STEVENS POINT - The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will be the site for the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship.
The NCAA announced the selection on Thursday, Nov. 1. The national semifinals and national championship game will be played March 21-22, 2014, in Quandt Fieldhouse.
“This event will bring our university a tremendous level of regional and national exposure,” said Director of Athletics Daron Montgomery. “Hosting these championship games will be an opportunity for our entire university and community to roll out the red carpet to welcome dozens of student-athletes, four participating institutions, and hundreds of fans and visitors to Stevens Point.”
NCAA officials chose UW-Stevens Point for the championship site after reviewing several bids submitted by prospective host institutions. In 2012, the event was held at Hope College in Holland, Mich.), which will again serve as host in 2013 before the championship moves to Stevens Point in March 2014.
UW-Stevens Point's Quandt Fieldhouse was the site of NCAA Division III men's basketball sectional tournaments in 2005, 2007 and 2010 and women's basketball sectional tournaments in 1987 and 2004. The facility also hosted the NCAA Division III wrestling championships in 1994. The field house also serves as a venue for numerous concerts and community events.
Hosting an NCAA championship event will not be new to UW-Stevens Point Athletics staff. Montgomery served as tournament manager for the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Final Four® played at Ford Field in Detroit and UW-Stevens Point Women's Basketball Coach. Shirley Egner is a former chair of this championship event.
“This event provides a platform for our university and community to promote and support the game of women's basketball, said Egner. “Having participated in two Final Fours, we are honored and welcome the opportunity to be a part of something so special.”
“We are incredibly excited and know we have a lot of work to do as we prepare to host the championship games,” said Montgomery.
Magician teaches tricks to children at Woodson Art Museum
WAUSAU - Most magicians wow us with their tricks, but Magician Lou Lepore does more.
He teaches his audiences how to do some of the tricks he performs. He spent the last week as magician-in-residence at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau putting on magic shows and hosting workshops.
It was part of the museum's latest exhibit on Mystery, Magic and Mayhem.
Students from local schools visited him during his six-day residency as in-house magician.
"We had schools come in, and depending on the size of the kids, if it was about 20 or under we would do a class, an actual workshop with them and teach them magic," says Lepore. "You would teach them maybe a half a dozen tricks that they can use with friends and family and things like that. If it was more than 20 we did a show."
Lepore specializes in sleight of hand using items like cards or coins. He also dabbles in cabaret.
Lepore has been doing magic for more than 40 years, but this was his first time as an in-house magician.
"They said can you do an artist-in-residency, and I said I have no idea what that is, what do I do?" says Lepore. "They said you're gong to show your art form, being magic, and you're going to teach kids classes and do demonstrations and workshops. I said oh yeah, I've done that for fairs, festivals so I can do all that for you."
Two more magicians will perform at the museum through April.
APPLETON - Law enforcement officials say they have exhausted all efforts to recover a handgun thought to be used in the shooting of a 25-year-old man in an Appleton nightclub.
That includes taking apart some of the club's plumbing system.
Outagamie County District Attorney Carrie Schneider tells Post-Crescent Media (http://post.cr/1kFLfi0 ) they will keep following up on leads on the gun's whereabouts but they've so far pursued it as far as they could.
MADISON - If all this snow melts too quickly, there could be severe flooding in areas of Wisconsin.
That's according to the National Weather Service.
Steve Buan, the senior hydrologist for the North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassen, Minn., says the ripening flood conditions have been caused by higher-than-usual snowfall and frost depths nearing 8 feet in some places.
EAGLE RIVER - Soccer players may need to wait for the snow on their fields to melt. But they know cabin fever is starting to set in, and it's the perfect time to capitalize on it.
The 7th annual Cabin Fever Indoor Soccer Tournament kicked off today at Northland Pines High School. The event raises money for the school’s boy's and girl's soccer teams.
"This was an opportunity to have an indoor soccer program so the kids can do something in the winter," says tournament director Steve Gilbert. "There was a need for a fundraiser so we thought why not have a tournament. There are other tournaments in the region, why not have one here with this tremendous facility that we have here at Pines."
Nearly 100 5th through 8th graders played in the co-ed soccer matches. Their participation makes it possible for the team to buy new equipment.
"It allows us to buy things that maybe the school can't afford to buy for them, so different types of warm-ups, equipment out on the field," says Gilbert. "One time we bought a camera for them so we could film their games. So it's going to good causes."
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