PHELPS - David vs. Goliath, Jack and the bean stalk. You've heard of the fairy tales. The story of a tiny person taking down a giant.
In basketball, the underdog is known as Cinderella. The Phelps Lady Knights certianly hope the glass slipper will fit come Thursday night.
Phelps will face last year's Sectional Champion Newman Catholic in the D-5 sectional semifinal on Thursday in Antigo.
Phelps knocked off the #1 seed Marion in last weekend's regional final. It was just their second regional final title. The last one was in 2006.
Add to it, the school has only 32 kids enrolled. Just 16 girls - with 10 playing on the basketball team.
It's easy to see how the town of Phelps is sky high for their team.
Stormy Schreiber, a senior for Phelps says, "That (a Regional Championship) was our goal. When we accomplished that last Saturday, it was undescribable."
Thursday night's game in Antigo tips off at 7pm. Phelps has never made to the state tournament. In fact, they have not even reached a sectional final. Now they are just 2 games away from a trip to state.
Regardless of Thursday's result, it's been quite a ride for the players.
"Whenever we go to the gas station, we always have people yelling at us," adds junior Ashley Bolkmann. "Little kids are starting to look up to us. It's a great feeling."
MINOCQUA - A Lakeland Union High School student could face punishment for putting a shooting threat in a bathroom last week.
According to a press release, the Minocqua Police Department believes the girl officers talked to today is likely the person who left graffiti referencing the Parkland, Florida school shooting in an LUHS girls' bathroom on Thursday.
WAUSAU - Police arrested a Florence County man in connection to a Wausau homicide case this week. Online court records show Lee Franck, 56 doesn't face homicide charges, but instead domestic abuse counts.
According to the Wausau Pilot and Review paper, the criminal complaint shows Franck got into an argument with Lyle Leith a few days before the 77-year-old was found dead at his Wausau home on Kickbusch Street.
HAYWARD - Trail conditions for this year's American Birkebeiner race will be just about perfect.
Executive Director Ben Popp said there's about a six inch base, three inches of snow on top, and more snow on the way in the Hayward area.
"The energy right now is just unreal. You can feel it here in Hayward and Cable and certainly around the world. Now with a gold medal, Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, brings more excitement to not only this event, but the sport. So it's a really great time to be a cross country skier," said Popp.
NORTHWOODS - Lakes and nature bring people from all over the country to the Northwoods during the summer. Those same attractions get some people to stay here. Home sales and home prices in the Northwoods went up in 2017.
The Wisconsin Realtors Association reports about 1,300 more homes sold last year than in 2016 in Wisconsin. A local broker saw the increase firsthand.
"The markets that are going crazy right now are premium homes. The Minocqua chain is red hot, the Eagle River chain is pretty hot the Three Lakes chain is pretty hot and there are some chains of lakes that are less hot," said Coldwell Banker broker Jim Mulleady.
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