- The Boys State Basketball Tournament gets underway on Thursday. The area's two lone reps will meet in the Division 4 semifinals Thursday night in Madison.
Auburndale takes on Amherst. For Amherst - it's their second trip to state - the last time was in 1998. Their roster includes several players of the state championship football team, including Caleb Glennon - who was the starting quarterback in the title game. Auburndale is at state for the first time since 2004. The Apachees have only one loss this season and ranked 5th in the last coaches poll.
In girls hoops, Neman Catholic knocked off Goodman-Pembine in a D-5 Regional Final Saturday night in Wausau. The Cardinals will now face Phelps - one of the smallest schools in the state. Only 35 kids are enrolled their. Thursday night's section semifinal is in Antigo. We'll have more on the Phelps Knights tomorrow.
Other matchups include in Division 4, Marathon faces Colby at Wausau West High School. And Amherst takes on Oconto in Menasha. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, Niellsville, and Owen-Withee are also in action Thursday night. Sectional finals will be played on Saturday.
NORTHWOODS - Next Monday's solar eclipse will look fascinating, but it can damage your eyes for a lifetime.
It's never safe to look directly at the sun's rays, even though there will be a partial eclipse here in the Northwoods.
Regular sunglasses won't protect you, so if you plan to view the solar eclipse you need special solar eclipse sunglasses.
Those glasses are one size fits all, so it's important to check they are snug on your child's head, too.
Kids are curious, and may want to fixate on the crescent beam of light.
"We know children are going to want to peek over the top and in just 20 to 30 seconds they could be doing damage to their eye, " says Dr. Jill Redman.
The solar eclipse light is not as intense as regular sunlight.
You won't actually feel the damage being done until the next day because the reflex to turn away won't be there.
"Missing blurry vision and central vision. Afterwards you could have light sensitivity. You could also have watering eyes. But some of the damage with maculopathy can be permanent," says Dr. Ben Redman.
Dr. Ben says if you don't have those special solar glasses, the safest option is to avoid it entirely and watch online.
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.
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.
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