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."
EAGLE RIVER - Some schools give out movie tickets, pizza parties, or ice cream coupons for students with good grades and good behavior. We do things a little differently here in the Northwoods.
Twenty-two students from Northland Pines Middle School will enjoy a half-day of fishing with a local guide as a reward for their success in school. The "Guides for Grades" program rewarded students on Monday for setting a good example in the classroom.
Supporters of a second softball field at Pioneer Park in Rhinelander will need to wait for any decision on if those plans can move forward.
The Parks, Buildings and Grounds Committee decided Monday night to hold a public hearing in front of the full city council before deciding on whether it wants to accept the park plans.
The Rhinelander softball program hopes to build a second softball field at Pioneer Park just south of its existing field. The program would use about $50,000 from donations and fundraisers to build the new field. Softball coach D.J. DeMeyer tells Newswatch 12 the second field would allow the city to host upwards of 70 games a year, including RHS softball games, tournaments, and city recreation leagues.
But the new field would require cutting down nearly 10 trees and take up space routinely used by the fair and farmers' market. City Administrator Kristina Aschenbrenner says she's heard from plenty of people worried about space issues.
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