CRANDON - The Rhinelander boys basketball team forced a frenetic pace of play and a used considerable size advantage to bump to 2-0 on the season with a 65-38 win at Crandon Saturday.
The Hodags forced countless Cardinal turnovers in the backcourt, and scored quickly on their own possessions to put up 42 points in the first half.
"We really were hoping to force tempo. If we sit back, it kind of allows them to run sets and do things like that. We want to make them uncomfortable and play at a pace that they might not be familiar with," said Rhinelander coach Derek Lemmens.
Shane White led the team in scoring for the second straight game, putting up 20 points against smaller Crandon defenders. That included two monster one-hand slams on breakaways.
Lemmens was most impressed with his team's defense. Crandon star Kory Kincaid tallied 20 points, but it was hard work to get to that number. Lemmens liked the defensive work of guards Brad Kenote and Tyler Thorsen.
"They never allowed – who I think is a really good player – Kincaid, to get comfortable. And they never allowed their offense to get really a flow," the coach said.
Kenote also chipped in 11 points. Brett Mathews had 13, while Colton Volkmann added nine.
The pace of play was a noticeable advantage for the Hodags.
"We felt like we're a little deeper than them, so we wanted to get up and down. With that many possessions, we're going to have a few more turnovers, but we got some pretty good looks," Lemmens said.
After taking a 22-point lead to the halftime locker room, the second half was a formality.
One bright spot was an improvement in preventing offensive rebounds by the opponent. Lemmens said it was an area of focus after a lackluster effort at Wisconsin Rapids last week. Against Crandon, that area of the game was better.
"Overall, I think we were pretty good at one-and-done," he said.
Rhinelander outrebounded the Cardinals 26-8 in the first half alone.
The Hodags used a pressure 2-3 zone defense for much of the game, a departure from the mostly man-to-man look against Wisconsin Rapids.
Rhinelander next visits Merrill on Tuesday. Hear that game with Adam Matyska on HodagSports.com. Tip is set for 7:30pm.
WOODRUFF - Americans will eat about 7 billion hot dogs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Wednesday, millions of Americans celebrated National Hot Dog day. That was the case in the Northwoods.
Hoggie Doggies Snack Shack is a staple in Woodruff. Their All-American favorite is the Chicago Style Dog.
The owner Judy Rossi has been there for 12 years and says they go through a lot of dogs.
"Last season we went through almost 17,000 hot dogs. This year we're on track for about 18,000," says Rossi. "Statistically we go through about 8 tons of potatoes in a season, which is close to 16,000 pounds for our homemade french fries. Those are some big numbers for this little place."
Gardens need some help with large temperature swings in summer
RHINELANDER - Northwoods heat the past few days forced plants to endure different weather, but you don't need to do extra gardening just because it's hot.
Experts at Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander say plants can manage the heat just fine. On hot, sunny days, many plants will wilt, but that doesn't mean they need more water.
"If the soil is moist on a hot day, I wouldn't water more. That's probably more harm. The plant can only take up so much moisture at a time, so I would just hold off on watering," says Sue Hanson, Hanson's Garden Village Co-Owner.
MADISON - Unemployment is up in all of Wisconsin's largest cities and most counties.
The state Department of Workforce Development reported Wednesday that unemployment rates in June increased in all of the state's 32 largest cities. Unemployment rates went up in 61 of 72 counties and remained unchanged in the other 11.
Wisconsin's monthly unemployment rate in June was 5.7 percent, unchanged from May.
MILWAUKEE - Authorities are looking for a fourth suspect in a shooting on an interstate in Milwaukee County.
Sheriff David Clarke says people in a minivan and another vehicle were shooting at each other in a ``running gun battle'' on Interstate 43 Tuesday afternoon. One vehicle struck the other and the minivan spun into the ditch near Fox Point. Three people in the van were arrested. Authorities say a fourth person left the scene.
47-year-old Karen Wessell of Star Lake died in yesterday's swimming accident in Vilas County. A boater pulled 2 people out of the water after they started drowning on Star Lake. We now know Wessell died shortly after.
Wessell went under water during a rescue attempt.
The Vilas County Sheriff says 3 women and 4 kids were along Trampers Trail. 3 boys swam across the channel and were told to come back. They got tired swimming back to shore so the women had to help. Wessell used herself to push one of the boys above the water to keep him from going under. A boater saw them, pulled them out, and started doing CPR.
MERRILL - Members of a Northwoods union chapter gathered unique inspiration for a fundraiser â€" The Beatles.
Merrill-area Local 6 members gathered Wednesday on the Wisconsin flowage to raise money for groups in need of assistance. The union leaders organized boat rides, raffles, barbecues, and contests. The inspiration for the fundraiser came, in part, from the 1965 Beatles single Help!
"I found out it was the anniversary of the "Help!" release from The Beatles record, and I decided, let's help our community," said Local 6 Vice President Valerie Nelson. "Our membership is very passionate about certain organizations within our community. One being the Lincoln County Humane Society, the local food pantry, and the American Cancer Society."
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