The Latest Nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the WeekSubmitted: 01/07/2013
Story By Marisa Silvas

The Latest Nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week
RHINELANDER - Many of you voted for our first Newswatch Player of the Week for 2013. Here's the latest batch of talented high school athletes, making a difference on their teams.

In boys basketball, Merrill lost a tough battle with SPASH. But, senior David Jesperson scored a game-high 28 points for the Bluejays. In fact, he scored 6 of Merrill's 8 points in the 4th quarter.

In girls hoops, with first place on the line in the Great Northern Conference... Northland Pines knocked off Medford. Holly Darton led the undefeated Eagles with 25 points.

In wrestling, Crandon competed at an invite at D-C Everest on Saturday. State-ranked Carter Shampo won the invite at 132 pounds.

And In boys hockey, the co-op team for Chequamegon/Phillips edged Lakeland. Josh Lemke scored 4 goals for the Seals.

To vote on any of the nominees, go to our sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday.

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EAGLE RIVER - Kids face bullying in schools all the time.

That's one reason why the Eagle River elementary school holds its annual Great Kindness Challenge Week.

It's part of a nationwide challenge involving nearly 10,000 schools.

This year's kindness week in Eagle River wrapped up Friday with a musical assembly with Dave Dall.

Throughout the week, students were challenged to do random acts of kindness.

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TOMAHAWK - Two best friends turned into business partners about a year ago.

Bill Eastwood and Blake McMahon own Outboards Bar and Grill in Tomahawk.

The duo's combined restaurant and business experience helped them hit the ground running.

Fish quality comes first at Outboards.

"Friday night is the night that pretty much everyone goes out to eat. So if you don't have a good fish fry, people around here start talking!" say Eastwood.

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RHINELANDER - Kathie Woodford keeps track of each time she donates blood.  Her visit to a Rhinelander blood drive on Friday marked her 26th pint.

"I just recently got my third gallon," Woodford said.

The universal donor (Woodford has O-negative blood) likes to give as often as she can, but Friday's blood drive was one she simply couldn't miss.

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PORTAGE COUNTY - Portage County will hold an information meeting to share information about a sexually violent offender that will soon be released.

Gregory Loomis, 43, sexually assaulted two children in 1988 and 1992.

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MERRILL - Police say a Stevens Point man tried to pay to have sex 15-year-old girl. 
Police arrested Leo Pelot, 67, on Tuesday. 

According to a criminal complaint, an undercover agent with the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office posed as the 15-year-old's aunt. 

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The Crandon School Board voted unanimously Friday evening to change the wording of superintendent Dr. Doug Kryder's absence from the district.

Kryder is now on "paid administrative leave." Originally, he had been "suspended with pay."

The board said it made the change based on advice of its lawyer. The board met for two and a half hours in closed session on Friday.

Kryder is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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ANTIGO - "It did come as a shock at first, but it's something that you realize it's not the end of the world," said Tracie Quade. 

Quade's 18-month old son, Benny, was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born.

"It's actually a really, really awesome thing. People with Down syndrome are wonderful loving people and they are just as capable of doing as much as anybody else," said Quade.

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