THE NORTHWOODS - High school athletes are busy gearing up for the end of the winter sports season. We received many nominees from you at home. Here are the finalists for Newswatch 12 Player of the Week.
Nominee One -
In wrestling, Crandon's Hayden Krueger took the 145 pound title in a D3 regional on Saturday. Krueger had wins by pin and technical fall and also picked up his 150th high school victory for the Cardinals and is ranked third in the state.
Nominee Two -
Tomahawk's Jessie Harmon keeps raining 3's for the girls basketball team. She tied her own single game record with 5 three pointers against Wausau East. Harmon broke the single season record of 33 from beyond the arc, and now has 36 for her junior season.
Nominee Three -
Back to the mat. Merrill's Tyler Schmidt won the 220 pound title at a D1 regional Saturday. Schmidt had wins by pin and decision. Tyler is undefeated on the season and ranked 2nd in the state.
Nominee Four -
And the Nordic Ski Championships were held over the weekend. On Saturday, Lakeland's Delaney FitzPatrick finished 2nd in the classic race. Then after starting 47 seconds behind the leader in the skate race Sunday, she made a pass and won the State Championship by 10 seconds.
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 from R and D Trophies of Tomahawk.
WISCONSIN - Mud, debris, and damaged property still cover parts of Northern Iron County after a storm ripped through there more than two weeks ago.
The lack of money to repair certain areas is largely keeping the rebuilding process from getting started.
That's why the Federal Emergency Management Agency came to Iron County Tuesday.
It surveyed the damage because of its severity and the extreme costs to fix.
"Really if it's beyond the scope of local jurisdiction, and even the states that respond," said FEMA External Affairs Officer Troy Christensen.
Wisconsin Emergency Management currently believes the damage caused by the mid-July storm is around $38 million across 10 counties and Bad River Reservation. Around $15 million of that happened in Iron County.
FEMA relies on local government like the ones in Iron County to help it assess damage.
"They have sights selected so they will be showing us a lot of these sights." Said Christensen.
Those sights included multiple towns, Saxon Harbor, and crumbled highways.
This week Iron County gave its damage estimates to FEMA.
RHINELANDER - Building a robot may seem like a pretty lofty summer camp goal, but teens in the Northwoods love the technological challenge.
It's all part of a summer camp that's heavy on science and social interaction.
13-year-old Sean Timm says the eight day robotics camp at Nicolet College mixed the best of both worlds.
"I like technology a lot more than I do outside stuff," Timm said. "It's kind of nice to have technology like drones to bring me outside. It's really fun."
Camp Instructor, Mike Wojtusik has many years of experience as a technology education teacher and robotics advisor. He wants kids to see the importance in learning these skills.
"The kids are getting experience from a mechanical engineering side, electrical engineering side, design, prototyping," said Wojtusik. "We try and cover as much as we can about the whole entire system."
Learning about robotics isn't the only thing these students do. Some of them are also exercising skills they'll need in the future.
"I think it's a great experience for them to understand what really goes on in the real world as far as a career," Wojtusik said.
Certain careers that often require teamwork.
"Challenging part is working with a team because you don't always agree on the same thing," said 12-year-old Louis Malais. "When you build a robot you do the most teamwork than I think in any other job."
As their final project, students design and build their own version of a remote control robot.
They are required to work in teams to sketch a vision, make prototypes and design a working model with aluminum.
"It's not just you know operating a piece of machinery, it's learning how that machinery is put together," Wojtusik said.
Students are piecing together machines and building future careers at the same time.
"If I were to get an opportunity to do something like this in the future, I would definitely take it," Timm said.
Throughout the course of the camp, students were exposed to prototyping, brainstorming, modeling, safety and sketching.
The last day of the robotics camp is scheduled to be Thursday, July 28.
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