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Lakeland's Garcia wins second NW12 Player of the Year AwardSubmitted: 03/15/2013
Story By Joe Dufek

Lakeland's Garcia wins second NW12 Player of the Year Award
- The girls basketball season concludes on Saturday. But on Friday, we wrap up announcing our Newswatch 12 Players of the Year for the Winter Sports Season.

For the second straight year, Lakeland sophomore Nick Garcia was one of the top swimmers in the Northwoods. Garcia finished 7th in the 100 yard free style at state. He was also 8th in the 200 yard free.

In girls basketball, Elcho junior Makayla Raith was the Player of the Year in the Northern Lakes Conference. She averaged just under 17 points and 7 rebounds per game for the Hornets. She has over 900 points in her career and is on the B-honor roll.


In boys basketball, Stevens Point freshman Trevor Anderson made quite a splash in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. He was the conference's player of the year, averaging 20 points per game. He received Honorable Mention for All-State honors. He's also on the B Honor Roll.

In Gymnastics, Antigo's Kirsten Tincher was the section champion in Division 2. She will compete at Nationals in May down in Fort Myers, Florida. She is also has 3.25 grade point average.

And in Wrestling, Merrill junior Tyler Schmidt pinned down his first state championship at 220 pounds. He went a perfect 45-0. He has a 3.74 GPA and a member of the National Honor Society.

All of the athletes will receive a plaque. Congratulations to everyone for a great season.


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We'll show you what happened at the preliminary hearing for a man accused of accidently shooting a man in Eagle River while showing off a new gun.

And Rhinelander's homeless shelter got an extra boost this month with new generous donations from 2 organizations. We'll tell you how much the grants are and who gave it to the shelter.

We'll bring you the details on these stories and more tonight on Newswatch 12 - news from where you live.

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RHINELANDER - 50,000 twinkling lights will bring holiday cheer Hodag Park in Rhinelander Thursday night.

"Lights of the Northwoods" is a drive-through light show packed with more than 32 individual displays.

Vice President Shawn Will says he's excited and a bit nervous to officially share the display tonight.

Those nerves have nothing to do with the amount of snow we got.

"I was thinking as the snow was flying and I was looking at the lights I'm like, 'This is going to be like one of

those Hallmark movies we watch all the time!' It's really going to be pretty on the lake here with the lights

shining off the snow," says Will.


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IRMA - Until Thursday, we never got an inside look at Lincoln Hills School and Youth Prison. We have heard from Lincoln Hills line staff and the Department of Corrections, but never were able to see the facility. 

Thursday the DOC held a guided media tour of the school and living units. Newswatch12's Rose McBride has been following the stories that come out of Lincoln Hills for months now, and she went on that media tour. 

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RHINELANDER - This week's snowfall started a lot of winter activities here in the Northwoods.

One Rhinelander resort was finally able to prepare its ski and snowshoe trails.

"It's really pretty simple, try not to hit any trees," said Holiday Acres Resort trail groomer Pete Zambon.

Zambon has aspired to be a trail groomer since he was a kid riding on the back of his dad's snowmobile.

"[I would] ride on the back of the snowmobile with him back in the day and it was kind of something I aspired to be… the guy driving the snowmobile," said Zambon.

Pete's dad, Kim Zambon owns Holiday Acres and has spent a lot of his own time grooming the trails too.

"Often I think back to those times when we kind of hacked through the woods. It was fun," said Kim.

But after taking the reins from his dad, Pete quickly learned this job was made for him.

"My motto is attitude of gratitude," said Pete.

However, there are some dangers that come with it.

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RHINELANDER - It costs nearly $240,000 to run Rhinelander's homeless shelter every year. 

Frederick Place got an extra boost this month to help cover those costs with two grants totaling $8,000.

"With our just shy of $240,000 annual operating budget, we typically only get $40,000 from the state and federal government. So we are raising that $200,000 every single year," said NATH Executive Director Tammy Modic. 

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MADISON - Leaders of a new bipartisan task force tackling ways to improve Wisconsin's much-maligned school funding formula are realistic about chances any changes will be made.

The panel that met for the first time Thursday is the latest in a long line of groups that have studied ways to improve the formula.

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MERRILL - For 32 years Battalion Chief Mike Drury walked into the Merrill Fire Department ready to save lives. Friday he walked out of the department for the last time to start the new phase of his life.
"It goes fast it goes really fast," said Drury.
Drury was about 18 -years -old when he walked into the Merrill Fire Department for the first time.
"When you're 18, 19,20 years old and you're looking at 50 something years old you think you're never going to get there," said Drury. 

Drury is one of 184 firefighters to ever work full time with the city of Merrill.
"As a firefighter they spend a lot of time at the fire house so they miss a lot of things," said Drury's daughter Cassi.
After 32 years of missing birthdays, holidays and family time Drury was ready for a change.

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