RHINELANDER - The NCAA mens basketball tournament begins it's second round Thursday morning. Thousands of fans have filled out a bracket trying to predict the winners in each game. For many it's for bragging rights, and possibly some money. But for some Rhinelander third graders - it's also a learning tool.
The tournament brings alot of excitement. For a third grade class at Cresent Elementary, the kids used the tourney as a class project. About 17 kids in Tyler Johnson's class tried to predict the winners in the tournament.
"I've run it for three years and it incorporates so much," says Johnson. "Hopefully the kids learn something from it."
It may seem like fun, but it's about more than just basketball. The kids are learning such math skills as probability. For many it leaves them with one simple rule.
"You learn to pick the lower number," says Hannah Morey. This was her first time ever picking a bracket. "It's really fun is all I know."
The kids also practice multiplication. Each correct answer is worth so many points depending on the round. Not to mention, they're learning about abbreviations and different colleges.
In the Badgers first game vs. Mississippi, the consensus was Wisconsin.
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Police Department identified the man who died after a house fire on Friday night as 35-year-old Jeffery J. Becker.
Rhinelander Fire Chief Terry Williams told Newswatch 12 on Monday afternoon that an autopsy indicates Becker died from smoke inhalation, but the autopsy results and further investigation is now in the hands of the state Department of Criminal Investigations.
Crews responded to the house at 320 Rose Street, near Hodag Park, around 7:30 p.m. Friday. Firefighters went inside the house soon after they arrived and found Becker unresponsive on the floor. Firefighters and paramedics tried to revive Becker, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
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