THE NORTHWOODS - We're fewer than two weeks away from regional and sectional competition for the Winter sports. Many high school athletes are stepping up their game when it counts. Here are the latest nominees for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Nominee 1 -
In girls hockey, Marshfield's Paige Johnson had a great game last Thursday against Tomahawk. Johnson had 2 goals and three assists in the Tigers 9-2 victory over the Hatchets. She also leads the conference in points with 21.
Nominee 2 -
Antigo senior Maura Boodry had a strong showing at the Red Robin Gymnastics Invite on Saturday. Maura placed 2nd in bars and 4th in vault, which led to a second place finish in the All Around. Boodry's performance helped Antigo take 1st place in the 9 team competition.
Nominee 3 -
On the mat, Wausau West's Joe Umlauf captured the 132 pound title at the Pulaski Invite. Joe is top ranked in division one at 138 pounds and his dominating win helped West take the team title out of 16 schools competing.
Nominee 4 -
And in boys basketball, Clayton Grose scored 17 points for Elcho last Friday. The 6'5'' senior helped lead the Hornets to a 52-39 victory over Northern Lakes conference foe Goodman-Pembine.
To vote on any of the nominees, go to the sports poll at wjfw.com. Voting ends at 3pm on Friday. The winner receives a plaque courtesy of R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
FOREST COUNTY - Forest Count and Wisconsin Off-Road Vehicle Park Inc. (WORVPI) have found a 10,000 acre plot of land they would like to buy for an off-road park, according to WORVPI President John Schnorr.
Schnorr wouldn't discuss the exact location in Forest County, but said they would hope to buy the parcels by June 2014. Right now they’re contracting an engineering firm to evaluate the land.
"That's so environmental concerns can be met," Schnorr said. "We'll look at that as well as a pleasurable experience for an off-road visitor who is going to come up and spend hopefully a weeks vacation in Forest County."
Forest County leaders believe an off-road park could help bring more tourists to the area, and with that more money. The county has the fifth worst unemployment rate, 7.9 percent, in Wisconsin.
WORVPI used Ripon College to perform a feasibility study on the off-road park. It says the average off-roader will travel 300 miles to visit an off-road park. It also projected an off-road park could bring in nearly $28 million per year for Forest County businesses.
"It will take us some time to operate and open it up and develop the trails, the camp sites, the amenities inside," Schnorr said. "Realistically we could see an opening date of Memorial Day of 2015."
The park would host ATVs, motorcycles and other vehicles on off-road trails.
People can help fund the park by purchasing $150 charter membership passes. More than 30 have already been purchased. Schnorr says only 100 will be available.
"The pass will entitle the holder to a park pass, an annual park pass, for the first year when the park opens," Schnorr said. "It will give us some capital up front and afford them a discounted price down the road."
Even with the progress, Schnorr says the project is still in the early stages.
"If you are an optimist, you think a huge amount of progress has been made," Schnorr said. "But if you are a pessimist, not enough progress has been made."
MEDFORD - You know curling from the Olympics. This week, master curlers from across the country are throwing their rocks in Medford. But this kind of curling you won’t see in Sochi, Mixed Doubles.
"Mixed doubles is fun. I really like it. It's really quick, everything happens quick and you're making a lot of precision shots because you don't have sweepers. I like that a lot and I like getting to play with Brady," said Cristin Clark.
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