- Action in high school sports continues to heat up. This week, we've got standout performances in boys and girls basketball, gymnastics, and boys hockey.
Let's take a look at our four nominees for the Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
In boys hockey, Tomahawk goalie Evan Russo made 44 saves against Northland Pines last week. Russo has saved 88% of the shots he's faced so far this season.
In gymnastics, Rhinelander's Elle Spiegelhoff won both the uneven bars and the floor exercise at last week's triangular against Lakeland and Chequamegon. Elle would go on to win the all-around competition as well as the Hodags won the meet.
On Friday in boys basketball, Antigo picked up a big conference road win against Lakeland. Cassius Noskowiak scored 11 points for the Red Robins.
And in girls basketball, Crandon remained undefeated in Northern Lakes Conference play with a win at Elcho Friday night. Celia Space chipped in 19 points and grabbed some key rebounds for the Cardinals.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner will receive a plaque for their achievement.
If you would like to nominate someone for next week - e-mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include stats for a game this week.
EAGLE RIVER - Eagle River's annual Paul Bunyan Fest brings out thousands of people. This year was no exception. Organizers say about 3,000 people filled the streets of downtown Eagle River on Wednesday.
The 37th annual Paul Bunyan Fest featured chainsaw carving demonstrations, more than 80 arts and craft booths, and music.
RHINELANDER - You probably wouldn't consider a dark, smelly alley an ideal place to sit and relax. Maggie Steffen agrees, which is why she's planning to transform an alley on Brown Street in Rhinelander.
Steffen plans to tackle the project in three phases. Phase one is lighting the alley, which sits between The Brick restaurant and Bath and Body Creations. Downtown Rhinelander, Inc. agreed to pay about $2,800 for five LED lights if the city would pay for the electricity.
RHINELANDER - DNR Furbearer Research Scientist Dr. Nathan Roberts calls bobcats "a conservation success story." Their population numbers are up across the United States.
The DNR doubled the harvest quota this year at 750 bobcats because of that healthy population size.
"While the population's grown, we've also increased our understanding of bobcats considerably. Working together with hunters and trappers across the state we've increased our understanding of bobcats and our ability to monitor bobcats," said Roberts.
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