MADISON - Wisconsin freshman forward Sam Dekker earned the Big Ten's Co-Freshman of the Week honor, the conference announced on Monday.
Dekker tied a career-high, scoring 19 points while dishing out four assists in a 77-46 win over Nebraska. The Sheboygan, Wis., native recorded 14 of his team-high 19 points in the first half while going 4-for-5 (.800) from 3-point range. He followed that up with a 10-point, three-rebound outing against Purdue on Sunday, which included a 4-for-8 (.500) effort from the field.
Dekker ranks fourth in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.446) and leads all Sixth Man candidates in scoring (9.4 ppg) during conference play.
The freshman, who has garnered the conference's rookie of the week honor twice this season, is the only Wisconsin freshman to earn the award since the Big Ten debuted the honor in 2010-11.
Dekker has scored in double figures in six consecutive contests and is averaging 9.6 points per game off the bench. He is also fifth among all Big Ten freshman in scoring. Dekker shares the freshman of the week honor with Indiana's Yogi Ferrell.
RHINELANDER - Hodag Park received a sizable donation Thursday morning. New sand was dropped off to help the Rhinelander Parks Department grow the beach back to its original shape.
There were thousands of pounds of sand dropped off and spread out. There was a high need for this because of all the rain we've had this season.
"It was getting in pretty poor shape and washing out more and more, but this year especially, it just seems like we've lost a lot of sand. So now we're going to shape it up nicely and hopefully it'll last the year," said Rhinelander Parks Director, Jeremy Biolo.
All of that sand was donated and delivered by a company in Rhinelander.
"Musson Brothers, Inc. donated all the sand and they said we could help ourselves to as much as we want, which is unbelievable because this beach really needed some work," said Biolo. "Every little bit like that helps our community out and it improves the community. It's awesome that the Musson Brothers stepped up and would do that for us."
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