division 1 sectional.
Rhinelander, Merrill, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids among the schools with players competing.
It was a tough day for the Hodags. Lyssa Messerli (#1 singles), and the team of Beth Zenk and Kelsie Prahl (#1 doubles) fell in the opening round, as well as #4 singles rep, Eva O'Melia. Although O'Melia did win third place in #4 singles.
In #1 singles, Gabi Kitchell of D-C Everest won the section championship and is off to state. She has only lost one match all season.
Also Madison bound, is Wausau West's #1 Doubles team of Caroline Krolicki and Mallory Wanserski. They captured the section crown with a win over Eau Claire Memorial.
Marshfield's Nadeen Lieberman was also among the athletes heading to next week's state meet in Madison.
For Merrill, Annie DeBroux fell in the semifinals at #3 singles, while the #1 doubles team of Jolene Ladewig and Morgan Wilde lost in the quarterfinals.
ACROSS THE NORTHWOODS - Do bugs seem to be everywhere in your home, even though there's snow outside? One type of bug in Wisconsin spends the winter inside our houses! They look like Lady Bugs, but they are actually not native to this country.
"They're actually called a multi-colored Asian Lady Beetle. They can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a darker orange and they have black spots on them but you'll see some that don't have spots," says Kerri Ison, UW Oneida County Extension.
RHINELANDER - Our record breaking snow storm left more than 6,000 people across the Northwoods without power.
WPS had to rely on 20 extra crews from Green Bay, Wausau and Menominee to restore power.
But getting to the outages was a challenge.
A representative for WPS says workers are expecting even more outages to be reported.
"Not all of the back roads are plowed yet and that's where a lot of outages are located," said Leah Van Zile, WPS Community Relations leader. "Throughout the day as the temperatures warm, we expect to receive additional calls due to the unloading of snow off of the tree branches."
Eagle River had one of the highest number of customers affected by the outages.
Representatives for WPS say this was one of the hardest winters they've had to deal with.
"We've had some really, really severe wind chills which has really made the temperatures below zero. Typically, only in emergencies do we work in those conditions," said Van Zile. "But pretty much any other time, whether it's a rain storm, a snow storm, a wind storm, our guys are out there working, getting that power back on."
The number of outages dropped below 4,000 since earlier today.
If you're still without power to call 1800-450-7240.
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